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A science try at Life after Death

April 23, 2014 --

lifeafterdeathReview of “Life After Death: The Evidence” by author Dinesh D’Souza

Modern science not only makes life after death plausible, the idea that we may survive beyond physical death is consistent with the most cutting-edge scientific discoveries.

This bold idea is just one of the thought-provoking topics that Dinesh D’Souza explores in his book, Life After Death: The Evidence. There are many others as D’Souza builds a case that belief in life beyond death is entirely reasonable. Though D’Souza is a Christian, he offers a thoughtful, fascinating read that will engage believer and non-believer alike. This probably explains why figures as different as Rick Warren and the late Christopher Hitchens endorsed the book when it was published in 2009.

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Salem teacher’s book list for kids

April 17, 2014 --

By “Miss Nelson”,kidsreading
Salem Elementary Teacher,

As a teacher, I try not to spend too much of my own money on my classroom, but when it comes to new books that the kids are dying to read, I find it hard to resist. One particularly challenging demographic is the reluctant, below-grade-level, male reader. Lots of thought and study has gone into finding solutions to motivate them to dive into a good book, because research tells us that kids need to be reading about two hours a day in order to make one-year’s growth per year.

With that in mind, here are some the books I splurged on because it is so rewarding seeing a string of little boys more excited about books than soccer:

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Peek at J.K. Rowlings first crime novel

April 9, 2014 --

cuckooscallingBook review by Michelle Barnhart of “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by author Robert Galbraith

J. K. Rowling = Harry Potter. Everybody knows that. And that’s why I was so surprised when, part way through Robert Galbraith’s “The Cuckoo’s Calling”, I glanced at the author bio inside the back cover and read the book was actually written by J. K. Rowling, under the pseudonym of Galbraith.

“The Cuckoo’s Calling” is Rowling’s first crime novel. Her plot revolves around the death of supermodel Lula Landry. The police have ruled it suicide; however, her brother can’t believe it and hires Strike to look into the case. Strike’s investigation takes him behind the scenes of the rich and famous…he interviews Landry’s driver, her rock star boyfriend, her cleaning lady, and her makeup artist, among others. When Strike briefly becomes the target of the paparazzi, I felt that Rowling was writing from her own personal experience as a public figure.

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Book lover turned eReader

April 3, 2014 --

By Erika Weisensee, Oregon Writer

A few years ago, I remember saying I would never read e-books. Well, things change. Yes, I will soon be buying myself an e-reading device. I’ve written many times on this site about my love for books. It’s not just that I Iike reading. . . I mean, I REALLY love books. I love turning the pages. I find comfort in the smell and the look of old books. I love book jackets. I love browsing in bookstores and libraries. How could an e-reader compare with all of that?

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