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(Review) One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp

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Publication Date: January 4, 2011.
Publisher: Zondervan.
Genre: Thanksgiving, reflection, journaling.
Pages: 241.
Source: self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Kindle copy @ Amazon. 

For a biography of Ann, which includes her Christian beliefs: A Holy Experience. 

Ann's website, which is filled with beautiful photographs, Bible studies, journal writings, and freebie printables: A Holy Experience. 

I waited on purpose to read this book in order to move past the gazillion reviews and critics.
At Amazon, the book has 1,661 reviews, of which 1,317 are 5 star reviews. I read a few of the low score reviews--no comment nor arguing with other reader's opinions.

One Thousand Gifts was on sale at Lifeway early in January for less than $5. I bought a few copies to keep and giveaway as gifts.

Summary:
Ann Voskamp is a farm wife in the Midwest. She is the mother of six children. People who are not aware of the hard work of being a farm wife or caring for six children might believe A…

Do You Know What You Believe?

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Future Reviews

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I'm reading two books for reviews.
One is a chunkster, the second book is small but filled with meditative writing.
Christianity in Roman Africa: the development of its practices and beliefs by J. Patout Burns Jr. and Robin M. Jensen.
Published by Eerdman, November 2014.
There are 723 pages, with 153 color photographs and black ink drawings.

The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine of Hippo.
Foreword by Warren W. Wiersbe.
Published by Baker Books/Revell Publishing in 2005.
There are 199 pages.
This book is an edited version of the original. It is considered to be a confiteri (read the definition provided by link) and not necessarily an autobiography.
This little book has been sitting on the bookshelf gathering dust. Christianity in Roman Africa refers to Augustine. I thought the two books complemented one another.

Bible Reading Update

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The last Bible Reading Update posted was on February 12. 
The world/kosmos continues to spiral downward. And we are ashen at the horror of what ISIS is doing in the Middle East. Their goal is to rape, murder, and destroy lives. They cannot destroy God. They can destroy people's bodies, but they cannot rob Christians of eternal life in Jesus Christ. ISIS is Satan's Army. Their plan is Satan's plan, and one that he has had since the beginning, to try and destroy God's people.
Instead of being fearful we have three options:

Keep our eyes focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus who are in harm's way. Read and memorize Scripture. 
Since the last time I posted an update the following Bible verses have been read: Isaiah chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40.  Mark chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13,…

(Review) Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God by Margaret Feinberg

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Publication Date: December 25, 2012.
Publisher: Worthy Publishing.
Genre: Christian nonfiction, God's blessings in everyday life.
Pages: 224.
Source: self-purchase Kindle ebook.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.
Wonderstruck Bible Study link. 
The Amazon Kindle ebook is $3.03. 




The above video is a summary of the book.

It occurred to me that this is the posture we're supposed to take in our spiritual journeys. God delights for us to cup our hands in prayer and scrunch our faces against the vault of heaven in holy expectation that he will meet us in beautiful mysterious ways. The creator desires to captivate us not just with his handiwork but with himself-displaying facets of his character, igniting us with his fiery love, awakening us to the intensity of his holiness.
My Thoughts:
I love this book for two main reasons.

It spoke to my introvert, reflective personality. It reminded me to get out of my comfort zone-which is where I tend to gravitate. 
In the above video, Margaret com…

(Review) My Scripture Journal: Fearing the Lord by Heather Bixler

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Publication Date: June 12, 2011.
Publisher: Becoming Press.
Genre: Bible study, Scripture journal.
Pages: 120.
Source: Free Kindle ebook @ Amazon.
Rating: 3 stars for good.

To read a brief example: My Scripture Journal. 

Heather Bixler's website.

Summary:
My Scripture Journal is a tool to help memorize Bible verses. The books audience is for readers with a "short attention span." I take this to mean the book is for people who are not fond of reading. And I'm guessing most of the readers of my blog love to read and would consider this book to be brief.
The Bible study is twelve weeks/chapters in length. Most of the Bible verses are from Psalms, a few from Proverbs; plus Luke 1:50 and 2 Kings 17:39.
Bixler begins by explaining what it "means to fear the Lord."

My Thoughts:
I believe this is an adequate Bible study for a light reader, or for a new Christian.
You can't beat the price. Free.
Memorizing Scripture is a hard discipline. The difficult part is fin…

Lenten Reading

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Lent begins today and ends April 2.
A brief definition of Lent-preparation through prayer, Bible reading, "repentance", and "self-denial during the six weeks leading up to Easter.
To read more information about Lent:
Wikipedia
The Upper Room
Christianity Today
I've found several links for Bible reading during Lent.
Lifeway Women All Access has a list of six reading plans, plus two shorter plans: Six Reading Plans for Lent. 
A list of five devotional plans for Lent from Bible Gateway: Devotions for Lent and Easter. 
A free 98 page Kindle download from Ray Pritchard of Keep Believing Ministries:In His Steps. 
Lenten series from Ray Pritchard's blog: In His Steps.
The Common English Bible, 40 Day Promise.
A free resource for Lent, a study guide to download from Crossway. The guide/book is Behold the King of Glory by Russ Ramsey. 
Also from Crossway, a study guide from the book The Final Days of Jesus. This is a link to a 40 day Devotional reading plan. This features …

(Review) Mist of Midnight, Daughters of Hampshire Book One by Sandra Byrd

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Publication Date: March 10, 2015.
Publisher: Howard Books/Simon and Schuster.
Genre: Fiction, Victorian England, India, Gothic romance, mystery.
Pages: 384.
Source: Free copy from Howard Books and CBA Tours in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Link @ Simon and Schuster/Howard Books.
Link @ Amazon. 
Link @ Barnes and Nobles. 

Summary:
In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands. Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her...and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an impostor had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca's name, but her home and incomes. That pre…

Bible Reading Update

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The last Bible Reading Update I posted was January 12. On January 19 I came down with the flu. I also had bronchitis and a right ear infection. I had also been sick for over 2 weeks in December with a respiratory virus. Most of December and January was spent coughing. I'm now well, back to my old self. By the way I'm a year older today. Today is my birthday. Since today is my birthday, and it's flashback Thursday, I'm including some old pictures from my past.
Since my last update I've read:
I finished reading Job chapters 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42. 
I finished reading Leviticus chapters 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27. 
Also read:
Numbers chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
Ecclesiastes chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
Song of Solomon chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 
Ezra chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Nehemiah chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. 
Esther chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Matthew chapters …

(Review) The Light and The Glory 1492-1793, God's Plan for America series by Peter Marshall and David Manuel

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Publication Date: Originally published 1977, 2nd edition 2009.
Publisher: Revell/Baker Publishing. 
Genre: American History.
Pages: 512.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Link @ Christian Book. 
Link @ Amazon. 

The Light and the Glory for Young Readers, ages 9-12.

Summary:
The secular world has tried hard to erase any reference to God, especially in regards to the founding of America. They laugh at Christians who believe God had a plan for the nation of America. Public schools and the textbooks used for students are void of reference to Judeo-Christian values that are taught in the Bible. For Christian parents, they struggle with making a right choice in teaching children the full history of America.
The Light and The Glory began with the early European discoverers of America: Christopher Columbus, the Franciscan friars, Walter Raleigh, Sir Frances Drake, Robert Hunt, and John Smith. The Puritan period leading up to the American Revolution, and George Washington as …