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Womens Bible Cafe Book Club |December 2015

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We’re finishing up 2015 with our last book of the year here in the Womens Bible Cafe Book Club.  I hope you’ve had a great year reading with us!

While all of our book selections are available in print, they are also offered in Kindle ebook format for our international guests.  You can find them on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, christianbook.com, in Christian bookstores, or even possibly at your local library or church library.  Used books can sometimes be found on ebay or other online used book outlets.familyofjesus

 Our simple discussion format allows women to participate at whatever time works for you.  All month long I’ll post easy-to-answer questions in our Book Club chat room.  Anyone can participate in these Quick Chats!  They are not live discussions; you can post your answers at any time that is convenient for your schedule.

Each month, we read one nonfiction book and one fiction book.  However, because of the busyness of the holiday season, we will just be reading one book in December.

You will start reading on December 1st.  There is no specific reading schedule or chapter requirement each week. All you need to do is complete the book and be ready to discuss it during the month. It’s that simple!

So what are we reading? Here is the December book for the Book Club

Join us as we read and discuss this book with our Facebook group!

How to Join the WBC Book Club

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Book Club: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCbooks/

Are you interested in reading with us? If so, post a comment and let us know.

Enjoy a good book with us!


Armor of God Online Bible Study | Week One

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Everything that occurs in the visible, physical world is directly connected to the wrestling match being waged in the invisible, spiritual world.  Priscilla Shirer.

Battle weary and war-torn women from all over the world are gathering together to learn how to better equip themselves for the onslaught that has been waged against  them.  As we began our Introductory Week of the Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer, we came to the realization that we can no longer stand aside idly and allow the enemy to destroy all we hold dear.  We will learn not only to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, we will learn how to use the armor that the Apostle Paul spoke of in Ephesians 6.

The first step towards victory is recognizing who the enemy really is as well as what he can and cannot do.  We are in a wrestling match and the enemy is not who we think he is.  Although he is strategic and has plans against us, God has given us everything we need to be victorious.  We have power through faith in Christ Jesus and in His Holy Word.

As you begin to really dig deep in this study, remember to work on formulating Prayer Strategies as mentioned on page 192 in your Member Book.   Write the acronym PRAY along the left hand side of one of the Prayer Strategy cards in the back of your Member Book then craft a prayer based on one of the things the Lord has showed you this week during your study time.  (Here is a brief recap of PRAY)

P – Praise- Our gratitude for who God is and all He has done for  us should be the woven throughout all of our prayer time.

R – Repentance- Prayer exposes areas of our lives where we are resistant to God.  Be prepared to allow the Lord to show you areas in your life that you need to deal with.

A  – Asking-  Make your requests known to God.  Write down those prayers.  Be personal and specific.  Keep a record of what God is doing in  your prayer life and be encouraged.

Y– Yes-   For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.   2 Corinthians 1:20   Use scripture to help you articulate those prayers.  Look for those promises that correspond to your needs and write them into your Prayer Strategies.

Once you have a few Prayer Strategies, consider placing them in a prominent place where you will be reminded to pray them daily.  (I have a few taped to my bathroom mirror for this study.)

Assignment For the Week

  • Pray before you begin reading. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to wisdom.
  • Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule. Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting.
  • Begin reading Week Two:  The Belt of Truth in your member book.
  • If you are watching the videos, watch Session Two, available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)
  • Read Ephesians 6:10-19 through before you begin your lessons this week.

Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. What truth jumped out at you as you reflected on this week’s study?
  2. How is this teaching similar or different than what you have heard about the enemy in the past?
  3. We began our first day by identifying the most overwhelming circumstances in our lives at the moment. Referring to the scripture in Ephesians 6 that states our struggle is not against flesh and blood, how well have you been able to redirect your frustrations and struggles from those around you to seeing the enemy trying to derail you?
  4. Have you felt pinned down by the enemy in your life recently and if so, how?
  5. On a scale of 1-5 (1 being unable to resist and 5 being strong in His mighty power) how well have you been able to resist the work of the enemy in your life?

With Love,


Christine Johnson

Chatting with Author Christine Johnson

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Christine Johnson

We are so excited to be reading Love’s Rescue by WBC ministry leader and Christian fiction author, Christine Johnson, in the Womens Bible Cafe Book Club in November!

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson, photo courtesy of E.A. Creative Photography

Love’s  Rescue is the first book in Christine’s Keys of Promise series and takes place in the Florida Keys prior to the Civil War.

As we kick off our November reading, we had a chance to chat with Christine and find out a little bit more about her!

  1. What’s your least favorite household chore?

All of them? Okay, to be serious, it has to be dusting. Moving all that stuff to dust under and around it takes so long. Time gets more and more precious each year, and dusting is not high on the list. Rest assured, visitors are not subjected to layers of dust. The public rooms do get attention. My office on the other hand… It’s best not to go there.

  1. If we sat down for a long chat, would you sip on a cup of tea, coffee, or something else?

Definitely tea. I love it. Set out a pot of Earl Grey, and I’m a happy camper. Oh, that reminds me that I have a teapot collection! I don’t know how it got started, but over the years the relatives caught on that I liked tea, and I began receiving teapots for Christmas. They’re so pretty that I don’t use them, but I do have a couple plain ones that I will make tea in.

teapot collection

Christine’s teapot collection

  1. You used to be a librarian. Share with us how you journeyed from shelving, cataloguing, and recommending other people’s books to writing books of your own.

I’ve been writing for ages. I even studied it in college, but I soon realized that novel-writing was not the sort of occupation a person can making a living from. After countless different jobs (museum docent, bookkeeper, gift shop employee, factory receptionist), I landed a job as a reference librarian and fell in love with the profession. Getting paid to do research? It was the best thing ever, like being a detective without the danger. The world was changing though, with the advent of the internet, and soon the fun part of the job disappeared. All this time I’d been puttering away with writing and wrote several full-length novels. None of them were published, thank goodness. They were a great way to learn the craft of writing. When I finally stopped butting my head against the Lord’s direction and wrote a book for the Christian market, He opened the doors. I praise Him every day for His faithfulness.

  1. Why did you choose Key West as the setting for Love’s Rescue? Do you have a connection to the area?loves-rescue

My husband and I have been blessed to visit the Florida Keys for almost 30 years. During those visits I soaked in the rich history of the Keys, especially its roots in wrecking. I knew I had to one day write a novel with a wrecker as a hero, but I couldn’t settle on a storyline until Elizabeth entered the scene in the midst of a devastating hurricane. At that time (1846), Key West was the only key with more than a scattering of settlers. The federal admiralty court that handled wrecking cases was located there, so it was the natural choice for the book’s setting.

  1. What’s your favorite historical era to read about? What about to write about?  Are they the same or different?

I love to read about many different times from ancient to 20th century, because I learn so much from each book. You might say my writing reflects the same since my published books range from 1850 to the 1920s, and my unpublished books stretch back into medieval times. My only “rule” is that I don’t read a particular era while I’m writing about that era.

  1. What books are you reading right now?

I just finished Max Lucado’s Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café. That was a really fun story and filled with Max’s wisdom. I’m currently reading a WW2 historical manuscript for possible endorsement and soaking in Susie Larson’s Your Sacred Yes. I have a terrible time saying no. Lysa TerKeurst’s The Best Yes was a great book on the subject, but I still find myself blurting out a yes before consulting God. By continuing to revisit the topic, I hope to change this. Next up on the fiction side is The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert.

  1. Describe your writing space to us: Where do you work?  What do you see while you are working?  Do you like noise or quiet?

I am so blessed to have an office in our house. It has a bay window that looks out on a little wooded area. I face the window when working on my computer, and often I’ll see little finches, robins, chickadees and other birds hopping around in the tree branches. I draw such joy from God’s creation and definitely like quiet when writing.

  1. It sounds like you have lots of upcoming projects in the works! Will you share with us what you’re working on now and what’s coming up in the Keys of Promise series?

The next book in the Keys of Promise series is entitled Honor Redeemed and is scheduled for publication next July. I’m currently working with the editors on it as well as writing the third book in the series. I also have a new mail-order brides series coming out with Love Inspired Historical. The first book in that series, Mail Order Mix-Up, is scheduled for publication next April and the second book in that series is slated for publication next November. It’s going to be a busy year!

You can visit with Christine some more by checking out her website: http://www.christineelizabethjohnson.com/ or finding her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChristineJohnsonAuthor.

To join us in the WBC Book Club as we read Christian nonfiction and fiction books each month, please join our Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCbooks/

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