Sunday, April 15, 2018

Review of the book How The Nations Rage by Jonathan Leeman

I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to everyone and would like to read more books by this author. This book talks about rethinking faith and politics in a divided age. The author says on page 11 " I am concerned that sometimes we let principles of Americanism determine the way we read scripture, rather than letting scripture determine how we should evaluate principles of Americanism." On page 14 the author says " yet is it possible that all the contention and division Christians presently face is the catalyst God means to force some of us to rethink where our political hopes really life?... Conversions makes us citizens of Christ's kingdom, places us inside embassies of that kingdom, and puts us to work as ambassadors of heaven's righteousness and justice. Churches are the cities on hills, said Jesus. Not America.

On page 25 the author says " step one for understanding my claim that governments serve gods is seeing that our religion is bigger than what happens at church. Step two is seeing that our politics are bigger than what happens in the public square. In fact, our politics involve everything we do. " On page 33 the author says " God exists, and everyone has a primary responsibility to God for his or her conduct and behavior, and then to the state." On page 35 the author says " After all, who gets to decide which rights are right, or how to define equality, or which freedoms are just? Shall we affirm the right to an abortion, marriage equality, and the freedom to define one's own gender? Well the answer depends on what your God or gods say. Christians therefore find themselves in the peculiar position of wanting to say that rights, equality, and freedom are God's given gifts, but looking around and seeing people treat those gifts as gods or at least as Trojan horses that hide there real gods. In other words, when you define religious freedom apart from the God of scripture, eventually those terms will be used against the people of that God. Yes, that's the paradox of religious freedom."

On page 43 the author talks about LGBTG. My Christian faith does not treat every conceivable identity-construct as morally legitimate. Should we foster "acceptance, respect, and understanding" for those who identify themselves as thieves, adulterers or vampires? Not according to my faith." On page 82 the author says " Zach's refusal to support same-sex marriage would not be about imposing a Christian sexual ethic on others. It was about refusing to let the world impose its sexual ethic on him, which it was doing by asking him to endorse something God has not authorized government to endorse. It was about refusing to put his hand to anything that will provoke the judgement of God at the end of history."

On page 107 the author says " if abortion is a private decision, how can you require me and my tax dollars to pay for other people's private decision? That would make it a public matter, because it involves me and my tax contribution. Hence, there's a contradiction. " On page 183 the author says " ...several years ago President Obama's Affordable Care Act sought to require employers to insure employees for abortion. Churches and Christian organizations immediately objected, arguing on the grounds of religious freedom that it unjustly burdened the conscience to insure an employee's abortion...The real issue, for a Christian, is murder. We don't want the state to require us to fund something we believe is murder...."

On page 217 the author says " we should never stop asking what makes rights right. The answer for a Christian must be that rights are right because God said they are right. That's why human governments should respect our rights...When we disregard what God says is right, than anyone can which rights are right and which aren't. There is no rebuttal. There is no public and accepted righteousness or standard of right..."

Disclosure of Material Connection. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, part 255. "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." Disclosure of Material Connection. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, part 255. "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review of the book Friend of Sinners by Rich Wilkerson, JR.


I enjoyed reading this book. I even ear marked the book on pages I thought were relevant to remember and share with my readers. I like the quote on page xii which says " Jesus was called a lot of names. All he did was love and help people, yet he had his share of bullies and critics. Many of the religious leaders of the day were jealous of his success and afraid he would upset the status quo. They wanted to discredit him in the eyes of the public, so they said all sorts of crazy things about him. They whispered that he was an illegitimate child. They accused him of being demon possessed...."

I also liked the quote on page 11 that says " Healthy people don't need a doctor-sick people do" says Jesus. Also liked the quote on page 13 that says " Religion tends to look for outward signs that we are qualified to follow God, but Jesus shatters that paradigm time and time again. He doesn't want for us to clean ourselves or renounce our lifestyles. He finds us where we are and calls us to follow him. No application or qualifications needed..." The quote on page 15 says this  by Matthew " You've got to meet this Jesus guy. He accepted me. He believed in me. He delivered me. He changed me." I liked the quote on page 52 which reads "a yoke? Isn't that an instrument of hard labor? I'm already overburdened. How can I take Jesus' yoke on top of what I'm already carrying? This is in relation to the scripture taken at Matthew 11 verse 29....

" If you feel like you are carrying so much weight that you can't take another step; if you feel like you've injured yourself emotionally and mentally because you've borne too much for too long... then enjoy the scripture at 1 peter 5.7" which is on page 59. On page 75 the author says " Jesus came for those whose lives are falling apart, who need him and know it. At the end of the day, none of us have it all together. We all need Jesus." On page 106 the author says " Other times we don't see God because pain and difficult circumstances are overwhelming our hearts and our senses. Maybe we believed he was close to us in the past, but life is suddenly contradictory, and he have trouble believing God could really be there."

I liked the quote on page 114 which says "the church has burned a few bridges with our culture in the names  of evangelism. Church people are famous for forcing their beliefs and morals on people in the name of witnessing. " I also liked the quote on page 121 which says " Maybe your heart is broken, and you wonder if you'll be able to go on. Maybe you wonder if God is real or if he cares for you. Maybe you can't see Jesus through your tears, but he can see you. He's standing next to you, I promise. He is aware of what you are going through. He knows your pain and he calls your name. Turn to him and see him for who he really is. Your life will never be the same because Jesus is near. On page 181 the author says " God comforted me. God loved me. God gave me peace."

Disclosure of Material Connection. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, part 255. "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." Disclosure of Material Connection. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, part 255. "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, March 16, 2018

Teen Mom 2's Chelsea Houska Is Pregnant With Baby No. 3



Another little Cole-y is on the way! Teen Mom 2 star Chelsea Houskar  announced on Thursday, March 15, that she is expecting another child with husband Cole DeBoer.

“….GUESS WHAT! A sweet baby girl will be joining the DeBoer clan in a few short months!” the 26-year-old MTV personality captioned a photo of her ultrasound. “We could not be more excited!”
DeBoer shared the same photo and gushed in his caption: “This proud dad is getting a new Bow and it’s nailed my heart.”

The couple married in October 2016, while she was pregnant with their first child together. They welcomed Watson Cole in January 2017. Houska is also mom of 8-year-old Aubree, whom she shares with ex-boyfriend Adam Lind.

“Aubree did such a great job keeping this a secret and she said at school on Monday she’s gonna walk in and start yelling it down the hallways!” Houska told MTV News after revealing her pregnancy. She also added that her husband is super excited to have another child and “talks to [her] belly every night.”

Joked DeBoer: “The men in this household are standing their ground even though we are outnumbered.”

After the pair announced their happy news, her dad, Randy Houska, who also appears on Teen Mom 2, shared his joy on Twitter with a bit of comedy. “Wuuuttttt???????” he joked in response to his daughter’s tweet. He then shared the same ultrasound photo and added: “I would like official recognition from @ChelseaHouska that @ritahouska and I are the most awesome secret keepers #BOOM #1moreDeBoer.”

Source: usmagazine.com

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Tori Spelling Suffering Mental Breakdown ...According to 911 Caller

Police are at Tori Spelling's home after a 911 caller reported she's having some sort of breakdown ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops are responding after the call came in around 7 AM, saying Tori was being very aggressive ... going through what one source describes as a nervous breakdown. We're told she doesn't have any weapons, but obviously snapped enough for someone in the house to call police.

Our sources say Tori had called police Wednesday night because she thought someone was breaking into her house, but it turned out to just be her husband, Dean McDermott, coming home.

Tori seemed okay on Wednesday when she was hanging with Corinne Olympios from "The Bachelor" and another woman.


Officers are at Tori's L.A. home right now, we've seen multiple units going in and out of Tori's neighborhood but no sign of Tori or her family.

Source: TMZ

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Review of the book Putting It Together Again When It's All Fallen Apart

I really enjoyed this book. I read it in 2 days. This book is about putting your life back together when everything is falling apart using common sense and bible scriptures to encourage you. I liked the quote on page one of the foreword which says " It's far more difficult to rebuild something damaged than to build something new right out of the box, with all the pieces numbered and sorted by bags."  I liked the quote on page 57 which says " What gives a person the energy to keep going when they want to give up? It's one thing to want to rebuild; it's quite another to get involved in the work of rebuilding every day of your life. That takes daily energy."

On page 91 it talks about encouraging us to pray to God when we are feeling down to relieve our pressure. It says " Lord, I don't want to live discouraged. So I ask for your encouragement right now. I pray that you'd show me a place to serve. Lord, give me the heart to look to you, to remember you, and to worship you. You are a great and awesome God. You are a God who loves me and a God who will encourage me in anything and everything. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."

I liked the quote on page 139 which says " When leaders make God's Word clear, the celebration of God is magnified. One of the most celebrative moments in worship is when a simple explanation of God's truth makes the light go on in our hearts.  When we understand it, then we're able to live it."

Disclosure of Material Connection. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, part 255. "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A review of When Is It Right to Die by Joni Eareckson Tad

I just recently read a book called When Is It Right to Die and really enjoyed it. It asked very hard hitting questions about how life and death and how we should handle it. I liked the quote on page 49 that says "Each year more than 44 thousand people die by suicide in the United States. It is estimated that 25 times that number attempt suicide year. And the numbers have steadily risen since 2006." That really shocked me, didn't realize how bad it had become.

I also liked the quote on page 55 which says "No decent human being would allow an animal to suffer without putting it out of its misery. It is only to human beings that human beings are so cruel as to allow them to live on in pain, in hopelessness, in living death, without moving a muscle to help them." That is so honest and true.

I liked the quote on page 73 which says " When prescribing doctors fill out a final report after an assisted suicide, the top four reasons given for the request for assisted suicide are, 1-decreasing ability to participate in activities that made life enjoyable, 2-loss of autonomy,3- loss of dignity,4- a sense of being a burden. The quote on page 95 is great as well. " If we cannot be torn in pieces by the roaring lion, we may be hugged to death by the bear. The devil cares very little which it is, as long as he destroys our love for Christ and our confidence in Him." In a related quote on page 97 which says " Little wonder that Jesus not only recognized the existence of a devil, but nailed him with the name tempter."

I like the quote on page 102 that says " The apostle Paul got depressed. We are pressed on every side by trouble, but not crushed or broken. We are perplexed because we don't know why things happen as they do, but we don't give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandon's us. " The quote on page 106 goes with this last quote which reads " The devil is a fallen angel. He is a deceiver. He is doomed for destruction."

On page 119 it says " Life is more fleeting than we realize. We need the perspective of David, who wrote these words in Psalm 39:6-4 " Show me, Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years are nothing before you..." The quote on page 168 says " Followers of Christ are supposed to give, even when it hurts. We serve, even when-and especially when-we're worry or discouraged. Christ calls us to look out for others' interests before our own."


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Saturday, January 06, 2018

Review of the book Amish Sweethearts-Four Novellas by Amy Clipston

This book is about 4 different Amish families and how love/death an everything affects the individual families. The first section of the book is about an Amish women named Lindsay and how she is looking forward to getting married to her fiancé Matthew. Matthew ends up going through some things with his family and is having trouble opening up to Lindsay about it. He decides to turn to GOD and pray about it until he decides what he has to do. I won't share how it ended but you can read about it to find out.

The second section of the book is about Jamie Lantz whose job it is to take tourists on a horse and buggy ride through town but it all turns out bad after a car hits them and people get injured. Luckily in the end it all comes out with truth about the car driver and why the accident actually happened the way it did. And Jamie ends up falling in love as well which is exciting. You can find out more by reading this section.

The third section is abut a man named Tobias and how he is coming back home after being gone months and how he left was not in the best circumstances. He ends up falling in love and learning about his past and future a well. A very suspenseful section of all four sections.
The third section is about A woman named Ellie who must help her mother after the death of her brother. Money is tight and so they must figure out what to do to stay afloat.

Disclosure of Material Connection. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, part 255. "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Review of the book How The Nations Rage by Jonathan Leeman

I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to everyone and would like to read more books by this author. This book talks about rethink...