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Having Daughters in University

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More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
One of the great things about having daughters in university is that they will sometimes bring home textbooks that interest me.  One of my daughters took a class about the life of Christ and this was one of her textbooks.  I've read the older version before, but this one is updated and co-authored by the father and son team.  I'm not going to add my words, I'm just going to share one story from the book that I especially loved and encourage you to read the book for yourself.  Whether you have questions about who Jesus Christ is or you know Him, but want to know Him better this book is for you.
At this point many people ask the natural question, "Why couldn't God just forgive without requiring payment?"...Wherever there is forgiveness, there is payment.  For example, let's say my daughter breaks a lamp in my home.  I'm a loving and forgiving father, so I hug her and say, "Don't cry, hone…

The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution by Trudy Scott, CN

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It seems you can't watch television without seeing an advertisement for medication to treat some form of depression or anxiety.  Is all of that medication necessary?  Can we do something to alleviate the problem or heal ourselves?  This book definitely gives direction for those seeking an alternative way to care for anxiety and fluctuating moods. 

Each chapter deals with a different aspect of our health as it relates to food (sugar and blood sugar swings, caffeine, alcohol,  nicotine, gluten and other food sensitivities, digestion, and taking supplements).  Really what a lot of this boils down to is paying attention to our bodies when we eat and noting how food makes us feel (both physically and emotionally).  Ms. Scott encourages food journaling to track what was eaten and what our reaction was to the food.  She also shares real life stories of  her patients that relate to the topic in each chapter. 

I don't believe that we should all swear off doctors and medicine as a resu…

Because I'm a Dog Person

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Reading about Wallace the American Pitbull Terrier with my little Jack Russell Terrier!
I love stories about underdogs who make good.  Wallace was a misunderstood Pitbull living in an animal shelter with his life hanging in the balance.  People thought he was aggressive, but he was really overstimulated with no outlet for his energy.  Enter Roo and Clara Yori, the couple who could see his potential and loved him for who he was.  They took him home and found ways to channel his energy.  With the help of his humans he became a champion disc dog.  After you read the book, check out videos on You Tube to see them in action.  
Needless to say, this book has a very happy ending.  I enjoyed the book immensely and I'm glad I met Wallace through hearing his story.  
Until next time....
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Practicing His Presence by Brother Lawrence and Frank Laubach
This is one of the books I try to read yearly.  I have certainly not perfected keeping Christ in mind every moment of every day, hence the reason this book needs to be read yearly.  I find that different passages stand out to me each time I read this little book (it's only 106 pages).  I thought I'd share the passages that spoke to me this reading.

This is the best way to act: talk a great deal to the Lord.  Frank Laubach page 23
We ought not to be discouraged on account of our sins; rather, simply pray for the Lord's grace with perfect confidence, relying upon the infinite mercies of the Lord Jesus Christ.  God has never failed offering us His grace at each action.  I can distinctly perceive that grace, and I am never without a sense of that grace unless it is when my thoughts have wandered from a sense of God's presence or I have forgotten to ask the Lord for His assistance.   Brother Lawrence page 56
Anyone i…

My First Abandoned Book of the Year

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I tried to read this book, but I couldn't get into it.  I think the subject matter is worthwhile, but the author's writing style didn't appeal to me.  Let me know if you read this book and enjoy it.  You just might!

Until next time...

Movie Night!

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We're going to have an evening filled with popcorn and Pooh Bear!  I'm pretty excited.  What do you have planned for this evening?

My First Books of 2019!

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Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
Confession time, I actually read Cold Tangerines before the calendar flipped to January 1 and Bittersweet I started December 30 and finished on January 1, but I thought close enough was good enough for this post.  Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet are the second and third books respectively that I've read by Shauna Niequist.  I came across them on another blogger's post on Pinterest of books that helped them when they were struggling with depression.  Both are collections of essays describing times of difficulty and transition in Ms. Niequist's life.  
The theme of Cold Tangerines is celebration. I think she was trying to describe how even in times of difficulty and transition we can celebrate God's activity in our lives.  Honestly, I didn't think the book felt celebratory.  I didn't come away with a more hopeful outlook.  The theme of Bittersweet is that even in difficulty and transition there is an element of …