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Review: A Plain Scandal by Amanda Flower

Title: A Plain Scandal
Author: Amanda Flower
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group 15 February 2013
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Amish, Murder Mystery, Mystery, Romance
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 336
Rating: 4 Stars

Summary:
Chloe Humphrey shares a rent house with her friend Becky Troyer, in the town of Appleseed Creek, Ohio. Chloe is the director for computer services at a nearby college. Chloe is a Christian, but she is not Mennonite, nor Amish. Her friend and roommate Becky grew up Amish but left the group along with her brother Timothy, to live as a the English. Timothy is a general contractor in Appleseed Creek. Early in the story Chloe hears of an attack on the Bishop's daughter. As the story progresses there are several people in the Amish community that are attacked. Chloe investigates on her own these rare attacks contained in the seemingly peaceful Amish community.

My Thoughts:
I loved this story!
Chloe as an Englisher gave me a viewpoint that was not Amish. In most Am…

Treasury of Truth Mini-Challenge (May)

For the month of May I'll be joining Becky @ Operation Actually Read Bible for a Bible reading challenge.
If you would like to join us just comment on her blog post @
http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com/2013/04/treasure-of-truth-mini-challenge-may.html
At the end of the challenge (in early June) I'll write a post on my reflections on this challenge. 

The following is from Becky @ Operation Actually Read Bible.
"Do you see yourself the way God sees you, or, the way the world sees you? The Bible is rich in truth; it's holding treasures we need to know and rediscover. I'd like to invite you to join me in special readings for the month of May. The primary goal is to read Psalm 139 thirty times in the month of May. (Exact numbers don't matter, if you can only manage around twenty. I'd rather have you mediate on these twenty-four verses a dozen times than none at all.) Please let me know if you're interested in joining! I'll be posting someth…

Weekly Readings, Week of April 21 Through April 27, 2013

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16-17 NKJV

This past week the Scriptures I read were:
Deuteronomy chapters 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34.
Joshua chapters 1, 2, 3.
Jeremiah chapters 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52. 
Lamentations chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Joel chapters 1, 2, 3.
Amos chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Acts chapters 15, 16, 17, 18. 

Two quotes I loved from this past week:
"One life totally devoted to God is of more value to Him than 100 lives which have been simply awakened by His Spirit." Oswald Chambers from My Upmost For His Highest"If you write something and it doesn't move you, then throw it in the trash. It's no…

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Friendship Friday For the Week of April 26 Through May 2, 2013

Friendship Friday is a way to connect with other bloggers. Every Friday a question is posted in order to build discussion and a way for the community of bloggers to interact or socialize.
The creator of this weekly project is Create-With-Joy.
This Week’s Theme – This Land Is Your Land This week, let’s share our homelands with one another!
1. What country are you from / do you currently live in?
2. How much of that country have you visited?
3. Which part of the country would you love to visit next?

I live in the United States. I've lived in Texas all my life. I was born and raised in Houston. At age 21 I moved with my family to a smaller town in central Texas named Temple. Temple is about 50 miles south of the town that was affected by the fertilizer explosion last week, West. Temple is also near Fort Hood, Killeen, Austin. Temple was a great place to raise our family. 
About 1 1/2 years ago we moved to Fort Worth. My husband has a job in this city and that is why we relocated. 
I&…

Book Blogger Hop, April 26-May 2, 2013

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by:
http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/

This weeks question:
"What was the last book you read that made you laugh out loud?" I don't think I read enough books that make me laugh. I had looked back through my reading journal and found only ONE book this year that I could say had moments where I laughed out loud. The book is not funny perse, but I laughed out loud because the author so adamantly described me. The book is
Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. 

Donna Fletcher Crow’s “The Monastery Murders” Kindle Fire Giveaway! 4/22 – 5/12

Donna Fletcher Crow is celebrating the release of An Unholy Communion with a Kindle Fire Giveaway.





One winner will receive:


A brand new Kindle Fire
Books 1-3 in The Monastery Murders series by Donna Fletcher Crow

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 12th. Winner will be announced on 5/14/13 {HERE}.






Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.

Weekly Readings, April 14 Through 20, 2013

Last Sunday when I posted my weekly Bible readings I had no idea how the week would go, just did not know what a day would bring forth, much less a week of turmoil and suffering for so many people.
I'm in continual prayer for all those people that are ministering to, giving medical attention to, those that are investigating the horrific events, and all those that have been affected by the bombings in Boston, Massachusetts and the explosion in West, Texas.
This past week I read and all from the NKJV~~~
Deuteronomy chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.
Jeremiah chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25.
Acts chapters 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

A quote I read this past week that was memorable to me:
"Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. A ready person never needs to get ready-he is ready. Think of the time we waste trying to get ready once God has called! The burning bush is a symbol of everything that surrounds the person wh…

Review: A Discover Together Bible Study on Ephesians by Sue Edwards

Title: Discover Together Bible Study---Ephesians---Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ
Author: Sue Edwards
Publisher: Kregel Publications January 14, 2013
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Bible, Bible Study, New Testament, Ephesians
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 128
Rating: 5 Stars

Summary:
On the back cover of the Bible study book the author mentions that many people are attracted to the paranormal and occult. I agree to her conclusion. I'm seeing more and more books come my way for review both from the Christian and non- Christian genre. I wonder why? I believe it is because these subjects are prickly with a sorta mysterious excitement for the reader. Although I believe, that if a person builds up enough tolerance to these things, then it could lead a person to possibly be desensitized, thinking these issues are not that bad.
My focus as a Christian is that I must know what the Bible says regarding Spiritual warfare, those dark forces that are always looking for a way into my m…

“Ephesians” Online Bible Study – JOIN TODAY!

Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose for Christ.
Join the online Bible study (4/15 -5/7) with Sue Edwards! And invite your friends to join you.



Between April 15 and June 17 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.


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 outside resources such as an atlas, Bible dictionary or concordance and challenge readers to examine complex theological issues and differing views more closely.


More ab…

Review: Beyond Our Selves by Catherine Marshall

Title: Beyond Our Selves
Author: Catherine Marshall
Publisher: Chosen Books, 1961
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Depression, Crisis of Faith, Christian Living, Overcoming Adversity
Format: Hardcover
Age: Adult
Pages: 266
Rating: 3 Stars

Summary:
Catherine Marshall's idea for Beyond Our Selves began with her illness in 1943, she'd been very ill with the early symptoms of tuberculosis. Looking back on that time in her life, "with four walls" to surround her during her recuperation. Her aim was to help other's who were going through a similar situation of recovering from an illness, a traumatic life event, or depression. She wrote the book for people looking for "something more". A yearning, restlessness for something more. 
"The search for God beings at the point of need." page 1.Catherine Marshall (1914-1983) was married to Peter Marshall (1902-1949). His death in 1949 propelled her into becoming a published author with her fist book A Man Called …

Interview With Ian Acheson Author of Angelguard

1. What led you to write a story using angels and demons as characters?
We live in a world where so much evil occurs. It fascinates me that the Bible talks a lot about spiritual warfare but we as a Christian community tend not to. In writing Angelguard I hoped to highlight this battle.
All my life I’ve loved stories of good and evil. Super heroes, to Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Ted Dekker and on. Frank Peretti’s “Darkness” books had a big impact on me 20 or so years ago when they came out. Since I was a kid, I’d always visualized angels and demons in the common way I think most people do, that is, human-like with wings. Other than Lewis’ work, the “Darkness” novels were the first Christian novels I’d read that provided a visual picture of this spiritual battle.
Prayer is powerful. Prayer moves heaven and if we don’t pray, things may not happen. I believe God wants to use us to help Him do His work. So I was drawn to writing a story that captured the 2 elements: supernatural conflict, the po…

Weekly Readings, April 7 Through 13, 2013

This past week I read (all in the NKJV)
Numbers chapters 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36.
Deuteronomy chapters 1, 2, 3, 4.
Jeremiah chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Acts chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Revelation read from New English Bible Translation, chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.
This was the 4th time this year to read Revelation. As a goal this year, in addition to reading through the entire Bible, I'm reading Revelation 12 times in 12 different translations.

A quote that really spoke to me that I read this past week.
"Dress in your armor. You are needed on the battlefield." Ephesians 6:11-17.From Take My Heart, Oh God by Sarah Young Are you reading your Bible?

Review: Angelguard---Not All The Spirits Are Good, Chronicles of the Angelguard Book One by Ian Acheson

Title: Angelguard---Not All The Spirits Are Good, Chronicles of the Angelguard, Trilogy---Book One
Author: Ian Acheson
Publisher: Lion Hudson/Kregel Publication February 1, 2013
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Angels, Demons, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare, Suspense
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 384
Rating: 4 Stars

Summary:
At three separate times bombs have gone off in London, Los Angeles, and Sydney. Many people were injured and killed. The world is in turmoil and fear because of these blasts. In each of these cities the reader is introduced to people who either survived the bombings, or were apart of the network of terror. There are also unseen forces at work, those who are messengers and defenders from God, and those who are apart of Satan's brute and evil army.
There is a large cast of characters and from several different areas of the world, also included is a list of those unseen forces at work. A list is given in the front of the book of all characters. 
Angelguard is not an en…

Review: When Jesus Wept, Jerusalem Chronicles Book One by Bodie and Brock Thoene// Plus a Giveaway!

Title: When Jesus Wept, Jerusalem Chronicles Book One
Author: Bodie and Brock Thoene
Publisher Zondervan, March 19, 2013
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Historical Fiction, Lazarus, Bethany, Jerusalem, New Testament Story
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 336
Rating: 4 Stars

Summary:
Jesus spent much time in Bethany, in the home of siblings Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. Later, Jesus miraculously raised Lazarus back from the dead. But from Scripture we know little about the person of Lazarus. We know little about the background or status of this family. Bodie and Brock Thoene have written an amazing fictional account of this family in order to bring to life the beloved friends of Jesus. Other key Biblical characters are also included: John the Baptist, the disciples, Judas Iscariot, Joseph of Arimathea, and Nicodemus.

My Thoughts:
My only drawback to this book:
I am a bit leery when author's add fictional accounts to the Bible. I did not feel that the Thoene writing team added false heresy…

“Ephesians” Online Bible Study! Launch party 4/11 – RSVP today.

Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose for Christ.
Join the online Bible study (4/15 - 6/17) 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. Edwards will launching the Ephesians study with an April 11 Facebook launch partyThe online study will begin the following week.  (April 15 – June 17)


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 outside resources such as an atlas, Bible …

Weekly Readings, March 31 through April 6, 2013

During this past week I read the following Scriptures out of the NKJV---
1 John chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2 John and 3rd John
Isaiah chapters 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66
Jeremiah chapter 1
Numbers 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Acts 2

And out of the New English Bible translation I read---
Revelation 1, 2, 3, 4

Favorite quotes I read this past week.
"God above all things, requires the heart." Madame Guyon"The lasting characteristic of a spiritual man is the ability to understand correctly the meaning of the Lord Jesus Christ in his life, and the ability to explain the purposes of God to others. The over-ruling passion of his life is Jesus Christ. Whenever you see this quality in a person, you get the feeling that he truly is a man after God's own heart." Oswald Chambers from My Upmost For His Highest.

The Thoene’s “When Jesus Wept” iPad Giveaway and Facebook Party 4/23!

Celebrate the release of When Jesus Wept with the Thoenes by entering their iPad Mini giveaway and RSVPing to their {4/23} Facebook Author Chat party!





One fortunate winner will receive:



A brand new iPad Mini
A book club kit - 10 copies of When Jesus Wept

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 22nd. Winner will be announced at the "When Jesus Wept" Author Chat Party on 4/23. Connect with the Thoenes, get a sneak peek of the next book in the Jerusalem Chronicles series, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be fun giveaways - gift certificates, books, and more!





So grab your copy of When Jesus Wept and join Bodie and Brock on the evening of the April 23rd for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)







Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FA…

Review: What Your Childhood Memories Say About You...And What You Can Do About It by Dr. Kevin Leman

Title: What Your Childhood Memories Say About You....And What You Can Do About It
Author: Dr. Kevin Leman
Publisher: Tyndale House, April 2007
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Childhood, Psychology, Self-Help
Format: E-Book, Kindle
Age: Adult
Pages: 350 KB
Rating: 4 Stars

Summary:
Dr. Kevin Leman's purpose in writing this book is to help the reader visit those vivid memories of childhood, not to change them, because that can't be done; but to "change the way we understand them and move forward in light of that understanding."
According to Dr. Leman there are certain traits for firstborn, middle and last born children.
Also, there are certain roles that people play: giver, taker, pleaser, martyr, and charmer. A question we can ask ourselves to find out which role we play is: "I feel that I matter in life when..."
Dr. Leman teaches us to understand our memories in the correct light of truth. Is our memory "our own memory" or the memory of another family…