Ancient Egypt Teaches Us a Thing or Two About Modern Politics in National Geographic’s ‘The Good Kings’ [REVIEW]

Statues of Ramses II at the entrance to the main temple at Abu Simbel in Nubia. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Every time I visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, which quite literally has so much to see you can spend days wandering around within its labyrinthine halls, I inevitably find my way to the Sackler Wing to stare at the pharaonic Temple of Dendur which was built by Caesar Augustus in 10 B.C. in Lower Nubia. While it is relatively small compared to, say, the Pyramids of Giza, it is still the closest I have ever gotten to actually going to Egypt. And yet I am always compelled to visit it, possibly because I am fascinated by the history, power, architecture, artistry, and mythology of the Egyptian culture. After all, whether you’re an avid Bible reader or merely a fan of classic films like The Ten Commandments, the foundations of our faith all seem to lead back to ancient Egypt. Thankfully, I’m not alone in my fascination with this culture. UCLA’s Professor Kara Cooney is also a “recovering Egyptologist,” and in her latest book for National Geographic, she pulls back the curtain on five of The Good Kings to examine their power and how it continues to touch our lives even now.

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Robin Bielman’s ‘The Wedding Crasher and the Cowboy’ Will Make Your Heart Happy [REVIEW]

Cowboy kiss
Spending time with her college nemesis doesn’t work out quite as she thought it would. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Sometimes people get our motives all wrong. At least that’s what happens to a woman intent on helping her ex move on with his life. When she runs into an old college foe, he suspects she has ulterior motives and is determined to keep her away from the groom. Which one of them will accomplish their goal? Find out in Robin Bielman’s delicious new novel, The Wedding Crasher and the Cowboy.

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National Geographic’s ‘Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs’ is a Must Have for Every Armchair Adventurer [REVIEW]

King Tut's golden tomb in Egypt
King Tut’s golden tomb in Egypt (Photo courtesy Canva)

Ever since I was a boy sitting in a darkened cinema watching Indiana Jones scramble to find some ancient artifact, I have been fascinated by archaeology. After all, who wouldn’t want to unearth a fabled treasure that is thousands of years old? Indy made it all seem so glamorous and exciting (barring ancient curses, of course). But all of that was make believe. Over the years, however, real life adventurers have found authentic relics shrouded in even more mystery and lore than those on the silver screen, which is even more titillating. Now, National Geographic has compiled a volume covering 100 of these amazing discoveries in their new book, Lost Cities, Ancient Treasures, and we are sure you’re going to love it!

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A Couple’s Dreams and Goals Don’t Have to Be Shared [Guest Post]

Eliot and Hannah in Evergreen
When it comes to love, it’s all about compromise. (Photo courtesy Hallmark Publishing)

We love a good Hallmark Channel original movie. So when we heard that Lacey Baker was going to write a novel based on the happenings in the enchanting town of Evergreen, of course we were interested. We remembered Eliot and Hannah, the two protagonists featured in both the films and in her new book, so naturally we wanted to pick the author’s brain a little. Does Lacey think it is important to have a partner who has similar interests to our own? Also, how does having our own dreams and goals foster a healthy relationship? And how do these themes play into her novel and her own life? Find out in Lacey’s exclusive guest post! We hope you enjoy it. —J&H

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THE KING’S ANATOMIST: The Journey of Ron Blumenfeld [Interview]

Ron Blumenfeld
(Photo courtesy Ron Blumenfeld, Facebook)

While Ron Blumenfeld may not be a household name just yet, he may soon become synonymous with the most famous anatomist in history, Andreas Vesalius. He’s just published a historical mystery surrounding this enigmatic figure, one that is rich in history, adventure, and imagination. We hope you enjoy our exclusive interview with the author! —J&H

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