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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Get on Board Serenity at Sea 2012

Are you a Christian author or aspiring to be one?  Then you'll enjoy this opportunity to cruise at sea and be enriched by the illustrious line up of experienced speakers and inspiring activities planned for you on Serenity at Sea 2012. 
Joy Elizabeth Turner is my sister in Christ and author of "Content Right Where I Am". She's put together this exciting cruise for authors - accomplished and aspiring. Check her out!
Joy E. Turner doesn't want you to miss the blessing...
"I am SOOOO looking forward to the Christian Authors Cruise - Serenity at Sea in July! Will you join us? We're going to have an AMAZING time and with this guest list of anointed authors, you won't want to miss the boat! There's still room! Book your cabin TODAY and come sail with us! Joy & Blessings!" 
July is right around the corner you guys....don't miss out on all the fun and fellowship reserve your cabin now!
pray without ceasing.
Read your Bible everyday and apply it till the Bridegroom comes!
Your sister in Christ,

Friday, February 24, 2012

I Am Second - A Review

Author - Dave Sterrett and Doug Bender
A collection of personal accounts with Christ

"My relationship with my mom was like my relationship with God.  I was going through the motions. I was not completely open and honest with mom or God."  Spoken by Michelle Aguilar

I can't say anything bad about these personal accounts of individual encounters with Christ Jesus. There is a certain standard to which books in the Christian genre must adhere. Whether or not the book fearlessly points to Christ is a big deal in my opinion as a reviewer. The challenge is to reach the sceptic or at least help the believer to face realized or unrealized sin.

All of the stories touched me in some way. But among the most memorable for me were Michelle Aguilar's story of learning trust all over again, Brian "Head" Welch of the rock band Korn and his definition of what true worship is was golden information. How about Michael W. Smith on God's pleasure, and the big event was the duplicity of Pastor Nate Larkins. What a testimony.

These athletes, entertainers - former/present and leaders are exposing some real life challenges that especially help us to see that we should never think of people, ourselves included, more highly than we ought.

Great book and bold concept. I just want to say for the record I Am Second. I am servant and hidden in Christ. This book is off the hook. You should get it!

Line that stood out:
Expressed by Pastor Nate Larkin. (p. 52)
"It never occurred to me that God let me wallow in my addiction to show me that I was not good."

Take away scripture:  (Hebrews 3:15)
While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

CBM gave I Am Second...... 3 B's

The book pointed to Christ throughout. It included real life walkers after the narrow path.  The story tellers were transparent while sharing some real sensitive personal issues. It exposed sin without preaching. It was risky but necessary.


pray without ceasing.
Read your Bible every day and apply it till the Bridegroom comes!

Your sister in Christ

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Get Up And Walk - A Review

Author - Daryl F. Hyun
A Reconciliation novel

"Get up and walk! That's what I'm saying to myself over and over."  Spoken by Michael Park.

          The title challenges us immediately by speaking to the more resistant part of the reader. Addressing someone in this manner is so powerful. It's a lot like bypassing the superficial and getting right to the part of us that no one ever really confronts.

          I believe everyone of us has a story to tell about how we took our first steps toward accepting reconciliation to Father God through his Son Christ Jesus.  For some, the journey is tumultuous  including a period when we are simply allowing life to happen without much of a fight like our main character Mike.

          Of course the end result is unhappiness due to bondage and eventually spiritual maybe even physical death. Some may not endure addictions or substance abuse but instead they weather troubles in the relationships they hold, no peace. Somehow the narrow path begins at the same place for both - the foot of the cross.

          The main family in the story were of Asian decent but their experience was universal something only helped by the restoration, repentance and forgiveness of God.  We can all relate to the real life experiences depicted in the story.  The vulnerability of the characters especially those in the support group with Mike reminded me of the condition that we are all in without Christ.

Point of Contention:
          It is not an easy task to communicate the message of reconciliation. My main focus is on whether or not the book truly points to Christ.  Throughout the story God is described as the Eternal. This I considered to be a little vague. Any religion can claim that their god is the Eternal. The main characters never really talked about Christ (the only way to Father, God).  I  felt that was a little ambiguous.  In this day and age it is important to be transparent when it comes to glorifying the only wise God.

Line that stood out:

Expressed by Michael Park (p 81 ).
"Get up and walk! That's what I'm saying to myself over and over."

Take away scripture: (Acts 3:7)
And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 

CBM gave Get Up and Walk ...... 1B

This novel, per the jacket, was loosely based on Bible story the Prodigal Son.   It could have pointed to Christ a bit more clearly in my opinion. To me it seemed more of a personal account or more of the inspirational/self help genre because in the end it motivated the reader to stop feeling sorry for himself/herself and do something positive to change their life.  


Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of (Get Up and Walk) as a member of the
Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit dorrancebookstore.com
to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.



pray without ceasing.
Read your Bible every day and apply it till the Bridegroom comes!

Your sister in Christ

Monday, February 6, 2012

CBM Review - Jezebel

Author - Jacquelin Thomas
A Fiction Novel based on scriptural truths


"I'm so sorry, Lord. Please forgive me for using my baby like that. If You bless me with another child, I promise I won't ever do it again. I won't, Lord. I promise." spoken by Jessie Belle

The cover of this book made me a little apprehensive to read further. I really like to control what my eyes see and what my ears hear lately.  But once I was able to get beyond the book's jacket it was worth the effort.  Thomas's version of Jezebel was, in my humble opinion, colored by a modern landscape but remained respectfully close to the scriptural account. 

Have you ever anxiously whispered the prayer in our excerpt above?  Lord, if you do this I'll do that...well that's what our main character Jessie Bell succumbed to and much, much more. Her role as a controlling, idolater translated easily from the Bible account to our 2012.  She was not only a menace to men but she pitted herself an enemy of God. I actually had to get my Bible and start re-reading the story to refresh my memory of  I and II Kings.

What's interesting is before reading this novel I had Jezebel pinned only under the lustful title.  I don't know where I got that notion  from but this woman had made herself a god. Subtle examples of this are present when she, on multiple occasions, advised her husband Traynor to trust in her, to allow her to get him where he needed to be, a role only God should have in the life of any follower of Christ.

I learned that Jezebel's problem wasn't just that she used her femininity to beguile but that she used whatever she could to achieve her goal.  That goes to show that even though we are ever learning about God there is nothing new under the sun.  We are all doing and re-doing the same things.  God has seen the same behavior since Adam and Eve in the garden. 

Our primary character was believable as she attempted to control her environment...her husband Traynor, son Holt, daughter-in-law Frankie, best girlfriend Mary Ellen and a host of others in her life.   Jezebel's story has been told many times over but in Jacquelin's version I could imagine this person living today. The behavior of the characters, a strong willed Jessie Bell, her husband Pastor Traynor the spirit-filled man of God in love with a beautiful woman, their family and friends  made the story come alive. 

After reading this story I took a long look at my own motivations and behavior.  The story was filled with the numerous twisted debacles of our heroine. Should I demote her to the mere title of main character due to her behavior? I think not because her use is much like that of the children of Israel in that we can decide to learn from her mistakes. In that wise, her sure destruction is beneficial to us all. God is not just gentle but he is strong and mighty and terrible.  We see this side of Him through this particular story.

I was reminded of one of my own pastor's recent sermons on salvation. Pastor Watts advised "you must put something (distance) between the old you and the you of today." This book exposes us to the subtlety of sin.  You don't have to have an affair on your husband to be guilty of this one.  We do however need to examine ourselves and put Christ Jesus between us and sin lest we remain guilty enemies of the Most High God and he judge us in that same state.

Line that stood out:

Expressed by Pastor Traynor (p. 259).  "Jezebel was a religious woman. She was also powerful cunning and arrogant. She actively opposed the Lord and worshipped idols. That was her character.'"

Take away scripture: (Galations 6:7-8)

7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

CBM gave Jezebel ...... 3B's

This novel asks the beloved to examine themselves. Judge yourself and submit to God. That message is definitely a challenge to us all. This points to Christ.



pray without ceasing.
Read your Bible every day and apply it till the Bridegroom comes!

Your sister in Christ

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

More Time To Get Focused On Christ

Happy New Year you guys!  I gotta say since Jesus hasn't returned yet I've been concerned about the subtle tricks of the enemy and how to avoid falling into his traps even more than ever. With so many wordly options to stay busy how do I keep myself occupied yet remain righteous while I wait?

Well....this is a Christian books site and of course the Bible is our #1 book. I'd like to point out the fact that the scriptural advice to watch as referenced in all 5 gospels, Acts, I thess., I Peter, and revelation is the key to how we should wait. But how do we so called, watch? Keep the following 3 ideals for Christian sobriety in mind regarding getting ready and staying ready in these last days, according to the scripture....


Protect your eyes and ears from tv, radio, dvd and any idol talk unto your heart
that doesn't belong. Read the Word and pray without ceasing. Read  I Peter 1:15-16


It's so easy to get bogged down with work, family life and activities but this is a trick.
Don't let the ememy's sublty cause your demise. Pray without ceasing.
Read: I Peter 4:7
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.


God isn't complicated. We in our sinful nature exacerbate
things with ease. If you know to do right and don't do it then to you that thing is sin.
Revelation 3:3 says:
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If
therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know
what hour I will come upon thee.


pray without ceasing.
Read your Bible everyday and apply it till the Bridegroom comes!

Your sister in Christ