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America fought not just one war for independence; it fought two.  The War of 1812 threatened to be the downfall of our fledgling nation, but John Quincy Adams and his wife, Louisa, were instrumental in raising her up from the ashes.   Although the author used simile and metaphor much too much, I still enjoyed the journey through the Adams’s correspondence and diaries.  Some of the important points of diplomacy and treaties were witnessed by John Q. Adams. ...

Reading through the whole Bible ought to be a basic discipline for every Christian.  This is the Book we love.  It is our basis for life and godliness.  How can we live in the way God wants if we don’t read it?  This year,  I chose the chronological schedule, and loved it!  Years ago I had read through a printed Chronological Bible but had forgotten how helpful this method was.   Job is read toward the beginning of the year since Job lived...

Now THIS is Christian fiction.  Deb Brammer had me at the first chapter, and I’m not just saying that. I don’t read a whole lot of fiction these days, but I’ve loved Deb’s articles and helps for small church ministry on her blog, www.DebBrammer.com.  Her books are an extension of her widespread and faithful ministry.  “Broken Windows” is recognizable  to me.   These are the situations and conversations that I am...

I enjoy Dorothy Patterson.  Her contributions to the complementarian view of womanhood have been invaluable!  This book is also a great addition to the pastor’s wife’s library.   The main body of the book reads like Emily Post’s Guide to Manners.  She tells the pastor’s wife how to act and even what to wear and what to say in a variety of ministry areas.  Her advice for home life is quite detailed.  Perhaps she was just trying...

This was a good little book overall, especially for the Type A personality pastor’s wife.  For me it seemed like a lot of the author’s struggles within her spirit were not my struggles.  I wished there was more from my point of view.  However, there was a lot here that were good reminders for me. Positives: Being (or not being) the cool church. Strength and power comes from God. Faithfulness is the goal. Uniqueness of each individual and individual...

I enjoy reading biographies.  It is always a fascinating thing to find out what makes a person tick.  Abigail Santamaria very thoroughly researched the life of Joy Davidman Gresham, the woman who captivated C.S. Lewis as the subtitle states.   Now I know why many of Lewis’s friends did not like Joy.  They were intrigued by her and so was I, but she would have been a difficult person to get along with.  She explored and immersed herself in all the...

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