Sarah Sundin’s Blue Skies Tomorrow

Wings of Glory

Best Book in the series! That’s because each book just gets better than the last!  Sarah Sundin’s writing is so vivid and her characters are so well rounded, that I actually felt as though I was part of the story.  I worried, I laughed, I cried, I got angry, I held my breath, I longed to give advice ….. I grew as close to Ray and Helen as any reader can get to story characters.  This story was so amazing — all three books of it — that I didn’t want it to end and despite a wonderful conclusion, I felt somewhat bereft when I turned the last page.   I will definitely be looking for Sarah’s next book!


To celebrate the release of Blue Skies Tomorrow, the final installment of the Wings of Glory series, Sarah is giving one lucky winner A Vintage Kindle Prize Package! 

Read what the reviewers are saying here.

One winner will receive:

  • Kindle with Wi-Fi
  • Handmade vintage apron for you and a friend (see a photo here)
  • Blue Skies Tomorrow (for Kindle)
To enter just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, giveaway ends on 9/10. Winner will be announced on 9/12 at Sarah Sundin’s blog. Details and official rules can be found when entering the contest.
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About the Author:
Sarah Sundin is an on-call hospital pharmacist and holds a BS in chemistry from UCLA and a doctorate in pharmacy from UC San Francisco. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. This is her second novel.  For more info please visit her website at!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from LitFuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

How to be Perfect by Daniel M. Harrell

My Thoughts:
I haven’t finished reading How to Be Perfect: One Church’s Audacious Experiment In Living the Old Testament Book of Leviticus. It gives to cause to pause, wonder, contemplate and reread. If you’ve ever had trouble reading Leviticus and wonder what in the heck all that boring gobbledygook is doing in the bible — or if you’ve just tried to read Leviticus and gone to sleep — you’ll want to read Daniel Harrell’s book.

How to Be Perfect will not put you to sleep. It is funny, it is thought provoking, it is convicting, but it isn’t boring. If you want to better understand the roots of our Christian traditions and you want an even clearer picture of just how radical Jesus’ teachings were in the context of the culture he lived in, you’ll want to read this book. You’ll find sample pages below.


It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:

and the book:

How to be Perfect

FaithWords (January 5, 2011)

***Special thanks to Sarah Reck,Web Publicist, Hachette Book Group for sending me a review copy.***


Daniel M. Harrell is senior minister of Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota. For 23 years he served as a minister at Park Street Church in downtown Boston. He is the author of Nature’s Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith as well as numerous articles that have appeared in Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and Regeneration Quarterly. He holds a PhD in developmental psychology from Boston College and has lectured at Fuller Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Gordon College, and Boston University. He lives somewhat obediently by grace in Minneapolis with his wife and daughter.

Visit the author’s website.

Product Details:

List Price: $19.99
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (January 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 044655717X
ISBN-13: 978-0446557177



Apparently I am going to live.  I had a bit of chiropractic work done and the horrid pain went away.  Then I came home and sat in my computer chair — and was soon feeling ill again.  That’s when I realized I was looking at my computer screen from the way wrong angle and holding my neck really weird.  I made some adjustments and am once again sitting up straight.

Tomorrow after church I am going to spend a couple of hours with Amoeba before he heads back to Hawaii, then I’ll visit as many of you as I can before heading for my friend’s birthday party.  Since none of us are drinkers and we can only eat so much, I expect I’ll be home early so I’ll try to get around to visit everyone before bedtime.

You have all been very busy while I have been ill.  My reader says I have 134 unread blog posts to see.  I won’t get to them all and I am not even going to try to catch up on what I am behind.  Doing so would no doubt bring on another headache!

Re: 11 September 2010

Over dinner tonight, Quilly and Your Friendly Neighborhood Amoeba discussed this ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and the various commentaries we had seen in the press and on the Internet, ostensibly in commemoration of the anniversary.

We decided that the commentaries could best be summed up with a single word.


Breathing threats and murder, for most of the 9/11 related blog posts that we saw, seemed to be the order of the day.

And in the news, we read of rallies by the self-proclaimed “church-going majority” that called for the overthrow of the present Government of these Untied States (“Impeach Obama!”) and its replacement by (naturally) themselves.

Of course, this is not the first time in history in which an economic downturn has caused a society to turn against itself, and for a segment of that society to call for a radical change. Sometimes, those radical changes have even taken place, and been celebrated by those church-going folk who made them happen.

As I look back on the great work that has been done during the past four years you will understand quite well that my first feeling is simply one of thankfulness to our Almighty God for having allowed me to bring this work to success. He has blessed our labors and has enabled our people to come through all the obstacles which encompassed them on their way.

         – Adolf Hitler, Speech before the Reichstag, 30 January 1937.

We have met the enemy, and he is us.

Lest we forget.

Let The Parade Begin!

Here I share with you part one of the Friday Harbor 4th of July Parade. I have the whole thing, snap after snap, to share, but I can’t share it all at once, the post will be far too long and take a lifetime to load. I am sorry you are going to have to view this minimal commentary, but if you’ve been to many small town parades, you can make up your own!

Parade 1
A pre-parade clown! She walked down the street passing out candy and charming every body she met.

Parade  2
The parade route to my right.

Parade  3
The parade route to my left.
This was 15 minutes prior to start time and the entire crowd had yet to arrive.


Parade 4
And the parade begins with the police car driven by our retiring local sheriff and some of our local vets. I didn’t photograph the actual beginning of the procession because I put the camera down for the Star Spangled Banner, and because a couple of non-parade vehicles had yet to clear the route and I didn’t want to add to their embarrassment by capturing them on film.


Parade 5
When I took this photo and the next couple of shots,
most of the crowd was still standing — in front of me —
even though they had chairs.
I had a very narrow window between two people’s heads
in which to capture my shots.  Sorry.

Parade  6
Again, two tall guys standing in front of me  kept me from getting a full shot of the car. Sorry.

Parade 7
Finally, the two tall guys took their chairs and moved on.  Was pretty much behind the emcee’s speakers but they were level with it and I know it was blasting in their ears. Those kids up front are still standing even though they have chairs, too. They won’t spend much time in their chairs though because they were busy running into the street to catch candy. I was behind them standing an a low rock wall (technically, I was in a flower bed, however there weren’t any flowers — besides everybody else was doing it!)

Parade 8
These are the peoples from our National Park Service.   As you can see, Susan’s leprechaun is still here.
Parade 9
More of above …
Parade 10
And a few pioneer women followed the soldiers.
Parade 11
They passed out candy and quips.
Parade 12
This pioneer woman passed ot flags.  I don’t know how many she started with, but they were gone within the first block. I would also like to point out that if you are not curbside in a parade, all the candy and other giveways never reach you. Alas.

Parade 13
The pickup representing our local Chamber of Commerce. The bed of the pickup is full of daisies, thanks to the candy throwers, I couldn’t get a clear shot of that — too many people were scrabling for candy.


Parade 14
The parade Grand Marshall.  Al Sundstrom.  I do not know how he came to be chosen, but I do know he was very popular with the crowd.
This old Case Tractor was introduced as, “One Al Sundstom made.”  We were also told who refurbished it but I don’t remember that info and I didn’t take notes.


Parade 16

This is a great old car!


Parade 17
The local chapter of the ACLU.

Parade 18
More from the ACLU.


Parade 19
PFLAG, proving that our island is a safe and friendly place for everyone to live.


Parade 20
This is a visual lesson in how to make certain you can spot your children in the parade crowd.


Parade 21

These folks came out to thank the local farmers for the care and friendship they extend to the Life Center Residents by opening their farms to them for visits and day trips.


Parade 22
I believe this is the unnatural love child of a German shepherd and a Wookie.


Parade 23
I’d like to tell you who these folks are, but I can’t for the life of me remember!


Parade 24
This display was very successful. The Pig War Picnic at the Historical Museum drew a huge crowd — such a huge crowd that they ran out of food!


Parade 25
This is the entry form the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs. I could tell you the names of the people inside, but wouldn’t you rather look at that fantastic car?

Parade 26
A couple of labbies (see photo above) wearing their costumes from the annual Invertebrate Ball.


Parade 27
These folks from a neighboring island, brought us quite a display!

Parade 28
A bit of fencing from the Canoe Island folks, and …

Parade 29
… a bit of French Dancing.  Even …

Parade 30
… a French mime.  Do you suppose that’s why they call it French Camp?

Parade 31
This guys were the French Camp vanguard and tried to tie their display in with the parade’s farming theme.


Parade 32
I absolutely loved this display from Mullis Center and my camera doesn’t do it justice.  Those plywood cut-outs are wearing real clothing!


Parade 33
Jensen’s shipyard is the eldest business still on the island.  Here you see three generations of Jensens.  The driver of the car is our church organist. With her is her daughter and grand-daughter.

This is part of the Jensen “float”.  😉


The color guard for …

the pipers!


Bountiful Harvest — all natural products.  They make the best soaps!


A few of our elected officials.


Stay tuned for, “The Middle of the Parade”!