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Bible Study | Bible Studies | Bible Study Tools |SWEETER THAN CHOCOLATE-HEBREWS 11

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This is a summer Bible study--starting June 24. This study will be an on-line blog study. There is a cost for the book 24.99.
If you are looking for a summer Bible study I cannot think of a greater study that a Precept study!

http://preceptministriesinternational.blogspot.com/

Bible Study | Bible Studies | Bible Study Tools |SWEETER THAN CHOCOLATE-HEBREWS 11

Memorial Day 2010

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The pictures were taken at the cemetery at Normandy, France. All pictures taken by me in 1999. My parents are the couple on the right side, mother with the blue jacket on. My dad is a D-day Veteran.

Prayer Request!

I have an urgent prayer request:
My granddaughters best friend and neighbor is very ill. She is 6 years old and she was just diagnosed with stage 2 liver cancer. She will have surgery on June 1 to have 1/2 of her liver removed. This little girl already has a blood disorder where her blood does not clot well.
I will withhold her name because of privacy, we'll just call her K.
I'll keep you posted.
Also pray for K mother and father.
Pray for my granddaughter we will have to tell her soon about her dear little friend.

Thank you.

2010 Christy Award Finalists

Contemporary RomanceBreach of Trustby DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House Publishers)How Sweet It Isby Alice J. Wisler (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)Stand-In Groomby Kaye Dacus (Barbour Publishing)
Contemporary Series, Sequels, and NovellasWho Do I Talk To?by Neta Jackson (Thomas Nelson)The Hope of Refugeby Cindy Woodsmall (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)Daisy Chainby Mary DeMuth (Zondervan)
Contemporary StandaloneJune Bugby Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)The Passion of Mary-Margaretby Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)Veiled Freedomby Jeanette Windle (Tyndale House Publishers)
First NovelThe Familiar Strangerby Christina Berry (Moody Publishers) Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent (Tyndale House Publishers)Scaredby Tom Davis (David C. Cook)
HistoricalA Flickering Lightby Jane Kirkpatrick (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)Though Waters Roarby Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)The Swis…

The Adventure Begins...Giveaway!

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The Contest runs May 24----June 12, 2010.
http://wildfireapp.com/website/6/contests/38241

Review-Psalm 23 The Song Of A Passionate Heart by David Roper

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Discovery House PublishersRBC Ministries, 1994, 173 pages

Discovery House Publisher link:
http://www.dhp.org/Products/Psalm-23%E2%80%94The-Song-of-a-Passionate-Heart-%28Paperback%29__M7661.aspx

CBD link for book:
http://www.christianbook.com/psalm-the-song-of-passionate-heart/david-roper/9781572932005/pd/932007#curr

This book was given to me by Discovery House Publisher to read, they did not ask me to review this book.


If you were to ask people at random what is something they know from the Bible, they would probably state the 23rd Psalm. It is well-known and beloved by many. It is known by those that do not read the Bible, it is known by many that do not attend church. The 23rd Psalm is recited at funerals, it is memorized for comfort for those trials of life that we are assured of coming. The 23rd Psalm is on plaques and pictures that people hang on their walls in the dining room (I do this).
How many have studied this Psalm? I am not referring to those that rattle off the Psalm not paying…

Spirituality vs. Jesus written by Stephen Altrogge

Spirituality invites you to explore your inner self. Jesus invites you to explore his glory and forget yourself.Spirituality invites you to find yourself. Jesus invites you to lose yourself.Spirituality is a journey that ultimately results in you “saving” yourself. Following Jesus is a journey that begins when you stop trying to save yourself.Spirituality leads to self-expression which results in self-fulfillment. Jesus calls you to die to yourself and find your fulfillment in him.Spirituality begins when you resolve to “try harder”. Following Jesus begins when you give up.Spirituality says you’re worth it. Jesus says that he’s worth it.Spirituality allows you to take charge of your life. Jesus commands you to acknowledge him as King of your life.Spiritual gurus dispense “wisdom”.Jesus saves sinners.http://www.theblazingcenter.com/2010/05/spirituality-vs-jesus.html

Home Today!

I have a cough and scratchy throat and stayed home from church today.
Hope all of you are having a wonderful and healthy weekend!

I am currently reading:
Psalm 23 The Song of a Passionate Heart by David Roper
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Veiled Freedom by J. M. Windle
The Victor by Marlayne Giron
No Greater Love by Kathi Macias
On Guard by William Lane Craig

As you can tell I've made a template change on my blog, it was time for a change.
I am reading through the Bible this year and my updates are located on the right side of blog--mid way down.
Instead of posting at the top of blog in an additional page--my current book readings will be posted in a new post.
I've had a few new followers join me through the Book Blogger Hop and Twitter.
Welcome to all of you!

Living a God Pleasing Life by Cathy Bryant

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Great post by Cathy Bryant!

http://wordvessel.blogspot.com/2010/05/living-god-pleasing-life.html


Living a God-Pleasing Life
Probably no Christ-follower alive would say they don't want to live a God-pleasing life. But as is usually the case, saying and doing are two different things. We may think and say we want to please Him, but self gets in the way, and we all end up living in ways that are contrary to God.

During our recent study of knowing and doing God's will, I came across several references on living a God-pleasing life, and thought I'd share them with you here.

Not Just A Suggestion
Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. ~1 Thessalonians 4:1 (NIV)

God's Word gives us all we need to live a life pleasing to God. It's more than a suggestion--it's a loving Father's instruction on the best way to live.

Christ Is The P…

One Question Friday

"One Question Friday" is created by Wendy @ http://thoughtsthatmove.blogspot.com/


The question today is:
"What are you learning?"
I can think of several things that I am learning----
1. That a kind word and a smile goes a long way in making an impression, and it usually is infectious.
2. To not assume something, often it's all in my mind.
3. To not be so hard on myself; perfectionism is over-rated and unnecessary.
4. Patience is not bliss; but it is necessary and requires training.
5. A good cup of coffee starts the day better.
6. My parents really did know more than I did.
7. I'll never know everything.
8. Children do not need more toys or gadgets; they need our time, attention, and love.
9. Listen more, talk less.
10. Remember the good times, let go of the bad.

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Book Blogger Hop!

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It's Friday and it's Book Blogger Hop! Created by Crazy-For-Books .

Today I visited Bookworm With A View and A Novel Source and Emily's Reading Room
and As I Turn The Pages.


Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Review-The Right Call by Kathy Herman

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Link for the book:
http://www.davidccook.com/catalog/Detail.cfm?sn=106037&source=search

Published by David C. CookThe B&B Media Group,Inc., 2010
Author's website: www.kathyherman.com
390 pages, $14.99, Christian Fiction/Suspense/Murder Mystery

My review of previous book in this series:
http://awell-wateredgarden.blogspot.com/2009/10/review-last-word-by-kathy-herman.html

This book was provided for free for review by David C. Cook Publishing.

Sophie Trace Trilogy Book 3

Ethan Langley is home from college for the summer. He is anxious to see his sweetheart Vanessa and her baby son Carter. I say sweetheart because a budding relationship has developed between the two; yet they are serious about taking things slowly because of college and baby Carter. Vanessa's mother Brill Jessup is the chief of police in the town of Sophie Trace.
Chief Jessup and her husband Kurt have 2 other children; an older son Ryan and a younger daughter Emily.
Sophie Trace is the stage for a series of murders…

Roundabout

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Roundabout is a post that I try and do at least twice per month. I visit all of the blog's that I follow (78) and then post those that might be of interest to my reader's.

The Shroud and the sufficiency of Christ
http://toddpruitt.blogspot.com/2010/05/shroud-and-sufficiency-of-christ.html

A Christian blog that is warm/inviting/enriching, often her posts are for her reader's to take part in creative writing.
http://thoughtsthatmove.blogspot.com/2010/05/wiggle-room.html

C. S. Lewis Three Kinds off Men
http://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/c-s-lewis-%E2%80%9Cthree-kinds-of-men%E2%80%9D/

How to go Crazy Without Trying. Great advice about writing/publishing.
http://fictionmatters.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-to-go-crazy-without-trying.html

Out of Suffering and Into Healing
http://tjknowlton.blogspot.com/2010/05/out-of-suffering-and-into-healing.html

A new book by Michelle Sutton a fellow blogger/writer.
http://neverwithouthopethenovel.blogspot.com/2010/05/pick-pageany-pagetoday-only-just-…

Sexual Detox

A new blog I've found:
http://www.discerninglistener.com/

On the review team at this Book blog is Tim Challies. Tim has a new book entitled Sexual Detox.
The title makes me curious, hmmm.

For a write up by the author on this book:

http://www.challies.com/christian-living/sexual-detox-ii-breaking-free

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

The New Common English Bible

For a free copy of the new CEB New Testament and to learn more information about his new translation.

http://www.commonenglishbible.com/Bibles/FreeNewTestament/tabid/204/Default.aspx




Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Catching Waves | LeadershipJournal.net

Catching Waves | LeadershipJournal.net



This article is from Christianity Today website. Interview of Francis Chan.

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Overtly Religious

What does "overtly religious" mean? Yes I'm asking you my readers? Is the Bible overtly religious? Is it outdated, and do we choose what to read and believe? Is fiction okay even if it might lead people away from the Bible? How do you draw the line, or do you?

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Book 1 The Heavenly Host The Testings of Devotion by Cheryl Dellasega

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Link to author:
http://heavenlyhostbooks.com/Heavenly_Host/About_the_Author.html



Book is available @ CBD--Christian Book Distributer:
http://www.christianbook.com/the-testings-of-devotion/cheryl-dellasega/9781933204703/pd/204703?item_code=WW&netp_id=687176&event=ESR
The price at CBD is $11.99

Published by VMI, 2009, 250 pages, Fiction

Cheryl Dellasega, PHD is a professor of humanities at a large university. She is a certified spiritual director and an award winning author. She is the founder of an organization to help adolescent girls learn positive relationship skills. She is married and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

I have searched for this book on the various book sites: CBD, LifeWay Christian Book Store, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Mardel's. I have found the book available at CBD see link above, also at Barnes and Nobles and Amazon. The book is not available at LifeWay nor Mardel's.

This book was provided for free for review by Bring It On! Communications

The Heavenly …

The High Calling Blogs

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Are you familiar with The High Calling Blogs?
It is a website/community devoted to promoting a higher calling in the blog community. Specifically a higher calling of blog's that are Christ focused in their faith and work.
I recently became a member registering this blog A Well-Watered Garden.
I became a member because I want to continue to persevere in having a blog of passionate forthright integrity in the books reviews I write and in the inspirational writing that I post.
And most importantly ALL for the glory of God!

Please take a look at this community of believers!



Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Review-It's Not About Me by Max Lucado

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Thomas Nelson, published 2004, Christian Non-fiction, 146 pages

This book was bought by me for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

The subtitle is "Rescue from the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy."
Why do we spend our lives searching for happiness? Isn't happiness fleeting, here today and maybe gone tomorrow? Doesn't sometimes what makes us happy this morning is not what makes us happy by this afternoon? This search for happiness is really a reverting arrow back at our own pride, our own need for elevation/glorification. I believe that what we are really searching for is not happiness to feed that whole in our heart, we need Jesus and to place Him first.
Max has a God given talent in writing; he writes word pictures that anyone can relate to and understand. I ate this book like a slice of chocolate pie, savoring the delicious tid-bits--that were not really tid-bits; but morsels of teaching that soaked in to my bone.
"When our deepest desire is not the things of God…

Praying God's Word, Breaking Free From Spiritual Strongholds by Beth Moore

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B&H Publishing Group
Published 2009, Christian Non-fiction, 344 pages

This book was bought by me for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

Beth Moore has written another wonderful book! This is not a book that you read and then put away on a shelf in order to collect dust bunnies. It is a book that should sit near your Bible and devotional material, it should be available for easy reach in order to read aloud the Scriptures that destroy strongholds.
Beth writes that "these weapons have divine power...strongholds cannot be swept away with a spiritual broom, or fuss at them, or ignore them....they have to be demolished." They are demolished by the Word!
I read this book from cover to cover over a period of a few months, why so long? Sometimes I think it is procrastination, or other books and reviews require my attention. Oh, me of little faith! I finished reading it in the exact time frame that Jesus ordained me to read it. I finished this book about the same time I finished read…

Review-A History of Christianity, The First Three Thousand Years, Episode 1 The First Christianity

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Global Proclamation Commission

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Leading Pastors from 50 Countries to Converge in Dallas for Launch of Global Proclamation Commission From June 4-13, 2010, RREACH will host a strategic reunion to implement massive  10-year plan to reach one billion people with the message of Christ Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—On June 4, 2010, prominent and distinguished young pastors from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe will meet in Dallas, Texas, for a dynamic 10-day strategic reunion.  These 100 leading pastors from over 50 countries are all graduates of RREACH’s GPA (Global Proclamation Academy) held on the historic campus of Dallas Theological Seminary each summer.  They will initiate the Global Proclamation Commission (G-Pro Commission)—a human capital campaign to exponentially improve the quality of the proclamation of God’s Word and the perception of the Lord Jesus Christ to perpetuate spiritual health worldwide. Over the next decade, RREACH’s vision is to fulfill Jesus’ Global Proclamation Commission (Luke 24:47)…

Operation Kid-to-Kid Blankets

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Operation Kid-to-Kid™ Blankets a Hurting World with God’s Love Tonight in countries around the world, children will go to sleep hungry and cold, without parents, without homes...without hope. Now your ministry group can send a simple, tangible expression of God’s love to those in need. Group Publishing, the premier publisher of children’s Bible curricula, including Sunday school and VBS, believes that some of the best ministers to children who are experiencing disaster and hardship are other children. Through the Operation Kid-to-Kid (OK2K) program, Group partners with nondenominational Christian ministries like Biblica (formerly International Bible Society) and World Vision to provide opportunities for children in North America to share God’s love with other children in difficult or disastrous situations. In 2009 alone, Operation Kid-to-Kid reached almost one million children. Since its inception 12 years ago, Operation Kid-to-Kid projects have impacted over 4.5 million kids a…

By His Grace And In His Word Ministries

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Jenifer Jernigan has moved, make a note of the new website link.

www.jeniferjernigan.com

Listen to Your Favorite Ministries on the NEW OnePlace.com!

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Vacation

My husband is home this week on vacation! We're enjoying our time together. I will not be posting this week; but I'm checking on things daily.

Have a wonderful week!

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Happy Mother's Day!

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Mother and I 1972.

Review-Chosen, The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther by Ginger Garrett

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Book One: Lost Loves Of The Bible
David C. Cook, B&B Media Group, Inc.  2010
Author website www.gingergarrett.com
Actual story is pages 19-271; maps, appendix, afterwords, information on the diaries take up the rest of book--total of 304 pages.
This book was provided to me for free by David C. Cook for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

The front and back cover of the book Chosen is exotic and luscious in the colors of sapphire, gold, and purple. The half face of a young women with a sapphire scarf covering her head peers at the reader with one doe eye. Her innocent brown eye cries out loudly of her fear and sadness.  
A movie in 2006, One Night With The King, was the story of Esther. The movie version drifted toward a great love between Esther and Xerxes. We don't know if this is true or not, the Bible does not tell us if Esther and Xerxes loved each other. It is safe to assume that as King, Xerxes would look upon Esther as his property. Esther as well as all women, were under…

Book Blogger Hop!

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It's Friday and Book Blogger Hop!

I'm having one of those day's. When I posted my link for the Mr. Linky over at Crazy-For-Books I posted it 3 times and the first time was the wrong blog address!!!!!
If you have found me through Book Blogger Hop, congratulations! A miracle has happened!

TGIF!

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Collection of Quotes on Prayer

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"Before we can pray, Lord, Thy Kingdom come, we must be willing to pray, my kingdom go."
Alan Redpath

"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words, than words without a heart."
John Bunyan

"Jesus is not our personal assistant charged with granting our wishes. While He sometimes does not give us what we want, He always gives us what we need."
Randy Alcorn

"Prayer only looks like an act of language, fundamentally it is a position, a placement of oneself."
Patricia Hampl

"The purpose of prayer is not to get what we want, but to become what God wants."
Our Daily Bread

"Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays"
Soren Kierkegaard

"It is awesome to realize at the end of our lives we will be the sum total of our responses to God's answers to our prayers, for God has chosen to be limited in His next action by our repsonse to His previous answer.
The final outcome of our lives is decided by a life lon…

Thankful Thursday!

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Today I am thankful for:
1. National Day of Prayer.
2. That I can go before the throne of grace at anytime, anywhere, and without permission from any human.
3. Parents that taught me to pray by their attitude, words, and example.
4. Prayer warriors that have prayed for me and my family.
5. Early morning quiet solitude.

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Today is the National Day of Prayer

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http://nationaldayofprayer.org/

 Nahum 1:7
"The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him." NIV

Winner of Forget Me Not

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I had picked Katy as the winner of a copy of Forget Me Not but she notified me that she had already won a copy at another blog.
So, the new winner is Judylynn!

Thanks for all those that participated!

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Winner of Forget Me Not!

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Katy of A Few More Pages you are the winner of a copy of Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze.
Send me your email!

Congratulations!

Blissful Reading!
Annette