I was born in 77- So I came into gaming on the tail end of Atari- In fact the 3rd version of Atari was the system I started playing on when I was six. But following the great Video Game Crash of 1983 (Yes- It happened) the N.E.S was released and gaming forever changed.
Some of my best memories growing up were of my friends and I staying up all night just to beat Mario Brothers, Contra, Kung Fu, and Zelda.
So it’s natural that I would want to introduce my kids to a bit of my childhood. And now- Starting this week- The NES is being re-released.
Here are some of my favorite games growing up. All these are from the NES system. I did enjoy the later systems as well. However, there is something special about those original games- The ones that captured the magic of my childhood that can’t be replaced.
Today I’m excited to have my live interview with YA author Nadine Brandes. Nadine writes for Enclave Publishing and is about to release the third and final book in her “Out of Time Series: A Time to Rise.”
I dove into this book on a plane ride back home one afternoon. I expected to knock out the introduction then catch a quick nap. After the first line I was hooked. Every where I turned I was reminded of my own life. Before I knew it my flight was landing and I was having to jump off and catch my connection.
Lori Roeleveld’s new book Jesus & the Beanstalk takes the classic fairy tale Jack & the beanstalk and lines it up with powerful Biblical truths. Reminding us that there is power is the small things- like beans. That at times we toss aside our faith, listening to the doubts of the world, and never experience the power to slay the Giants that invade our lives.
As I read this I looked back on my own life. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the countless times I failed. Only to realize that during those times I was relying on my own self-centered self. That I was making life about me, my achievements, and my ambitions. It was only when I allowed the Power of Christ to rule my life that I saw my Giants slain.
Jesus and the Beanstalk is a personal story of how the author overcame her own Giants- Walking us through 1 Peter ch 1 we learn 8 incredible truths to live larger than life faith.
I give this book five stars and highly recommend it as something to read in groups or alongside your personal daily Bible study. Lori has an excellent grasp on a doctrine that is Biblically based.
So I have spent a lot less time on Social Media as of late. Not because I’m depressed or anything- just trying to spend more time reading, writing, and not worried about being present.
Regardless one thing is certain- I’ve become insanely jealous of my wife.
She has an unusual super power. Despite working full time, raising two toddlers, (well three if you count me) she manages to knock out at least two novels a week. Seriously – It takes me an average of fifteen days to sift through a 400-page book. But hey- She reads fast and I don’t. But that doesn’t stop me from plugging away on my TBR pile.
So at the moment I’m wrapping up Tosca Lee’s Progeny.
After that- I’m diving deep into a re-read of “The Out of Time series.”
I already have my advanced reader copy of book 3 and am Stoked about the end of this series. Nadine is a great writer friend and I’m excited to see how she wraps this series up.
I’ll be posting regular updates as I read through it on my blog and other social media channels as I can.
Anyway- What books are on your fall reading list…?