Fictional Worlds

As a child I was fortunate to find the library and the world of books.

Lately, I’ve found some authors that are becoming my favorites. I recently read Women’s Intuition by Lisa Samson, Out of Control and In Too Deep by Mary Conneally – the first two of a series, and then today I finished Secrets on the Wind, the first of a series by Stephanie Grace Whitson.

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These three authors, uniquely gifted, share the capacity to make characters so real and the story so compelling, that it is hard to come to the end of their fictional worlds.

The other night it occurred to me that living in a non-real world was effectively keeping me from enjoying time with my husband. I ended up apologizing and he forgave me.

So, with this last book, I made sure to read most of it when he was gone. My youngest daughter needed a favor, so the book took second place. It continued that way throughout the day – as responsibilities arose, a bookmark kept the page.

I enjoyed the last book all the more because even though it interfered with some of my plans, I chose mindfully instead of just getting lost in the tome.

I needed to go to the library for a quick trip. Last week I asked the librarian if she would order techno-thriller books written by Jefferson Scott since there were none in the cooperative counties’ library system.

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She said yes and so I will.As I looked for them, I realized I had just called them technothrillers, not Ethan Hamilton Technothrillers and I almost missed them on Amazon.com’s site. No wonder she couldn’t find them. I learned that librarians like to buy books when it’s within their budget and they’re supposed to provide for an interest range to suit their customers. If worldly books fill much of the shelves, it does my heart good to see well-written Christian books available for perusal as well. If people don’t ask for the books they like, the librarians will purchase from selected lists.

Jesus told us to ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find, etc. Matt_7:7, (KJV): Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
I love the Word of God even more than I like fiction.

May God bless you!

 

 

Lion of Judah, Lion of Babylon

I finished reading Davis Bunn’s book, Lion of Babylon, in the large print edition, copyrighted in 2011, published by Center Point Publishing in 2011 by an arrangement with Bethany House Publishers, who are a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I really enjoy reading books by Davis Bunn. He started writing as T. Davis Bunn and then dropped the “T” for some reason. Anyway, he writes page turners, as an eighty-some year old lady calls a book a reader finds hard to put down.

He’s been to a lot of places around the world, and since I don’t travel much, I like to learn of other countries with a good plot and characters I care about. He delivers those qualities. He wrote about a financial scare in one of his stories that could have come from the newspaper. It taught me about bankers investing in high risk ventures which scared me for the stability of economies around the world. I often pray for situations he writes about.

Being called a Lion in some cultures means the person is held in high regard. Jesus, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah stands high above all others.

Rev_5:5  And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

I hope you’re having a great week. May God bless you!

Thoughts on Reading, Relationships and Jesus’ Traits

It’s so easy for me to read a good book. I finished Falconer’s Quest by T. Davis Bunn and his wife, Isabella Bunn. The book is copyrighted in 2007 and published by Bethany House, Minneapolis, MN.

Today I began From Darkness Won by Jill Williamson, the third book in the Blood of Kings series. It’s copyrighted in 2011. Published by Marcher Lord Press, Colorado Springs, CO which is now owned by Enclave Publishing, Phoenix, AZ.

I made myself put it down to eat supper and do dishes and spend some time with my husband. He has a full day tomorrow so we sort of watched a television show we’d both seen before. He with an eye on basketball play-by-play on the internet and me with the book in hand.

I went to a Bible study today and we decided to read the Gospel of John from Chapter one until we ran out of time. We got through three chapters and part of chapter four. It seemed to us that Jesus showed love and compassion for many and yet He spoke clearly and forcefully against religious leaders that should have known better.

My husband has said that movies portray Jesus as a “pretty boy” kind of guy. He believes Jesus was rugged from walking everywhere and He was a carpenter without modern tools – a man’s man. He hung around with strong fishermen and tax collectors, people able to stand up for themselves.

God bless!

Hope Available

A group I attend studied two books that dealt with hope over many months in 2015. One by Max Lucado called, You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times, published and copyrighted by Thomas Nelson in 2013. A really great book.

The second one by a Western New York author, Sandra Fox, entitled Lord Renew My Hope, copyright 2007, published by xulon press. I started it before I moved one time and when I searched my book shelf, there it was – incomplete. I decided to finish it and realized the other ladies would be blessed. When I asked them if they were interested, they said, “Yes!”

A few needed encouragement at the time. That’s the blessing of friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. Our real families are not always near by to listen or to give words of wisdom when we’re in a conundrum.

So we ordered the second book on hope and read of some struggles and answers to prayer. We discussed the admonition to hold on, and to paraphrase one of the author’s ideas: Find promises in the Word!

“Just try to do the next right thing,” a great guy, David McLaughlin of Rochester, NY used to say. Dave McLaughlin.jpg

He went to be with Jesus before us. We enjoyed him when he came to church and to other activities.  He usually brought bananas to share and a positive attitude. He also made us laugh and beat us at a business game we played – he told us he did the same kind of thing in real life in his past. Smart! 🙂

Like David discovered when his cancer showed up, we find hope is required in this life.

I love the book of Hebrews. It was Paul’s letter to the converts from Israel. Hebrews 11:1, (KJV) says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

If you have faith, whatever you’re hoping for will seem so real you can rest in the fact that it’s on its way.

If we have hope, we’ll aim for a goal, we’ll pray, we’ll take action. However, in Proverbs 13:12 (KJV), we learn that “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

If people face constant discouragement, they may feel like life will never change and they may want to give up. That is a lie from the pit of hell, really. In our group, one lady was feeling low and another person said, “I understand. I felt that way last year. I came through and I learned a few things along the way. Let me tell you about it. By the way, I pray for you every day.”

The lady who felt low is noticeably improved! We need each other, we need God, we need hope. We need the Bible. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (KJV)

Our mindset can change the course of our lives. Philippians 3:20 (CEV) says: “But we are citizens of heaven and are eagerly waiting for our Savior to come from there. Our Lord Jesus Christ
Php 3:21 has power over everything, and he will make these poor bodies of ours like his own glorious body.”

If you need hope, I pray you’ll find someone to help you in a healthy way. We all need encouragement once in a while on this planet. Every one of us.

In the book of James, one of the verses in  chapter one says we don’t have because we don’t ask God. Then there are conditions He outlines as reasons for His negative response to our prayers as well.

The Bible is filled with wisdom. If you haven’t read it, that may be your first step towards hope. When I’m lacking hope, I need to get my Bible out. Maybe I’ve been neglecting reading the Word, starving my spirit and feeding my flesh. That makes me grumpy, I know from experience.

I pray you have the hope that God gives abundantly. Enjoy the rest of 2015.

 

Writing and Living

People ask me what I’m up to. I’ll tell them about writing or seeing a movie or reading a book or attending family functions, or visiting with friends I haven’t seen in a while. I’ve been writing on a novel proposal pretty steadily.

I borrowed a book from the library on writing a novel which was supposed to help more than any other book out there. I couldn’t finish it, even though the writing techniques were helpful.

I’ve heard it said that what you are comes through in your writing. This writer liked to talk about things that I didn’t care to hear about. Then every exercise referred to this author’s interest in one way or another. Anecdotes came out that I wished I hadn’t read. To kill or not to kill may be an example. Then it occurred to me, if more and more of the book lacked appeal, why was I reading his work?

There are many good books out there on improving fiction techniques. I own some that I have not finished, maybe a couple not started yet.

So if you ask what I’m up to, I’ll tell you I’m returning some library books, I went to see the movie, “Left Behind.” I had coffee with a friend I hadn’t seen in months. I keep reading Davis Bunn books this week, one co-written with Janette Oke called “The Centurion’s Wife,” because they touch my soul and I like the way he describes setting and because I identify with his characters. This applies to her, too. And I’m enjoying family.

What are you up to? Do you want to say?