While Independence Day may be behind us, that doesn’t mean we have to put our patriotism on the shelf until next year. A recent e-mail I received from a PR agent tipped me off to a new book from Thomas Nelson Publishers called The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons That Compose the American Soul and edited by Joel J. Miller and Kristen Parrish. It is one I recommend highly.
If you, like me, are fascinated by stories of our country’s origins, especially when they come straight from those who lived them, then this is definitely a book you’ll want to consider reading. From the first settlers in the early 1600s to our country’s founding, the stories recounted here are remarkable.
I found the book thought-provoking and a definite page-turner, especially when engaged in stories like the one early in the book from late 1600s settler Mary Rowlandson as she harrowingly recounts having been taken captive – a three-month ordeal – by Native Americans and the many losses suffered along the way. Still, her faith gave her the strength to push on in the face of innumerable obstacles.
Faith is the common strand that threads these many stories together. In each of them, you see what was once commonplace in our communities: a complete and natural reliance on God for our future. Or, as our forefathers put it, “…a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.”
The Portable Patriot is my own “little library of foundational documents” and a welcome addition to my bookshelf.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Sneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Today was the day. The Verizon Droid Incredible made its debut on Verizon. I went back and forth on whether or not I’d pull the proverbial trigger on this model, wait for the iPhone to make its way to the big V (after all, I’d already given up on the Google Nexus One), or jump ship to Sprint in June just in time for the HTC Evo 4G.
Last Friday, after a ton of research spread out over several months, I ordered two Incredibles from the Verizon website. They arrived much to my glee and excitement – and that of my wife, it turns out – yesterday. I won’t bore you here with unboxing videos and reviews. You can get that info from a thousand other places. However, I do want to pass along some tips that will help you save some dough, especially if you’re itching for a new smartphone.
First off, you surely know that if you’re at the end, or near the end of your contract with your carrier, you hold all the marbles. The leverage is yours to do with what you will. In our case that meant that, for several months now, we’ve qualified for the Verizon “new-every-two” discount ($100) as our contract expired earlier this year.
If you remain patient to make sure you get just the phone you want (re: hem and haw for weeks driving your spouse crazy as you struggle with what to do), you may even get a mailer from your carrier offering you $80 off your next bill, as we did (in our case, the equivalent of one month of voice service on our, then current, main phone).
Additionally, because we ordered our two Incredibles online, the rebates with Verizon were instant. No paying full price up front, filling out long forms, mailing them in and waiting the customary 6 to 8 weeks to get your money back. After this experience, I may never enter another Verizon store again (though I do need some cool accessories to trick out my phone).
Here’s the kicker: The same day I ordered our phones, I saw the Verizon TV ad offering one free 3G smartphone with the purchase of another. So, yesterday, when my phones arrived, I gave the friendly folks at Verizon a call. Five minutes later, my purchase looked something like this:
Incredible #1 – $299
Incredible #2 – $299
Total – $598
Minus Instant Rebates of $100 = $398 ($100/phone)
Minus new-every-two discount of $100 applied to Incredible #1 = Incredible #1 drops to $99 while Incredible #2 remains $199 for a total of $298.
Minus One Free 3G Phone (Incredible #2) previously valued at $199 = $99 total for the two phones (Note that the free phone is the more expensive one as my new-every-two discount applies to the phone I’m actually buying).
Minus One Bill Credit of $80 = $19
With tax, my wife and I are out less than $30. Two Incredible phones (my wife and I are loving them in the first 24 hours), and one truly incredible price, wouldn’t you agree?
This isn’t hard at all, really. The trick is bringing all these separate deals together into one. None of the phone carriers present them that way, but they’re all out there, ready for the taking.
Remember, do the math then make your purchase. Too often, we do it the other way around. I think that’s what’s commonly referred to as “buyer’s remorse.” I can assure you there’s none of that here.
Finally, I shot a quick video with the phone’s camera yesterday. I think it looks pretty good. How about you?