The Word Is Still God

While at West Coast Conference, one of my favorite things to do is take some time to peruse the bookstore that is set up each year. I was walking around scanning titles, and my attention was drawn to this book. I picked it up because I recognized the name of the author. If this was the same person, he was close to my son’s age and someone we had met through our involvement in Bible quizzing when our kids were younger. Sure enough, when I looked at the author’s picture on the back cover, there was no mistaking that this was the same young man, who back in the day, was an incredible Bible quizzer. 

“Wow, Garrett wrote a book!” I thought to myself. Upon reading more about the book, I saw that it was a study of the Oneness of God, which has always been interesting for me. I bought it, and I have been enjoying it!

Garrett starts with the book of Genesis and goes through each book of the Bible in order, bringing out different aspects of the Oneness of God. I’ve been amazed at some of his insights and nuggets of truth that he shares. It’s so amazing to see the Oneness of God in each book of Scripture. 

I haven’t finished reading the book yet, but I’ve read enough to know that this is a book I would recommend. If you want a fresh, new appreciation for the Bible doctrine of the Mighty God in Christ, this book is for you.

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The Journey Is Almost Over

A few days ago, I did something I haven’t done in a long time. I visited our county library’s website. I have a friend who will be homeschooling her kindergarten age son, and I wanted to see how many books on her booklist would be available through our library system. As I began to search for different books, my mind was flooded with a sea of memories of homeschool days gone by. I read many, many books to my children when they were little(and when they were older too), and many of the titles and pictures of bookcovers that I viewed were very familiar. Sitting there remembering how I used to spend hours putting books on hold through the website, I suddenly became choked up, and a tear came to my eye. This year will be my last of homeschool.

I can honestly say that besides teaching my children about God, my favorite thing has always been reading out loud to them. Many years ago, I read a pamphlet written by a former homeschooled student entitled, “Hand That Rocks The Cradle.” This booklet contained an essay explaining the advantages and value of reading aloud to your children. It also gave an extensive list of quality classic children’s books along with book reviews on many of the books. Many of the books I selected to read to my children were based on this list. I have many fond memories of sitting in our living room and traveling through various historical eras and to different states, countries and regions via the simple vehicle called a book. Often I recall closing a book at the end of a chapter and announcing that I was done reading only to have one or both of the kids shout and plead for me to read more. I fully intended on it. I was just trying to gauge their interest level, and most times, I was just as interested, if not more than they were.

Reading outloud is a very simple way to “kill two birds with one stone” as the expression goes. Actually, you can kill more than 2 birds. Reading outloud often introduced the kids to new vocabulary words. Many of the books I read were somewhat over their heads, so we would often come across new words, providing me with a natural and almost effortless way to teach new vocabulary. As I would read outloud with expression in my voice, it provided the children with a model of how to read outloud themselves. Finally, the books that were read opened up many opportunites to teach great moral lessons as the kids would ask questions about “why so and so did what” and “how could that happen?”, etc. etc.

Every once in a while, I will give my children a little “book quiz”. I will ask them questions about identifying the person that made this quote or in what book did this event take place. They almost always will get the right answer. I was telling my daughter the other day that next to teaching the Bible, that reading aloud was my favorite part of homeschool. She was quick to say that that was her favorite part too.

So, I may be a little older now and not able to read outloud as much as I used to, but my son who is a senior is going to hear at least 2 more books before he graduates, and during the summer at a time when we’re all together, I will probably sneak in one of our family favorites. If I get to the point where I’m desperate to read, and there are no more kids around the house, well…………………I may have to rent a little one for a few hours. 🙂

 

Some of our favorite books

Old Yeller

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

This Present Darkness

Piercing The Darkness

Toliver’s Secret

Island Of The Blue Dolphins

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Pollyanna

Watch For Me, Wait For Me, Eula Bee

Call It Courage

 

What are some of your favorite books?

Unlocked

This is the title of a book I just finished reading by Karen Kingsbury. The story is about an 18 year old boy that struggles with autism and how through an old childhood friend and prayer, a series of miracles happen in the life of Holden(the main character)that release him from being locked up in a private, non-verbal world of his own.  Having worked with autistic children for over a year now, I could really relate to this story, and it deeply touched my heart. One of the things the author brought out also was that there are a lot of other ways that people can be “locked up”.  Some are locked up in the quest to be part of the “in” crowd, the pursuit of wealth, the goal of having that perfect figure, etc. etc. As I was reading, the Lord impressed upon my mind the thought that we are all born locked up in the prison of sin. Because of what happened back in the garden of Eden, a sinful nature has been passed down to every person that enters into the world. We are born with a nature that is contrary to God, and unless a change takes place, we will never be able to have a right relationship with Him ,and  we will remained locked up in our own sinful nature.  Through prayer and the patient efforts of a friend, Holden was drawn out of his solitary confinement and brought to a place where he could truly begin to communicate and having meaningful relationships with others. What a blessing it is to have a God who seeks to woo us and win us to a wonderful relationship with Him. He uses so many little things to try and get our attention  and to bring us to the place where we can repent and turn our hearts toward Him- the beauty of creation, circumstances of life, preaching and teaching of His Word(if we’ll choose to listen), kindness when we don’t deserve it and most of all prayer. 

I shudder to think of where I would be if someone had not been praying for me and if someone had not reached out to me in love and shared the gospel. I could have committed suicide and died lost, because there was a time in my life when I considered suicide as a way to end the emotional pain that engulfed me. Reading Unlocked has left me with 2 desires. As far as my job goes, I want to pray more and reach out more to the families with whom I am working. While I believe ABA is helpful in working with autistic children, it is ultimately God that can open the door for these kids to communicate and have healthy relationships with family and friends. As a Christian, I want to pray more for the people in my life that don’t know God and may or may not realize that they are locked up in a spiritual prison. While I can be kind to people and do my best to share the gospel with them, my efforts will fall short if I don’t earnestly pray, for I know that without Him, I can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Dear Lord, please let 2011 be the year of unlocked doors.

Luke 4:18

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Finally Participating In A Tag

I was tagged by Karen at the beginning of the month to participate in this and am just now getting around to doing it.  So sorry for the delay.  Here goes.

RULE ONE: Grab one of the books closest to me, go to page 56, type the fifth line and the next two to five lines that follow.

RULE TWO: Pick five people who love books (I think) and who could receive the Bookworm award with honor.

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For the God of Amos is not only all powerful and international, he is also ethical and spiritual.The prophet’s three apostrophes to Jehovah are especially majestic and noteworthy. (4:13;5:8;9:5,6).

from The 12 Minor Prophets by George L. Robinson

I now tag Janet, Kweenmama, Catherine, Andrea, and Carmen.

If you choose not to play that is okay. You’ll still be my blogging buddy. 🙂

Tag, You’re It

I was tagged by Helen to play this little game.

Here is how it works.

1.  Pick up the nearest book(of at least 123 pages).

2.  Open the book to page 123.

3.  Find the fifth sentence.

4.  Post the next 3 sentences.

5.  Tag five people.

Kingdom’s Quest by Chuck Black

He smiled and offered his arm, and she took it. They walked in the beauty of the forest scenery, content to let the kingdom pass them by for a time. They came to a large, fallen tree and sat upon its trunk.

Now I am tagging Becky  Jayleigh Eva Carmen and Kiki. 

Beyond Hardy Boys or Books I Recommend For Little Men

     

This past Christmas, my son received a special gift in the mail from his aunt, uncle(my youngest brother)and cousins in Wisconsin.  Upon opening his package, he discovered the first 3 books of what is known as the Kingdom Series.  The author of this series is Chuck Black, and I can say that I have enjoyed these books as much as my son has.  These books are actually an allegory of the Bible and take place in a medeival setting, chock full of knights, villians and sword fights.  In the back of each book are discussion questions that you can use to help your child think and understand how certain characters and events in the book represent people and happenings in the Bible. 

My son was a very reluctant reader until the beginning of last year when he really gained an interest in the Hardy Boys.  I was and am glad for that, but I really wanted to find something else with a little more depth that would interest him.  These books were the ticket!  If you have a book resistant kid in your household, you might want to try these out.  They are also available as audio dramatized books too. 

Click here to learn more about the books.

Good Quote From A Great Book

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Most successful Christians don’t have the best of everything —they just make the best of everything.  Ron Mullings

One of the fringe benefits of going to church conferences is being able to browse through and buy some of the many books that are available.  My husband came home from General Conference with several books, and I snatched this one up immediately.(since he was alreay reading something else) It’s called People Are Pitiful, and it’s by one of my favorite preachers, Rev. Ron Mullings.  Whether we are new converts or have been living for God for many years, we all have a “pitiful side” to us that we need God to help us to overcome.  This book deals with the subject in a very simple, humble and practical manner.  I’m halfway through the book and enjoying it very much.  I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in Christian growth.