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Florence Nightingale: A Life Inspired by Lynn M Hamilton

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Has there ever been someone who accomplished so much and at the same time thought less of herself? Before she had even turned forty, Florence Nightingale was the darling of the British public, the heroine of the Crimea. She could have sailed home to England and comfortably dined out on her fame for the remainder of her long days. Instead, she conducted a ruthless post-mortem on every moment of her wartime service and found herself entirely wanting. She did not try to hide her mistakes; instead, she sought to broadcast them so that everyone would understand what happens in unsanitary medical facilities. She could well have slid into self-pity and inertia, yet she spent the next several decades campaigning for reforms. One hundred and fifty years ago, the respect we now have for nurses and the intense training that nurses must undergo was nothing but a seed in Florence Nightingale’s imagination. If we believe that nurses are some of the most respectable and hardworking people in our community, we owe that belief to Florence Nightingale. But she never took the credit. As an old woman of seventy-seven, she deflected all her accomplishments onto God with the words, “How inefficient I was in the Crimea! Yet He has raised up Trained Nursing from it!”

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Quite a fascinating woman! On the same line as Mother Theresa. She left a life of luxury to do great works for God’s calling. Seeking to help those less fortunate and with the mind to help the less fortunate. An awesome passage in our history, one of the likes we don’t hear about in our history classes, in High School or in college course work. Truly sad that our history programs have gone to the way-side. We need to hear more of these historical figures in our course work so that we keep these great people in the limelight so these heroes remain alive in our hearts and minds. Thus, fostering a new age in our history through the present. As there are some that would be inspired about such things.

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Doc Murf

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Life of Martin Luther by John Frederick William Tischer

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A very interesting book on the life of Martin Luther. Yielding a wealth of information on his upbringing, his time in the monastery and his push toward the reformation.

The thing that stands out most to me is the statement he made at the diet at Worms in 1521, when he was asked to recant his books, pamphlets and stances on the doctrines he was promoting:

Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen.

What daring? What audacity? What courage to speak out at the powers that be (the Romish Church and the pope) letting them know that they were wrong and taught improper and wrong doctrines to the people that followed them. Also, to use the powers at hand in any particular area to use force in order to force others to follow them. This is the power we each need in order to spread the truth. These are the powers we need in order to faithfully follow Jesus’ and hold NO fear of anyone or anything else within our hearts. God will protect our souls, this was a promise; our live He may or may not save from death at any given time. If He does, so be it. If not, then, also, so be it! Let God’s will be done here on earth.

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What You Need to Know about Islam and Muslims by George W. Braswell

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Geared toward both the student and the interested general reader, What You Need to Know About Islam and Muslims is an all-you-need-to-know-and-more book about the Islam. Written in simple language, this book describes to Christians the story of Islam and the Muslim people, and their aggressive plans to establish Islam in every culture.

An intriguing book on the knowledge about the religion of Islam and the Muslim practices. While this does not go truly in depth to explain doctrines of the beliefs, but what they believe overall. Touching on many of the discrepancies of the teachings about Jesus. Truly a remarkable work and truly a worthy read on the subject!

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DarwinsBlackBox

Darwin’s Black Box helped to launch the Intelligent Design movement: the argument that nature exhibits evidence of design, beyond Darwinian randomness. Today, with the movement stronger than ever, Michael J. Behe updates the book with an important new Afterword on the state of the debate.

For this edition, Behe has written a major new Afterword tracing the state of the debate in the decade since it began. It is his first major new statement on the subject and will be welcomed by the thousands who wish to continue this intense debate.

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While I found this book to be a rather difficult read, it was a worthwhile read. I have listened to several interviews with Dr. Michael J. Behe in the past and found him to be quite engaging on the subject of science and religion. A strong proponent for the Intelligent Design argument and a believer that science upholds many of the discoveries of biblical finds. More importantly, that science truly explains and upholds Intelligent Design as a belief of how life began.

You read and decide for yourself!

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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi

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In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, now expanded with bonus content, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way.

Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi struggled with an inner turmoil that will challenge Christians, Muslims, and all those who are interested in the world’s greatest religions.

Engaging and thought-provoking, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart—and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.

I found this book most extraordinary in it’s presentation of a Christian meeting a Muslim who is open minded, and vice versa. As both were willing to speak to one another freely and openly to discuss their beliefs and why they believed what they believed. This is the crux of the apologetic argumentation. That which Christians MUST be willing to do…know, understand, and both discuss and explain why they believe what it is that they believe. It is in this way that man will win his fellow man for God through such open dialogue and discussion. And it is not the argument, itself, which causes one to change their beliefs. Rather it is the Spirit of God who touches our hearts and guides us toward the answers we need. You may win a few people this way, but the majority will be won through the Holy Spirit!

An EXCELLENT book which was well worth the time to read!

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The Bible, the Qur’an, and Science: The Holy Scriptures Examined in the Light of Modern Knowledge by Maurice Bucaille

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The Bible, the Qur’an, and Science is an objective study of the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Qur’an. This book seeks to spiritually unite by highlighting similarities in the texts. It sheds new light and dispels many preconceived ideas in separating what belongs to Revelation from what is the product of error or human interpretation.

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I did not even get through with the Introduction, or the Preface, before having the feeling this was not entirely “…an objective study…” or comparative study of the Bible, Qur’an, and Science. But far from me to stop reading a book solely on such an observation. I knew by the end of the introduction where this doctor was going with his assertions; despite the explanations for such by the Christian community and the archaeologists, etc. But I still believe that one can learn more from an adversary based upon his position on certain subjects, especially religion & religious texts. Also, do you remember the old adage?

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Yeah! Remember that! Most of us purchase books based upon their cover. So I read on…because I wanted to understand the mentality.

He out-rightly states, and relies on, sura 2, verse 256, in his portrayal says,

“There shall be no compulsion in religion”; however, if you read the statement in its entirety it says, “There shall be no compulsion in religion; the right way has become distinct from the wrong way. Whoever renounces evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handle; which does not break. Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”

So, if you believe rightly, there is no compulsion. For brevity sake I will not subit all, but shortcuts to such references where the Qur’an in essence, if not blatantly, where Islam forces one to submit or die. While these may not be all-inclusive, it is enough to get the message through to those who do not believe concerning Islam’s stance on peacefully coexisting with others.

Dr. Bucaille makes assertions without proof, or negating nor acknowledging, supposed contradiction within the Biblical text. He pushes a belief that the Bible is not science compliant and science denier position. Which is completely foolish. While throughout the history of Christianity there were church father’s who denied such sciences as the earth being round and that the earth was the center of the universe, but those were men who made those decisions and held those beliefs. There was a time that church fathers stated and outright outlawed the possession of bibles by laymen…because we are too stupid to understand what lies within those pages. On the flip-side, there was a time where one of the Calif’s made it unlawful to possess a Qur’an. All the Qur’ans were collected and burned. And the original Qur’an was purportedly taken into heaven with Muhammad and Allah…so, where did our present Qur’an come from or originate?

He spoke of how deceitful the Jews were and all non-believers, but fails to remind us that the Qur’an states:

“And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of planners.” – Quran 3:54

It is hard to believe a man who says he is being objective in his presentation and study, yet deals in half truths and partial information. Which opens us up to another thing, the doctrin of al-Taqiyya.

Taqiya or taqiyya (Arabic: تقیة‎‎ taqiyyah, literally “prudence, fear”)[1][2] is an Islamic term which refers to precautionary dissimulation or denial of religious belief and practice in the face of persecution. (ref: Wikipedia)

While I was dismayed with the book itself, I was grateful for the opportunity to read something that was outside of my comfort zone and showed me that people do not believe as I believe. Hence, they will take great strides to usurp my purposeful walk with God.

I believe you understand what is going on here. But if you seek to follow Christ, not everyone will believe what you have to say, nor will they sit idly  by as you share the Gospel truths. Be forewarned, my brethren!

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Angels: Ringing Assurance That We Are Not Alone by Billy Graham

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Yes, angels are real.They are not the product of your imagination.

If we had open spiritual eyes we would see not only a world filled with evil spirits and powers but also powerful angels with drawn swords, set for our defense.

Dr. Graham lifts the veil between the visible and the invisible world to give us an eye-opening account of these behind-the-scenes agents. This best-selling classic records the experiences of Dr. Graham and others who are convinced that at moments of special need they have been attended by angels. With keen insight and conviction, Dr. Graham affirms that:

God’s invisible hosts are better organized than any of the armies of man or Satan.Angels “think, feel, will, and display emotions.”Angels guide, comfort, and provide for people in the midst of suffering and persecution.At death, the faithful will be ushered by angels into the presence of God.

A great book which specifically details the use and applications of Angels, both in the bible and in our lives. Those special and strange things that occur within our lives are happening due to some initial cause. Angels are all around us to aid, guide, and protect us…God’s children.

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Locke: Political Writings by John Locke, Gerald Green, David Wootton

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John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government (c. 1681) is perhaps the key founding liberal text. A Letter Concerning Toleration, written in 1685 (a year when a Catholic monarch came to the throne of England and Louis XIV unleashed a reign of terror against Protestants in France), is a classic defense of religious freedom. Yet many of Locke’s other writings, not least the Constitutions of Carolina, which he helped draft are almost defiantly anti-liberal in outlook.

This comprehensive collection brings together the main published works (excluding polemical attacks on other people’s views) with the most important surviving evidence from among Locke’s papers relating to his political philosophy. David Wootton’s wide-ranging and scholarly introduction sets the writings in the context of their time, examines Locke’s developing ideas and unorthodox Christianity, and analyzes his main arguments. The result is the first fully rounded picture of Locke’s political thought in his own words.

The reason I read this book is one, I am a history buff and enjoy learning as much as I can about our founding of this nations as well as it’s founding fathers. And two, his writing were the founding principles upon which the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the US Constitution were based. A brilliant mind, yet the writings and philosophies can be quite boring and drawn out if you are not into them.

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Twelve Ordinary Men: How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Greatness, and What He Wants to Do with You by John F. MacArthur

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Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God’s work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men – fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots – and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. MacArthur draws principles from Christ’s careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today’s modern disciple – you.

John MacArthur has taken the twelve disciples and presented them as you and I! A phenomenal feat, in my opinion, because most people – such as you and I – place the twelve on a pedestal of spiritually great men. While that is true, when our Lord chose them to follow Him…they were exactly like you and I. Sinners, liars, cheaters, etc. Read and be amazed by this short, easy reading book!

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Answers to Life’s Problems by Billy Graham

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Imagine being able to sit down with Billy Graham and ask him for advice. In response to thousands of letters, Billy Graham offers guidance and answers to the most-often asked questions about every aspect of life, including relationships, ethics, psychological problems and spirituality.

These are collections of what people had written in to newspapers for him to answer…a spiritually guided “Dear Abby” in male form, if you will. I liken his candor and wisdom to that of the books of Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes. Wisdom applicable to all people at different points in time of their lives. We can each glean much from Dr. Graham and as we grow more “youth challenged” in our lives, we tend to become wiser in some of our decisions. Especially those decisions with respect to our spiritual desires and need for guidance.

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