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The Shadow of Shame

"Beyond the Shadows" by Robin Lee Hatcher The 1950's are often thought of as an idyllic time: poodle skirts, bobby socks, saddle shoes, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, doo wop music, hula hoops, Barbie dolls, and a conservative time period that was thought to be the host of the ideal nuclear family. Alcoholism can affect anyone, and it often masks itself in a family that is thought to be "ideal." Once upon a time people did not talk about certain issues, they gossiped about "other people's" problems, but families did not talk about what was really going on in their own home; problems with alcohol, child abuse, child molestation, spousal abuse, they kept it hidden, "if you don't talk about it, and ignore it, it will just go away." The shame and trauma that a family feels that is affected by alcoholism can be unbearable, they need the support of their church, extended family, friends, and counselors. Alcoholism affects not just the person d…
"A truly humble man is sensible of his natural distance from God; of his dependence on him; of the insufficiency of his own power and wisdom; and that it is by God's power that he is upheld and provided for, and that he needs God's wisdom to lead and guide him, and his might to enable him to do what he ought to do for him."
Jonathan Edwards

Finishing Well

It is good to make a change every once in a while, so I've made a few changes on this blog.
I am currently reading several books: "Knowing God" by J I Packer, "Beyond the Shadows" by Robin Lee Hatcher, "Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy, and "With Christ in the School of Prayer" by Andrew Murray.
The book by J I Packer "Knowing God" I am reading along with my book group friends on Shelfari. I am ready to start chapter Six in this book and I am so glad I am reading the book slowly, it is a meaty book. I can only read a little at a time, then take time to digest and ponder what I've read, often backing up a paragraph or two to re-read again in order to get the full impact, and understanding of what was just read. I did not read far in to the book before I felt convicted to search deeper into my heart by the question, can I honestly say that I know God?
I think that I do, I have been in church all of my life since day one, I'v…

Above Reproach

"Jesus-An Intimate Portrait of the Man, His Land, and His People" by Leith Anderson. The book is a biography of Jesus; the author uses all 4 of the gospels in writing this book, he gives explanatory notes on the sides of the pages, it is written in sequential order of the events of Jesus' life. The book also has study questions in the back of the book. I enjoyed the smoothness of the writing, the details, it is very easy to picture the story in your mind. "Jesus wanted a church that had Christians that were unlike the rest of society, not perfect. When they sinned they would take a different way of dealing with sins and conflicts." How does society see Christians? Often we are looked at as judgmental, critical, self-righteous, too politically involved, prudish, condescending, boring, have I left out any other descriptions? Tis true sometimes we are all of the above, but these are characteristics that can be described for people from all walks of life. Jesus thoug…

Plowing Onward

I have completed reading two books, and have started reading two others. The two books I've finished are: "Jesus-An Intimate Portrait of the Man, His Land, and His People" by Leith Anderson and "Heaven Without Her" by Kitty Foth-Regner. The two books I've started reading are: "Knowing God" by J I Packer and "Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy.
I have had a steady stream of interruptions over the past few weeks, some pleasant and some not pleasant, too many interruptions has led to my discouragement. I read yesterday in my devotional book "Streams in the Desert" a wonderful quote about discouragement.
"Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plow ahead like a steamship, which moves forward whether facing rough or smooth seas, and in rain or shine. Remember, the goal is simply to carry the cargo and to make it to port." Malthie D. Babcock
This quote was exactly the medicine the doctor ordered for me, a quot…

It's June Already

I have had my 4 year old granddaughter for two weeks, the only books I've read have been to her, I hope to be able to now read and get caught up, please be patient it maybe another week or two before I can post on what I've read. Thank you.