New Chapters - May 2, 2011 - Summer Is Here

Dear Book-Loving Friends,
Unless you're not in the Philippines right now, it's obvious to everyone that summer is most definitely here! Students are in vacation mode, office people are filing leaves to go out of town and families are planning reunions and beach get-aways.
It's easy to be caught up in the excitement of planning all these activities. It's also normal to get annoyed with the weather and the traffic and even the lack of holidays and vacation time for the working people. It's equally common to get distracted and lose focus when your mind is daydreaming about surfing or climbing a mountain or lounging by a swimming pool.
And so we'd like to remind you, whether you're at work or school or on vacation, to take some time to Pause, Read and Reflect. In this issue, we have a few suggestions on how you can still incorporate reading this summer. We will also suggest some summer reads to make this summer more interesting and inspiring.
Have a wonderful summer book lovers!
Happy Browsing!
Ida (for all of us here at OMF Lit)
How to Make Reading Part of Your Summer Vacation
Escape the heat with your book
Is it too hot to stay in your house? Why not seek refuge in an air-conditioned coffeeshop for a few hours? Don't forget to bring a book along with you. Make it a quiet and leisurely reading time by leaving other distractions at home; meaning no laptop or tablets or game consoles and if you're brave enough, no cell phone. It will just be you, your book and your coffee.
Storytelling Hour
Are your kids getting a bit restless, waiting for the days until your family outing? Organize a once a week storytelling hour. Invite your neighbour's kids. Make pre and post interactive storytelling activities. Serve small, yummy refreshments. Choose books that are fun but will also teach them life-long values. Your storytelling hour might just become the "it" activity in your neighbourhood.
Nature, Books, God
Are you going to the beach for a few days? One of the nicest places to read is by the seashore, where you can alternately gaze at the blue seas while reading. And you can also marvel at the beauty of God's creation and think about how He loves giving us simple pleasures like that very moment.
Book Club and Book Blog
Are you just staying at home the entire summer with only the internet as your companion? Try to join an online book club. There are a lot out there, just find one that's closest to your interests. And while you're at it, why not start a book blog? It will challenge you to read more books and will also excerise your critical thinking and writing skills.
Take a book break
Are you stressed out at work because you can't take a vacation? Ease your stress by taking a book break during your breaks. Instead of an hour-long lunch, take 30 minutes to sneak in a few chapters of your current read. And during your coffee/merienda break, take a book with you to keep you company
Book of the Week:
Bonhoeffer - Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
by Eric Metaxas
Price: P 475.00
ISBN: 9781595553188

From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler.
A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism.
After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double-agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer, and was hanged in Flossenberg concentration camp at age 39. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the 20th century.
Bonhoeffer presents a profoundly orthodox Christian theologian whose faith led him to boldly confront the greatest evil of the 20th century, and uncovers never-before-revealed facts, including the story of his passionate romance.
5 Facts About Dietrich Bonhoeffer
1. His family expected him to follow in his father's footsteps and become a psychiatrist. To their dismay, he chose to become a theologian and a pastor. His brother told him his talents are wasted on a "poor, feeble, boring, petty, bourgeois institution as the Church". Dietrick replied, "If what you say is true, I shall reform it." He was only 14 years old at that time.
2. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Berlin and had a doctorate by the age of 21. He was called a "theological miracle" by Karl Barth, one of his earliest influences.
3.He joined Abwehr, a German military intelligence organization and served as a courier for the German resistance movement.
4. He was executed 3 weeks before the Russians captured Berlin and Germany capitulated.
5. His life and writings have influenced many radical Christian leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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Hana is no ordinary teen - she battles evil creatures from another dimension. Join her on adventures with her Grandpa Jou and his shape-shifting companion Tomo.

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This revolutionary tale of God's love and grace is brought back to its roots by one of America's most beloved Bible teachers. Gain a new perspective as MacArthur leads you to the profound brilliance of this parable.

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Imagine a world where we actually lived to make a difference and fulfilled the reason why we were created by God. Beloved author Max Lucado shows a God that is inviting us to outlive our lives not just on heaven, but here on earth.

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A practical accompaniment to Maxwell's best-selling Winning with People, this book contains 25 specific actions to build positive, healthy interpersonal relationships.

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This in-depth study in cracking the communication code of married couples can help you understand that your communication styles are not wrong but just different and how to deal with the different "wirings" of husbands and wives.

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Journalist Brett McCracken explores this collision of church and cool and what it means for Christianity and the church's relevancy in this youth-oriented culture and the obsession with being "cool".

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Famed explorer and former thief Eric Morrisey Ganger and his mischievous sidekicks, twins Sadie and Saskia Dopple discover a whole new world and take the readers on an adventure through the new genre "illustra-novella" - a combination of art and traditional text
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