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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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  • Charles Spurgeon

    "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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A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower

www.momofmany.wordpress.comA Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower is written in first person and is about an Amish girl named Chloe who grew up in the Amish community but ended up an Englischer because of family difficulties. A relationship develops between Chloe and Timothy, a boy who also left the Amish community. The plot is full of suspicion and suspense as they investigate a local murder, finding that things are not always as they seem. Since Chloe was living in the Amish community, but not a part of it any more, the police recruit her to help solve the murder mystery.

As the investigation goes on, more and more information is brought to light about the citizens in Appleseed Creek, which adds flavor to the plot. Even Chloe’s family suffers at the exposure of truth during the investigation, which draws her in even more.

In some ways this story is typical of other Amish stories, looking at the division between the Amish and the rest of the world due to their customs and family dynamics, but different in the sense that the author has introduced a murder mystery in the mix.

I was given a copy of this book from Handlebar Media in exchange for posting an honest review, no other compensation was given.

Out Live Your Life

Out Live Your Life, by Max Lucado, is a challenge to Christians to reconsider their role in the world.  He encourages the reader to serve the master by serving others, and through our serving, people will get a glimpse of who God really is. He explains how our acts of compassion can impact the world around us in a way that our words never could.

This book shows how to implement biblical truths in every day situations –  to communicate the love of God through our actions on a consistent basis, day in and day out looking for ways to encourage and uplift our fellow man. He describes the average Christian as being one who lives in their own perfect little world oblivious to the needs of others around them. He goes on to explain that it is human conditioning that makes us that way, that if we were to recognize or acknowledge the suffering all around us, we will be obligated to do something about it – so we turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to avoid our hearts being pricked, perfectly content to live in our little shell of indifference. He challenges us to disregard our complacency and apathy and embrace our God given role to live as His tool to reveal Himself to a lonely and lost world.

I recall a preacher once saying that acts of kindness without a sharing of God’s Word will be fruitless. But the opposite is also true, oft times our sharing of God’s Word without an act of kindness will cause this Truth to fall on deaf ears and closed hearts. I recommend this book because our world is turning into a selfish, unloving world – something needs to change, and I think that “something” is “us.”

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.