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(Review) Surviving The Holidays Without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons

Publisher: GR Healing Resources, first edition 2013.
Genre: Holiday season, grieving.
Format: Large print paperback.
Pages: 112.
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent.
Source: Free copy from Gary Roe for the purpose of review.

Link for book @ Amazon: Surviving The Holidays Without You.
Gary Roe is a Hospice chaplain in central Texas. He has written several books with the topics of grieving, healing from the past, and sexual abuse.
To read my review: Not Quite Healed: 40 Truths for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe. 

The Holiday Grief Campaign is at Facebook. The link can be found here: The Holiday Grief Campaign. 

The holiday season is a busy and joyous time of the year. But it also reminds me of loved ones who are no longer with me. Their memories are with me, but the essence of who they were is gone. Surviving The Holidays Without You is a concise book for grieving during the holidays.

Table of contents:

"Why The Holidays Are Hard."&qu…

(Review) The Insanity of Obedience: Walking With Jesus In Tough Places by Nik Ripken

Publisher: B and H Books, January 1, 2014.
Genre: Non-fiction, persecuted Church, missiology.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 336.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
Source: Free copy from B and H Books in exchange for a review.

Barnes and Noble
Christian Book

The Insanity of God. My review from February 22, 2013.
All Christians are called to,
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20. NKJV.  I believe that most Christians think it is only a select few who are called to "Go therefore." The thought of leaving our comfortable safe society, and traveling to an unknown and unsafe place, is daunting and frightening.
The Insanity of Obedience, educates Christians in Western society by defining what it is really like for a Christian in an Eastern society. F…

Blogging Break

I will be taking a blogging break during December. I have scheduled a few posts, but for the most part the blog will be quiet.
January will mark eight years in blogging and writing book reviews. I've never taken a break longer than a week.
I plan to read during December, but will not be writing reviews for posting.
The break will give me time to enjoy my family and the holiday season.
The break will give me time to close-out any unfinished reading, organize for 2015, and take a breather.
I'm praying for all of my readers-

(Review) A Beauty So Rare, A Belmont Mansion Novel #2 by Tamera Alexander

Publisher: Bethany House, April 2014.
Genre: Fiction, post Civil-War, The South, mental illness.
Format: paperback
Pages: 400.
Rating: 3 stars for good.
Source: Free paperback copy from Bethany House in exchange for a review.

AmazonBarnes and NobleChristian BookThis is the third novel I've read by Tamera Alexander. The previous reviews, links included: A Lasting Impression, A Belmont Mansion Novel #1 To Whisper Her Name, A Belle Meade Plantation Novel #1 Summary: In post Civil War Tennessee, Eleanor Braddock cares for her father who is mentally ill. Then, she makes the difficult decision to place him in an asylum. Eleanor's aunt is the feisty Adelicia Acklen. Aunt Adelicia is the wealthy owner of Belmont Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee. Eleanor with no place to live, becomes a guest in her aunts lavish home. Aunt Adelicia is insistent Eleanor marry a man of wealth. Meanwhile, an Austrian named Marcus Gottfried has recently moved to Nashville. He is an architecture of gardens. 
My …

(Review) The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard by Kara Tippetts

Publisher: David C. Cook, October 1, 2014.
Genre: Memoir, cancer, family.
Format: paperback.
Pages: 194.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
Source: Free copy from David C. Cook in exchange for a review.

Link @ David C. Cook. 

Kindle link: The Hardest Peace. 

Cara Tippett's website is (link included) Mundane Faithfulness. 

Facebook link: Mundane Faithfulness.
Twitter link: Kara Tippetts. 

Additional links to read interviews of Cara Tippett.
From Beliefnet. 
From Worldmag. 
From The American Conservative. 

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Kara, her husband, and four children had recently moved to Colorado to begin a new church. Within a week, a fire in the canyon where they live nearly destroyed their home. After working to clean the soot from their home, Kara took a shower, and feeling compelled to do a self-breast exam, she found a hard lump. She “just knew” what it meant. Two serious events so quickly after moving to Colorado was jolting. Kara's biopsy revealed stage IV breast can…

Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey

Publisher: Zondervan, October 21, 2014. 
Pages: 304.
Website link for Philip Yancey.
Amazon link for Vanishing Grace.
Christian Book link for Vanishing Grace.  
Link to read a summary of Vanishing Grace. 

Bible Reading Update

The last Bible reading update posted was October 28.
Today will be the last Bible reading update for 2014. The next post on Bible reading will be in January 2015.
I've been reading John in the NKJV Study Bible by Thomas Nelson.

The following chapters have been read in the Gospel of John.
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. 

Each year I choose a New Testament book to read twelve times in twelve different translations. This is an additional Bible reading exercise. I also read through the whole Bible each year. For 2015, I will be reading 2 Corinthians. 

A few links of interest:
Interpretation the Inductive Way from Bible Study Magazine.
A new devotional book (excerpt) by Joni Eareckson Tada: Beside Bethesda.
How to Read Both Sides of the Bible by John MacArthur.
To Teach the Bible Well by Andy Naselli, posted at the Peter Cockrell blog.
10 Tips for Leading a Women's Bible Study by Chris Adams, from Lifeway. 
3 Elements of a Balanced Wome…

Esther by Angela Hunt

Excerpt to read the first chapter:Esther. 
The book will be published in January 2015. 
Published by B and H Publishing/Bethany House.
Pages: 352. 
Link @ Amazon

(Review) The Search for Significance: We Can Build our Self-Worth on our Ability to Please Others, or on the Love and Forgiveness of Jesus Christ by Robert S. McGee

Publisher: Rapha Publishing, second edition 1990.
Genre: self-worth, identity in Christ Jesus, ego, Christian growth.
Format: paperback.
Pages: 479. The first 187 pages are reading material. The rest is the study.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
Source: self-purchase.

Link @ Amazon: The Search For Significance. 
A new revised edition published in 2003: The Search for Significance.
Robert S. McGee's Amazon page. 
McGee and Me publishing page.

The Search for Significance book is divided in half. The first half of the book is reading material. The second half of the book is a Bible study. The Bible study is geared towards a small group setting. Furthermore, it should be led by a solid teacher in the Bible who also has a Christian counseling background. I make that last statement because this is how I was first introduced to the book. I was in a small group. We were led by a woman who is a licensed counselor and a person of strong Bible knowledge. We met as a group of both males and fema…