The story of Rebekah, found in the book of Genesis, is one known to multiple faiths. Rebekah, the young woman at the well, shows an act of charity to strangers and is richly rewarded with a marriage. Almost fairytale-like in its simplicity, the story of enigmatic Rebekah continues throughout her marriage to Isaac as she makes a significant impact on her family members’ lives.
In this second of the Wives of the Patriarchs series, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith attempts to reconstruct the gaps in Rebekah’s life by shedding light on her relationships with her family. The character of Rebekah’s brother, Laban, is prominent and well-constructed, and readers get a sense of his motivations and cunning, an important factor for his future dealings. Abraham deals with the family politics of multiple wives and children, including a strained relationship with one of his sons. Rebekah’s willfulness puts a strain on the delicate balance of power in their complicated family.
Interwoven with source material, Rebekah is a heartbreaking journey of faith and betrayal chronicling the story of strangers becoming lovers, and lovers turned rivals, as in the tumultuous relationship of Isaac and Rebekah.
This review first appeared in the August 2013 issue of Historical Novel Review. I was provided with a copy of this book for the purposes of a review.
Last month I talked about how to set up your word counter for Scrivener, especially for all you Wrimo peeps. How did you do this month?
If you’re working with Scrivener software, you may want to consider creating a table (see below) with NaNoWriMo’s targets each day and include space for you to fill in where you’re at on your writing goals. One year later, I can’t remember the details of each and every day of my journey but I am so grateful for the journalling “notes” I took. It allows me to stop and reflect on what I was doing at the time, and what my productivity levels are.
Side note: I would’ve sworn I’d had a 10,000 word day at some point but the numbers don’t lie.
While I don’t recommend creating a table within Scrivener to cover a full 365-day period (check out my recommendations for year-round word trackers here), it can be a useful exercise for a short period of time. Creating tables in Scrivener can be a bit tricky though.
Step 1: Finding the Table Menu
Go to Format – Table – Table. Once you’ve clicked the “Table” option, a pop-up window will appear with all of your default table options (see below).
Step 2: Change the default settings
What I’ve found works best, is to change the rows first by using the up arrow to the right of the number displayed for rows (Default: 2). It’s going to allow you a maximum of 25. After this hits ’25′, then click the columns section and adjust to your preferred column number. You can go back and tweak the rows to create more if you desire.
For my NaNoWriMo word tracker table, I used 6 rows and 33 columns.
Step 3: Changing the Border Colors
When you’re satisfied that the table is the correct row and column size that you’re looking for, close the pop-up Table box, and highlight the entire table.
Once it’s been highlighted, open the Table menu again. We’re going to change the border’s background colors.
The black box to the right of Cell Border is the default color for your table. Unfortunately, when Scrivener creates it (at least in mine), it only creates a black border on a couple of the rows/columns (called “cells”). We want it to do the whole thing.
Click the black color box to display the Colors palette (the box with all of the crayons).
Click on any other color than the one that you want. You should see your highlighted table in the background automatically change to that color. Now, click the color you actually want (ex: black) for the table to refresh and now display the correct color.
Note that you can also change a cell’s background separately if you want a table header to have a particular color (ex: the “November” header is peach).
Close all boxes and return to your table.
Step 4: Resizing Your Table
By dragging the vertical column lines in your table, you can resize the columns and make them thinner or thicker. Since most of mine were just numbers, I shrunk most of my columns to about an inch width and expanded my “Notes” column to maybe 4 inches in length (see below).
At this point, your basic table is finished.
Step 5: Add In Table Headings, Column Headings and Cell Labels
You can play around with the text alignment (ex: center align for “November”), fill in the dates, the target totals, and the headers in each column.
Step 6: Changing Cell Backgrounds and File Icons
I decided to go with a nice teal color for the cell background and I changed the name and icon of this file to “Productivity” (see below).
And here is what the finished table looks like:
Got any questions?
Leave a comment below and I’ll be glad to walk you through any steps. This tutorial was done on a Mac computer so steps may vary with the Windows version.
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
The Sunday Post is an original feature/meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead (description & feature by Kimba).
- Did you miss the last Sunday Post? You can still read it here.
- 11/19: Last week we had a Mae West quote.
- 11/22: I reposted a fun link to an article that was a satire of Jane Austen.
Fresh From the Stacks!
In my profession, I have hundreds of books cross my desk on a daily basis. It can be a challenge not to pick up and browse every single book that looks great … so I’ve made a list.
Here are some suggested titles for your TBR lists based on this week’s finds. Book descriptions provided by Amazon or GoodReads (credit given).
Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1) by Elizabeth Miles
Sometimes sorry isn’t enough….
It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems…
Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better—the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel…something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay. Em and Chase have been chosen. (Goodreads)
The Magicians (The Magicians #1) by Lev Grossman
Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. He’s a senior in high school, and a certifiable genius, but he’s still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read as a kid, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Compared to that, anything in his real life just seems gray and colorless.
Everything changes when Quentin finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery. He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. But something is still missing. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he though it would.
Then, after graduation, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. (Goodreads)
Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story. (Goodreads)
Coming Soon on LMB:
- 11/26 A.A. Milne quote
- 11/28 – Thanksgiving!!!
- 11/28: How to create tables in Scrivener
- 11/29: I review Rebekah by Jill Eileen Smith.
Articles I’m Reading Online:
- I am in love with these nursery stencils by Bonnie Christine. If you like her work, check out her blog, Going Home to Roost. Lovely ideas for the home on her site!
- Joshua Katz, a Ph. D student at North Carolina State University published some cool maps showing the linguistic differences of Americans in some pretty basic words. I’ve heard multiple versions of “caramel” but I had no idea people pronounced “crayon” differently.
Have a great weekend everybody!
A positively delightful look at young ladies misadventures abroad and the perplexed coppers who must try to wrangle these ladies into some sense of order after “late nights spouting Mozart arias in the streets” (a paraphrase).
Although this is clearly satire, a part of me (that wishes that ladies still wore sprigged muslin and talked prettily) would love this to be real.
Alas, this is one fashion that has not come around again.
I’ll keep waiting.
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West