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]

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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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Learn How to Take Better Pictures in National Geographic’s ‘Complete Photo Guide’ [REVIEW]

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Improve your photography skills with National Geographic’s Complete Photo Guide. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Whether you’re a professional photographer, a social media influencer, or even a parent casually snapping pictures of your children at the playground with your phone, you undoubtedly want to take the very best pictures you can. National Geographic wants to help. Together with two of their best photographers, they have created the Complete Photo Guide to show you how to get superior results no matter what type of camera you might be working with. And who knows? With Nat Geo’s guidance and a little perseverance, your future photos just might end up on a gallery wall!

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Discover How to Thrive in Adversity in Michelle Pearce’s ‘Night Bloomers’ [REVIEW]

Do some people, like flowers, only thrive in the dark? (Photo courtesy Canva)

A person’s perception is their reality. No matter how you spin the conversation, if someone perceives the situation one way you will not win them over to another point of view. Only that individual can chose to see another viewpoint. But in Michelle Pearce’s Night Bloomers, she uses the analogy of a flower that blooms at night to help readers look at themselves when it comes to growth.

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