Sunday, 16 June 2013

From Your Heavenly Father on Father's Day ....

Every Blessing on this Father's Day !


Saturday, 15 June 2013

Free Audiobook: The Awakening of Hope - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice a Common Faith
by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

According to Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, faithful action is always inspired and sustained by common convictions---the basic truths that have sustained God's people throughout every generation. The Awakening of Hope represents Christian faith by beginning with stories of faithful witness and asking, Why? Why do Christians eat together? Why do we fast? Why would we rather die than kill? These are the questions that help us see why creation and the fall, covenant and community, ethics and evangelism, matter. This book is a contemporary catechism, celebrating lives and stories that wouldn't make sense if the gospel were not true.

Going one step further, this project shares the good news of Jesus and the way of life that he makes possible. - GoBible

"In his latest book, The Awakening of HopeHartgrove doesn’t get bogged down in ... statements about what Christians should avoid. In fact, he does just the opposite. Jonathan outlines a beautiful manifesto of what Christians are for and dusts off the spiritual practices that have distinguished Christians for centuries. But he doesn’t just dust them off. He digs deep into practices – from fasting to promises to intentional living. Jonathan even goes so far as to live these practices out and comes back to tell us how it went!" - RLC editor

“This book is good news…a magnificent report on lived theology, not just theological ideas and truths, but storied theology, the kind that we find in our Scriptures.” – Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message

Audio Book available FREE during June 2013
Author: Jonathan Wilson-HartgroveOriginally Published: 2012Format: Unabridged Normal Price: $14.99 FREE thru June 30th

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Friday, 14 June 2013

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Word for Wednesday 12.6.13

 Word for Wednesday 



Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Summer Reading Program Rewards Readers - via Tyndale Publishers

Welcome to the Tyndale Summer Reading Program !

The Tyndale Summer Reading program is a great opportunity to earn rewards for reading and sharing about the books you read. When you sign up you can earn points towards free books by reading books listed on our summer reading list and then sharing about the books you read in a variety of places including personal blogs, retails sites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, Chapters, etc), and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s how to join and participate:
  • Set up your account by clicking on the “Apply Now” link below.

  • Take a look at our summer reading list and find books you’re interested in reading.

  • Visit your favourite bookstore, online retail site, library or grab your e-reader and purchase or borrow one of the books from the list. Basically you can get the books anywhere you normally get books. (Note: We cannot send you free books to read.)

  • After you finish reading a book, share about it on your blog, a retail site, or using one of your social media accounts. Sharing about the book in at least three places will earn you one point.

  • Log-in to your Summer Reading Program account and submit your book sharing links. Each book shared about counts as one point.

  • Once you earn 5 points you’ll be able to select any book from our summer reading list to be sent to you for free. It’s that easy!
During the 2012 Tyndale Summer Reading program over 1600 books were read, and the top reader read 50 books! It was definitely a summer full of reading.
This year we’re hoping that even more people will take their reading to the next level.

Here’s what the Tyndale Summer Reading Program will get you:
- For every 5 books you read and submit proof that you shared about them, you’ll receive a free book of your choice from the summer reading list.
  • The top reader at the end of the summer will receive a $75 gift card towards books.

  • The 2nd through 4th place top readers will each receive a $50 gift card towards books.

  • Everyone who earns at least one point will be entered to win a free e-reader!
Plus we will introduce more great opportunities throughout the summer including milestone awards and reading challenges.

Join the Summer Reading Program today!
Participate by providing us with some of your information.
Program will run June 1st through August 31st 2013.


Sunday, 9 June 2013

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Word for Wednesday 5.6.13

Saturday, 1 June 2013

New Release: By Grace Alone author Derek Prince 1.6.13

By Grace Alone
author: Derek Prince
publisher  Chosen Books June 1st 2013
info and excerpt HERE

Having had the privilege of  some editing of another manuscript at the author's ministry headquarters in the English countryside, I looked forward with anticipation to reading a new compilation of Mr Prince's previously unpublished work.  It doesn't disappoint. 

From his opening statement of purpose, readers are in for a bit of sod turning. "The ultimate purpose of this book is for you to discover what does and does not matter in your CHristian walk...a matter of critical importance...confusion on this issue is the root of most of our problems." What are the issues of religious law vs grace that need recognition in our own lives? In the Church? Have we relegated ourselves to lives of rules and regulations? Lives of striving? Analysis is followed with anti-dote. God's gift of grace.

Mr Prince leads us into a comprehensive and life-changing understanding of grace beginning with Romans 10.4, "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." With this fresh perspective we begin to live the life of liberty and freedom that God's gift of grace provides. Mr Prince goes on to develop this in its entirety for full benefit and release from living a life of religious constraints and performance orientation.

What I love about Derek Prince's writing is his ability to distill his thorough knowledge of difficult topics into accessible language that ensures our understanding and ability to apply the principles learned. The application of those truths is up to us. 

By Grace Alone provides us with seeds of grace we can choose to plant in the soil of our heart. The impetus of the Holy Spirit will bring it to fruition. Let us keep the soil clear of religious weeds that will try to choke out the new growth. And let us pray for fresh rainfall to increase the growth of grace presented via this excellent new release from Derek Prince...

About the author:

  Derek Prince (1915-2003), founder of Derek Prince Ministries International, wrote more than fifty books. He was educated at Eton College and Cambridge University and studied Hebrew and Aramaic at Cambridge and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His daily radio broadcast, Derek Prince Legacy Radio, still reaches listeners around the world.    - Chosen Books


Armchair BEA Day 5 Discussion: Children to YA Books

“You have to write the book that wants to be written.
And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” 

― Madeleine L'Engle

Today's genre is a big one, Children's Literature. From picture books to middle grade to young adult novels this is a category that encompasses books that young and old alike flock to on a daily basis. In our home it's not uncommon to read anywhere from three or four picture books a day to as many as twenty. And that's not counting the middle grade and YA books picked up and devoured in a week. 

One of the great things about children's literature is the wide range of emotions, topics and themes it covers... it can take us to places far away through wardrobes, on pirate ships and into times of post-apocalyptic chaos. There is no limit to what can be accomplished within the pages of a well-written piece of children's literature. 

What are your favourites? Why do you love children's literature? 
Did you write a post about it? Share it with us!

You don't have to be a kid to appreciate children's and teen literature, do you?
We're talking about that today.
Post your thoughts about kidlit and YA, and link them up here!

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” 

What reading delight we miss when we don't return to our book loves from childhood.  Perhaps one of the great gifts of parenthood or as uncle, aunt or grandparent - reading these stories once again to our own family's children.

Children's writing allows us the freedom to venture into worlds without skepticism.  With the joy of anticipation.  With eyes of wonder.

What are some of my favourites?

Beautiful beginnings.
This one for children by Lisa T Bergren 
God Gave Us You is not to be missed.
A polar bear answers each child's 
foundational question, "Where did I come from?"

"God Gave Us You provides a valuable opportunity to build children's self-esteem every day and assure each one that he or she truly is a welcomed, precious, and treasured 
gift from God" - Goodreads

The Borrowers by Mary Norton
This is the classic story--read and loved by children all over the world--of Pod, Homily, and their daughter, Arrietty, who live under the kitchen floor in a quiet, half-empty house and get their livelihood by borrowing from the “human beans.”   -  “Delectable fantasy.”--Booklist

This is the first series I remember reading. Avidly hunting the library's shelves for the next book in the series; hoping it would be in and available to 'borrow' on every trip mom and I would take to the library.
I re-read the series when I found a boxed set at a charity shop just a few years ago.  I loved every minute of the luxury of reading it again and seeing it now through adult eyes.

Series were definitely a favourite.  Probably a good marketing ploy!
Kept me wanting the 'next one'; the next adventure with the heroine or hero that had become part of my life.  Nancy Drew?  Anyone else into following The Hardy Boys?

I am now seeing where my love for mysteries originated!  My next series was of the same genre.
Bernard Palmer's prolific writing of Danny Orlis mysteries...                

I didn't discover Narnia until an adult, 
but that hasn't deterred me from its enjoyment!
Thus my CS Lewis quote above...

One enjoyment that I've loved throughout the years is having a book read to me.  Loved as a child for sure!  and now with abundant availability of audiobooks it's a great option to continue that pleasure.  Having them on hand in the car as well as in house keeps you 'reading' and really shortens any highway driving time!  The kids always love trips to the cottage because they'll have a story 'live' via the audiobooks.  
Here's  a New Release just this week I think you'll enjoy -                                                    

One classic book that can't be forgotten in a children's book discussion is Canadian author, LM Montgomery's, Anne of Green Gables.  And of course all the others one will be lead to in reading this first book!
This ebook collection of almost every LMM book and audio is incredibly priced variously at .99 or 1.99 and worth more than paid!  Find it at amazon.
You'll be glad you did.

A fantastic ya series that had book blog discussions happening weekly -
The RIver of Time series by Lisa T Bergren.  Waterfall, Cascade,
Torrent - contemp to medieval time travel. 

A brief overview of some of my influences and blast from the past.
Thanks for the fun,
Armchair BEA hosts.  Every title I pulled up at Goodreads was a fresh reminder of my childhood blessings and happiness.

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