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Bible Reading Update

My last Bible Reading Update was posted August 25, 2015.
Since my last posting I've read:
Daniel chapters 1-12.
Hosea chapters 1-14. 
Joel chapters 1-3.
Amos chapters 1-9.
Obadiah chapter 1
Jonah chapters 1-4.
Micah chapters 1-7.
Nahum chapters 1-3.
Habakkuk chapters 1-3.
Zephaniah chapters 1-3.
Haggai chapter 1-2
Zechariah chapters 1-14.
Malachi chapters 1-4.
Proverbs chapters 1-31. 

I'm lacking Psalms and Revelation in finishing the Bible. I'm still reading through the ESV Journaling Bible.

In the New English Bible I've read 2 Corinthians for the 9th time in 2015.

All Scripture links courtesy of Bible Gateway. 
Are you reading your Bible?

(Review) Battles of Destiny Collection No. 2, Beloved Enemy and Shadowed Memories by Al Lacy

Publication Date: January 16, 2007.
Publisher: Multnomah Books.
Genre: Historical fiction, Civil War.
Pages: 592.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 3 stars for Beloved Enemy. 4 stars for Shadowed Memories.

In Beloved Enemy, the time period is 1861.
The Abraham Lincoln family is apart of the cast of characters. The battle is the First Bull Run.
Each of Al Lacy's books point to a particular battle. He shows both Union and Confederate forces. He creates characters who will personalize the story.
Jenny becomes involved in spy missions. She and Buck fall in love. Their relationship causes friction in her family.
An additional plot is Buck has been given an important mission by President Lincoln.

In Shadowed Memories, the time period is 1862. The battle is Shiloh.
A soldier is wounded on a battle field. He has no memory of who he is. He does not have enough clothing, or battle gear to identify himself.
He is cared for by a beautiful woman named Hannah Rose.

My Thoughts:
Both stor…

(Review of Paperback and DVD Vol. 13) Israel's Mission: Becoming a Kingdom of Priests in a Prodigal World by Ray Vander Laan with Stephen and Amanda Sorenson

Publication Date: DVD Vol. 13, published June 4, 2015. Paperback book published July 14, 2015.
Publisher: Zondervan
Genre: Nonfiction, mission work, grace, God's story.
Pages: 208 pages.
Source: Free paperback book and DVD, from Litfuse Publicity Group and Zondervan.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Christian Book-paperback book.
Christian Book-DVD Vol. 13.
Amazon-Paperback book.
Amazon-DVD Vol. 13.

What's your mission?

God gave the assignment to His people thousands of years ago: to bring "lost sheep" back into the love and safety of His kingdom. He said to become a "Kingdom of Priests," and put God on display to show the world what He is like. It's still our task today. In this thirteenth volume of the That the World May Know ® film series, you'll glimpse the urgency and rewards of welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace. Discover the mission that can give your life - and the lives of those around you - greater meaning than you e…

(Review) A Name of Her Own, Tender Ties Historical Series Book #1 by Jane Kirkpatrick

Publication Date: August 20, 2002.
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Genre: Historical fiction.
Pages: 400.
Source: In 2010, I won a copy from the author.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.


Historical links for more information:
National Women's History Museum
History of American Women blog

Time period: 1811-1812.
A Name of Her Own is a historical fiction account of  Marie Dorion. Marie and her family were apart of the Lewis and Clark expedition group. Her husband was a fur-trapper. They had two young sons. In the beginning, Marie's husband wanted her and the children to stay behind in St. Louis, she refused. The westward trek to the Pacific was physically and emotionally straining, especially for the young Dorion boys. Another woman was also apart of the expedition, Sacagawea.

My Thoughts:
I've had A Name of Her Own in my TBR pile since 2010. I'd planned to read the book in 2010, but other books kept covering it up. I'm glad to declare I've read t…

(Review) Revelation and the End of All Things by Craig R. Koester

Publication Date: April 2, 2001.
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
Genre: Nonfiction, commentary on Revelation.
Pages: 223.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Christian Book

Revelation and the End of All Things, is a study of the book of Revelation in the New Testament. Revelation has been a controversial and debated Bible book since the beginning.
Revelation is from the Greek word, apokalypsis, meaning an uncovering, a disclosure, and the unveiling of spiritual truth.
The book was written by the "beloved disciple" John, but he is not the author. John writes what he saw and experienced in a vision while on the island of Patmos.
Revelation 1:1 "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,"
The book of Revelation is filled with strange and unearthly images, and symbolism requiring translation.

(Review) Esther: Royal Beauty, A Dangerous Beauty Novel #1 by Angela Hunt

Publication Date: January 6, 2015.
Publisher: Bethany House/Baker Publishing.
Genre: Christian fiction, historical fiction story of Esther.
Pages: 352.
Source: Free copy from Bethany House in exchange for a review.
Rating: 3 stars for good.


A young girl named Hadassah hopes and dreams of being beautiful. A chance encounter with Queen Vashti stirred her heart.
The Old Testament story of Esther is brought to life by Angela Hunt.
Esther: Royal Beauty is not a nonfiction piece, but a historical fiction story. Hunt fills-in with fictional details of Esther's early life before being called to the king's service for her beauty. Hunt fills in the details of Esther's intimacy with Xerxes, king of Persia. Hunt "supplemented" the Biblical story "with writings from the Greek chronicler Herodotus." The "Author's Note" gives a full explanation of how the historical novel was written.

My Thoughts:
There have been other books written on th…