I'm not for sure exactly how long yet, but I'm taking a break from blogging. Maybe retiring forever, but only God knows for sure.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
This one is definitely a Christian romance. Not a historical, though you might have thought that because of the cover. No, this is about a modern-day Montana cowboy who falls in love--of course. A lot of love stories are so predictable that they lose my interests, but this one has enough unusual twists that it kept me fascinated. I'd say about 4 stars or so.
So here we have one cowboy totally disabled (Ben), another one drowning his guilt in alcohol (Jamie), and another one who feels responsible for everyone and everything (John). John's easily driven to anger because of conclusions he jumps into. And there we have an attractive young physical therapist (Jill) who, with the rest of the clinic she works for, specializes in the extremely disabled who might be helped. She pleads Ben into their clinic's program, even though they have a full complement of patients. Jill's seen something in Ben she thinks can be a route to healing--but John's pretty sure she's seen deep pockets she can go fishing in.
Lots of problems and progresses will keep you turning the pages, promise. Available from Amazon.
I was given a free copy of this book by the author, but the views expressed herein are my own.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Book Review - EXPERIENCING GOD'S LOVE IN A BROKEN WORLD: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY by Roy Haggerty and Deb Haggerty
I love it when an author includes the purpose of their book (at least in the case of nonfiction) right in the front, which makes it a lot easier to determine if the author achieved his or her goal. In this case, the Haggertys include it in paragraph No. 1 of the prologue. They says that this book "... is designed to encourage people who are Christians to know God more intimately and to serve him more effectively." That goal began at the forefront of each section and carried through the entire book. I was impressed--and inspired. Five stars.
You can read this day by day in the same manner as a devotional, each little section of a chapter on each day, or--if you're feeling the need for some sensory overload--go ahead and read the whole thing nonstop. Personally, I'm afraid that would stretch my sensibilities to the outer limits. I do recommend this book highly. I think it would work especially well in a Bible Study. Thank you, Roy and Deb Haggerty, for all the research, experience, and devotion you put into this work.
Available from Amazon.
I received a free copy of this book from the authors, but the opinions expressed herein are mine alone.
Monday, August 19, 2019
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:21-23, NKJV.
You all probably remember Glen Campbell's song, "Try a Little Kindness." (If you'd like to hear him sing this song, this is a link: "Try a Little Kindness".
I like the way he thought. When all else fails, try kindness. In fact, you might try that first.
Not long ago, I saw a woman snubbed by her neighbors. She has either dementia or Alzheimer's, and apparently a bit of kleptomania. She's been accused of stealing. A few missing items from her neighbors' yards and patios have a habit of showing up in her apartment. I can understand their unhappiness but wish they would treat her with more kindness. I don't think she knows she's stealing. I do think she needs to be in a memory care place, and that's probably next on her lifeline, but I'd love to see her remaining time on the "outside" to be pleasant.
You might know someone who is, for one reason or another, particularly annoying or irritating. You might know others who seem to deliberately agitate and stir things up. Have you noticed that chastising them just adds fuel to the fire?
I wonder if treating them with kindness might change things for the better. It might not change the kleptomania--that's not something they have a pill for--but it might change some of her defensive behavior. I know it has worked for me when I've been kind to her.
Know anyone who could maybe need a little sweetness in their lives?
Lord, please lead us to those who need to be treated with more respect and kindness, and give us the strength, wisdom, and courage to begin the change. In Jesus's name, Amen.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Definitely another ten for Writing Roseanna. Okay, so I'm only allowed to give her a five-star review, but she deserves at least double that. This is a first-class WWI historical romance chock full enough of suspense to classify it in at least three or four genres.
Margot De Wilde is a rare genius in math, a code-breaker for the English intelligence. She thinks in terms of numbers, and when God keeps giving her the number 18 to pray for, she does. She's pretty sure she's praying for someone in dire danger, so her prayers are most fervent ... until the day when her mother dies. Margot refuses--God should have had her praying for her mother! God stops speaking to her, and she stops speaking to Him.
But then she reluctantly begins to be attracted to this one guy, the brother of her best friend, a man who has been severely wounded. See how all the numbers come together by buying The Number of Love through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Christian Book Distributors.
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley, but this review reflects only my own opinions.
Monday, August 12, 2019
Jesus always seemed to call a thorn bush "a thorn bush," even if it was beautifully adorned with a rose. Odd, He didn't verbally attack those the general populace would call the sinners. Instead, He called out the thorn bushes of His time, the high society folks who constantly looked down on others.
Scribes (writers; attorneys) and Pharisees (along with the Sadducees) weren't Jesus's favorite people. They were the politicians of the day, and they were also the church leaders. Instead of teaching people to love God, they taught strict obedience to every jot and tittle of the law; they sought (and got) the best seats at the Synagogue; and they seemed to feel superior in every way to the general population. Jesus called them out so many times it was no wonder they went after Him.
I suspect He'd call people out now, too. I'm not going to speculate on who; all of us have differing opinions of who it would be. However, I would love for all of us to examine ourselves and get rid of those dirty insides.
Who, me? Yeah, me too.
Lord, Search me and see if there is any wicked way in me. Bring it bluntly to my attention and help me change into the type of mirror (reflecting You) that You want me to be. In Jesus's Name, Amen.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Most Christians know better than to pray for patience. God's sense of humor can't help but grant that desire, because, you know, muscles only get stronger when you exercise them. The patience muscle must need lots of exercise, that's all I got to say. Linda Wood Rondeau also found this out, and she's shared some of her stratagems for those times when the patience muscles are stretched nearly to the breaking point. Four stars. Reminds me a bit of Don't Eat the Daisies.
This is not fiction. Nowhere near fiction, but definitely entertaining AND educational. The book is filled with pithy quotes, cartoons, and bits of Godly wisdom. If you didn't know before that God has a sense of humor--after all, He created us in His image--you might get a glimmer by the end of the book.
Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
I received a free copy of the book from the author, but my opinions are strictly mine.