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(Review) Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God by Joanna Weaver

Publication Date: February 2011.
Publisher: WaterBrook Press.
Genre: Nonfiction, spiritual growth, strongholds, forgiveness, a new creation, the story of Lazarus.
Pages: 240.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Lazarus Awakening includes several additional sections: the Bible verses from John 11:1-12:11, a Bible study guide, "Resources for Resurrected Living," a "Who I Am in Christ," "Identifying Strongholds," and "Hints for Unwinding Grave clothes."

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Summary:
The story of Lazarus, his death and resurrection from the tomb, is the Bible story for several points in the book.

Disbelief. When hope seems lost.Strongholds.Bitterness.The great enemy, Satan.Getting rid of the grave clothes. Listening to God's voice.Wrestling with what we feel are "our rights." Death is not the end. 
My Thoughts:
Lazarus Awakening is a powerful book.
I've never known a person who is not broken in some aspect. Some people hide their …

Bible Reading Update

The last Bible reading update was posted September 24. 
Since then I've finished reading the Bible.
The last books read:
Psalms, 1-150 chapters. 
Revelation, 1-22 chapters.
I read Psalms in the ESV Crossway single book edition.
I read Revelation in my ESV Crossway Study Bible.

An additional challenge in 2015 was to read 2 Corinthians 12 times in 12 different translations.
In the last month, I've read 2 Corinthians from the Amplified version, The New Testament in Modern English Translated by J.B. Phillips, and the Revised Standard Version, 
I've completed both Bible reading challenges for 2015.

I'm in BSF, or Bible Study Fellowship. The Bible book we're studying is Revelation. I've begun reading Revelation again for this study.

Links of interest:
Unglued, by Lisa TerKeurst, a Bible study beginning November 1 over at Proverbs 31 Ministries.
Bible study teacher Margaret Feinberg has an adult coloring book published.
From Bible Study Magazine, 3 Views on the Relatio…

(Review) Having A Mary Spirit: Allowing God To Change Us From The Inside Out by Joanna Weaver

Publication Date: 2006.
Publisher: WaterBrook Press.
Genre: Nonfiction, spiritual growth.
Pages: 297.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

The book includes a 23 page companion Bible study, a "Journaling Your Transformation," and "Memorizing Scripture" section.

Summary:
"Having a Mary Spirit is about our attitude toward what God wants to do in our lives. The spirit behind our response to Him makes all the difference." Page 8.
"Having a Mary Spirit is meant to show us how to give God access to the deep, hidden corners of our hearts." Page 8.

God works in our lives to build maturity. Our inner person is where He works in His Spirit, changing us from the inside out, in order to reflect His Spirit living in us, and as a testimony of His grace, and for our sanctification.
Examples of women in the Bible are explored: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Elizabeth.
Examples of chapters: toxic thoughts, getting rid of bitterne…

(Review) Captivating: Unveiling The Mystery of a Woman's Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge

Publication Date: 2005. First published 2004.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson.
Genre: Nonfiction, women, spiritual growth.
Pages: 256.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: Between 3 and 4 stars, from good to very good.

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Summary:
John Eldredge wrote a book titled Wild at Heart. In this book, the focus is on the core of a man, their strengths, weaknesses, and God's design for them.
Stasi Eldredge, with the help of her husband, John Eldredge, wrote a book with similar intent, but focusing on the heart of women.
Examples of points taught in the book:

Women define themselves by their relationships.Women need to be desired. Women tend to be controlling. Greatest fear is abandonment. Self-blame."The essence of a woman is beauty."Relational attacks. 
My Thoughts:
Over-all I felt the book was on target for the core strengths and weaknesses of women. Further, I agree with the thrust of the book, quoted on page 123.
"But Jesus is the only one worthy of our heart's devotion."

(Review) From Sea to Shining Sea 1787-1837 by Peter Marshall and David Manuel

Publication Date: 2009. First published 1986.
Publisher: Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Genre: Nonfiction, American history.
Pages: 475.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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My review of the first book in this series: The Light and the Glory. 
A third book in this series is Sounding Forth the Trumpet, 1837-1860.

Summary:
In the first book in this series, The Light and the Glory, the emphasis is on the founding of America through to the Revolutionary War.
In From Sea to Shining Sea, the emphasis is on 1787-1837, those fifty years after the nation was established.
Examples of topics:

the War of 1812, westward expansion, a nation divided over slavery, the Great Awakening movement, denomination and religious movements, circuit riders, the Alamo. 

My Thoughts:
I have loved both books in the God's Plan for America series. The third book in this series, Sounding Forth the Trumpet, I do not have but definitely want to read.
I feel the books in this ser…

(Review) Song of Erin by BJ Hoff

Publication Date: 2008. First published 1997.
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers.
Genre: Fiction, Ireland, America, immigration.
Pages: 556.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Summary:
The Song of Erin is a sweeping story with a large featured cast of characters (and their individual stories): Jack Kane, Brady Kane, Gabriel Vaughan, Terese Sheridan, Cavan Sheridan, David Leslie, Samantha Harte, and Roweena.
The characters are an assorted mix from all walks of life: a business man, artist, rogue, a fisherman, an Irish immigrant creating a life in America, an impressionable young woman, a deaf girl, a young American woman looking for employment, and a caring missionary doctor.
The story takes place in both New York City and Inishmore, Aran Islands, Western Ireland.


My Thoughts:
I loved this book for several reasons.

A multitask story. Multiple characters with their own voices and story-lines. The author is the narrator; but Hoff lets the characters show me the detail…