I was disappointed at not going to Mom's to bake cookies, but grateful we were home safe. My RA doesn't handle the cold well, and being out like that it sank right into them, and I spent the next several hours warming up under my electric blanket. That, along with the terrible Packer game, made the day seem pretty grim. But then Jesse brought in some boxes of books my aunt had given me several months ago, and I was just finally looking at now. In the last box there was an old scrapbook and manila envelope. As I begin to go through them, I discovered old family photographs of my grandma's family when she was a little girl. I've never seen any of those pictures before, indeed had no idea they even existed! I spent a couple of lovely hours going through the photos again and again, picking out a few faces I knew, and discovering that my grandma and I looked remarkably alike when we were little girls. Today's picture is of her at about six or seven years old. I can't imagine a better Christmas present than that small pack of photos.
The Reluctant Villain by Stanley J. Borley is a short novella about the transformation God can bring to even a bad man's life. The book is written in third person, but is truly an autobiography. Stan asked me to be kind to him in the review, because he's not a professional writer, but while there is the occasional grammatical issue, the book is written remarkably well, and he uses suspense and dramatic tension very well. The story follows Stan through his life as a young boy in Manitoba, Canada to his life as a major drug dealer and smuggler in Asia. He is brutally honest about his sinning past and his alcoholism, but as he learns to deal with his addiction and about God, he begins to make serious changes in his life, trying to become the man God created him to be. Stan doesn't always succeed, but his story is one of hope and perseverance. His story is inspirational and compelling, and it's a beautiful story of what God can do with a man's life, if the man is just willing.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book for review!