Friday, January 29, 2010

She Reads

If you haven't checked out She Reads at the Proverbs 31 Ministries website, then you are missing a treat, especially if you like to read Christian fiction. She Reads is one of Proverbs 31's newest branches of ministry. It helps point fiction readers to the best Christian fiction out there.

Now I will be the first to admit that a lot of Christian fiction doesn't live up to my "novel" expectations. However, I have read two books that were exceptionally written and with great plots -- The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner and Eye of the God by Ariel Allison. Both of these books were recommended by She Reads. I liked them enough that I passed them both on to my daughter-in-law to read.

Check out She Reads!

Do you know of some great Christian fiction that is a must read? Let me know--I am a bookworm and would love to put a few new books on my "must read" list.

Happy Reading,


Monday, January 18, 2010

A Time to Weep and a Time to Laugh

Life can be so terrible. As we watch the disaster in Haiti we see the pain and sorrow portrayed on the victims' faces. Even the American newscasters look worn down and helpless. There are many ministries and agencies helping in the relief effort. Give monetarily as you are able and pray hard for Haiti. If you would like to give, please check our website for information on how to give through Compassion International with whom we partner in ministry.

Now on a more joyful note, please recognize those perfect moments in your life that God allows. Give thanks to Him for those fleeting moments. Scripture so aptly puts it as, "A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance (Ecclesiastes 3:4 NIV)

Today is a time to weep for the dear people of Haiti, but it is also a time to rejoice in the blessings we have in our own lives. Here are a couple of perfect moments that I am thanking God for today.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Susanne's Books

Embraced by the Father
by Susanne Scheppmann

God wants you to dance through life in His everlasting arms.

He wants you to feel loved and protected by Someone who cares. Whether you are married, widowed, divorced, or single, Embraced by the Father will help you recognize the grace, strength, and security available to you. Join Susanne Scheppmann as she explores the names of God through the metaphor of dance. Discover how God invites every woman to dance with Him, as a daughter might stand tiptoe on her daddy's feet as he whisks her across the room.

Features include:
•Journaling prompts
•Reflection questions
•Inspiring Scriptures
•In-depth look at various names of God

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Divine Prayers for Despairing Parents
by Susanne Scheppmann

Real-life stories woven throughout the book give hope to the praying parent and put into words the desperate whispers of the soul. Written by a mother who lived through her own prodigal years and then those of her child, the devotions in Divine Prayers for Despairing parents will enable the despairing parent to establish a new type of spiritual authority in the life of the wandering child through the power of prayer.
Steeped in Scripture- with Scripture epigraphs for each chapter, Scripture index, including Scripture versions. Simple language and space for readers to personalize prayers to their situation.

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Birds in my Mustard Tree
by Susanne Scheppmann

Birds in My Mustard Tree is a six-week small group study that looks at the subject of faith as an active, growing part of our walk with God. This study begins with a review of the concept of faith that leads to lessons on exercising faith, amazing faith, shattered faith, resting in faith, and a stronger faith. The author examines several heroes of faith in the Bible and adds modern anecdotes along with her personal stories to make this process result in a solid faith in God. Faith may begin as a mustard seed, but the goal is to expand it until we have birds roosting on our mustard tree of faith.

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Perplexing Proverbs
by Susanne Scheppmann
Today’s women struggle with making life-altering decisions. Many feel lost in the craziness of this world and search for direction. Thorny issues range from finances to friendships, contentment to mothering, emotions to sex appeal. Sadly, many women fail to consult the resource of true wisdom sitting on their own bookshelves or nightstands. The Bible, specifically the Book of Proverbs, holds the answers to the questions of life. Women need to recognize this resource and learn how to apply the lessons it teaches.

Perplexing Proverbs: A Bible Study for Women is a ten-week study that applies the wisdom of the Proverbs to ten primary concerns (heart-prints) in a woman’s life. It uses both Old and New Testament passages to cement the concepts of the Proverbs and to help women gain wisdom in day-to-day living. Following the basic Following God Bible study format, each day’s reading takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and allows space for personal journaling. Ideal for small-group or individual study.

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