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The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper December 22, 2017

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:17 pm
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The Christmas season is often one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year, and it’s easy to lose sight of what makes it special. Helping us refocus on what’s truly important, well-known pastor and author John Piper leads readers through twenty-five short meditations on Advent. The devotionals—drawn from Piper’s extensive preaching and teaching ministry—lead readers to ponder afresh the birth of Jesus, Israel’s long-awaited Messiah and the Savior of the world. Reflecting on several Scriptural texts, this accessible volume aims to direct individuals, families, and churches to the most glorious dawning of indestructible joy the world has ever seen: the incarnation of the Son of God.

My thoughts:

I needed a reset on my Christmas spirit this year so when I saw this book up for review I knew I wanted to read it. I have highlighted so much.

I have shared before that I have been struggling with joy recently so the title of this book alone was enough to draw me in. I know God’s joy is indestructible but I needed to really get it. Reading this small chapters everyday this month has helped.

John talks about when Peter writes to be awakened or stirred up: “is to feel some measure of the joy God intends for Christmas to bring. “Behold, I bring you good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10). Not small joy. Not modest joy. But “great joy.” If we don’t feel this when we ponder the incarnation of the Son of God, we need awakening.” We need to be “stirred up.””

And those words are only the beginning. There is so much more good stuff in this book. I know it’s a little late to dive into this book now but you could always grab it for next year and get stirred up. Or honestly, why not read it anytime of year, we always need to be reminded of the greatest gift of all, don’t we?

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The Advent of Murder by Martha Ockley December 9, 2013

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The Advent of Murder


Martha Ockley

Book Description:

Faith Morgan, former policewoman and vicar of Little Worthy, visits Oliver Markham’s farm in the run up to Christmas, only to discover the house surrounded by police cars.  A body has been found in the local River Itchen, which turns out to be that of Lucas Kemp, a local boy and chorister. Markham is charged with his murder.  Through her connections with Winchester Cathedral Faith is drawn into the investigation, discovering that Lucas had dropped out of college and that his mother had died a few months previously.  There is a question of drugs, and a rivalry over Lucas’s distraught girlfriend – the choir is a hotbed of tensions. Lucas’s unsavoury uncle, and a local drug dealer, both come under suspicion, and Ben, Faith’s police inspector ex-boyfriend, has to rescue her when the drug dealer turns nasty.  But the actual murderer is none of the above …

My thoughts:

This book took me a little while to get into but once I gave it a couple of chapters I really got wrapped up in the story.

Martha (the author) did a great job of keeping me guessing who was involved in the murder of Lucas (the boy who is found by the river). I really had no idea who the murderer was until the last few chapters where things start to come together.

Faith, the main character, is very likeable but she is so disorganized it drives me crazy. I knew she would forget her commitments as soon as she made them. I say all this to say she is very human and very much like the rest of us.

Faith has an ex-boyfriend who seemed arrogant at times but still cared for Faith which made for some interesting,and tense scenes.

This is the second book in a series but I didn’t feel lost, just wished I knew what happened between Faith and her ex, you can read this book without reading the first.

If you like a bit of  mystery with Christmas flavor you will enjoy this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.