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John Eldredge and “Waking the Dead”

I read this book for the first time, about 5 or 6 years ago, since then I’ve re-read it 3 times and I’ll likely read it several more times in my life. This book was revolutionary for me, the first time I read it, I had to stop every paragraph or two because I was crying. Lies that I didn’t know I was laboring under the belief of, were exposed and broken.

In spite of all the good that was poured into my life, I was in bondage to a lot of lies, the biggest one being the belief that I was not redeemable, that I was an “apostate” and somehow God couldn’t reach me. I still did the christian thing but was secretly convinced that I was a lost cause. These lies came, at least partly, out of years of struggle against my love for things dubbed “evil” by many of the church people I associated with. Things like the Star Wars movies,  the music of Sarah Brightman and Bon Jovi, Tolkien, etc. I tried over and over to kill my love for these things but to no avail, finally concluding that if I couldn’t stop loving “evil” then I must be “evil” myself. Reading “Waking the Dead” was like having the weight of the world lifted off my shoulders. The dark cloud I had lived under for so many years was gone and I could see the Son.

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Review: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The circumstances that led to me reading this book are interesting in and of themselves. Sunday, the 9th, we had a heavy snowstorm here in Georgia and though I was able to make it most of the way home, I was forced to spend the night at a friend’s house because visibility was extremely limited and since I live in a more rural area, I knew it was only going to get worse before reaching home. The next day this accommodating friend offered this book to me to help pass the time while I waited for my brother-in-law to fetch me in his four wheel drive. This is a short read but was well written and touching. Though it was a somewhat sad book, it was uplifting and encouraging at the same time. It was the kind of book that gives you strength and courage to be gracious to your fellow man and try to remember that we all have suffering and hardship and a little kindness and understanding go a long way. I highly recommend it as a book worth reading.

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Girls Gone Wise

I just finished reading “Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild” by Mary Kassian. The book goes through 20 points of contrast between the foolish or strange woman of Proverbs and the wise woman in Proverbs. Having heard and read my share of material aimed at women, this book was refreshing and convicting. Rather than look at a list of dos and don’ts, it addresses the attitude and heart; rather than a list of standards to maintain, it gives the reason behind things, what they represent, and that brings the motivation to be right in these areas.

I found the chapter on sex, the chapter on appearance and the chapter on roles, very informative, offering insight that I had never considered.The chapters on speech, attitude and teachability were very convicting, the chapters on focus, reliability and influence were encouraging.

I will definitely be re-reading this book! The author has also done videos for each chapter, you can find them at http://www.girlsgonewise.com, check it out.

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