Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Not a Recommendation

...but rather a plea.  Or something.

A Slip of the Clock
by Jane Edwards

It was just another assignment for Gilly Kinnebrew. Remove The Headhound, change four hundred people's destinies, and make it safely back home. Only something inexplicable seems to have happened on Planet Eleven...

Who has been working behind the scenes and sabatoging the plans?

Monday, January 28, 2013

If you read political stuff...

...then this one should be included as well.  Well, I think it should be read regardless, or I wouldn't put it up here:

When a Nation Forgets God by Erwin W. Lutzer

"It is not necessary for us to win our battles in order to be faithful to our calling. ... Even if we are faithful we might not 'win' in our ideological battle with a hostile culture bent on using the courts to scrub the public square clean of any reference to God."

"Have we forgotten that God's power is more clearly seen in the message of the cross than in any political or social plan we might devise?"

Monday, January 21, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

More books

Really, I do plan to add a lot more books onto here.  I'm just such a procrastinator, and if something else catches my attention, bam goes all else.  But I'll try.  Sometime.

Monday, December 3, 2012

God's Smuggler

One of the first books I read after becoming a Christian was God's Smuggler.  I recommend everyone do the same.  If it's too late for that, though, well, read it anyway.  It probably won't have the effect it would have on a newly-born Christian...but then again, it just might.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Why You Act the Way You Do

It would help if you had a two-day seminar headed by someone like Chip Kirk to open your eyes to yourself via the four temperaments, but if that isn't available in the near future, Why You Act the Way You Do by Tim LaHaye might afford you some eye-opening.

Before you protest that people can't be shoved into four, or twelve if you count your secondary temperament, boxes, allow me to say that I thought so, too.  "What about being unique?" you cry inwardly.  Ignoring the pride aspect of that, let me say that you'll probably see yourself more often than you like upon reading this, but it won't be all bad.  For me, it (the seminar more than the book) was almost literally a life-saver.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sit, Walk, Stand

A number of years ago, I read a few of Kemelman’s “Rabbi” series. In one of them, I can’t remember which, one character said that they didn’t subscribe to the “turning the other cheek” belief; to them, it was condoning sin.

That stopped me, and stumped me. It sounded logical. I puzzled over it for a while, couldn’t figure it out, then put it on the shelf. Every now and then I’d pull it out again, but still couldn’t come up with a solution. Until I read Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee and came across this:

Nothing has done greater damage to our Christian testimony than our trying to be right and demanding right of others. We become preoccupied with what is and what is not right. …But that is not our standard. The whole question for us is one of cross-bearing. You ask me, “Is it right for someone to strike my cheek?” I reply, ‘Of course not! But the question is, do you only want to be right?”…
…A brother in South China had a rice field in the middle of the hill. In time of drought he used a waterwheel, worked by a treadmill, to lift water from the irrigation stream into his field. His neighbor had two fields below his, and, one night, made a breach in the dividing bank and drained off all his water. When the brother repaired the breach and pumped in more water his neighbor did the same thing again, and this repeated three or four times. So he consulted his brethren. “I have tried to be patient and not to retaliate,” he said, “but is it right?” After they had prayed together about it, one of them replied, “If we only try to do the right thing, surely we are very poor Christians. We have to do something more than what is right.” The brother was much impressed. Next morning he pumped water for the two fields below, and in the afternoon pumped water for his own field. After that the water stayed in his field. His neighbor was so amazed at his action that he began to inquire the reason, and in course of time, he, too, became a Christian.