News of the World | by Paulette Jiles

Favorite Book of the Year

News of the World is my favorite novel of the year, perhaps two or three years. It is about Captain Kidd, as an older gentleman, hired to return a 10 year old girl to her relatives for a $50 gold piece. Johanna was a captive of the Kiowa Indians for 4 years.

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The Source | by James A. Michener

A Book Review

The Source is a fictional story about the town of Makor, in northeast Israel. This account begins in 1963 at an archeological dig, which unearths fifteen artifacts from different time periods.

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King Richard | Book Review

Can you imagine Nancy Pelosi as President?!

King Richard:  Nixon and Watergate – an American Tragedy
by Michael Dobbs

Richard Nixon’s presidency was during an impressionable time in my life. I was in high school and college when he was President. I followed the Watergate scandal closely as it unfolded. I can still remember Nixon’s speech, to the nation the night he resigned, “for the good of the nation.”

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Explaining the Unexplainable

What I learned about God from my dog

Our dog Bean loves stuffed animals. When he gets a new one, he trots around with it in his mouth so happy. But what he loves most is shredding them! We are amazed if a stuffy lasts 2-3 days. Most stuffies last only a few hours. When this happens we have to take his plaything away or he eats the cotton insides.

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Five Top Favorite Reads

My favorite fiction books

My fondness for fiction, especially historical fiction, began seven years ago when I read The Help. After The Help I read The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. Before these two books I’d read only a few fiction books.

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When Did We Start Forgetting God?

American evangelicalism today | A book review

When did we start forgetting God

American evangelicalism is in crisis, writes Mark Galli, former editor and chief of Christianity Today. Beginning as the Great Awakening in the 1730s and 1740s, with George Whitefield Continue reading “When Did We Start Forgetting God?”

Gone with the Wind | Book Review

The current racial unrest has made me think

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Since the death of George Floyd there has been a media frenzy over Gone with the Wind. HBO has temporarily removed the movie from its streaming because of its stereotype racism. Others have written Continue reading “Gone with the Wind | Book Review”

First the Virus then the Flood

What I learned going through a flood

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Torrential Rains of May 17 – 18, 2020.

Hi Friend — This has been quite a year. First, one child had serious health problems. Second, the other had serious personal issues. Then covid-19 hit. During covid-19 came the flood. And it is only May! Continue reading “First the Virus then the Flood”

Christian Books, Authors and Culture

Profits most important to publishers

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Once upon a time Christian fiction was clean and wholesome. While the literary world went crazy with its content Christian fiction was out of harm’s way. Then author Jody Hedlund Continue reading “Christian Books, Authors and Culture”

Hot Button Issues

The continuing debate about women in ministry

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Not your cuppa tea?

While reading Michael Phillips’ book, A Place in the Sun, it occurred to me that the question of women pastors is today’s disputed issue. For some churches this issue was decided long ago but for many other churches this is a hot button Continue reading “Hot Button Issues”

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

Living life under the Master’s protection

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This post was written by my good friend MaryJo. We have become dear friends as a result of an obscure book we both have read. The book was entitled, “Of Whom the World was not Worthy” Continue reading “Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone”

Thankful for my parents

A Christmas Blessing

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A few months ago my mom had two procedures done on her heart. Because of her age these procedures took a lot out of her. In some ways she is better. In other ways she is not. We are hoping she bounces back. Continue reading “Thankful for my parents”

Has God stopped using us?

LGBT and the Church

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Recently, there was an article in Christianity Today by the author of the book Gay Girl, Good God. (Jackie Hill Perry) After reading the article it is safe to say God saved Jackie out of the LGBT community. However, Continue reading “Has God stopped using us?”