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The Sunday Salon

I'm a little late on The Sunday Salon today!
In the past week I finished reading Job, reading chapters 13-42 in the NIV.
I read Isaiah chapters 46,47,and 48 in the NIV.
On Tuesday March 1 I will start reading Romans in the ESV.
I also plan on reading Ezekiel this next week.

Blissful Blogging!

Book Review: Living With Purpose in a Worn-Out Body, Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults by Missy Buchanan

I am re-posting the Q&A along with my review:

Link for book @ Amazon:
Paperback $9.30
Kindle $8.00

Link for book @ Christian Book:
Paperback $9.99

Published by Upper Room Books  2008/96 pages
Non-fiction/Elderly Care/Care-giving/Meditation-Devotional

Thank you to Upper Room Books and B and B Media for my free copy for reading/reviewing. 

I can't remember when I first began caring for mother and daddy, maybe as far back as 1990---I was 26 then. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1996 but began showing signs of this disease in 1990. Daddy first began having health problems as far back as 1976, but in 1990 he had 2 major surgeries that set the pace for the next 21 years of health problems, (a total of 11 surgeries since 1990). Mother died March 2, 2008. Daddy is age 88. On …

My Two Cents on Christian Fiction

In the last post that I wrote on Christian fiction I mentioned that I had new topic ideas for stories in Christian fiction.
Link for my last post:

The main topic in Christian fiction seems to be boy meets girl or girl meets boy, they are attracted to each other, there is some kind of problem that keeps them apart for a while, but in the end they end up together (maybe not in book 1, but in book 2 or 3). Another common topic is a suspenseful type murder mystery, but there is still a romantic theme running through it. Occasionally a book will come out that does not have any romantic element in it, but it is rare. There are many historical fiction books on the American Revolution, Civil War, and World War II. I've seen only a couple on the current war in Afghanistan or Iraq. Of course there is the popular "Bonnet" stories---I think this is the nick name for the Amish stories, but their is…

The Sunday Salon

In the past week I finished reading Romans in the NIV--reading chapters 14-16. Also reading Job chapters 1-12 in the NIV. In the past few weeks I've read Isaiah chapters 36-45 in the NIV.
This year I am in a challenge to study a NT book and I chose Romans. I will read Romans 10 times in 10 different translations this year. So far I've read it in the NASB and in the NIV. Next month I will read Romans in the ESV.
I also memorized (in the past 2 weeks) 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 NIV
"My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power; so that your faith might not rest in men's wisdom, but on God's power."
Last month I memorized 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV
"Therefore we do not loose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not o…

Book Review: Flight To Heaven, A Plane Crash...A Lone Survivor...A Journey to Heaven and Back, A Pilot's True Story by Captain Dale Black with Ken Gire

Published by Bethany House May 2010/192 pages

Dale Black at age 19 was a young man full of dreams and ambitions, prideful and anxious to get busy living his life to the fullest, he was also a young man that had a passion for flying. On a Friday in 1969 he scheduled a day to fly with an experienced pilot and friend. After arriving for his scheduled flight time he was paired up with another seemingly experienced pilot. This new pilot was the main pilot on that day, while Dale's friend an experienced pilot was the co-pilot. Dale climbed in to the small back seat of the plane. While taking off they crashed and Dale was the only survivor. He was in a coma for 3 days and during this time was when he experienced Heaven. For a long time after the crash he did not remember, then he could not articulate what had happened, then he felt that the time was not right to share his experience (especially after his talk with his grandfather).

This was an amazing book and …

Book Review: Bookends by Liz Curtis Higgs

I've had this book in my to be read pile for a while, in boxing up books for our future move, I came across it and realized I'd not read it.

Published by Multnomah in 2005/352 pages

Dr. Emilie Getz age 36 has gone back to her ole hometown of Lititz, Pennsylvania after being gone 18 years. Her reason for going back is to do historical research on the Moravian Congregation church. Her PHD is in 18th Century American History. While in Lititz she sees people that she grew up with, and she has the attitude that she is more sophisticated and educated than them. At a Christmas Eve service in the Moravian Congregation she meets Jonas Fielding. Jonas and Emilie seem to be like "oil and water" in their personalities. Yet, both have an attraction to each other that they can't get rid of. During the course of the book the relationship between them builds, but added to this chemistry is Jonas' …

My Two Cents on Christian Fiction

For a few weeks I've been praying and thinking about writing a post on Christian fiction. During this time I've come across other blogger's posts on the same subject, I gave the links for a few of them on my previous Roundabout last week.

My main objective in writing this piece on Christian fiction is 2 parts:
#1 to not rehash the same debates over Christian fiction such as book covers or whether or not Christian Fiction books are edgy enough, and
#2 to emphasis the most important point that is seemingly being overlooked.

The most important point that is being overlooked is that Christian fiction is not just fiction. When placing the word Christian in front of fiction, what it is proclaiming is that this book is following the teachings of Christ Jesus, and with that comes a huge responsibility and even an accountability to uphold this.

"Christian fiction includes God in the equation of a story. Today's secular fiction focuses on the underbelly of humanity--without…

The Sunday Salon

How are you on this day before Valentine's Day?
We are having gorgeous clear blue skies and temperatures in the upper 60's, it's just dreamy!
Yesterday was my 47th birthday, can't believe I'm 47.....the years have gone by so quickly.
I shopped at one of my favorite stores yesterday for my birthday, Barnes and Nobles. I purchased Othello by William Shakespeare and edited by Daniel Vitkus---a Barnes and Nobles book, American Creation by Joseph J. Ellis, and Legacy by Susan Kay. I have 2 books that I ordered from Amazon, they'll be here in about a week: Pale Rose of England by Sandra Worth, and Madame Tussaud : A Novel of the French by Michelle Moran. All of these books will be reviewed after I read them on my other blog @Impressions In Ink.
In the past week I've read Romans chapters 7-13 all in the NIV.

Blissful Blogging!

Book Review: Jesus In The Present Tense, The I AM Statements of Christ by Warren W. Wiersbe Foreword by Michael Catt

Link for the book @ Christian Book:
Paperback $11.99

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Paperback $10.19
Kindle $9.68
Audio $21.98

Link for the book @ publisher:
Paperback $14.99

More reviews on this book:

Published by David C. Cook 2011/224 pages
Non-Fiction/Serving Jesus/Obedience/Salvation

A statement is made in the beginning of the book, "knowing God is the most important thing in life!"
I wonder how many of us can answer honestly that God is the most important thing in life?
Jesus said in  John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life…


Roundabout is a post that I try and do once a month (it has been too long since the last). On Roundabout I visit all of the blogs that I follow and then repost those that I found that might be of interest to my readers.
At this time I follow 106 blogs! It takes a while to visit all of them at one sitting, but how can I be a follower and encourager if I don't visit them?

Are you familiar with Justin Taylor's blog? Between Two Worlds? The Gospel Coalition? I read his blog on my Kindle--99 cents per month.
Just a few of his entries lately. 
A description of the Christian Life.
The Marks of a Crusty Christian.
How an Inferiority Complex Can Be a Form of Pride

The Sunday Salon

How are you on this Super Bowl Sunday?
Hopefully warmer that a few days ago? This weekend for us in central Tx has been clear sunny skies and temperatures that have finally been above freezing. I'm also happy to say all of the snow finally melted today.
We had a garage/moving sale yesterday, whew glad thats over! What few items were unsold was taken to Goodwill. The garage is nice and neat now and the house de-cluttered.
In the past week I've read Romans chapters 1-6 and Isaiah chapters 36-41 both read in the NIV.
I'm hoping to write a post on Christian fiction this coming week. I have some great quotes from a few authors that have shared their feelings with me!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Blissful Blogging!

Book Review: The Place of Belonging: A Memoir by Jayne Pearson Faulkner

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Paperback $11.89
Kindle $9.99

Link for the book @ Christian Book:
Paperback $10.99

Link for the book @ Barnes and Nobles:
Paperback $11.65
Not available on Nook.

Published by Carmichael Publishing January 1, 2011/208 pages
Memoir/Coming of Age Story/World War II

Thank you to Bring It On Communications! for my free copy for reading/reviewing.

Janie lives in "Ole Buttermilk Sky" country---Great Falls, Montana. World War II has begun with Japan and Germany, but.Janie lives in a secure and comfortable world with her mother and grandmother. Janie's mother works in a beauty shop. Janie and her mother and grandmother attend church, Janie goes to school, life goes on as it has; but one day a man …

Book Review: The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey

Published by Revell a division of Baker Publishing in October 2009/336 pages
Historical Fiction/World War II/Espionage/Romance/Holocaust

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Paperback Bargain Price $5.60
Kindle $9.99

Link for the book @ website:

Site for Tricia Goyer:

Site for Mike Yorkey:

Link for the book @ Christian Book:
Paperback $9.99
eBook $9.29

Link for the book @ Publisher:
Paperback $13.99

The time period is late summer 1944. The D-day …