Book Review: How to Study the Bible

Title: How to Study the Bible
Written By: Dwight L. Moody
Genre: Bible Study Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: Any

Introduction:

This book was amazing! I highlighted probably about 1/4 of it. It was interesting to note how similar the times were back in the late 1800s and now. So much of what D.L Moody said completely describes today.
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Christianity’s Dirty 10-letter Word, part 2

Last Friday, I wrote a post about submission and how it affects wives  and how the word submission really shouldn’t be considered such a “dirty” word.  Today, I am going to continue talking about submission and how it affects everybody, not just wives.

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What else is there?

As I listened to Pastor Rogers’ sermon, he posed a question: (my paraphrase) “How is submitting to your husband different from submitting to an authority figure?”   That question, and the follow up questions he asked, got me thinking about writing a blog post on the topic.  Then, as I did a little research for my blog post on Friday, and read some verses that had the words “submit”, “submitting”, and “submission” in them, I got to wondering two more things:

1. Why don’t we rebel against submitting to our bosses and legal authorities?

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Christianity’s Dirty 10-letter Word, part 1

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On Wednesday, I heard part of Adrian Rogers’ sermon on “The Magnificence of Motherhood” and something Pastor Rogers said made what has always been such a huge debate in the church actually make sense.  (Side note: the whole series Pastor Rogers is doing sounds excellent for anybody who is married or thinking about getting married).

In most circles, this word is considered a dirty word, especially in the secular world, but also in the Christian community.  What is this word? Continue reading

Someone Always Loved You: A Guest Post

 

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“Someone Always Loved You” Review and Reflection

Guest blog written by Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams is an award winning author and freelance writer. She has written hundreds of articles as well as full novels including “Someone Always Loved You.” She looks forward to the release of “Wrong Place, Right Time” from The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House in December and “Accept this Dandelion” from Prism Books in February. She has 12 years of experience in radio broadcasting and a brief amount in TV news. Brooke and her husband Sean married in 2002 and have two daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie.

Before I was a writer I spent 12 years in the radio industry. I enjoyed radio, but just because I passed my days producing spots and talking on the air didn’t mean that I wasn’t a writer at heart. In fact, the very first novel I wrote was during that time.

“Someone Always Loved You” is the novel of my heart. I really couldn’t tell you where it came from, but what I do know is that though I have written many things since, it is still the story that I feel closest to and I think that will always be the case.

I write “Someone Always Loved You” during breaks from work because at the time, I didn’t even have a computer at home that functioned very well. And I wrote it because I couldn’t NOT write it. The prologue for the book came to me one night and it bugged me and picked at me until I wrote it down. Once I had the prologue out, I felt like I owed it to the story to finish it, though I didn’t know how it would finish until the day I wrote the last line.

“Someone Always Loved You” is about an ambulance driver named Jay Barlett who hits a pedestrian his very first day on the job. The victim of the crash, Jordan James, is thrown into a coma. Jay keeps a near constant vigil at her side as he struggles with his faith and guilt. Jordan, while in the coma, weaves in and out of consciousness including memories of the past, hopes for the future, and eavesdropping on present conversations. As the story moves forward, Jay and Jordan’s lives intertwine in both the past and the present and a story of love over time unfolds, though not the one you might expect. “Someone Always Loved You” is an intricate drama that has a lot of elements involved including love, suspense, faith, adoption and much more. When you read this novel, your mind will churn and your soul will feel alive.

I wrote “Someone Always Loved You” for me, but once it was complete, I wanted to share what it had become. I searched for an agent and publisher with no luck and because of the disappointment, I gave up on writing. Years later looking back, I wish I wouldn’t have given up so quickly. I have now found writing success and I know that being a writer at heart is only a small portion of the battle. Finding the right publisher is like finding a needle in a haystack. And you’ll never find it if you give up looking. I gave up looking all those years ago.

But once my writing fervor was renewed more recently, I self-published “Someone Always Loved You” so that my family could enjoy it and so I could have copies to give to friends and other people I felt led to share it with. I even put it out as a digital book on kindle and priced it at .99. What has amazed me is that somehow, people have actually found the book. Several months ago I started receiving royalty payments from Amazon for it and though I only get a few cents from each sale, the reports told me that around 100 copies were selling…each month!

My hope for “Someone Always Loved You” is that people who read it enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. The book came to me during a time when I needed something in my life and it fulfilled that need. If someone reading it feels the same way, even just one person, then it has served its purpose.

Here’s what readers have said about “Someone Always Loved You”:

“I loved this book and the way everyone was connected. I cried with reading the last couple chapters. It is a great read for anyone.” -Radiann King

“I so enjoyed how the author wove all of their lives together. Great characters, beautiful story, and a lovely ending!” –Alicia Yale

“This book portrayed so many messages of Christian values. The book shows emotions taken too far can complicate so many lives.” -JV Woodbutcher

“Would absolutely recommend this book. The author did a great job of bringing each character’s separate experience together in the end. A great story about love in a not-so-perfect world.” -Angelina
To read “Someone Always Loved You”, you can check out the kindle version or get it in paperback.
For more information about Brooke Williams, visit her author website and blog at or find her on facebook.

Character Interview: James Jenkins

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I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who bought and/or shared my Kindle Countdown promotion.  I sold a total of 16 books!  I was very please with the results.  So thank you very much!  The winner of the little contest I held was Valerie Howard.  She shared the promotion at least six times.  Valerie, be watching your inbox as I will be sending you a small token of my appreciation in the next couple of days.

And now onto the interview with John’s little brother, James.  As with the other interviews, feel free to ask any questions about James.

James Jenkins
Tertiary Main Character in Be Thou My Vision a Christian Western
Hair: Chestnut, short, wavy
Eyes: blue
Height: 4’ 6”
Complexion: fair, freckled
Features: button nose, average
Age: 7

James has been mute from birth.  He can hear and communicates with sign language.  He is a shy, introverted boy who gets hurt easily by what people say.  He loves his father and brother and always wants to help out with whatever he can. Continue reading

Of Editing and Snippets

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I finished my editing!!  A Mighty Fortress is now on its way to my proofreaders!!  Am I excited?  No, not really. 😉   As I read through A Mighty Fortress, I found some snippets I wanted to share with my faithful blog readers.  So here they are: Continue reading

Love’s Healing Power: a review

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Love’s Healing Power

 

Love’s Healing Power was a sweet and poignant Western Romance.  A romance of love between two people who have loved each other since they parted ways less than a year before.

Love’s Healing Power is a stand-alone sequel to Love’s Golden Quest.  As such, it continues expounds on a subplot from the first book and continues the main plot as a subplot.  However, this was done in such a way that you do not need to read the first book before you read the second book.

Ms. Adams has a talent for capturing the moods, emotions, and struggles of her characters.  I fell in love with Wesley and MaryBeth right away.  Wesley’s struggles with not being good enough for MaryBeth were described well as were MaryBeth’s struggles with trying not to fall in love with Wesley again.
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