Amanda Barber

Stories, songs, and thoughts on life.

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My Favorite Fiction, Part 2: A Christmas Carol

12 December 2013

My dad used to watch an old black and white version of this every time we went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas, which was usually every year. The movie always came on after bedtime and so there I would lay in the other room while Dad and Grandpa watched A Christmas Carol. I could hear every word, and I shivered and shook at the creepiness of old Jacob Marley coming back from the dead to warn Ebenezer Scrooge...

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Happy Thanksgiving

27 November 2013

Years are usually full of unexpected happenings, since we mortals cannot predict the future. But this past year seemed especially full of them.

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My Favorite Fiction, Part 1

21 November 2013

Charlotte Bronte wrote from the perspective and internal thoughts of one young woman and dealt with one story line. Jane Eyre, in particular, is so real and fresh.

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The Testimony of a Well-Lived Life

31 October 2013

Last Saturday, I had a book signing in Battle Creek. At the appointed time, I made my way to Barnes and Noble and walked up the information desk. “Hi, I’m Amanda Barber here for the book signing,” I began. The girl on the other side looked back at me, confused. “Book signing?” Just then, the acting manager came up and the girl said something like, “There’s a book signing today?”

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Severe Mercy

17 October 2013

I don’t think I’ll ever understand why people go on and on about youth like it’s the most carefree part of life. Youth, especially adolescence is when you realize that life isn’t rosy, that the expectations for a good life in which you assumed that everything around the corner was a new delight waiting to happen, fall crashing to the ground.

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Book Signings and Other Hazards

10 October 2013

This was my first big week of book signings. How do I describe it? Maybe by how I felt at the end—exhausted. Humorous things happened at the book signings: Often times, people would mistake me for an employee...

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