Look, I finally picked another fairly newly published book. Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone gripped me right away. It was my the second book set in Alaska that I’ve read recently. When I started reading I was hooked. Then…. she used gd with an underscore in place of the “o”. Really WHY? Uggh I really liked her writing and wanted to see where the story went so I kept reading, even though I really don’t want to read the Lord’s name said in vain even with the “o” omitted. There are so many good authors out there that don’t use strong offensive curse words. Then about half way thru the book it was spelled out. Why, why, why? I was really enjoying this story. In what I did read the only repeated things I noticed where that buildings and houses always looked small from the outside and bigger once inside and there was a lot of tasting or smelling of blood. I’ve picked up her earlier book The Nightingale and pray she doesn’t do that in that one!
The Nightingale also by Kristin Hannah, did not grab me right away. I had no problem putting it down and didn’t reach for it every chance I had to read until about halfway through. Maybe it was because of the French language here and there that pulled me out of the story. Hannah seems to really write a lot about how things smell. Maybe I realize I’m reading about that more because I can’t smell. This was my favorite cover this month even if I did have to look close to see that I am looking at the Eiffel tower through raindrops. I think I would’ve made the drops stand out a bit more, but then again I’m looking at it through the library’s plastic cover too. But it was definitely my favorite cover with The Great Alone being my second favorite cover. I needed tissue toward the end of the book and liked she attributed to Winston Churchill. “If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going.” I would hate to have to go through what the men, woman, and children went through in WWII.
A client loaned me this 2014 book, Stop the Thyroid Madness II: How Thyroid Experts Are Challenging Ineffective Treatments and Improving the Lives of Patients by Andrew Heyman. This is really a book you just sit and read or at least I don’t. Back many years ago, probably sometime around early 2000’s my neck/throat hurt. It kept on long enough I went to a doctor. He ordered blood work and an iodine uptake test and said I had hyperthyroid before sending me to an endocrinologist. I don’t remember what it meant but they said my thyroid did not take up the iodine. The endocrinologist handed me a brochure about Hashimoto’s but said I had thyroiditis where it was high then low in cycles and couldn’t be treated with it fluctuating. He said within a few years it’d likely burn itself out and be hypo like my mom and grandma. I can tell when it’s wrong either way. When it’s high/hyper I’m starving, my heartbeat is faster and I’m tired all of a sudden around 3pm from my system racing all day. When it’s low I wake up tired, stay tired, can take a nap and still be tired and I’d like to think it at least plays a part of my weight. This book is filled with knowledge. I learned there are way more “T” numbers to test than just T4 and TSH and that TSH test in itself is not accurate. I read free T3 is critical and that natural desiccated thyroid works better than mainstream synthetic drugs. I also read that MTHFR plays a part and to check your DNA results. So if I ever find a doctor and discover that in the last 15 years or so that my thyroid has burned itself out and is low/hypo all the time, I will not just jump on the Synthroid bandwagon.
We heard Clayton King preach at Biltmore Baptist and I picked up his book Stronger. It should come with a warning that tissue will be needed. His book says a lot about sharing what we’ve gone through to help others. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”
I always felt that someone going through what I went through didn’t really want to hear about my story when they were going through their own.
I mean I really don’t like it when someone says they know how I feel. My hubby says I’m giving too much attention to the wording here. Someone may have gone through something similar at even the same time in their life, but everyone is different and maybe I’m getting hung up the wording but no, no one knows exactly how I feel on anything as their situation is different because we are all unique. I’d much rather hear from someone that they’ve been through something similar and they’d be happy to just sit with me, listen to my story or tell me their own as to say they know how I feel. That said I still am glad that I read the book and I do recommend it.
Everyone handles life, death, circumstances, and grief completely different. I guess what I took away from it, was to just be there for someone. Sometimes saying nothing, and that just because you share your story with them, it doesn’t always have to have a good ending, you’re just sharing what you went through for you…. not what they may be feeling. I just know that my story is not anyone else’s story.
I say a good 50% of things that happened in my past that really shaped my thoughts or outlook are in dealing with death. I read these two quotes in King’s book.
The last line in a quote by Thomas Merton in No Man Is an Island said this and it really hit home with me. “He who loves things that must perish lives in dread of their perishing.”
and “The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
I always choose which cover I like best on the books I’m reading each month. Nothing against Dual Identity, but this basic orange cover was not my favorite. In fact, I felt compelled to make one and share it with Clayton Ministries. The design came to me while I laid in bed and it just fell into place fairly quickly. The thought behind it was Jesus blood shed for us on the cross. He died for our sins (the red and the cross). The white filling in the black for the title was because we are all sinners saved by grace that Jesus extends to us, without works on our part. In other religions, you earn or work your way to God. In
Christianity we learn that God came to us. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” I made a scripture photo out of the same idea.
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As an author and a book cover designer, I redesign covers all the time. Mostly just in my head but occasionally I'll do a quick redesign on the computer. Most are unsolicited, but hey, it's free publicity, and the authors get another free take on an idea. Here is my book cover re-design on Stronger by Clayton King. Details are my website at KimberlyMaxwell.com under the tag What I'm reading. This title was reviewed in July. #KiminWNC #KimberlyMaxwell#KimberlyHMaxwell #KiminWNC #coverscatsandclicks #photographer #bookcoverdesign or #coverredesign #bookcoverdesigner #KimberlyMaxwell#bookcoverdesign #KimberlyHMaxwell#coverscatsandclicks #bookjacket #bookjacketdesign #bookcoverphotography
Now for August, I’m going to take a bit of a break on how much I’m reading. I need to concentrate on cleaning up my files on the computer, get caught up with self-employment paperwork, client work, make time to go get my license renewed, and do some picture editing on top of trying to be outside and with my friends and family.
If we like the same kind of books I’d love to hear your recommendations ~