30 April 2014

Knowing God by Name by David Wilkerson

The Lord is known by many names, and some names describe an attribute of God's character or how He relates to His people. In Knowing God by Name: Names of God that Bring Hope and Healing by David Wilkerson, more than ten Hebrew names of God are explored. In this powerful book, not only are the names of God explored by meaning, but the reader is given practical, life-changing application that they can use in their daily life. As Christians, we often face hardships in life, not only from the outside in hard situations that befall any human, but spiritually from the enemy. Knowing different names of God can be very uplifting and encouraging as we learn how much the Lord loves us, cares for us, and wants us to repent and turn to Him. As this book illustrates, the Lord is our Banner, He is our Shepherd, He is Our Righteousness, He is Our Peace and so much more. Do you know all the names of the Lord and what they mean to you? If not, then read this book!

I really loved this book and I have to say, this book came to me just when I needed it. Deep questions that I have been pondering were answered, and some questions that I didn't even know I had were answered. Written in a profound, but also simple and easy to understand way, Wilkerson explores what it truly means to understand some of the names of God, like Jehovah Nissi, the Lord is our Banner, and Jehovah Rohi, the Lord My Shepherd. I loved the way Wilkerson not only provided Biblical insight to each name, but also interpretation through the Scriptures about each name and how we learn more about Christ through His names. I really learned a lot from this book and recommend it anyone. Even if you are a seasoned believer, you may learn a thing or two more from this book - please pick it up and read it!

On another note, this book is not written to be a group Bible study, but I can see how this book could be explored in a group setting, covering a chapter each week, for eleven weeks. There are so many rich elements that could be explored and discussed in a small group Bible study.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

29 April 2014

We've been bugged

If you're first thought is of some kind of spy thing where big brother is now listening in on our house, well, you're probably like me. Ha ha. Time to take off the foil hat . . .

No, actually I'm talking about a virus. Actually, a few viruses. Or bacteria. Either or, we definitely have some stuff going around our house this past week.

I actually caught it first - it's some weird virus that keeps morphing, so it's kind of like a combination of a stomach virus, the flu and a sinus infection. But not all the same time. The symptoms just change every day. I seem to be on cycle 2 of this (meaning, it feels like it's starting all over again), and I've had it for seven days so far. Not fun.

And then on Thursday, Little Man came down with pink eye. A quick trip to the doctor on Friday morning revealed that it had actually spread around his eyes, so they put him on an oral anti-biotic instead of the drops.

On Saturday morning, when I woke up, I thought I was coming down with pink eye as well because my eye was half way crusted shut and I had stuff coming out of it, so I went to urgent care. They said I did not have pink eye and that everything else was just a virus - nothing to do but rest and wait it out. I can take over the counter meds to help with symptoms, but that's about it.

Then Flower came down with pink eye on Saturday afternoon. Try as I did with having Little Man wash his hands a lot and instructing him to not touch his face, Flower caught it. It was probably when she actually poked him in the eye, and then even though I was right there and immediately grabbed her to take her to wash her hands, she rubbed her eye. Yeah - that'll cause an infection to spread for sure. Two year olds . . . gotta love them, but they're still two.

Contagious - yes. So far Butterfly has been spared though.

I was able to get the kids pediatrician (God bless that wonderful woman) to call in a Rx for Flower, but she got the drops, which apparently sting. When she sees me coming with them, she immediately starts in on the "owie, owie, owie".

Then yesterday Mike came home from saying he had a sore throat and wasn't feeling so great. ::sigh:: Poor Mike. He has to go to work. At least when I'm feeling miserable, I can put on a movie for the kids and open a can, or four, of soup for dinner.

Yesterday, even though I'm still sick, I started a major cleaning operation in the house. I washed all the bedding, all the throw pillows and blankets, stuffed animals and the usual laundry suspects - I think I did eight (or was it ten?) loads in all. This on top of the five loads of clothes I did over the weekend. And I put all the toys that could be washed through the dishwasher and wiped down the rest with lysol wipes. I had planned on wiping all the surfaces with lysol wipes but I ran out of energy, and I had homework, so that will be done today.

Needless to say, I am really looking forward to feeling better!

 Little Man and Flower were a huge help in cleaning the house yesterday. Here, Littl-, I mean Thor, helps vacuum while Flower wipes down the chairs.

25 April 2014

For Such A Time by Kate Breslin

In this modern day parable of the Biblical story of Esther, For Such A Time by Kate Breslin, tells the story of Hadassah Benjamin, who finds herself saved from certain death in Dachau, at the height of World War II. She is transferred to Thereseinstadt to work for the SS as a secretary under the alias Stella Muller. Just as Esther must find courage to face insurmountable odds, even at the cost of her life in order to save her people, Hadassah must do the same. Sensing that her employer, Colonel Aric von Schmidt, is a man who no longer agrees with the Nazi propaganda and might help her, Hadassah pleads for her cause. As she becomes more daring, it seems that perhaps God has spared her for the task in front of her. As danger mounts and feelings intensify, will it matter all?

For Such A Time is a powerful story about a young woman’s horrific ordeal and the faith that was restored through it. Though the story is fictional, it takes place in a transit camp that actually existed, and the fates of the people in the story are no different than those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. The brutal cruelty of war and death, the spark of hope that endures in the face of insurmountable odds, and the testament of faith that God is still there, and that He is listening, even when it seems that He no longer cares or exists, are all breathtakingly told by Breslin.  

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-written, suspenseful story. Although parts of the book are historically accurate, other parts were embellished or changed to suit the plot, so if you are not one for overlooking such embellishments, then this story may not be exactly right for you. I love historical fiction, and I thought the plot of the story feasible and enjoyed this book for what it is – a powerful story of hope and redemption of the human spirit.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany Publishing Company book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”