Yielded Captive

Yielded Captive

Yielded Captive

Yielded Captive captured my attention. The story kept me reading after bedtime. It is also one of the few books that have made me cry and laugh. Not just feeling sentimental, but actual tears, and actual escapes of giggles. Just when I think I have the plot figured out, I find another twist that foils my plans for the characters. The surprises I encountered are what propitiated my procrastination at bedtime. Warning, read this book with hours to spare!

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What Do I Know About My God?

I Know My God Better

I felt surprised.  I expected a book that extolled the virtues of God, saying he’s gracious and loving.  Instead, I got insight on how God uses his virtues to work in lives.  Reading Ms. Collier’s stories helped me more than just listing God’s great qualities.  In addition, the book is full of Scripture written out, which directly connected each story to his word.  This book was a pleasant surprise.

Also she introduces a wonderful idea to implant in my own devotional time.  I won’t ruin that surprise, but it’s a delightful idea that I can see anyone implementing.  I was glad to see how it worked for Mardi Collier, because I could see how it would work in my life.  That increased my motivation to really ask myself, What Do I Know About My God?

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Game-Changer

My prayer life was stale. Talking to God seemed like a duty, and I treated God like a genie. However, Praying the Psalms by Michael Wolff was a game-changer! The devotional has Scripture lingering throughout prayers written in the vernacular, then some author thoughts to contemplate, and space for reflection. The prayers guided me graciously and pointed me to go deeper with God, which is the ultimate message.

I’m also glad for the encouragement to say what I’m thinking to the Lord, and drop the idea that I have to say the correct words at the correct time. Most importantly, this book taught me how to pray God’s Word back to him, which is not only an incredible experience, but a powerful tool to take down Hell’s gates. Praying the Psalms puts believers on the offensive, rather than the defensive!

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Living in the Pink

I can’t see the color pink the same way again! “Living in the pink” is the place between being completely pure, and being disobedient. It’s half-truth living. Sharon Tubbs brings a sense of this thinking through stories of fictional characters. Camille, Corrine, Chandra, and especially Sister Pinkie become personal friends through reading their backgrounds. The friends I met in the book wear pink, but I realized I wear pink at times too.

Read this book like it is a collection of short stories. The beauty of the stories woven together is comforting. It’s a chance to “bump into” a character whose story you already know. This style of writing made me feel like I’ve attended the Believers Ministries church. Getting to know the characters, seeing their flaws and their strengths, made me feel at home. The author does an excellent job of making the girls real and active participants in each other’s stories. Their stories clarify what it means to “live in the pink.”

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Changing Zip Codes

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Changing Zip Codes are for those starting over.

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Starting over.  Moving, being single again, graduating, changing churches…many situations cause a person to start over.  This book speaks to more than just changing locations.  It helps the reader to settle into a community without the awkward pauses and polite laughter that lingers for years.  It’s the manual to building lasting relationships.

Carol brings a sense of understanding without being preachy that allows the reader to admit, “She gets it.” Community becomes harder to find, and deep relationships are difficult to find outside the computer monitor.  Developing connections in the midst of moving can be overwhelming, but not impossible.

Changing Zip Codes changes perspective.  Taking a walk out the front door will go a long way, and Carol shows you the next step after leaving your front door.  Are you in a time of transition?  Then don’t forget your manual.

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How To Ruin Your Life by 30

How to Ruin Your Life by 30

By Steve Farrar

“Do drugs, don’t listen to your parents, and party ‘til the Residence Assistant comes knocking.”  This was what I expected as I picked up the simple red-covered book.  However, to my delight, the book gives the deeper level to the mistakes most 20-somethings make in a seemingly short decade.

I found the advice speaking to motives and what desires lie behind actions people regret in earlier decades.  Since it took me beyond the proverbial list of “dos and don’ts,” I found the advice refreshing.  As I gear up for my 30th birthday in six months, I have a short time to recover.  Yet I know the lessons learned will infiltrate the future decades I (hope) I have remaining.

I think it’s appropriate for any age to read, but especially those entering a new phase of life.

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Pearl in the Sand

Pearl in the Sand is a diamond in the roth.  The historical fiction by Tessa Afshar tells the story of Rahab from the Bible.  The prostitute who lives in the wall of Jericho saves the lives of two men, jumps into Jewish culture, and ends up being a part of royal bloodlines.

A woman dressed in sheer clothing must learn about the untailored ways of her redeemers.  The dust gathers on your clothing as you read about Rahab’s new home in a tent.  The smell of fire drifts from the pages as you read about Rahab’s family take hold of the change of lifestyle and burn their blended clothing.  The taste of fear mounts as Rahab’s beau, Salmone, mounts his ride for war.

The fortunate part is that all these things remain as culturally accepted and Biblically accurate as possible.  Rahab did have to learn a new lifestyle, adapt to tent dwelling, and support the new nation as they fought in war.  Rahab takes claim in the Bible’s book of Joshua, she takes claim in Jesus’ bloodline, and she also takes claim in our hearts through Pearl in the Sand.