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text 2015-12-16 03:00
Get 10% off ALL Songdove Books Paperbacks at Createspace with CODE: TSXQHAXR
Songdove Books is offering 10% off all purchases made directly from Createspace now through to January 3rd. Filling your cart with every single paperback in this list will give you the equivalent of two books FREE! This sale includes all the recently-released books this Fall including the Study Journal for “Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey”, the “One Year Prayer Journal” companion to “A Year in Prayer With Jesus”, the entire set, “The Poor Man’s Budget: A Five Week Course - Learning to live within your means”, and the Christmas release, “30 Days of Advent Colouring Journal”.
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Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey:
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https://www.createspace.com/5906459 30 Day Advent Colouring Journal
Merry Christmas!
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text 2015-11-30 22:35
Celebrate Advent With the Entire Family This Christmas!
30 Days of Advent Colouring Journal - Ms. Marilynn Dawson

It is customary in many families and Churches to celebrate the season called Advent every December.  This is a time of waiting, of expecting, of anticipation, and of preparation as we get ready for the big day!  

“30 Days of Advent Colouring Journal” not only offers a unique way to celebrate Advent with your family, it also incorporates another treasured past-time among various denominations and family groups: The Jesse Tree.  The Jesse Tree introduces . . . the lives of various people who are featured in Jesus' earthly family tree.  Images to be coloured on each day are taken from The Jesse Tree and in some way represent the person or subject being covered on that day.

However, we aren't just reading and merely colouring our way through the Christmas season!  Each day bears Scripture, thoughts, and a question to ponder.  Opposite each colouring page, space is reserved for devotional thoughts as they come to you or a member of your family as you progress through the Christmas season.

May this Advent colouring journal bless you and yours this Christmas!


This book is available via Amazon right now!  Get it via 2-day shipping or Amazon Prime to have it before the weekend!


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review 2015-08-20 02:25
The Confession by Robert Whitlow
The Confession - Robert Whitlow

The Confession artfully develops a duplicitous conflict between an accidental teen death, solely witnessed by Holt, a District Attorney to be, that later unearths an unrelated cold-case cover up. Holt risks exposure of his secret past in his quest to unearth buried truths, as he finds a murder investigation was falsified by associates of his own public service arena. Holt risks his career along with his heart of dedication. While he pursues exposure of the truth, he grows closer to living the truth; ultimately forcing him to face his own secret past.


A gripping conflict that gradually erodes Holt's strongholds, a concurrent love triangle as a sidebar, and a thought provoking spiritual journey are all woven together with plenty of intrigue. While the development of conflict is really powerful, the anticipation was overshadowed by a lacklustre denouement. The love story carries significant depth, yet the female characters represent flimsy backdrops against a lengthy list of motive-rich perpetrators. Most profound is the infusion of heartfelt spiritual awakening in Holt that feels natural, methodical, and refreshing in the midst of murder and mayhem.


I highly recommend this novel for lovers of murder mysteries, legal dramas, and conflict accentuated through lies and deceit. Those seeking a strong Christian message will find solace in the seamless blending of characters with strong Biblical foundations; I felt it fresh and innate to this tale of deceit. A crescendo of anticipation is palpable throughout, yet in the supposed day of reckoning; the collision of opposing forces seems to disintegrate like two trains passing in the night. Relative to the build, I felt empty; hungry for the crash and burn; secretly desiring a conflict riddled resolution; disappointed yet devoted to an extraordinary plot line summoned up by Robert Whitlow.


I would recommend this novel to murder mystery lovers and Christians alike. Well written, gripping, modest characters, and the mastery of conflict building kept me turning pages.


I provided this review in exchange for a free copy of the novel.

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From my spirituality journal

Happy New Year, y'all. 

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review 2014-11-14 01:33
Science, Scripture, and Same-Sex Love
Science, Scripture, and Same-Sex Love - Michael B. Regele

By: Michael B. Regele

ISBN: 9781426798290

Publisher: Abingdon Press

Publication Date:  10/21/2014 

Format:  Paperback

My Rating:  5 Stars


A special thank you to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A Father's Personal Journey through Science, Scripture, and Same-Sex Love with much controversy and debate of LGBT, and the Christian beliefs, Michael B. Regele courageously steps out and delivers personal insight, and well researched information.

With a deep understanding, Regele addresses all concerns and perspectives, intelligently with an easy to read format; from theological reflection, biblical, current medical, psychological, neurobiological, and sociological data on sexual orientation and identity, as well as pastoral insights and most importantly, the warm heart of a father who writes every page with his own daughter in mind.

Mike Regele begins his extraordinary book with an Episcopal prayer that includes these words: “Take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in the bonds of love." Very fitting.

There are so many detailed topics addressed within the book, and would recommend reading the book when you have the time to study and make notes; as found myself bookmarking so many pages, so hitting only a few of the highlights, I found important.

As Regele mentions, perhaps this awareness is the work of the Spirit. Today, tolerance for diversity has never been greater, at least in the most Western countries shaped by Christianity in one form or another over the past two thousand years.

What Must Change?
“To see our doors opened to the LGBT community and to see the church have a voice in calling them, like straight folk, to faithful discipleship, we must make some changes.”

The first change: “Our discomfort is our discomfort.”
This issue is no different than the discomfort many Southerners felt when suddenly blacks were granted equal status. It is no different than the discomfort many of us felt as we recognized the need and necessity of granting women equal status in society and in the church. As Paul teaches us in Galatians 3:28.

The second change: Willingly to redefine what Christian marriage means. Going back to the science that tells us that sexual orientation and attraction are rooted in biological processes requires us to rethink all of this.

Third change: How we define Christian leadership. We have far too many people sitting in leadership who are not leaders, and there are those LGBT who love God and want to serve God whom we exclude from leadership unless they take a vow of celibacy. We should not continue to exclude gay or lesbians who are active in a committed partnership if they live in a state in which marriage is not yet legal, from serving the body of Christ as leaders.

Some important facts:
• Current science supports the idea that a person’s sexual orientation is an innate trait with which one is born. One does not choose to be heterosexual, bisexual, or homosexual. One is born as one of these, or in some cases, intersexual.

• Attraction is attraction. At the biological and psychological level, it is a natural process that is established through processes that also determine a person’s orientation. Attraction serves the human community by bringing people together. All of us have need of healing and restoration of our sexuality, for all of us are broken in some way.

The book addresses three important areas:
• Sexual behavior
• Same sex marriage
• LGBT leadership in the church

For many conservatives, improper sexual behavior leads to the judgment of God and the prospect of spending eternity in hell. Within this conceptual world young people are taught sex is bad unless you are married and you are bad if you practice it before marriage. Consequently we have young people everywhere dropping out of our churches because their choice is between feeling guilty and condemned or turning away from God entirely.

The conclusion, being gay with same sex attraction is an innate reality. There is nothing biologically wrong with being gay. If there is nothing biologically wrong, then there is nothing wrong period any more than there is something wrong with all of us?

He asks the question is same sex marriage acceptable from a Christian standpoint? He states he does believe that the church ought to embrace same-sex marriage and regain the high moral ground by calling us all to love the other and therefore to promote life. He affirms both of these groups of people divorced and LGBT, regardless of their gender or marital experience, to qualify for leadership in the church.

Not surprisingly, a survey with the question: “Should the religious community embrace LGBT people by Christian affiliation?"  The data demonstrates a progressive to conservative orientation, with Episcopalians at 61% are ready to accept than any other affiliation group. (The Quadrennium Project 2012 Mission Insite, LLC)

The highest in agreement: Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians/Reformed.
• The groups with the higher percentage of disagreement were: Baptist, Non-denominational, and Pentecostal/Holiness.
Out of the eight religious affiliation groups, 40% believe same-sex marriage should be legalized compared to 31% who disagree.

With new perspectives from scientific to scripture,presented with compassion and clarity—causing new reactions and awareness. A book for all ages, diversity, churches, leaders, and those of any sexual preference and religious belief; liberal or conservative—especially for those who have been clouded by narrow minded and ignorant thinking to age old beliefs.

It is sad, especially when parents, friends, family, and churches are turning their backs on gays and their lifestyles. What does this say about their behavior? I have many LGBT friends and have heard horror stories of their guilt, shame, condemnation, and judgments; primarily coming from family and the church—It is time for a change. A Must Needed Gift-Well Done!

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1102585005
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