The Beauty of Broken by Eliza Morgan

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Elisa Morgan tells her life story, describing the bad and good events she has experienced. She talks about how friends gave their support during the rough times. Being the President of MOPS–an organization of moms for preschoolers–she realized early on that only God could have given her that position because she was certainly no example of a perfect parent. She discusses how her faith in God helped her in every event despite the heartache gendered by some of those events. However, Eliza got the repentance/forgiveness thing wrong. Repentance can only happen if God calls us and we heed that call. Forgiveness can only happen if we repent. The Bible states clearly that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. When we recognize that we are not worthy to come before God, then we have seen our sinful nature. At this time we ask God to forgive us of our sins. He will forgive. From then on, we must acknowledge any sin we commit and confess that sin to God in order to gain forgiveness. Forgiveness is not an automatic thing. However, Eliza is correct is describing how one is reluctant to confess and it may take some time for one to truly admit and ask for forgiveness.

The bad thing about this story is that reading it is like listening to someone tell all of her problems to us. We have no patience to sit and listen to someone do this. The best thing about the book is that Eliza shows how, by holding on to God, she and her husband gained the strength and wisdom to endure what came against them. This, then, is the purpose of this story: to show how we must continually go before God seeking His help in all things. This story will encourage any reader who can see beyond the reciting of problems.

The message I find is that God alone can help us through the rough times, can prepare us to do the job He wants us to do and that ‘all things work to our good’ if we only let Him have His way with us. By the time I had read to the middle of the story I realized that everything Elisa had described in her life had happened already in mine. This reminded me of Ecclesiastes 9:2 [KJV] “All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.” But, oh, how blest are those that have the Lord in their lives for He gives us strength to endure and hope in a heavenly eternity where we shall have no trials, no tears, no heartaches. We have but to endure this life and love and worship Him. Eliza and her husband were able to endure because of the Lord. But those who have not the Lord in their lives must go through life alone only to end up with more trouble in eternity than they had ever experienced in this life. Thank God for salvation.

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The End of the World?

_80_140_Book_893_coverAnomaly by Krista McGee
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Anomaly is fiction. The story begins many years after a nuclear war has destroyed the earth’s surface. Only ten scientists survived because they had been in the process of creating a safe haven for the VIPs of the government. During the years prior to this story’s beginning, these scientists worked with DNA as a writer might cut and paste various paragraphs together to make a book or magazine article. They created untold numbers of clones. Each clone was given a special talent to make their underground world a perfect place. Every clone was created without emotions which the scientists said caused all the wars. Religion was taught to be a bad imaginary concept and the clones were forbidden to practice any form of it. If a clone revealed any emotion whatsoever, he or she were labeled an anomaly and were brought to the scientists building to be annihilated. This story tells the story of one clone who was given a wonderful expert ability with music—playing any kind of instrument and creating songs. Thalli develops emotions as the story is told. We experience her ups and downs, her fears and joys, all the way to a satisfying end.

Stories of what life would be like after a nuclear holocaust are not new, but this one is certainly different than any I have read before or watched on television. Just when I thought I had a hold on what exactly was happening, the story took a surprising turn—sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. At one point I nearly cried, at another I laughed a little, and still at another I thought, ‘I should have known…’. I believe the teenager of today will enjoy this book and may even be able to empathize with the heroine. I also believe the older generation from young adult to the elderly who can still see enough to read will enjoy it. On the serious side, the story makes one think of what will really happen if the earth’s surface is destroyed in a nuclear war.

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Nearing Home by Billy Graham

Nearing Home by Billy Graham

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Nearing Home is a book written about the life of Billy Graham as an elderly man. He tells what it is like to be getting older. He talks about the health problems which causes a person to be unable to do as they once did or go where they once went. It is a 182 page book filled with information that will be beneficial to teenagers and older people. For teens, the messages found in this book would help them to accept the elderly which would improve relations between the two age groups. Teens would also better understand their parents and this is only my opinion. For the young adults, not only would they better understand the older person, but the older person would feel loved and needed. For the message is clear: The elderly can be used by God as well as the younger. The elderly have a lot to offer, if only the younger person would listen and heed their advice.

The message that even at my age today I can be used by God to help others despite my inability to perform the tasks I once did is the message that meant more to me. I had somehow became selfish and wanted only to go home to be with the Lord. Instead Rev. Graham has reminded me that I am still here for a purpose and that is to be used by God in whatsoever state I find myself. How moving! How uplifting! Remembering how God used the older person in the Bible stories is enough to give me hope that there is something else I can be doing if it’s only to pray more. Now I have purpose. To pray and fast for those around me and for those that are still lost throughout the world. The Bible says we must pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out someone to reach those we can not talk to face to face.

I recommend this book to all who have to deal with an elderly person in their own families for I am convinced if they read this book both they and their families will benefit greatly.

 

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Away with this manuscript??

Should I or should I not give up on this old manuscript? It seems each time I touch it to edit, I end up changing some scene or other so drastically that it not only makes the rest of the MS read silly, but it gives me new ideas for new beginnings. The ending I want so badly nothing touches it [lol].

I question this often, but it does me no good. One reason is that I can’t seem to stop creating something without finishing it. I had it finished once upon a time, then an editor of a publishing house told me I needed to delete the first 5 chapters and strengthen my heroine and hero [who she thought was stronger than the heroine, but not strong enough.] Ever since then I’ve been re-working the thing and losing hope that it will ever be finished, and still I can’t give up.

Well, back to the planning, re-writing, and re-writing of my first novel.

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Second Chances by Max Lucado

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Second Chances is written in a daily devotional form: scripture text, followed by scripture reference, followed by the scripture turned into a brief story. One can sit down and read this book from page 1 to the end. However, the Table of Contents will allow the reader to go directly to a story that suits the way s/he feels today; thereby, getting a suitable story to lift the spirits or to encourage the reader to keep on keeping on. These stories reveal many second chances available for today’s wayward heart.

I have enjoyed reading these stories. Some were written with the Biblical characters playing the parts in the story. Others were written with more modern characters. Yet all of them revealed second chances attainable to anyone who has lost their way from the youth who runs away from home to the person who runs away from God.

These stories offer a new way to look at the events that happened in the Bible and how these events tie in with us in today’s world. One of my favorites is Imperfect People: This story shows people packing filled garbage bags around all day until a man arrives to ask them to meet him in a place. Once the people bring their garbage to him, we see this man has to be Jesus who took all our ‘garbage’ [sins] and nailed them to the cross for us. Very moving. Very uplifting. I recommend this book to all people.

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THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST by John MacArthur

ImageThe Lordship of Christ written by John MacArthur is a book that offers proof that Christ is indeed our God and Savior.  Mr. MacArthur begins on the big picture—Lord of the Universe.  God is God and no one can tell Him what he should or should not do.  Mr. MacArthur moves on into a tighter area placing Christ as Lord of Our Lives. In this section he offers infallible proof of both God’s love for mankind and God’s severity when it comes to judging mankind.  The rest of the book clearly describes what a true Christian should be like in word and deed.

This book kept my attention.  The message is presented in a clear and ordered fashion to alleviate confusion and simple enough for even a teenager to understand. I received a few insights in Mr. MacArthur’s discussion of predestination. My thoughts lately have been consumed on how to answer certain people who come up to me with various topics one of which is, “I never read the Bible. I talk to God directly.” Mr. MacArthur taught me how to answer that dilemma. He has inspired me to go for a closer walk with Jesus in that where I have been striving to make a routine of my prayer and fasting life, Mr. MacArthur suggests I focus primarily on Jesus. If I do this Jesus will guide me in my prayers and fastings. I recommend this book to not only the new Christian who seeks to learn more about God and how to be a Christian, but to the seasoned Christian who, as the years go by, seem to lose sight of the many truths Mr. MacArthur discusses in this book.

The publisher provided a copy for this review.

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Hurray for me!!!

I wasn’t able to work on my story over the weekend since my grandson Colby came to spend time with me. I wanted to talk with him and listen to him talk about everything he’d done lately. He comes over for the weekend, arriving on a Friday afternoon and going back home on Sunday at 5 pm so we don’t have a lot of time.

Finally, I got to work on it today and have put together quite a few words. Here’s the tally.

21,932 words total

Of course this is only an approximate count, but it still looks good to me.

Wish me luck and say a prayer.

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Onward…

Friends, at the close of my writing time tonight I have the following:

34 pages filled with font sized 16

10,272 words

I find that amazing for me.

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Success!!!

I am now taking a long deep breath because I have a small success today.

I have written 10 pages, font sized 16, and 2644 words.

To me that’s a small success.

Tomorrow is another day.

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The Big Day

Finally, the day has arrived where I am beginning another draft on my first book. I’ve spent the last year learning all I can about revising all aspects of the ‘story’ in an effort to create stronger characters, more interesting settings, a story people will pay money to read.

My outline is before me, my computer file is about to be opened, and I’ll begin writing. Probably won’t go to bed till the wee morning hours. I’m hoping to get pretty far into the ms because I’ll be using the best of the old ms as well so I won’t have to rewrite every word. That is not to say I won’t be writing every word. Like it or not, everytime I begin work on this ms changes occur despite me carefully avoiding them. lol

Wish me luck.

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