Leaving You Smiling
A Curious Place by Barbara Woodward is a delightful
book of four sweet children’s tales, just perfect for ages eight and upwards. I
am considerably older and I loved this book. The tales are united in their themes
of rescue and looking out for those less fortunate. Each tale is headed up with
a delightful illustration which gets the imagination working. The tales have a
real feel-good factor and will leave you smiling.
Tosca’s Surprise is a sweet tale about kindness and
compassion in the face of cruelty and neglect. The reader’s heart breaks for
the sight of a caged bear whose spirit is broken. It is a tale of new
beginnings and bonds. It will restore your faith in humanity.
The Modern Minefield
Navigate Your Faith: A Christian’s Field Guide To Not Getting Lost by
Ron Pratt is a self- help book looking at the pitfalls of modern life.
With the dawn of the World Wide
Web, there is much to ensnare people. All sorts can be accessed with the press of
a button or the click of a mouse. We need to be discerning and have a moral
code that lines up with Jesus. The world gives easy access to all sorts but
just because it is available does not mean it is good for us. If there is an
area where you have a weakness, the best thing to do is to avoid that. Have
friends to whom you can be accountable, who love you enough to point out when
you are falling into sin.
The voice of the enemy whispers ‘you
deserve it’, ‘go on, one won’t hurt’. We need to detune his voice and plug into
the voice of God, so that we will recognize His voice when He whispers to us.
Today’s world is very ‘me’
focused. “The spirit of entertainment promotes self-focus.” We are too often motivated
by selfish desires and not the need to serve.
Just Do The Next Thing
Journey Through Grief
by Dr Carol Peters Tanksley is a comprehensive guide to journeying through grief.
We will all make the journey through the dark valley at several times in our
lives. No two journeys will be the same as we have to adjust to a new ‘normal.’
This is a very readable book and accessible for
all. The author covers everything you could possibly need to know from the
practical funeral arrangements to the finances to the big questions we all have,
to the guilt and the physical pain of grief.
There is no ‘right’ way to grieve. Neither is
there a ‘wrong’ way. We need to get through it as best we can.
We need to have at least one good friend who
will bend their ear to us. We need to do the practical things such as eating
and sleeping and keep just stepping towards the next thing. It really is a case
of one step at a time.
Surviving The Hard Times
Destiny Of Heart by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield is a
marvellous historical Christian tale that takes the reader through 1920’s
America and into the Depression, up to the promise of better times under
It is an epic tale about love, loss and
redemption in Jesus. With the Depression, we see the church in action. The
church is not a building, it is the people who “had shown the way to Jesus
through their actions.”
Life was hard following WWI. The people had a
tough spirit to survive. Diseases took lives as faith was questioned “Why,
Lord? Why didn’t You heal my husband? She never felt so alone.” In times of
loss we may have questions that seem to go unanswered. The enemy will whisper
that due to our lack of faith, our loved one died. This is a lie, we need to
defeat it by standing on the Word of Jesus and believing what God says.