Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ragamuffin Gospel

This was a book recommended to me during my second round of going to college by a fellow student. I found Manning to be a wonderful writer who is eager to share what he has learned from our Lord and Savior with others so that they too can realize what grace truly means.
For me, this book came at a time in my life when I was doing battle against my own ideals and my own failures as a Christian. I understood that I am saved by grace but I did not fully embrace that and still felt much guilt. Ragamuffin Gospel clarified the grace of Jesus Christ for me.
I recommend it for Christians and non-Christians, anyone who has experienced broken spirit, contrite heart, and failures within. Jesus did what He did for you and me "while we were still sinners". He didn't place any requirements on being saved...we do not have to become "good enough" to be saved. It is by grace through faith alone...and this book emphasizes that fact.
A wonderful encouraging reminder.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The American Patriot's Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb

The American Patriot’s Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T. E. Cribb is one of the finest books I have seen in the subject of the history of America. I love the way it is laid out into daily readings that are easily manageable. Each day also has a list of happenings on that day in years previous. In between each month are special sections that make this book even more valuable: Flags of the Revolutionary War, The History of the Stars and Stripes, Flag Etiquette, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights, Famous Addresses, Poems and Songs of American Patriotism, and more.
Although this is laid out in the format of a devotional reading it does not have Bible readings assigned to each day. It’s focus is on readings about America. However, after reading through this book, you come away feeling as if you have peered into the way the Lord built America through many of His faithful servants in our history.
The book itself is hardbound with pages that are pleasant to the touch. The feel of the book is weighty and magnificent. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in history of America. It is perfect for teachers to use as a supplemental text and I plan to do so in my homeschool.
I have only the highest praise for this book. It is a reminder of what it means to be an American and to be proud of that fact but not in a boasting way…in a grateful way. The principles our forefathers built this nation on are what made it strong and to remind ourselves of those principles by reading this book may help us to be pushed back into that direction.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bob the Builder


Eli loved going to the Noah's Ark Party as Bob the Builder this year! We had such fun with our friends!!
Posted by Picasa