Friday, July 29, 2011

Sorry for the lack of posts…

…my camera is out of commission :( The flash is broken and I don’t know what’s wrong with it exactly. And since Kahlen broke my little camera several months ago, I am without a camera (unless you count the one on my phone, which I don’t). So, boohoohoo! Working on getting it fixed, but in the meantime, blog posts will be light :(

~S

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Book Review–The Alarmists by Don Hoesel

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From the Publisher:

Sociologist Brent Michaels' specialty is seeing order in the chaos of human interaction and he's just been given the most important assignment of his life. Joining a special Pentagon unit headed by Colonel Jameson Richards, they have one goal: Uncover why the world is rushing toward doomsday.
It's December 2012 and the world is approaching the brink of panic--the timing of which eerily coincides with the ending of the Mayan calendar. But, beneath the despair of fanatics and doomsayers, and amid a rising tide of both man-made and natural disasters, something far more dangerous emerges--someone is manipulating events, pulling strings, and only Michaels and the team have a chance at stopping the end of the world.

I received this book for review a loooonnnnngggg time ago, like January I think. But with B90 in the spring and then my summer being ridiculously crazy, I just now finished it.

Honestly, it was a hard book to get in to. There are lots of characters at the beginning and lots of locations as the story unfolds. Eventually, though, it does get easier to follow. About 1/2 way through the book, the story really starts taking shape.

As the synopsis above explains, the book is mainly about a special task force from the Pentagon attempting to figure out how certain events are related and how to stop the end of the world!

Once the characters were differentiated and had some personality, I really liked each one and how they worked together. I liked the elements of faith and the integrity of the characters who believed in God. They were able to explain to others why science and God did not have to be independent of each other, which I know is a struggle for some.

The ending was a good climax and tied up all the pieces of the story nicely. I feel like it was a bit rushed, but that is another thing that makes me glad that I am not a writer, endings are so tricky!

Overall, I would give this book three stars. I would not hesitate to recommend it to friends, but only those who love reading. It’s not a book for someone who gets lost easily or for someone who doesn’t love reading fiction. The story line was good, once you got to it, the writing was very tight sometimes and very scattered at others.

 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishing as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wordless Wednesday–July 20th–Nate & Daddy

Nate really really wanted to fly daddy’s ‘copter but since that’s not really possible, daddy let him fly the simulator instead.

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~S

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

{embrace the camera} – July 14th

Happy 10th anniversary, Tim, I love you! (I made a video too, which I hope to post…when we get home from our mini-vacay at a b&b in Grand Junction)

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Wordless Wednesday – July 13th

Well, I said I’d try to post today…this is the first chance I’ve really had and now my internet is being flaky :( Hopefully I can get it to post anyway, we’ll see…

So, two weeks ago, hubby got a new “toy” (I call it a toy, he does not!) Nate thinks it’s about the coolest. thing. ever.2011-07-02 Daddy's Copter, ooo 2011-07-04 Tim Flying Copter (1) 2011-07-04 Tim Flying Copter (15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011-07-04 Tim Flying Copter (6) ~S

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Book Review – Radical by David Platt

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About This Book

WHAT IS JESUS WORTH TO YOU?
“Do you believe that Jesus is worth abandoning everything for? Do you believe him enough to obey him and to follow him wherever he leads, even when the crowds in our culture -maybe even our churches- turn the other way?”

It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...

BUT WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVES LIKE THAT? DO YOU?
In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.
Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment --a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring
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Before I received this book for review, I had a few friends who were jazzed about reading it too, and they had me watch this video about it. I agree what another friend of mine said about it here, that the way Platt presents himself can be, well, radical. He tends to slip so far off from where we are in “following the American dream” that it’s hard to reconcile his mindset with the one we already have. Add that to the fact that my church, which is the only one I’ve attended as a believer, tends not to have some of the problems of allowing us to ignore needs around us and just provide a fluffy gospel with no real substance to it.

That said, I really did like this book. The points that he brings up, especially in living the American Christian dream versus following the true Gospel, are very eye opening and make me think about where I am spending myself. Am I heartbroken over the poor and dying, as Jesus was? Am I willing to do what it takes, not just give out of my surplus, to help those who need it? We, as the Church, are the plan, there is no plan b in reaching others for the Gospel. How many people die every day not knowing our Savior because we as the Church are too comfortable in our stuff to do anything about it?

So, for me, then, the struggle lies in the balance of using my resources radically for the Gospel and being wise about appreciating what God has provided for me here in my life in the United States of America. Platt addresses this at the very end of the book, which I greatly appreciated. “Though we have much to learn from our persecuted brothers and sisters in lands where there is no freedom, and though we have much to learn from impoverished brothers and sisters where there are few resources, I am grateful to God for the freedom and resources he has given us in the United States. These gifts from God have certainly not been without cost, and if we did not have such freedoms and resources, many of the opportunities we have to take the gospel to the nations would simply not exist.”

The book concludes with the Radical Experiment, a one-year 5-part challenge, which is the culmination of everything the book talks about. I would love to participate in this challenge, but my husband has to be on board first, because it will impact our lives in large and small ways. In the meantime, I see choices that I make differently now than I did before I read this book. Am I about spreading the true Word of God or am I about making myself comfortable and our family “successful”?

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It would be a great help to me if you would please rate my review. I get the chance to review more books based on my rating, and there are cool contests and such. Thanks!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

B90 – Summer session starts next week!

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Some of you may remember that I read the bible in 90 days earlier this year. I cannot communicate what a blessing this was. Hard, yes, but I was so much closer to the Father through the whole experience.

This session, I have signed up to be a mentor. I will not be reading the whole thing again, but encouraging others to do so. If you are interested, go here to sign up. If you want to be on my team, Amy asks that you put that request in the comment section at the bottom of the sign up.

If this sounds AT ALL like something you’re interested in or something God is calling you to, I encourage you to at least give it a shot. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!

Come join me, I promise you won’t regret it…

~S

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