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Sunday, January 29, 2012

His Princess - a review

Recently I had the opportunity to read a book called His Princess Love Letters from Your King by Sheri Rose Shepherd.  As women we often carry the weight of our world on our shoulders, we worry about budgeting, we carry the weigh of the health of our family, the needs of our children, the desires of our husbands, and we sympathize with those who are in need of basic necessities.  We women often have a huge burden on our lives, and sometimes it really takes a toll on our emotions and our physical health.  For me this book was a chance to be refreshed, a little bit of peace in a chaotic world.

There are 86 little mini-readings which you can choose to read one each day until you finish, or you could be like me and find the readings so uplifting that you just didn't want to put the book down.  Each one is given a title, and it could be that as you read the titles you find one that just speaks to you that particular day, and so you read it,  there is no reason that you need to read the book in order.  Each reading contains a Bible verse that is the theme for that letter, and the facing page contains a letter written to the reader and signed "Your King and (varies by letter)".

These small readings really spoke to me, they were a reminder that even in this chaotic life we live in that I am still a child of God, the daughter of King, the Princess, HIS Princess!  How awesome a feeling that comes with knowing no one can separate me from my Heavenly Father, and that no matter how rough life on Earth gets I am still God's Princess!  He will never leave us, never forget a promise, never turn his back on us, and never forget about us.  Each and every one of these readings brought hope, healing, refreshment, and fellowship with my Lord and Savior, these readings were not meant to teach us, or grow us as Christians, but they are meant to uplift us and give us hope for our future.  They do just that for me, and if you know anyone walking through a particularly difficult time in their life, this book may be just the thing to let them know that not only do you care for them, but that God cares for and loves them as well!

You may use this link to download and read the first chapter, or rather the first 6 readings in this case, for free.  http://www.scribd.com/doc/70401812/His-Princess-by-Sheri-Rose-Shepherd-Chapter-1-Excerpt

This book comes in both print and e-book versions so you have a choice there, though I must say the beautiful color images of the flowers make the print version very appealing, and depending on your e-reader, you may or may not have color.

I am required to inform you that I have received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday, Monday

*Sigh* It is Monday, and do you know what that means?  It means the start of yet another homeschool week, the end of another week at college, one day before MOPS, three days before my discussion answers are due for college, and it means that we stayed up far too late last night and no one is cooperative this morning!  I do not like Mondays, but it has not always been that way, I used to look forward to a Monday morning for it was the promise of new things to come that week.  However as an adult I have found that Monday brings nothing new any longer, it only brings the start of a predictable routine and generally much resistance from the rest of the family.  Perhaps one day I will be able to convince them that Monday is really Tuesday, thus skipping the Monday troubles altogether. 

For now however, Monday is predictable.  Today is no exception, the children are balking at every request and dawdling in their completion of just about everything except perhaps breakfast, I am tired from not enough sleep, and the littlest one is cranky for no other reason than it is Monday.  This Monday is the same as all the others, except that today we have clouds and chilly weather, which for Arizona is rare.   Today seems like a good day for doing a whole lot of nothing, but somethings must get done and so those things will be put on the list and everything else will wait. 

Birbitt thinks there should be no such day as Monday, can we make a petition to rename Monday? 

Friday, January 13, 2012

BookSneeze review

I recently had the opportunity to read and review Has God Spoken Proof of the Bible's Divine Inspiration by Hank Hanegraaff and I am so glad I did!  This book was great, and a very intense read.  It took me quite a while to get through this one, not because I didn't like it or didn't want to read it, but because it was so intense that I could only read a few pages at a time.  I wanted to let every word sink in, and have time to stew around before continuing.  This was the first time I found myself underlining and taking notes in a book I picked up for pleasure reading.  This book was divided into 4 sections and each section had a unique approach to proving Biblical truths, and each section chose a different manner in which to prove the truth.  The four sections were Manuscript C-O-P-I-E-S, which focused on the copyists and the available manuscripts to prove the author's stance.  The second section is Archaeologist's S-P-A-D-E, which focuses on artifacts and archaeological evidence.  Thirdly is Prophetic S-T-A-R-S which focuses on the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.  Lastly but certainly not least is Scriptural L-I-G-H-T-S which focuses on the rules, art, and science of scriptural interpretation.

As a Christian it is often easy to simply state our beliefs as fact, however if we are to be taken seriously by the opposing side then we must be able to offer proof to back up our stance.  This book gives quite a bit of that.  Reading Has God Spoken was quite a spiritual experience for me, I mean I've always known the Bible was true, but it was quite moving to see proof in front of me.  One part that I found particularly interested is when Mr. Hanegraaff suggested that the absence of the original Biblical manuscripts was indeed proof of it's divine inspiration, his reasoning I'll leave you to find out for yourself because I would hate to spoil your enjoyment of this great book! This book is certainly going to be a keeper on my shelf, and with shelf space at a premium in my home this is the highest form of a compliment. 

In exchange for my review I was provided a free copy of the book from BookSneeze.  I was not required to give a positive review, and all opinions in this review are strictly my own. 

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