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Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: Farewell, Four Waters by Kate McCord December 8, 2014

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Day 14: It should have been the beginning . . .

All she needed were stamps and signatures. Marie and her translator stood in the government offices in Kabul, Afghanistan to complete the paperwork for her new literacy project. The women in her home town, the northern village of Shehktan, would learn to read.

But a spattering of gun shots exploded and an aid worker crumpled. Executed. On the streets of Kabul. Just blocks from the guesthouse. Sending shockwaves through the community.

The foreign personnel assessed their options and some, including Marie’s closest friend, Carolyn, chose to leave the country. Marie and others faced the cost and elected to press forward. But the execution of the lone aid worker was just the beginning.

When she returned home to her Afghan friends in Shehktan to begin classes, she felt eyes watching her, piercing through her scarf as she walked the streets lined in mud brick walls.

And in the end . . .

It took only 14 days for her project, her Afghan home, her community-all of it-to evaporate in an eruption of dust, grief, and loss. Betrayed by someone she trusted. Caught in a feud she knew nothing about, and having loved people on both sides, Marie struggled for the answer: How could God be present here, working here, in the soul of Afghanistan?

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is a much different book than I typically read and I really liked it.

This book takes you into places you only hear about on the news and into the mind of someone who is living this type of life.

Fear is something I struggle with and I can’t imagine living in Afghanistan and hearing about someone like you, serving and helping others, being shot for no apparent reason.

Marie’s reaction to this is what I think many of us would’ve felt. She looked at every man on the street as a threat. Who could she trust?

After reading this book I have an even deeper respect for people who are over in the middle east serving and trying to make things better. The danger they choose to put themselves in for the sake of others is nothing short of astounding.

If you are looking for a completely different read then you are used to and want to get inside Afghanistan and the heart and mind of those who serve there then this is a book you should give a chance. I think you might be pleasantly surprised.

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


Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love are you Making? January 2, 2014

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Passion Pursuit

Passion Pursuit:

What Kind of Love are you Making?


Linda Dillow and Dr. Juli Slattery

Book Description from Publishers Website:

A Bible study about sex for women. Now that’s different!
This new study, Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love Are You Making?, lets God’s word speak about sex being holy and erotic, blessed by God, and satisfying far beyond what the world can even imagine. Picture that as a headline on the cover of Cosmopolitan!
By using scripture throughout the Bible, Passion Pursuit not only urges women to pursue passion but details how God has given them permission to do so. They soon realize their husband would rather be married to the Smokin’ Hot Mama in Song of Solomon than the Proverbs 31 woman! Yes, there is fun to be had along the way but this study hits hard the areas that women have secret questions about but no one to ask, such as: what does God say is okay and not okay in the bedroom? I’m 54 years old; how can my husband still be attracted to me? Did God make a mistake when He made men and women so different?
This audaciously bold study combines the psychological expertise of Dr Juli Slattery, formerly of Focus on the Family, along with life-changing stories from trusted Bible teacher and best-selling author Linda Dillow (Calm My Anxious Heart). The groups who have already done this challenging work have seen their marriages come alive-whether they’ve been married four months or forty years. Juli and Linda’s insights shared with audiences around the world cause a change in perspective and a desire to live out God’s design for sex.

My thoughts:

I went through this book quickly for the purpose of this review but I will be going through it again and taking the time to let this study really absorb. There is a lot of good stuff in this study.

Linda and Julie don’t miss a thing. They cover everything and aren’t afraid to talk about sensitive subjects. Subjects that need to be dissected and looked at closely. They ask tough questions that we really need to take the time to answer.

You can do this study on your own, especially if you are a bit squeamish talking about this stuff in front of others. Or you can do it as a group. Either way I say do it. Go through this study if you know your love life with your husband isn’t all you know God intended it to be. I think  you will find encouragement and hope in this study. But you have to go through it to find it.

Make this ten week study part of your daily devotions and allow the truth of what God wants your marriage to be to soak deeply into your heart.

You can visit Linda’s website here.

You can visit Juli’s website here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Books-A-Million.

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


Review and Giveaway: The White Umbrella February 25, 2013

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The White Umbrella by Mary Frances Bowley

From the back cover of The White Umbrella: 

Sex trafficking. We hear about it on the nightly news and in special interest stories from around the world, but it occurs daily in communities all around us. Every year, thousands of young women are forced into sexual exploitation. Most are under the age of 18. The damage this causes to their emotions and souls is immeasurable, but they are not without hope.

The White Umbrella tells stories of survivors as well as those who came alongside to help them to recovery. It describes the pain and the strength of these young women and those who held the “white umbrella” of protection and purity over them on the road to restoration.

This book offers principles and guidance to anyone with a heart for these hurting young women and a desire to help. It is an ideal resource for individuals or organizations seeking to learn what they can do to assist these victims in becoming whole again.

My thoughts:

This is a non-fiction book. As someone who is involved with survivors who have been trafficked and/or abused I really liked this book as a way to inform people about the need to for help and to share the hope that is being offered to many young women. I think anyone would benefit from reading this book. I don’t think you can read this book and not be moved to do something to help.

Mary Frances Bowley runs Wellspring Living, a ministry that helps girls that have either chosen to leave the trafficking life or were forced to leave.

The book is full of stories from people who work with Wellspring Ministry or from the girls who have been through, or are going through, the program. This book offers hope and gives you ways you can help too.

All profits from The White Umbrella will go to Wellspring Living. So you if want to help right now order your copy here and make a difference in a young woman’s life.

If you live in Michigan or Ohio and want to get involved in a ministry closer to home you can check out The Daughter Project, located in Ohio.

I am passing along my copy of The White Umbrella to one commentator. Leave a comment by March 3rd at 5:00 PM to be entered to win.

I was given a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.