Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tea and Sympathy and Rhonda Stoppe

About 10 yrs ago, at a beautiful mountain retreat, I was a pregnant, hormonal mess.
Over a cup of coffee, Rhonda Stoppe came along side me and spoke truth into my life.
It was exactly what I needed and made an impact in my life.
Since then, Rhonda has written 2 books. Her newest book, "If my husband would change I would be happy....and other myths wives believe" is exactly like what a described above. A friend speaking the truth into your life and telling you to straighten up...but with sincere love and laughter.
We have a real need for a Titus 2 movement of older women teaching  younger women. I was once the younger woman begging for some one to tell me how to survive 4 children under the age of 5 and be a wife and some how find time to crack open my Bible. (Now, I am getting to the older side and have 3 adult children. )
Maybe you can relate. Maybe you have been crying out for some one to hold your hand and speak some truth into your life. If so, go get this book.
Rhonda is not just a woman of faith on paper. She praises the Lord with her whole being and diligently serves the Lord. I have seen it.
If you have been longing for that woman from Titus 2 to show up, you have found her.
You can sit down with this book and know that a real woman, who is obedient and has struggled and come through it, is speaking to you.
You can trust her words to not be the same old story,  to not play to your ego, to not lie to you. They will challenge you, encourage you go further, and make you laugh.

About the book:

If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe (Harvest House, August 2015)

Like most brides on their wedding day, you no doubt were filled with love for your husband and the hope of a happy life together.

But perhaps today, as the realities of life together have settled in, those happy expectations are going unfulfilled. And it's tempting to think, "If only my husband would change, I'd be happy."

That myth is but one of many that Rhonda Stoppe dispels in her easy-to-read exploration of what it takes to experience a truly happy marriage. In the process, she addresses such important topics as

-understanding your husband's need for your unconditional respect
-rekindling the love that drew you to your husband in the first place
-refusing to believe the lie that you'd be happier married to someone else
-learning to be content in the midst of financial struggles
-thinking about sex from a biblical worldview
If you desire to rekindle the love and hope you felt on your wedding day, this book will go a long way toward making that dream come true.
Contains discussion questions and personal reflections at the end of each chapter.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2a9Izc6

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Coming Clean

Last year, our family had an acquaintance brought back into our lives.
After jail and rehab, we were so happy and amazed at all that was going on in his life.
I requested this book to review to gain further insight and find ways to encourage the recovering.
It is a wonderful book. Full of heart ache and redemption.

I believe it will offer hope to those in recovery and to those who love an addict.
Our story doesn't have the happy ending. The addict has to want life more than addiction. Heroin called our friend back into its prison. This book was really what I needed at the time. It did share hope and make me look at my own life, at ways that I may medicate my wounds, stress, and seek areas of control to compensate for a lack of control.

Seth took a chance at sharing his vulnerable moments. In writing this book he embodied what Paul talks about in  2 Corinthians 1 v 3-8:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

From the publisher: Like Seth, we’re all seeking balms for the anxiety of what sometimes seems to be an absent, unresponsive God—whether it’s through people-pleasing, shopping, the internet, food, career highs, or even good works and elite theology. We attempt to anesthetize our anxiety through addiction—any old addiction. But it often leaves us feeling even more empty than before.
In Coming Clean, Seth Haines writes a raw account of his first 90 days of sobriety, illuminating how to face the pain we’d rather avoid, and even more importantly, how an abiding God meets us in that pain. Seth shows us that true wholeness is found in facing our pain and anxieties with the tenacity and tenderness of Jesus, and only through Christ’s passion can we truly come clean. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Word of Promise

I received this audio copy of The Word of Promise® New Testament Audio Bible at Thanksgiving. In the midst of the usual holiday busyness, it provided a nice and calming back drop. I had already owned the audible version of The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV. This made me familiar with the voices and the body of work.
Thanksgiving week also brought a terrible accident and shooting in our community and involved a boy who had been in our youth group. 
The boy had said he was afraid of dying. My husband was able to pray with him and remind him of the truths he knew. We had gathered up the scents of Chirstmas in essential oils, being paralyzed there were not many other options for his enjoying the season,  and a cd player. The day we planned to pay another visit and bring these things, we received the news that he passed away. Although we were not able to play the readings for him, I still think they would be very useful for someone who can't hold a book on their own. For myself, I fall asleep with an audio file on a timer. I think I just need some one to read me to sleep. :) These set a positive, obviously, tone and bring rest for my self.

It is an amazing cast and really well done. my only complaint is in the performance of Richard Dreyfuss. Everything has a judgemental or angry tone in his readings. If familiar with those verses he reads, it can be like stepping into a cold puddle while wearing your best socks.
The Word of Promise® New Testament Audio Bible is a 20-CD set and includes a bonus “Behind-the-Scenes” DVD. 
Cast Includes:
  • Jim Caviezel (The Passion of The Christ, Déjà vu) - Jesus
  • Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss (Mr. Holland's Opus, The Goodbye Girl) - Quotes from Moses
  • Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, What Women Want) - Mary Magdalene
  • Golden Globe winner Stacy Keach (Prison Break, Hemingway) - Paul
  • Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Louis Gossett, Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, Roots) - John
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim, Father of the Bride) - Mary, Mother of Jesus
  • And many others

Monday, November 2, 2015

NKJV Bibles for Kids

NKJV Study Bible for KidsThe Premiere NKJV Study Bible for KidsBy Thomas Nelson Publishers Published by Thomas Nelson

Faithgirlz Bible, NKJVBy General Editor: Nancy N. Rue  Published by Zondervan

I received 2 bibles in the mail this last week. I was really pleased with both of them, and found that I loved that the NKJV Faithgirlz Biblehad the verses in purple ink. Wouldn't my daughter love that?
Turns out she was not fond of the girly Bible, but being the tie dye loving girl, she adored the rainbow pages of the NKJV Study Bible for Kids and its bright colours.

Isn't that just how it should be? How often am I choosing what I like for her rather than what she would like? I love how we can be so alike and so different. PURPLE INK! 

The page set up for the NKJV Study Bible for Kids took some getting used to. The references are not in the top corner, but on the outer edge of the page. Which makes this a formidable weapon in sword drills. Thomas Nelson did really well at creating a Kid friendly, appealing Bible for kids. 
Both have excellent resources including definitions and devotional material.
Which one would your child like? Well, I guess you will have to ask them.
I still like the "pretty one". But it is so overly geared to a specific type of girl.

Talia scrutinizing each Bible while visiting her favourite reading nook (Lighthouse On The Ridge).

Monday, September 28, 2015

7 Women

Seven Women
And the Secret of Their Greatness
By Eric Metaxas

"Each of the world-changing figures who stride across these pages-Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks-is an exemplary model of true womanhood."

Several years ago, I reviewed "Seven Men", and I thought, I hope Eric writes one for women. It appears that I was not the only one. As I read the forward to the book, I was excited for the dragster shout outs as the granddaughter of a dragster. (Shirley Muldowney! Whoot, whoot!)
And then I was convicted AND encouraged by what he wrote about praising women when they are compared to men, and achieve manly things.
Debbie Stoller, editor of the feminist magazine, Bust, wrote in her book Stitch and B*tch, something similar. How we praise women for being mechanics, pilots, and are employed in other typically "male" jobs, but we condemn them for doing the things their mothers and grandmother's did. This places the sees in competition with eachother. This attitude is also amongst women, comparing and competing with eachother. I experienced this most harshly when I lived in the Greater Washington DC area, where every one was a professional something. I was there, having 3 kids, the oldest being 2 1/2 yrs old. Women would stop me on the street, strangers and yell at me for "breeding".
I was encoyraged by Eric Metaxas' statement, "This thinking pretends to put men and women on equal footing, but it actually only put them against each other in a zero-sum competition in which they usually tear each other down. When I consider the seven women I chose, I see that most of them were great for reasons that derive precisely from there being women, not in spite of it; and what made them great has nothing to do with there being measured against or competing with men. In other words, their accomplishments are not gender-neutral but are rooted in their singularity as women. All of them existed and thrived as women and stand quite apart from anything touching the kind of thinking I encountered."

The women chosen are great not in spite of their feminity, but because of it. He also calls out men, to use their strengths to bless others and not to harm and victimize others.

" But in humbling ourselves in that way we ironically gain a far greater objectivity and a far better vantage point from which we see things. May the true stories of these 7 great women help you see yourself and your own time and the world all the more clearly."

Buy this book, for your daughters, your sisters, your selves.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Diary of a Jack Wagon

Wow. This was quite an adventure. 
What began as just reading a book evolved into reading the book aloud to my husband, who admittedly found it much more funny.
This lead to him pulling up youtube videos and watching them with the boys.
And that pretty much is the target audience of this book: Guys.

I was not quite as amused by the story of his helpful wife while drivinh, my husband however was, and has repeated a few lines. (Do not ask what my reaction was)

Very entertaining, the book has many of the comedy routines that you watch in Tim 's shows. If you can get the audio version, do it....especially if your own comedic timing in joke telling maybe a bit off.
Watch the video: What is a Jackwagon?

Tim Hawkins is known for his parodys, the guys love "Cleetus take the reel", and his skits on homeschooling and parenting. Subscribe to his youtube channel.

Monday, August 31, 2015

NIV Bible for Teen Girls

I received for review,  the "NIV Bible for Teen Girls".
The colours are very appealing as are the drawings on the pages. The one complaint from my girls, ages 10 and 13, is that they wished more of the real carried over inside than the pink.

Inside is ofcourse the NIV translation, which is the blend of NIV and TNIV (see previous posts on NIV translations)

The editors of this volume did a great job at "character profiles" and highlighting verses that are not the usual run of the mill, typical verses.

Some one will most likely complain (especially if they are over 40) about one of the devotionals using the term "screw up". This was a bit of a risk on the side of the editors, to keep devotional content relative and to reach mainstream kids one can assume is the reasoning. My mother would have freaked out. I was surprised, but not offended. But just so you know, it is on there.

Over all this is a good teen study bible. It also has a nice concordance and topical study guide. The devotional material is well done, and I believe that it will engage it's audience quite well.