Sunday, January 31, 2010
A Lady Like Sarah. By Margaret Brownley. (A Rocky Creek Romance). 2009. Thomas Nelson. 320 pages. [Historical Fiction/Romance]
The Gospel In Genesis: From Fig Leaves to Faith by Martin Lloyd-Jones. 2009. Crossway. 160 pages. [Christian Nonfiction]
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
This third chapter of the book of Genesis is absolutely essential to a true understanding of life, the whole of life as it is at this moment for each individual. (79)
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Today I thought it would be fun if we compiled a list of books that would make good book club books for Christian book clubs. Since this is faith and FICTION Saturday, I'm asking you to keep your answers to works of fiction. The books, however, do not need to be published by a Christian publishing house, but they should have some elements that would make them appealing to Christian book groups to discuss.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
She stared at the manacles in his hands and wondered what he saw when he looked at her. Did he see an outlaw or someone else--the woman whose heart suddenly yearned to be held by a man? By him? Cheeks aflame, she looked up.Head lowered, he reached for her hand, but before cuffing her, he hesitated.She searched his face and he met her gaze. She wanted him to look at her like she had seen her brothers look at other women. But anything would be better than the pity she saw in his eyes.Look at me, she wanted to cry. Look at me. Without thinking, she threw her arms around his neck. If he was surprised, she couldn't tell. For his lips melted against hers, sending waves of heat down her body. His mouth on hers was both gentle and demanding, sweet and warm, and more than anything, persuasive. She drank in the moment, wishing it would last forever.Great sand and sagebrush! How come no one ever told her that kissin' a man was even more fun than fightin' a bear? She'd heard tell about this man and woman stuff, but no one ever said it felt this good, felt so completely and utterly right.The kiss ended far too soon. One hand on her shoulder, he firmly pushed her away. The mouth that moments earlier had been soft and yielding was now hard and unrelenting. No pity showed in his eyes now. Only rejection...and, somehow, that was even worse.Her senses in turmoil, she didn't know what to think. She wondered if she had only imagined his response, imagined that he welcomed her kiss.Confused as much by her own actions as his, she stared up at him."I'm sorry, Sarah."She couldn't have felt more humiliated had she been thrown from a horse.For the longest while, they stared at each other like two wild animals meeting by chance."Forgive me," he pleaded. "I can't do this."Had he thrust a knife in her heart, he couldn't have hurt her more. "Because of who I am?" she lashed out at him. "Because I'm a wanted woman and not fit to wipe your feet?"He shook his head sadly. "No, Sarah. Because of who I am." (48-49)
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Today I thought it might be beneficial to talk about our New Year's resolutions. Do you have any New Year's resolutions? Do any of your resolutions pertain to your spiritual disciplines or to your reading life?
Thursday, January 7, 2010
The Silent Governess. By Julie Klassen. 2010. (January 2010). Bethany House. 448 pages.
For years, I could not recall the day without a smoldering coal of remorse burning within me.
Olivia Keene is a young woman with her fair share of regrets and secrets. Fleeing her home, she stumbles into quite a mess (more than one mess actually). She's discovered listening to a conversation she had no business hearing. Lord Bradley--the man on whom she happens to be eavesdropping fears the worse. Miss Keene--if that is indeed her name--may be up to no good. She may be a thief. A spy. At the very least, if released out of his custody, his care, she may go somewhere and tell his secrets, start a scandal. One thing he knows for sure, he doesn't trust her. Why did she have a newspaper clipping about his family in her possession? Why is she in the neighborhood to begin with? Was she really just passing through as she claims? On her way to seek a teaching position in a nearby school?
Both Olivia and Edward (Lord Bradley) have secrets. And secrets can be dangerous. What's a man to do with a woman he doesn't trust? Why hire her to be an under nurse in the nursery. (The children she is tending are not his. They're his nephews and niece.) It helps that he introduces her as mute--unable to speak. (Hence the silent part of the title!) How long will she stay--that is the question. Can he learn to trust her? Can she learn to trust him?
This is the third Julie Klassen novel that I've read. The first being The Lady of Milkweed Manor; the second being The Apothecary's Daughter. I definitely enjoyed this one! Great characters, great story, interesting plot. I love historical fiction and historical romance. I think this will appeal to many.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
26 Maid to Match. Deeanne Gist.
27. The Vigilante's Bride. Yvonne Harris.
28. Wildflowers of Terezin. Robert Elmer.
29. More Than Words by Judith Miller.
30. In Every Heartbeat. Kim Vogel Sawyer.
31. Love's First Bloom. Delia Parr.
32. A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman
33. Embers of Love (Striking a Match #1) Tracie Peterson.
34. While We're Far Apart. Lynn Austin.
35. Cottonwood Whispers. Jennifer Erin Valent.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
So this week's question is what are your goals (be they short term or long term) when it comes to reading the Bible?
I have a few goals. I want to read the Bible every day. I'd like to try to read it twice a day. But that isn't my discipline yet. Right now, I read the Bible at night because it's the time when I have more me-time, less distractions, more energy. (I know the thought of having more energy at night can be an odd one to some folks. But it's true. I'm NOT a morning person.) But I would like to get another dose of the Word in at some point in the day. If I can.
I would like to keep reading in my ESV Study Bible and my 1599 Geneva Bible. But both of those are very-long-term goals. I don't think I'll finish up either bible this year. I would like to maybe try to read The Narrated Bible (The Daily Bible) this year. It is NIV. It is chronological.
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
"She had the expected two ears, two eyes, one nose, and dimpled cheeks, but in her father's mind there was a problem. He had twelve children, daughters all, and was convinced that number thirteen would be his long-awaited son. So on the twenty-fifth of September, 1755, when he drew another baby girl from the womb of his long-suffering wife, he declared the discovery of an unacceptable mistake."
Abandoned by her parents, left in an orphanage in Ebenezer, Georgia, Fin, our young heroine has no problem being tough and staying strong. She's needed to be her whole life. But she is not the person the Baab Sisters--especially Hilde--would have her to be. She's not ladylike enough. She's too manly, too strong, too wild in their minds. Maybe a little kitchen duty will do the trick...
At first Fin is angry that she's been thrust into the kitchen, and forced into apprenticing with the orphanage's cook, Bartimaeus. (She's jealous that her best friend, her would-be-could-be husband, Peter, gets the better deal, the better job. He gets apprenticed to a carpenter.) But she soon realizes that this may just be the best thing that ever happened to her. For Bartimaeus --though not a simple man or a perfect man--loves her like she's his own child, his own daughter. He's a man with a past, a history--a dark and tangled mess of a past. But he's a good man, a changed man*.
With increasing hostilities between the colonies and England, it's not an easy time for Fin to come of age. Not with Fin's temperament. Her quick temper leads to...well...a great big dangerous adventure**.
Historical fiction. Action. Adventure. Pirates. Orphans. And a little old war.
What did I enjoy about this one? So very much! I love historical fiction. Usually. And this was no exception. A bit violent at times, yes, but what else would you expect in a sea-adventure filled with pirates?! It was exciting, compelling, hard to put down. It's anything but boring! I cared about Fin from the start. And her companions--especially Jack, Knut, and Tan--became important to me as well. The characters definitely felt human--felt flawed--which is a good thing. I would definitely recommend this one. (Especially if you enjoyed The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.)
The story will conclude in a second book, Fiddler's Green. (I want it now!)
You can order a copy of The Fiddler's Gun book through Rabbit Room Press.
*I will say this part of the story was just awesome for me. Peterson was able to connect the story with George Whitefield. True, it's a very small--very tiny--part of the overall story. But still, it made me happy.
**It probably helped that I love films like Pirates of the Caribbean, Captain Blood, and The Sea Hawk. I think having this background helped me visualize the fighting-at-sea scenes.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Today I am curious as to what were the top novels you read in 2009 that dealt with faith. While these books don't need to have been published by a Christian publishing house, I'm hoping that the books you list will have grappled with faith in a significant way.
My 5 Favorite Christian Books:
Though Waters Roar. Lynn Austin. 2009. Bethany House. 430 pages.
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. (Audio Dramatization) Focus on the Family. 2009.
Fireflies In December by Jennifer Erin Valent. Tyndale. 343 pages.
The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz. 2009. Revell. 412 pages.
Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen. 2007. Bethany House. 412 pages.