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Book Review | As Kingfishers Catch Fire

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As Kingfishers Catch Fire
by Eugene Peterson

Eugene Peterson has long been one of my all-time favorite writers for  both the beauty of his prose and the depth of his insight about Scripture.   His latest release, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, does not disappoint.

None of his books are “easy reads.”  They are best chewed over and savored.   As a collection of 49 sermons spanning decades of pastoral ministry, this book in particular lends itself to slow reading.  I typically read one chapter a day, sometimes even less.

The sermons are broken into sections and systematically walk you through Scripture:   Books of the law, poetry books, prophets, gospels, etc.   He shares both fresh ideas and foundational theology.

For those longing for a deeper walk through the entirety of Scripture or for an awakening about the beauty and wisdom of God’s Word, this book is a powerful and beautiful choice.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Womens Bible Cafe Book Club | Summer Reading 2017

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It’s time for Summer Reading here at the Womens Bible Café!  Whether you’re toting books to the beach, reading your Kindle while on a road trip, or grabbing a few minutes with a good book before bed at night, we hope you’ll read along with us this summer.

While these 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.

What’s different during the summer?

Normally, we announce books month-by-month, but we’re announcing ALL the summer books at once so you can plan ahead for books you might need to take on vacation or buy/borrow for the next few months.

What stays the same?

We’re keeping our simple discussion format for the summer.  Each month, I’ll be posting easy-to-answer questions about once a week in the chat room.  It should be simple for anyone to participate in these Quick Chats.

They are not live discussions; you can still post your answers at any time that is convenient for your schedule.

We’ll still read one nonfiction book and one fiction book each month.

You will start reading your books when each new month begins.

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! We meet in a private Facebook group or you can post your comments on our website for discussion; either method is fine.

So what are we reading? (drumroll please!)

We’re excited about all of our books, and we’re especially excited by how many of them are currently on sale for Kindle!!!  Please be sure to get these books downloaded before the sales expire.  Several of these books are also found at many public libraries so you may be able to read along with us for free!

 

Join us as we read and discuss the following books with our Facebook group!

ownyourlife
June nonfiction book
first impressions
June fiction book
lean on me
July nonfiction book
someday home
July fiction book
a beautiful offering
August nonfiction book
this road we traveled
August fiction book

How to Join the WBC Book Club

To join the Facebook group, LOGIN to Facebook first then click here:

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

Are you interested in reading these books this summer? If so, post a comment below and tell us which book you’ll be reading.

Have fun reading this summer!

 

 

 

 

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Womens Bible Cafe Book Club | May 2017

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Welcome to the big announcement about what we’ll be reading in the WBC Book Club in May!  It’s hard to believe that this is our last month of reading together in the spring.  It won’t be long before we’re announcing our summer reading list!

But there’s no reason to wait until summer to get in some good time with a great book.  We’ve chosen two books we think you’ll really enjoy this month.

If you’re new to the WBC Book Club, welcome.  You’ve found a wonderful place where we can gather online, read together, encourage one another, learn from each other, and share in a community of women who love good books.

If you’ve already been reading with us, welcome back!  We love reading with you and discussing Christian books with you.

You can read answers to our Frequently Asked Questions here if you are getting started and want to know how to participate!

Here’s how the WBC Book Club works:

Each month, we read one Christian nonfiction book and one Christian  fiction book.  You can choose whether to read one or both books with us each month.

We start reading on the first of the month.

There is no specific reading schedule or chapter requirement each week.

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.

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.

So what are we reading? Here are the May books for the Book Club:

  • May nonfiction:  Come With Me by Suzanne Eller

    “Two thousand years ago, 12 men answered the call to follow a man they hardly knew–and they were changed in ways they never imagined. Today that same invitation echoes across history, beckoning you to an adventure that will spill into every aspect of your faith and life. Come with Me. Will you say yes?”

  • May fiction: When the Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti

    Cynthia Ructhi wrote this beautiful book about three women from different times who all learn about God’s hope and His grace even in the toughest circumstances.

Please remember to check used book sales online as well as Kindle deals and your local library to find good prices on our selections!

Join us as we read and discuss these books with our Facebook group!

How to Join the WBC Book Club

To join the Facebook group, LOGIN to Facebook first then click here:

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

Are you interested in reading with us? If so, post a comment and let us know and then be sure to join our Facebook group so that you can participate in the discussions.

Enjoy a good book with us!

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Patriarchs Online Bible Study | Week 3

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TRIUMPHS AND TESTS

When we talk about “heroes and heroines of the faith,” sometimes honor their strengths and minimize or even overlook their weaknesses.  In week 3 of Beth Moore’s study, The Patriarchs, though, we clearly saw Abraham and Sarah’s failings and learned more about God’s faithfulness regardless of how His people fell short.

Once again, Abraham feared what would happen when a foreign king saw his beautiful wife. Just as he did back in Genesis 12, Abraham told a king that Sarah was his sister.  But God took care of Sarah even when Abraham did not, and He protected her from potential harm at the hands of Abimelech.  Abraham and Sarah defaulted into some old patterns here, falling back on their same-old sins.  Maybe we do the same!  What if we responded differently, walking so closely with God that even our “default response was sanctified?” (p. 63).

After a decades-long wait, Scripture tells us that “God visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken” (Genesis 21: KJV).  Sarah gave birth to the promised son and heir, Isaac, and they rejoiced.

Unfortunately, old decisions still bore consequences.  Because Sarah and Abraham had taken things into their own hands in the past, Hagar and Ishmael were still on the scene and things were far from peaceful.  Sarah finally demanded that Hagar and Ishmael leave.  After reassurances from God that He would take care of them, Abraham relented and Hagar headed out into the wilderness for a second time.

That’s where Hagar encountered God once again.  As Hagar left her son to die, God heard Ishmael’s cries and revealed a well, rescuing them from present disaster and giving hope for their future.  Beth Moore writes, “God’s sovereignty weaves in and out of sight like stitches in a hem.”  Nowhere in Scripture does it suggest that God approved of how Sarah mistreated Hagar.  But God allowed Sarah’s plans because they “would put them on the road to His greater plan.”  Even when we face situations that are unjust and difficult, we can trust God to fulfill His ultimate plan for our benefit and His glory.  We can rest in the assurance of His sovereignty.

A few years after Isaac’s birth, Abraham once again met with King Abimelech, this time to swear an oath with him.  Their limited, human, finite vow is just a shadow of God’s willingness to covenant with us.  God is the perfect promise-maker and promise-keeper.  He always does what He says He will do, and He offers us his “hesed,” his covenant kindness and loyal love.

After her long journey with her husband, Sarah passed away and Abraham mourned his bride.  He purchased a burial plot for her, which, amazingly, makes this the only land that Abraham personally owned.  His descendants, though, continued looking for God to fulfill His promises and lead His people to a land of promise.

 

BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

  • Join our private Facebook group and participate in a small group discussion this week
  • Complete your workbook study of Week Four
  • Optional: Video/audio Session Four

In Christ,

 

 

 

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Book Review | Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen

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Nothing to Prove
by Jennie Allen

Jennie Allen’s newest book, Nothing to Prove, is especially for strivers.  She offers the encouragement that we don’t have to be Enough on our own or in our own strength.  We can trust Jesus to be Enough for us.  After introducing the idea and sharing some of her own story of letting go of people-pleasing and overcoming an eating disorder, she begins each chapter with a brief re-telling of an account from the Gospel of John and then lessons on God’s “enoughness”–how He offers us fulfillment, connection, rest, risk (brave faith), hope, grace, and calling.  Throughout the book, Jennie focuses on the freedom we have to break free of expectations and “star chart” faith where we earn God’s approval through achievements and being good enough.  

One of Jennie Allen’s strengths in all her books and studies is creativity.  She has a unique approach and a way of shaking things up from typical Bible studies.  For this book, she ends each chapter in Part II with an “Experience Guide” that helps you apply the lessons from the chapter with some unique activities and questions.

Another of her great strengths is her transparency and how she encourages those around her to be “real” and “get honest” about our need for Christ instead of pretending to have it all together.  This certainly comes through in her writing.

The book does have a little bit of a light touch, with chapters that begin by re-telling Scripture instead of any significant Bible study on Scripture itself.  There are occasional references to Scripture, but no deeply significant Bible lessons.  It was encouraging for me without being life-changing or thought-provoking.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review | Kingdom Family Devotional by Tony and Jonathan Evans

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Kingdom Family Devotional
by Tony Evans and Jonathan Evans

Dr. Tony Evans and his son, Jonathan, have partnered to bring families the Kingdom Family Devotional, a year-long study of themes about spiritual growth.  The lessons are broken up into 52 topics (one topic for each week) with five readings per week.  This format offers a lot of flexibility so that families can either read together Monday through Friday or have two nights off each week on evenings when the schedule is especially crazy.

Topics in the devotional include Love, Faith, Self-Control, Family, Church, Worship, Money, Maturity, Fear, and Perseverance.  The lessons include a Bible verse to read, a fairly brief devotional thought, and sometimes some discussion points or object lessons/activities  that can be done with easily accessible items from around the house.  This is really important to  me as a busy mom with four kids.  I don’t want to have whole  lessons to prepare before nighttime devotions.  But if I can grab a simple object or two (like a glass of water, for  instance) than that works for me!

In reading through these devotions, I liked the wide range of ages who could participate.   It’s not a devotional  focused just on older teens or just  on younger kids.  It’s truly a devotional for families and even includes discussion questions that help improve the strength of your own family relationships.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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