Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (July 1, 2012)

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Only one real post this week, 7 Quick Takes Picture Edition but I also picked the winner of the Sons of Cain giveaway, if you want to check that out. 🙂

Giveaway: 2 Copies of Sons of Cain!

Sons of Cain by Val Bianco

Remember my review of Sons of Cain from last week? Well, Val gracious agreed to send autographed copies of the book to TWO lucky winners! I’m really excited about this. I think you are going to LOVE THIS BOOK – if you love well-written, action-packed, Catholic thrillers that is. 🙂

The two winners will be chosen on Monday afternoon, June 25.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment below. Make sure you give my your email address so that I can let you know if you win and get your physical address so Val can send you the book!

For extra entries do one, more or all of the following:

Don’t forget to let me know when you do any of the above so I can add your extra entries!

 

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (June 17, 2012)

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Weekly Goals

Moderation is Key: A Catholic View of Alcohol

Book Review: Sons of Cain by Val Bianco

Offering to the Father

Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful dads!

Book Review: Sons of Cain by Val Bianco

From the Book Description:

“An ancient group of twelve unspeakably powerful men are prepared to implement mass suicide in the United States. Already in control of the Congress and the Presidency, all that they lack is the Supreme Court. The only thing standing between these SONS OF CAIN and the lives of the Court is a small group of dedicated warriors.

Wealthy ex SEAL, Nick Rieper and his dozen “Knights of Longinus” have pledged their lives and fortunes to battle international Satanism. Battle is joined as they engage the Cainites and their demon leader, Namon, in mortal combat.”

My Thoughts:

What can I say possibly say about Sons of Cain? I don’t even know how to review the book. IT’S THAT GOOD. A few words to describe the book that come to mind:

Riveting.

Thrilling.

Page-turning.

Crazy good.

Captivating.

Scary.

Sons of Cain holds your attention from the Prologue to Epilogue and every page in between. The reader doesn’t just witness the fight between good and evil in the book – the reader experiences it.

What makes the book scary isn’t that fact that it clearly points out the spiritual battle going on around us, which many of us are completely clueless about. What makes it scary is that Sons of Cain gives a very realistic picture of how the battle could be played out in real life; especially since this, this and this, is in fact real.

One of the things I loved about this book is how naturally and seamlessly he weaves in various teachings of the Catholic Church, without being preachy or overbearing. The protagonist and his men (including the priest in the story) are unapologetically Catholic, and openly share and talk about the faith often throughout the book. At the same time, the characters are realistic and “normal”. I also loved reading the transformation of the female character. All the characters were like “friends” to me by the end of the book.

Oh, and How Val portrays the evil characters is eerily realistic. When he talked about some of the evil men and angels the reader can almost smell the stench of evil coming from the book. I always try to fall asleep while praying, but while I was reading this book I was absolutely clutching my rosary and praying for spiritual protection!

In short, if you enjoy reading fast-paced, thrilling Catholic novels, you will LOVE this book. 🙂

I can’t thank Val Bianco enough for kindly offering me a copy of Sons of Cain to read in exchange for a review. Thank you, Val!

I give this book my first ever five (5) star rating.

 

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

I think this is the first time ever I accomplished all my goals on the list – sort of. It’s been a good week. 🙂

Here are my goals from last week:

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary. (I’ve realized that getting to mass every day isn’t possible in this season of life, so I’m changing my goal and aiming to get to Mass 2-3 times each week.)

2. Finish memorizing Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”)

3. Start Memorizing 6:12 (“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, and with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

4. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

5. Read at least 3 books and two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew. (Haven’t decided which books yet again.)

6. Work on a painting project with Andrew. hopefully we will actually get to this week! (We had a lot of fun with this. We built a small wooden car and Andrew painted it.)

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

8. Drink 6 glasses of water each day. (Well, I managed 3-4 glasses of water a day – if you count the herbal tea I drink. I definitely need to be more intentional about this, especially as it gets warmer out.)

Blogging goals

9. Start reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco and post review. (I’m only a few pages in, but it’s good already!)

10. Continuing posting the 31 Days With Mary Devotions each morning. Stay two days ahead of blogging schedule. (I actually got all the devotions written and pre-posted for the rest of the month! Yay me!)

Here are my goal for this coming week:

1. Daily meditation, bible reading and rosary. Get to mass at least 2x this week.

2. Memorize Ephesians 6:12 (“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, and with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Read 3-4 stores a day from The Children’s Book of Virtues (Andrew LOVES this book!) and two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew.

5. Work on the Science Exploration kit with Andrew that he got for his birthday.

Personal Development

6. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

7. Drink 6 glasses of water each day.

Blogging goals

8. Continue reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco and In Name Only.

9. Start writing project for e-course. More on this in the near future!

10. Add several links to the “Free Resources” section of website.

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Here are my goals from last week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Memorize Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”) My goal is to memorize Eph 6:10-17, but I’m doing it one or two verses at a time. (Finishing this and adding the next verse for next week.)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Read Flat Stanley, The Boxcar Children #6 and two chapters from the Bible to Andrew.

5. Work on a painting project with Andrew. (Worked on a birthday project for his uncle instead)

Personal Development

6. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

7. Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day.

8. Dinner date with Mom and Sister (Wednesday). Had a great time!

Blogging goals

9. Write and post book review for “Past Suspicion.

10. Continue writing and posting 31 Days With Mary Novena.

Here are my goal for this coming week:

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Finish memorizing Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”)

3. Start Memorizing 6:12 (“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, and with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

4. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

5. Read at least 3 books and two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew. (Haven’t decided which books yet again.)

6. Work on a painting project with Andrew. Hopefull we will actually get to this this week!

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

8. Drink 6 glasses of water each day.

Blogging goals

9. Start reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco and post review.

10. Continuing posting the 31 Days With Mary Devotions each morning. Stay two days ahead of blogging schedule.

(I also have some projects in the works. I’m not sure if I’ll get to them this week, so I’m not including them. 🙂

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

[Contains affiliate link(s). If you click on a link and buy the product, I get a tiny kickback from the sale. And my husband will love you for it! See my disclosure policy for more information.]