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[Review] Grounded in the Faith, An Essential Guide to Knowing What You Believe and Why by Kenneth Erisman

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Title: Grounded in the Faith, An Essential Guide to Knowing What You Believe and Why
Author: Kenneth Erisman
Foreword: J. I. Packer
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group July 15, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Discipleship, being grounded in what you believe.
Format: eBook, Kindle 1017 KB/in paperback 288 pages
Age: Adult
Source: Net Galley, Baker Publishing Group, provided a free copy to me for the purpose of review.
Rating: 5 Stars

"One of the most important traits of being a follower of Christ is to 'follow Christ.'"
Summary:
If the following questions were to be asked: Do you know basic Bible doctrine, or why do you believe in Jesus Christ, or what does it mean to live as a Christian? Would you be able to answer them?
Many people attend church Sunday after Sunday, maybe they've been coming to church most of their life; yet they don't know what they believe nor why. Maybe they feel that by attending a church service they will absorb all the religion they ne…

Weekly Readings, July 14-27, 2013

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Over the past 2 weeks I've read:
Galatians chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6;
1 Thessalonians chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5;
2 Thessalonians chapters 1, 2, 3;
1 Timothy chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6;
2 Timothy chapters 1, 2, 3, 4;
Titus chapters 1, 2, 3;
Philemon 1 chapter;
James chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
All above scripture read from NKJV MacArthur Study Bible.

In addition I read over the past two week's: Revelation chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22. This month's reading was from the English Standard Version. In 2013 I'm reading Revelation 12 times in 12 different translations. So far I've read from King James Version, New King James Version, New American Standard Bible, New English Bible, Common English Bible, New Living Translation Study Bible, and the English Standard Version. 

In the Old Testament there are many references to the fig tree. In my MacArthur Study Bible the grapevine, olive tree and fig: "symbolized great a…

[Review] Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and The Church's Mission by Amy Simpson

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Title: Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and The Church's Mission
Author: Amy Simpson
Publisher: InterVarsity Press March 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Mental illness and the church's response
Format: eBook, Kindle
Age: Adult
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: self-purchase

                                             "The no casserole illness." 
Summary:
Amy Simpson has written a book that is a soothing balm for those of us that have been affected by mental illness. It's a book that all readers, regardless of their circumspect on mental illness, will gain knowledge of and cause needed discussion. Mental illness is a hush-topic in the church. The stigma attached to it is of shame. People affected by mental illness are unsure what to say; the church is unsure how to respond.
One in four people will be affected by mental illness. More than twenty-five percent age eighteen and older has a mental illness. One in seventeen adults has a serious chronic mental illness. After readi…

[Review] The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry

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Title: The Beloved Daughter
Author: Alana Terry
Publisher: CreateSpace April 6, 2013
Genre: Fiction
Theme: Chung-Cha, daughter of an outspoken Christian in North Korea.
Format: pdf
Age: Adult
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: pdf provided for free from Pump Up Your Book for purpose of review.



About the Book: 
Current time period.
In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. Catastrophic floods have ravaged her countryside. But it is her father’s faith, not the famine of NorthHamyongProvince, that most threatens Chung-Cha’s well-being.
Is Chung-Cha’s father right to be such a vocal believer? Or is he a fool to bring danger on the head of his only daughter?  
Chung-Cha is only a girl of twelve and is too young to answer such questions. Yet she is not too young to face a life of imprisonment and forced labor. Her crime? Being the daughter of a political dissident.
“The Beloved Daughter” follows Chung-Cha into one of the most notorious prison camps of the contemporary free world…

Bible Study Expo Begins Tomorrow, July 18th Noon to 3 PM CT

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Bible Study Expo---Women’s Bible Study leaders from around the world are invited to meet the authors of this year’s newly released women’s Bible Study books at the on-line Bible Study Expo, Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12-3 PM Central Time, at www.BibleStudyExpo.com.

This year’s author line-up includes: Liz Curtis Higgs, Suzanne Ellers, Elisa Morgan, Leighann McCoy, Susie Larson, Sheryl Pellatiro, Sue Edwards, Mindy Ferguson, Carla McDougal. 

Liz Curtis Higgs will begin the program at 12:20 with background on her book, Bad Girls of the Bible.
She will be teaching how the women of the bible can impact our lives and how we can develop by learning from them. 


During the Expo, guests listen in by phone or web as each author shares the story behind her most recent Bible Study book. During each 15 minute interview, the authors define their target audience as listeners identify which books are ideal for their groups.

To register for the chance to win one of the free books being given a…

Review: Gold of Kings, A Storm Syrrell Adventure by Davis Bunn

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Title: Gold of Kings, A Storm Syrrell Adventure
Author: Davis Bunn
Publisher: A Howard/Touchstone Book, Simon and Schuster May 4, 2009
Genre: Fiction
Theme: An adventure story about the treasures of the Copper Scroll. 
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 368
Source: Self-purchased.
Rating: 4 stars

Summary:
Storm Syrrell is the granddaughter of Sean Syrrell an antiquity, antique and art dealer. Storm works in Sean's shop in a ritzy area of Palm Beach, Florida. Storm is estranged from her father. At the beginning of the story Sean Syrrell is murdered. After the settling of his estate, tension mounts when Storm makes the commitment to follow through on Sean's ultimate goal in antiquities. Storm meets a business accomplice of Sean's, Harry Bennett. Harry is a confident, thrill seeking, savvy man. Their plot to find the treasure is discovered by government agencies and devious men. Will finding the treasure lead to selfish pleasures, or will finding the treasure lead to a cha…

Weekly Readings, July 7-13, 2013

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This was the first week we've had of temperatures 100 degrees or more. On Thursday late in the afternoon it rained for almost an hour. When the rain first began to fall it sizzled on our roof. Summer is my least favorite season. By July I'm wishing for autumn. Living in Texas our seasons are either hot or cool, only a few days in winter is it cold. Summer days are spent inside where we have air conditioning. On weekdays in the late afternoon I go to a gym where the owner prefers to keep the air conditioner set on 82 degrees. Five minutes in to my run on the treadmill I'm sweating....profusely. My husband works in a hot non air conditioned shop. The only cool spot is in the break room. I shouldn't be whining, my sweet husband toils in sweat all day. Bless him.

This past week I read 2 Corinthians chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. All Scripture read from the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible.
I read more from 2 Corinthians when I read and reviewed the book by

Bible Study Expo Thursday, July 18, from Noon to 3 PM CT

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PRLog (Press Release) - Jun. 10, 2013 - Women’s Bible Study leaders from around the world are invited to meet the authors of this year’s newly released women’s Bible Study books at the on-line Bible Study Expo, Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12-3 PM Central Time, at www.BibleStudyExpo.com.

This year’s author line-up includes Liz Curtis Higgs, Suzanne Ellers, Elisa Morgan, Leighann McCoy, Susie Larson, Sheryl Pellatiro, Sue Edwards, Mindy Ferguson and Carla McDougal from publishers including Regal, Zondervan, Kregel, Bethany House and more.

During the Expo, guests listen in by phone or web as each author shares the story behind her most recent Bible Study book. During each 15 minute interview, the authors define their target audience as listeners identify which books are ideal for their groups.

“The whole thing is practical and helpful, but also a lot of fun,” says Expo Hostess, Marnie Swedberg. “The authors do their live interviews, but they also hang out with us at the on-li…

Review: Weakness Is the Way, Life With Christ Our Strength by J. I. Packer

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Title: Weakness Is the Way, Life With Christ Our Strength
Author: J. I. Packer
Publisher: Crossway May 31, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Sufficiency from God
Format: Hardcover
Age: Adult
Pages: 128
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: This book was given to me for free from Crossway for the purpose of review.

Summary:
The world system encourages us to be strong and self-sufficient. Weakness is looked upon as being poor in character and to be avoided.
Packer explains in Weakness Is the Way, that at some point in our life we will become older and weak. We understand growing older; but we fail to see that at every point in our life we are already weak in sin. We are "disabled" in being able to fix ourselves. Packer states: "we are helpless," and he encourages us to "embrace our helplessness, and God's sufficiency."
A focal Scripture from Paul's letter in 2 Corinthians.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I …

Review: Smelling Stinkweed, Gardening Naked and Other News by V. H. Moss

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Title: Smelling Stinkweed, Gardening Naked and Other News
Author: V. H. Moss
Publisher: BookBaby May 16, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Conservative thoughts on current news stories around the world
Format: eBook Kindle
Age: Adult
Pages: 52, 266 KG
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: I bought this Kindle book.

Summary:
Moss has written several topics from a conservative perspective.
For example:
Moss begins by sharing what Barbara Walters, a respected journalist has confessed---that she's never read the Bible, yet like so much of the world either she has a negative opinion on it or is indifferent towards it. It seems as if many people in the world has a negative opinion about the Bible, even though they've not read it. We often hear someone well-known to us through the media misquoting the Bible, taking a verse they've heard someone else say out of context. As intelligent and sophisticated as they profess, they are ignorant of God's Word, but then again they don't believe i…

Further Reflections from Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart

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I never remember a time in my life when I did not know who Jesus was. From birth mother and daddy took my brothers and sisters and me to Sunday School, Church, Sunday night service, Wednesday night service, Vacation Bible School. Dad was a deacon, and he taught a couples adult Sunday school class. Mother taught Girls in Action, Acteens, and 4th and 5th grade girls Sunday school. On Saturday nights my siblings and I would be quizzed about the next morning's Sunday school lesson. To respond with an answer that the lesson was about God or Jesus was not really an answer because that meant we'd not studied our lesson book. Back to our rooms we'd go with a frown on our face because we'd been caught and had to go back and study and then be re-quizzed. As teenagers all of us rebelled, and felt like it wouldn't be too terribly bad to miss church or Sunday school every now and then, but mother and daddy would never have done that, if it was Sunday then that was church day. …

Review: Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, How To Know For Sure You Are Saved by J.D. Greear

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Becky @ Operation Actually Read Bible reviewed this book yesterday. She and I are friends and blogging buddies, but ironically we didn't plan our in-sync of reading and reviewing this book.
Link for Becky's review is in the above highlighted area.

Title: Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, How To Know For Sure You Are Saved
Author: J. D. Greear
Publisher: B&H Books January 31, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Assurance of Salvation
Format: E-Book Kindle
Age: Adult
Pages: 128 for the book, 863 KB for Kindle
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: I purchased this e-Book.

Summary:
J. D. Greear's aim in his book is to explain to us the Gospel message, including the meanings behind the words so often used, and how when a person accepts and believes by faith in Jesus and His Gospel, should rest in assurance that they are saved and thus having eternal life.

The foreword is by Paige Patterson the President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
There is additional material in the ba…