David's Current Reads

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

Updated: October 20, 2021

Wild Words: Rituals, Routines, and Rhythms for Braving the Writere's Patch

by Nicole Gulotta

"A guide for the next generation of writers—self-care rituals, creativity-generating rhythms, and personalized strategies for embracing a creative life

Wild Words is an invitation to explore the intersection of your writing practice with everything else in your busy life. Through personal stories and practical lessons you’ll learn how to enter a new relationship with your creativity, one that honors where you’ve been, where you’re headed, and where you are today. Discover methods to support a sustainable writing practice, clarifying and nourishing routines, an understanding of your own creative history, and guidance on how to make small but powerful mind-set shifts (such as how to see a career as a partner rather than an obstacle).

Above all, Wild Words encourages you to approach creativity through a seasonal lens and helps you untangle the messy process of embracing your circumstances, trusting your voice, and making time to put pen to paper, season after season.” (Amazon.com, 2021).

The Fast Track to Your General Class Ham Radio License

by Steve Dorff

“If you've made the decision to open up your ham radio world by going for the general class license, use the program used by thousands of hams to get and upgrade their ham licenses!

The Fast Track to Your General Class Ham Radio License explains the reasoning and theory behind each correct answer on the general class exam so you'll understand and remember the subject matter. 

Created by an experienced ham and adult educator, it's like having your own, patient, experienced, good-humored mentor for the exam. 

To get your general class license you must pass a multiple-choice test. The general license test consists of 35 questions drawn from a pool of 462. Memorizing the answers to 462 disconnected questions is difficult, but The Fast Track makes getting your upgrade easier by explaining the logic behind each correct answer. It's simple: When you understand the material, and you have a context for the material, you remember the answers and pass the test. 

Best of all, once you've passed your exam you'll have a solid grounding in ham radio basics.

  • Includes every possible question and every answer - All technical topics explained in clear, plain language, often with illustrations

  • Step-by-step instructions to solve all the math problems

  • Proven study and test taking strategies

  • Hints to easily solve many questions and avoid the traps in the test

  • Written in "learning order", not just the (confusing) order of the official question bank.” (Amazon.com, 2020).

Hitman: Forty Years Making Music, Topping the Charts, and Winning Grammys

by David Foster, Pablo F. Fenjves

After almost four decades in the music business, David Foster -- producer, arranger, songwriter, performer -- is finally ready to talk. In this compelling and outspoken memoir, Foster shares some of his incredible stories: the first time he met Barbra Streisand, as a young session player in Los Angeles; his first of 15 Grammys® for "After the Love Has Gone," Earth, Wind & Fire's memorable hit; the making of Unison, Celine Dion's English-language debut; the challenges he faced on his way to putting the group Chicago back on the charts; his award-winning contribution to Unforgettable: With Love, Natalie Cole's comeback album; those back-to-back recording sessions with Madonna and Michael Jackson; and the incredible chain of events that spawned Whitney Houston's historic blockbuster, "I Will Always Love You." (Amazon.com, 2021).

Writing With The Master

by Tony Vanderwarker

"With seven unpublished novels rotting away on Tony’s hard drive, John Grisham took Tony under his wing and taught him the secrets of novel writing. Soon to be published, Writing With The Master is the story of working with the famous writer to craft a thriller, titled Sleeping Dogs. With Grisham’s actual critiques and margin notes, the book pulls back the curtain on Grisham’s amazing plot development techniques and gives the reader an inside look on what makes Grisham one of the all-time bestselling novelists.

“Be careful what you wish for,” is Vanderwarker’s reflection on the experience, “John really put me through the ringer.” The story of writing the novel and the unexpected outcome makes for a great read. “Things don’t always turn out the way you expect, but it’s what happens instead that’s often the best part,” Tony decides. (Amazon.com, 2021)

Book of Ezekiel | Holy Bible, English Standard Version

The OT in general and the prophets in particular presuppose and teach God's sovereignty over all creation, over people and nations and the course of history. And nowhere in the Bible are God's initiative and control expressed more clearly and pervasively than in the book of Ezekiel. From the first chapter, which graphically describes the overwhelming invasion of the divine presence into Ezekiel's world, to the last phrase of Ezekiel's vision ("the Lord is there") the book sounds and echoes God's sovereignty.” (Biblestudytools.com, 2021).