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"Real" by Jamie Snyder

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Quick Summary Real by Jamie Snyder is a good book about asking the question of are you Sunday only Christian or do you live the faith everyday.  It dwells in many different subjects around our faith in Jesus from our joy, generosity, our love for others and more.  At the end of each chapter is some questions that you can answer for discussion or more reflection and a prayer at the end of the chapter.

My thoughts Now I have to admit at first I was not sure if I would enjoy this book but I really did.  Mr. Snyder really asks and makes you think about are a Sunday Christian in other words if someone seen you outside of church on Sunday would they know that you are a Christian.  I have to agree with the question cause sometimes it seems like our attitudes are lets hid up in our Churches and hide our faith the rest of the week.  That is wrong when there are Christians in other countries that are dying just cause they are Christian and I mean dying not just oh they called you name.  He wrote…

Christian Non-Salvation Issues

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Warning I am not soft peddling my feelings on this subject of Christian non-salvation issues so if you are offended easily then stop reading. And I will not accept any nastiness in comments about non-salvation issues. Here is a light hearted spacer to enjoy if you don't want to read the rest of the post, the picture is of my shoes that my husband bought me, yep platform Converse.


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Still reading well then you have been warned

  Seriously people this time of year seems to bring out the nastiness in all sides on non-salvation issues.  I don't know why it does.  Here is some examples of non-salvation issues that I have seen lately that have had more debates on that need be. We should have an attitude on them of if thats your personal conviction fine as neither side is wrong.

Non-Salvation Issues (my belief after the example and if you feel opposite of me that's fine with me)
Home school or Public School (We do both, 1 home schooled and 1 public schooled)
Halloween…

Take Time to Be Holy 365 Devotional from the writings of Samuel Logan Brengle

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Take Time To Be Holy by Samuel Logan Brengle is a 365 daily inspirations that are meant to help bring you closer to God.  Samuel Logan Brengle was a preacher and Salvation Army officer in the 1800's and early 1900's.  It has a scripture verse on each page and then an excerpt from some of Mr. Brengle's writings below as the devotional.

This is a good devotional from what I have already read as I just received it a couple of days ago.It has already helped me think of my relationship with God. Another feature I like about this devotional is that it is a small book that I could easily fit into a purse if I wanted to take it with me.  However there is one feature of it that did rub me the wrong way knowing the time frame that Mr. Brengle wrote his writings  in the verses in my opinion should have been quoted from a Kings James Bible not any newer version.  As he wrote using that version of the Bible and not any of the newer ones.  To me that dropped it to a 3 star rating out o…

Excellent Book Return To Me by Lynn Austin

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Return To Me by Lynn Austin is her take on events that surround the books of Ezra and Nehemiah from the viewpoints of the exile Iddo, his grandson Zechariah, and a young girl named Yael. We start off in first with Daniel translating the message that God wrote on the wall of the party that King Belshazzar had.  After that the story continues in Babylon then goes to some of the Jewish people deciding if they are going to leave Babylon to go back to Jerusalem.  We see how different families that are around Iddo's decide if they are going to go back or stay in Babylon.  We also see how the pagan religions of Babylon have affected peoples beliefs.

This was a very good book even with a side store that I knew from the start where it was going. Usually that ruins a book for me but not this time.  I really enjoyed that she wrote about how being in Babylon did effect the Jewish people and how it influenced a lot of the people on their beliefs.  Plus it showed he people will compromise onc…

Life is a crazy rollercoaster ride

First this post is probable going to be all over the place thought wise. Life is not easy for anyone rich or poor, American or not.  We need to remember that before we judge anyone.  I haven't wrote much on here except book reviews lately cause we have had a major change in our household.  My MIL lives with us right now as her and my FIL have separated (family that are reading this for the first time please private message me about it not public).  So we have rearranged our home and now I am trying to get back on a normal schedule with homeschooling.  The boys are enjoying getting to know their dad's mom (my youngest until now only had seen her a handful times in his life and my oldest we lived near them until he was about 2 then they moved away).  But it is interesting as our lifestyle is very different that what she was used to.

My walk with the Lord has been a struggle lately but I am getting back on the path. It has really helped that I lead a women's Bible study we ju…

Powerful book about helping the down and out in our society.

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Strangers At My Door by Jonathan Wilson-HargroverJonathan Wilson-Hartgrover is a very very powerful book about the man, his wife, and the people they have helped in their life.  They have taken the bible verse from Matthew 25:35 "For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in" to heart and is doing exactly what it says.  They did not care if the person was homeless, what race they were, if they had just gotten out of jail or disabled they helped them.

I have to admit I went into reading this book with skepticism but after reading it touched me and reminded of what Jesus tells us to do.  We are to give the gospel to whoever is out there not just those who look good or are nice to us but to everyone.  We are to even pray for our enemies.  This wonderful couple has taken in the homeless, criminals, and anyone who comes to their door needing help even if people are worried about their…

A Bride For Keeps By Melissa Jagears

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A Bride For Keeps by Melissa Jagears is a historical romance book about a poor farmer named Everett Cline who has tried a few times in the past to find a mail order bride and a young woman named Julia Lockwood who comes from a well to do family from Boston.  
When will I learn not to choose books to review that are romance books.  Anyway this book is not your standard man sees mail order bride its rough but fall in love right away type. Right away we find out that Everett has sent for 3 other mail order brides and has lost each one from death to another man marrying them.  While Julia is running from an emotional abusive dad and a man that only wants to marry her for her dad's business connections.  Everett did not send for Julia his friend Rachel has sent for you and he has no idea that she is coming for him.  Everett is a sweet man who needs a wife to help him in the rural area of Kansas that he lives in but he has no interest in sending for a wife.   While Julia is trying to g…

Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

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Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund is a Christian historical romance fiction.  The story is about a young woman named Susanna Smith from a very well off family in 1763 and of Benjamin Ross poor rural farmer. The story takes place a the eve of the Revolutionary war.  Susanna finds a woman in danger and it tests her faith in the English crown and her normal day to day life.  While Benjamin who has feelings for her is helping her and working in the underground revolutionaries.

For me this was the worst type of historical romance fiction as it was way more romance than I like in any other historical fiction I have read.  It does have adventure/mystery section however that section of the story can be a little on the rough side as it details murder and hints at rape.  The first couple chapters were the worst for the romance for example talking about the sexually nature of Susanna's ankles and feet.  The characters fell flat for me.  So this not a book I recommend its just not my cup of t…