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2009 Bible Reading Challenge

Bible reading for December 29 was the book of Amos. 

From January through mid summer I read all of the New Testament, then there was a lull. I picked back up with reading through the Bible in the early autumn. I read through Psalms, Isaiah and Luke--from October through December. I have over the past few weeks read several other Old Testament books. Last Spring I was in the Esther study by Beth Moore and this was when I read the book of Esther.

For the month of January 2010 I will be reading Genesis and Matthew.

I read 44 books of the Bible this year, 5 of them twice.

There are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament. I was 22 short from reading all of the Bible in 2009. I'm hoping and challenging myself to read all of the Bible in 2010. I have read the entire Bible in one year twice, I'm planning for a third time in 2010.


H     umble yourself
O    pen the Word
L     ook at your life
Y    ield to His ways


"Jesus is not our personal assistant cha…

Today's Bible Reading!

Are you reading your Bible?

Today's Bible reading:
Song of Solomon 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Micah 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

"The only fear I have is to fear to get out of the will of God. Outside of the will of God, there's nothing I want, and in the will of God there's nothing I fear, for God has sworn to keep me in His will. If I'm out of His will, that is another matter. But if I'm in His will, He's sworn to keep me."
A. W. Tozer

Today's Bible Reading!

Are you reading your Bible?

Today's Bible reading:
Haggai 1,2
Zechariah 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Malachi 1, 2, 3, 4

"Know that our living Lord is unspeakably pure. He is sinless, spotless, immaculate, stainless. In His person is an absolute fullness of purity that our words can never express. This fact alone changes our entire human and moral situation and outlook. We can always be sure of the most important of all positives: God is God and God is right. He is in control. Because he is God He will never change!"
A. W. Tozer

Peace

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

"And he will be their peace." Micah 5:5


"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:14


Peace, if you are looking for a peace that the world offers, you'll not find it. It's not there. 
Since the fall of Adam and Eve there has been a continual propensity for violence, war, and strife amongst humans. 
Even in America where we've been given so many freedoms, disharmony flourishes. Road rage happens everyday, arguments and fighting on the job, abuse in the home and in our schools, our pseudo intellectual yet elected officials even argue and blast each other with frigid words. 
So what is this peace that the Bible is talking about, this peace that was predicted in the Old Testament that Jesus would bring, and then …

End of the Year Reading

I started reading the book "The Shape of Mercy" by Susan Meissner last night. This book is the 2009 Christian Book Award Winner for Fiction. This is a fantastic story! I am loving it!
I am also reading "Chosen" Book 1 in the Lost Books series by Ted Dekker and "Unfaithful" by Gary and Mona Shriver.
I'm hoping to have all 3 books finished by the end of the year and post reviews, yet with the holidays and my husband will be home most of this time.....we will just have to see about that goal.

I am standing at 89 books read for this year, I might be able to increase that by December 31!

Blissful Reading!
Annette

Today's Bible Reading

Are you reading your Bible?

Today's Bible reading:
Lamentations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Joel 1, 2, 3
Obadiah 1
Jonah 1, 2, 3, 4 
Nahum 1, 2, 3
Habakkuk 1, 2, 3
Zephaniah 1, 2, 3

"Every once in a while our Lord gives us a glimpse of what we would be like if it were not for Him. This is a confirmation of what He said-"...without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). That is why the underlying foundation of Christianity is personal, passionate devotion to the Lord Jesus. We mistake the joy of our first introduction into God's kingdom as His purpose for getting us there. Yet God's purpose in getting us into His kingdom is what we may realize all that identification with Jesus Christ means."
Oswald Chambers

Review-"The Silent Gift"

Review--"The Silent Gift" by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley
Bethany House, Published 2009
362 Pages, Book Provided For Review By Bethany House.


"The Silent Gift" is the story of a young boy Jack and his mother Mary.
The time period is the Great Depression.
Jack is silent--meaning he can neither speak nor hear.
When the story begins Mary and Jack are living under the strain of an abusive home life.
At an opportune moment, Mary and Jack escape and leave for a larger city in order to make a new life. Mary's focus is always on Jack, and I was drawn in to the story immediately because of her faithful and dedicated love to him.
Mary is trusting and naive, and for this I felt the story would be unlikely in real life.
From my parents and before them their parents, these generations of people were mistrustful of strangers, even fearful.
Almost no one had money during the Depression and those that did certainly kept it hidden away.
For the focus and theme of the stor…

Christian Book Award Winners For 2009

http://christianbookawards.com/


Best Christian Books Of 2009-----Christian Book Award Winners

The Christian Book Of The Year And The Winner In The Bible Category Is The ESV Study Bible--Crossway Books and Bibles.

Bible References And Study--Dictionary Of The Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry And Writings--Tremper Longman III, Peter Enns, Editors--InterVarsity Press

Inspiration And Gift--Holiness Day By Day--Jerry Bridges--NavPress

Children And Youth--For Young Men Only--Jeff Feldhahn And Eric Rice With Shaunti Feldhahn--WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

Fiction--The Shape Of Mercy--Susan Meissner--WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

Christian Life--Spectacular Sins--John Piper--Crossway Books And Bibles

Congratulations To All The Winners!
Annette

Review-"Primal"

Review--"Primal, A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity" by Mark Batterson
Multnomah Books----A Division of Random House
Published 2009
179 pages
Mark Batterson has a website @ Evotionial
Find the book at the following link:
http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781601421319

This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.



Jesus taught us in Mark 12:30 to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Jesus had quoted Deuteronomy 6:5.
Mark Batterson uses this verse as the theme of a new book he has written----"Primal."
The four divisions of the book are based from this verse: The Heart of Christianity, The Soul of Christianity, The Mind of Christianity, and The Strength of Christianity.
Mark writes that the Church needs a reformation. This is a strong statement, I have visions of Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses upon the door of the …

Today's Bible Reading

Are you reading your Bible?

Today's Bible reading finished the book of Isaiah.
Isaiah 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66

This completes the mini-challenge to read Isaiah and one of the Gospels--I chose Luke and finished it December 7. 


Blissful Reading!
Annette

"One Question Friday"

Wendy from All in a Day's Thought had 2 questions I will address.

December 11
What does Church smell like to you?
I have a keen sense of smell, can't hear to well, but can smell with proficiency!
But, maybe this question has a deeper meaning than smelling on a physical level.

The smell of Church is a comfortable and familiar smell to me. But, when something becomes comfortable and familiar it can become drab and colorless, and sense we are speaking in olfactory--it can become bland.

"If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body."
1 Corinthians 12:17-20 NIV

Church has not become bland to me, but I don't know where my place is anymore. I'm a little lost. 
Without going into to much …

"In Christ Alone"

Please see original post at Titus 2 at the Well, Ashley is the author of this post dated December 21. 


"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."
Philippians 4:11-13 NIV

Can I truly say that I am satisfied in Christ alone, every day, every hour, every situation? 
Sadly my answer is no.
Why? Because I feel sorry for myself sometimes. I dwell and simmer on what I don't  have. Particularly I think about the fact that I live here in this home with my dad, because I care for him--he cannot live alone, cannot drive, needs assistance, etc. I do not get to live with my husband, he lives and works in another city, and we see each other on holidays and on weekends. 

Question of the Week

Becky from Operation Actually Read Bible 
has 2 new questions dated December 8 and 20.

December 8
Question of the week: Christmas songs.
Which traditional songs (think carols/hymns) are your favorites? Do you have one song that is more special than another?

I have a jewel to share with you, a favorite Christmas memory of mine. My memories of listening to these songs are a comfort and a joy, it brings a smile to my face. I remember as a little girl sitting in our formal living room (mother would not let me go in this room without permission), enjoying our decorated Christmas tree with presents scattered all around, and listening to this album on our 1959 Magnavox mahogany stereo. We no longer have the album, but I recently found and bought the cd from Amazon. The songs that Perry Como sings are traditional and they are my favorites. 
Please take the time to listen...to the Christmas story.



December 20
Question of the week: The Christmas Season.
The Christmas season seems to go by so quickly. Th…

Roundabout

Roundabout is the title of a post that I try to do every week listing the noteworthy blog's of that week that I follow.
I follow 55 blog's, they are all noteworthy in that the authors lovingly tend to their blog's as a dedicated gardener would to their garden. They sow and prune, in hopes of a reading audience that will enjoy the harvest.

All the blog's are a whirl in the same theme of subjects: wrapping up reading and challenges for 2009, looking forward to reading and challenges in 2010, and preparing for Christmas.

Reading Challenges are popping up, please see 3 blog's for information on 2010 Reading Challenges.
Becky's Book Reviews
Mini Challenges
J.Kaye's Book Blog

All in a Day's Thought Wendy is the author of this blog and she posts questions, great questions, questions that make you think and stew a little. Her questions are posted on Friday's. See the questions posted for December 11 and 18.

At the Well...In Pursuit of Titus 2 See the posting…

1982

27 years ago today, Jeff and I were married at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. It was a small ceremony in the church that I had grown up in, our family and closest friends attended. The weather was cold, it rained later in the evening. My mother had made my dress, and she had bought my bouquet of rose bud and baby breathe flowers. Jeff and his best friend Steve had rented their western style tuxes. My maid of honor had bought her dress, and both of us wore the same shoes we'd worn at our senior prom several months before. The Church was already decorated for Christmas. The ceremony was traditional and brief. We had no special music, nor any other wedding ceremony entertainment. 
We had two wedding receptions, my parents had a reception at their home and we had our family Christmas party at the same time. We had a second reception at Jeff's sister Denise and her husband Luther's home. Both receptions had a cake and punch, many pictures were taken. The houses were both full f…

Today's Bible Reading

Are you reading your Bible?

Today's Bible reading was from Isaiah, I read chapters 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59. 

"The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. God calls us to His service and places tremendous responsibilities on us. He expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part. God wants to use us as His Own Son."
Oswald Chambers

Christmas 2009

Still!

I am still sick with a cold; the greatest symptoms are weakness, fatigue, some coughing.
I finished reading last night, "The Silent Gift" by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley. I can't wait to post a review on this great book! I cried and cried at the end; this is unusual for me to be so emotional after reading a book, I guess it could be that I'm not feeling well, but I insist the book is great!

Next!

I was sick with a stomach virus last week, then yesterday came down with a cold---but not to sick to read!
I am in the process of finishing up 2 books "The Silent Gift" by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley, and "Primal" by Mark Batterson. I will post reviews this week on these books. 

Blissful Reading!
Annette

Today's Bible Reading!

Are you reading your Bible?

Today's Bible reading was from Isaiah, and I read chapters 41, 42, 43, 44.
I also read John chapter 8 for BSF 

On December 10 I read Isaiah 38, 39, 40. 


"Nothing pays greater dividends for the time invested, than writing God's Word on the tables of the heart."
Dawson Trotman

Progressive Dinner

Merry Christmas! And Welcome to the Progressive Dinner!
http://www.bookblogsocialclub.com/
The Dinner is December 7-11
I am featuring a dessert.

Please see the previous blog for another tasty dessert
http://www.3rsblog.com/

"Imperial Sugar Cookie"
1 cup Margarine
1 cup Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1 Egg
1 tsp. Water
3 cup Flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt

Thoroughly cream together sugar, margarine and vanilla. Add egg and water; beat until light and fluffy. Blend in flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in half and chill 1 hour. On slightly floured surface roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Brush lightly with milk. Sprinkle with colored sugar, candy or chopped nuts. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet at 375 degree for 6-8 minutes (turn sheet around in middle of baking.) Cool slightly. Remove from sheet or bake cookies plain and glaze with confectioners sugar, blended with milk.
Makes 6 dozen.

Please see the following blog for another tasty dessert
http://www…

Today's Bible Reading!

Are You Reading Your Bible?

Yesterday's Bible Reading:
John 6

Today's Bible Reading:
John 7
Luke 23, 24
1 Timothy 6
2 Timothy 1, 2, 3, 4
Titus 1, 2, 3 

"A blind confidence which trusts without seeing is far dearer to God than any fancied knowledge that can explain everything..."
A.W. Tozer

Today's Bible Reading

Are you reading your Bible?

Today's Bible Reading:
1 Timothy 4 and 5
Luke 21, 22
Isaiah 36, 37, 
John (I am reading John to get caught up with where Bible Study Fellowship is---I just started back with this great Bible Study, this is my 8th year.)
Scriptures read in John's Gospel 4, 5


"Love the giver more than any gift He may bestow."
From "Treasured" by Leigh McLeroy 





Review-"Treasured"

Review--"Treasured, Knowing God by the Things He Keeps" by Leigh McLeroy
The authors sites are: www.leighmcleroy.com and www.wednesdaywords.com
Published by WaterBrook Press a division of Random House, 2009

Link to find the book: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781400074815

This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.



Leigh McLeroy a Houstonian is an author and speaker.
She has written other articles and books such as:
"The Beautiful Ache," "The Sacred Ordinary," and "Moments for Singles."
Leigh writes and also tells in the above video, that the idea for this book came from a cigar box of treasured items that she received that had been her beloved grandfathers.
After receiving this gift, Leigh then began to think and wonder what other intrinsic treasures are in Scripture, that can personally compare to her own life's journey.
There are 13 chapters of Scripture stories and stories from her own …

Review-"God Gave Us Love" and "God Gave Us Christmas"

Review--"God Gave Us Love" by Lisa Tawn Bergren and art by Laura J. Bryant
and "God Gave Us Christmas" by Lisa Tawn Bergren and art by David Hohn
WaterBrook Press a division of Random House,
"God Gave Us Love" published in 2009
"God Gave Us Christmas" published 2006
Both books provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

"God Gave Us Love"
Little Cub and her grandfather go fishing, but it is disturbed by pesky annoying otters. Little Cub is upset with the otters, but her grandfather uses this moment to be a teaching lesson about God's love. Grandpa Bear teaches Little Cub about the different kinds of love: the love that a Mama bear and a Papa bear feel for each other, the love between friends, and the love between other family members. Grandpa Bear tells Little Cub that "any time we show love, Little Cub, we're sharing a bit his love."

I felt this was an endearing book!
I love those teachable moments with our …

Review-"Why Did God Give Us Emotions?"

Review--"Why Did God Give Us Emotions?" by Reneau Peurifoy, M.A.
B&B Media Group, LifeSkills Publications, Published 2009, 228 pages
This book was provided by B&B Media Group for review.


"Emotions are such a mysterious gift. They take us to heights of ecstasy. They dash us on the rocks of despair. They can bind us together and tear us apart. They can move some to noble acts of courage and self-sacrifice, and in others, they are the force behind terrible acts of evil and destruction.
Why did God make us this way? How are we supposed to manage this wonderful and mystifying gift we call emotions? In his new book Why Did God Give Us Emotions?, author Reneau Peurifoy takes a detailed look at the many sources of our emotional responses and the roles our emotions play in our thoughts, actions, relationships with others, and relationship with God. Why Did God Give Us Emotions? is a book twenty years in the making, based on Peurifoy's focused study, counseling experi…

Today's Bible Reading

Today's Bible Reading!

Isaiah 33, 34, 35
Luke 19, 20
1 Timothy 3
Gospel of John 1, 2, 3
All Scriptures read from NLT The Transformation Study Bible

"The great majority of people will go on observing forms that cannot be explained, they will keep Christmas Day with Christmas gifts and Christmas benedictions; they will continue to do it, and some day suddenly wake up and discover why."
G. K. Chesterton

Next Up!

This week I will be posting reviews on the following:
"Treasured" by Leigh McLeroy, "God Gave Us Christmas" and "God Gave Us Love" both by Lisa Tawn Bergren. Published by WaterBrook Multnomah
"Why Did God Give Us Emotions?" by Reneau Peurifoy, M.A. and published by David C. Cook.
"Clara's War" by Clara Kramer. Published by Harper Collins.This book review will be over at
A Garden of Books.
And I have started reading the next book that I will review for Bethany House Publishers, "The Silent Gift" by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley.

Blissful Reading!
Annette

Review-"Choosing Gratitude"

Review--"Choosing Gratitude, Your Journey To Joy" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada
Moody Publishers, Published 2009, 234 Pages
See the the website Revive Our Hearts
This was a book given to me to join in on the Revive Our Hearts online study, but I also chose to review this book. 

The focal theme of the book is to teach us to have a mind and heart committed to a life of thankfulness to God. To be thankful in all things and not just in some things. Our attitude at all times should be full of gratitude for and to Jesus.
The author shares many stories from the lives of people that had terrible and tragic circumstances, yet they were thankful for God's presence and love.
The world does not thank God for who He is and what He has blessed us with; but the world is quick to shut God out, and to complain and berate Him.
But we have the mind of Christ, and we should not only live differently from the world, but we should stand out and reflect to the world our gr…

Review-"Breach of Trust"

Review--"Breach of Trust" by Diann Mills
Tyndale Fiction Published 2009, 392 Pages

This book was bought by me for the purpose of reading and review.

I first became aquainted with Diann Mills when I read the book "When The Nile Runs Red"
see my review of this book:
http://awell-wateredgarden.blogspot.com/2009/07/review-when-nile-runs-red.html
I felt she was an excellent story teller and I'd looked forward to reading more of her novels.
"Breach of Trust" was not a disapointment! I loved this novel and I felt it was quick action paced, interesting,  had engaging characters, and was suspenseful.

Paige Rogers has spent the last several years hiding behind a new life as a librarian in a small town in Oklahoma. She has an easy predictable job, a cozy home to live in, and new friends. Her mind often travels back to her previous life as a CIA agent, and the horrible covert mission thats aftermath was life changing.
Paige tries hard to keep her real name and pr…

Hoots Up With Me!

On this first day of December it has been a cold, dark, and dreary day. The rain started around noon and has not let up since then. The temperatures have stayed in the mid 40's, with the upper 30's tonight.
Another cold front will come through later in the week, with a slight chance of snow on Friday.

Christmas shopping is nearly finished, one last gift I am looking for, it is a decorative box (maybe at Hobby Lobby) for a Barbie doll box for my granddaughter.
Tonight I am hoping to start on Christmas cards, between daddy and I, we send out about 70 cards.
I do not have the Christmas tree up yet, nor the house decorated. I am waiting on my husband and younger son to come in next weekend, and climb up in the attic to retrieve the Christmas decor.

Daddy and I shopped today at Lifeway Christian Bookstore and of course spent $$ on more books.
I already had piles of books to read, but I just can't help myself.....I love books! The books I bought are: "A Lineage of Grace&…