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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review of the book Dear Mary

I just finished reading “Dear Mary, Lessons from the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom”.
I thought the idea of this book (each chapter a letter to Mary, the mother of Jesus, about a parenting issue) was a great idea. And I started to read it with great anticipation.

But I was really disappointed. It seemed very disjointed and the lessons from both the author’s and Mary’s lives weren’t developed very well. I actually put it down for several weeks and had to force myself to finish it because I had received the book from Bethany House on the promise I would write an honest review.

I’m only giving it two stars and that’s for the idea only.

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Monday, November 09, 2015

William P Young, author of The Shack

I went to hear William P.Young, author of The Shack, at our library tonight. And I am SO glad I did! When I read the book, I have to admit I thought it was a little new-age and wondered about the author.

Meeting him tonight and listening to him I know now he is a godly man who loves God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. If you've read the book you know what a great story teller he is, so you can imagine how entertaining and interesting his talk was.

It was like a beautiful 2 hour sermon filled with; stories that were funny, encouraging and enlightening, his background and writing the book and the making of the movie coming out in 2016.

One quick story he told was how right before he wrote the book he lost everything - his house, cars, etc. He, his wife and six children were living in a small rental house and he was working 3 jobs. He had always written things; songs, stories, etc. but just for family and his wife said, "I wish you would write something for your children for Christmas."

So he wrote The Shack and had it bound at Office Depot for their Christmas gifts that year. He had to print 15 so he also gave one to his wife and the rest to a few friends. (The friends read it and passed it to more friends and on and on.The Shack has sold 22 million copies now!)

Anyway, fast forward to 2010 when it was printed in Germany and a German company wanted to do a documentary on the author of the best seller. They followed him around Europe while he was on a book tour and then asked if they could come to Oregon a few months later to film his home and where the story was set. He said yes and they asked if he knew a videographer in the area so they wouldn't have to fly one over. He happened to know one and put them in contact with each other. He didn't know it at the time, but that one had to cancel and gave them another name who committed, but then who also had to cancel, but found a replacement too who worked out.

While filming in Oregon they asked William about that first Christmas and he told the story and they wanted to go to the rental house and film it. William called the people living in it to get permission and the team all went over. Kevin, the videographer, pulled William aside when they got there and said, "Do you remember getting an envelope of money under your door one Christmas?" William said, "Yes, but I've never told anyone that!" Kevin said in 2004 he felt the nudging of the Holy Spirit to give money to someone who had nothing and he couldn't think of anyone. He was standing in Best Buy and got into conversation with a man about it and the man wrote down an address and gave it to him. That's where he took the money. And William used it to print and bind the first 15 copies of The Shack.

It turns out the other man was a friend of William's and William had never let him help him.

His talk was full of stories like this. I would highly recommend going to hear him speak if he is anywhere close to where you live. I'll end with a quote from him below:

"For me, everything is about Jesus and Father and the Holy Spirit, and relationships, and life is an adventure of faith lived one day at a time.  Any aspirations, visions and dreams died a long time ago and I have absolutely no interest in resurrecting them (they would stink by now anyway).  I have finally figured out that I have nothing to lose by living a life of faith.  I know more joy every minute of every day than seems appropriate, but I love the wastefulness of my Papa’s grace and presence.  For me, everything in my life that matters, is perfect!"

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Sunday, November 08, 2015

7 Night Cruise out of Venice September 3, 2016

John and I will be escorting our fourth annual cruise next September 3rd. We'll be sailing on Royal Caribbean's beautiful Vision of the Seas from Venice, Italy.

I'm holding a block of Oceanview Staterooms at a great group rate. A $250.00 pp deposit will hold your cabin with final payment due June 20, 2016

So check it out! Call or email me with any questions! And then join us on our excellent adventure! I promise - we ALWAYS have fun!!!


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Book Review of Powerful Moments in the Presence of God

1 John 3:16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.

"You are loved with an everlasting love. I speak this word because I want it to sink in and penetrate to the depths of your soul. I want you to understand with your heart and not just your head.

My love is a gift freely given with joy. My love does not depend on your goodness or your worthiness. My love is.

I gave up My earthly life so that you would know My eternal love."

The above is taken from a devotional book I just finished reading. Written by Lorraine Marie Varela it's unique in that each verse is "explained" by God Himself!

This, along with the beautiful photographs taken by the author herself, makes for a peaceful and refreshing read.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review of the book God's Smuggler

I loved this book! (Once I got past the part about what a bad little boy he was anyway!)

Not only did he show me what was going on with churches behind the Iron Curtain after World War II, but it so inspired me to be more obedient to God. Brother Andrew saw miracle after miracle and God come through for him time after time because he obeyed God. I want to experience that too.

This book is a page turner about a godly man who has dedicated his life to share the love of God with people who desperately need it. A must read!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Review of 'Your Sacred Yes' by Susie Larson

What I got out of Your Sacred Yes was that we are so busy and overcommitted in today's crazy and secular world that we are missing most of what God wants us to enjoy. And missing His messages and His presence because we have said yes to things we didn't want to or shouldn't have; filling up time that would have been better spent worshipping Him, studying His Word and enjoying His many gifts.

The author also reminded the reader of his or her value to God and how much He loves him or her.

If only to be reminded of that, and that we should slow down, the book was worth reading. I do think she repeated herself too much; it could have easily been a much shorter book, but the overall message was good.

I received this book from Bethany House to write my honest review about it.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Review of 'God Wants to Bless You' by Che Ahn

The author explains in this book what God's blessings are and how we are to recognize them. He also says that as believers we already have the blessings God promises us, but we have to decree them.

I found this part a little "if you think positive you can make anything happen". Lot's of motivational quotes and telling us that God wants us to be financially well off, healthy, etc. 

I've also always felt that God's blessings are knowing Him better and more intimately not money. Although I admit Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were all wealthy.

I did like some of his stories about his own experiences; like when he heard the words in the song from God Spell and realized they were what he wanted in life - to know God more clearly, love Him more dearly and follow Him more nearly. (Like I said - lots of motivation.)

I also agreed with his comment that we are blessed TO bless and in order to bless others with our gifts we need to activate them and employ them.

I would say it's a good read to get you thinking and digging into the Bible to learn more.

I received this book from Chosen for my honest opinion.

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