On Barbecues and very Welcome Gifts

Hi Everyone,

So far this week, the warm, wet and lazy summer days are upon us with some nice weather. Even though it rained a day or two, last week, we were still able to barbecue and have a nice time outdoors; I hope it’s just as nice a week for all of you, too.

A special thank you note to a very nice person in Hampton, Georgia. Thank you very much, for the nice review on amazon. I am very pleased your friend, really liked your gift of the “New Testament Word Search Fun! Book 2: Gospel of Mark”.

This reminded me that I started writing my Bible Word Search books because a friend asked me to write a Bible word search book for her mother. At that time, I never dreamed of how many books it would turn into, or how much pleasure they are bringing to everyone, so I am very pleased whenever I hear my books are very welcome gifts.

Thank you so very much.

Joe Wocoski

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What an Unbelievable Ending to this Year’s Game!

I thought I would share this exciting football outcome with you, today’s game will go down in history as one of the most unexpected turnarounds in football history.

Click here to see the video highlights at the NFL site

In my opinion, I will always remember what we saw on TV in my living room … the last 3 minutes of this game from when New England scored in the 4th Quarter and the Pats finally pulled ahead. Only to have the Hawks in the last minute of the game charge down the field and throw a long bomb almost to the end zone; after the Hawks player bobbled the ball on his back, he made an unbelievable spectacular catch on the one yard line … We thought it was all over for the Pats. We all expected Seattle to run the ball into the end zone. Instead, for whatever reason they tried a short pass, only to have it picketed off and intercepted.  The Pats went crazy with relief and excitement, but the Pats still had to get out of the end zone or it would be a touchback and the Hawks would get the ball back. Well, the Pats had the ball and were about to hike it, when one of the Hawks players jumped the gun so to speak … the Ref said intruded, meaning went off sides, giving the Pats 5 yards and the chance to end the game with Brady gently kneeling down on one knee on the green grass field instead of in the Blue End Zone. I liked what the player who intercepted the ball very modestly and sheepishly told the interviewer …  “just before the play, I had a vision that I was going to do something great, and the next thing I knew … I had the ball ” what a nice ending to a Super Game!

IBCNU

Joe Wocoski

PS in celebration of their win, here’s a free gift some sample word games from my book: Shakespeare Sonnet Word Games First Foolery

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Exodus Gods and Kings Movie Review

Hi Everyone,

Today, I went to see the movie Exodus this morning, I would give it 5 Stars because it is far more than an action adventure. Yes, there are few Biblical quotes or language in this movie, rather it presents the psychological conflict and drama between Moses, Pharaoh and God in terms the layman can understand today. It really strikes home and presents Moses and Rameses as real leaders in conflict with each other and both doubting God, until the very end of the movie. This movie looks to answer the question how did Moses become the leader of the Israelites, with all his faults and lack of belief, what turned him around. Look at it as Moses or mankind’s search for God and you will enjoy this movie.

Exodus Gods and Kings

An Epic Battle One Man Against an Empire

Rameses was brought up to believe that he is God, however, he lacks the conviction and confidence in himself and he is all to human. His jealousy of Moses and false beliefs and superstitions leads him to make the wrong decisions destroying those who follow him, and those to afraid to say no to him. More important he never accepts the idea that he is human and can make mistakes, for he is only a man pretending to be a God, which disrespects God, and causes God to want revenge for all the evil things the Pharaohs have done while acting like gods, which they are not. At one point God tells Moses that the Israelites have waited 400 years, don’t you think it is time to stop the madness of the Pharaohs and show them they are not Gods but Men.

Moses on the other hand, in the beginning is confident in himself, however, he only wants to serve Rameses loyally, until he discovers who he is, but cannot come to terms with being the son of a slave, and not a man of power. As Rameses, right hand General and advisor, the Pharaoh cannot bring himself to kill Moses. Instead, Moses is Exiled and forced out of Egypt, and for 9 years is happy to just be a shepherd, until an accident on Mount Sinai starts him talking to God, but only he can see and hear God. Others see him talking to no one there, and worry about his sanity. Yet He is given a greater goal in life by God, but now constantly doubting himself because only he can see and talk to God, no one understands this when he returns to Egypt to free his people. Yet everything he does fails to free the Israelites from their bondage, until God decides it is his turn and steps in and the plagues arrive, and they are depicted as horrifying on the movie screen as ever seen. Pharaohs advisors suddenly start give Rameses scientific rationalizations for each of the plagues, but the plagues keep getting worse and even the Israelites suffer. Rameses is slowly pushed closer and closer to the edge of sanity, until he seals his own fate with his own threat against the Israelites, and the last plague of the 1st born pushes Rameses over the edge of sanity into madness.

Finally, after all that the Israelites have suffered Moses finds and accepts God, while Rameses is a crushed man.

That’s about it, I plan to get a copy when it comes out on Blue Ray DVD.

Don’t forget to checkout Book 3 Exodus in my Old Testament Word Search Series

Merry Christmas,

IBCNU

Joe Wocoski

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The Imitation Game Movie and My Cryptogram Book Series

The Enigma Man

Coming Nov 28th 2014 to the movies

I just found another movie I plan to see this holiday season, I get a 2 for 1: One of my favorite actors and Cryptograms! On November 28th, I look forward to going to “The Imitation Game” starring one of my favorite actors, Benedict Cummerbund. Ever since I was a kid, I have always had a fascination with cryptograms, I used to do the one in our Sunday Paper, but I always found them to be too short. In fact, my first word search book series was on Cryptograms, and fortunately, I recently, I revised the series  with new covers. “Shakespeare Sonnet Word Game Foolery” this 5 book series contains Word Searches, Scrambles, Da Vinci Codes and Cryptograms based on Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

Have fun decoding them too

Book 1 of my Cryptogram Series

 

 

My five book series challenges and expands your mind to look at words in a whole different way. Here is a sample cover from the first book in my Cryptogram series.

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Exodus Gods and Kings One Man Against an Empire

Exodus Gods and Kings

An Epic Battle One Man Against an Empire

Today, on cable I just saw the movie trailer for Ridley Scott’s new movie Exodus Gods and Kings opening December 12th starring Christian Bale as Moses, so I visited the website to find out more. With what I saw there, the cinematography and special effects look far darker than Gladiator. With all the death and destruction of the seven plagues and the pillars of fire and the crashing down of the waters of the Red Sea on to Pharaoh’s chariots  the dark undertones and musical scores seem to hit all the right notes. No heavy, long winded, drawn-out dialogue to put you to sleep, instead, it looks like a fast paced action packed adventure of Moses leading the desperate battle against Pharaoh and his dreaded cavalry and awe and shock charioteers. You can download the full sized poster from the movie site. I think this poster epitomizes the tone of the movie logo “One Man Against an Empire”  I plan to see it in December, when I do, I’ll let you know how it is, hope it is as good as it looks.

IBCNU

Joe Wocoski

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