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A Year With God
I was given a copy of A Year With God by the publisher, Thomas Nelson. I thought this book was fine. I read other reviews, about it, that were pretty harsh - and some that were glowing. I'm going to take middle ground on this one and give it three out of five stars. I enjoyed each reading from this daily reader. The focus is on the words of God - all Old Testament readings. I found that a refreshing change from most Christian literature. Also, it wasn't as "fluffy" as most daily readers. I like that in a book. I found one factual error - but it was just the wrong name of a Bible character and a typo - the main points weren't heretical or anything. On Amazon, other reviewers seemed to be looking for things about which to complain. I think new and different perspectives on the Bible and God's words are interesting and I can learn from them. I like the undated pages. I'm a pretty sequential person, and I like that I can read three days or one day at a time without feeling like I'm skipping ahead or falling behind. It's a good book. I would buy it.
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Here's a great way to make a cool scratching post/tree house/hangout spot for your cat without making your home look like you've become a cat lady.
Materials I used:
-old side table that was ready to be thrown out
-potted fake tree that had seen better days
-drill and 1" drill bit
-piece of scrap wood
-hot glue gun
Here's how I did it:
I wanted to use only items I already had. So, I found an old side table that was stuck in the corner of an upstairs playroom. It wasn't being used much and was pretty ugly. Perfect.
I drilled two large holes in the top. The largest drill bit I had was 1" - and not big enough, so I ended up drilling several one inch holes right next to eachother to make two large flower shaped holes (see photo).
Then I stapled some burlap over the top of the table and cut slits where the holes were. You could also use a carpet scrap for this - but I only had burlap on hand, so that's what I used.
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