Friday, April 4, 2014

Know Orphans by Rick Morton

I always thought that we would adopt. I read books on adoption like "The Whole Life adoption."
We wound up with 6 children without adoption, so this is topic has not been in the forefront of my own life.
I have seen friends' struggle through adoptions both international and domestic. My daughter served in Rwanda with AIDs orphans and those left orphaned by genocide. There are so many who are reaching out through foster care and other programs, but it is not enough.
Too Many are alone.
This book is a good resource for those who have questions, have orphan ministries or if you have a tug at your heart.

"KnowOrphans by Rick Morton, addresses three distinct areas associated with global orphanology. Delving deeper into the criticisms of the movement, the need for reform, and what families can expect, author Rick Morton helps shape realistic perceptions of the challenges and rewards adoptive parents face in transnational adoptions. Through illuminating the work internationally adoptive families can expect, KnowOrphansoffers solutions for the church in remedying the ills and deficiencies surrounding the church's role in equipping and supporting families before, during, and after the adoption process. Knowing that the church's response and attitude should be one that goes beyond adoption, KnowOrphansalso addresses the complexities of how Christians are to respond ethically, compassionately, and comprehensively to the biblical call to care for orphans.
KnowOrphans is the next step in conversation as this evangelically based movement of orphan care matures and begins to live out James 1:27 globally."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quilts of Love


My mother is a quilter. She quilts by hand, by machine, using scraps of fabric and even tshirts.
Whenever she sees a quilt, she turns it over to se the label, and read the story of the quilt.

This new series of books gives you stories of the quilts and their creators. Each book has a different author, a different style and a new voice, just as quilts are a kaleidoscope. There are 19 books in the series so far, enough to keep you warm all winter, even the coldest winter in 20 yrs!

Scraps of Evidence is book#14
This one tells the story of the Quilt itself, and how it is linked to mystery. Two detectives are trying to track down a serial killer and solve a cold case. Of course there is some romance thrown in like a brightly coloured fabric to add to the depth of a quilt. A quick read that will warm your heart.

A Sky Without Stars is book #15.
As 1/16th Lakota, I connected to this story. One of the things I love about Native American culture is there isn't the "how Indian are you?" question. You are Lakota, no matter how small it appears on paper work. We could use more of that acceptance in our world.
The author brought out the struggles that still continue to this day on one of the poorest reservation communities in our nation. The mystery and the pattern chosen for this book were done well.

Maybelle in Stitches is book #16
This story is of a WW2 era woman, fighting at home while her husband fights over in Europe.
Poor Maybelle!, Her mother unexpectedly dies, her husband is missing Surrounded by other military wives and widows, her circumstances force her into a new role. With High School Home Ec haunting her, she decides to finish a quilt her mother started.

"Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family history. Featuring contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery, you will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories."

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

500 hats

We seem to be lacking "older women to teach the younger women." Joyce makes a conscience effort to be a Titus 2 woman with this book. 
This book is full of  advice on loving your husband,  that marriage is not all about you, and on raising children. She discusses being a servant, and looking for ways to interact with the older and younger generations.  Joyce Ellis helps you see how your "hats" come together, and how you can make a difference in your world.

Monday, March 10, 2014

When Courage Calls



As an 11 yr old, I would steal my mom’s Janette Oke books and read them late at night. My teenage daughters now watch the Hallmark series. I love that this new book combines the writing of both Mother and Daughter. It is perfect.
3 generations of my own family have read or watched generations of Marty’s family grow. This book does not disappoint. 
The Canadian West series was always my favourite. I wanted to run off to the Canadian Rockies and find mine own adventures. I am so glad that Janette and Laurel continued the story!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Real Women Leading


After the first few babies arrived, I never expected to do much outside of our home. I had no idea I would be spinning wool or creating things to keep my family warm, or use those things in a marketplace setting.
I feel like I am gathering things from afar. This year as my husband decreased his pay in order to keep the ministry afloat, I generated income almost matching what his pay cut equaled. Not bad for someone who doesn't have a real job. But it has been a great struggle to find balance. Homeschooling high school students, packing lunches and sending elementary students off in the mornings, and business trips, not to mention all the "mission trips" this year, has left me feeling stretched thin. 
I was able to find good advice in this book.

"Timing is truly important when we look at the context of responsibility." (Your timing, not mine)

"I've indeed been used as a vessel of created delivery, and have accepted responsibility for the seed that I carried." (as some one who is constantly in a state of creation and design, I love this line applied to more than child birth) 


"Most Christians associate the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31 as the ideal wife and mother whose place is within the home. However, are we not seeing the full picture? In their book, Real Women Leading: With Proverbs 31 Values,executive sales director Lisa Troyer and chief executive officer Dawn Yoder share principles for women in the real world who want to have personal fulfillment and a meaningful impact on their spheres of influence, wherever that may be."

Lisa Troyer and Dawn Yoder present in their book:
The 10 Key Principles for Women
1. Understanding People
2. Being Responsible
3. Being Forgiving
4. Having a Good Attitude
5. Resolving Conflict
6. Showing Restraint
7. Being Honest
8. Being Generous
9. Being a Wise Planner
10. The Value of Applying Influence

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Thief by Stephanie Landsem


The Thief by Stephanie Landsem is the second book in the Living Water series. Don't worry, it is more of a stand alone book than a sequel. The Thief is a fictional retelling of "the day Christ died", with a romance between a Jew and Roman thrown in. Well researched and beautifully written, you will love reading this book. Stephanie Landsem is a new favourite author. 

Nissa goes from contemplating pick pocketing for survival to watching the call to stone the woman caught in adultery. In the midst of all of this turmoil, her brother shows up, her blind brother. Like in real life, we get to witness how a miracle has ripple effects to others, and not just the one "healed" or experiencing the miracle first hand. This is a story of forgiveness and the healing of hearts and souls. 

Book Overview
Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure. Desperate to escape the accursed Judean province, he accepts a wager. If he can catch the thieves harassing the marketplace before Passover, he’ll earn a transfer away from the troublemaking Jews.
Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Only with the help of Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, can she keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and a roof over their heads.

When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Longinus longs to learn more about the mysterious healer. Instead, his journey leads him to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.

Unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus, they wonder who this teacher is who heals others but does nothing to save himself. Is the mercy he offers in his teachings real, or just another false promise? Can Nissa and Longinus overcome their pasts to find a future free of their shackles?

The Thief is an evocative story of two people trapped in their circumstances and the life-changing power of forgiveness and love.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

InScribed Collection By Donna Gaines (Leaving Ordinary), Wendy Blight (Living "So That"), Heather Zempel (Amazed and Confused), Jenifer Jernigan (Dive Deeper)

Before the business trip this weekend (which I am still sore over!!!!!!) I received in the mail a set of Inscribed devotional books.
I was expecting small workbook Bible Study booklets. These are some hefty books. I was really impressed.
The ones I received are the first 4 in the series (due out March 3), and 3 more will be published later in the year. If you want these for your church, Thomas Nelson has some great specials for buying in bulk for your church.



Donna Gaines' book Leaving Ordinary was birthed from a study on the Tabernacle.



Amazed and Confused by Heather Zempel "The book starts with a general overview of Old Testament history and exegetical tools for reading the minor prophets. Then, it launches into a play-by-play of the book of Habakkuk." Yes Habbakkuk! When did you last do a study on Habbakkuk?!



Heather says: "Why did I write a book on Habakkuk? The title, Amazed and Confused, is a play off God’s exhortation to the people of Judah in Habakkuk 1:5 where He says, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed!” He continued to outline a series of tragedies that were about to befall His people. Amazing? Yes. But in a way that left them completely confused. I wrote it for a few reasons:
When people meet Habakkuk at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, I want them to be able to say, “Yes, I read your book!”
The minor prophets carry some of the most compelling and relevant messages for our generation, and yet they are the least read pages of our Bibles.
Sometimes life doesn’t go well and God doesn’t seem to play nice, but He’s given us His promises and His presence to cling to.
We can let what we know about our circumstances dictate how we view God’s character or we can let what we know about God’s character dictate how we view our circumstances. The book of Habakkuk helps us start with God’s character."

Another one of the books in the series is  Living So That....



"Living faith-fully comes down to choices. We can make “faith-filled” choices, or we can make “faith-less”choices. Faith-less choices come easier and occur when we react quickly out of our emotions and do what comes naturally. They lead to a frazzled, highly charged, chaotic life."


From Wendy's Blog :

Faith-filled choices are more challenging. They require patience and occur when we react not out of our emotions but out of a Spirit-led heart and mind. They lead to a peaceful, content, more fulfilled life.
God’s Word meets us in the middle of our mess.
In Living So That, you’ll find prayers, biblical teaching, personal stories, application questions, “going deeper” sections, and calls to action to put into practice what you have learned.

The last book of the four is Jenifer Jernigan's Dive Deeper.
DIVE is an acronym


"Equip yourself to fall deeply in love with God’s Word through this unique, interactive Bible study. Delving into the book of Ephesians, Dive Deeper is a tool for women—those who might be satisfied and content with their Bible study and for those who find themselves fearful or numb—to d.i.v.e.(define, investigate, visualize, embrace) deeper into the living and active Word of God.

Dive Deeper comes from Jenifer Jernigan’s heart. As a preacher’s daughter, she grew up with some pretty heavy expectations to live up to. Jenifer found herself becoming numb to the things of God because the Bible stories were all too familiar. She longed to break through the serene surface of her safe place and d.i.v.e. deeper into scripture."

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hiatus

Author is sick.

Very sick. Rx and Doctor ordered rest is on the menu.

Will be back soon.

(pre-scheduled posts will post themselves)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Distortion by Terri Blackstock ebook $4.99 and enter to win a KINDLE

I have always loved Terri Blackstock's books. They never get old, and are ones you want to reread. I think "Emerald Windows" is still my favourite, maybe because of the art aspect of the book.
Distortion,is the second book in the Moonlighters Series, and it keeps you guessing.
Terri always adds an element that strikes the heart of your faith. What hse calls "heartfelt fiction".
A" husband’s lies can have deadly consequences.
When Juliet Cole’s husband of fifteen years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the tragic news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack.

Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers’ demands. But as she and her sisters untangle the clues, her husband’s dark secrets come to light. The more she learns, the more of her life is dismantled. Was her husband an innocent victim or a hardened criminal?"

Terri on the first book, Truth Stained Lies, and her testimony:

Can three sisters---a blogger, a cab driver, and a stay-at-home mom---with only a little courage and no experience, moonlight as private investigators to save their brother from a murder rap? Find out in Truth-Stained Lies---the first book in New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock's new Moonlighter Series.

Terri Blackstock (www.terriblackstock.com) has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.



Don't miss Terri Blackstock's latest release in the Moonlighters series, Distortion.

The book releases March 11th, and Terri will be kicking off the release with a fun Facebook Distortion party and giving away a Kindle Fire HDX. PLUS readers can pre-order the ebook for just $4.99 between now and 3/11 everywhere ebooks are sold.

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One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • Distortion and Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 11th. Winner will be announced at the Distortion Facebook Party on March 11th. Connect with Terri for a "suspenseful" book launch party with prizes, a book chat, and more.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN on the event page. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A to Z of C S Lewis


Here is a quick review before I head off on the next trip.

This book is an encyclopedic resource of all things Lewis.
Ever wonder what the name of that evil king was? or what exactly Turkish delight is?
Colin Duriez has compiled the fictional, nonfiction, and real life CS Lewis factoids into one compendium. This is a deeper and larger book than Louis Markos' A to Z CSLewis, with more information and references.
We have been going through Prof. Markos' course on CS Lewis, and this book has been an excellent resource for the course.



"A Complete Guide to His Life, Thoughts and Writings
Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death, this complete guide covers all of Lewis’ works, from his literary criticism to Narnia

C. S. Lewis’s work is widely known and regarded, but enthusiasts are often only aware of one part of his work—his children’s stories and his popular theology; and yet he wrote so much more, including science fiction and literary criticism. This volume brings together all aspects of C S Lewis’s life and thought. Arranged in alphabetical order, it begins with The Abolition of Man—written in 1943 and described as “almost my favorite”—to Wormwood, a character in The Screwtape Letters. This book will delight anyone who is interested in C. S. Lewis and wants to learn more about him, his thought, his works, and his life."
Enjoy! I will be back next week with more!

Friend Me Blog tour and contest

Friend Me by John Faubion
This book was quite a thriller from the first page to the last.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, and to write a lot, would spoil the book.
I took it to bed to read. I DID NOT go to sleep, I stayed up and read the whole thing. This has not happened in quite some time. :)

"Scott and Rachel’s marriage is on the brink of disaster. Scott, a businessman with a high-pressure job, just wants Rachel to understand him and accept his flaws. Rachel is a lonely housewife, desperate for attention and friendship. So she decides to create a virtual friend online, unaware that Scott is doing the exact same thing. As Rachel desperately tries to re-create a friendship with a friend who has passed, Scott becomes unfaithful and is torn between the love for his wife and the perfection of his cyber-girlfriend. But neither realizes that there’s a much larger problem looming…"

Who is behind the virtual friends? What lines are okay to cross and when is it too far?


John Faubion is celebrating his debut novel, Friend Me, with a Kindle HDX giveaway!
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One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • Friend Me by John Faubion
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 22nd. Winner will be announced February 24th on John Faubion's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by John's blog on the 24th to see if you won.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck and giveaway

We are running rather slowly here. The Flu hit 5 out of 8 of us.
Which meant discovering gluten-free ways of recovering. (Byebye, Saltines!)

I did not read book one in this series before being given Princess Ever After to review. Which did not ruin the experience of the book, but I now want to get the first book.

In the country of  Hessenberg, we find a nation struggling for independence, so you have the political intrigue and the fate of a nation at stake. To this stage is brought Regina, a 29 yr old who has not sought romance or relationships, is thrown into a royal role and is facing an uncertain future. It is like an grown up version of Princess Diaries starring Anne Hathaway, with several twists.

Regina is not worried about getting her hands dirty. Her hard working lifestyle, including car restoration,  steels her and helps her in dealing with  political opponents or  paparazzi. But will this strong-willed girl submit to Some One else's plan for her life?

A lovely romantic read for this Valentine's Day.  Don't forget to enter the contests to win!

Rachel Hauck is celebrating the release of her latest "swoon"-worthy romance,  Princess Ever After, with a fun $200 "Princess" prize package giveaway and a Facebook "Princess" party on March 6th. Grab your tiaras and RSVP today!

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  One winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa cash card (buy your very own "princess ever after" gown or tanks of gas for your "royal" ride)
  • Princess Ever After, Once Upon a Prince, and The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 6th. Winner will be announced at Rachel's "Princess" Facebook Party on March 6th. Connect with Rachel for an evening of "royal" book chat, princess-themed trivia, laughter, prizes, and an exclusive look at the next book in the Royal Wedding series!

So grab your copy of Princess Ever After and join Rachel and friends on the evening of March 6th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 6th!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Road Unknown- Win $200 Visa Cash Card


A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron, is the story of Elizabeth, the eldest of 9 children. Elizabeth, feeling resentful over being expected to help with the younger children and the house, runs away from home.  She becomes roommates with a college student, gets a job, and begins to makes a life of her own. As much as she might think she is looking out for her self, her life has given her a heart to serve and care for others.
Between these choices, both good and bad decisions, Elizabeth's life takes shape.

I grew up in the beginnings of the home school movement, my parents were writers for the teaching home and other publications. My mother even wrote a book on home schooling. I grew up surrounded by large families. Large meaning more than 8 kids, 5-6 was average. As a mother to six children, I have striven to keep all the children in child roles. Too many of my friends grew up never wanting to have children from their experiences. So I could relate to this story.

I love that it took on a different viewpoint than most of the Amish fiction that I have read in the past.

Barbara Cameron is celebrating the release of A Road Unknown with a $200 Visa cash card giveaway and a fun "Amish Roads" Facebook party.
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One winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa cash card
  • A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 27th. Winner will be announced at Barbara's "Amish Roads" Facebook Party on February 27th. Connect with Barbara for an evening of book chat, Amish trivia, laughter, prizes, and more!

So grab your copy of A Road Unknown and join Barbara and friends on the evening of February 27th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 27th!

Germany 2014

I am busy preparing for the next Holocaust Reconciliation project. As we go through the arrangements for concerts, dinners, and hotels, please keep us in prayer. Pray for our health, wisdom and the financial needs of the trip, also for the families that encourage us to go. This trip I will be doing something a little different. I am cooking a Passover Seder dinner for 120 Germans. The theme of Passover is freedom from slavery and bondage. The Holocaust has not only etched deep scars, it has bound people with fear, hate, unforgiveness, mistrust.... It is our hope that we will minister to the hurting and see those held captive released.

A Tour Of Roses
http://www.improbablepeople.org/missions_roses.html



 Thousands of roses, dozens of concerts and many tears have been shed over the last 5 years. We will have 5,000 roses for this trip. I am so excited about this project! It is never easy but it is always worth it.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Hopeful the Blog Tour

While we were living in Baltimore, I began reading Amish fiction. S's job at NASA at the time meant each month he had a full week off. We explored as much of the surrounding areas, states really, as we could. I loved driving up into Lancaster and visiting the quilt shops and ordering a slice of shoe fly pie, sampling the chowchow that was served at almost every big barn style restaurant. My mom still makes pickled beet eggs as a special treat.
I was given a copy of Hopeful to review, and guess what?! there is a contest!


Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first in the Return to Sugarcreek series, takes place in the Amish town of Sugarcreek, not in Pennsylvania but in Ohio. ( The author just happens to live in Ohio and has sampled Amish fare first hand, which adds to the authentic feel of the story.)
In the first book of the series we are introduced to Miriam Zehr and several of the town residents. She is not the beauty of the town. She is a plain girl in more than one sense of the word. So from the start you are truly hopeful that she will find love.
This is not just "another" Amish story. Hopeful is filled with relatable characters, unrequited love, comedy, and realistic conflicts.
The whole book is enjoyable.


Welcome to the blog tour for Hopeful, the first book in Shelley Shepard Gray's new series, Return to Sugarcreek. Critics have already given their thumbs up for Hopeful: “Lovable characters and a good story, full of romance and suspense . . . a must read." (Library Journal)

Enter to win one of FIVE copies of the book. 
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Five winners will receive:
  • Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 23rd. All winners will be announced February 24th at Shelley's blog.

Enter today and be sure to visit Shelley's blog on the 24th to see if YOU won one of the books!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Sneeze The Compass Bible, The Voice Translation

A few years ago, in my textual criticism class, quite a stir was created when the Voice New Testament was released. Another modern translation. Sigh. And the list grew from there of all the knowledgeable arguments, translation styles, etc...


Let me start with: I LOVE THIS BIBLE! This is a lengthy post, just to warn you.




Compass is packed full of notes that reach out to the soul struggling through the questions of life and trying to  trust the Spirit of God to bring peace and direction, remaining open to hearing The Voice.

 The language used in this Study Bible cuts through the "christianese" of terms that the church goer is familiar with and breaks through the theologically defined terms in order to speak to the heart.

Readers will read scene after scene where God speaks to the heart and not just the head. This is a bible for reflection and devotional quiet time. I would probably not read it in a serious study group, debating issues. But then again, I may. Just to cut through the overly familiar.

From The Voice: "One of the byproducts of the information age in the church has been its focus on biblical knowledge. Many Bibles reflect this, packed with informative notes, charts, and graphs. While there's nothing wrong with having a deep knowledge; a personal connection and deep relationship are far better. This is exemplified by Jesus' comment to Martha, "Oh Martha, Martha, you are so ... concerned about a million details, but really, only one thing matters. Mary has chosen that one thing, and I won't take it away from her." (Luke 10:41-42 The Voice)
The "one thing" is a deeper, personal relationship with God. And The Voice is focused on helping readers find (or rediscover) this connection with Him. Scripture is presented not as an academic document, but as an engaging story. The intention of the scholars and authors who collaborated on The Voice is to enable readers to hear God speaking, to experience His presence in their lives
."

www.hearthevoice.com has numerous resources and videos regarding this translation.

Many cultures, specifically the Jewish culture have a difficult time with certain words, words that were used to persecute. Christ and Cross for example. You might think that those things are in the past with concentration camps. Even today we have friends who as Jewish children have been called Christ Killers. With some translations feeling emboldened to use the YHWH liberally through out scriptures (some times inconsistently) this adds another stumbling block. The Compass Bible also uses the term "Anointed One" in place of "Christ" and the terms "Eternal" or "Eternal One" for the tetragrammaton. AND they point out the fallacies of the mistranslated words Jehovah and Yahweh. (YES!!!!)
and also: 


By removing things that could hinder, the translation team has made a Bible that those who are not familiar with G-d, the Church, Christianity, etc... would be more apt to not only pick up but actually read.
The translation team did not just slough off translation skills in order to gain the emotional/heart aspect.
“The heart of the project is retelling the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works, while remaining painstakingly true to the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts,” says the preface.



Seriously, read the preface! (I geek out on Bible prefaces!)

Look inside the Voice NT here: http://issuu.com/thomasnelsonbibles/docs/45_romans_flipbook/11?e=0

Get the Gospel of John here free: http://www.nelsonfree.com/compasswalmart

The Bible itself is bound well, the cover of the hardcover is lovely under the dust jacket, not just a plain text title. Thomas Nelson has their quality guarantee when you register your Bible. The price point on this Bible reflects its all around desire for accessibility. Good quality and affordable prices.
The Compass includes:
--A 365-day reading plan through the whole Bible
--A 40-day retreat with Jesus (provides daily New Testament passages and a simple 7-step format for your devotional time)
--The Road Map to God’s Promises  Twelve pages of scripture references for topics ranging from “What The Bible Has To Say About God’s Faithfulness” to “What To Do When You Feel Discouraged.” These are easy to find helps when in great need.
--A user-friendly topical guide


Italic type in this Bible indicates words not directly tied to the translation of the original language, but words that highlight the nuances of the original, and provide readers with cultural context  that would have been obvious to the original audience.
--Delineated material expands on themes in the text which includes cultural, historical, theological, or devotional observations.
--Screenplay format identifies dialogue and avoids the repetition of conjunctions, articles, and certain verbs. It helps in identifying just who is speaking.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

praying for the Bride

Walking in to an established church has pros and cons.
One of ours is over 100 yrs. The other is a new work that we established 7 yrs ago.

There was a time when we lived in Colorado Springs that a new church opened and another closed, just about every week. So many new churches are started out of offense and hurt feelings, church splits and doctrines of men out weighing the doctrines of G-d. It seems this goes double for home churches.

While we have more freedom to do what we feel lead to at the newer one, the other gives us elders and congregants who have been in fellowship through conflicts for over 50 years! The wisdom we are gleaning from both places is so rich.

I wonder how much has been lost from trying to do things our own newer ways instead of being humble and submitting to those over us, praying for the pastors to hear G-d's voice.

Pastors, like most humans are human and fallible. Pride, busyness, and exhaustion can take hold. Not having accountability and a friend leave most of those who "minister" empty. Sadly, pastors are often a reason why people leave a church. sometimes they are the only reason some one stays at a church.


A friend of ours, and a local pastor, spends most of his week praying at other churches, usually in their parking lots. Praying for the pastor, for the church, for revival. I am so blessed by his servant heart. Too often we view another church as competition or with critical/judgmental eyes, thinking we know the truth and true doctrine/theology , and they have missed something.


Do you pray for the other churches in your town? What about the church "across the street"?

If not? Why?

Each Thursday we have a time of prayer walking, where w pray for requests, the attendees, the church we attend, even the town. I think I need to start praying for other churches, not just the persecuted.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday Dinners

For a couple years now, we have been having family style dinners.
We have 35-60 people any given nite.

They have all come to reaize that when my family cooks, some thing will be unusual, weird, outside their comfort zone.... They are now over the oddity of hummus, matzo ball soup and other cultural specialties.
I tease them that I have to find the craziest recipes online to feed them.
This month:
ChickPea and Cashew Chili
Which I must say it totally rocked! And the skeptics even came back for seconds.
To be fair, I did cook 2 pots, one with and the other without cashews.

The recipe can be found over at the Shiksa's site:
http://theshiksa.com/2014/01/08/slow-cooker-vegan-chickpea-chili/


also try her Matbucha!
http://theshiksa.com/2012/04/17/matbucha/


Friday, January 17, 2014

Book Sneeze The Modern Life Study Bible - God's Word for Our World



The Modern Life Study Bible-NKJV has been well worth the wait. This Bible will be available January 21, 2014. It is a full colour Study Bible. Each book overview has a basic "what was going on and who wrote it" but also has key verses to help you find familiar references.
This is an excellent resource for your daily life. A great balance between "deep knowledge" and application.
I was pleasantly surprised at the hebraic background/cultural notes. So often in the past as a jewish family we have read other study notes and found them to be inaccurate. These however have been spot on. There are notes. prompts really, to encourage application in community, social justice issues, every day life "to illustrate our potential to make a difference."
The whole book is beautiful. The Word of G-d  presented well  in a way to encourage you to take chances, get your hands dirty in service and live a life in His strength.

With all these notes and helps, this has quite some heft to it! Although the edition I have is a hardcover, the binding is flexible and there is no gluing anamolies, showing care in the construction. As long as you don't stuff bulletins and notes pages to bursting -cringe- (don't do it! preserve the binding!), this looks like it will last a long time.

"Our world summons us to act, give, and connect. God's Word empowers us to answer the call."

"Thinking Independently- The Modern Life Study Bible challenges us to develop our own thinking. The articles are designed to guide the reader without forcing an answer for every theological issue. Some times several possible answers are suggested; at other times the focus is on the broad significance of the text rather than specific details. At all times The Modern Life Study Bible encourages thoughtful faith."

                        

Read Sample HERE



Description
As members of the modern age, we sometimes feel disconnected from the world of the Bible. But if we look closely, we can see that although cultures change, our basic challenges stay the same. We still struggle with issues like community, justice, economic stress, political tensions, and cultural and ethnic differences. We still wonder who God is, how to discern His will, and how we fit into His plan.




Using historical context and fresh insights backed by biblical scholars, The Modern Life Study Bible explores the timeless truths that connect the people and stories of the Bible to the opportunities and demands we face today. God is at work in our world, inviting us to experience His presence.


With innovative, full-color illustrations, maps, and diagrams, along with special information on occupations of the Bible, profiles of people and places, theme indexes, and inspirational biographies of believers who put their faith to work, The Modern Life Study Bible will draw you in, helping you to know and embrace what it means to follow Christ in today’s world.

Features include:
  • More than 2,400 concise articles and book introductions
  • More than 220 full-color maps
  • Hundreds of diagrams, tables, and illustrations
  • 66 inspirational biographies
  • Indexes to aid navigation and study