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The Longing for Home: Reflections at Midlife by Frederick Buechner

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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.

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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.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Billy Graham TV Classics

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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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The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed by Scott Parazynski

“Scott Parazynski’s drive, curiosity, inventiveness, and great humor shine through the pages of The Sky Below and will certainly inspire future generations to pursue their dreams with every fiber in their being.” —John Glenn, NASA astronaut

An epic memoir from a man whose life is defined by exploration and innovation, The Sky Below re-creates some of the most unforgettable adventures of our time. From dramatic, high-risk spacewalks to author Scott Parazynski’s death-defying quest to summit Mount Everest—his body ravaged by a career in space—readers will experience the life of an elite athlete, physician, and explorer.

This intimate, compelling account offers a rare portrait of space exploration from the inside. A global nomad raised in the shadow of NASA’s Apollo missions, Parazynski never lost sight of his childhood dream to one day don a spacesuit and float outside the airlock. With deep passion, unbridled creativity, resilience, humility, and self-deprecation, Parazynski chases his dream of the ultimate adventure experience, again and again and again. In an era that transitioned from moon shots to the Space Shuttle, space station, and Mars research, Parazynski flies with John Glenn, tests jet packs, trains in Russia to become a cosmonaut, and flies five missions to outer space (including seven spacewalks) in his seventeen-year NASA career.

An unparalleled, visceral opportunity to understand what it’s like to train for—and deploy to—a home in zero gravity, The Sky Below also portrays an astronaut’s engagement with the challenges of his life on Earth, including raising a beautiful autistic daughter and finding true love.

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Man, Myth, Messiah: Answering History’s Greatest Question by Rice Broocks

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Did Jesus Really Exist?

The search for the historical Jesus continues to be headline news. Any speculative theory seems to get instant attention as the debate rages about His real identity and the claims made in His name. Did Jesus really exist? Is there real historical evidence that demonstrates that He lived and actually said and did the things the Gospels record? Is there any validity to the speculative claims that the Jesus story was a myth, borrowed from a variety of pagan cultures of the ancient world?

In this follow-up to the book God’s Not Dead (that inspired the movie), Man, Myth, Messiah looks at the evidence for the historical Jesus and exposes the notions of skeptics that Jesus was a contrived figure of ancient mythology. It also looks at the reliability of the Gospel records as well as the evidence for the resurrection that validates His identity as the promised Messiah. Man, Myth, Messiah will be released concurrent to the God’s Not Dead movie sequel, which will cover the same theme.

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This is an awesome book! It took those five basic & minimal facts about Jesus & His existence and used them as a platform by which to evangelize to those around you. Historical and mythological arguments about Jesus were debunked. Although, had I checked into this further, I would have sought out the book “God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty” by the same author and read it first. Which was the basis of the movie “God’s Not Dead.

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Why Government Is the Problem by Milton Friedman

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“The major social problems of the United States—deteriorating education, lawlessness and crime, homelessness, the collapse of family values, the crisis in medical care—have been produced by well-intended actions of government. That is easy to document. The difficult task is understanding why government is the problem. The power of special interests arising from the concentrated benefits of most government actions and their dispersed costs is only part of the answer. A more fundamental part is the difference between the self-interest of individuals when they are engaged in the private sector and the self-interest of the same individuals when they are engaged in the government sector. The result is a government system that is no longer controlled by “we, the people.” Instead of Lincoln’s government “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” we now have a government “of the people, by the bureaucrats, for the bureaucrats,” including the elected representatives who have become bureaucrats. At the moment, term limits appear to be the reform that promises to be most effective in curbing Leviathan.”

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Sadly Milton Freeman is gone and we need more thinker like him in order to set us on a much greater course for this country. If only government would listen to the people! Those would be great and memorable days, for certain. Well worth the time to read, just to capture a glimpse of his frame of mind and logical reasoning.

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The Unexpected President: Chester A. Arthur–His Life and Times by Scott S. Greenberger

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When President James Garfield was shot, no one in the United States was more dismayed than his Vice President, Chester Arthur. For years Arthur had been perceived as unfit to govern, not only by critics and his fellow citizens but by his own conscience.

From his promising start, Arthur had become a political hack, a shill for Roscoe Conkling, and Arthur knew better even than his detractors that he failed to meet the high standard a president must uphold. And yet, from the moment President Arthur took office, he proved to be not just honest but courageous, going up against the very forces that had controlled him for decades.

Arthur surprised everyone–and gained many enemies–when he swept house and courageously took on corruption, civil rights for blacks, and issues of land for Native Americans. His short presidency proved to be a turning point of American history, in many ways a preview of our own times, and is a sterling example of how someone can “rise to the occasion.”

This beautifully written biography tells the dramatic, untold story of a virtually forgotten American president, a machine politician and man-about-town in Gilded Age New York who stumbled into the highest office in the land only to rediscover his better self, right when his nation needed him.

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I found this to be an EXCELLENT READ! You think politics today is full of chaos and corruption…read this to see what things were like 130 years ago. It is truly an eye opener. Well worth the time and every bit of the effort. Spoiler Alert: Chester A. Arthur thought the vice Presidency was the greatest office that he could have ever imagined, but due to circumstances of the time and similar political though of today…that was not to be true!

A GREAT BOOK!

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Doc Murf

 

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Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea

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Steve, Carrie, Cooper, and Gameboy are looking forward to their youth group trip. But when a confrontation occurs between Carrie and Ashley—a newcomer with a bad attitude—the spirit of fellowship is broken. Seeking a resolution, their leader Stuart (Sean Astin) shares the story of the prophet Hosea. Will the powerful tale of love help heal the girls’ resentment? Dove approved.

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An interesting portrayal of the book of Hosea. The love story between God and Israel, Hosea & Gomer…it is only through such messages that we can truly learn and appreciate the love God has for us.

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DEBUNKING The Claim That Christianity Was Plagiarized From Egyptian Mythology

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This video is humbly submitted to refute just a few of the fallacious arguments against the Christian faith, particularly the claim that Jesus is no more than a Europeanized version of the Egyptian god Horus and that Christianity was plagiarized from Egyptian mythology. It is also a proclamation of the glorious gospel of our Lord and an admonition to seek him while there’s still time. As Christians we are told to defend our faith and give an answer about our hope in Christ, seasoned with grace. We are to love others and to live our faith before the world. I hope and pray that this video gives just a glimpse of the matchless power of the cross and that there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved! Peace and God bless!

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Powerful & well documented. YouTube is an excellent resource & repository of information. Check out this video [HERE]

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He Knows My Name

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Jesus knows each of us by name. He loves us all so much to submit Himself to His Father’s rule in order to die for our sins.

Truly powerful! And the impression He made upon a little girl!

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Understanding The Book Of Job – Separating What Is True From What Is Truth by Tom Tompkins

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It is safe to say at the very least, that the Bible is a fascinating book. A book full of many true tails, even struggles and disappointments, along with much information intended to help people grow and mature in their relationship with God.

After all, it is impossible to have a positive relationship with someone we have not gotten to know and this principal applies to all relationships including one with God. While there are many ways to get to know our Heavenly Father, reading the Bible is one of the most important tools provided for us. However: many shy away from reading the Old Testament for various reasons, and one reason high on most peoples list is due to the “gloom and doom”.

However, not reading the Old Testament portion of the Bible is similar to using half of the pieces to a 1000 piece puzzle. We will never see the big picture if we only use half of the pieces included. One of the most misunderstood and misused books of the Bible is the book of Job. Yes, the book of Job is filled with suffering and difficult times in the life of Job and his family and friends. In turn the book of Job has become a favorite among many when it comes to dealing with difficult times in their own life or the lives of others.

This particular take, on the book of Job however, is written to help us understand the lessons than can be learned from Job’s life, as well as a better understanding of the character and nature of God Himself, by taking a look at the oldest book in the Bible, from a different angle. When we do so, I believe we will see things we never would have seen without changing the lens we view this incredible story through.

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At points in time it was a tough read, but at other points it was a very easy read. Job is chock full of theological premises to learn from. Some are tougher to glean from the book so you need to read the perspective of other people. Tom Tompkins brought an interesting dimension to the Book of Job. If you enjoy Job, you will enjoy what Tompkins has to add to your understanding. I am not saying you will completely agree with all of his assessments, but they will make you think more objectively!

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Doc Murf

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