Saturday, May 14, 2022

2022 Bible Reading #19


Bible reading week of 7 - 13 May 2022. 

I am reading the NKJV Single Column bible for my Book of Common Prayer daily offices.

  • Psalms 35-70
  • Proverbs 7-13
  • Leviticus 8-27
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy 
  • Joshua 1-6
  • Mark 
  • Hebrews 8-13
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter

I am reading the New English Bible for my morning tea devotions.

  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah 1-23
  • Psalm 50-89

I am reading the King James Version for my afternoon devotions.
Deuteronomy 
Joshua
Song of Songs
Ecclesiastes
Luke 1-12
1 Corinthians 8-16
2 Corinthians

I have TWO ongoing year-long 30 Day MacArthur plans going.
  • In May I will be reading Isaiah 23-27 thirty times: BSB, KJV, NASB 77, ESV, KJV, BSB, NRSV,
  • In May  I will be reading Titus thirty times: BSB, KJV, NASB 77, ESV, KJV, BSB, NRSV, 
My miscellaneous Bibles:
Great Bible 1539
  • Luke
  • John

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

19. In Honor's Defense


In Honor's Defense. (Hanger's Horsemen #3) Karen Witemeyer. 2022. [June] 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Invisible people rarely received correspondence. A fact Damaris Baxter had accepted long ago.

In Honor's Defense is the third book in the Hanger's Horsemen trilogy by Karen Witemeyer. This historical romance focuses on Luke Davenport (aka "Preach"). He is our hero; and he's made appearances in the previous books. He's come to town to help a rancher find the rustlers responsible for stealing his cattle.

But who is our heroine??? 

Damaris Baxter has recently moved from St. Louis to Texas to become the guardian of her (now teenager) nephew, Nate. He's angry and bitter. He feels that his father's death was not accidental but instead murder. His heart is so full of anger, hurt, bitterness that there's just not much room to love an aunt he barely knows. Damaris ("Aunt Maris") loves fiercely and unconditionally. He may not be ready to love her, but she loves enough for two. She'll be there patiently waiting--no matter how long it takes. Even if he never quite loves her back. 

The meet cute for this couple is adorable. Nate has trapped Damaris in the cellar. Luke has come to pay a visit to this "spinster" aunt. Perhaps Nate has seen or heard something about what's going on on their neighbor's ranch. Regardless, it won't hurt to get another perspective on the situation. But instead of a spinster aunt and nephew, he finds a seemingly empty house...except he hears someone yelling for help.  The spinster is so NOT a spinster. And absolutely nothing follows is as he could have predicted....

Circumstances soon have Luke spending a LOT of time with Damaris and Nate. And he doesn't see that changing any time soon. He senses the two are in great danger...and it may take all his wits (plus calling in some favors from his friends) to keep them safe.

I absolutely LOVED, LOVED, LOVED every single minute of this one. I liked the first book in the series. I really loved the second book. Like I thought there was no way to top the second book. But I think this third book may just be my favorite in the series. Maybe. I'd have to reread the second book to be absolutely sure. But then chances are I'd end up rereading the third book again just to double check. It might just be a never-ending cycle of me trying to make up my mind. 

I loved Luke. "Preach" has always been such a great character. And getting to know him in this one was great. 

Damaris. What can I say about Damaris???? She was the big surprise for me. I always have a feeling that I am going to "love" the hero in Witemeyer's romances. But Damaris, well, I just ADORED her. Together these two just made me GIDDY with glee.

The book definitely had lots of SWEETness. But it also had some intense moments that were action-packed. 

Quotes:
  • Yet when one reached marriageable age, invisibility became a significant disadvantage. 
  • Not only was Damaris on the shelf, she was in the back corner behind the knickknacks, collecting dust.
  • To be chosen for herself--it was the secret desire of her heart. To be important to someone.
  • Not everything could be beautiful...Yet a thing's outward beauty should not determine its value.
  • Someday he would accept her affection. Return it, even. After all, love was the strongest force on earth. Because it wasn't of earth. It was divine. God's very nature. It would win the day eventually, if she held true to her course. [Damaris thinking about Nate, her nephew]
  • Grief couldn't be outrun, though. It would catch him eventually, and when it did, he'd need the very thing he swore he didn't want--his aunt. [Damaris and Nate]
  • What would it be like to have someone in her life who could be counted on always to be there, always to take her side? One who saw her even when she was at her most invisible?
  • Contentment isn't chained to a certain set of circumstances, Luke. It's portable. You can take it with you wherever you go.
  • She's swallowed her pride so many times, all the edges had been worn smooth. [Damaris and Nate]
  • Unfortunately, banishing her feelings for him was not an option. They were sprouting far too fast to cut down. And if she were honest with herself, she'd have to admit that she didn't want to cut them down.
  • I didn't ask you to tell me who you were, Luke. I asked you to tell me who you are.
  • Luke had kept his hands to himself, but the intimacy between him and Damaris just kept growing like the plant shoots undeterred by cobblestones, winding through tiny crevices to sprout green in the midst of a stone street. 
  • No story bound in paper could compare to the one she longed to live in the real world. 

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

Saturday, May 7, 2022

2022 Bible Reading #18


Bible reading week of 30 April - 6 May

I am reading the NKJV Single Column bible for my Book of Common Prayer daily offices.

  • Psalm 144-150; Psalm 1-34
  • Proverbs 30-31; Proverbs 1-6
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus 1-7
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Esther
  • Haggai
  • Daniel
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi
  • Matthew
  • James
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy
  • Titus 
  • Philemon
  • Hebrew 1-7


I am reading the New English Bible for my morning tea devotions.
  • Genesis
  • Psalm 1-49
  • Matthew 

I am reading the King James Version for my afternoon devotions.
  • Leviticus 11-27
  • Numbers 
  • Psalm 140-150
  • Proverbs 
  • Mark 8-16
  • Romans 
  • 1 Corinthians 1-7
  • 2 Thessalonians

I have TWO ongoing year-long 30 Day MacArthur plans going.
  • In May I will be reading Isaiah 23-27 thirty times: NRSV, BSB, NASB 77, NASB 95, BSB, ESV, RSV,
  • In May I will be reading Titus thirty times: NRSV, BSB, NASB 77, NASB 95, BSB, ESV, RSV, 
My miscellaneous Bibles:
Great Bible 1539
  • Matthew 
  • Mark 


© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

Saturday, April 30, 2022

2022 Bible Reading #17


Bible reading week of 23 - 29 April 2022. 

I am reading the NKJV Single Column bible for my Book of Common Prayer daily offices.

  • Psalm 110-143
  • Proverbs 23-29
  • Genesis 6-50
  • 1 Chronicles
  • 2 Chronicles
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Song of Songs
  • Luke 19-24
  • Acts 1-28
  • Galatians
  • Philippians
  • Colossians
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Thessalonians

I finished the ESV Readers Bible yesterday. I will be starting a new book today (Saturday). I am leaning towards the New English Bible. But I'm not *sure* yet. So if you see a lot of "miscellaneous" Bibles next weekend, you'll know why.

  • Psalm 107-150
  • John
  • Acts 9-28
  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy
  • Titus
  • Philemon
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • Revelation

For my afternoon tea I am reading the King James Version.

  • Genesis 26-50
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus 1-10
  • Psalm 70-139
  • Matthew 16-28
  • Mark 1-7
  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • James
  • Galatians
  • Ephesians
  • Philippians
  • Colossians

I have TWO ongoing year-long 30 Day MacArthur plans going.
  • In April, I will be reading Daniel 9-12 thirty times: BSB, NASB 95, Great Bible 1539, BSB, NRSV, New English Bible
  • In April, I will be reading Isaiah 18-22 thirty times: BSB, NASB 95, Great Bible 1539, BSB, NRSV, New English Bible

My miscellaneous Bibles:

Great Bible 1539
  • Daniel
  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

18. Come Down Somewhere


Come Down Somewhere. Jennifer L. Wright. 2022. [September] 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: The army moved in on a Sunday. 

Olive Alexander, our young teen protagonist, is angry that her family home--a ranch--is being "taken over" by the army. She'll be sent to live with her grandmother, her brother is heading overseas, and her mother (and uncle) will stay behind on the ranch to continue to oversee the ranch. She's new to town (Alamogordo, New Mexico) and starting (traditional) school for the first time. Her best chance for finding a good friend ends abruptly. Turns out the other new kid, Jo Hawthorne, is the daughter of the sergeant who has "taken over" the ranch. Jo consistently pursues a friendship; Olive resists. But these two have a LOT in common, and given enough time these two might just find a forever friendship.

Come Down Somewhere is set in New Mexico during the later years of the Second World War. The army is about to conduct a super-secret ultimately dangerous experiment that might just end the war. There are TWO narrators and two time periods. Jo Hawthorne is narrating the "present" mid 1950s storyline. Olive Alexander is narrating the "past" mid 1940s storyline. Both storylines are driven by angst and uncertainty. 

Because of how the narration unfolds, there is plenty of suspense and tension in the relationship between the two women, the two narrators. One mystery being WHAT happened on the day of the test and HOW that day ultimately shaped both of them. 

I would categorize Come Down Somewhere as a historical coming of age novel. Olive and Jo--in the past--are definitely struggling as they grow up during a stressful time. 

It is published by a Christian publisher. But part of the angst-driven narrative is about the ups and downs of life--mentally, emotionally, spiritually. In the past storyline, Olive is ANGRY and resistant to any idea of God. God, quite frankly, doesn't exist so she insists and its how she lives her life. Jo, on the other hand, while still struggling very much with the harshness of life still holds onto her faith and views God as being her salvation. She doesn't insist that Olive share her faith. There are no conditions on her offer of friendship. In the present storyline, Jo is ANGRY and resistant to any idea of God. God deserted her in the desert (couldn't resist). Her faith, her trust, her hope in God is practically nonexistent. So part of the tension is also how did Jo come to this place in her life...and where does she go from there. 

As I mentioned, there is plenty of tension and conflict in this one--in both stories. It did have a mostly unexpected twist. Well, actually several twists but not all equally unexpected. It was a good read. 

Though it is Christian and though it is historical, it is NOT in anyway a romance.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

Saturday, April 23, 2022

2022 Bible Reading Week #16


Bible reading week of 16 - 22 April 2022. This week may be a bit messy!

I finished reading the NASB Schuyler for my Book of Common Prayer Daily Offices. I started the NKJV Single Column mid-week. 

NASB Schuyler 
  • Psalms 79-103
  • Proverbs 16-20
  • Esther
  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi
  • Revelation

NKJV Single Column
  • Psalm 79-109
  • Proverbs 16-22
  • Job
  • Genesis 1-5
  • Luke 1-18

The Bible I am using for my morning tea devotional time is the ESV Readers' Bible. I do not have a specific plan. But I am trying to read whole books in one sitting when possible. 

  • Mark
  • Romans
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • Luke
  • Acts 1-8
  • Psalm 73-106

For my afternoon tea I am reading the King James Version.
  • Genesis 1-25
  • Psalm 1-69
  • Matthew 1-15
  • Romans 
I have TWO ongoing year-long 30 Day MacArthur plans going.
  • In April, I will be reading Daniel 9-12 thirty times: BSB, NASB 95, ESV, NKJV, NASB 77, BSB, NASB 95
  • In April, I will be reading Isaiah 18-22 thirty times: BSB, NASB 95, ESV, NKJV, NASB 77, BSB, NASB 95, 

My miscellaneous Bibles:

Great Bible 1539
  • Ezekiel 
MEV
  • Genesis 26-50

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

6. Schuyler Credo Quentel New American Standard Bible 1995


Schuyler Credo Quentel. New American Standard Bible 1995. God. 2021. 1833 pages. [Source: Gift]

First sentence: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

I really LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this one. I definitely think it will be a bible I keep coming back to because it is so wonderful. I love the New American Standard Bible 1995. It is one of my favorite translations to use in my daily Bible reading.

It is a premium Bible. I'll share the description below. The "Credo" in the title refers to the creeds and confessions included in this Bible in the back matter. 

I started this one March 10, 2022 and finished it April 20, 2022. I read it in two times a day--morning and evening--using the Book of Common Prayer daily offices.

The description from the site: 

This Bible includes the following historical confessions of the church. • Apostles Creed • Nicene Creed • Chalcedonian Creed • Athanasian Creed • Augsburg Confession • Articles of Religion • Westminster Standards • London Baptist Confession

Slate Goatskin Covers 
11 point font
1995 text
Line Matching
28 GSM Indopaque Paper
Page size: 6.1″ x 9.1″ x 1.3″ (156 x 231 x 33 mm)
16 mm margins
9 mm yapp
3 x 1 cm ribbons (Red)
Art-Gilt edging (red under silver) with gilt line (silver line inside the cover)
Smyth Sewn
Black letter text (chapter numbers, headers and page number in red)
More than 95,000 entry cross references and about 17,000 translation footnotes
Presentation Page
Concordance
Schuyler Maps


© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible