Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thoughts on the Boston Marathon 4-15-13

Photo: Jennifer Schulten 
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As one who lives close to Boston and has a spouse who is in Boston daily, yesterday's events hit close to home. As we process what happened and wait to see what "normal" will be, I find I can't pray enough. Praying without ceasing doesn't seem to be enough, and yet it is all I can do. The stories of bystanders helping the injured, runners donating blood, and more are heart-warming. I pray that if I had been there, I would have been one of those who helped.

When an event happens like this, you search for anything you can do that might help. So you pray and post encouraging words and share pictures of encouragement. Because that is all you can do. Please know that everyone's support does help. Knowing that the rest of the country stands behind the city you love does help. So, please keep everyone in your prayers. Wear your race shirts or Boston Athletics Association's colors of blue and yellow to show your support. Share words of encouragement. Pray. And stand strong, Boston.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Northern Lights Trilogy by Lisa Tawn Bergren {Book Review}


Northern Lights Trilogy
by Lisa Tawn Bergren


This historical romance trilogy follows Peder and Elsa Ramstad and their fellow travelers from their home in Bergen, Norway, to their new life in America. We become well acquainted with the Ramstads, Soren & Katje Janssen, Tora Anders, Karl Martensen and those they meet as they settle into jobs and life in their new land.

I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. In fact, I was really happy to get the 3-in-1 book, as it would have been very hard to finish one of the 3 and wait for the next to arrive! The books are full of realistic detail drawing you into each setting as if you are there. From the shore of Maine, to Seattle, along the expanding railroad to the west, to the wild of Alaska, you are taken on their journey and you live with them through the years. While you live the frontier life with the characters, you encounter their decisions and watch as God works circumstances out through their lives. Life wasn't easy as a pioneer, but God gave them the strength to endure.

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Threads of Grace By Kelly Long {Book Review}


Threads of Grace
by Kelly Long


Grace Raber is 18 years old and full of dreams for her future. When her parents give her in marriage to Silas Beiler, an Amish widower, in exchange for forgiveness of their large debt, those dreams die. Nine years later, the widow Grace Beiler moves with her son, Abel, for a fresh start. Will she ever be happy again after being completely sheltered by Silas for so long? And who will take care of her and Abel when her leg is badly broken from a fallen rock wall?

I enjoy the simplicity of Amish novels. There is a slower pace and a clear showing of God's love. This book is no exception. Ms Long incorporates the struggle of mothering a child with Autism, brain injury, and developmental delays as she unfolds her story. She also shows those threads of God's grace throughout a story of a life seemingly destroyed by a marriage without love. She shows through this story that God works all things for the good of those who love Him. If you enjoy an Amish love story, this should be on your list to read.


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90 Days Thru the Bible by Chris Tiegreen {Book Review}


90 Days Thru the Bible: A Devotional Journey from Walk Thru the Bible
by Chris Tiegreen


This devotional is set up to help you read through the Bible in 90 days. When we read the Bible, we tend to look at sections, chapters, or just verses. However, if we read the Bible more like a book - more than a verse or chapter at a time, we can see more of God's plan and His love. The book contains an introduction, 90 chapters for daily reading, conclusion, and small group discussion questions for a 13-week study. Geared for adults, this book can be used as a self-study, with a friend, or with a small group.

I really enjoy the daily reading in the book that reviews the section read. There is great information about the book, the writer, who it was written to, and information about the passages. The only trouble I had was the length of the readings. I started out well, but reading all of Leviticus or Deuteronomy in one day is difficult. I like reading more at a sitting as you get more of the flow of the story. But as a mom, I don't often have the time to read a whole book in a day. So, I have changed to my own schedule and I read the book chapter whenever I get to the end of the reading. I do recommend this book, however, as the information is very helpful for understanding what you read. The book also gives you an overview of the whole story of the Bible - the love of God for me.

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