This book was amazing. Karen Kingsbury brought the gospel story of Jesus Christ to life by telling it from the different viewpoints of the closest family members of Jesus. She researched, studied, and tried to make it as true to the Bible as possible. It opens with Joseph courting Mary from his viewpoint, and goes other close family members such as his uncle, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, and his brother, James. This was heart-moving even thought I knew how it would end!! I highly recommend it. I listened to it as a book on cd.
Second book in the Jacques and Cleo mystery series. The cats are hired to “star” in a movie being made down the beach from where they live. Kate and Jake take the cats over to film and discover that the star of the movie, Avis is an old flame of Jake’s. When one of the young starlets is found dead, Jake is asked to assist the local police with the investigation. Can Jake find the clue to keep all of them safe from the murderer? Will he and Avis get back together?
Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself. Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.
Renowned Jesus Seminar scholar, Marcus Borg, distinguishes between “Earlier Christianity” and “Emerging Christianity”. He discusses how Christianity limited its focus in reaction to Enlightenment Science challenging aspects of the Bible. Christianity narrowed its focus to a set of beliefs (atonement theology) focused around sin and the afterlife. Borg shows how much deeper and richer Christianity is than merely believing certain doctrines or the literalness of certain biblical passages.
I was impressed.
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Sixteen year old Emily Curtis has had a tough year. Her mother dies, her father loses his auto-repair business and subsequently their home and Emily’s boyfriend breaks up with her. Now, they have moved in with her over-bearing wealthy aunt and uncle. Could her life get any worse? Oh yeah, her once deep relationship with God is now non-existent. Christian author, Amy Clipston draws the reader into Emily’s struggles and attempts to rekindle her relationship with God. This book was an easy read and if you are a very emotional reader, grab that box of Kleenex. By the end of the book, I had puffy eyes and a stuffed up nose! I highly recommend this book (and also her other book series, The Kauffman Amish Bakery).
If you had only one chance to meet up with your childhood sweetheart, would you take it? Even if it meant admitting that you’ve made some poor choices along the way? Ellie was forced to move from Georgia to California with her father when she was fifteen years old. She lost touch with her mother and her best friend, Nolan, for eleven years. Nolan has grown closer to God during this time, but Ellie has decided that God can’t possibly love her for so many terrible things to happen to her. They made a pact the night before Ellie left that in eleven years they would return to their spot in the park to dig up letters that they wrote to each other that night. Will they keep that pact? Or let the time slip away from them forever?
This book was emotionally and spiritually very powerful. God is willing to give us a chance if we just give him the opportunity to work in our hearts. I highly recommend it.