PRIMAL by Mark Batterson

image I have received a copy of the book Primal, by Mark Batterson, and am in the process of reading it. If it is anything like his last two, In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day and Wild Goose Chase, I’ll have a lot to talk about. Give me a couple of more days to finish it and put my thoughts together then I’ll post the review and a link to Amazon so you can get your own copy.

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Book Review: Thirsty, by Tracey Bateman & Touched by a Vampire, by Beth Felker Jones

clip_image001There’s no place like home, they say.
“Hello, I’m Nina Parker…and I’m an alcoholic.”
For Nina, it’s not the weighty admission but the first steps toward recovery that prove most difficult. She must face her ex-husband, Hunt, with little hope of making amends, and try to rebuild a relationship with her angry teenage daughter, Meagan. Hardest of all, she is forced to return to Abbey Hills, Missouri, the hometown she abruptly abandoned nearly two decades earlier–and her unexpected arrival in the sleepy Ozark town catches the attention of someone–or something–igniting a two-hundred-fifty-year-old desire that rages like a wildfire.
Unaware of the darkness stalking her, Nina is confronted with a series of events that threaten to unhinge her sobriety. Her daughter wants to spend time with the parents Nina left behind. A terrifying event that has haunted Nina for almost twenty years begins to surface. And an alluring neighbor initiates an unusual friendship with Nina, but is Markus truly a kindred spirit or a man guarding dangerous secrets?
As everything she loves hangs in the balance, will Nina’s feeble grasp on her demons be broken, leaving her powerless against the thirst? The battle between redemption and obsession unfold to its startling, unforgettable end.

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EXAMINING TWILIGHT THROUGH A BIBLICAL LENSclip_image001[4]
People around the world are asking the same question, enraptured with Edward and Bella’s forbidden romance in the Twilight Saga, a four-book serial phenomenon written by Stephenie Meyer. The bestsellers tell the story of a regular girl’s relationship with a vampire who has chosen to follow his “good” side. But the Saga isn’t just another fantasy–it’s teaching girls about love, sex, and purpose. With 48 million copies in print and a succession of upcoming blockbuster films, now is the time to ask the important question: Can vampires teach us about God’s plan for love?
Touched by a Vampire is the first book to investigate the themes of the Twilight Saga from a Biblical perspective. Some Christian readers have praised moral principles illustrated in the story, such as premarital sexual abstinence, which align with Meyer’s Mormon beliefs. But ultimately, Beth Felker Jones examines whether the story’s redemptive qualities outshine its darkness.
Cautionary, thoughtful, and challenging, Touched by a Vampire is written for Twilight fans, parents, teachers, and pop culture enthusiasts. It includes an overview of the series for those unfamiliar with the storyline and a discussion guide for small groups.

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Global Warming Proponents: Money-Hungry, Narcissists

Have you been following the debacle that is Global Warming? In the late 70’s, scientists scared the world into believing we had Global Cooling, and since, we have been told by scientists and scam-artists liberals like Al Gore that we are ruining the earth and it is heating up.

Well, it appears that they –global warming scientists and liberals– are starting to be exposed for what they really are: money-hungry narcissists. This whole Global Warming ruse is nothing but a ploy to force taxes and carbon-emission credits (Cap-and-Trade) on the world, forcing them to fork out trillions of dollars to line the pockets of these scum scam-artists.

The sad part? The mainstream media (MSM) has yet to catch on and MSNBC just, as of the last couple days, started reporting on this falacy. CNN has yet to catch on and it seems they will fight to the bitter end to support the liberals and their lackeys.

Read for yourself. I’ve listed a few of the Climategate articles. There are none from CNN, ABC, CBS, or MSNBC, not because I didn’t look, but because there weren’t any.

Copenhagen will fail – and quite right too

UN panel promises to investigate leaked ‘climategate’ e-mails (This one cracks me up. You have a corrupt Entity investigating it’s own cash-cow. Yeah, that’s going to end up with something useful. But hey, at least they used the word ‘Climategate’ –giving it validity.)

Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’? (I had to look up the word Anthropogenic too.)

Why You Should Be Hot and Bothered About ‘Climate-gate’

Americans Skeptical of Science Behind Global Warming

After reading all of the above, take a look at Al Gore’s website. It will make you want to laugh, at the audacity, and puke at the same time.

AlGore.com

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Features of a Banana Republic

Read these and tell me what current administration and country this reminds you of.

  1. A collusion between the overweening state and certain favored monopolistic concerns, whereby the profits can be privatized and the debts socialized.
  2. Devalued paper currency in the international community.
  3. Kleptocracy– those in positions of influence use their time in office to maximize their own gains, always ensuring that any shortfall is made up by those unfortunates whose daily life involves earning money rather than making it.
  4. There must be no principle of accountability within the government so that the political corruption by which the Banana Republic operates is left unchecked. The members of the national legislature will be (a) largely for sale and (b) consulted only for ceremonial and rubber-stamp purposes some time after all the truly important decisions have already been made elsewhere.
  5. “a money class fleeces the banking system while the very trunk of the national tree is permitted to rot and crash”

This was taken from Wikipedia. You can find it by clicking here.

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Book Review: Shadow Government by Grant R. Jeffrey

imageI don’t even know where to begin except to say, “Wow, I didn’t know that.” Shadow Government, by Grant R. Jeffrey, is a book that will have you calling all of your friends to let them know what you are reading. Also, you will call your spouse and tell them to make sure they are careful when emailing, calling, texting, or simply talking on the phone –because you never know who is listening.

Shadow Government takes you deep into the world of surveillance cameras, financial transactions and RFID chips hidden in the stuff you buy –so companies can track who bought it and what was bought. Sound like something out of a movie? That’s what I thought too, but boy was I naive.

 

Grant R. Jeffrey not only details –and I do mean details— how phones, security cameras and computers are used to track us, but what the implications are for the future. I can safely say I have altered how and what I say online since reading this book.

For example:

“Most people are not aware that a microscopic RFID chip hidden in an article of clothing, a book, or any other consumer product can enable the retailer, the product’s manufacturer, and even an intelligence or police agency to track the product and you, the purchaser. If you buy a product with an embedded RFID chip, you can be tracked from the store’s checkout counter, where your identity is recorded from your credit or debit card.” (page 37)

“At the time of this writing, more than one and a half billion RFID chips are inserted in products each year, and there is no legal requirement for companies to inform consumers that a product contains an embedded RFID chip.” (page 39)

This book needs to be read; not because it will scare anyone in thinking they are being watched 24/7 –which isn’t far from the truth some places on earth—but because understanding where technology is today will help all of us make smart choices about how we communicate and how we purchase goods and services.

Also, after reading this book, it will be easier to understand how the Anti-Christ can one day police an entire planet at one time. That got your attention didn’t it?

You can purchase this book at Random House by clicking here.

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Book Review: Wisdom Hunter by Randall Arthur

imageI’ve seen legalism in churches. I’ve seen people so caught up in the little, trivial things that they can’t see how it is affecting them and those around them. I know of a lady who wouldn’t sing worship songs because they were on the “wall” and not being read out of a hymnal. I’m not joking. What does this have to do with a book review? Everything.

The main character in Wisdom Hunter, by Randall Arthur, is a pastor who is very legalistic –and runs his church and family that way. And because of this, he finds himself alone, searching for answers –answers to questions he thought he’d figured out long ago.

Pastor Jason Faircloth sets out on a search for not only his lost family, but for his very soul. His travels, which span the globe, takes him to places most of us can only dream about. But through it all, Jason realizes that God has not only “not” forgotten him, but that his faith is being restored; a real faith, not one based on rules and regulations, but a faith based on the love of Christ and Him crucified.

I’ll have to admit, I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. But about two-thirds of the way through, I was reading as fast as I could just so I could see how it ended –and I was not disappointed. The author does an excellent job of allowing us to see the inner thoughts and ramblings of a man who, in his late forties, has to start over, not only with his life but also with his faith. We are luckily let in on this roller coaster of a ride, both spiritually and emotionally.

I highly recommend this book for everyone. Whether you like drama, suspense, or love stories, this book is for you.

You Can Buy Wisdom Hunter Here (Random House)

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I Just Want To Go on the Record…

I just want to go on the record…saying that obama and his administration will do their best to shut down the Conservative Movement. Beck, Rush, the Tea-Party movement, you will most likely see it being forced underground –either completely or to some degree, in the coming months.

They would have done it already if it weren’t for that freakin Constitution thing getting in the way. You know, 1st Amendment rights and all. However, Constitution or not, they will try to shut down the opposition any way possible.

And I contend, that if they force the Conservative Voices underground, the movement will explode –exponentially. Americans will not be forced to shut-up.

Obama, here is a clue: If you want to end the millions of angry voices, start doing what’s best for America, not the unions and not your power-hungry, liberal idealogs.

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Who Cares if a Pastor Has an Affair?

This is a letter to all Pastors.

You may be wondering, “who cares if a pastor has an affair?” Well, we all should. Why? Because our leaders are held to a higher standard than the rest of us. Because the world looks at pastors as examples of Christ-likeness. Because Paul said follow me as I follow Christ. That means, if we look at Paul and his life, we should see someone living out what the Bible says. Because they are teaching us how to behave and react to this world –and when they stumble, it sets us back. Because we, as believers, need our pastors to be strong for us.

Pastors, please understand the role you play in our lives. Please realize that we need you to be strong in the midst of overwhelming temptation. Our very lives –and nations– depend on there being good, strong, Bible-believing, leaders to guide and direct us. When you fall, we all fall. When you stumble, the world not only looks down at you but also second-guesses the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Pastors who cheat on their wives has become a pandemic that has to be stopped. It has to be reigned in or we will be crippled, as a Church Body, for years.

Yes, God is still sovereign and can overcome any stupidity we, as believers, throw out there, but He relies on us to be His hands and feet, and we can’t do that if non-believers can’t trust us to do what we say we will do.

Sincerely,

A believer who desperately wants to see the role of Pastor be restored to God’s original intent.

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Book Review: You Were Born For This: Seven Keys to a Life of Predictable Miracles

clip_image001His New York Times phenomenon The Prayer of Jabez changed how millions pray. Now Bruce Wilkinson wants to change what they do next.

Anyone can do a good deed, but some good works can only happen by a direct intervention from God. Around the world these acts are called miracles—not that even religious people expect to see one any time soon. But what would happen if millions of ordinary people walked out each morning expecting God to deliver a miracle through them to a person in need? You Were Born for This starts with the dramatic premise that everyone at all times is in need of a miracle, and that God is ready to meet those needs supernaturally through ordinary people who are willing to learn the “protocol of heaven.”

In the straightforward, story-driven, highly motivating style for which he is known, Wilkinson describes how anyone can be a “Delivery Guy” from heaven in such universally significant arenas of life as finances, practical help, relationships, purpose, and spiritual growth.

You Were Born for This will change how readers see their world, and what they expect God can do through them to meet real needs. They will master seven simple tools of service, and come to say with confidence, “I want to deliver a supernatural gift from God to someone in need today—and I expect to!”

You Were Born For This Can Be Purchased at Amazon.com

Author Bios:

One of the world’s foremost Christian teachers, Bruce Wilkinson is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Prayer of Jabez. He is also the author of numerous other bestsellers, including A Life God Rewards, Secrets of the Vine, and The Dream Giver. Over the past three decades, Wilkinson has founded several global initiatives, including organizations that recruited and trained thousands of Americans to address hunger, AIDS, and poverty in Africa. Bruce and his wife, Darlene, have three children and six grandchildren. They live outside Atlanta.

David Kopp has collaborated with Bruce Wilkinson on over a dozen bestselling books, including The Prayer of Jabez. He is an editor and writer living in Colorado.

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Book Review: If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil

clip_image001Every one of us will experience suffering. Many of us are experiencing it now. As we have seen in recent years, evil is real in our world, present and close to each one of us.
In such difficult times, suffering and evil beg questions about God–Why would an all-good and all-powerful God create a world full of evil and suffering? And then, how can there be a God if suffering and evil exist?
These are ancient questions, but also modern ones as well. Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and even former believers like Bart Ehrman answer the question simply: The existence of suffering and evil proves there is no God.
In this captivating new book, best-selling author Randy Alcorn challenges the logic of disbelief, and brings a fresh, realistic, and thoroughly biblical insight to the issues these important questions raise.
Alcorn offers insights from his conversations with men and women whose lives have been torn apart by suffering, and yet whose faith in God burns brighter than ever. He reveals the big picture of who God is and what God is doing in the world–now and forever. And he equips you to share your faith more clearly and genuinely in this world of pain and fear.
As he did in his best-selling book, Heaven, Randy Alcorn delves deep into a profound subject, and through compelling stories, provocative questions and answers, and keen biblical understanding, he brings assurance and hope to all.

You Can Buy it Here, Amazon.com

Author Bio:

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspectives Ministries and a bestselling author. His novels include Deadline, Dominion, Edge of Eternity, Lord Foulgrin’s Letters, The Ishbane Conspiracy, and the Gold Medallion winner, Safely Home. He has written eighteen nonfiction books as well, including Heaven, The Treasure Principle, The Purity Principle, and The Grace and Truth Paradox. Randy and his wife, Nanci, live in Oregon and have two married daughters and four grandsons.

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