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Book Review: After You Believe, Why Christian Character Matters by N.T. Wright

This is the second book I've read written by N.T. Wright.
Link for previous review:
http://awell-wateredgarden.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-review-following-jesus-biblical.html
The previous book I read entitled Following Jesus, was also on discipleship and Christian living.
I did not know when I first began reading the current book (for this posted review) that it is considered book three in a series. The previous books are Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope.
In After You Believe N.T. Wright addresses the question of "what now?" After we've become a believer in Christ Jesus, how should I live a life of Christian character, and does it really matter?
I appreciate an author writing a preface (or introduction) that contains all the needed information to set the tone and pace and theme of the book. I felt the preface was written eloquently, precise, and addressed what the book meant to achieve and what it will not contain.
Wright refers to character as a bridge. It i…

Book Review: Mine Is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs

Mine Is the Night is book two in a series, book one is entitled Here Burns My Candle. In the first book the Jacobite rising of 1745 is the historical period dramatized through a family named Kerr. Lord Donald and his wife Lady Marjory Kerr and their two sons had left the town of Selkirk, and had settled in Edinburgh, Scotland when the boys were young. The sons grew up in a titled wealthy family. When Here Burns My Candle begins each son had married a lovely girl. Lady Marjory was a woman accustomed to wealth and all it could buy. She was selfish, spoiled, prideful. The Kerr sons made the decision to side with and fight along side the Jacobite rising. Their decision would plague Marjory and her daughter in-law Elisabeth in book two, Mine Is the Night. When the second story begins Marjory and her daughter in-law Elisabeth are leaving Edinburgh and are traveling to Selkirk, hoping a relative will shelter them. Marjory and Elisabeth are distraught, tired, hungry, and fearful. As they ente…

Book Blogger Hop, July 6-13, 2012

This weeks question:
"If you could be a character from any book who would you be?"
Since I've read the book and I know the storyline and ending is good. I would choose to be Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.
Elizabeth is a character that is expressive, out-spoken, loyal, and virtuous. She has charm and is tactful (most of the time.) She loves to take long walks. She loves her family even though they drive her crazy at times.
She will go to great measures to help those she loves. She is passionate, yet a deep thinker.
She has many qualities that I admire!



Friendship Friday July 6, 2012

This Fridays question is:
"Which of life's little pleasures are you most enjoying this summer?"

The best treasure about summer is keeping my grandchildren. They are out of school and I'm able to keep them during the week, not just see them on weekends. Children grow-up so fast, and I'm thankful to make as many good memories with them as possible.
We go to the library, Barnes and Nobles, Mardel's Christian bookstore, Church, other shopping, the movie theater. We play card games like Old Maid and Go Fish. I buy their favorite foods. We stay up late and sleep-in a little later. Bake cookies and then eat all of them. I tell them stories of when I was a little girl, which to them is a really long time ago! The summer will be over with all too soon and back to the daily chore of school. I'm hoping for only good memories for them to cherish, until next summer.