Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall's third and final novel in the series is a refreshing new look into the Amish community.The conclusion of the Amish of Summer Grove has new features. Word bubbles for the texting between the characters bring these Amish kids into the digital age. I was also surprised at the young folks getting Uber drivers. What is happening in Summer Grove! You don't want to miss this starling conclusion. New character are added into the mix to pair up the single women at the Brennemens' Perks coffee shop. A surprising ending for Ariana and her family. Learned about organizations that rescue battered women from harmful situations. All ends well with the "trips" Skylar name for the twins and Ariana born at the Amish Birthing Clinic 21 years ago. I have read all of Woodsmall's books in the Amish genre. She is one of my favorite authors. Can't wait for more. I received this preview copy of this book for sharing my review.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Christianity, Cults and Religions

When confronted with opposing viewpoints and the religious and cult disciples showing up at our doors, this pamphlet is very helpful with information on religions and cults, many of which I was unaware. It is especially detailed about the Mormons and the Jehovah’s witnesses, supplying charts with information on each religions founders, writings, and their belief of Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. Often if we are not prepared, we can be swayed to believe in ideas that are contradictory to our belief in Christianity. It is unwise to challenge missionaries who come to your door without knowing the nuances of their religion. The authorities of these religious groups are too often not God the Father, but merely frail humans. We understand our own beliefs as followers of Jesus, before we engage others. If we expect to share the love of Jesus, we must be equipped to point out false doctrine. Rose Publishing provided me with a free copy of this resource for an unbiased review. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Thankful Heart in a World of Hurt by Joni

In her pamphlet Joni Eareckson Tada tries to show those suffering in a world of hurt, how to have a thankful heart. She says people in pain often make a choice to give up, focus on their problems, or get bitter. This book enriches my teaching of the book of Ruth, Naomi returns to Bethlehem after losing two sons and her husband, ask her friends to call her Mara which means “bitter.” Joni suggests the alternative of giving a sacrifice of thanks. A sign was outside a church: “Can’t sleep, try counting your blessings.” This is the wonderful advice Joni shares as one who has suffered tragedy. She says gratitude leads to joy and gives Jesus as an example to teach us how to respond to suffering. Quotes by several famous authors are included. Joni inspires us to redefine our happiness. We can learn contentment from the teachings of the Apostle Paul. This little booklet is a wonderful treasure of bible verses to help us cope with the trials in our life. Rose gave this pdf for an unbiased review.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Gaining a Hopeful Spirit

Joni never fails to encourage me through her writing. After her rehabilitation she founded Joni and Friends in 1979 to provide Christ-centered programs to special needs families. Sometimes a small amount of hope in the right person can do a world of good. God does not waste any opportunities to receive glory from the trials of our lives. Jeremiah 29:11:‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Christian faith is built on the hope that God can do the impossible. While I had literally given up hope, the husband and parents of a friend of mine who was on life support continued to plead with God. The mother called me with a praise report that her daughter was breathing on her own without the tube down her throat. Praise God, He is the God of miracle. Joni provides excellent advice and many wonderful scriptures to instill hope in us. Rose Publishing gifted me this resource for an honest review.

Codependency by JUNE HUNT

Codependency came to be a buzzword when I was in college. Usually we think of people with drug or alcohol addictions but it can take many forms. I myself have been an enabler when I allowed my husband to continually choose drinking and playing softball over time with his children. Allowing the destructive behavior to continue because I was afraid of losing my husband, however it eventually destroyed my marriage. A lesson learned: Don’t fear losing the love of others when you allow them to suffer the consequences of their negative actions. Through Christ we can carry all our burdens and lay them at the foot of the Cross. Once we depend on God instead of another person, “You’ll learn never to settle for what looks good, but always to choose what is best.” Recently getting a manicure a stranger shared with me her concern for her ungrateful and rebellious teenager. She was working two jobs to provide this child with his own car; paying for his insurance and the gas. This poor mother felt she had no recourse. If she had encouraged the son to acquire employment to pay for the insurance and gas maybe she could give up one of her jobs. Sometimes we have to step back to see what is happening in our own relationships. Rose publishers gave me this pdf for a fair review. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

ANGER: Aim it in the Right Directiion

Today is a good day to review Anger-Aim it in the Right Direction. After 15 years on a prescription medicine to help me sleep the new specialist wants me to try something new for two weeks. Taking the medicine two hours before bedtime, I climbed into bed at the appointed time and attached my cursed CPAC machine.  After an hour and a half of tossing and turning, I went to read a book and returned at 2:30 am. Talking to the PA on the phone was frustrating and made me angry. By the time I finished I’m sure I will be reported as an angry patient. She was not concerned that I lay awake until 2:30 and felt 4 hours was enough. Joni says some call anger “black energy that demands immediate release and relief.” She includes stories of misdirected anger and includes example of her own anger.  I agree that God is more interested in purifying our heart and conforming us into the image of Christ than my sleep issue or traffic.  Yes, I will repent before God and ask forgiveness for my outburst. Joni gives good advice for our dealing with anger and how sin corrupts our soul and causes us to turn away from our Creator. Thank you, Lord for loving me warts and all. This pamphlet was given to me for my honest review.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

100 Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus PPT

This PowerPoint program shows 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus. It is always amazing to me the timing of God. Just yesterday in Sunday bible study we went over about 30 prophecies of Jesus from the bible study participants guide of Ruth The Redeemed.  I had mentioned to my ladies that there was a list with 100 prophecies and here it comes in my email. During Easter season, I concentrated on the last week that Jesus was on the earth. I always point out various prophecies that Jesus fulfilled on the cross. This PowerPoint is incredibily thorough. The menu slide covers four groups of prophecies fulfilled by Jesus birth, Jesus death and resurrection, Jesus life and ministry, and Jesus titles and attributes. The format for the slides is simple but effective; each grouping is color-coded and easily recognized. The menu slide has links to take you immediately to the group to be taught. This PowerPoint contains 210 slides. Old Testament scriptures are used to validate each prophecy. Each corresponding prophecy title and number is proven using another slide with the New Testament scripture fulfillment. There were a few prophecies that were new to me even though I have taught it for six years. This is an excellent tool for Bible Study teachers. Rose Publishing gave me this resource for a fair and honest review.