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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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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More Sundays When I Was a Kid

Rethinking what Sundays are all about

I was age 9 before I gave much thought to how my family observed Sundays. My mom and I were looking at her flower garden. I noticed our neighbor was doing more than looking at his flowers. He was gardening! This surprised me. I figured everyone observed Sundays the way we did. So I asked mom why our neighbor was doing yard work on a Sunday. She graciously said,

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Sundays When I Was a Kid

A look into my world

Sunday dinner at Grandma’s was a special time

I figure I have gone to church 4,000 times in my life. Give or take a few. 😊 When I was a kid Sundays were a day of worship and family. My church had both morning and evening services. Most people attended both, only missing when ill or out of town.  

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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”

Our Dear Loco Governor

Another post inspired by the Coronavirus

Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Governor Whitmer

Hi Friend — Well, she’s done it again. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order another two weeks. Michiganders must now stay home until May 28. We will actually be at ho Continue reading “Our Dear Loco Governor”

Good News | Covid-19

Inspiring stories in discouraging times

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Clear waters in Venice Canal

Spring is the season of hope. Amidst the disheartening coronavirus news there is good news. The following are some inspiring stories that will help encouraging you in otherwise discouraging times. Continue reading “Good News | Covid-19”

Assault Rifles at Political Rallies

Coronavirus random thoughts – 4

man wearing jacket carrying a gunLast week, just before 5pm, we received an emergency announcement from the Governor of Michigan. It came as three loud beeps on our cell phones. Scared us to death Continue reading “Assault Rifles at Political Rallies”

Today is Reformation Day

Christians celebrated the Reformation on Halloween

orange pumpkin near white ceramic mug with seeds

While Halloween is celebrated, Christians around the world are celebrating the beginning of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 thesis on the church door. Continue reading “Today is Reformation Day”

What Happened to the Gospel?

The difference between the church and other philanthropic groups

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Something disturbing has happened in evangelical churches. At one time the gospel message was central to their teaching and outreach; today something else has taken its place. Continue reading “What Happened to the Gospel?”

The Believers

I was raised in this kind of culture.

The Believers

This is a book review of The Believers, which is about the Shaker movement, that began in the east then spread to Kentucky. Since writing this book review I have realized the Shakers were fanatics and zealots. We have fanatics and zealots today in all religions but also within Christianity. I was raised in this kind of culture. Continue reading “The Believers”