Thursday, November 02, 2017

Book Review: In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh

This new book by Sheila is for every woman living in today's hectic world who is dealing with disappointment, struggle, or loneliness.  That is pretty much all of us, isn't it??

With frankness and sweet sincerity, Sheila assures us that it is normal for us to have a continuous struggle, one in which we have been healed yet have fallen once again. She untangles for the reader what she has learned about freedom from the middle of the mess:  We cannot bury emotions from our struggles because we have a God who wants to be there for us, His daughters.  He desires us to pour our hearts to Him, because "no thing that affects you is petty to God." (p. 53)  It is this vulnerability that brings us closer to the heart of God.  And from there she unfolds how we can turn our struggles into strengths.

Sheila provides an example of how God's grace and mercy are constant:  He is always working, always fine tuning, always loving and always faithful. 

Find more about Sheila's new book, releasing November 7th at

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Book Review: The Proving by Beverly Lewis

It is always a joyful occassion to read and to review one of Beverly Lewis' books!  Her latest fiction, The Proving, is a perfect, relaxing read for a weekend getaway into the more simple lifestyle of the Amish in Lancaster County.

The story of Mandy returning to her Amish home in Gordonville, Pennsylvania after having escaped to Kansas to meld into the English world, is a time of "proving" but not in the way she would ever suspect.  A family death catapults her back into the situation that caused her to leave her home five years prior, forcing her to deal with emotions she thought had long since been buried.

Woven among Mandy's story is Trina, a bold, outspoken character who, in a strange happenstance, partners with Mandy who is struggling with running her mother's B&B.  As a result, the women aid and encourage each other, reaching outcomes they did not expect.

Once again, Beverly's characters reveal how God can create in any situation the opportunity for one to respond, reconcile, repent and realize how He has the absolute best for us. 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Homeschool: Free Study on Christian Apologetics for High School

What is Apologetics?

Apologetics is derived from the Greek word apologia, which means "to defend" or "to make a defense."  As Christians, we must be ready "to present solid, rational arguments that prove the things you have affirmed. You must defend the propositions you have presented. You are appointed for the defense of the Gospel (Philippians 1:17).  1 Peter 3:15 says: "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."

To prepare our students with a Biblical Worldview, Apologetics Press has many materials that would be appropriate for your homeschool student including a Free online course and a few Free ebooks.

The FREE online introductory course on Christian Evidences, appropriate for high school, is a ten lesson course covering the topics of the existence of God, Creation versus Evolution, the inspiration of the Bible and more.  Each lesson in the study is in full-color, PDF format and includes questions intended to help reinforce the teaching material in the mind of the student.  An answer sheet is provided so that answers can be checked at home.

A limited  number of AP's FREE ebooks are also available as PDF downloads. Most of these books are short in length, but a couple that are definitely worth checking out are "Creation Compromises", "The Truth About Human Origins" and "The Global Flood of Noah" (part of their Scripture and Science Series).

Apologetics Press provides scripturally sound and scientifically accurate materials in the field of Christian Apologetics. Visit their website store to see the materials, media, and other resources that are available for adults and students. While not required, you may want to consider supporting AP with a one-time gift if you use any of their publications or studies.

* "What is Apolgetics" by Kyle Butt, M. Div.