Sunday, November 30, 2008

Locked Up...



Saturday, November 29, 2008

Peek-A-Boo







Book Review: Through the Storm

I know, I know. You're asking yourself the same thing I am - what's a hip-hop loving, boy band hating guy like myself doing reading a book by the mom of one of the biggest pop stars we've ever known? Shouldn't I be reviewing "Whatever you say I am..." or "Rhyming and Stealing..." or even "Hey Ya!"

Well - truth be told - the publisher of the book, Thomas Nelson Publishing, invited bloggers who like to read to get some free books and review them.

There ya have it - bloggers who like to read - that's all me.

And I'd be lying if I said the pop culture hollywood gossip-seeking voyeur in me (come on - it's in all of us - you know it is...) wasn't interested in a peek inside the world of Britney Spears. I was also intrigued by her rise to fame, how she dealt with it and the subsuquent crumbling in the limelight and how the public seemed to enjoy and almost encourage all of it. Not to mention that her mom is a Christian and the CEO of like the biggest Christian publisher found her manuscript very compelling.

So there - that's why the book is in my hands. It showed up free in my mailbox. Now - for the review.
Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World is a tell-all of sorts from Lynne Spears - mother of Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears. She kicks it off with some background on herself, her parents and her upbringing and takes you right up to and through her kids' births and their rise to stardom.

The whole thing actually reads like a bad blog. It's a little random - kind of jumps around and seems to lack a focus or straight path. But listen - don't take that the wrong way. I have plenty of blogs in my Google reader that aren't going to win any awards for writing style - but that doesn't make them any less interesting. Sometimes the rawness of that approach can make them even more appealing.

The author gains some extra points for her willingness to be as open and transparent as anyone could be. She doesn't ALWAYS blame the media and paparazzi (though she does her fair share of that) and she owns up to problems time and again. Towards the end of the book - which coincides with the absolute downward spiral of the "Britney Spears Show" culminating in the very public crash and burn of aforementioned pop star - Lynne appears to either be struggling with the writing or the media or life as a whole. The last 30 pages may have been the hardest to read - simply because she seemed to fall off track and to be honest - some things read like excuses and were at times hard to believe (for example - who takes a call from someone they've never met or heard of offering them a job selling cubic zirconias - and accepts it??).

Overall - I would agree with Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt - a very compelling read that does lend some insight to some of the things we saw happen in the media and may have perceived differently than they actually were.

Meron gives her 2.5 penguins out of a possible 5 penguins.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful

Today Meron and Daddy ran Running for Brighton Race #3. It was Meron's first official race - and she did awesome. Then - after dinner with some special friends and their family - we got to thinking about this holiday.

Wow - do we have a lot to be thankful for this year. If you know us than you know we have had an interesting year - but it's been a year full of God for us. He was everywhere.

We are thankful for our family - Laura - Tymm - Meron and Brighton.

We are thankful for our amazing friends and family who supported us in some rough times this year to make sure we made it through it to see the silver lining of it all.

We are thankful for our health, our home and a clearer view of life.

We are thankful for the incredible miracle and gift that adoption is.

We are most thankful for God - who continues to love us and shower us with His goodness despite our shortcomings.

Thank you God...



Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Faces of Meron






Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Little Spaces

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008