Romance Novels

I posted books I have read the past few months. In that post I said I don't like horror or romance novels. A friend asked why I don't like romance novels. For me, they lead to sin. Reading a romance novel can cause me to become unhappy with my own marriage. True romance novels filled…

Books I Read this Spring and Summer

As I've written before, I love to read! Bible studies, fiction, nonfiction, biographies, young adult readers, hard books, easy books, and just about anything except romance novels and horror. And I've been doing lots of reading since spring.  My reading goal is 52 books this year. I've read 39 so far. Most of what I've…

Wilberforce, Again

I continue to read this book by William Wilberforce, a few pages at a time. Then I stop to think. For a long time about what I’ve read. He keeps getting all up in my business. Maybe I should stop reading this book. Hers what I’m thinking about today. We just talked about some if…

Marriage Relationships

Yes, I know. This is not a topic you expect to see in a blog that started because of grief. But here it is. And if you read the whole article you’ll see why. Sex. I said it. I’ll say it again a few more times in this article.  “Sex” is not a dirty word. It…

Interesting Book Quote 

Can you guess who wrote this? Can you guess when it was written? I hope you don’t think I am being arrogant or overly harsh on cultural Christians. Look at the facts. Do cultural Christians view Christian faith as important enough to make it a priority when teaching teaching their children what they believe and…

Wilberforce

I’m reading a bunch this summer. Currently I’m reading Real Christianity by William Wilberforce. The book has been updated to modern language.  I read a couple of passages to Ron last night. Then I told him it was written in 1797! The words of this book, its commentary on the Christian church, could have been…

Quote from a Novel I’m Reading

“My father says that’s what ministers are for. To tell us what the Bible says and then to interpret it.” Carrie’s voice rose in stubborn defiance. She could not explain why she was close to tears.  Abby edged closer. “Carrie, listen to what I am about to say.” Her voice, though low, was more intense…

The Ministry of Presense

“There is this idea called “the ministry of presence.” Those who have suffered a tragic loss of some kind can tell you about it. It occurs when people who love you come to sit by your side in the midst of your tragedy. At the moment when no well-meant words can offer you comfort, when…

Old vs. New

I’m reading a book about Joseph by Voddie Baucham. He makes the point that we cannot truly understand the Old Testament unless we study it through the lens of the New Testament, the redemptive work of Jesus. The Old Testament is not just a bunch of stories to teach us good morals; the entire Word…

Stepping Heavenward Quote

I’m reading “Stepping Heavenward” a novel about a young woman growing up in the 1800’s. It is written as a diary chronicling her life and walk with God, including struggles. She wrote the following about her sickly infant girl. MAY 1.—My delicate little Una’s first birth day. Thank God for sparing her to us a…