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What Does It Mean To Follow Jesus?

I've been reading my dad's journals.
For those of you new to my blog, dad died last August. Dad had made his home with us the last eleven years of his life. Dad and I were more than father and daughter, we were best friends.
Dad began writing in what he called his "daily log", on November 12, 1973. Dad was fifty and I was nine.
Each entry is a paragraph long; however, they are filled with information on the stresses of his job, he and mother's relationship, my siblings, my commitment to Christ and baptism, President Nixon's resignation, gas shortages of the early 70s, carpool problems, a piano purchase, teaching a new coed Sunday school class, duties at church, should he stay a deacon or go on the inactive list, family vacations, struggles to provide for the family, worrying about a certain pain in his chest, a Mohammad Ali fight, his mother's death, constantly busy and yet not knowing how to say no, and a question he often pondered: "is he where he…

The Apple of Your Eye

The second week in March I was sick with the flu, last week I had both grand-kids while they were on Spring break. It took me a few days to get caught up on all I'd missed, both in blogging, reading, and all-around.

Since the last time I posted Bible readings read, which was February 25, I've read:
Genesis chapters 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50.
Exodus chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 
Mark chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. 
Luke chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
All above Scripture read from the New Living Translation Study Bible. Scripture links from Bible Gateway. 

Also, 1 Corinthians chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. Scripture read from NJKV. This is the third time this year to read 1 Corinthians.

A 100 page pdf from Credo Magazine. Included is a lengthy review of N. T. Wright's book on Paul, and also several articles on justification.
How Should We Read Jesus's Parables by Jared Wilson
A video-Desperate for Jesus by Julie Gorman
3 Ti…

[Review] Case For Christ For Kids: A 90 Day Devotional by Lee Strobel

Title: Case For Christ For Kids: 90 Day Devotional Author: Lee Strobel Publisher: Zondervan Kidz/HarperCollins Publishing September 24, 2013 Genre: Non-fiction, kids, devotional, Christian growth Format: Paperback Pages: 208 Rating: 5 Stars Source: Free copy from Zondervan Kidz in exchange for a review.
For ages 9-12

This review appeared on The Christian Manifesto an online magazine. 
Link for Kindle $5.12
Not everyone grows up in a Christian home and the author Lee Strobel did not. After Strobel's wife became a believer he noticed a dramatic change in her, leading him to research the Christian faith and he too became a Christian. Strobel has written several books entitled “Case For,” the aim is to answer the “quest for truth” in Christ Jesus. Case For Christ For Kids is a 90 Day Devotional. The aim is to encourage and develop in kids to have a solid foundation of belief in Jesus Christ. Statistics are frightening in how many kids who grew up going to church stop once they reach adult ye…

Dive Deeper: Finding Deep Faith Beyond Shallow Religion

“In my own strength I cannot love those who’ve hurt me. In Christ is the only place where the power to love and forgive can flow from me. When I allow Him to be completely in control of my life, my selfish desires to seek revenge and hold grudges vanish. When I’ve humbled myself to Christ’s leading, I’m able to move past the hurt, knowing He’ll use it for His good.” -#JeniferJernigan in #DiveDeeper #InScribedStudies AVAILABLE NOW

[Review] Highway To Hell: The Road Where Childhoods Are Stolen by Matt Roper and Foreword by Dean Brody

Title: Highway To Hell: The Road Where Childhoods Are Stolen
Author: Matt Roper, foreword by Dean Brody
Publisher: Monarch Books/Kregel October 8, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction, child trafficking, slavery, sexual abuse, child abuse, Brazil
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Monarch Books/Kregel Book Tours in exchange for a review.

Link for book @ Amazon: Highway To Hell

Further links:
Dean Brody website
Dean Brody Foundation on Facebook
An article written in the Mirror by Matt Roper on child trafficking
Matt Roper Twitter
Meninadanca Facebook Page
Polaris Project
International Bureau For Children's Rights
World Vision
Not For Sale
CNN Freedom Project
The A 21 Campaign
Safe Horizon

Wikipedia states there were 5.1 million visitors to Brazil in 2010. In a listing of the countries which visit Brazil the most, the United States of America is in second place. America helped generate 5.9 billion in revenue to Brazil. Chances are many American touris…

Novel Crossing: Third Annual Twitter Fiction Festival March 12th to March 16th


I've been sick all week. I think I have a light case of the flu. I had a flu shot last fall, so thank goodness it has protected me from getting worse. I have spent most of this week in bed, able to read some, but little else. When I have the energy I putter around the house whining, because I cannot do what I'd like to do.
The next book up for review is Highway To Hell by Matt Roper. When you read the title of the book you were probably thinking AC/DC? No, but for the young girls written about in this book, their lives have been a hell on earth. The book is about young girls in Brazil, who are caught-up in human trafficking---prostitution---sex slavery.