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[Review] The God-Centered Life by Josh Moody

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Title: The God-Centered Life: Insights from Jonathan Edwards for Today
Author: Josh Moody
Publisher: Regent College Publishing 2007, first published by InterVarsity Press in 2006
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Living a God-centered life and not a self-centered life.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 196
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Self-purchase

Josh Moody website: http://blog.college-church.org/category/god-centered-life/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/godcenteredlife
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drjoshmoody

In The God-Centered Life, Josh Moody addresses problems in our current church: pride, arrogance, selfishness and self-entitlement.
From the foreword written by David Jackman:
"...our biggest problem is that we are centered on ourselves, rather than on God, which is why we find it so hard to imagine that things could ever be different. We need a radical realignment of our thinking and our living, and it is the genius of this engaging study that Josh Moody uses the eighteenth-c…

Weekly Readings, October 20th Through October 27th, 2013

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This past week I read:
Acts chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
James chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

"This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:11-12 ESV

A few links I found of interest for you:

Credo Magazine
http://issuu.com/credomagazine/docs/final_credo_july_2013_born_again/71?e=3669663/4171535

Movie "Gravity" review:
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/10/28/no-one-will-pray-for-my-soul-gravity-reviewed/

Post by Margaret Feinberg, on knowing what to say to a person with cancer:
http://margaretfeinberg.com/three-worst-things-can-say-someone-battling-cancer-kind-adversityand-youve-probably-already-said/

Two websites that seem similar, but are unique:
http://www.thestory.com/home
http://viewthestory.com/

A New film from Billy Graham entitled "My Hope".
http://www.billygraham.o…

Sobering News For Book Publishing

I just read an article about a "new" crisis in the book publishing world.
Brian Feinblum at BookMarketingBuzzBlog, has written a sobering post about a "new" Netflix type plan to pay a small monthly fee to purchase books. The discount will be at a s--u--p--e--r low cost!

What will this mean for the book publishing world? Specifically independent book stores who are already struggling to stay afloat? What will this mean for authors who desperately want their book to be published, and further to make a living at writing? 

To read further about cheap monthly price plan to purchase books:
http://mashable.com/2013/10/16/oyster-ipad-app/
http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/16/4846734/oyster-ebook-subscription-ipad-iphone
http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/1/4791764/scribd-launches-ebook-subscription-rental-service-harpercollins
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/23/1249710/-eBooks-Oyster-or-Scribd-Who-Will-Become-the-Netflix-of-eBooks#

This blogger doesn't believe it will wo…

Treasury of Truth, Give Thanks Edition, Mini-Challenge for November, 2013

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Becky @ Operation Actually Read Bible is hosting a Mini-Challenge for the month of November.
In this challenge one Psalm per day is to be read (total of 30).
http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com/2013/10/week-in-review-october-20-26.html
The list of Psalms Becky has chosen are:
1, 19, 23, 25, 27, 32, 34, 37, 42, 46, 47, 51, 57, 63, 66, 71, 84, 91, 95, 98, 100, 103, 107, 119, 121, 130, 138, 139, 145, 148.

If you would like to read all 150 Psalms in the month of November, Becky is encouraging this for those who want to attempt a steeper challenge. 
http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com/2013/10/treasury-of-truth-give-thanks-edition.html

I'm planning to read all of Psalms for the month of November!

[Review] The Book of Hours by Davis Bunn

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Title: The Book of Hours
Author: Davis Bunn
Publisher: Westbow Press 2000
Genre: Fiction
Theme: In a small village in England boy meets girl, and both are in love with the same mysterious estate.
Format: Hardcover
Age: Adult
Pages: 314
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Self-purchase

I don't think I gave a good explanation for the theme above. My answer was short and sweet.

Summary:
A contemporary story. 
Brian Blackstone has traveled the globe the past two years after the death of his wife Sarah. He's settled in the historical village of Knightsbridge, England, and to the estate that was left as an inheritance to his late wife Sarah. Brian has procrastinated too long, the inheritance tax is astronomical, he's in a quandary as to how to pay it. Meanwhile, Dr. Cecilia Lyons is in love with the estate and plans to purchase it. A puzzle has been left by Heather who was the trustee of Sarah. The answer to the puzzle or riddle, maybe the answer to Brian's peril.

Thoughts:
The sett…

Weekly Readings, October 13th Through October 19, 2013

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This past week I read:
Luke chapters 21, 22, 23, 24;
2 John and 3 John and Jude;
Psalms 1, 2, 8, 13, 103, 110, 145;
Proverbs 13.

I know I'm bouncing around in the Bible, some of these Scriptures were text from yesterdays sermon at church.


There is a word I hear often in the Christian community, the word is transparent. To be transparent means to be "easily understood; frank; open. Honest means to be "fair and just in character or behavior." Both definitions from the Oxford Pocket American Dictionary of Current English.
How is this achieved? How do we change our mind set and character from hiding certain areas of our life or past, to becoming a person oftransparency?
Stop hiding. We're not fooling anyone. We're not fooling other people, we're not fooling God, we're not fooling our self. Stop looking to other people for how we view our self. Jesus Christ died on the cross for forgiveness of sin. He has already paid the debt of sin. His view of us is all…

[Review] The Reichenbach Problem by Martin Allison Booth

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Title: The Reichenbach Problem: Reichenbach Trilogy #1
Author: Martin Allison Booth
Publisher: Lion Fiction, Kregel June 1, 2013
Genre: Fiction
Theme: Dr. Conan Doyle solves a mystery in Reichenbach, Switzerland.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 368
Rating: 2 Stars
Source: Free copy from Lion Hudson and Kregel Blog Tour for the purpose of review.

Link for excerpt:
http://store.kregel.com/client/excerpt/978-1-78264-016-5.pdf



Summary:
Dr. Conan Doyle travels by train alone, without his family, to Reichenbach, Switzerland. He is in hopes of a brief respite from his life in England. Fellow travelers stare at him because they believe him to be the famous Sherlock Holmes, instead he is the author of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle is in his early 30s, married and with children, he is not a religious man, has a dry sense of humor, methodical, analytical. After arriving in Reichenbach a man is found murdered. Doyle begins work in solving the case.

Thoughts:
What stood out to me the most in the m…

Weekly Readings September 29th through October 13th, 2013

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This happens every year for me, once I read through the Bible and finish (I finished in early summer), reading it a second time I become lax....lazy.
Scripture I've read over the past couple of weeks:
1 Peter chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Peter chapters 1, 2, 3,
Luke chapters 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.

Which quote do you agree with? And why?
"Where there's life, there's hope." Marcus Tullius Cicero
or
"But where there is hope, there is life." Lindsee at Living Proof Ministries

Are you reading your Bible?

[Review] The Simplified Guide: Paul's Letters to the Churches by David Hazelton

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Title: The Simplified Guide: Paul's Letters to the Churches
Author: David Hazelton
Publisher: Deep River Books September 5, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Teaching and applying Paul's letters to our lives.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 216
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Bring It On Communications for purpose of review.

Summary:
The Simplified Guide: Paul's Letters to the Churches, is a study of Paul's letters in the New Testament. The book is not a theological commentary for teachers or pastors, but for the common man and woman who has a desire to understand Paul's letters.
"Paul's letters provide a remarkably consistent and coherent description of the gospel-centered life on matters of belief, behavior, and relationships."  page 16.
"Paul both begins with the gospel message and connects all of our core beliefs back to the gospel. And what we believe as followers of Christ provides the foundation for how we are to live. Without th…

[Review] Gospel Transformation Bible, ESV from Crossway

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Available in black or white hardcover and imitation leather.
Title: Gospel Transformation Bible, English Standard Version
General Editor: Bryan Chapell
Managing Editor: Dane Ortlund
Publisher: Crossway September 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Age: Young Adult through Adult
Pages:1904
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy provided to me by Crossway for review.

Choosing a new Bible is serious business for me. Impulse buying a Bible is not an option. I read Online reviews, read and study Bible selections on Amazon or Christian Book Distributor, I browse through selections in a Christian bookstore, ask friends and family what kind of Bible they are reading. For me, purchasing a Bible is an investment. It's an investment for my spirit, soul, mind.
At this time there are three primary Bibles that sit on the table near my reading chair:
The ESV Study Bible by Crossway, NASB Study Bible by MacArthur, NKJV Study Bible by MacArthur. These Bibles do not sit on the table gathering dust. If you ke…

[Review] My Heart's Cry and Heaven: My Father's House by Anne Graham Lotz

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Title: My Heart's Cry and Heaven: My Father's House
Author: Anne Graham Lotz
Publisher: Thomas Nelson 2002
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Knowing God in a more deeper and abundant relationship/Our true home is in heaven.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 355
Rating: 5 Stars for both books.
Source: Self-purchase

My Hearts Cry and Heaven: My Father's House are two books combined in one cover. Each will have its own summary and thoughts.

Summary:
My Heart's Cry
Anne Graham Lotz begins by expressing: "God, please, oh please, I know my daddy is ready to go 'Home,' but I'm not ready to let him go. Heal him, restore him, strengthen him. I've had Daddy for fifty-two years, but it's not enough. I long for more-more time, more conversation, more hugs, more kisses, more prayer, more counsel, more walks on the mountain. Please, just give me more of my daddy...Because when you love someone with all of your heart, you just can't ever get enough..." p…

A Belated Blog Anniversary

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A Well-Watered Garden began September 19, 2007. I was new to blogging, having began in January 2007 with another blog (A Garden of Books). I created A Well-Watered Garden in order to have a blog dedicated to Christian fiction and non-fiction books. Within a short time I was contacted by authors, publishers, publicists, asking if I'd review for them. I was smitten with the ability of getting books for free. At this point reviewing books is apart of my life, it is a career, a ministry. I don't plan to retire from this; however, I'll never have time to write my own books at the pace of reading and reviewing I'm at now. Beginning in 2014, I plan to cut back in order to have the time I need to write.
Today I implemented a few changes: creating two margin columns as opposed to one, cleaning up the clutter of too many widgets, deleting broken widgets, changing the template.
I've signed up for Google Ad-sense and Amazon Affiliate Program. I'm waiting to hear from Chri…

Weekly Readings, September 15th-28th, 2013

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This past week I read:

Revelation-The Interlinear Bible Greek/English.
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.

Revelation-The New Testament An American Translation by Edgar J. Goodspeed.
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.

Luke in the ESV.
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

* I seem to be suffering from reviewers block and disorganization since my dad's death. This too shall pass, eventually.