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[Review] The Sinners' Garden by William Sirls

Enter Today | 2/11 - 3/1!
Title: The Sinners' Garden
Author: William Sirls
Publisher: Thomas Nelson December 17, 2013
Genre: Fiction, Faith, Prophecy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
Rating: 4 Stars for very good
Source: Free copy from Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for a review. 

Judi and her teenage son Andy, live under quiet and tense circumstances. Andy is withdrawn, more than most teenage boys, and Judi is unable to connect with him. Andy has scars on his face, which he has been given false information about how it occurred. Judi's brother Rip, spent several years in prison, but is now free. He lives nearby, and he has a "new life" as a believer in God. Rip wants to be a father-type figure to Andy. The two have things in common, like motorcycles and going fast. One day while Rip and Andy are out riding they come across a field of blooming flowers. The field had been grass a few days before. A family friend Heather, is out on police patrol, wh…

[Review] The A-Z of C.S. Lewis: An encyclopedia of his life, thought and writings by Colin Duriez

Title: The A-Z of C. S. Lewis: An encyclopedia of his life, thought and writings
Author: Colin Duriez
Publisher: Lion Hudson November 1, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction, encyclopedia of C. S. Lewis
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Source: Free copy from Litfuse Publicity and Kregel/Lion Books in exchange for a review.

Landing page at Litfuse for tour.

Clive Staples Lewis, C. S. Lewis, or to those who knew him intimately he was simply known as Jack. Born 1898 and died November 22, 1963. Does the date in November ring a bell for another famous person's death?
President John F. Kennedy died November 22, 1963.

C. S. Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland. He had an older brother named Warren, also known as Warnie. C. S. Lewis taught at both Oxford and Cambridge. He was an author, teacher, apologist. He married late in life and had two step-sons. 

This past November 22, 2013 marked 50 years since C. S. Lewis's death.

The A-Z of C. S. Lewis, is a wonderful hard copy …

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[Review] The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week Of The Most Important Person Who Ever Lived by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Justin Taylor, With Alexander Stewart

Title: The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week Of The Most Important Person Who Ever Lived
Author: Andreas J. Kostenberger and Justin Taylor, with Alexander Stewart
Publisher: Crossway January 31, 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, the passion week of Jesus Christ, Growth, Gospels, Bible
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Crossway in exchange for a review. The review is of my opinion, and in no way coerced, or reflected by another.

Link @ Crossway (scroll down the links page for an excerpt). 

Crossway has a new review program entitled, Beyond The Page Crossway Book Reviews.
The new program is e-books only, hard copies are no longer available for review. The Final Days of Jesus will be the last hard copy I'll receive from them to review.

The introduction begins by defining "how to use this book," then a short introduction to the Gospels, belief in the Gospels, and how to deal with "contradictions". A time-line of the l…

[Review] Holy Is the Day: Living in the Gift of the Present by Carolyn Weber

Title: Holy Is the Day: Living in the Gift of the Present
Author: Carolyn Weber
Publisher: IVPress Books August 2013
Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir,
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Self-purchase

Author biography: Carolyn Weber. 

Carolyn Weber, is a professor of English, and living with her husband and young daughter in Seattle, Washington. The family grew when twins are born. After a traumatic caesarean delivery, Carolyn made a decision to take a step-back to rest and reflect. During this period, memories from her past arose with zeal. Writing became a catharsis for her, and a way to work through each memory and event.

My Thoughts:
I fell in love with this book at the reading of the first page. 
Carolyn, is a gifted writer. She has the ability and wisdom, to see where God has displayed his love and proficiency, even in the midst of trauma and suffering. She is then able to transcribe her thoughts and feelings with transparency onto paper.
Her words are r…

[Review] Melissa: A Father's Lessons from a Daughter's Suicide by Frank Page with Lawrence Kimbrough

Title: Melissa: A Father's Lessons from a Daughter's Suicide
Author: Frank Page with Lawrence Kimbrough
Publisher: BandH Books June 1, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction, memoir, suicide, bereavement, death
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from BandH Publishing for the purpose of review. Review was first published at The Christian Manifesto.

Further links on this story. 
Christianity Today. 
Religion News Service. 
Baptist Press.  

Frank S. Page, is a former Southern Baptist Convention president, former pastor, and current president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. Frank Page, is also a husband and father. His eldest daughter Melissa, committed suicide in 2009.
With transparency, introspection, and compassion, Page has written a memoir of his daughter Melissa's death. He expresses she was troubled all of her life; however, he never believed she would end her life. He looks back over the traumatic period after her death, and…

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[Review] Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments Men by Cara C. Putman

Enter Today | 1/21 - 2/8!

Title: Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments Men
Author: Cara C. Putman
Publisher: B and H Publishing January 1, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction, romance, World War II, photographer, Italy, art, the Monuments, women in World War II
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Rating: 4 Stars for Very Good
Source: Free copy from Litfuse Publicity and B and H Publishing in exchange for a review.

"The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program" was "established in 1943" during World War II.
The group was "under the Civil Affairs and Military Government Sections of the Allied armies."
Their job was to protect, secure, rescue, fine arts stolen by Germany.
Both men and women were involved in this mission. See link for more information from Wikipedia.

The time period is March 1944. Shadowed by Grace, begins with a conversation between a young woman named Rachel and her editor. She wants to travel to Italy to cover combat operations and her boss is u…

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The week of January 26th through February 1 the following Scripture was read:
Esther chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.Genesis chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.Matthew chapters 24, 25, 26, 27, 28. All Scripture read from The Transformation Study Bible New Living Translation.

I began Bible Study Fellowship last night. The study for 2013/2014 is Matthew. This means I'm re-reading Matthew again in the ESV.

I began reading Mark and am continuing in Genesis.

Today, I'll begin reading 1 Corinthians for the second time in the Revised Standard Version, Published 1901.

From Bible Gateway, America's Most Bible Minded Cities and Those Least Bible Minded.
I just finished the creation story. Bible Gateway has an interesting series: Did a Historical Adam Really Exist? 

[Review and Reflections Part 2] Jonathan Edwards on True Christianity (The Essential Edwards Collection) by Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney

Part one review and reflections has a summary and beginning credits.

"Sanctioned by Satan, the nominal Christian possessed all too many resources to deceive themselves about their true spiritual state, whether biblical knowledge, fear of judgment, religiously minded happiness, or other things. It is likely that these are the kinds of attributes many of the nominal Christians in our churches possess. They fear the Lord, and go to church, and do religious things, believing on some level that their involvement procures forgiveness and salvation. In their encounter with true Christianity, these people taste something of the sweetness of religious devotion and biblical truth, though they do no more than sample these good things. They are not so convicted by judgment as to repent of their sin, and they are not so gripped by the glory of divine grace that they embrace Christ. They may know biblical doctrine, even to the point of being able to make a case for a certain scriptural teaching…