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End of the Year Bible Reading Update

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Merry Christmas!

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"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" Luke 2:14 ESV

(Review) Life Lessons from the Hiding Place: Discovering the Heart of Corrie ten Boom by Pam Rosewell Moore

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Publication Date: 2004
Publisher: Chosen Books
Genre: Biography
Pages: 232
Source: Self-purchase
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

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Summary:
Life Lessons from the Hiding Place was written by the last companion and caregiver of Corrie ten Boom. During the years Pam Rosewell Moore was with Corrie, she observed Corrie's faithfulness to mission work and her declining health.
In Life Lessons from the Hiding Place, an examination of the ten Boom family members is shown; and through Corrie's experiences we are given a strong testimony of her faith in action.

My Thoughts:
The Hiding Place was published in 1971. It was written with an emphasis on the ten Boom family's experience of hiding the Jews during World War II. And it was written with an emphasis on a willingness to sacrifice their lives for what they believed in.
In The Hiding Place, Corrie comes across as stoic; however, this is not the case. She grieved over the deaths of family members. She had a difficult time forg…

(Review) The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

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Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Biography
Pages: 208
Source: Self-purchase
Rating: 4 stars for very good

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Summary:
Fixer Upper episodes began in April 2014. The show and the couple were an immediate hit with the public. Their infectious smiles and cheerful demeanor resonated with people.
A brief bio:
Chip and Joanna were both Baylor graduates.
They married in 2003.
Joanna opened her first shop on Bosque Blvd. in Waco, Texas 2005.
They began by restoring old houses. Their work at this time was cosmetic work.
They have four children.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed reading The Magnolia Story. It gave me a chance to understand the personal life of the couple, and how their experience with renovating began.
I loved reading about their years of starting small with cosmetic renovations, and later branching out to extensive construction work and decorating.
They are a couple who draw immediate attention for several reasons:
They glow with joy.Their pos…

(Review) The Hiding Place, 35th Anniversary Edition by Corrie ten Boom with Elizabeth and John Sherrill

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Publication Date: 2006, 1971
Publisher: Chosen Books
Genre: Biography
Pages: 271
Source: Self-purchase
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

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Links of interest on Corrie ten Boom:
PBS, The Question of God, Other Voices
Corrie ten Boom History
Ten Boom Museum
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Summary:
Cornelia (Corrie) ten Boom was born in 1892. Her father owned a shop that repaired watches and clocks. The family shop opened in 1837, and had originally been owned by her paternal grandfather. Her father was a well-known watchmaker. They lived in Haarlem, Holland. The watch shop and home was in the same building. Corrie was the youngest of four children: Betsie, Nollie, Willem, and Corrie. Their mother died in 1921. After their mother's death, Corrie began working in the shop full-time. Betsie and Corrie never married. After Nazi Germany invaded Holland, the family began work to help hide Jews. The family was arrested by the Gestapo. Betsie and Corrie are later sent to Ravensbruck, the women's concentration camp in…