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    Forgotten Gods Omnibus (Books 1-8): Forgotten Gods, Goddess Scorned, Hounded by the Gods, God in the Darkness, Gods of New York, God Country, Haunted by the Gods, Gods Remembered review []  2020-1-13 19:16

    Never wanted to skip to the end. Not once. And it’s an omnibus! (I obtain bored easily). But I was totally engaged, amused, intrigued, and in the moment the whole time. I liked our heroine, Vic, very much, and even more as she grew. I liked her strength, her fury, her need to do what she required to do. And her feeling that she was the only one who got to create that decision. But most of all, I liked the twists and turns of the plot. Some I saw coming, some I did not.I like the voice, which feels very authentic. I love that we don’t learn her name till she introduces herself to her snarky, small bit pompous, soon to be Yoda-like, Roman Centurion teacher. I love the description of the rathole she’s living in.But most of all, I love the story, the simple flow, and the plot that I, seriously, would not have thought of, but that, once unwound, seems so natural.Well worth reading. Some serious brain-sweat and talent went into this. And their end of book notes - read them. I wasn’t going to obtain on any more lists or pages. But now I’m gonna have to. Because they’re just too good.Have to add: “For Kronin!”

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    Forgotten Gods Omnibus (Books 1-8): Forgotten Gods, Goddess Scorned, Hounded by the Gods, God in the Darkness, Gods of New York, God Country, Haunted by the Gods, Gods Remembered review []  2020-1-13 19:16

    There was NEVER a dull moment in this series. A very down -to -earth heroine, amazing characters and characterizations, and serious butt-kicking battles. Spent too a lot of late nights reading, but worth it for sure. Definitely recommended!

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    Forgotten Gods Omnibus (Books 1-8): Forgotten Gods, Goddess Scorned, Hounded by the Gods, God in the Darkness, Gods of New York, God Country, Haunted by the Gods, Gods Remembered review []  2020-1-13 19:16

    You will love the characters in this book series. Besides amazing characters, you will search adventure, laughter and magic! I can't wait to read the next book!

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    Forgotten Gods Omnibus (Books 1-8): Forgotten Gods, Goddess Scorned, Hounded by the Gods, God in the Darkness, Gods of New York, God Country, Haunted by the Gods, Gods Remembered review []  2020-1-13 19:16

    I truly enjoyed all 8 of these books. After several bundles that have never had editors even look at the pages, much less, english speaking editors, this entire series was refreshingly well written, gramatically correct and I never found one typo or misspelling. For that, I gratefully give 5 stars. And I would give another 5 stars because of the special twists and turns of the old gods brought to life. Perhaps you guys could take on an imaginative trip through the previous civilizations that gave us the old gods to start with...20 or 30 thousand years ago.😁💖👍 yeah, for real!

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    Forgotten Gods Omnibus (Books 1-8): Forgotten Gods, Goddess Scorned, Hounded by the Gods, God in the Darkness, Gods of New York, God Country, Haunted by the Gods, Gods Remembered review []  2020-1-13 19:16

    Love the entire series! Highly recommended! [email protected]#$% heroine that you love through every page.

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    Forgotten Gods Omnibus (Books 1-8): Forgotten Gods, Goddess Scorned, Hounded by the Gods, God in the Darkness, Gods of New York, God Country, Haunted by the Gods, Gods Remembered review []  2020-1-13 19:16

    I applaud this author on finding a 99 cent thousand some odd page cure for insomnia. This story drags on forever the m c is supposed to be a [email protected]#$% but she’s more whiny and mopey. Just beats up the poor guys, and they hold coming back...yawn.. no sex ...yawn [email protected]#$% moan and whine...yawn.. very boring, can’t recommend

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    Forgotten Gods Omnibus (Books 1-8): Forgotten Gods, Goddess Scorned, Hounded by the Gods, God in the Darkness, Gods of New York, God Country, Haunted by the Gods, Gods Remembered review []  2020-1-13 19:16

    This was a story and set for the price. I really enjoyed the characters. There was definitely a lot of action. There might have been some minor problems but my largest problem was the ending, it seemed a small rushed. It seemed like there could have been a small more details. Thanks, amazing job hold it up.

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    Forgotten Gods Omnibus (Books 1-8): Forgotten Gods, Goddess Scorned, Hounded by the Gods, God in the Darkness, Gods of New York, God Country, Haunted by the Gods, Gods Remembered review []  2020-1-13 19:16

    Special globe building, increasingly evil villains and a totally kick add heroine. I just spent several days reading the entire series and can't recommend it highly enough.

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    Forgotten Gods Omnibus (Books 1-8): Forgotten Gods, Goddess Scorned, Hounded by the Gods, God in the Darkness, Gods of New York, God Country, Haunted by the Gods, Gods Remembered review []  2020-1-13 19:16

    I have to say that I really am going through a lot this book I has helped me through a lot right now but just reading this book has helped to take my mind off of some of my issues at least for a short time and for that I must thank you for taking me to another put it's a amazing book and I can't wait to read more hold writing some of us just need to obtain away e true globe can be a lot thank you

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    Forgotten Gods Omnibus (Books 1-8): Forgotten Gods, Goddess Scorned, Hounded by the Gods, God in the Darkness, Gods of New York, God Country, Haunted by the Gods, Gods Remembered review []  2020-1-13 19:16

    It took me awhile to obtain through this series but I'm glad all the stories are there, it helped to go straight from the ending of one book to the beginning of the next. It's an emotional roller coaster ride with many, a lot of surprises and characters so well written you really obtain to know them. For me the end of this series was very satisfying.

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    The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith review [Book]  2018-7-15 18:0

    "This short book is meant to lay out the essentials of the Christian message, the gospel." So begins Timothy Keller's fresh book The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith. Keller targets both seekers who are unfamiliar with the gospel and longtime church members who may not feel the need for a primer on the ller's book, as the provocative title suggests, is built on one of Jesus' most popular stories: the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15). Keller consents that "on the surface of it, the narrative is not all that gripping." But, he contends that "if the teaching of Jesus is likened to a lake, this popular Parable of the Prodigal Son would be one of the clearest spots where we can see all the method to the bottom." Keller has taught from this passage a lot of times over the years, and says, "I have seen more people encouraged, enlightened, and helped by this passage, when I explained the real meaning of it, than by any other text."The book is laid out in seven brief chapters which aim to uncover the extravagant (prodigal) grace of God, as revealed in this parable. Keller shows how the parable describes two kinds of "lost" people, not just one. Most people can identify the lostness of the "prodigal son," the younger brother in Jesus' story, who takes his inheritance early and squanders it on riotous living. But Keller shows that the "elder brother" in the parable is no less lost. Together, the two brothers are illustrations of two kinds of people in the world. "Jesus uses the younger and elder brothers to portray the two primary ways people test to search happiness and fulfillment: the method of moral conformity and the method of self-discovery." Both brothers are in the wrong, and when we see this, we explore a radical redefinition of what is wrong with us. "Nearly everyone defines sin as breaking a list of rules. Jesus, though, shows us that a man who has violated nothing on the list of moral misbehaviors may be every bit as spiritually lost as the most profligate, immoral person. Why? Because sin is not just breaking the rules, it is putting yourself in the put of God as Savior, Lord and Judge just as each son sought to displace the authority of the father in his own life." As these quotes hint, Keller's exposition of the two sons lays the groundwork for a penetrating analysis and critique of both moral relativists on the liberal left and religious moralists on the conservative right, showing that the latter are just as lost as the former. What both need is Jesus, whom Keller presents as "the real elder brother," the one who comes to our rescue at his own expense. Through his grace, we are given hope and invited to the amazing feast of the with Keller's preaching, this book is smart and winsome, combining thoughtful reflection on both text and culture with searching heart application. Keller's book is effectively illustrated with a liberal use of stories and quotations from literature, movies, and the arts. Most imporantly, the book orients the reader's heart to the hope of the gospel of God's grace revealed in more note: for readers who may have felt intimidated by Keller's latest book The Reason for God, don't shrink away from The Prodigal God. It is probably only 1/3 of the length and much easier to read. I highly recommend it to unbelievers, seekers and established Christians.

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    The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith review [Book]  2018-7-15 18:0

    A lot of the books I read on here are for my private study, and my private interests, hence the chess books, but this book was for a sermon series that I have developed on the Prodigal Son parable. I have planned a years worth of sermons, so before I begin a fresh series of lessons, I start to read about the topic. This was why I selected to book. I wanted to blend something that was famous level with some scholarly reading on this parable. This book was insightful, and practical, and simple to read. I have never read any of Keller's material before, and left this book impressed. He is a amazing author, and does his homework in the text. The book tells the story of the Prodigal Son, though he notes that this is perhaps not the best title for the parable. The book looks at the major characters of the parable, which was helpful because that was the method I developed the series of lessons. He does a amazing job of highlighting the point of the parable within the attitude of the older brother, and using some of Willimon's material, of preaching to the baptized, this made a lot of connection to the text. A lot of the people in church will agree with the sinner coming home, but demonstrating the attitude of the older brother is the common sin in numerous church pews. The book does a amazing job of bridging the ancient social context with the modern world. This book helped with the sermon series and it would be a amazing book just to read on its own. It is short, interesting, and good.

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    The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith review [Book]  2018-7-15 18:0

    Amazing! I read this small book in an afternoon, and want I could convince everyone I know to take a few hours to read it too. I have recently been disillusioned with the view of Christianity that, as I've described, puts God "in a box" as this nice, neat small easily-defined idea that just needs a passing nod or an occasional "thanks!" or which does small to inspire awe and all-consuming love and humility. This book addresses both those Christians, as well as the wayward self-indulgent ones... how both miss the entire point of the Gospel, and how much life and joy and thankfulness there is when we break away from either of the sides we tend to lean. This has given me so much more insight into the Gospel, the entire story of the Bible and man's redemption from this one little parable, and the hope that God gives us to redeem us unto him.

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    The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith review [Book]  2018-7-15 18:0

    Yes, if you are a Christian. Yes, if you are not and are philosophically inclined. The parable of the prodigal son is well known: A son wants his inheritance and asks for it while his father is still alive. Even in our days, inheritances are received after the death of the parent, so asking for it before its time is at least disrespectful. The son goes on to squander his wealth and ends up taking care of pigs and desiring to eat the pigs' food. That is to say, he went low. He came back to his father with a humble attitude but from afar, his father saw him and run to him and threw a e analysis of the love and forgiveness that God has for those who want to come back to him is the main point of this parable. Or isn't it?Timothy Keller, who gets his theology from a very solid tradition of Biblical study, makes the case that sure, for all the ones who had gone the street of obvious and maybe degrading sinning, the notice is clear, come back and God will have no reproaches, but relief and begin arms, He loves you.But here comes the brilliance (Thimoty Keller's or other scholars I do not know), the parable tells a LOT about the older son, the one who stayed with his father, the one who obeyed, the one who "didn't sin" (in his own eyes), the religious, rule obeying one. Read the book to search out who is more lost, the lost sinner or the obedient religious son?

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    The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith review [Book]  2018-7-15 18:0

    I never understood the full implications of the parable of the prodigal son. I appreciate getting the full story in a beautifully written book. The latest part is about the necessity of is is a small harder to like, because the author says that you cannot fully be a amazing person if you do not accept Jesus as your god. Perhaps this is real but if it is, than that's how it goes. In this case, I can not realize my full potential, since nothing but worshipping Jesus, accepting the Bible as the holy word of god, and belonging to a church can obtain you there.If you see nothing that you recognize as proof of something, than you don't.

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    The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith review [Book]  2018-7-15 18:0

    Book HighlightsThis book is an exposition of sorts centered around the Parable of the Prodigal Son as it is comonly known (or the Parable of the Two Sons as Keller likes to name it). The parable is only found in Luke 15:11-32. It is a familiar parable to a lot of Christians, being found in works of literature, scene productions, art and famous e primary story is that of a father and his two sons; and the younger son decided to ask for his share of the inheritance and decided to go and create a life on his own. He ends up squandering everything and eventually comes back to his senses and returns to his father. The father forgives him, but the older brother who did not rebel, does not. The story illustrates both the futility of sin and the futility of unforgiveness.Tim Keller does an awesome job of explaining the meaning of this parable. He teases out the nuances of the story and helps the reader face the story on a private level. One of his main points is that there are a lot of "older brothers" in our churches today, just as there are a lot of younger brothers who are estranged from the church. They stay away because they wish to avoid the older brother and reject his judgmental attitude and lack of ller helps the reader to see themselves in the story. He writes that a lot of of us are close to the older brother in our attitudes. What keeps us separated from God is not so much our moral failures, but our self-righteousness. We think that by "being good" that we deserve God's blessings and a relatively problem free life. What we need to realize is that we are just as poor off as the younger brother in the the context of when Jesus originally told this parable, he was probably referring to the Pharisees. They were like the older brother in that they looked down on others and did not care for the lost sheep. The parables of the lost coin and the lost sheep present the priority of Jesus. Unlike the Pharisees, Jesus cares for the lost one. He seeks to save them from eternal death.EvaluationI thought that this was a unbelievable book. Tim Keller is a talented writer. While the book is based on a sermon, it certainly does not read like one. It flows very well and tends to draw the reader into the story. This book created me think more deeply about a very familiar parable. In the end, Keller encourages us to appreciate the importance of the gospel every day. We are all sinners in need of the grace of God. We will not experience freedom from sin through our own efforts, but only as we are transformed in our thinking by the gospel. God's undeserved grace towards us and the high price that he paid is what motivates us to live in gratitude to God.I would agree with Keller's assertion that "Jesus is pleading not so much with immoral outsiders as with moral insiders. He wants to present them their blindness, narrowness, and self-righteousness, and how these things are destroying both their own souls and the lives of the people around them. It is a mistake, then, to think that Jesus tells this story primarily to assure younger brothers of his unconditional love...Jesus is saying that both the irreligious and the religious are spiritually lost, both life-paths are dead ends, and that every thought the human race has had about how to connect to God has been wrong." (page 11)In the end, I found this book very helpful. I was challenged and encouraged at the same. Any book that can do that is definitely worth a read.

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    The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith review [Book]  2018-7-15 18:0

    The parable of the prodigal son is oft explored as an affirmation of God's love, particularly toward those who have been reckless but now recognize Him as the source of salvation and fulfillment. Keller, then, opts not to repeat and rehash the exposition of other teachers. Rather, he looks at the hero often ignored: the elder brother. In his book, Keller makes the case that the elder brother necessarily deserves at least equal emphasis as the younger brother, particularly in light of the fact that with this parable Jesus was addressing the Pharisees, whom the elder brother represents. From this he teaches about the elder brother's role in the story, his heart, his response to the father, and the applicability of the elder brother to Christian ller spends the first five of seven chapters diving into the younger-elder brother contrast in detail. He shows the error of legalism, how it is a symptom of pride, and how it leads to a sense of entitlement. Elder brothers adhere externally and joylessly to the law in exchange for favors owed. But God is prodigal--that is, "reckless"--and He is merciful to save worldly younger brothers and moralistic elder brothers alike.But the final two chapters are where I think this book truly comes into its own. After talking about the problems--sins, really--of the two sons, Keller finishes his book with a look at the father. He looks at the parable's relation to the gospel, as well as a look at what a believer's life should look like in light of the gospel and this parable. God the Father sent His Son to pay the price for our homecoming. He crushed His Son on the cross so that we might be welcomed into heaven, and eventually the fresh earth, to live in an eternal home with God. And in that eternity, there will be amazing feasting (Rev. 19, Is. 25, Matt. 8:11). His latest chapter, focusing on the "Feast of the Father," shows how we ought to live in experiential enjoyment of God. Keller does a amazing job of tying all the previous material back to applicability and how it works for God's glory. I found that these two chapters helped me understand more the grace of God, our subsequent gratification in God, and how they glorify God.Who is this book for? I think this book is best suited for non-believers and fresh believers, to correct any misconceptions they have about how to live the Christian faith. It clearly demonstrates the folly of legalism and introduces how we ought to live in enjoyment of God and the gospel. This book includes a amazing presentation of the gospel, which will be of amazing benefit for non-believers. For believers who are older and more mature in the faith, this book is a welcome reminder of why God does not accept legalism. I do have to note that I don't think this will be as substantive for older, more mature believers. Since the final chapter of this book covers, briefly, the same material as John Piper's "Desiring God," I search that they pair very well together. I happened to be reading "Desiring God" at the same time as "The Prodigal God," and I found this book's final chapter to be an perfect introduction to the principles explained in "Desiring God." More mature believers may benefit from the greater extent to which Piper discusses the enjoyment of God. Still, this book is helpful at causing us to find ourselves to see if we have become complacent and legalistic in our is book is not dense. It is not a multi-hundred page exposition and exploration of this parable. It is a concise look at the tale and its implications for the life of a real Christian. Neither is any of the material particularly groundbreaking, but it is solid teaching and a amazing reminder of the fact that elder brothers in the church, proponents of pride and legalism, are wayward sons. "The Prodigal God" is a fast and helpful read examining and denouncing pride and legalism and exalting the all-surpassing love of the Father.

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    The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith review [Book]  2018-7-15 18:0

    Amazing book. Author pulls much more out of the passage in Luke often titled "Parable of the Lost Son" or "Parable of the Prodigal Son" (Luke 15:11-32) than the common interpretations we usually hear. I won't give away all the insights but there are two "lost" sons.

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    The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith review [Book]  2018-7-15 18:0

    I can not recommend highly enough Tim Keller's The Prodigal God, which was just published this past week. The book is both simple on the eyes at 160 pages (an simple afternoon's read) but challenging to the heart. Keller takes us back to Jesus telling the story of the Prodigal Son, but he reminds us that "prodigal" does not mean "rebellious" or "wayward" but rather lavious and "recklessly spendthrift". As such that definition fits the father in the story as much as the son. Keller, helps each of us relate to either the younger son (as those who rebel versus God in outright and outward rejection of God), or to the older son (as those who rebel versus God by trying to manipulate Him by our moral behavior). As he does he shakes our understanding of what it means to be lost and helps us all see how we have run away from home. While we might not consistently express the attitudes and actions of one brother or the other, Keller explains: "Are we to conclude that everyone falls into one or the other of these two categories? Yes and no. A amazing number of people have temperaments that predispose them to either a life of moral conformity or of self-discovery. Some, however, go back and forth, trying first one tactic and then the other in various seasons of their lives. A lot of have tried the moral conformity paradigm, found it crushed them, and in a dramatic turn moved into a life of self-discovery. Others are on the opposite trajectory."Keller, thus, uses Jesus' story to support explain the culture battles we are experiencing today and to challenge each of us to examine how we approach God. His use of contemporary illustrations are remarkable, but most impressive is his helping us see the Gospel anew and know and feel the need for us to be refreshed in it continually. This book is a must read for both fresh and mature Christians as it does rediscover the heart of the Christian faith.

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    The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith review [Book]  2018-7-15 18:0

    A short read. Gives you a fresh perspective on the classic parable of the Prodigal Son. There is nothing in my opinion that is "groundbreaking" about this book. It is certainly worth reading for any Christian, but I wouldn't group it with the likes of "The Cross of Christ" (Stott), "Knowing God" (Packer) or "Mere Christianity" (Lewis) as Christian theological staples. Still, give it a read: You might learn something new.

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    Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation review []  2020-1-6 18:34

    The first time I heard Latasha Morrison speak about racial reconciliation was during a simulcast of IF:Gathering few years ago. The method she addressed ‘the elephant in the room’ with other panel participants cracked begin something within me that I didn’t realize, at that time, was sealed shut. Since then I have followed her through her Be the Bridge movement which is now a non-profit organization with the goal of equipping people to become reconcilers, bridge builders to racial reconciliation. More than simply a story of her life and her journey to the founding of Be the Bridge, in this book Latasha gives us the unvarnished truth of our past and show discord between races and then a roadmap of how we can move forward to right the wrongs of the past. How each of us can become a bridge builder and why it is so urgently needed. I highly recommend you read this book with an begin heart and begin mind. Let’s become Bridge Builders together!

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    Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation review []  2020-1-6 18:34

    Morrison has laid out profound and painful truths about race in a very receivable method in her fresh book. There were bits of history I never knew, experiences and heartfelt suffering that I've never experienced, and a story told in a method that drew me into the reality that black Americans live every day of their lives. She is honest and vulnerable about her private journey and is also triumphantly powerful in her resolve to create a difference in the racial landscape of our country today. This work has propelled me to follow her lead by engaging in a meaningful method in the holy journey of racial healing.

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    Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation review []  2020-1-6 18:34

    I’ve had the privilege of having a pre-released copy of Latasha Morrison’s fresh book, Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation.I have always been one of those white girls who could easily say I wasn’t racist. I mean, I have mates who are persons of color, right? I have mates who are family who are POC whom I love as my own. How could I be prejudice in any way?But the truth of the matter is that within us all there lies some sense of the word. And with all of the racial strife in our world, I wanted to dig deeper. As a believer in Christ, I felt it my duty to dig deeper. So about a year or so ago I joined an online group called Be the Bridge. And for 3 months, I listened and didn’t speak. Probably even longer. From this movement, Be the Bridge, Latasha has written a book that challenges the church to step into the divide. To be the “headlights instead of the taillights”. In relationship with one another, we understand cultural differences. When I go to Guatemala, I respect their culture and our differences. Why would I not do the same with my neighbors right here?The introduction of this book alone took my breath away. It comes out next week. If you are someone that wants to understand more, without feeling attacked (love that Latasha doesn’t create me feel badly for being born white) and wants to grow I can’t recommend this book enough!! I read historical accounts I had never heard of before. I was challenged. I cringed. I celebrated. I cried. All the emotions. As believers, we need to start the conversation and Latasha has given us the tool to do so! I wish to place this book in the hand of every one around me and there are a few who are receiving a copy of it so that we can discuss and hopefully #changetheconversation!! Everyone needs to read this book. For such a time as this.....

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    Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation review []  2020-1-6 18:34

    During the adoption process I distinctly remember telling our Home Study Worker that we are colorblind and that raising a kid of a various ethnicity was going to be no huge thing because we are Military and our communities are diverse. (Well, in comparison to where I am from, anyway.). {🤦🏼‍♀️}I now know how that sounds to someone of color.If you say you are colorblind (regarding racism), I know what you mean. Just 4 short years ago (almost to the month) I was saying these things and having them written in a folder about my parenting philosophy. I know you mean to say that you love all people the same, regardless of where they are from and what color their skin is.But here's the thing: people of color do not hear that statement the method you mean a small research. See what it SOUNDS LIKE to be on the receiving end. (If you do this research and accept what the authors are saying about the topic, then you are at the "acknowledge step." If what you read makes your heart damage a little, you're probably about to enter the "lament" step. Go there. Please. And read this is book is not about pointing out how poor white people are. Not at all! Reallly, its goal is to have every Christian come to the table ready to have a discussion on things that are too often swept under the lor blind is not the goal."Color brave, color caring, and color honoring." That even SOUNDS better than color blind.

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    Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation review []  2020-1-6 18:34

    I've been part of the Be the Bridge Fb community for a few years now, and am so excited to have this book out as a resource to share with others!Morrison brings to the book both her life story and her years of living out a call to be a racial bridge-builder in the church and beyond. In it, she lays out a path towards racial reconciliation: humility, awareness, empathy, acknowledgment, lament, confession, forgiveness, making amends, reconciliation, and ere are a lot of helpful books out about anti-racism, but this is specifically about how to be a bridge-builder and work towards a Biblical model of racial reconciliation. It is written for people of all rrison is empathetic and encouraging, but also direct. She is kind, but firm. She is realistic, but hopeful. She loves the Word of God and the church, but longs to see restoration and wholeness take put within it.I follow a lot of anti-racism (and search them valuable each in their own ways), but Latasha Morrison is the one I most identify with and would wish to introduce to others in my life and sphere of influence. I think this book will be transformative for years to come.

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    Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation review []  2020-1-6 18:34

    Several years ago, I heard Ms. Morrison speak at a church meeting. Her honesty, humor and ideas jump started my heart and I joined her Fb group. Therefore, I am familiar with a lot of of the ideas in this book. She describes a path and the steps important to heal racial division which are based on Biblical tenets, which she developed in a little group Bible study designed to break down racial barriers. It is well organized, well written and engaging.What I like about it is that there is a secondary thread that runs through the book involving her family's healing and reconciliation from her parents' divorce. Ms. Morrison stepped out in faith to pursue reconciliation. As a effect of her first steps of bridge building, both she and the rest of her family experienced blessings blossoming in their lives. It helps us to see that as this works with individual families, it also can work in the larger family of God.I also like the fact that she doesn't sugar coat the process. It isn't a "five simple step" plan. She talks about how her first Be the Bridge group involved hard, messy, ugly and sometimes painful moments. The hope she offers is that through the messiness of the steps comes real reconciliation, not a façade of one of her first few chapters, she reinforces the necessity of knowing the complete story of history. She contains excerpts from history to illustrate her points, but it isn't exhaustive. I think the only thing I would add would be a "for further reading" type cording to Revelation 5:9 and Revelation 7:9, when God sets up his kingdom, it will contain people from every tongue and tribe and nation. Therefore, I encourage Christians from all denominations and all walks of life to read this book so that we obtain to experience a little bit of God's Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven and see the rich tapestry of color in our churches.

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    Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation review []  2020-1-6 18:34

    I got an advanced copy to read and review.A few years ago, I was really struggling. Some happenings caused me to really wake up to the reality of being a mixed-raced person in an all white family, church, social circle, etc. I began to see how the historical racism of America and Christianity was keeping us twisted even today. So I struggled with believing there was a method forward and through racial divisions in Christ. And then I came upon Be The Bridge and the biblical path to racial reconciliation taught in their discussion guide, and I knew there was this book, LaTasha Morrison walks us through this biblical racial reconciliation process. She gives scripture, stories and examples where appropriate to illustrate each scene of reconciliation. She connects being a bridge builder and justice seeker with how we live out our faith in Jesus ere are discussion questions at the end of each chapter. There are also prayers and liturgies. This, to me, is incredibly useful. Not only to give us language for faithfully addressing matters of race in our own prayers but also as a community of believers.Overall, if you've wondered about 'race relations', about the church's role, if you've questioned whether or not there is hope, questioned the often Christian approach of ignoring race/color, Be The Bridge is a book that can bring some clarity. This book can offer a path forward that is faithful to scripture, to Christ and to honoring one another as fellow photo bearers of God.

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    Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation review []  2020-1-6 18:34

    My favorite book this year! Listen, this book is for everyone, no matter where you are in the conversation over racial injustice & reconciliation. That this book is releasing now, after a few long weeks of news covering very clear, tragic pain brought about by blatant racism, is incredibly timely. It is evident Tasha has been called to lead us for such a time as this. I’m so grateful for her leadership!If the unjust murders, and further aftermath, of black men and women, and other POC, are not sitting well in your spirit but you’re not sure how to process those feelings or emotions, this book is for you. If you are seeing more clearly the long history we have of systemic racism, injustice, and oppression and are trying to figure out “what now?”, this book is for you. If you are ready to lament and repent over injustice, then work to do justice, here and all over the world, this book is for you. I’m saying...this book is for YOU. Tasha writes with pain, clarity, and honesty. It is hard to come to terms with our dark history, and present, in systemic injustice. But she also writes with wonderful encouragement and hope, that we may not just be stuck in this brokenness, but “build bridges” to reconcile and restore that brokenness. If you’re ready to step into the globe of building bridges, this book is a must read.

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    Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation review []  2020-1-6 18:34

    Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by the AMAZING Latasha Morrison is a must-read for anyone who is eager to see racial reconciliation. As I read this book, there were a lot of times I required to pause, take time to reflect, and do some deep self-examination. The chapter on lament is especially strong for me, because for most of my life, I did not have a practice of lament, and I know I didn't give others zone to lament either. One of the quotes that resonated with me is, "As Mom and Dad pulled away, I considered the lesson. Bridge builders grow; they mature. And if they're growing in the right direction, if they're committed to the work, they'll eventually learn the method to restoration of healthy relationships. It won't be easy, but it's the work of the gospel." My private prayer is that I continue my work of being a bridge builder, that I mature, and that I seek to restore healthy relationships.

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    Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation review []  2020-1-6 18:34

    With truth and conviction, Latasha Morrison compels readers to examine their own heart and dismantle racial biases. Inviting you to be the bridge to racial reconciliation, Morrison suggests beginning this work from a put of humility and honestly confront your on prejudices. Stories of her private journey lead you from awareness, acknowledgement, lament, empathy, working through shame and guilt, towards confession, forgiveness, repentance, amends and restorative reconciliation. Questions for reflection and discussion close each chapter to facilitate private discovery or invite discussion in a group setting. Historical examples educate even the newest bridge builder while over 50 Bible references constantly root Be The Bridge in the Word of God. Written for such a time as this, Morrison’s book paves the method for anyone to pursue God’s heart for racial reconciliation. Will you be the bridge?

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    Love Letters from God; Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart review []  2019-12-18 20:22

    What a unbelievable book for girls (of all ages, I LOVE this!) The stories of Mary, Eve, Esther, and other women in the bible, and the private love letter from God that follows each one will delight and inspire! Because just like the other books in the Love Letters from God series, the bible stories are relayed to kids in a fresh, creative, kid-friendly manner. With simply attractive artwork. And each sweet lift-the-flap love letter from God PERSONALLY reveals how amazing God's love for THEM is! What an inspired method to inform or remind kids that they can have a private relationship with God! At the end of this book is a huge lift the flap heart entitled, "My Love Letter to God." The notice on the front invites the kid to write to God: "If you could write a letter and place it in God's hand, you know that God would read it, and truly understand -- everything you're feeling, every word you'd say, You're God's precious daughter -- write to God today." Again, God knows you, loves you, and wants to have a relationship with you. I love everything about this book, and the whole series. All are so very necessary for a child's heart.

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    Love Letters from God; Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart review []  2019-12-18 20:22

    This is a delightful book. Each story comes to life with the author's engaging adjectives and dialogue. These 14 Girls of the Bible give hope, courage, and strength--- God's love shining through. Each story has the girl's name, their story (with reference to where you can search it in the Bible), God's Unbelievable Word's to You (1-2 lines of scripture to tuck inside your heart) and a (lift the flap) Love Letter written to you from God, the book ends with a heart shaped flap for you to write your own letter to God. The entire Love Letters From God series makes Scripture alive and relevant to a lot of ages. This Girl's Heart ver is the same high quality engaging illustrations with a pink/purple, flower/butterfly theme throughout. I own a copy and have already given one to a unique small girl in my life. A excellent bonus for any girl drawn to princesses--a lovely method see God's care for us woven throughout the stories of the Girls in the Bible---and His call to each of our hearts.

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    Love Letters from God; Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart review []  2019-12-18 20:22

    Even better after reading. I learned things I never knew before. This was by far the best show I could give my 5 year old Princess. I customized each letter by adding her name in vinyl. You can't go wrong with this book. Every small girl needs to know the love God had for her & this book will teach exactly that unconditional love.

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    Love Letters from God; Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart review []  2019-12-18 20:22

    Another attractive Love Letters from God book from Glenys Nellist. These stories touched my heart as did the others in this series. Attractive illustrations and the letters from God are relevant for all ages. I will be giving one to our granddaughter for her 10th birthday and am considering giving one to our other granddaughter who just graduated high school. I think girls of any age would be touched by the words in these stories about women of the Bible. I know I was! Attractive illustrations. I am adding this to my everyday devotions.

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    Love Letters from God; Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart review []  2019-12-18 20:22

    What a unbelievable method to present girls about powerful women in the Bible! It is especially fun watching readers have fun the personalized lift tabs with letters from God to them. This book helps girls of a lot of ages have fun learning more about Bible stories in a method that helps them relate the lessons to their life.

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    Love Letters from God; Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart review []  2019-12-18 20:22

    This is my absolute favorite children’s author. I have ordered (& read) all of her books and have pre-ordered the ones being published in 2019! The books are excellent for the grandkids – & also unbelievable for the adults who read them to the children! They are extremely well written and the illustrations are adorable! I’m buying copies for all the children on my Christmas list this year!

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    Love Letters from God; Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart review []  2019-12-18 20:22

    I love this author and her pop-up love letters! This book melts my heart for an extra reason. The stories support us to teach our daughters and granddaughters that girls have an necessary put in the Bible and in God's heart. Luv luv luv this book!

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    Love Letters from God; Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart review []  2019-12-18 20:22

    We love The Love Letters from God books. Endearing and sweet. Completely Bible based with a sense of humor too. My daughter received it in her Easter basket and loved it. Especially glad to share stories of the women in Scripture that are often overlooked.

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    Love Letters from God; Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart review []  2019-12-18 20:22

    As with all the other books Glenys Nellist has written, my granddaughter loves this book. Her favorite story is Esther. I enjoyed reading about these women of the Bible, and how God used them to spread His love. What a unbelievable notice for young girls!

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    Love Letters from God; Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart review []  2019-12-18 20:22

    I love this book! It is for women of all age groups because the Bible is ageless! I have purchased it for my granddaughter who is four, mates in their tweens and my nieces graduating from high school. I love reading it too. It is so encouraging during difficult days! I love it!

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    God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre review []  2020-1-19 21:33

    Unfortunate title will prevent a lot of people from purchasing and reading this book. The book provides perfect background info to explain why the battle on drugs seems to obtain no where despite the billions of dollars thrown at it. I appreciated the historical info about others who have explored this zone and its people and how drugs have changed it, and also the honest questioning by the author about why he was doing this journey at all (like why do people go to North Korea?). I would like to recommend it to friends, but again, I know the title would not appeal to them. Hope you will rethink the put this book could have in the discussion about the US relationship with Mexico and the complications of the drug industry, and rebrand it.

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    God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre review []  2020-1-19 21:33

    I have become a large Richard Grant fan and have read his books on Africa, Mississippi, American Nomads.. and this one. Grant is a amazing writer and an observant, honest journalist. He describes his experiences in a readable and entertaining method and always puts them in an historical context. He really does create the history come alive and for this alone I am indebted to Grant All books I have read have a common theme. He launches himself into adventure with a minimum of planning and a maximum of faith and most of all a sense of adventure. But he lacks the large ego and self-aggrandizement that one might expect from this kind of book. He is actually more interested in talking to people and getting an honest take on the culture he is experiencing. He is a very various writer than Hunter S Thompson but he reminds me of him. A huge part of each book consists of him drinking or doing drugs with locals. That is one method he makes mates and gets beyond the surface of the culture. Having said all this, God’s Middle Finger was the book I found the least interesting. It had the most private danger for the author but the Sierra Madre culture stayed beautiful impenetrable to me and not one I wanted to learn more about. There was one trek after another but I didn’t obtain the same sense of curiosity about put and culture that I did about say Africa or Mississippi. Still he is a very amazing writer and anything he writes is worth reading.

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    God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre review []  2020-1-19 21:33

    My thirty-something son recommended this book to me and, at least at first, I really found it fascinating. Why someone, especially an English, from England, someone would wish to go into one of the most lawless sections of North America was one of the main reasons I wanted to read it. And the author explains that very well while he is giving background stories of the zone and popular people who populated it.His adventures are real modern day amazing stories of unbelievable people trapped into growing and selling marijuana and being surrounding by very, VERY poor guys who will obtain too drunk with alcohol, too high from drugs and too ego-stung with power so will shoot you with small provocation just to feed the trigger the author, Itoward the end, grew tired of the macho male attitude and was glad to obtain out when he did.

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    God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre review []  2020-1-19 21:33

    This story is funny and terrifying. Who knew the evil that exists in the Sierra Madre? Drugs are destroying our country, but have decimated Mexico. Grant is a proficient writer who must be a small nuts to go there in the first place. He took us so we don't have to go.

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    God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre review []  2020-1-19 21:33

    A amazing scary read about Mexico 10 years a huge Copper Canyon fan and a lot of this centers in the d it so much, bought a second used copy for my cousin.He had several DEA mates at one time and said that Grant's writing reminded him of their "war stories".

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    God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre review []  2020-1-19 21:33

    Hilarious and profane. This book is chapter after chapter of what would generally be, out of anyone else's mouth, the world's greatest bar stories. Richard Grant has a knack for storytelling, though he's lucky to be alive after this one.

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    God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre review []  2020-1-19 21:33

    I learned a lot about a part of the globe that is virtually unaccessible to my demographic. The author called my attention to the plight of women being born into a machismo culture and what that means.

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    God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre review []  2020-1-19 21:33

    Grant's harrowing tale of traveling the Sierra Madre is educational, exciting and e huge flaw is that he obviously gets bored by the latest of his travel because no one will engage with him.I was disappointed that He skims over locations he previously talked up. He avoided Sinaloa, after the first and only time he is treated disrespectfully.He apparently attends a religious ceremony with a Shaman and gives no detail.Even with the flaws, it was a really fun read.

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    God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre review []  2020-1-19 21:33

    I am always favorably impressed when I search a book with impeccable research at its core. That's the case with GOD'S MIDDLE FINGER: INTO THE HEART OF THE SIERRA MADRE. [...]The Sierra Madre is an expanse of gnarly ridges, towering peaks, immense canyons, and high desert landscapes all scrunched into a 200-mile wide by 900-mile long swath that runs south in Mexico starting just below the US border states of Arizona and Fresh Mexico. It is a violent and shadowy zone inhabited by drug growers, narcotics traffickers, bandits, Indians, and poverty-stricken natives trying to keep on to a scruffy existence. And Grant can't wait to obtain in the middle of all this loveliness to discover its intriguing history.Warned about traveling in the wilds of the Sierra Madre where strangers are not welcome and often murdered, Grant thumbed his nose at the concerns, survived, and has written a compelling story of his adventures. He sought out unusual folk healing processes, strange religious practices, exotic meal and drink (including mind altering recreational snacks), corrupt law enforcement officials, narcotics bigwigs, and macho bullies to obtain perspective on living tough in the neighborhood. In general, he just prowled around with his notebook, sometimes violating preferred guest behavior, and recording the reception he was given. Most of the time it was 'll search the author's audacity somewhat startling and will be amazed at his willingness to venture into uncomfortable situations. I kept turning the pages wondering when he was going to obtain [email protected]#$%-kicking (or worse) that he seemed to be inviting. I'm not going to tell you whether or not it happened, because this is a book of suspense and I don't wish to ruin it for you.

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    God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre review []  2020-1-19 21:33

    It was fascinating to learn that so a lot of of our commonly held perceptions of Mexico are true. Oh, is book that simply FEEDS on those commonly held MISperceptions.

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    God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine review []  2020-1-22 19:30

    We stand at the cross streets of medicine, a war for the soul of medicine. The old method vs the fresh way. We have become so sure of technology and been lead to believe that if we don't obtain on the more medicine is better medicine train, that we are old fashioned and not "good" doctors. However, God's Hotel, has us all pause before we cross that threshold. Somehow complicated sick patients that everyone gave up when in a caring environment, on less medications, and given the "tincture" of time will obtain better, sometimes miraculously. There is a fatal flaw to certain things in modern medicine that will never be able to be quantified and thus not adequately included in clinical studies."Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet, and Dr. Merryman" are critical to what gives us purpose and the ability for the body and mind to recover. Dr. Sweet reminds us that in the end love is the most strong medicine. Technology is not to be ignored but neither should love. This was attractive reminder and one that needs to be part of medical and nursing training. As a practicing physician, in the uncertainty of what healthcare will become, we need to heed the tip before the lost art of healing and the compassion of medicine is forgotten.

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    God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine review []  2020-1-22 19:30

    This is how we are drawn to read books.On a latest trip to San Francisco, sitting at the Forest Park bus station, I gazed across the road and asked my mate what kind of hospital is Laguna Honda, that pinkish Spanish looking hacienda style building across the street. Oh, my mate said, my mate "Barbara", was a nurse and retired from there....and I am told there is actually a book written about the hospital. Later in my visit I met Barbara and listened to her story, which in turn led to me downloading "God's Hotel". Having worked in Medicine in my career, possessing an interest in the meditative qualities of medieval music, and somewhat of a "pilgrim" in my approach to life I was quickly engaged with the book's story all the method to the end."God's Hotel" is written by Victoria Sweet who we meet at the beginning of the book, a fresh MD clinician at the beginning of her career in medicine. She is drawn to work at Laguna Honda because of it's unusual status as one of the latest free public hospitals for the chronically ill poor, a medieval alms house, in the world. It is patterned on the Hotel Dieu in Paris. However, practically it allowed Dr. Sweet to pursue a Ph.D in the History of Medicine by only requiring her to work in the Admitting Ward part-time. At the hospital she quickly becomes very engaged in caring for patients because the hospital's operating way allowed both physicians and nurses a amazing deal of freedom to pursue their healing art and science. At the same time, she finds a mentor for her Ph.D studies in pre-modern medicine with a doctor whose office is in one of the almost forgotten turret the early chapters, "God's Hotel" juxtaposes Sweets increasing knowledge of pre-modern medicine through the study of the Benedictine Nun, Hildegard von Bingen and her treatment of patients. You, the reader may be familiar with her music! These first chapters lay out this medieval nun's understanding of the human body and what determines health and illness. Sweet frequently finds opportunities to examine her patients, understand their illness, and by applying Hildegard von Bingen's insights in pre-modern medicine.Lest you, the prospective reader of this book leap to the conclusion this is yet another book on homepathy, quack remedies, and the danger of vaccinations - it is not e main story in the book is the tension between Laguna Honda, as an Alms House, and it's progressive encounter with the pressures for modern, efficient health care delivery driven by insurers and hospital administrations. Sweet walks us through this encounter in a very private method through the lives of her patients and her journey as a physician. Later in the book, she actually makes her thought and belief pilgrimage true by walking over fours years the popular St. Jean de Compostela pilgrimage route in France and Spain.If you work or study medicine, have fun medieval music, and consider yourself a "pilgrim" in life......this book is for you.

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    God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine review []  2020-1-22 19:30

    Read this some time ago and was most impressed with the author's superb writing ability. The story place me in mind of my student nurse experiences at Bellevue Hospital over 50 years ago ( also "a hospital of latest resort of sorts" ) for a lot of of Fresh York City's not good and forgotten. Dr. Sweet's ability to intertwine her medical experiences with her scholarly endeavors makes for an unusually compelling story. I couldn't place the book down. I bought this book as a birthday show for another nurse mate who, along with the author and myself, remembers a time and a put where individual patients were appreciated for their individuality and listened to in a method that no longer exists. My mate also could not place the book down and lent it to a retired physician who also enjoyed the book immensely.

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    God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine review []  2020-1-22 19:30

    Fascinating book of one doctor's experience of a hospital that allowed her to "sit" to listen to the patient and hear, on a lot of levels, what was required for healing. Overlapping her time at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, she earned a Ph.D. in medieval medicine, looking particularly at Hildegard Von Bingen. The juxtaposition of the two systems, exploration of her own insights and learning, and telling of the experiences of her patients, the other doctors, the politics and the change in western medicine over the time she worked created for very amazing reading - and a lot of learning, for her and for me!

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    God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine review []  2020-1-22 19:30

    This book I feel should be a mandatory read for all who are going into the health care field - medical & nursing students, etc and even hospital CEO's. It is a reminder of what true medicine is all about. Yes it is a business and you need cash to stay open, etc. but it is so much more than that. Especially in the era of computers, the patient falls to the wayside, some doctors see the computer more than the face of their patients. Some doctors really too much on the computer, on print outs, about getting notes done, etc. They loose some of the most necessary tools - their instincts, the touch, feel and listen to/of the patient, the unbelievable stories they may hear, the worry and fear they may see in their eyes, or the reassured and relaxed look when they trust. Sometimes the old ways are still the best ways. We need to hold a mesh of both so both sides benefit.

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    God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine review []  2020-1-22 19:30

    Ever since my mom's 2-week stint in the ICU and subsequent death in hospice 2 days after discharge from the ICU, I have developed a mini-obsession with reading medical books especially those with case histories and discussion of how hospitals operate. I have no medical training and no medical background; I am a lawyer. Finally, after reading numerous medical books, including this one, I have figured out why the situation with my mom perplexed me so. The ICU doctors operated in the "health care" mode described by Dr. Sweet. At the same time, the palliative nurse advocated hospice and end-of-life pain management. I could never reconcile these two divergent perspectives even though they both emanated from the same hospital. I would ask every medical professional who entered my mom's ICU room whether her condition could improve; did people survive these sorts of issues? I was always given an affirmative answer. I met with the palliative nurse one time for 20 minutes. It was difficult for me to come to the conclusion that this was "it" due to the ongoing tests and procedures performed in the ICU.Dr. Sweet's book helped me understand all of the conflicting roles in today's modern health care system. I was not fortunate enough to ever encounter any physicians such as Dr. Sweet. I'm sure they exist, but they are a rare breed. On a side note, I'm always amazed by people who have so a lot of gifts, i.e., skilled physician and writer. Dr. Sweet is an perfect engaging writer. I learned a lot about different topics I formerly knew nothing about and enjoyed it along the way. In a sense, I am on a mini-pilgrimage to understand my mom's death and "God's Hotel" has been a valuable addition to my knowledge base of the method the modern medical system works (or doesn't).

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    God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine review []  2020-1-22 19:30

    Wow. This gives a whole various view of medical practice. If I could, I'd give this book 10 stars! One of the best I've read in a long time. Victoria is passionate about this "slower" method of caring for sick people and also explains her theories. But it's so much more than a theory book. She gives so a lot of true stories of the people she has cared for in this way, and their recovery (or not). It's genuine and heart-warming. At the end it makes you sad to see the transition from old to fresh because she has won your heart about how effective the "old" method is. I want there were still some "God's Hotels" in America where people could be healed not just medically, but also healed in their whole body and mind because they have a community of care around them, a family. And that doctors would truly be allowed the additional time it takes to truly listen to their patients amidst the myriad of things they must do to meet regulations. I myself have had a few doctors who lean toward this method of doctoring, and I've been truly grateful for them because they took time to listen to me. Unbelievable book.

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    God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine review []  2020-1-22 19:30

    On some level, and in long stretches, "God's Hotel" is self-indulgent and Victoria Sweet pays inordinate attention to the political wars and personnel changes at the hospital, gumming up the book's narrative.But, at its best and its essence, "God's Hotel" is a passionate and compelling critique of modern medicine and the demise of the doctor-patient relationship.Dr. Sweet found work at perhaps the latest almshouse in America, Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco. There, she had freedom to spend ample time with patients, arriving at more accurate e is not disdainful of medical technology, but as a student -- and, in some sense, practitioner -- of pre-modern medicine, she recognizes the body's propensity to heal per nutrition, rest, exercise and quiet fuel the body's natural healing processes. Patients of hers who arrive taking as a lot of as 25 various prescription medications end up taking 6 or 7 after a few weeks of Dr. Sweet's e most gripping passages describe individual patients' wonderful recoveries from the brink of the end, I do recommend this book, for you, and especially for your doctor.

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    God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine review []  2020-1-22 19:30

    To me, as a retired Family Practice medical doctor, I was rivited by the tales of the "impossibly" hopeless, incurable, indigent community of the not good and helpless people coming to the latest "Almshouse" hospital in San Fransisco. The changes that became important to that remaining put in the past 20 years or so that provided shelter and care for the lowest echelon of road people, drug addicts, and mentally ill, may have proved to be the end of the latest example of the type of medicine sometimes called "slow medicine". This style was based on the centuries-old institution remaining in Paris, France. A style that depended on the primary needs of people who had no other put to go in their life of e book was detailed and highly one can say, "Which is the best way to deliver health care," but it would seem much of the soul of medicine has been lost by the change.We have advanced in the science of Medicine, but have we lost the "soul" of the profession?The kind of caring found in the now-extinct "slow medicine" has been subjucated to the laboratory, tests, and highly expensive but accurate methods of examination devoid of feeling.rdpmd 130629

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    God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine review []  2020-1-22 19:30

    I am an MSN and have had a lot of various nursing jobs in varied departments, so much was so true in this book that was and still is part of my life.I kept passing this book up when I would pick the next book to read and for some reason designs used I'd go ahead and buy it this has been a delight. So warm and so part of my own nursing experiences. I will stop and check out more of her books now that I realized how unbelievable and enjoyable they are.

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    To Be a Teen after God's Own Heart: Straight Talk and Encouragement for Teenagers review []  2020-1-22 21:28

    I was very happy with this teen devotional that I ey were brief enough for my boys to not be overwhelmed withWhen they went to read them at bedtime on their own. And applicationsThat they can relate to.

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    To Be a Teen after God's Own Heart: Straight Talk and Encouragement for Teenagers review []  2020-1-22 21:28

    I ordered this to read to my teens as a devotional we could read together. It has really been a godsend. Anytime my teens have had problem we can read the wisdom that comes from the Lord. I love how there is somuch scripture in this devotional. I really feel my teens have benefited from this book.

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    To Be a Teen after God's Own Heart: Straight Talk and Encouragement for Teenagers review []  2020-1-22 21:28

    this bok was great, highly recomended for everyone needing a retouch of faith and adolecent in their life. Simple to read, fun, and very well understanding. The book was in amazing condtion, fresh and simple to carry around. Have fun and take notes :)

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    To Be a Teen after God's Own Heart: Straight Talk and Encouragement for Teenagers review []  2020-1-22 21:28

    Great

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    The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind review []  2020-1-22 22:42

    I received a free copy of this book to review and I loved it so much that I bought another copy for my BFF!I had heard of Ravi Zacharias, but I’d never read one of his books before despite my best mate being a large fan. I knew he wrote on apologetics, but that was about it. After reading this book, I am now a large fan myself.I zipped through this book in a matter of days—I just couldn’t place it down for long. Zacharias helps us create sense of the truths about God and how to practically apply them through his words and the reflective questions at the end of each roughout my journey in this book, I felt overwhelming encouragement to live a life for Christ and private conviction in locations of my life that I need to give to Jesus. Some people look for self-help, this book is sanctification help at its best. Jesus doesn’t leave us where we were when we first met Him, He pushes us to grow. This book supports spiritual growth and maturation as we apply God’s wisdom to our lives.What I love most about this book is that it clearly demonstrates the timelessness of our Lord God and His Word. Every chapter proves relevant to our culture and society today. I appreciate so much the wisdom to navigate a time where everyone can so readily be influential via the internet and social media. We are called to be various and Zacharias clearly outlines how God’s Word says to do it with Jesus and the Holy times, the language is quite academic, so be prepared to read and reread while taking breaks to ponder and relish the lessons. In those moments it makes sense that the authors himself recommends reading a chapter a week to savor and dwell in the truth ere were moments of clarity, moments of challenge, and truth after truth about the awesome God who loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us. There’s so much encouragement in faith and in growth. You will be convicted as you reflect and consider how you can apply the lessons and truths to your own life.Go obtain this book! You won’t regret it!

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    The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind review []  2020-1-22 22:42

    I've been on a Ravi spree. I've read 11 of his books in 3 months. He's an intelligent, inspirational, and humourous author. I also have fun watching his speeches online. We all faulter in our faith. And when I do, all I need is to pick up a Ravi Zacharias book.

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    The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind review []  2020-1-22 22:42

    This book is formatted into 52 chapters with questions to meditate on for a week. If you have gotten a headache from his books in the past - this one is easier to digest as you spend the time meditating on the questions.

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    The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind review []  2020-1-22 22:42

    I admire Ravizacarias. He is a Christian apologist and not for everyone. I bought this book for my morning devotions for the year. It has 52 devotions beginning each week with a Bible verse. The author discusses the logic of the idea presented in the verse in a couple of pages and then gives probing questions for the reader to consider. There is room for comments in the book. It has an introduction by the author at the beginning and and notes on the quotations at the end. I write my thoughts and meditations in a journal each day. I am very happy with the content and organization of the book; however, I am very disappointed in the book itself. As I began to use the book, each page began to separate from the binding. At three weeks each page that I have used has separated from the binding, and I expect it to continue. I have written to the publisher, Zondervan, concerning this problem, but have not received a answer thus far. I give the content five stars, but I advise you not to buy the book until the issue with the binding is corrected.

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    The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind review []  2020-1-22 22:42

    I love reading how Ravi answers questions I’ve been attempting to respond for someone who is questioning things of God. Although I’ve felt mostly solid about a lot of theological problems for a lot of years, someone who doesn’t see my qualifications to respond these large questions of life and faith as can perhaps listen to the answers that Ravi has included in this book, someone unlikely to read through much of the Bible itself, and hopefully God use this to begin the eyes of a this person, a skeptic.

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    The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind review []  2020-1-22 22:42

    I was so looking forward to this book. I’d read the first reflection (to page 4) once when the binding started to split and the first section of pages fell out. I don’t wish to give the content of the book a poor review since I’ve barely begun it, but it seems I should not already be having this problem. Maybe kindle is a better option for this one. I’ll certainly edit this review once I’ve completed reading.

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    The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind review []  2020-1-22 22:42

    User-friendly and very helpful. Helps place the pieces together into a clear, coherent picture.

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    The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind review []  2020-1-22 22:42

    Ask students of apologetics, “Who has wielded the weightiest influence in the 20th century?” There may be a dozens of responses, and will, no doubt contain the well-known names of Francis Schaeffer, Gresham Machen, and C.S. Lewis. Each of these influential thinkers are with their Savior in heaven.Who has stepped in to continue the legacy of these titans of the faith in our generation? In my mind, Ravi Zacharias must be included in that list. While his first book, A Shattered Visage: The True Face of Atheism was largely unrecognized, it came at a crucial juncture in my Christian journey and continues to serve me over twenty-five years later. Since that day, Zacharias has continued to write in the field of apologetics and has influenced thousands of students around the world.Ravi Zacharias has encouraged Christian thinkers to craft careful biblical arguments and equipped them to engage people in the marketplace of ideas. But he has also challenged the skeptical mind with his brilliant intellect, keen insight, and winsome e Logic of God is the newest offering by Zacharias. This book includes 52 Christian essentials for the heart and mind. The book is targeted to Christian readers but it would be an perfect resource for skeptics to consider as well.Each chapter follows a predictable pattern. A subject is introduced, a Scripture is offered, and a brief 2-3 page discussion ensues. At the end of each chapter, readers are invited to consider a series of reflection questions and to walk down a path of private an avid reader, I must say that Zondervan has gone to amazing lengths to create this a attractive book. The hardback edition contains high quality glossy paper. The writing style is engaging and lucid. The person and work of Jesus Christ is celebrated. The Word of God is treasured. And readers are challenged to think through the exclusive nature of truth. Indeed, as the author notes, “Truth by definition is exclusive … The law of contradiction does apply to reality: two contradictory statements cannot both be real in the same sense. Thus, to deny the law of noncontradiction is to affirm it at the same time.” Such a statement reveals how Zacharias alerts readers to the importance of philosophy and how amazing philosophy contributes to effective of the things that emerges in this book is Ravi’s passion to wed reason and faith. This makes his style special and resembles the pattern that Francis Schaeffer popularized in the twentieth century. Zacharias writes,“The connecting of faith and reason is the unbelievable journey of the soul. When one’s thinking is set aright again and when the flesh has its shackles broken, the mind and body come under God’s liberating and fulfilling plan. Then we see as He designed us to see. When we come to know our Creator, the questioning is not for doubting but for putting it all together and marveling at His wonders.”Zacharias has a bonus for blending rationality and experience and wouldn’t think of having it any other way. His approach is desperately required in these postmodern times.I received this book free from the publisher. I was not needed to write a positive review.

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    The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind review []  2020-1-22 22:42

    I was so looking forward to reading this, but two pages into the Forward and the pages are separating from the binding :(

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    The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind review []  2020-1-22 22:42

    I just started my reading latest night. Everything else seems to be amazing except the quality of the book.5 stars for Ravi’s book. But One star off for the not good binding which really hurts my heart.

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    Heart of a SEAL (Hearts of Valor) review [Book]  2018-4-14 18:0

    Nothing warms my heart more than a story of redemption! Throw in romance and suspense and you have one of my favorite combinations. I've been a fan of this author for a long time and am glad to see she has a fresh series out! Don't miss this amazing story!

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    Heart of a SEAL (Hearts of Valor) review [Book]  2018-4-14 18:0

    The title of this book drew me to it, and since it was by an author I was not familiar with, I decided to give it a try.I am so glad I did!!Former Navy SEAL Luke Harding and single Mom, Sally , met a few weeks before deployment. Neither foreseeing the horror Luke would endure as a POW in Afghanistan. When he returns to a hospital in the USA almost dead, he refuses to see Sally. Devastated, she left thinking she would never see ey meet again when Luke goes to check on her , and ends up rescuing her from a date gone wrong. Along the way, danger follows them .These two have lots of baggage. Luke due to the results of his imprisonment and Sally because she has secrets .It was an engaging story with powerful , complex characters. A plot filled with suspense , poor guys as well as honorable Navy SEALS . At times heartbreaking, but also addition to a story that holds your attention from page one, it was also a reminder that we need to honor and thank the courageous men and women who are willing to sacrifice their lives to hold us safe, not only abroad but also at home. For that , kudos to the author.I foresee future story for the other former Navy SEALs that were part of the plot.I was gifted this copy by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

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    Heart of a SEAL (Hearts of Valor) review [Book]  2018-4-14 18:0

    This is a voluntary review of an advanced , this is an action packed book starting with Luke being held hostage when some of his seal squad was taken prisoner until the very end after numerous attempts on their lives. It is always fun for me to read a romance with some action and intrigue thrown in to the lly was such a fun hero and amazing mother. I think she kind of had to quickly obtain over her damage from Luke's rejection when they started running for their lives. Otherwise, I would have liked it if she created him suffer a bit for what he pulled.With danger from several various fronts and a strangely obsessive Marshal, you don't know who is behind the attacks on their lives until the very end and it is not who you expected! Nice twist!I was kind of annoyed with Luke deciding what that he was doing the best for Sally so I loved that she called him on that and said that she didn't wish a relationship like that and it was amazing when he actually saw things from her perspective and how much he had damage her by his eat HEA!

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    Heart of a SEAL (Hearts of Valor) review [Book]  2018-4-14 18:0

    Eh, this book started out well enough, with Luke overseas and then coming home and not wanting to see Sally, which we obtain in backstory and how he comes to see her finally when he feels like he's ready. The man went through hell. A image of Sally and her daughter were the only things that kept Luke going during his days as a POW. When Luke comes back to see Sally that's when the story kind of dipped for me and continued sliding down that slow slippery slide from there. The plot was overdone, there wasn't enough chemistry between Sally and Luke. I felt the relationship between her daughter and Luke was better than Luke and Sally. Sally has a secret, or two. Too much... the dialogue was nil,they hashed over the same things all the time. It got old. It is enough to say this book just wasn't for me.I love a amazing SEAL story, this one just wasn't for me.**arc from NetGalley and Publisher for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own**

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    Heart of a SEAL (Hearts of Valor) review [Book]  2018-4-14 18:0

    "Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"3.5 stars.A story with a wounded character and a heroine who’s on the run with her daughter.While I enjoyed the concept of this book, I found its execution a small simplistic at times. The idea of the fiercely loyal and devoted character (to the heroine and her daughter) is captivating, even if repetitive and a bit sugary, and I liked the characters and the romance, but the sometimes careless couple attitude towards the persecution lacked common sense and was at odds with the characters (a former SEAL, a mother).I found the suspense part weaker than the romance, yet the wording and descriptions about sex sometimes felt a bit sappy or weird.

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    Heart of a SEAL (Hearts of Valor) review [Book]  2018-4-14 18:0

    Obtain ready to obtain lost in this SEAL filled, page turning, action-packed, plot twisting, suspenseful, romantic adventure that you will have fun from beginning to end!Dixie Lee Brown has done it again! I couldn't place it down once I started reading it!

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    Heart of a SEAL (Hearts of Valor) review [Book]  2018-4-14 18:0

    My first Brown book and I will be back for more. At first I thought I missed something because we begin off with our character returning from six months in a terrorist prison. He had a short relationship with Sally before he left and wants to rekindle it. The action starts quite quickly and doesn't stop, she has a past and it's troubling her current situation. Her daughter is very mature for nine and will often steal the stage from them. This series has amazing things to come. I received my copy through Netgalley.

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    Heart of Glass (Cross My Heart) review []  2020-1-11 19:16

    Great!

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    Heart of Glass (Cross My Heart) review []  2020-1-11 19:16

    thrilling and adventurous with a twist that was not expected.Heart touching as we have to bid some characters farewell.

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    Heart of Glass (Cross My Heart) review []  2020-1-11 19:16

    I really enjoyed the first book and was excited to see what came next for Laura and Roberto.Everything seems to be going smoothly for Laura now that her match to the old and creepy Vincenzo has been swept away and she's engaged to the Doge's son. Her put in the Segreta is secure and she's helping out people instead of just being the one who is e plot of this story I liked in general. A girl is found dead in Roberto's apartment with all the evidence pointing at him. Some things don't line up though. His declaration that he woke up amidst the crime scene, the immediate response of the guard(how did they know there was a dead girl in this apartment?), as well as a few other things. Now Roberto is thrown into a horrible "jail" and tortured while his family is unable to support despite their power. Then the visiting prince Halim declares that the dead girl is his sister and thinks spiral even further out of anwhile Laura is trying to obtain the Segreta to support but they're not so sure that Roberto is innocent and decide to allow happenings play out. There's a coup, betrayal, escape, murder, secrets(of course), and short there's a lot of excitement and wondering who is amazing and who is ere were some negative points though. First we don't see much of Roberto which created him feel very much the reverse of what we'd normally freak out about in a woman. His entire purpose is to be blamed for a crime he says he hasn't committed. Locked up and powerless his every movement is because of someone else. He never actually does anything for himself until the very end. He's captured most of the book and basically waiting for someone to rescue him.But my largest issue was Laura. Firstly her stupidity. Secondly her toeing the line of explain. She finds out a HUGE secret. She finds out--from her father--that there's a coup in progress. She's in the freaking secret society that deals in secrets and yet she does NOTHING with this information. The royal family is HER soon to be inlaws and she doesn't bat an eye over the news that they're going to be overthrown. She doesn't tell the Segreta--not even one member. This seemed like a major oversight on her part.I know if she HAD said something then the coup might've been foiled and it was required for the storyline. So I GET that the Segreta couldn't know, but instead of making Laura completely derp out the author should've just created it so she had no idea. There was no reason for her to obtain this news in advance instead of being surprised when it happened since she did NOTHING with the e also doesn't question some major red flags about Roberto's situation until she's slapped in the face with the answer. Like the fact that Roberto wakes up in his apartment and shortly after a platoon of guards descends on the put knowing there's a murder. I mean they present up, bang on the door, barge in and are clearly expecting to search something--which they do. How did they know? It makes no sense. It's clearly a setup. The assassin or one of the killer's cronies told them. I figured that out the min the guards showed en we have Halim and Laura's relationship. Halim shows up and fixates on Laura. After staring at her on the dock he singles her out to be a server at this party. Um, thanks? Who is going to be like, "oh thanks for choosing me to play the role of a serving woman for a bunch of lecherous men."Then the next day he picks her as a tour guide--which she mentions makes no sense. Despite the fact that she's ENGAGED and her fiancee is locked up in a prison where he's being severely mistreated she's constantly pushing the line with Halim. She's getting all fluttery and dreamy eyed over him. She goes on and on about her life, her family, her fresh sister-in-law, her time in the nunnery, but she doesn't mention what should be one of the main highlights of her life--her was actually awkward to read as the whole time you message her obviously not mentioning Roberto. Why? Because she likes Halim. She's all doe-eyed over him and she doesn't wish him to know she's taken. It's painfully obvious. Then Halim flat out asks her if she has anyone unique and she LIES. Nope, she's single, she says.If it wasn't poor enough she just omitted Roberto from her free-sharing, she's now completely denied him when pointblank asked. She tries to justify this choice by saying that Halim has no right to this unique part of her life. Um, not buying it. It was super lame. The whole country knows about her engagement so it's not some secret part. It's public. Also, she didn't mind sharing her private history about being locked in the nunnery and how horrible that was, etc.Every encounter after that with Halim is full of these small flirtations and her feeling all warm and gushy inside. We'd never tolerate some guy doing what Laura does with Halim while he was engaged--especially if his fiancee was imprisoned. She's letting this guy constantly place his hand on her lower back and obtain close and physical and say intimate things to her. She is constantly thinking thoughts that are not appropriate for her ura lies to Roberto after the one trip and says, "It was a complete bore. I thought only of you." Bull. That is not even close to how she acted on that ura gets caught in a compromising situation with Halim and her sister-in-law definitely can tell something's going on there. Later Laura tries to explain but it's super awkward and she is even realizing that everything she's saying doesn't sound ar the end Laura even admits that she almost kissed Halim--to Halim(she never tells Roberto about anything that went on between them as "it'd be too much for him to handle.").Two other points that annoyed me. One was that Halim kills someone--an innocent person who stepped in to defend Roberto when Halim went after him about his sister. And not only is there zero consequences for this but Halim never ONCE apologizes or seems upset about this. He just leaves. I would be absolutely messed up if I accidentally killed a person while trying to take out someone who I thought killed a loved one. The reaction-or lack of it-makes sense later but what was annoying was that Laura and the people who cared about the person who died didn't care. Laura felt poor for Halim and spent ZERO time mad with him about summary, the plot was interesting and there was lots of twists that kept me guessing. But Laura's stupidity and her flirtation with Halim really disagreed with me.

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    Heart of Glass (Cross My Heart) review []  2020-1-11 19:16

    There are, to my mind, two primary kinds of historical fiction: those that endeavor to be historically accurate and those that really don't, merely using the lavish historical backdrop to entertain. Personally, I like both kinds. The only time the latter's not amazing is when it has pretensions to being history as well as historical fiction, and teaches readers a bunch of incorrect information. Heart of Glass falls into the latter camp, and, from what I can tell, the political maneuverings of the novel have no bearing on reality. However, it's also a fun, engaging story and written to uphold the power of women, so I really don't mind that I'm not learning Venetian history from its ha Gould built this series around an amazing historically inaccurate idea she had:Venice run behind the scenes by a secret society of women. While there may not be a historical basis for this, I am all kinds of behind this kind of alternative history endeavor. All throughout history, there have been women behind the scenes affecting the course of history through their husbands, but, here, Gould is bringing them together and making them a more independent ese women endeavor to hold rocky Venetian politics more stable and less affected by the changes in power. They aim to be more fair and to support Venice, rather than an individual's political aims. I love that the Segreta are shown as strong in a lot of ways: physically skilled with weaponry, clever, and influential. Laura herself is a excellent example of this, determined, caring and strong. I like that's actually smart and puts thought into her actions, not always reacting solely with ever, much as I love this uplifting of women, I did think that Laura was a bit too powerful. She's engaged to the Doge's son, so she is very high in society, but I still doubt that the male Councillors would ask her opinion on things. Certainly they would not with a bunch of other men in the room. The amount that even men respect her at her tender age seems rather out of e only other drawback for me was the villains. Much of the mystery is very obvious and the villains have no true motivations other than grasping for power or unclear revenge. I prefer there to be a bit more depth to a villain. They ought to be somewhat understandable at least, if not relatable. Heart of Glass could have been more nuanced and had a better impact were that the case.Heart of Glass is engaging from beginning to end, and I never found myself bored or my attention wandering. It's a very fast read, and those who enjoyed Cross My Heart will certainly wish to read this one as well. The ending left room for another book, and I suspect I'll be reading that one too!

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    Heart of Glass (Cross My Heart) review []  2020-1-11 19:16

    This is a amazing book for someone who likes a powerful female character. The book had action and romance with out the smut that is in so a lot of books.

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    Pure Love, Pure Life: Exploring God's Heart on Purity review []  2020-1-11 19:34

    I enjoyed reading Pure Love Pure Life. It was a amazing book for teen girls who are interested in exploring more about purity. This book delves into what real purity is; it not only discusses physically abstaining from impure actions but also strengthening your emotional and mental purity in Christ. There are private questions at the end of every chapter that support you grapple with God's Truth about purity in your own life. I would definitely suggest teen girls reading this book for their own pleasure or even as a little group.

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    Pure Love, Pure Life: Exploring God's Heart on Purity review []  2020-1-11 19:34

    A must read! In my top ten list of favorite books!

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    Pure Love, Pure Life: Exploring God's Heart on Purity review []  2020-1-11 19:34

    great

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    Pure Love, Pure Life: Exploring God's Heart on Purity review []  2020-1-11 19:34

    This is an amazing book, would recommend it for children, even adults that don't have JESUS in their own lives.

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    Pure Love, Pure Life: Exploring God's Heart on Purity review []  2020-1-11 19:34

    Right now, all three of my daughters are grown, and two of them are married. But I still feel like I belong in the target demographic for this book. Purity is a life, not just a one time choice. We live in a globe that claims fifty shades of gray; we need to desire God's pure white no matter what age we happen to be.Elsa grabbed my heart with her begin and honest introduction to the book. I've read several books on the subject of purity, but the ones that tend to capture my attention are the ones that read as genuine from the opening page.Else doesn't test to hide her choices from the girls and young women she's trying to reach. She knows that it's better to write from a put of authenticity than perfection. Especially when perfection is beautiful much impossible. I've told my girls there's a reason God spent so much of the Bible encouraging us to run from sexual sin.Once sexual sin has a keep on you it never lets go without a knock down, drag out fight. But Elsa is fast to point out that a new begin is always available through Jesus. That is SO necessary for you to hear, I'm going to repeat myself:A new begin is ALWAYS available through Jesus.Elsa breaks down what Biblical purity is and what it's not, and encourages girls (and guys as well!) to create Jesus the Person in charge of any relationship. Elsa talks about not letting fairy tales and films define romance for us, and about having a plan before the first guy calls for a e also is candid about second chances, and I really wish girls to obtain this message: with God, you can always obtain a do-over if you are honest and put your life in His hands. But trust Him before you create a move or a decision and spare yourself lots of heartache and e only I thing I wasn't crazy about was the cover. No offense, but it needs a bit more attention. Girls need to read this book, so let's create "Pure Love, Pure Life" stand out. My thanks to my mates at Zondervan for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review."Pure Love, Pure Life" is highly recommended, and allow me add one more thing....read this together, moms and daughters. If your mom isn't around anymore, search an aunt, an older sister, someone older in your church...even your pastor's wife! Hey, I'm a pastor's wife, and some people think I'm still cool!

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    Pure Love, Pure Life: Exploring God's Heart on Purity review []  2020-1-11 19:34

    This book is on my list for my teen daughters to read. It is well written and shows how staying pure sexually until marriage requires more than just not having sex but living a pure life before God. As a mom I wish to see amazing messages for girls that present them why its so necessary that they remain pure. What the consequences are for not but also what are the a woman I have been there, been tempted but ultimately I waited. And because of that I have an awesome relationship with my husband and I don’t have baggage to carry into it that had to be dealt with.I also love how she shares the grace that if you mess up you don’t have to continue to mess up. God forgives you and you move forward from that point. She not only does all that but gives amazing ideas and counseling on how to remain pure in this overly sexually active modern globe we live in.I think one thing that is very necessary that she talks about is having accountability. That mate that you can be brutally honest with. One that won’t run because of your mistakes nor will judge you but will lovingly support nudge in the right direction if you were to veer off the path. As an adult I still search this very you can see I am a large fan of this book and give this one my highest recommendations for teen girls and young adult women.

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    Pure Love, Pure Life: Exploring God's Heart on Purity review []  2020-1-11 19:34

    About the Book:When you think of purity, what comes to mind? Excellent behavior? Impossible standards? Everything focused on waiting for that unique guy? If so, you re not alone. The amazing news is purity isn t just a list of don ts don t think that way, don t look that way, don t act that way. It s a God-designed plan for a satisfied life. Honest, humorous, and real, Pure Love, Pure Life provides practical tools to support you navigate the temptations and frustrations you face every day, stories from girls who have been there, and hints on what to do if your pure life takes a detour. Explore a fresh vision of purity, how you can live it in today s broken reality, and why it s worth the is nonfiction book is true and honest, and should be needed reading for teenage girls and their parents. Christian Library Journal"My Review: Purity has never been a true concern to society. Magazines and movies, these days present the exact opposite of purity. With the globe telling you one thing and the church wanting you to do the opposite. It is sometimes very difficult for a teenage girl to decipher what to do. Elsa Von Colopy helps respond the questions that concerns most girls. From dating to marriage, the author breaks down the in's and out's of staying pure until marriage. With a light hearted point of view, Elsa explains the things she went through as a teenager and ultimately as a grown woman. As society grows more and more deceptive, we need a voice such as hers to tell us exactly what to expect and how to respond. She gives a bare bones truth that I have rarely seen in an author.**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from my participation on the Z Blog Squad.

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    Pure Love, Pure Life: Exploring God's Heart on Purity review []  2020-1-11 19:34

    Another book about purity? Seriously?That may be the lie the opponent plants in your mind when you read the title of Elsa Kok Colopy's fresh book, PURE LOVE, PURE LIFE: EXPLORING GOD'S HEART ON do I know it's a lie? Because I know teens. Because I know adults. Because I know the stories of broken hearts and poor relationships, of fear and failure, of marriages set on a shaky foundation because of past sin. And because I believe God intends us to have so much a MOPS author and former editor for Focus on the Family's Thriving Family magazine, Elsa Cok Colopy has a direct line to the impact purity--or the lack of it--has on marriages, families, and private life. She also knows how to speak to teens and young adults. As she opens her heart, readers reap the blessings of her transparent, encouraging stead of focusing on checklists or rules, Colopy points readers towards God's desire that our lives express His heart. Since real purity comes from within, she helps readers focus on the attitudes behind their actions, adding plenty of practical hints and real-life examples along the dom shines through this book which covers more "what-if" questions and individual situations than I anticipated. Each chapter ends with a set of discussion/journal questions appropriate for individual and/or little group study. I especially loved the final chapter, which sets forth all kinds of appropriate ways readers can pour out their passion as part of the pure life God intends.Another book on purity? One that both challenges you and equips you to live the life you long for? Check it out!

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    Pure Love, Pure Life: Exploring God's Heart on Purity review []  2020-1-11 19:34

    Elsa Kok Colopy was raised in a family that went to church. She was a boy crazy elementary student. She was looking for her knight in shining armor that she saw in all the television shows and films that she grew up watching. When she got into her teenage years, she began having sex. As an adult, she got married, had a kid and got divorced. She realized that she required to turn to God. She saw that He wanted to be her knight in shining armor. Slowly, she turned back to Him. She discovered that living pure was what she thought, did, saw, and chose to experience. After twelve years of being a single mom, she met her husband and they kept their dating relationship pure. They choose not to be sexually involved until they were married.Pure Love Pure Life explains Elsa's journey to purity. It also shows the reader had to stay or obtain on the path to purity. This is a book geared toward teenage girls, but it can be beneficial to anyone who reads it. Elsa points out that God not only wants us to be sexually pure but also pure in heart, mind, and body. This book focuses on sexual purity but Elsa explains that everyone needs to have an all-around pure life in God. She makes the point that you need to know why God wants you to stay pure, if you are going to stay pure. There are Bible verses throughout this book that present us how to live pure. We learn there are benefits of purity and consequences of impurity. This book is amazing to present that we should be getting our view of sex from God and the Bible not from music, television, magazines, or the Internet. At the end of each chapter there are discussion/journal questions to support bring everything together. There are questions and answers at the end of the book on topics that weren't discussed in the is book doesn't preach to the reader. The author has "been there and done that". She wants to hold others from making the same mistakes. She gives amazing examples of how and why to stay sexually pure. I would definitely recommend this book for teenagers before or after they begin dating. This book will support parents obtain a better understanding of how to discuss boy/girl relationships with their children. The most necessary point that Elsa makes is that because you haven't always lead a pure life it doesn't mean you can begin living it now. The saying "Today is the first day of the rest of your life!" holds true.I received a free copy of this book from ZStreet for my honest review.

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    Pure Love, Pure Life: Exploring God's Heart on Purity review []  2020-1-11 19:34

    Goodreads First Reads WinnerPure Love, Pure Life explains author Elsa Kok Colopy's journey to purity. It gives the reader a possibility to see how to obtain on or not stray from the path to purity.I am not a person of faith, yet I truly have fun reading books on the topic to see how others view it and also because the works are usually exceptionally well-written. Pure Love Pure Life is no is is a book geared toward teenage girls, but it can be beneficial to anyone who reads it. Colopy points out that God not only wants humans to be sexually pure, but also pure in heart, mind, and body. This book focuses on sexual purity but Colopy explains that everyone needs to have an all-around pure life in and with God. She makes numerous points in which you need to know why God wants you to stay pure, if you are going to do ere are Bible verses throughout this book that present us how to live pure. Readers learn that there are benefits of purity and consequences of impurity. At the end of each chapter there are discussion/journal questions to support bring everything together. There are questions and answers at the end of the book on topics that weren't discussed in the stead of focusing on checklists or rules, Colopy points readers towards God's desire that our lives express His heart. Since real purity comes from within, she helps readers focus on the attitudes behind their actions, adding plenty of practical hints and real-life examples along the lopy has such a fun, personal, quirky writing style that's simple to just breeze through but still learn a lot. She explains purity not as a list of rules that negatively encourage response but rather being free.I truly enjoyed her use of real stories and how emotions can lead to sin when not handled properly.Pure Love, Pure Life is designed to hold others from making the same mistakes that Colopy did. She gives amazing examples of how and why to stay sexually pure. I would definitely recommend this book for teenagers before or after they begin dating. This book will support parents obtain a better understanding of how to discuss intimate relationships with their children. The most necessary point that Elsa makes is that while you haven't always lead a pure life it doesn't mean you can begin living it now. The saying "Today is the first day of the rest of your life!" holds true.

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    The Story Adult Curriculum DVDR: Getting to the Heart of God's Story review []  2020-1-20 22:46

    I bought "The Story" by Randy Frazee because it looked like an interesting method to obtain an overview of God's story to His people. I decided it would create a amazing bonus for mates and family and went on Amazon to order extra copies. It was then I realized it had several help materials to use as a Bible study for groups. I recently began teaching it to a group and I've had really amazing feedback. It tells God's story from Genesis to Revelation and helps obtain into locations of the Bible a lot of people know small about, especially the Old Testament. Randy helps create that much easier by using NIV scripture to tell "God's story" but it flows like a novel. There are questions for each chapter in the back of the hardcover, 31 chapter book that are relevant and support the reader see how we can know God more today through these "old" stories and the people of the Bible. There is a particiapant's guide, a DVD at a really reasonable price, and other help materials. Although I could easily ask the questions provided in the study tutorial without participants having their own book, I have found it helpful for them to read over them ahead of time. This allows people to place more thought to the questions before we discuss them. I have taught a lot of studies and have fun digging deep. This study is a nice change that requires a small less deep digging for the participants and as I said, gets them into locations of the Bible they might know small about.

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    The Story Adult Curriculum DVDR: Getting to the Heart of God's Story review []  2020-1-20 22:46

    I am leading a little group in my church using Randy's material. The video helps to set up the e 8- 10 min segment informs the group, the evening's subject and helps to set our lesson in thecorrect direction. Very valuable if used in this way. Randy is covering the Bible from begin to finishso this study is amazing for the novice and the well-worn Bible crowd. A lot of times the Old Testament hasits' share of difficulties from our 21st century view. Randy tackles some of those challenges and lendsnew insight to the reading of a lot of Bible stories. I have no hesitation in recommending this fresh look atan old Book through this teaching way and insight. The group discussion has been full of greatinteraction and very few "Sunday Scool" answers. ENJOY!!! and thank you Randy!!!

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    The Story Adult Curriculum DVDR: Getting to the Heart of God's Story review []  2020-1-20 22:46

    Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. I’m leading a study using the dvd and The Story this s umber. Might material. Appropriate for teens and up and both genders

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    The Story Adult Curriculum DVDR: Getting to the Heart of God's Story review []  2020-1-20 22:46

    Our little group has been going through this series and absolutely love it. Randy does a amazing job of making the Bible relevant to your everyday life while showing you what your relevance is to God at the same time. Each lesson has a 10 min video with a set of discussion questions that engage everyone in the group. Simple to jump in at any point in the study.

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