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Free and Discounted E-Books – September 15, 2013

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  • FREE (9/15 – 9/16) on Kindle:  While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age during the Civil Rights Movement by Carolyn Maull McKinstry and Denise George (Tyndale House Publishers)
  • FREE on Kindle:  The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena B. Miller
  • $2.51 on Kindle:  Searching for Heaven on Earth: How to Find What Really Matters in Life by David Jeremiah
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Nik Wallenda Crosses the Grand Canyon Sunday, June 23, 2013

Courtesy of Dave Pape (Flicker)

Courtesy of Dave Pape (Flicker)

Nik Wallenda  is a very special man with a very special family.  They are a Christian family and make no excuses for it.  I want to read his book, Balance: A Story of Faith, Family and Life on the Line, one day soon.

On Sunday night (DVR it if you go to church) he will be walking across the Grand Canyon.  It will be aired live (a 10 second delay) on The Discovery Channel.  The pre-show starts at 6:00pm and the walk begins at 8:00pm.  I’m DVR’ing it and probably staying up very late watching the whole show.  Praying all the way, even though by then it will already be over.

My in-laws saw his father, Karl, walk across Tallulah Gorge, in Tallulah Falls, GA on July 18, 1970.  We even have the ticket stub somewhere!  I need to find it and make sure it’s in a special place to pass down to our kids.  I’m crazy like that, I think it’s a very special keepsake.

Courtesy of Russell & Sydney Poore

Courtesy of Russell & Sydney Poore

Courtesy of Russell and Sydney Poore

Courtesy of Russell and Sydney Poore

Anyway, I just wanted to let y’all know about this famous walk by Nik Wallenda on Sunday, June 23, 2013.  Let’s be in prayer for him that he will make it across safely.

You can click on his name above and be directed to his website and learn more about the walk and him and his family.

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We Honor Those Who Have Died For Our Freedom and For Those Who Are Fighting For Our Freedom Now

Memorial Day is a day to honor all the brave men and women who have died serving our country.  The freedom we have is because of these brave soldiers. We need to honor those in service to our nation now, the ones who are serving here and abroad.  Those who have been injured while protecting our freedom. Our prayers and thanks to all the men and women who have served in the past, in the present and in the future.  And let’s never forget their families, they are in need of our prayers and thanks also.

So today, call a family member of someone who has lost a loved one in the fight to protect us and thank them and let them know how much we love them.  Call or write a member of our armed services now and tell them how much you appreciate them.  Let their families know how much you appreciate their sacrifice too.

Here is a video about one soldier and his experience and how he gives God the praise for saving his life.  Listen to him and his wife tell their story and then go visit this site to read about Samaritan’s Purse Operation Heal Our Patriots.

Thank you and may God bless you and your families!

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A Playground, A Patriarch, and God’s Promises

Friday Gleanings by Carmen

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimageAs they pass through the Valley of Baka (weeping), they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.  They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.” Ps. 84:5-7 (NIV) 

Remember when playgrounds had metal monkey bars?  One of the most challenging feats for me was grasping the metal rings lined up one after another on my way from one end of the monkey bars to the other. At the outset the task seemed easy.  Effortlessly I made progress toward my goal.  About a third of the way, however, my muscles tensed up, and more effort was required to hold on while suspended in midair.  The force of gravity was pulling me down while I counted on the strength and permanence of each ring to support my weight.  As I reached for each ring along the route, I sometimes doubted that I would complete the entire journey, but faith and hope caused me to persevere.  So I summoned strength where I thought none remained and always celebrated when I touched the last one and jumped down to land on solid ground again.

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In Genesis 48:1-2, we find Jacob in bed and close to death.  Previously, Jacob describes his life as a difficult pilgrimage (Gen. 47:9).  If we examine his history, we have to agree. In his mother’s womb, Jacob struggled with his brother Esau (Gen. 25:22). As a youth, he deceived his father, Isaac, in order to receive the blessing meant for his brother (Gen. 27:24).  Fleeing from Esau’s wrath, he remains with Laban for 20 years, after which he returns home with Laban in hot pursuit (Gen. 31:38). It is on the way home that Jacob has an encounter with God.  He struggles all night with God, and is injured in body, but blessed and strengthened in spirit and given a new name, Israel (Gen. 32:22-30).

Not only does Jacob struggle with God, Esau and Laban, but his married life is marked by conflict.  Jacob is married to Leah and Rachel, two women who vie for his love, because Rachel is loved and Leah is not (Gen. 29:33).  As a consequence, Leah’s sons hate Joseph, Rachel’s son and Jacob’s favorite.  Joseph is sold into slavery in Egypt, and for years Jacob mourns, thinking he is dead (Gen. 44:28).

Finally reunited with Joseph, as the result of a famine, Jacob is ready to meet his maker (Gen. 46:30). After 17 years of living in Egypt under Joseph’s protection, the time comes when Jacob is ill and Joseph, being told of his illness, comes to him (Gen. 48:1). I almost cried when I read the words that describe how Jacob received Joseph’s visit.  It says: “When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed.” (Gen. 48:2 NIV).

Jacob was still reaching for the next ring.  Before he died, he would bless Joseph and his grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh (Gen. 48:14-16).  He would bless his others sons (Gen. 49), and secured a promise that he was to be taken back home to be buried with his forefathers in the cave of the field of Machpelah in the land of Canaan (Gen. 47:30). Israel had passed through the Valley of Weeping, he had been blessed, wounded, and redeemed, always struggling to reach the end of his journey.  He did it by going from “strength to strength”, strength through faith in the LORD’S promises.

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Dearest Heavenly Father,

Thank you for giving us your Word.  Thank you for not hiding Jacob’s imperfections from us.  Help us to finish well this pilgrimage of faith.  Help us to persevere and to reach for your strength when ours is spent.  Keep us looking toward the goal you have set before us.  Please know that we are looking forward to the time when we can let go and be received into your loving arms like a child jumping off the monkey bars happy and eager to finally stand with you on solid ground.

Amen

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Monumental DVD by Kirk Cameron – History Like You’ve Never Heard Before!

This was awesome!  The BEST history lesson I’ve ever heard. I was not taught this in school and I’m “an old person”, so I know that the younger generation are not being taught the truth about the Pilgrims and the reason they came to America and all they suffered through for our freedom today.

Kirk Cameron was excellent in this production and it was beautifully produced with fantastic quality.  You will not get bored watching this documentary because Kirk is a great storyteller and the experts he interviews tell their part of the history lesson with excitement.

Everyone should watch this film.  I wish it could be shown in public schools, because facts are facts, you can’t change history to suit your beliefs.  And hearing the truth about the birth of our nation is awe inspiring.

from Creative Commons and Wikipedia

from Creative Commons and Wikipedia

Kirk did an extensive tour at the National Monument to the Forefathers at Plymouth, Massachusetts.  I’d never heard of this place and the history of this monument is amazing.

We now have this DVD in our Media Center, so I hope that each and every member of our church will come and check this out and watch it alone, with their kids, grandkids, friends…whoever (or should it be whomever 🙂 ) …just watch it.

I searched for a trailer to include in this post about the movie and I came across a rap song by, IV His Son, and I thought I’d spice up your Friday by letting you watch it.  Just sit back pat your feet, sway to the rhythm, or get up and do some moves yourself.  It’s a well-done video.

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Free E-Book – April 10, 2013

This book looks like it will be fascinating to Christian history buffs.  Great for us adults to read and great for our children to read to learn about some pretty amazing people.  I don’t know how long it will be free, so if you are interested, go ahead and download today.

  • FREE on Kindle:  Protraits of Integrity:  Real People Who Demonstrated Godly Character (Volume 1) by Marylin Boyer and Grace Tumas

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Free E-Books – April 1, 2013

I just got the word about these freebies from Tyndale House Publishers this morning and one (and it’s a good one too, check out my review) is ending today, so I wanted to get this post out early so you would be sure to download this great book.  And the other two look interesting, one for men (sports) and one for the history buff (Holocaust).

  • FREE (TODAY April 1, 2013 ONLY) Kindle and Nook and several other e-readers :  All in Good Time (A Gilded Legacy Novel #2) by Maureen Lang.  I received this book free from Tyndale House for my honest opinion (and donated it to our Media Center).  And if you go to our “Book Reviews” tab you’ll be able to read the review…it’s a great book and you don’t have to read the first book in the series in order to read this one.  It was free yesterday (didn’t get the notice until today) and today.  Don’t let this one slip you by.  If you like an historical romance with some suspense mixed in, you’ll love it.
  • FREE (now through April 6, 2013) on Kindle and Nook and several other e-readers:  Impact Player by Bobby Richardson.  For the sports lover!
  • FREE (now through April 6, 2013) on Kindle and Nook and several other e-readers:  The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister. For history buffs.

Thank you, Tyndale, for providing these and other great free book downloads each month.  You’re great!!!!

 

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Free (and Cheap) E-Books – March 8, 2013

I have two freebies and some great books that have a reduced price (for those who like to buy books on sale).  Just click on the e-reader and you will be directed to the website to download your book.  Click on the author’s name and you will be directed to their website/blog.

  • FREE on Kindle and Nook:  In His Will by Cathy Marie Hake
  • NO LONGER FREE ($5.95 as of 3-22-13) FREE on Kindle:  Under the SS Shadow by Traugott Vogel and Shirley Stephens
  • $5.38 on Kindle:  101 Awesome Bible Facts for Kids by Sandy Silverthorne
  • $6.15 on Kindle and $6.79 on Nook:  Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz.  We have this book in the Media Center and I have read it.  It is very good!
  • $2.99 on Kindle and Nook:  Espresso Your Faith by Rhonda Rhea
  • $8.54 on Kindle:  Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle.  We have this book in the Media Center and you can read a review on this book under our “Book Review” section.

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The Bible Miniseries Review

I thought about just making a comment to my previous post on this epic miniseries, but decided to do it as a post so everyone would get it.  One comment made to the original post, was to be careful about this movie and to go back to the Bible to read the real account.  I just finished watching the first part from last night and I totally agree.  It is a massive undertaking, to be sure, and the visuals are great.  Although, I’m having a hard time with the accents…I never expected Noah to have an Irish accent (at least that’s what it sounded like to me).  Anyway,  I realize that there is no way for them to do a 10-part series about the entire Bible and get it all in, but I had hoped that what they did get in would be accurate.  But just like any movie made from a book, this one is no different, and they have changed the stories to suit the movie.  Maybe not much, but enough that if you know your Bible then you will recognize the difference.

One good thing I hope comes from this movie is that everyone pulls out their Bibles and starts reading the REAL STORY, in God’s own inspired words.  God’s Word is so much better than this movie could ever be.  So enjoy the movie, but realize that it is a very condensed version and some things have been changed.  So after you watch the episodes, get your Bible out and read the actual account and all the stories in-between.  You will be blessed!

 

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The Icecutter’s Daughter (Land of Shining Water #1) by Tracie Peterson – 5 Stars

cover24121-smallThis was a typical Tracie Peterson book…wonderful!!!  Romance is not my favorite genre, but this book had enough history and drama in it that the romance was just plain sweet.

The book starts out on December 31, 1895 in Minnesota and I was really captivated by learning the whole process that was used to get ice “way back then”.  Amazing!

Merrill Krause was a very strong, independent woman who knew exactly who she was and what she wanted out of life.  She lost her mother early in life and was the only female in a household of men…father and several brothers. She not only did all the housework, and cooking (the best cook in the county), but she helped with the horses, the garden and the ice cutting.  Wow! Not to say that she didn’t get into trouble and almost missed out on the love of her life (I’ll let you read the book and get all the wonderful details on that), but she was able to get good advise from her “Granny” and her father and her Lord.

A wonderful conversation with her father about how to know God’s will was great.  Here’s an excerpt: “Merrill finally spoke.  “You mentioned God’s will for me.  How will I know what that is, Father?”  He let go of her hands and leaned back in the chair.  “I’ve always believe it to start with prayer.  The Good Book says that if a man wants wisdom, he just has to ask.  I would imagine it works the same way for womenfolk.  If you want to know what God’s plan is – then I would ask Him.  Couldn’t hurt to search the Scriptures, too.  And listen to what He is telling you inside.  Even when you don’t think you’re hearing anything, keep listening.  And know I’ll be praying, as well.”

Great advise for anyone, fictional character or real person.  Seek God and keep on listening for Him.  Just because you don’t get an answer right away doesn’t mean God is not listening, His timing is perfect.  And having a prayer warrior praying for you as well, is just icing on the cake.

I will definitely buy this book for my church Media Center and I can’t wait for The Quarryman’s Bride – Book 2, to come out in June 2013.

I received this book as a free digital download from NetGalley and Baker Publishing Group for my honest review.

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The Bible Miniseries Begins 3-3-13

This miniseries has been promoted for at least a year and now it’s just a week away.  Beginning on 3-3-13 on The History Channel for 5 weeks we’ll be able to see a spectacular movie of the highlights of the Biblical events from Genesis to Revelation.  The creators are the husband and wife team, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (from Touched by An Angel).  So set your DVR’s up for a series recording so you won’t miss a single episode.  Just watch the trailer and see for yourself how spectacular it will be.  Also, visit http://www.bibleseries.tv and http://thebibleminiseries.com to read more about it.

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Free E-Book – January 25, 2013

NO LONGER FREE (2-18-13) FREE on Kindle and Nook:  Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella #1) by Janice Thompson

And for Christian history buffs, for $2.99 on Kindle you can buy:  Radical Integrity: The Story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Michael Van Dyke

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