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Review: The God Who Walks Beside Us by David Roper

Title: The God Who Walks Beside Us
Author: David Roper
Publisher: Discovery House Publisher 2013
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Jacob, OT, Christian Growth
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 136
Rating: 5 Stars

This small book is full of wise words. I'll have several favorite quotes to share in this review.
The God Who Walks Beside Us taught me through the story of Jacob in Genesis several points:
Jacob was a conniver and manipulator, he was a deceiver. He was a man that tried to control his destiny without the wisdom of God. He floundered, and toiled hard in recourse because of his impatient actions. Yet, God blessed him and God used Jacob despite his flaws. God can use all of us, God can use me---despite my hard-headed, stubborn, and impatient behavior. God can and will use me. God will not use me for a little gold star in my honor, but God will use me for His glory. God is never shocked or surprised by my sin, or failures. Before God can use me for a great purpose, I must "see…

Review: The Moses Quilt, The Quilt Series Book One by Kathi Macias

Title: The Moses Quilt
Author: Kathi Macias
Publisher: New Hope Publisher 2013
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Historical Fiction, Slavery, Civil War, Racial Prejudice, Interracial Marriage
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult, but very suitable for young adult
Pages: 240
Rating: 4 Stars

Three generations of women are living together near San Francisco, California. Their beginnings were in the deep south of Alabama. Mazie Hartford is a young woman in her early 20's. She is a recent college graduate. She will begin a teaching job soon. She is engaged to be married to Edward, an attorney. Her mother is Lilly. Lilly is a hairstylist and the owner of a hair salon. The matriarch of the trio is also a Mazie, age 93, but we'll know her as Mimi.

Mimi shares an important story with her granddaughter Mazie throughout the book. The story is apart of American history. The story will help Mazie put her present life in the right context.

My Thoughts:

I have high regards for Kathi Macias in writin…

Weekly Readings for February 10 through 23, 2013

I missed posting last Sunday, I'd been sick. I began to feel better on the 19th.

I read Revelation in the Revised Standard Version. I read chapters 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22. This is the second time to read Revelation in 2013.
Exodus Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25.
Proverbs Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.
Ecclesiastes Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. 
Mark Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
All above Scripture read in the NKJV. 

Two of my favorite verses I read recently from Proverbs.
"Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?" Proverbs 20:6 NKJV  "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts." Proverbs 21:2 NKJV

Review: The Insanity of God, A True Story of Faith Resurrected by Nik Ripken with Gregg Lewis

Title: The Insanity of God
Author: Nik Ripken with Gregg Lewis
Publisher: B&H Books 1 January 2013
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Missionary, Testimony, faith, Former Communist Nations, Muslim, Aid Relief
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages 384
Rating: 5 Stars

Nik Ripken (a pseudonym used for safety) began his "calling" for the mission field as a young man. His wife Ruth on the other hand had known since she was a young girl she would be a missionary. Nik and Ruth along with their three sons re-located to Africa in the early 1990's. Their home base was Kenya. Nik made hazardous trips to Somalia. Somalia was a country ravaged and oppressed by a drought and a civil war. Nik encountered a hell on earth each time he visited. He negotiated and worked to provide food and supplies to the Somalian people. After a couple of years Nik wondered if what he was doing was making a difference, and was this work being done in the right way. He questioned God about suffering. He…

Review: Revelation Discovering Life for Today and Eternity by Sue Edwards

Title: Revelation Discovering Life for Today and Eternity 
Author: Sue Edwards
Publisher: Kregel Publications 14 January 2013
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: New Testament, Bible Study, Revelation
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 128
Rating: 5 Stars

Sue Edwards has written several Bible Studies (Discover Together Bible Study series) with an emphasis on an inductive study suitable for independent or group use. Meaning, the learner can study on their own with the material given in the Bible study and with a benefit of scanning a QR code on the back of the book to listen to Sue Edwards lead mini-lessons on the material. Visiting her website is also available to follow along with her teaching. A Facebook page has been set up and the Revelation study will begin in April.
The Bible study is suitable for group use as well. Sue wanted women to have choices in how they could utilize and study the Bible. Her variety of choice methods makes this study adaptable and appealing.
The other Bible st…

Review: Labeled by Humanity Loved by God by Tammy P. Stafford

Title: Labeled by Humanity Loved by God
Author: Tammy P. Stafford
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation 2 September 2010
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Biography, Testimony
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult or Young Adult
Pages: 120
Rating: 5 Stars

Tammy "was born with a severe deformity of the lower legs and feet." She was born in rural Georgia 1963. Her parents were told after her birth that she should be put in a place where she could be adequately cared for. Instead, her parents accepted the challenge to care for Tammy with tenacity, love, grit, and grace. They believed by faith that somehow and someway God would work it all out. Tammy begins with the how her parents met, her birth, childhood and teenage years, working career, marriage and family.

Positive Points:
Tammy's story of her life is written with transparency. I grieved over the various trials she encountered, whether it was her fear of ridicule and teasing by her peers, or the pain from her deformity. Sh…

Promotional For----Revelation, Discovering Life for Today and Eternity by Sue Edwards

Revelation: Discovering Life for Today and Eternity. 

Join the online Bible study (2/4 - 4/8) with Sue Edwards! And  invite your friends to join you. 

Sue will be posting weekly on the Year of Discovery Facebook Page and interacting with groups and individuals around the country going through the study at the same time. Women will be able to discuss the study with each other and ask questions via Facebook. Once readers complete the Revelation study, Edwards will be going through the Ephesians study in the same way. (An April 11 Facebook launch party will be followed by an April 15 – June 17 online study.)

Completing each lesson requires about one-and-a-half hours. Readers still receive in-depth Bible study but with a minimum time commitment. For those who desire a more thorough study, including an opportunity to learn more about the history, culture and geography related to the Bible, Edwards has provided “Digging Deeper” questions. Answering these questions may require ou…


For a week I've been sick. The past few days I thought I was getting a bit better, I've tried venturing out to the store, etc., then have to come home and go back to bed. I thought I had a cold, after all I had a flu shot, but I think I might have had the flu. I've had to post-pone a few reviews that were due this week, my brain is still foggy, and I get tired easily.
Hopefully I'll be my ole self again soon!


Weekly Readings, Week of February 3 through 9, 2013

The past week I read:
Exodus Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Proverbs Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
John Chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
All the above Scripture read in the New King James Version.
Revelation Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, were all read in the Revised Standard Version.  

Author Tosca Lee and I at Book Signing Event, 8 February 2013

Author Tosca Lee's newest release is Iscariot, A Novel of Judas. She was in Fort Worth last night at a Lifeway Christian Bookstore signing event. I've followed her career since her first novel was released. She is the author of Demon A Memoir, Havah The Story of Eve. She co-authored three books with Ted Dekker: Forbidden, Mortal, and Sovereign--which will be available in June 2013.

Link for her site, plus a video on her book Judas.

Iscariot, A Novel of Judas--published by Howard Books A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Hardcover, 352 pages.
Link below for book video.
Link below to read an excerpt of chapter one:

Review: Angels of Ebermannstadt, The Journey of an Honored Soldier, a Daughter, and Life's Greatest Lessons of Faith and Friendship by Charlene Quint Kalebic

Title: Angels of Ebermannstadt, The Journey of an Honored Soldier, a Daughter, and Life's Greatest Lessons of Faith and Friendship
Author: Charlene Quint Kalebic
Publisher: Deep River Books 25 October 2012
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Father Daughter Relationship, Memoir, World War II, Europe
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 160
Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: Charlene and her father made a memorable trip back to Europe during the 60th Anniversary of D-Day, June 2004. During World War II Charlene's father, Richard Quint, had been in the 9th Armored Division, 27th Infantry Battalion. He was a medic after he joined the Army. Later, he was transfered to a combat unit. He was 17 when he enlisted. During Charlene's childhood, her father never spoke of his memories of war. His silence made Charlene curious. What memories did he hold tightly to in his mind? How had the war affected him? How would his sharing affect her? The town of Ebermannstadt, Germany had been deeply affected by th…

Review: Unexpected Love, God's Heart Revealed In Jesus' Conversations With Women by Julie Zine Coleman

Title: Unexpected Love, God's Heart Revealed In Jesus' Conversations
Author: Julie Zine Coleman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson February 5, 2013
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Christian Living, Christian Growth, Women of the Bible, New Testament
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 256
Rating: 5 Stars

Summary: Nine chapters on women of the New Testament that had personal, emotional, intimate, life-saving, soul-saving, encounters with Christ Jesus. After they met Jesus their lives would never be the same again. Jesus' encounter with each of these women often healed them off a sickness (whether physically or emotionally or spiritually) removing an oppression from their hearts and minds and lives.
Examples: the woman at the well in John chapter 4, the hemorrhaging woman in Mark chapter 5, the adulterous woman in John chapter 7 and 8, Mary Magdalene in John chapter 20.

I loved the stories of each of the women. Their stories drew me in with intimacy that touched my heart and made m…

Weekly Readings, January 27-February 2, 2013

For the week of January 27 through February 2, 2013 I read:
Genesis Chapters 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41
Psalm Chapters 100.101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127
John Chapters 4, 5, 6

The Bible verse I began memorizing on February 1 is,
"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condmemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
John 3:18 NKJV

My goal is to memorize John 3:16-21.