Hope’s Daughter, Melanie Cusick-Jones is my kind of science fiction. In a futuristic society, on a space station, the young people’s lives are ordered for them, but all is not at it seems.I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be reading the rest of the series. Good writing and believable characters. I especially like that the book has some closer, while leaving the story open for the next book. I give this story 5 stars.
This little book by Van Crouch is a must read. It is a book that in very simple terms, shows you how to handle bad situations. I recommend it for every person who follows Jesus. It is simple enough for pre-teens, but is geared for adults. There is a bit of humor in his books, just like hearing him in person. A great gift idea for someone going through hard times, or in a dry place. I give this book a solid 5 stars.
God called David, “A man after my own heart.” He made a promise to this young shepherd-turned King, to always keep one of David’s heirs on the throne. This line started with David’s son Solomon and went all the way to Jesus (who still happens to occupy the throne and hold the title of “King.”) Starting with Solomon, David’s heirs were not faithful to continue in their father’s footsteps. During Solomon’s reign he worshipped false Gods and led the people astray. So God separated His Chosen People into two groups, Judah who kept the throne of David and ruled in Jerusalem and Israel who ruled in Samaria. Israel had a string of leaders who mostly fought for the throne, while Judah continued to have David’s seed as their kings.
Read Kings and Chronicles as well as the prophets and you will quickly see that the very people that God had chosen to have as His own, turned their backs on Him. They built altars to foreign gods, worshipped and sacrificed to false gods; they even profaned the temple that David had dreamed of building for the Lord. They went as far as even sacrificing their own children to Molech, by throwing them into the mouth of the idol, which was a fiery furnace. Over and over through the lineage of those kings from Judah and Israel we read how they “did evil in the sight of the Lord,” and led God’s people to do the same.
Every now and then there was a light in the darkness, a prophet who really heard from God, a king who “did good like his father David.” They were few and far between and all but one, never removed one hundred percent of the idols and temple of the false gods, or restored the temple worship, sacrifices and the law. Only Josiah, who was only eight years old when he became king, did. He tore them down, pulled the altars to false gods out of the temple, crushed them into dust and let them wash away in the river. Then at the ripe age of sixteen he is given the book of the law that had been sitting unused in the temple. Once again God’s children renewed their faith in Him and they repented and followed the practices set up by God.
At his death, the next king, his very own son, “did evil in the sight of the Lord.” I read all of this and the one thing that stands out the most (no, not the stupidity of the people) is God’s patience! If I was Him, I would have given up after Solomon…So why did He keep trying? Why did He come when they remembered to call on Him? Because of the promise He had made to King David, all those generations ago, generations of unfaithful, hard hearted, stiff necked and rebellious people, that a son of David would always sit on the throne.
So even in His anger, when He used other nations to chastise the people and scatter them from their own land, He preserves the seed of David and a “Remnant” of His people. God was faithful to an unfaithful people. He preserved the line from David all the way until Jesus, the Son of David.
So what has God promised you? He is faithful. If He said it, He will bring it to pass. It might not always look like its coming, or come when we want it to, but it’s there. He is always watching over his word to perform it, (Jeremiah 1:12). Beware- don’t sin as the children of Israel and Judah did and expect God to move on your behalf. He clearly states in Zephaniah 3:12, that the remnant He preserved were, “A humble and lowly people and they will take refuge in the name of the Lord.” Those are the ones who inherit the promises.
The cover of this book is what caught my attention first, I just love it. Keeper of Reign is a delightful book for young people about Elfies (half elves, half fairies) who have shrunk in size due to a curse. Evil has come to the forest of Reign and Jules and his sibling have to find their missing parents, find the Books and free them all from the curse. This is an allegory based on the Bible. There are a few scriptures throughout, but not given as such, they are writings from the ‘Ancient Book.’ Good morals, a good storyline. I did think it was a little drawn out and obviously there is going to be a sequel. The story simply ended. I always prefer some type of cliff hanger, or some closer with each book in a sequel. But it was a good read. I recommend for ages 8-13. The characters range from sixteen to two. I give the book 3.5 stars due to the facts I mentioned above, well worth the .99 cents for the Kindle version on Amazon.
This was a nice read. Clean Christian romance with some good dating advice and morals for young girls. I thought the Pastor in the book, who happens to be one of the love interest a little odd. The book starts out pretty light, then takes a dramatic turn right at the end that I though was a little awkward. If your looking for a easy weekend read, this is it. I didn’t love it, but it was definitely worth the .99 I paid for it. I give it a solid 3 stars.
John 5:39 “Search the scriptures for in them ye think you have eternal life: but they are they which testify of me.”
Jesus told the religious leader of his day that in their searching of the scriptures they had missed the main point-finding him. Learning who He is, what He does, His will and purpose for our lives, His blessings and His love.
“The Greek word for search signifies a strict, close, diligent, curious search, such as men make when they are seeking gold, or hunters demonstrate when they are earnestly pursuing game. We must not rest content with having given a superficial reading to a chapter or two, but with the candle of the Spirit, we must deliberately seek out the hidden meaning on the Word…No man who merely skims the Book of God can profit thereby; we must dig and mine until we obtain the hidden treasure.” Charles Spurgeon-“Evening by Evening”
Think of those scavenger hunts as a child. How I loved those! You received your first clue-that led to the next-that led to the next. The treasure was never close at hand, or easily obtained. You had to figure out the next location from a few simple words. Sometimes the clues got harder as you went along. Most of the fun was in the searching out the meaning of the clues and the next location-but always at the end there was treasure.
If searching scripture or studying scripture (as opposed to just reading) is new to you and you don’t know how to start, you have several options. You can purchase a bible study or find one online that will take you through the process of study on a specific topic. I advise you to start with either who you are in Christ or who He is. Another option is to join, or start a bible study with a good teacher who will lead you in your study. There are also many good study Bibles available with cross references and study guides that you can tackle on your own. As you grow in this you will be able to study the things that God is laying on your heart, with the Holy Spirits leading you through the hunt with clues and promises of treasure.
I was given a copy of “Seduction of the Scepter” by the author, E. Rose Sabin, in exchange for an honest review. This story is told through journal entries by Lara, a young woman who is caught up in the intrigue of court life. I loved the historical feel of this novel. The story has Lara trapped between duty and desire. There are a few sex scenes, but not overly explicit and it is definitely adult content. I also have to mention that I loved the cover. I good read! I give it 4 stars.