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  • Abraham Lincoln on Criticism

    "If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
  • Consider the Cost

    "Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events." ~Winston Churchill
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    "Our blessed Lord reveals himself to his people more in the valleys, in the shades, in the deeps, than he does anywhere else. He has a way and an art of showing himself to his children at midnight, making the darkness light by his presence."
  • Progress through Perseverance

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or whether the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. It is far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight of life, knowing neither victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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    God will uncase the hypocrites ere long, and make them know, to their sorrow, what is was to trifle with Him." - Richard Baxter
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  • The Reformed Pastor – Richard Baxter

    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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Break Through by Tim Clinton and Pat Springle

Break Through by Tim Clinton and Pat Springle deals with the hazardous relationship called “enmeshment” and explains how we can overcome the bondage it brings into our lives. Often I meet people who struggle with the feeling of being controlled or manipulated by others and feel powerless to make changes in order to escape the self imposed trap of enmeshment. The authors first explain how we allow such a bondage into our lives, and then show us how to deal with it – giving us insight into why we do the things we do.

Do we really know what love is? Do we have to always be the door mat while others walk all over us? How do I know when to say, “No.”? Does God require us to sit still while others use and abuse us? Is it a wife’s obligation to follow and endure no matter what? How is it that some people seem to have healthy relationships while others appear to gravitate toward disaster? When does true love give in? When does true love push back? Break Through shows us how to identify real love and set effective limits so that both parties enjoy a healthy, edifying relationship.  

Through many real life stories we can learn how to identify those who strive to please, rescue, fix, or control others, learn how to deal with them, and what we can do to change if we see such attributes in ourselves. As always, our perspective is key, and sometimes can be skewed based on our past experiences. Our relationship with our parents, teachers, friends, etc. can have a huge impact on us, and if we’re not careful, can set us on a self-destructive course that can take years to identify and correct. This book offers us an occasion to reflect, identify, and self examine our motives and choices. We’ve all been told many times that perfect love casts out fear, but what does that mean on a practical basis? Read this book to find out.

Here is a sample chapter: break_through_chapter1

Click here for a video from the author.

This book was given to me free by Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review. It is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.