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The Melody of the Soul Book Review

The Melody of the Soul Book Review

The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma book review. A Nazi officer. A Jewish Czech violinist. Her music haunts him. When he’s faced with losing it, he’ll go through any length to save it. And her.   It’s 1943 and Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost nearly everything. Most of … Continue reading

World View Book Review

World View Book Review

World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life by Marvin Olasky book review World View by Marvin Olasky Spiritual Growth New Growth Press How could our world be different if Christians were recognized for not only speaking the truth, but also demonstrating mercy? What would our lives be like if we reacted to … Continue reading

Secrets Book Review

Secrets Book Review

Secrets: A True Story of Addiction, Infidelity, and Second Chances by Jonathan Daugherty book review. Secrets by Jonathan Daugherty   Marriage/Addiction New Growth Press Everyone has a secret or two—areas of their life they would rather not share with the general public. But Jonathan Daugherty had a life-altering, relationship-ending secret that he wanted to keep … Continue reading

Have You Ever Looked Pain In The Eye?

Have You Ever Looked Pain In The Eye?

Have you ever looked pain in the eye? Without a doubt you have–this brokenness that hides, but becomes visible in one’s eyes. Yes, it’s hidden behind bright smiles, infectious laughter, and words of  I’m Great!, Things have been a little hectic, but I’m fine, and I’m going to be okay once things slow down–but things … Continue reading

In-justice

In-justice

Injustice rains down like a plague. The innocent…feel the sting! “Jesus Christ never trusted human nature, yet he was never cynical, never in despair about any man, because he trusted absolutely in what the grace of God could do in human nature.”– Oswald Charles …the children…the weak…the defenceless members of society. “The great Kind, immortal, … Continue reading

Season of Ugly

Season of Ugly

Sometimes we find ourselves in the middle of ugly. No one walks this earth without getting mud on their feet…sometimes! Mud is dirty, messy, and can weigh one down. The deeper the mire the harder it is to take another step. Sometimes…we fold and give up. Other times…we grab hold of anger and feast! In … Continue reading

Oh, Miss!

Oh, Miss!

The temperature is thirty-two degrees, ice chips are falling from the sky, and she’s holding a sign that reads “Homeless…Desperate.” Her bags are sitting in the snow along with a McDonald’s cup. When I was growing up I often heard people say, “You don’t know how another person feels unless you’ve walked in their shoes.” … Continue reading

Can You Imagine?

Can You Imagine?

Can you imagine being fourteen-years old and your parents have arrange for you to be married? That’s exactly what happened to Shiuli a fourteen-year-old Nepalese woman who grew up in a quiet mountain village located in Nepal. At fourteen, she married Tarun whom her parents had chosen for her to marry. Tarun decided they would … Continue reading

Stories Behind the Faces

Stories Behind the Faces

When I was five or six years of age I would sometimes accompany my parents to auctions. The weather never seemed to be hospitable…it was either raining or spitting snow and was always cold! Mom would pack us a thermos of hot chocolate to warm our bones during the auction. She also brought alone blankets … Continue reading

Chained to Approval

Chained to Approval

We are born not knowing how people operate…how they react…how they love or don’t–we are but a blank slate when it comes to understanding how the people of this planet conduct themselves. We learn–trial and error–as we go along. We pick up behaviors, habits…crutches (idols). Crutches become a way of life–automatic–so deeply ingrained that we … Continue reading

Pain Proceeds Scars, and Scars Proceed Healing

Pain Proceeds Scars, and Scars Proceed Healing

We are a tiny splatter of paint on God’s canvas, and often that wee speck of color is all we get to see of God’s masterpiece. However, God’s paintbrush is always painting completing the picture He planned for His creation. When our little splatter of paint takes the form of pain it’s only natural that we would … Continue reading

Forgotten Christmas

Forgotten Christmas

I wonder, has our Savior’s birth become more about us than Christ? We busy ourselves hanging lights and placing bulbs on evergreen limbs, fight hordes of shoppers to purchase gifts for those who already have so much, and stuff ourselves on delicious things to eat. We sing carols, pass out candle canes, and send dozens … Continue reading

We Are on the Same side!

We Are on the Same side!

It’s true we have a common enemy, but it’s not with one another!  We, friends, are on the same side! The evil one slipped into paradise and hissed doubts into Eve’s ear. (Genesis 3:1). She listened to the serpent’s words, took that forbidden bite, and a chasm–ocean’s wide–emerged between us and God. Satan, a slithering serpent, … Continue reading