FRIDAY FIRSTLINERS

First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books, encourages us to copy the first line of a book to see if it immediately “grabs” the reader.

Here is the first few lines of a book I hope to read soon, Bob Goff’s Everybody Always:

Chapter One, “Creepy People”

“My friends and I finished what we were doing at the restaurant and took the windowless van back to the airport.”

While they were in the restaurant, someone broke into the van and stole everything. A few minutes later, when they went to catch their plane, the author “reached into my pockets and turned them inside out. I had nothing…’Man, it all got stolen. My luggage, my wallet, everything.”

What a predicament to be in. I will be looking forward to finding out how Goff got out of it!

Have you ever read this author? He blends practical advice with a touch of humor and comes up with an engaging read every time.

 

TEASER TUESDAY

This little game, hosted by The Purple Booker, asks participants to open a book they are currently reading and copy a line or two in hopes of teasing others into putting that book on their TBR list. Be sure to give titles and authors, and no spoilers, please.

Mine for today is from Max Lucado’s Max on Life, a compellation of questions this famous inspirational writer has been asked and his unique, sometimes surprising answers to them.

This from page 111 “I like Jesus, I just don’t like his followers. At least I don’t like the way they behave. All this ‘amen’ and ‘praise the Lord’ seem phony.”

Max’s answer: “You aren’t alone. Hypocrisy turns people away from God. When God-hungry souls walk into a congregation of wannabe superstars, what happens? When God-seekers see singers strut like Las Vegas entertainers…When they hear the preacher–a man of slick words, dress, and hair–play to the crowd and exclude God…When other attendees dress to be seen and make much to-do over their gifts and offerings…When people enter a church to see God, yet can’t see Him because of the church, don’t think for a second that God doesn’t react…”

“Bottom line: don’t make a theater production out of your faith.”

 

FIRST LINE FRIDAYS

This fascinating meme, hosted by “Hoarding Books” asks readers to simply copy the first line or lines of a book, then ask their readers to state whether they would choose/buy that book based on its first line.

Here is my Friday Firstliner from John Ortberg’s YA version of ME, the me I want to be:

After asking the typically-teen question, “Why did God make me?”, Ortberg opens with,

“One week it was all the rage on Facebook to replace your profile picture with the photo of a celebrity who could be your double…I noticed a lot of people chose extremely attractive celebrities for them[selves] and claimed people say they look just like them. I wondered if some of those people might need contact lenses.”

Ortberg’s humor and self-depreciation is a delight to read.  Next to Max Lucado, Ortberg is my favorite inspirational author.