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."

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Taylor Swift Tells TIME Why She Went to War Against DJ Who Groped Her

The singer also reveals that Kesha was there for her when she needed support.

Taylor Swift one of the many women celebrated by Time Magazine's Person of the Year Issue, which named "Silence Breakers" against sexual harassment as its cover stars.

In the accompanying issue, the singer breaks her own silence about her court case earlier this year against DJ David Mueller, who sued her for defamation after he was fired when she told his superiors that Mueller had groped her backstage at a concert. She countersued for $1 and won.

When asked why she decided to take him to court and passionately testify against him, Swift explained that the decision had little to do with herself, but what he could do in the future to someone else. "I figured that if he would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances and high stakes, imagine what he might do to a vulnerable, young artist if given the chance," she told the publication. "It was important to report the incident to his radio station because I felt like they needed to know. The radio station conducted its own investigation and fired him. Two years later, he sued me."

Swift also revealed she reached out to another pop star to talk her through everything. "I spoke to Kesha on the phone and it really helped to talk to someone who had been through the demoralizing court process," she said. Kesha is in her an ongoing war against Dr. Luke.

The 27-year-old singer got heaps of social media praise after she took the stand, hitting back at Mueller's lawyer with fiery responses like, "I am not going to allow your client to make me feel like it is any way my fault because it isn't" and "I'm critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass."

"My mom was so upset after her cross-examination, she was physically too ill to come to court the day I was on the stand. I was angry. In that moment, I decided to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened," she said of her passionate testimony. "This man hadn't considered any formalities when he assaulted me, and his lawyer didn't hold back on my mom - why should I be polite? I'm told it was the most amount of times the word 'ass' has ever been said in Colorado Federal Court."

Though she won, Swift also told Time that, "to this day he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself."

To her fans and anyone else dealing with abuse or harassment, she added, "My advice is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you. You should not be blamed for waiting 15 minutes or 15 days or 15 years to report sexual assault or harassment, or for the outcome of what happens to a person after he or she makes the choice to sexually harass or assault you."

She also praised the "brave women" speaking out in public for helping "move the needle in terms of letting people know that this abuse of power shouldn’t be tolerated."

Source: toofab.com

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Review of the book Same Kind Of Different As Me

This book caught my attention because I wanted to see the movie first. But I decided to read the book first. This was about a rich man and woman who start helping at a soup kitchen. They met this homeless man and become friends with him and learn about GOD about the way. It was a very scriptural/Christian book. One thing I did not like about this book was the use of the "n"word because that put me off.

I liked the quote on page 61 which reads " I cannot see into a person's heart to know his spiritual condition. All I can do is tell the jagged tale of my own spiritual journey and declare that my life has been the better for having followed Christ."

I also liked the quote on page 126 which reads " You got to get the devil out of the house 'fore you clean it up! And that's what happened to me in them woods. I had time to clear my head and shake loose some of my old demons and think about what God might have in mind for the last part of my life. When you is precious to God, you become important to Satan. Watch your back. The thief comes in the night."

I liked the quote on page 129  which reads " the story of Joshua and Caleb, two of the twelve men Moses sent to spy out the promised land and bring back a report for the children of Israel. When the spies came back, they brought good news and bad news. The good news was that the land did flow with milk and honey, just as God has promised. The bad news was that the land was inhabited by giants. The Israelites wept with fear, all except for Joshua and Caleb, who said, If the Lord is pleased with us, He will give us the land. Do not be afraid"

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."

Monday, October 30, 2017

Review of the book Evidence That Demands A Verdict

This is a really good book. It shows you scriptures from the bible and other points of view such as authors and their own personal beliefs all to show you the bible is evidently true and correct. I have only gotten to page 280 but have hit a road block so I will only review up into that point. In the introduction on page xxxix Professor of philosophy David Horner explains " Faith and reason are friends and partners. They go together. They need each other and cannot flourish or even survive apart. Our faith should be a reasonable faithful reason-one that recognizes the inevitable and rationally necessary presence of trust and commitment. Trusting and committing yourself to what you have good reason to think is true and trustworthy, in those cases when doing so is appropriate thing you can do."

Another quote I enjoyed from Timothy Keller says " When Martin Luther King ,Jr. confronted racism in the white church in the South, he did not call on Southern churches to become more secular. He called white Christians to be more true to their own beliefs and to realize what the Bible really teaches. He did not say 'Truth is relative and everyone is free to determine what is right or wrong for them.' If everything is relative, there would have been no incentive for white people in the South to give up their power. Rather, Dr King invoked the prophet Amos, who said " Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream." The greatest champion of justice in our era knew the antidote to racism was not less Christianity, but a deeper and truer Christianity.

I liked the quote on page 14 which says "two examples of attempt to destroy the bible, one ancient and one recent, demonstrate the ferocity of Christianity's opponents" I liked reading about the different ways the bible was written down such as papyri. On the page 267 Evidence for the Appearance of Jesus, Moreland makes a case for the historicity of the appearance of Jesus. "Several features of the appearance narratives argue for their historicity. First we have...an early testimony by Paul himself that he saw that resurrected Christ. This is strong evidence, for Paul was obviously sincere in his testimony and he understood the resurrection of Jesus as a bodily resurrection. Second, women were the first to see the risen Christ and, given status of women as witnesses in first century, this fact is hard to understand if it really did not happen..."

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Review of the book Mercy Never Sleeps by Jamie Blaine

I enjoyed reading the book Mercy Never Sleeps. It is about a person who runs the crisis call center and tends to help people who are feeing down about life and want to hurt themselves. He says in the book that those people show him what life is really about and brings himself closer to Jesus and God. He meets people with depression, people who took pills to get rid of the pain and need to go to treatment or the hospital to get help. He meets people with schizophrenia and hear things and tries to help them cope with reality. He himself is an insomniac and has trouble sleeping so he starts taking these sleeping pills but it ends up messing up his brain and in the end has a nervous breakdown and has to be hospitalized and got an IV put in him to his mind could to sleep and he could start fresh. 

He had other jobs as well such as a dj where he met lots of interesting people late at night who also couldn't sleep and heard stories of people that stuck with him and he later will use this book to tell their stories and how they came out okay in the end. I liked throughout the book how he tries to be a good Christian and reads the bible trying to understand everything. He prays to God a lot and to Jesus and I believe they heard him and answered his prayers a lot.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow Review

This book was a really good book! It was about a white cop who was accused of critically injuring a black teenager after he got the report that the teenage boy had taken part in a robbery was on the run. The book is how his lawyers try to show him as innocent and not end up in jail. Religion played a big part in this book, the lawyer that was representing him, found GOD and become a religious person which helped her and her client. I read the whole book in about a day because I could not put it down. I did not see the ending of the book at all and had me in suspense the entire time. This book was interesting because blacks and whites had different views on everything and didn't always agree. Black people said cops were out to get them because of their race. White cops didn't want to be seen as racists. This was my first time reading this author and I would recommend this author to everyone I know and try to find more books by this author. When the white cop was accused of his crime the way the blacks treated him was uncalled for. Shots were fired into his house which endangered his family. It was like the black people wanted retaliation which isn't very safe or a smart way to help move things along. The only black person who was courteous in all of this was the black suspects aunt who forgave the man regardless of his outcome because that's what God showed us to do.

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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 de...