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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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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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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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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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Spirit Warriors: Strategies for the Battles Christian Men and Women Face Every Day by Stu Weber

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Pastor and former Green Beret captain Stu Weber reveals the crucial spiritual battles that all Christians face constantly, whether or not they are aware of them. “Somehow we have come to mistakenly associate spiritual warfare with charismatic personalities strutting across brightly lit platforms … whuppin’ up on evil spirits,” says Weber. “But spiritual warfare is so much more than a show.” With warm and winning counsel, the bestselling author/speaker warns of the very real perils readers face, giving them what they need to survive and thrive.

Paying attention to what is happening around you, daily, and to what the Word of God (Bible) is saying are two of the greatest elements to this present battle of Spiritual warfare. You MUST choose God’s word over the words of man. You MUST choose the full armor of God rather than the armor of this world…you will be severely unprepared.

A MUST read book with a MUST listen to message!

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The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ by Lee Strobel

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What IS the truth about Jesus?

Today, the traditional picture of Jesus is under an intellectual onslaught from critical scholars, popular historians, TV documentaries, Hollywood movies, bestselling authors, Internet bloggers, and atheist think tanks. They’re capturing the public’s imagination with a radical new portrait of Jesus that bears scant resemblance to the picture historically embraced by the church.
How persuasive is this new image of Jesus? Is it based on well-supported facts and arguments? Or does it fade away when exposed to the hot light of
scrutiny?
In this dramatic investigation, award-winning writer and former legal editor
Lee Strobel explores such controversial questions as:

  • Did Christianity suppress “alternative gospels” that portray Jesus more
    accurately than the New Testament?
  • Did the church distort the truth about Jesus by tampering with early
    biblical texts?
  • Have fresh insights and explanations finally disproved the resurrection?
  • Were the essential beliefs about Jesus stolen from earlier mythology?
  • Have new objections disqualified Jesus from being the Messiah?

Evaluate the evidence for yourself as leading experts grapple with the latest objections from today’s foremost critics. Then reach your own verdict in The Case for the Real Jesus.

THIS was an AWESOME book for anyone at any level in their walk in Christianity! Great resource for the evangelist or the apologist. A great resource for those discipling others in their walk with Christ. A strong foundation of philosophically, archaeologically, and historically needed information in order to make that plunging step with your life to completely turn it over to the Lord! Well worth the read and would be a worthwhile tool to use as a study over the belief in Jesus as the Christ!

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1775: A Good Year for Revolution by Kevin Phillips & Arthur Morey

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What if the year we have long commemorated as America’s defining moment was in fact misleading? What if the real events that signaled the historic shift from colony to country took place earlier, and that the true story of our nation’s emergence reveals a more complicated―and divisive―birth process?

In this major new work, iconoclastic historian and political chronicler Kevin Phillips upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution by puncturing the myth that 1776 was the struggle’s watershed year. Mythology and omission have elevated 1776, but the most important year, rarely recognized, was 1775: the critical launching point of the war and Britain’s imperial outrage and counterattack and the year during which America’s commitment to revolution took bloody and irreversible shape.

Phillips focuses on the great battlefields and events of 1775―Congress’s warlike economic ultimatums to king and parliament, New England’s rage militaire, the panicked concentration of British troops in militant but untenable Boston, the stunning expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and many hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands. These onrushing events delivered a sweeping control of territory and local government to the Patriots, one that Britain was never able to overcome. 1775 was the year in which Patriots captured British forts and fought battles from the Canadian frontier to the Carolinas, obtained the needed gunpowder in machinations that reached from the Baltic to West Africa and the Caribbean, and orchestrated the critical months of nation building in the backrooms of a secrecy-shrouded Congress. As Phillips writes, “The political realignment achieved amid revolution was unique―no other has come with simultaneous ballots and bullets.”

Surveying the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and perception he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. He mines rich material as he surveys different regions and different colonies and probes how the varying agendas and expectations at the grassroots level had a huge effect on how the country shaped itself. He details often overlooked facts about the global munitions trade; about the roles of Indians, slaves, and mercenaries; and about the ideological and religious factors that played into the revolutionary fervor.

The result is a dramatic account brimming with original insights about the country we eventually became. Kevin Phillips’s 1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America’s origins.

This book, in my opinion, is perhaps the greatest historical account from numerous sources (American, British, Spanish, and French archives) which details the not just the infancy of the Revolutionary War, but also to it’s maturity. A great resource, though it may be a tough read at times it is without a doubt a great worthwhile read for those interested in the Revolutionary War time period.

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