Saturday, July 29, 2006

"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me"
~Galatians 2:20

As I said in my last post I have been reading The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort. I really recommend this book. It explains how we should share our faith with others and talks about our responsibility to share the gospel with those that are lost. My mom is taking an evangelism course at our church and they gave two copies of this book to everyone, so I decided to read it because what she shared with me about the class really started me thinking about how I need to do more to share my faith with others. Anyway this book is very helpful and answers a lot of questions, some I didn't even know I had and I am only on chapter five.

I know what you may be thinking my progress so far is far from impressive but I really have been busy. I am in the process of applying for grad school along with studying for my personal trainer certification, so reading time is limited.

Nevertheless I am also reading Blind Dates Can Be Murder by Clark who also wrote The Trouble With Tulip another smart chick mystery. So far it is very good. Blind Dates... picks up where The Trouble With Tulip left off and I am already in the middle of another mystery which Jo, the main character, will set out to solve using her wealth of knowledge and household tips.

Anyway I have church early tomorrow, 8am service, so I am going to sign off.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Pink~ by Marilynn Griffith

I have done a lot of reading this summer. Some might think it a little weird that I spent an average of 2 to 3 days to read a book, but once I start reading a good book it is really hard to put it down. Most books I would usually finish in less time, but alas... duty calls (usually in the form of a family member, or one of my two dogs :)

Well, I just finished reading Pink by Marilynn Griffith. I really enjoyed it. The first thing that drew me to the book was of course the color. I happened to be shopping in a christian bookstore with my Mom and the bright pink cover caught my eye. I must say, this summer I seem to be drawn to brighty colored book covers. My book shelf kind of looks like a bowl of skittles, not the regular ones, but the special ones they make for easter. Anyway...this actually was the second book I read by Griffith and I have already ordered the next book in the Shades of Style series, Jade. Pink is about a woman named Raya who leaves her pampered life and moves into her grandmother's apartment to pursue her dream of being a designer. As she trys to embrace her future her past keeps her from truly moving on. It is a great story full of comedy, heartache, romance, and friendship.

Along with reading a lot of novels recently I have also been working my way through the bible. Right now I am in Nehemiah. One thing I love about my bible (Nelson Study Bible) is it has excellent commentaries. It not only explains the scriptures, but also gives you some history to help you put the scripture into context. I am reading where the people have returned to Jerusalem after being captive and are now celebrating the feast of tabernacles. One thing I found interesting is that the whole book of Nehemiah is written in first person not in third person like the previous chapters.

My initial goal last year was to read through the bible in one year. Well if I don't manage to finish the rest of the bible by January, I will be in year 2 of reading through the bible. Those geneologies really slow you down. Oh and not only that, but the lists of the members of the army, or the tribes came out of captivity etc. When I hit those chapters I have to throw in a few Psalms or Proverbs afterwards which consequently throws off my progress.

Next on my reading agenda: Non-fiction- The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort

Fiction- Blind Dates Can Be Murder by Mindy Starns Clark