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Book Review: The DMZ by Jeanette Windle

When I first started reading this book I wondered what I had gotten myself in to, I just was not sure this was a book that I could enjoy. Wow, was I wrong! The DMZ is probably one of the best Christian fiction books I've read, in my review I'll share with you why I feel this way!
Link for the book @ Amazon:
Paperback $13.25
Kindle $9.99

Link for the book @ Christian Book:
Paperback $12.49

Link for the book @ publisher:
Paperback $16.99

Published by Kregel Publications 2011
512 pages

The book begins by giving the reader a plot that began over a decade ago between 2 countries that are at enmity between each other, yet united against the infidel America. The carry…

The Sunday Salon

"But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, 'Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.' And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But …

A Book Review for Easter Week: Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot

"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 on men's wisdom, but on God's power."
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 NIV

Link for the book @ Christian Book:
Paperback $9.99

Authors site:

Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1996--50th Anniversary Edition/288 pages
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Through Gates of Splendor is a well-known story. Many have read the book of the 5 missionary men in Ecuador. Many more have seen the films: End of the Spear,Beyond the Gates of Splendor, and recently The Grandfathers.

In the early to mid 1950's Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian, along with their families, lived…

The Sunday Salon

Blog maintenance today! Time for a needed change.

How are you on this Palm Sunday early afternoon?
Today in central Texas it is clear skies, breezy, and 75 degrees.
The west Texas fire and a fire (laminate counter top warehouse) in our town that we had a couple of days ago, is still causing people to cough, especially those with asthma and other breathing problems. Today the air seems to be a little better. My husband has asthma and last night was not a good night.

In the past week I took part in a New Testament reading challenge hosted by Becky
@ Operation Actually Read Bible.
I cannot express enough what a blessing it has been to me to read the entire New Testament in 1 week--------actually for me it took 6 days.

In the past week I read:
Isaiah 58-59 for BSF
and the following for the New Testament In A Week (plus a couple of OT chapters)
Isaiah 53
Psalm 22
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
1 Thessalonians
2 T…

Day 6 Of New Testament In A Week

Just a few minutes ago I finished reading Acts, before that I read Revelation. Whew! I have now completed reading the entire New Testament, in 6 days.
What a glorious week it has been saturating my mind and heart with God's Word!
I want to thank Becky at Operation Actually Read Bible for orchestrating this challenge. Becky and I have decided to do this again next Easter season.
I will be posting in a few days my closing remarks on this challenge. Becky had asked me about reading Scripture aloud, and I will address that in my future post.
Until then, enjoy this marvelous Spring day!

Blissful Blogging!

Day 5 of New Testament In A Week

Since late last night I have read:
Psalm 22
Isaiah 53----I read this chapter aloud and inserted my name in verses 4-6 (instead of "our" "us" and "we".)
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
and Jude
All verses read in the NIV. 
If I have time tonight I plan on reading Revelation or Acts--those are all I have left to read in the New Testament!

"Surely he took up Annette's infirmities and carried Annette's sorrows, yet Annette considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for Annette's iniquities; the punishment that brought Annette peace was upon him, and by his wounds Annette is healed."
Annette like sheep has gone astray, Annette has turned to her own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of Annette."
See Isaiah 53:4-6

Blissful Reading!

Day 3 and 4 of New Testament In A Week

This was a good day of rest and of Bible reading.
I read and finished both the Gospels of Luke and John.
I read Luke in the New King James Bible, and I read John in the New American Standard Bible.
Both Bibles were MacArthur Study Bibles.
John chapters 8, 14, 19, 20 and 21 I read aloud.

Often in the Gospel of John the word testify is written. Testify means to give witness to what knowledge and understanding that you believe to be true. 
When you are called in to testify before a judge or a jury on oath you give them a statement of what you believe to be true.
If someone were to ask you to testify about Jesus what would you say? Are you prepared to make your statement of belief?

"Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven?"
Matthew 10:32-33 NASB

Blissful Reading!
I've had a long day today. Most of this morning and the early part of the afternoon was Bible Study Fellowship and then our outing to a restaurant.
I am currently reading the book of Luke in the New King James Version MacArthur Study Bible.
I plan on reading a while, then going to bed early.
I will post tomorrow on Day 3 of The New Testament Reading Challenge for this week!
Thank you.

DVD Review: The Grandfathers

Website for the DVD of The Grandfathers:

Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center

Youtube for The Grandfathers:

DVD produced by EthnoGraphic Media March 1, 2011/54 Minutes/Rated PG
The B&B Media Group

Thank you to B&B Media Group and EGM for my free DVD for review.

The Grandfathers is a follow-up film to the 2 previous films: End of the Spear and Beyond the Gates of Splendor. The Grandfathers focus on the grandchildren of Nate Saint, the missionary that was murdered by the Waodani tribe in Ecuador in 1956.
The grandchildren did not feel they had a connection to the Waodani tribe, their father Steve Saint  knew these people but they did not. They also wanted to understand better their grandfather that died long before they were born, and was known to so many as heroic, but yet they felt they were shadowed by his memory.
The oldest son Jesse is the voice in this documentary film. The film begins with he and his siblings as well as their…

Book Review: Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer

An Amish story that takes the reader out west to big sky country--Montana!

Published by B and H Publishing Group April 1, 2011
320 pages

Further sites:
Tricia Goyer

Link for the book @ publisher:
Price for paperback $14.99

YouTube for book: I thought this was a great video, beautiful scenery!

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

Link for the book @ Christian Book:
Paperback price $8.49
eBook price $9.99-----interesting the eBook is more expensive than the paperback?

Tricia Goyer is hosting a calendar giveaway, a cute antique Amish salt and pepper set, as well as book giveaway, follow the link:

Day 2 Of New Testament In A Week

Today I read the book of Mark---16 chapters, in the Common English Bible.
I also read the book of Matthew---28 chapters, in the New Living Translation.
I read aloud chapters 3, 4, 27, and 28 of Matthew.

While reading these verses today in Mark and Matthew there were a few things that I thought about:
1. When Jesus told Simon and Andrew, James and John to follow Him, they left what they were doing, it was an immediate response. These 4 men had a fishing business, we know that at least Peter had a wife, they had responsibilities, yet immediately they left what they were doing and followed Jesus.
Shouldn't this be my response as well? No time for even a thought to conjure in my head for an excuse, but to immediately say, yes Lord!
2. In Mark 16: 23 "Jesus turned to Peter and said, Get away from me Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God's."
I too have seen many things in my life from a merely human po…

Book Review: Lonely Girl, Gracious God---A Mother's Story of Autism's Devastation and God's Promise of Enduring Love by Lauri Khodabandehloo

I knew little about autism before reading this book. It was a disorder that I'd not heard of before seeing the movie Rain Man in 1988. Even after seeing this movie it was still a bit of a mystery as I'd not had any contact with children or adults that had autism. This is just one of the reasons that I love reading, because I am exposed to life stories of people. In Lonely Girl, Gracious God I learned not only about autism, but the journey of one family that has lived daily with this disorder.

Published by Deep River Books March 2011/266 pages/Non-Fiction/Autism
Link for the book @ publisher:
Paperback price $13.99

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Paperback price $11.89 and Kindle price $8.99

April is National Autism Awareness Month, follow the link for more inf…

Day One of New Testament In A Week Challenge

Today I read Romans chapters 10-16 in the King James Version, then I read chapters 1-9 in the 
Common English Bible. I read Romans chapter 8 aloud. 
I read 1 Corinthians chapters 1-16 and 2 Corinthians chapters 1-13---all in the Common English Bible. 
I read Galatians chapters 1-6 in the Common English Bible. 
A total of 51 chapters and 4 books of the New Testament read today. 

My favorite translation read today was from Romans chapter 6 verses 6-11
"This is what we know: the person that we used to be was crucified with him in order to get rid of the corpse that had been controlled by sin. That way we wouldn't be slaves to sin anymore, because a person who has died has been freed from sin's power. But if we died with Christ, we have faith that we will also live with him. We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and he will never die again. Death no longer has power over him. He died to sin once and for all with his death, but he lives for God with his life. In the sa…

The Sunday Salon

Good Sunday morning to you!
In the past week I read the entire book of Jeremiah--52 chapters in the NIV.
I also read Isaiah chapters 53-57 in the NIV.
I read Romans chapters 1-9 in the KJV.

Starting Monday I will focus on trying to read as much of the New Testament as I can before next Sunday at Midnight. I plan on starting with Matthew and will continue on reading as many books of the Bible as I can.
I will primarily be reading out of the NIV--because this translation is the most readable. 
The Easter Season New Testament Bible Challenge runs April 11-17 and was created by Becky @
Becky posted yesterday an easy to follow and organized view of the NT join us!!!

This next week I will be posting reviews on:
Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer----For a Litfuse Book Tour on April 13
The Grandfather's DVD…

Book Review: The Daughter's Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick

A historical novel based on the amazing true story of two independent minded women that walk from the west coast to the east coast----7000 miles.

Published by Waterbrook Press April 5, 2011/400 pages
Historical Fiction/Women's Rights/Immigration/American History

In 1896 the Norwegian immigrant Estby Family are farming in rural Washington state near Spokane. A series of tragic events have left them on the verge of foreclosure. Helga Estby the mother has found a way to pay their farms mortgage, and she wants her eldest daughter Clara age 19 and herself to walk across America to New York City, a 7000 mile journey. If they reach their destination within 7 months they will receive $10,000. They are to walk, not accept a ride, nor beg, but a long the way they may earn money. At the start of the journey they are given a small amount of money and their photograph is taken. They walk following the rail road tracks. Clara had plans of her own to attend college. She is coerced by her mother…


Roundabout is a post that I try and do at least one time per month. I visit all of the blog's (102) and a few sites that I follow, and then repost with links for my reader's those that I thought may be of interest.

The Groaning Cosmos by Matt Chandler;
"Sin is not just an individual issue."

The Groaning Cosmos: Interview with Matt Chandler from Assoc. of Biblical Counselors on Vimeo.

Blogger Bonnie Calhoun has several posts of new Christian Fiction books recently published:

A stunning devotional blog:

Another wonderful devotional blog:
Jenifer is also a Bible study teacher

April Issue:

Testimony by author Bonnie Grove:

This blogger has several posts on new Christian Fiction books:

Becky @ Operation Actually…

Book Review: Don't Call It a Comeback, The Old Faith for a New Day---Edited by Kevin DeYoung--With Contributions from Tim Challies, Ted Kluck, Russell Moore, Darrin Patrick, Justin Taylor, and More

How do you define the word evangelicalism?

Published by Crossway on January 31, 2011
256 pages/Non-Fiction/Evangelism/Church/Theology

Link for the book @ Publisher:
Price $16.99 for paperback and eBook is $9.99

Link for the book @ Christian Book:
Price for paperback $9.99

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Price for the paperback $11.55 and for the Kindle version $7.99

The Gospel Coalition

Joshua Project

The media has set out on a mission of badgering, provoking, and distorting evangelism. It does not help that their are people in the church that protest soldiers funerals and burn other religions holy books. I feel these people feed fuel to a fire that was already burning. …

Book Review: The Wives of King David Book 3, Bathsheba by Jill Eileen Smith

You know you've read a "soul-stirring" book when days and weeks later you are still thinking about it!

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Paperback $9.69
Kindle $9.21

Link for the book @ Christian Book:
Paperback $9.49
eBook $9.69

Link for the book @ Publisher:
Paperback $14.99

authors site:

Published by Revell March 1, 2011/352 pages
Historical Fiction/Wives of King David/Old Testament


The Sunday Salon

I have not posted on my Isaiah readings in over a month. I am in BSF and since last September we've been studying the book of Isaiah. We are now at chapters 54, 55, 56, and 57. Last week we went over chapter 53 and of course chapter 53 is about the suffering Servant--Jesus. We will finish up on May 4. There are 66 chapters in Isaiah so the finish line for this study is in sight!
This has been my 9th year in BSF.

In the past week I finished reading Psalms in the ESV--reading chapters 119 through 150.
The next Old Testament book I'll read is Jeremiah. When I finish reading Jeremiah and Isaiah I will have completed those OT books I did not read from last year.

I've also memorized James 1:2-4
"Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be complete, not lacking anything."

My Scripture memorization for the 1st of April t…