June 24, 2011

Max on Life by Max Lucado - A review

Max on Life is a selection of about 100 questions asked in letters to Max Lucado. His replies are the meat of the book. And very interesting replies they are too. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51mGIHkK5RL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg
Max On Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions

The questions themselves are thought provoking but Max's answers are all well thought out. I'm not saying that they are all totally what I might say scripturally accurate, but there are some very interesting points made.

The question and answer that struck me most, was one relating to 'What is Heaven like?'. Max's answer on this was totally not what I expected. I hadn't really meditated before on what Heaven might be like, but Max's answer was a very pleasant view of heaven for me.

The book could be read as a daily meditation over 100 days, but I devoured it much more quickly, reading about 10 letters in a day, sometimes more. It is a book that I will revisit over time.

I did find some of the bible versions quoted rather unusual, i.e. The Message. I would have liked to have the answers backed up by more traditional versions.

May 28, 2011

Very Thankful

My parents are both being baptized. Wonderful news. So thankful.
My mum has been telling us some of her testimony - amazing stuff. God is so amazing to her.

May 07, 2011

Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman - a Review.

Plain Proposal (A Daughters of the Promise Novel) by Beth Wiseman (Amazon UK link - Plain Proposal)
This is the first novel that I have read by Beth Wiseman. It is also the first novel that I have read that is set in Amish society. 
Plain Proposal (Daughters of the Promise Novel)
The story tells of a young Amish girl, Miriam, who is on her ruimschpringe - the 2 years when Amish teenagers are given the freedom to explore the 'Englisch' world before making a decision to be baptised into the Amish faith. Miriam's ruimschpringe is made more interesting by her non-Amish cousin Shelby coming to stay. 

Miriam has admired Saul from afar since a child and he her. However Saul has plans to leave the Amish community. The book tells of Miriam's struggles to decide what is best to do, her family's heartache over it and Shelby's increasing love for the Amish way of life. 

This book was a compulsive read. I read it in 2 sittings wanting to find out what happened next. It portrayed the Amish society in a loving light and includes a helpful Pennsylvania dutch word list. It also includes some typical Amish recipes at the back. 

I would love to read more books by Beth Wiseman. The books are faithful to God and without any morally inappropriate scenes. A joy to read. Thank you. 

I received this book to review from BookSneeze.com - my review is my own opinion.

February 10, 2011

Book Review: Good Morning Lord by Sheila Walsh


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by Sheila Walsh

This book is laid out to read first thing each morning and with something focus on throughout the day. The author begins each day with a "today I will" statement to dwell on i.e. "Today I will look for evidence that you are in everything I encounter". This is followed by 2 or 3 paragraphs from the Author relating it to life. The author then asks a question or two - with lines for you to put down your thoughts on the page. Next is a prayer of praise and focussing on the task for the day. Finally each day there is a short passage of scripture related to the task of the day.

I found this book fascinating. The focus for each day was a great idea, and gave good ideas to focus on God. I'm not one to feel comfortable writing down my spiritual thoughts, so I didn't fill in the spaces relating to the questions. My favourite parts were defintely the prayers and the authors thoughts each day. To be honest, I read lots of it not as the book suggests a little each day, but turning the pages to see what the author would have to share on the next page.

I received this book through Booksneeze to review. I would recommend this books to others. Especially those looking for a focus each day, and those who are comfortable with writing down their spiritual thoughts.

January 01, 2011

Blogging Through the Year 1

I would love to have at least an entry a week on here, to really get into the swing of blogging.

So, a new year has begun. This afternoon I went to chapel to the New Years Service. It was a nice service - the text being
Phillipians 1v12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things [which happened] unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel.

The minister talked about how all thing work out for the best for the Glory of God to those who trust in him.

We had one of my favourite hymns too.

   1. God moves in a mysterious way
      His wonders to perform;
      He plants His footsteps in the sea
      And rides upon the storm.
   2. Deep in unfathomable mines
      Of never failing skill
      He treasures up His bright designs
      And works His sov’reign will.
   3. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
      The clouds ye so much dread
      Are big with mercy and shall break
      In blessings on your head.
   4. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
      But trust Him for His grace;
      Behind a frowning providence
      He hides a smiling face.
   5. His purposes will ripen fast,
      Unfolding every hour;
      The bud may have a bitter taste,
      But sweet will be the flow’r.
   6. Blind unbelief is sure to err
      And scan His work in vain;
      God is His own interpreter,
      And He will make it plain.

and also

   1. Be still, my heart! these anxious cares
      To thee are burdens, thorns and snares;
      They cast dishonor on the Lord,
      And contradict His gracious word.
 
      Brought safely by His hand thus far,
      Why wilt thou now give place to fear?
      How canst thou want if He provide,
      Or lose thy way with such a Guide?
  
      Did ever trouble yet befall,
      And He refuse to hear thy call?
      And has He not His promise passed,
      That thou shalt overcome at last?
   
      He who has helped me hitherto
      Will help me all my journey through,
      And give me daily cause to raise
      New Ebenezers to His praise.

December 31, 2010

Free Printable Calendar

I had fun this morning creating a Free Printable calendar for 2011

Free Printable Calendar