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The Longing for Home: Reflections at Midlife by Frederick Buechner

Longing for Home

In this deeply moving book of reflection and recollection, Frederick Buechner once again draws us into his deeply textured life and experience to illuminate our own understanding of home as both our place of origin and our ultimate destination.

For Frederick Buechner, the meaning of home is twofold: the home we remember and the home we dream. As a word, it not only recalls the place that we grew up in and that had much to do with the people we eventually became, but also points ahead to the home that, in faith, we believe awaits us at life’s end. Writing at the approach of his seventieth birthday, he describes, both in prose and in a group of poems, the one particular house that was most precious to him as a child, the books he read there, and the people he loved there. He speaks also of the lifelong search we are all engaged in to make a new home for ourselves and for our families, which is at the same time a search to find something like the wholeness and comfort of home with ourselves. As he turns his attention to our dreams of the heavenly home still to come, he sees it as both hallowing and fulfilling the charity and the peach of our original home.

Writing with warmth, wisdom, and compelling eloquence, Frederick Buechner once again enables us to see more deeply into the secret places of our hearts. The Longing for Home will help to bring clarity and guidance to anyone who searches for meaning in a world that all too often seems meaningless.

*****

Another book which is far from the normal book for me to read, but consider this…by staying with the same type or style of writing will create in one a stale and bland palate of reading. sometimes we need to shake things up a little  in order to stir up something different!

While this was a warm book of short writings about life, which truly strayed me far from what I normally read, was a collection of writings which brings one back home to make you think of your childhood and days long gone by…carefree days.

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Doc Murf

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In A Still Small Voice

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Interviews with Christian artists, filmmakers, actors, and dancers sharing their insights into how art ultimately points to God and makes the invisible, visible.

The inspiration of the beauty around us, and that which comes through us, dictates there must be a God. What instills in each of us the ability to do what we do, individually or as a group? THAT created beauty implies there is a God, a Creator of all things, a Grand Inspirer of all things. Therefore, such beauty created through such inspiration therefore infers the existence of a God of beauty!

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Miracles: 32 True Stories by Joanie Hileman

Miracles 32 True Stories

A dying child counts angels in her room. A teenage boy stuns doctors by recovering from a massive brain injury. A bubble of protection surrounds a man about to be hit by a car…These miraculous accounts and twenty-nine more are recorded in Miracles: 32 True Stories.

“Almost every month I get a request to either read or edit a book or booklet, and to be honest, I dread to see them coming, because most of them are hardly worthy of a positive recommendation. When Joan asked me to read her Miracles, I was not looking forward to reading it at all … much to my surprise I could not stop reading it until I had read the entire book. Each story was different enough to keep my interest, and God’s finger-print was all over each of the stories told. There was never one bit of doubt who authored each of those stories…” BILL IRWIN, CHRISTIAN AUTHOR AND SPEAKER

*****

Not my normal book for reading, but was rather interesting on the numerous miracles that were believed and perceived to have occurred by those on the precipice of losing faith.

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Doc Murf

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Billy Graham TV Classics

Billy Graham TV Classics

A collection of Billy Graham Television Classic shows and Evangelistic events. While I was not much of a Billy Graham viewer as a child, I have come to appreciate his old programs. As of lately, I have been watching these shows, whether on YouTube or on his Billy Graham TV Classics web site. It is quite intriguing to see what he had to say, and either research what he said, or use it on my blogs. He was truly a man of God who taught many of us about the path of God.

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Doc Murf

 

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Pain: The Divine Mystery: Why God Allows Suffering by Elmer L. Towns

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Pain is an enigma-a haunting reality-we all face. Whether the pain you are experiencing is chronic or the result of a new injury or illness, you have no doubt asked the Lord, Why? Why must I suffer? Why must the pain be so intense or so never-ending?

Elmer Towns confronted similar questions as he withstood the debilitating effects of cancer treatment. As he sought to find something precious in the enduring, Towns realized that pain can draw the mature believer into closer intimacy with God.

Pain: The Divine Mystery will help you look at your own suffering through the eyes of the Master Sculptor-He who has the highest purpose in place for your life. You will be challenged to examine your deepest fears, to discover God’s part in your healing, and to pursue better overall health in the process.

You will find, as Towns did, that even pain can be endured when you have a purpose to live through it. As you seek to understand the “why” behind your own suffering, God will reveal much more than you can imagine: He will reveal Himself. Pain has a divine purpose for spiritual breakthrough.

*****

This was an interesting book as it treated pain as an entity from which we could learn, or that it was a teaching tool. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” ~Romans 8:28 NKJV We all have things, inanimate and otherwise, which will teach us…pain is no different. God uses pain also to teach us about our body and to teach us perseverance, as well as patience. Well worth the time to read and it is a short read, at that!

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Doc Murf

 

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Three Days That Changed The World

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Though he went to church as a child, Rob, a busy designer, has gotten away from his spiritual roots. For him Easter has been just another Sunday to unwind from a busy week. But now that he is a parent, he begins to rethink church’s importance in his family’s life. Viewers travel back with Rob to the first Easter to learn its importance.

*****

Thought provoking. A man rethinks his ideals about going to church. All over Easter.

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Doc Murf

 

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The Apostle: A Life of Paul by John Charles Pollock

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The drama of a novel meets scholarship in leading Christian biographer John Pollock’s classic work about one of the most transforming persons in history: the apostle Paul.

The Apostle masterfully combines careful adherence to biblical text, detailed research, and a storyteller’s gift to create a book equally relevant for both casual readers fascinated by Paul’s life and serious biblical scholars. Pollock begins his fast-movig narrative with Stephen’s death and follows Paul through his conversion, missionary journeys, and eventual execution. Many will enjoy it simply as a satisfying and insightful true-life story, although maps and a study guide allow for deeper exploration. The Apostle was originally published in 1969, and this new edition marks the first significant revision in many years.

*****

This was an excellent read. It was a help in tying the epistles together and aiding me in the chronology of Paul’s trek. From about the time of Paul’s leading the stoning of Stephan to his beheading. An excellent read which was well worth the time!

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Dead Man Rising

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When Daniel, a death row inmate, hears the horrors of previous executions using new experimental drugs, he pleads for access to information on how to best face his own, upcoming demise.  What this faithless and hopeless prisoner finds instead, will shake up everything he has ever known, ever believed.

Parental Warning: Mild Language

*****

This was one of those movies I was not so sure about going into it, but afterward was glad that I did not bypass it. A man on death row finally starts looking into what happens when he dies. He has a debate of sorts with an (apparently) atheistic fellow death row inmate. Toward the end, everything comes into perspective. Well worth the time to watch.

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Expositions of Bible Doctrines Taking the Epistle to the Romans As a Point of Departure (Romans #1-4) by Donald Grey Barnhouse

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A series of expositional studies in which Barnhouse examines the Epistle of Romans phrase by phrase, not only in its immediate context but also in the larger context of the entire teaching of Scripture. Scripture is thus interpreted by Scripture, bringing all the correlated truths of the Word to bear on each line and word of the epistle. Available in sets only.

*****

An excellent exposition on the book of Romans by Paul. Painstakingly, taking each line, of each chapter, and expanding upon it’s meaning. It’s meaning within context of the Apostle Paul’s life and real life context, as well. It is a tough read, but well worth it for the understanding of this foundational book of the bible. I say foundational because it is the foundation to understanding salvation and how we should act with one another.

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

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Eckhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle’s clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly “living in the now” means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container–more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.

Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into The Power of Now. (Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence and the cycle of life.) Thankfully, he’s added markers that symbolise “break time”. This is when readers should close the book and mull over what they just read. As a result, The Power of Now reads like the highly acclaimed A Course in Miracles–a spiritual guidebook that has the potential to inspire just as many study groups and change just as many lives for the better. —Gail Hudson

*****

While I thought this was a good book, overall, and that it touched on a few, if not several points that I could relate to, I did find it as a means to liken Christianity to Buddhism – in certain respects. I guess everyone has their thing and interpretation, but to liken one religion to another is a bit out of bounds, to me. It was a good book, as I said, but beware of the teachings you follow. To follow the wrong beliefs could send you on a trek you do not wish to follow once you get to the end of your journey!

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Doc Murf

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