Category Archives: Books

Our Covenant God-Chapters 3 & 4

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ocg.gifWelcome to our discussion of chapters 3 and 4 of Our Covenant God by Kay Arthur.  Thank you for bearing with me over the last few weeks.  I know you don’t need me to encourage you in reading this wonderful book, but I truly love our discussion time.

Here are a few questions I’ve prepared to get us started.  Please feel free to share what you wish from your reading, not simply responding to my minimal questions.  So, here we go.

Chapter 3:

God obligating Himself to man.  Have you ever thought of grace in those terms before ?

Have you ever thought of grace as a result of covenant?

Have you ever thought of the story of Noah to be a picture of God carrying you through the storms, in the safety of the ark?

Chapter 4:

Karath beriyth.  How solemn is this compact?

Have you seen the unconditional reality of the covenant that God has made with His beloved?

Eager to hear your thoughts.

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Popping In!

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I’m popping in here at Mudlark Tales (thanks, Kath) to let you all know that…

1. Yes, I’ve completely dropped the ball over the last 2 weeks of our read-along of Our Covenant God by Kay Arthur. I have no excuse other than to say that there has been lots and lots of life happening round the Everyday Mommy House.

2. I have not thrown in the towel and will be posting our discussion this Wednesday.

My apologies for leaving y’all hanging out there and my thanks to Kath for allowing us to meet at her place. See you Wednesday!

Jules
Everyday Mommy

Read along

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I’m participating in a read-along hosted by Everyday Mommy, and I want to invite you to join in. It’s just starting, so you have plenty of time to get the book and join in. We’ll be reading Our Covenant God by Kay Arthur. It’s all about the covenant God makes with us and it’ll sharpen your understanding of the Word remarkably. It’s a wonderful way to gain a better understanding of His grace and how incredibly much He loves us. Join in and be encouraged.

“Heaven” by Randy Alcorn

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I was just over at Everyday Mommy, and she’s got a great post about God’s protection.  Head over there and read the comments. It’s a deep topic. It reminded me of this book that my husband’s reading, and I can’t wait until he finishes so that I can take it and read it. He shares with me little tidbits of it now and then, and it’s truly mind-boggling. It challenges my theology. It challenges my world view.

He begins the book with a quote from an English vicar:  When asked by a colleague what he expected after death, he replied, “Well, if it comes to that, I suppose I shall enter into eternal bliss, but I really wish you wouldn’t bring up such depressing subjects.”  I think that’s how a lot of us think of it though – we’re so concerned with our contentment and happiness this side of eternity, we don’t really consider what comes next. And in the grand scheme of things, there are tons more books and sermons out there on hell than on heaven. Our view of heaven tends to be incomplete, misguided, and often purely incorrect. I wish I could quote for you some more from the book, but hubby has it at work with him now. The point is, the New Testament talks quite a bit about heaven but we don’t listen. The topic is so central to our faith, and yet most of us (myself included) don’t get it.

So as soon as hubby finishes it (and it’ll be a while – it’s a Thick Book, and the type you have to really stop and think about as you read), it’s mine next. When that does happen, I’ll be sure to update you about how it’s changing my view. Anyone out there read it? Want to share your thoughts?

Spring Reading Thing update

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I’m participating in Calapidder Days’ Spring Reading Thing, and it’s done a great job of getting me reading! (Well, that and the fact that my MOMs Club is discussing one of the books from my list this month).

I just finished reading The Memory Keeper’s Daughter last night, and I highly recommend it. It deals with delicate concerns about Downs Syndrome, guilt and redemption, how shooting photographs somehow objectifies life and separates us from what we’re trying to capture… Dreams and growing older, finding contentment, and how a parent’s mistakes visit their children. It gives you lots to think about, and weaves a great story revolving around a family and their history.

Anyhow, now I’m thinking that I just might finish all the books I set out to read – I think I have until early September to do it.

Spring Reading Thing Progress

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I’m participating in Callipidder Days’ Spring Reading Thing, and I’ve gotten more done than I’d have thought. That is, thanks to a humdinger of a cold I’ve had for 3 days. Hubby is taking care of the kids, bless him. And I’m in bed. Sleeping most of the time, and reading just a bit – between naps. Anyhow, I thought I’d post a few thoughts on the books I just finished.

First off, The Persecutor by Sergei Kourdakov.  Non-fiction, autobiography. It takes a little while to get used to Sergei’s way of writing. He actually didn’t live long enough to see the manuscript through lots of editing to perfect it, and his style of writing didn’t really ‘gel’ with me. But, the story he tells is truly amazing. He was an orphan in the Soviet Union, and through the years he was groomed into becoming a military officer, communist youth leader, and KGB agent. In his work with the KGB his job was to persecute Christians. In doing his job, he started to see things that didn’t make sense to him. He started to realize that his government was lying to him. He began to look into Christianity, in large part because of the faithful witness of the Christians he attacked. And he began planning his escape from the Soviet Union. The story really is great, if you can get past the encumbered writing. Really, Sergei was killed (most likely by a Russian organized crime unit, operating on the request of the KGB) right after he turned in his copy of the first-draft manuscript of this book. So the publishers – it seems – chose to publish it with very little editing. It’s now out-of-print, but I came across it in a little used bookshop in Chattanooga and I’m so glad I did. It was a great read.

And secondly, Too Much of a Good Thing, by Dan Kindlon. Honestly, it’s written for wealthy, indulgent parents. Not the likes of me. But it really is a good parenting book, even for the non-wealthy. The principles behind it are just what’s in the title.  There is so much as too much, even of a good thing. It speaks against overindulging children, both materially and otherwise. It talks about the ’7 deadly sins of parenting’ and about our inner parent as a reaction to our own childhood. It talks about what will truly bring happiness to a child, and that happiness has little to do with how much we indulge them. It’s a great parenting book, especially for someone struggling with  when to say no, or for someone trying to be the exact opposite of their own parents. I recommend it thoroughly.

Spring Reading Thing 2007

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I’m a little late jumping on board, but I’m gonna do it! Katrina over at Callapidder Days is hosting the Spring Reading Thing, and it looks like fun! It’s a great way to get me through some of the books on my night stand. I’m going to commit to finishing all the books I’ve started (and not finished), and I’m going to read 2 more books in addition to that! Crazy? Maybe. Here’s my list:

What I’ve started (and commit to finishing)

  1. The Persecutor: Sergei Kourdakov
  2. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter: Kim Edwards
  3. Too Much of a Good Thing: Dan Kindlon
  4. The Lotus and the Cross: Ravi Zacharias
  5. A Generous Orthodoxy: Brian McLaren
  6. Scandalous Freedom: Steve Brown

What I’ve started (and don’t plan to finish, but will work at)

  1. Ne Umira Prezhde Smerte: Yevgeny Yevtushenko (in Russian)
  2. Randy Pope’s 2-year Bible Reading plan

My +2 books (extras that I haven’t started yet)

  1. Snow: Orhan Pamuk
  2. The Tenth Circle: Jodi Picoult