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Blogging for Books

Waterbrook Multonomah just invited me to start reviewing books for them through BloggingforBooks.com. I am so excited. I just requested a copy of The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers. Listen to some of these chapter titles: Chapter 1: In which I jump out of a box and play the Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp. Chapter 2:In which we get out of the feechie trade and I begin my formal education and Chapter 11: In which we meet the Blossom of Bonifay, the Chalkboard Bully, and the world’s most beautiful eighty-two-year-old. Here is the description from the publisher’s website:

“As far back as he can remember, the orphan Grady has tramped from village to village in the company of a huckster named Floyd. With his adolescent accomplice, Floyd perpetrates a variety of hoaxes and flimflams on the good citizens of the Corenwald frontier, such as the Ugliest Boy in the World act.
“It’s a hard way to make a living, made harder by the memory of fatter times when audiences thronged to see young Grady perform as “The Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp.” But what can they do? Nobody believes in feechies anymore.
“When Floyd stages an elaborate plot to revive Corenwalders’ belief in the mythical swamp-dwellers known as the feechiefolk, he overshoots the mark. Floyd’s Great Feechie Scare becomes widespread panic. Eager audiences become angry mobs, and in the ensuing chaos, the Charlatan’s Boy discovers the truth that has evaded him all his life—and will change his path forever.”

Breaking Free

I would like to know if I am the only sap doing this Bible Study by Beth Moore, who can’t get through a homework assignment without crying? Actually I am such a procrastinator that it’s usually a couple days of crying during the homework and then a few days keeping myself too busy with other things, and then a few days of cramming to try to get caught up. Which includes more crying because I am so frustrated with myself for keeping myself “too busy” for God.
I really am enjoying this study though and am hopeful that God is not through with me yet! This is a little of what I have learned so far-
“Captivity is anything that hinders the abundant and Spirit Filled life God has planned for his child.”
Benefits of being chosen by God:
1) To know God and believe Him.
2) To glorify God.
3)To find satisfaction in God.
4) To experience God’s peace.
5) To enjoy God’s presence.

Isaiah 57:14 “And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people.”

5 common obstacles:
1)Unbelief Maybe you believed and repented into salvation, but do you believe God’s promises for your life here on Earth? Mark 9:24
2)Pride Maybe you don’t think you have any real sin issues, you think you are a pretty good Christian and God is lucky to have you on his team!
3)Idolatry- Putting other things before God. This is a big one for me. I get so caught up with whatever is interesting to me in the moment, that I put prayer and Scripture on a back burner.
4)Prayerlessness- Goes hand in hand with #3
5)Legalism-Being more aware of others faults than loving others. Seeing the speck in your brother/sister’s eye, but ignoring the log in your own.

I went through Obstacle 3, 4, and 5 today ( I said I was catching up!) and I was led to write out some lies I have been believing that I need to daily give over to the Lord.

1) LIE-That momentarily releasing my anger onto my children ( or husband) will make me feel better and doesn’t so any lasting harm. TRUTH- It does not make me feel better, it makes me feel like scum and it obviously harms because my behaving in such a way is the result of my being surrounded by anger when I was a child. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not blaming my parents for my present behavior. I am an adult and I make my own choices. However, I learned certain sin-habits by watching others choose them, and my children are already making sinful choices based on how they see me behave.

2) LIE-Being disrespectful to my husband is not a big deal and does not have any consequences. TRUTH- It is a big deal because it is sin. Being saved does not let me off the hook, there are consequences such as an unhappy husband and disrespectful children. When I disrespect him, they think it is ok to disrespect us. Their disrespect leads me to be angry which just starts the cycle over again. How can I expect them to be happy and obedient when I am angry and disrespectful, makes no sense!
3)Lie- Retreating to my room and hanging out online is my right and there’s nothing wrong with it!! TRUTH- As long as it does not interfere with my responsibility as a wife and mother, it is nothing worng with going online, but when it takes over my day and my children are left to themselves, it is not ok, and it is not my “right”!

Well, I think that’s enough inward reflection for me! I would like to hear what others who have done this study think and even if you have not done this study, what are some lies you have believed??

South Asian Book Challenge

My local library systems ( I have 2 three county systems that I have library cards for) did not have the books that I mentioned on a recent post. So I did a search on India (I know I am missing alot of countries there but South Asian did not gather any results so that ws my next try)
and I found these:
Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal
Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
The Splendor of Silence by Indu Sundaresan

Maybe I will purchase my original choices at half.com another time. I already have some other books to read from the library but when I get to these I will let you know.

Book Challenge

As I was browsing some blogs here on wordpress I found someone who mentioned book challenges.  Well when I saw that I just had to investigate!  Book and challenge in the same sentence?!?  Step aside!  I decided to try the south asian author book challenge at skrishnabooks.com.  I am going to keep it to 3 books since I already have tons to read.  I read The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan so I am going to read the sequel, Feast of Roses.  Shobhan Bantwal has a couple interesting looking contemporary books so I am going to read those: Forbidden Daughter and Sari Shop Widow.  Forbidden Daughter is about forced abortion and infanticide in India so I think this one will especially be an important read.

New books

I love new books, I love old books too…i just love books!  Anyone who knows me could tell you this…anyway- I got a box in the mail today from www.graceandtruthbooks.com.  They had a great deal on a girl’s story collection.  These are all stories and books written in the 1800’s.  I am really excited   because it is so hard to find stories that include TRUE Christianity.   I encourage you to check them out, I looked at their website real quick and they seem to have some really wonderful books available.  Let me share the blurb from one of these books.  This one is titled  “Grace Raymond”, “The story of Grace Raymond portrays to children the life transforming power of our kind God.  Though we are so unlike Him, He is willing and able by His great grace to change us!  As your little girls read of tempermental, hot-headed Grace, who at first defends and justifies her angry outbursts, but learns of the depths of sin in her heart, they will learn to seek the Lord for grace to deal with their own weaknesses…”  WOW!  It is hard to find children’s books that have such truth and depth to them!