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Book Review: The Light Across the River by Stephanie Reed

In Book 1 Across the Wide River the main character is the oldest Rankin child--Lowry. In The Light Across the River we are introduced to the 7th child in the Rankin's family of 13 children. His name is Johnny. The Rankin family lives in southern Ohio and just across the Ohio River from Kentucky. The year is 1837. The Rankin family is apart of the network of the Underground Railroad. Not only are the parents involved in helping black slaves escape to Canada, but the Rankin children when they are old enough are also involved in this mission. When the book begins Johnny is considered "too young to keep a secret," he has the reputation in his family of not being able to discipline his mouth from telling any kind of information. Johnny feels pushed aside, unimportant. But as the story unfolds Johnny will become apart of a sweeping and dangerous journey that has touched many American lives, and is considered to have pushed emotions to the edge in bringing about the Civil War.

The Sunday Salon

Over the past week I've read:
Galatians and Ephesians again, this makes 3 times this year and twice this month. The past week I read these books in the ESV, the week before I read them in the NIV.
Also 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon all in the ESV.

I've given updates over the past week on the books I'm reading so I won't repeat in this post. But I will leave you with a great article I read recently from Ray Pritchard of Keep Believing Ministries. It is entitled Why Christ Came, Bible passage is from Luke 19:10.
He wrote, "If Christ came, man's responsibility is increased. In the spiritual realm the greater the privilege, the greater the responsibility. Sometimes we say 'ignorance of the law is no excuse,' but we rarely act that way. If a man deliberately breaks the law, we treat him more harshly than the man who unwittingly breaks the law. So it is with God. If Christ did come, then our responsibility…

Currently Reading

Currently I'm reading:

Lit! A Christian Guide To Reading Books by Tony Reinke----I'm more than 1/2 way finished.

The Acts, An Exposition by Charles R. Erdman (this is a small old book of my dad's). The copyright is 1919. The Bible translation is American Standard Edition of Revised Bible---this translation is a little harder to read. The commentary itself is wonderful! Can't wait to share with you after I've finished.
Link for a free eBook copy:

I'm also reading for the 10th time this year Romans, this fulfills the commitment made in January 2011 to read Romans 10 times in 10 different translations. I'm currently reading from The Amplified Bible.

Next and hopefully soon, The House of Hope--God's love for the abandoned orphans of China by Elisabeth Gifford.

Blissful Reading!

Book Review: Daughter's of Caleb Bender Series Book #1 Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer

I've read several Amish Christian fiction books. I liked it that this story has an added element that previous books in this genre did not, in that the Bender family emigrates to Mexico to escape the governments enforcement on their family. This gave the characters in the book an added adventure in moving to another country. I also liked it that the story is based on factual history.

When the book begins the Amish Bender family lives in Salt Creek Township in eastern Ohio. The year is 1922. The patriarch of the Bender family Caleb Bender, and several other fathers, are arrested for failing to send their minor children to public school. Caleb then decides that he will move his family to Paradise Valley, Mexico, where the American Government will not interfere in "their Amish way of life." One of the daughters is named Rachel and throughout most of the book she is age 15. She is a mature, steadfast, reflective, and easy to like character. Two other sisters are Emma and Mi…

Christian Publishing University

This is my second post on information about Christian Publishing University. I "just" signed up for 1 class--Introduction to Christian Publishing--What is my purpose? I ordered this class in a CD format. I'll keep you posted on my thoughts on this class!

Christian Publishing University Launched! CPU is offering a special promotion for bloggers interested in learning more about Christian Publishing September 1 marked a giant step forward in the Christian publishing industry as a team of highly experienced industry professionals have launched a major new Web site— Organized as an online university campus, the site is intended to become a one-stop clearinghouse of trainings, resources, and networking for both newcomers and veterans of the industry. It pulls together a wealth of valuable information that has never been assembled in one place before. Its purpose is to serve Christian publishers, editors, proofreaders, authors, composers…

The Sunday Salon

Over the past week I've read Galatians and Ephesians. Also reading Acts chapters 9, 10 and 11 for BSF.

Did you know?
There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible.
31,173 verses and 774,746 words.
39 Old Testament Books.
27 New Testament Books.
Total of 66 Books in the Bible.
The Bible was written over a period of 1500 years by almost 40 writers.

The phrase "the Word of God" is stated 40 times in the New Testament.
"For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12 NIV

"What a person thinks about God's Word, in reality, reflects what a person thinks about God."

Above information from the MacArthur New American Standard Study Bible
John MacArthur General Editor
Thomas Nelson Publisher

Are you reading your Bible?
Blissful Reading!

Your Role

"People don't want to merely read stories or watch stories or even tell stories. They want to live stories. There is in each of us an innate desire to have a role to play-a major part in the saga that is life."
Lucinda Secrest McDowell

What is your role, purpose?

Blissful Blogging!

Memorizing Scripture

I came across this YouTube video of John Piper speaking on Why Memorize Scripture?

I started memorizing Scripture this past January, 2 per month. Hopefully by the end of this year I'll have at least 24 memorized. Not just blandly memorized..... but imprinted in my mind and in my heart.
I know you feel like you don't have time, or you'll do that later in your life when you do have more time, or maybe in all honesty it's just not important to you.
It's all about priorities. Those things that are important to us, we make time to do. 
The first verses I memorized in January was from 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 on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Twice t…

Book Review: While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin

Books that have a World War II theme catch my eye because I am the daughter of a World War II soldier. My dad is a Veteran of D-day Normandy Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge. I'm very proud of my daddy and the history that he took part in.
In While We're Far Apart Lynn Austin has written a memorable story of the home front during World War II, of those families that waited patiently and with great hope for their loved ones to return home safe and sound. I can relate to that. I am the mother of a Veteran, a soldier, my own son was deployed twice during Iraq Enduring Freedom. Just typing that last sentence brings back waves of memories. Shortly before my son David was deployed for the first time my dad told me, "Annette you'll have more good days than bad," and "David will be back." It was true I did have more good days than bad and David by the grace and mercy of God did come home; but the David that left was not the David that returned. War doe…

The Sunday Salon

Over the past week I've read in the NIV Acts chapters 3, 4, 5, 6,  and 7 for BSF.
I also read Romans all 16 chapters in The New Testament An American Translation by Edgar J. Goodspeed.
This was the 9th time for me to read Romans this year. My goal in January was to read Romans 10 times in 10 different translations. I'm near the goal. Soon I'll read from the Amplified version and then I'll post on my reflections.
I've decided that for 2012 I'll read the NT book of Hebrews 12 times in 12 different translations. This is in addition to reading the OT and NT in 1 year.

I have 2 fiction books that I'll be reviewing this next week:
Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer and While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin

I have stacks of Christian fiction books waiting for me to read--I'm hoping that in this last quarter of 2011 I'll be able to read several of them.

I bought a new non-fiction book today from the book store at my Church--by John MacArthur---------
The MacAr…


It's been a long time since I've posted a Roundabout. For those of you new to my blog, Roundabout is a post of a links and websites that I've found and thought might be of interest to my own followers.
I follow 99 blogs, I don't get to visit them as often as I'd like, but I do visit all of them for my Roundabout post.

An interview with Christian fiction author DiAnn Mills over @
Chance to win a free copy of DiAnn's book Attracted To Fire

Bonnie Calhoun over @
has several reviews on newly released Christian fiction books.
For example: The Mercy by Beverly Lewis, Dangerous Mercy by Kathy Herman, Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis, Naomi's Gift by Amy Clipston, and Here's To Friends by Melody Carlson.
Bonnie is the founder and publisher of:
The new October issue is available.

Anne @ Building His Body writes short devotionals on…

The Sunday Salon

Good Sunday morning to you! I'm happy to say on this October morning it is 58 degrees! Fall is my favorite season, it is refreshing after such a long hot summer.

I finished reading Romans (again) by reading from J. B. Phillips The New Testament in Modern English translation.
J. B. Phillips is the author of the tiny book with the big teaching "Your God is Too Small."
I had made the commitment early this year to read Romans 10 times in 10 translations. J. B. Phillips was my choice for reading Romans for the 8th time.
My next choice in translation will be Edgar J. Goodspeed's The New Testament An American Translation.

For an example of J. B. Phillips Romans translation:
"The Spirit of God not only maintains this hope within us, but helps us in our present limitations. For example, we do not know how to pray worthily as sons of God, but his Spirit within us is actually praying for us in those agonizing longings which never find words. And God who knows the hearts&#…

Book Review: Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate

"A little girl was watching me through the back window. She'd turned in her seat, climbed onto her knees, pressed a palm to the glass, her head tilted slightly to the side, as if she were curious about me, or confused by my presence on the road. Her dark hair floated in wispy, tangled curls around her face, her pale blue eyes regarding me with a concern that seemed out of place in the round orb of a child's face. She couldn't have been more that five, maybe six. Leaves were tangled in her hair, and her skin was brown from the sun, her cheeks a combination of pink sunburn and smudges of dirt." page 12
With this opening statement of the description of a little girl that seems half woods fairy and half angel, we are introduced to Birdie. Birdie is not the main character of Larkspur Cove although I wish she had been. In my opinion it would have been unique and a more enticing read than the main focused character--Andrea Henderson.
Andrea Harrison is a middle age, re…