Saturday, February 28, 2009

"What's the Problem with Jesus" by John Hyde

Over the past three weeks, Tonya over at Living Waters Publishing Company has been constantly pestering me about actually sitting down and reading this book as soon as possible. I had so many others that I wanted to get into, but decided to see what all the fuss was about.

This book really put me on my toes. First of all, let's just say that the author didn't pull any punches. The book is straight-forward, common sense, logic about the truth behind this new age movement away from Jesus Christ. The theme throughout the entire book is basically a comparison with what we hold acceptable to what we find unacceptable about Jesus Christ. I passed the book along to another reviewer, hoping that I can do my part to spread the Word about probably one of the top ten books I've read in the past four years.

I wouldn't hesitate to get over to Amazon and order it now if I were you. I promise you an excellent read that will excite you and reignite your fire for Christ.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Denver's New Readers' Club

I love Colorado. I love the snow, the fairly mild summers. I love everything about this state, and particularly Denver. Still, in all the time I've been here, I couldn't find any reading groups. I searched high and low. Just when I'd given up hope, I got in on one that had become practically dormant over the last few years.

Last week, a new reader's group started at my church. It's called Eden's Reading Women. I love it. We've already met twice and most of us call each other daily just to see what's been read and if it had any biblical significance. If you're in the Denver area, check us out. Hopefully, we'll have a website soon. Praise the Lord for this wonderful gift!

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Twilight Series

Seems everyone is talking about Twilight. To my astonishment, some of my church sisters are even applauding the books. Of course, I refuse to actually purchase the books. I am very careful about where I put my money, but curiosity got the better of me and so I borrowed a copy from one of my sisters.

Now, the books are tintillating. Obviously, they would be. They are constantly ranking on the bestseller lists everywhere. Still, I was disturbed to know that my sisters that I pray and fellowship with at church every Sunday were not disturbed by the contents of the books. At some point, we have to make a stand. Of course, the book was entertaining, but there was a ton in it that was contrary to Christian standards, like most books in that particular genre. I don't fault the world for reading what they find entertaining. However, I do wonder how most Christians can stand firm against certain things, but then watch it and enjoy it in movies, books and magazines. I'm just wondering and looking at myself at the same time.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Alcoholism and the Need to Write

The hard times of today's reality is working its magic. People are starting to seek help for depression and addictive behaviors at alarming rates. Alcoholism is often overlooked for other more destructive drugs, but it is still around and is as dangerous as ever. If you're having problems with alcoholism or know someone who is, here are some wonderful books to give:

No More Letting Go by Debra Jay
Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
Different Roads by Joyce Scarbrough
Marriage on the Rocks by Janet Geringer Woititz

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

C.S. Lewis and More

Though I've never read Chronicles of Narnia, I have the movies. I'm very impressed with them and plan to read the books eventually. The other day, I stumbled upon a group debating Christian Sci-fi and decided to join in. Needless to say, some felt that Christian material should be nonfiction only. Some debate that making up a lie (novel, etc) to represent Christ is an oxymoron. To those people, I say you're missing the point. Christians have a right to read both fiction and nonfiction without it taking them away from their beliefs. Therefore, I'm all for Christian genres expanding. In fact, I'm an avid reader of Christian Romance. Keep writing and hopefully we'll have more C.S. Lewis' pop up somewhere with spectacular stuff!