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Quiet reflection and prayer aren't the only things that happen at religious services. As preachers and the faithful can tell you, some of life's funniest moments pop up in the place least expected--church! It Happened in Church: Stories of Humor from the Pulpit to the Pews brings together a collection of these most laugh-worthy accounts. From a churchgoer doing the limbo under a velvet rope to get to his pew, to congregation members stumbling blindly back to their seats after a preacher stomped on their glasses (you have to believe in the miracle of healing for it to work!), these stories will both tickle the funny bone and inspire the soul. Gathered from the friends, family, and personal experiences of Patti Webster, a third generation Christian leader, each story is topped off with scripture and reflection. You'll also find comic breaks and anecdotes from your favorite celebrities. As the stories show, humor really does have the power to heal and to teach. It Happened in Church is sure to bring both fits of laughter and bouts of clarity.Summary source: amazon.com
Using relevant stories and characters from Scripture, insights and teachings from the lives of he saints, spiritual writings, and personal experiences, the author explores the place of joy, humor, and laughter in the spiritual life.
 
Tim Wilson, stand-up comedian and singer
 
John and Jeremy are single guys in their mid-30s who mediate divorces in D.C. Their summer social life consists of wedding crashing in order to meet young women for a one-night stand. As John thinks about growing up, Jeremy convinces him to go to one more wedding, this one is for the daughter of the Treasury Secretary. Each catches the eye of a bridesmaid, who happen to be daughters of the host. Jeremy quickly scores with Gloria, who proves to be a psycho clinger. John, on the other hand, wants real romance with Claire, but she has a boyfriend. Now John needs to convince Jeremy to stick around long enough so he can woo Claire. John has one more problem to deal with -- telling Claire the truth about himself before someone else does.
An unlikely love story develops when a cynical, big-city columnist comes to a small town to cover the story of Maggie Carpenter, a bride who's left men at the altar several times.
When Aaron's father dies, he must organize the funeral and give the eulogy. Keeping things civil is a problem right from the start when the undertaker makes a horrifying mistake. Then his brother, Ryan wants to be in the spotlight and refuses to pay for anything. But this is nothing compared to information received from a mysterious dwarf at the funeral who exposes way too many family secrets.
A small Georgia town has fallen on hard times and is counting on the church choir to lift everyone's spirits by winning the national Joyful Noise Competition. But discord between the two leading ladies threatens to tear everything apart when Vi Rose plans to stick with a traditional style, while fiery G.G. wants to shake things up in a big way! - MA
   
   
   

 

Hobbitses is coming. Yes they is, my precioussss

In two days, Peter Jackson's monumental The Hobbit...part 1 arrives on your local movie screens. If you're completely disgusted by the naked cash grab that Jackson and the studio are perpetuating by dividing a 300-odd page children's book into three lo-o-o-ong feature films, here are some other suggestions for  you to get your fantasy fix. Heck, even if you can't wait for 8 hours or so of Hobbiting over the next two years, we still recommend these:

Jack Reacher movie

Jack Reacher, the film based on Lee Child’s thriller One Shot hits theaters on December 21st. Tom Cruise stars as the title hero (whether fans like it or not) in Christopher McQuarrie’s second directorial effort. Try these books and movies available at GPLD while you wait:

New features in Office 2013

With MS Office 2013 scheduled for general release in the first half of next year, it's useful to look at some new features. First of all, the look of the whole suite gets a makeover to align it stylistically and functionally with Windows 8. That includes new color-coded start screens and touchscreen functionality, although according to Helen Bradley in October's PC World, the touch interface works better on tablets than on large touchscreen monitors.

High points of the new version include:

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