Amazon’s Top 100 Books To Read Lists

Amazon just published two lists of the top 100 books to read in a lifetime. The lists were put together based input from GoodReads’ readers and the Amazon editors. I’ve put together my thoughts on the lists here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!


#reading, #top-100-books

Blogging By Outline


I thought you might be interested in this. Earlier, I posted a query on how to blog quickly and efficiently in one sitting. I’ve got a little bit of an answer (word limit), which I have modified a little to be a strict outline form. Here’s the basic idea:

Catchy Title
Main Point
Allegory or Anecdote to include
Relevant verse(s) (fewer is better)

Point 1

Point 2

Point 3


Song to link to
Pix to use

I’m finding that this is forcing me to be concise and take less time composing. I research/journal to the outline point, and then switch to WordPress to expand on the outline. (Actually, I start with my journal and iPad, and then add links and pictures from the laptop – later in the day even is do-able.)

WordPress on the iPad can be a little flaky (doesn’t autosave, for example), so I’m careful.


Hope you find this of interest!

#blogging, #general, #inspiration, #journal

Composing posts in less time, one sitting- how?

Hi all,

I’m finding that it’s taking too long to put a post together, which is resulting in having to break away in the middle. When I get back to it, I’ve lost the (whatever you call it, inspiration?) for the idea. 

Wondering how you all “practice” blogging so that the post actually gets (researched, outlined, written)?


#blogging, #creative-writing, #inspiration, #writing

Hope For Life

A new post on Sharing God’s Story, Hope For Life

Thanks for reading and your comments!


#general, #journal, #life

A Milestone for Sharing God’s Story

Hey All,

I’ve reached a big milestone: my 200th post! Please check it out!


A Post About What To Title My Next Post

I have an amazing story to tell, but I just can’t choose a suitable title. I humbly ask for your opinions:

The Story: An incredible, unbelievable display of persistence resulting in … a success against all recommendations (AKA really, hope), and a follow-up “God Thing” (a message) that just adds to my list of reasons to believe.

The Contending Titles:

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Or Can You?
In which I describe a situation (confidentially, of course) where an individual’s amazing display of “persistence” resulted in a “success” (of sorts), which, upon further consideration, turns out to be real true hope (or an allegory of hope), but at a terrible personal cost IMHO…

This (crazy/foolish) sense of (crazy/foolish) hope
In which I describe my revelation that persistence and hope are, indeed, the same thing – or more closely related than I had previously thought, with a punch-line proving God is – though I’m not sure where the “crazy/foolish” part really fits in…

Really Real Reason #nnn For Believing in God
In which I focus more on the after-the-fact incident (the “God Thing”) as one of a series of God Things throughout my life reinforcing my faith. (And by the way, I turn 55 next month. I’ll have lived 20,075 days at that time, each one a miracle in itself. By “Really Real” I’m narrowing the list down to those above-and-beyond divine interventions.)

So, which one of these titles would catch your attention enough to stop and read? (And no, I’m not against three posts about the same event! 😉 )

With gracious thanks,
Marshall at Sharing God’s Story

Just one more…

Okay, this is blatant, but I need just one more follower to hit 100. Anyone?

Much love…