Book of January Review: Put on the Armour of Light

This past month has given me a tremendous opportunity to experience breath taking drama from this novel written by Catherine MacDonald where Put on the Armour of Light was my own shining of light during these past four weeks.

I can’t imagine how Winnipeg, my home, would look like at the dawn of 1899 and I sure can’t remember the time when I went to a museum (which I should) to look at the history behind it. The atmosphere that was presented in the novel was   exciting and it sure as hell makes me want to go back and time and experience what it really would have been like to be a Winnipeger during its pioneering days.

What I loved about it was the ability to actually imagine the streets that were thrown at me while reading the chapters. I was like “Hey! I know that street! And that building as well!” It must have been the constant echoing of how these same exact streets that were ideal to the novel’s success.

The storyline was also very delicious to read as I, myself love murder and drama. I can’t say the least how a murder caused by fraud is the most propelling story to read but, I can say that in the midst of tears, the suspension of who did what is what makes me (and hopefully you) to keep on flipping the pages as the story releases its dynamite (don’t worry it’s not actually dynamite, but the ending might be).


Book of the Month: Put on the Armour of Light

For the first month of 2015, January starts off with a book by a new local author in my city of Winnipeg called Put on the Armour of Light and it’s written by Catherine MacDonald. If you want to buy it on amazon, click here.

Here is what’s written on the back of the book to give you a synopsis or a little bit of background:

In June 1899, the Reverend Charles Lauchlan's industrious life as a young Presbyterian minister is knocked off the rails  when he learns that his former university roommate has been arrested on murder charges.
The chief of police says it's an open-and-shut case, but Sergeant Setter — labelled as a misfit by his fellow officers — disagrees. Lauchlan and Setter become uneasy allies in a search that takes them from the sleaziest bars to the most sumptuous drawing rooms of turn-of-the-century Winnipeg. On the way, Lauchlan uses his pastoral skills in ways never anticipated in the seminary. As time runs out he must risk everything, even his heart, in order to find the real killer.

Just got to love mystery right? I can’t wait to start this book. Plus it’s based off of my city (Winnipeg) with a lot of historical contexts!

Book of the Month and 10 Benefits of Reading

Hey guys, so I was thinking that since one of my New Year’s resolutions includes reading a book, I was thinking that maybe I should do a book of the month type of thing to get you guys reading books too. I was thinking that each month, I should read a new book and at the end of the month do a book review! Sounds good? I think it is!

Now before you guys go crazy, let me explain why reading everyday is good for you.

1) Stimulation of the mental mind: Since you’re keeping your brain active, you lower your risks for Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Just like your muscles in your body you need to exercise your brain as well, so just remember the phrase “use it or lose it.”

2) Stress Reduction: With all the stress in our daily lives slipping into a nice story or an engaging article is a no brainer. Just letting go and relaxing into a nice novel will smooth away your stress and make your mind healthier.

3) Knowledge: Whatever you choose to read, it fills your brain with new little bits of information that you’ll never know would come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the more efficient you are when it comes to tackling obstacles. And knowledge, unlike money, can never be taken away from you.

4) Vocabulary expansion: Did you know that the more you read, the more exposure to new words you’ll receive? It’s a fact! When you read, your brain finds and stores new words and their meanings that you can use in professional and academical circumstances! It’s also seen that those who are more articulate in language and composition tend to be more knowledgeable, which can come in handy in your career.

5) Improving your memory: Let’s face it. When we read books, we have to remember the characters, chapters, plots, places, problems, situations, and the contexts of what is being read in order to understand. So amazingly, your brain is trained to remember these in order to make connections with the rest of the story. Interestingly, when our brains do this, it makes new pathways for future content and strengthens old ones.

6) Powerful analytical skills: When you read more and more, your brain is able to pick up familiar patters that makes you predict similar or even precise outcomes when reading a novel or story. This is very handy when you’re required to explain the plot of the story or the author’s intentions. Having strong analytical skills can aid when trying to solve problems as well.

7) Focus and Concentration: Yes, similar to that hand clapping game of concentration but even more amazing. When you read, you’re able to train your brain to focus on absorbing information, instead of being distracted by the world around you. This can help you when you’re required to read a text in class in a short period of time because due to your ability of focusing on the meaning of the text.

8) Improved writing skills: When you read, you learn and when you learn, you’re able to use it when writing complicated writing pieces. Increased reading, teaches you different writing styles from different authors, which can help you with your own writing.

9) Peace: In addition to relaxation and tress relief, making yourself quiet and reading is similar to meditating where your mind is at a spot where it can be nourished.

10) Entertainment: This may not apply to everyone but, reading is very fun. If you think about The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Harry potter, etc. The reason why they’ve become movies is because, the books were very well written and therefore, entertaining to the reader that they wanted to bring it to life. Speaking of brining words in the book to life, did you know that one of the secrets of reading is imagination and creativity? When you read, you illustrate your own pictures of what is going on in the story, which is the same pattern that directors do when they decide to bring a book to your screen.

Now that you know the 10 benefits of reading, I think it’s time for you (and me) to pick up a book and start that wonderful journey!