What We’re Reading

I know I haven’t done this for awhile. Its been crazy here! Wisconsin got super cold out of the blue, then nice and warm again …. It was fun while it lasted but left us with some colds. And along with that we found out *drumroll* we are expecting our fourth lil blessing come April! Not feeling so hot; this is probably the first pregnancy where I have felt so sick and tired. All the time. SO forgive me for not being here more consistently. Do feel free to share what you are reading while you are here. And any tips you have for the fun stages of pregnancy sickness 🙂

My oldest is reading Jesus (Get to Know) from Nancy Sanders. We have read a number of these in this series. And my son and I both really enjoy these. This is full of interesting details; a biography about Jesus,  God. Focusing on the life and character of this “Biblical hero”, the book is full of color photographs, maps, and other visuals to tell the whole story. And share lots of fun facts along the way. My son loves biographies and especially when it comes to some of those key men in the Bible, this is a blessing indeed. We even learn about the 12 disciples and Jesus’ death and resurrection. There are definitions included for bigger and newer words and names, and Eyewitness Account, Bible Heroes, and Did You Know? scattered throughout the chapters. Again there is so much information packed into this book! It is excellent to use in Bible study; or just as a Bible supplement in our home school. The chapters are short, so reading doesn’t take long at all.  He read a chapter a day. I loved that there were many colored pictures of maps, historical landmarks, and common household items and what they looked like back then. There are so many things included in this book that just make the learning fun! Talk about bringing the Bible to life! ❤

I am also enjoying a refreshing read on creation. Biblical Portraits of Creation is a wonderful, and quite edifying commentary (I would say) of key chapters of the Bible that speak to creation. This is a very nice resource for those seeking to teach or even study further, creation. It has lots of great study questions as well (I love books that have these in them), so it could also be a fun school or group study book.. As my son gets older I would love to use this with him in our homeschool. I really enjoyed Little’s chapter on Jesus and the New Genesis Advent as well as ‘Our New Creation Confidence (2 Corinthians 4.6; 5.17). These were quite uplifting . Kaiser ends the book with a great and necessary challenge. Then, an appendix includes an article Dr. Kaiser wrote some years back for the ETS (Evangelical Theological Society) on the literary genre odGenesis 1, arguing for a close literal interpretation.Little’s chapter on Jesus and the New Genesis Advent’ as well as ‘Our New Creation Confidence for Proclamation and Living’ to be most uplifting indeed. There is so much within these pages, scripture after scripture, showing that the one true God, He is the one who created all things.We see that as we read and journey through scriptures such as: Genesis 1:1–2:3, 2:4–25, Psalms 8 & 19, 29, 33, 104, 148, Job 38, Isaiah 65 & 66, Proverbs 8, and select passages within the New Testament. Truly as you read you see amazing parallels between the old  and the new (think redemption). This is such a deep read, full of linguistic and historical details as they relate to the passages being referenced and creation itself. This is not a light read but it is something that you can learn so much from and considering the contention about creation in this day in age, it is good to have an answer for what we believe.

I recently completed A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ; “we bear much fruit only as we abide in Him”. In A Vine-Ripened Life, Stanley Gale speaks to Jesus as, the Vine of Life (John 15), in whom we, as branches, must live and grow in order to bear the fruit of a grace-filled life. “Having begun in Christ we remain in Christ, continuing to draw our life from Him…maturing in grace.” this is a excellent study, written almost as in devotional form, on the Fruit of the Spirit. How important it is for it is true that “you shall know them by their fruits.” I love how he weaves the importance of humility into the pages of this book. Gale says: “Every fruit of the Spirit is touched by humility. It is an essential element necessary for the production of the fruit of new life in Christ. Humility enables our abiding, drawing us to Christ, driving us to prayer, and drawing on the word of Christ to dwell in us richly. In that sense, it is not numbered among the listed fruit of Galatians 5, but it is present as a nutrient to all” (144). As servants of Christ we ought to always be aware and seeking ways in which to grow in Christ. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,…” This takes some effort, it takes time and these are all virtues which must be exercised. Within these pages there is so much that really helps us to see what this fruit really looks like and how we ought to not just grow it but also tend it.

Before Amen, Max Lucado always writes such inspiring reads so I was quite excited to have the chance to review this new one of his. This has been the topic a great deal lately, in sermons, in songs I listen to .. prayer/ We all pray. But do we really PRAY? In this fabulous and simple (I could not put it down read) he goes to the heart of biblical prayer. He directs us toward the hope for times when we are full of doubts and he shows us how to have confidence even when we are struggling; when are prayers are weak or minimal. Max Lucado reminds us all that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art but rather it is direct communication with our God. He wants to hear from us, He wants us to hear from Him. And there is power like no other in prayer. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin. 🙂

I am always beginning to work through a devotional that looks quite promising. I will tell you more about that one next time. For now be blessed.




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