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Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

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1. What do you call a group of crows?

2. Often seen at the end of a sentence, the three trailing dots that indicate the omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues are known as…

3. How many kingdoms are part of the United Kingdom?

4. Solve the following equation: 5 + 3 * 4 / 2 – 1 = ?

Can you answer these questions? All were featured on the show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? What made the show funny was that college-educated adults went head-to-head with fifth-grade students and usually had to admit, “I am not smarter than a fifth grader.” Only two contestants actually won the $1,000,000 grand prize. Of course, the students had more recently studied all the subjects, and as the expression goes, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” I am never more aware of that then when I’m helping my middle-schooler with math. Every time I have to look up the difference between rational numbers, irrational numbers, whole numbers, and integers. My son will ask, “Mom, didn’t you have to learn all this?” And I reply, “Of course, but that was years ago.”

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God’s First Words

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First words are a milestone. Parents encourage their babies to make meaningful sounds when they start babbling, coaxing them to say “Mama” or “Dada.” When the baby finally does say his or her first word, proud parents share the news and brag to their friends about how smart their child is, perhaps even teasing each other about which parent got the honor of being named first. It makes me wonder what Jesus’ first word was. The Bible doesn’t see fit to tell us, but it is interesting to read God’s first recorded words in Scripture.

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Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!

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Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee to go with a good book? I’m giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card, and you can enter the contest multiple ways! Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, or this blog, or tweet a message about the giveaway. Contest runs through midnight on Friday, August 9, so enter today!

Far From Home

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Having returned not long ago from a 4000-mile, three-week family trip, we’ve seen our fair share of license plates. In our part of rural Texas, we see mainly other Texas plates, with an occasional out-of-state plate from Louisiana or Oklahoma. But in the Northeast, our destination for this trip, seeing another Texas plate was rare. We took an overnight camping trip to Maine while on our trip, and seeing another Texas plate in the campground was really exciting. We felt an instant bond with the other Texas family that had made the long haul north. The further away you are, the more exciting it is to see someone from home.

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Make an Author’s Day (and Your Own!)

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Whether you’ve read any of my books yet or not, you can still make my day per the list above! I finally caved in and started an account on Twitter and Instagram, so find me on both under @ruthmeyerauthor. I’m also on Facebook and Goodreads, and you can get my monthly newsletter as well. But I’d like to make someone’s day too! One lucky winner will win a $25 Amazon gift card as part of the Hope Alone blog tour! Be sure to catch up on any posts you missed from the tour in the wrap-up post, and enter the giveaway while you’re at it! The entry period ends tonight at midnight (Eastern time zone!). And of course, you can really make my day by ordering Hope Alone today if you haven’t already! Happy reading!

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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As a special bonus for the book launch of Hope Alone, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! Visit the first stop of the book tour to enter for a chance to win the gift card, and also for an excerpt from the book (not the same one I posted last week!). Be sure to add Hope Alone to your Goodreads list, and please leave a review when you’ve finished!

Launch Day for Hope Alone!

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Happy Launch Day, everyone! Today Hope Alone is released (both paperback and ebook this time!), so order your copy today from Amazon or Barnes and Noble! Starting tomorrow, you can also follow along on the virtual blog tour. Enjoy the reviews from other readers, and be sure to leave your own review of the book when you’ve finished reading it yourself!

Blog Tour Schedule

July 2: RABT Reviews – Kick Off
July 2: JB Bookworm – Spotlight
July 4: Nana’s Book Reviews – Spotlight
July 6: Agency of Books and Spies – Review
July 7: Tyto Forest – Spotlight
July 9: Book Junkiez – Excerpt
July 10: Just Writing – Review
July 10: Book Lover Blog – Spotlight
July 12: The Bookworm Lodge – Spotlight
July 12: Meet, Write, Salutary – Review
July 13: Beach Bound Books – Spotlight
July 13: Library Lady’s Kid Lit – Review
July 15: Maidens For Modesty – Review
July 16: RABT Reviews – Wrap Up

Sneak Peek at Hope Alone

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We’re a week away from the launch for Hope Alone! Be sure to pre-order your Kindle version, or set a reminder to order the paperback next Monday. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the first chapter. Happy reading!

A Minecraft Fable

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I could hear the yelling from my room. My oldest two children were playing Minecraft in the living room, and I had no doubt the yelling was related to the game. Sighing deeply and thinking to myself (not for the first time) that video games are more trouble than they’re worth, I went out to play referee. Turns out one of my boys had blown up his brother’s house and his stash of diamonds. Having never played the game myself, I didn’t know what the big deal was, but my son insisted he’d worked really hard to build his house and accumulate the diamonds. Then, just like that, it was gone, and he couldn’t get it back. One thoughtless (malicious, perhaps?) action had undone everything he’d worked so hard to build.

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