Review: This Present Darkness

This Present Darkness (Darkness, #1)

This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12

Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful, hardworking pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, they suddenly find themselves caught up in a hideous New Age plot to enslave the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race. The physical world meets the spiritual realm as the battle rages between forces of good and evil.

My Review

3/5 stars for This Present Darkness, by Frank E. Peretti. That doesn’t sound too positive, but according to the Goodreads star system, 3 stars means I “liked it,” and I did! I have access to the sequel and would be interested in reading it.

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This Present Darkness and Judging all Things

I’m finally putting this down on the keyboard! To my regular readers: I’m sorry for leaving you hanging with no word of warning. I’ve been in Japan for the last two weeks – 97% involved in my volunteer work/life, 2.5% involved in keeping in touch with home, and 0.5% involved in this blog. To be fair, I’ll take this opportunity to let you know that I will probably not post again until Saturday next week. Please bear with me; I’ll be home in Cambodia soon and my schedule should return to normal.

I like when a book has something about it that I can pinpoint and say, “this sets it apart from all others I’ve read.” The unique qualities of a story are what make it memorable. As I write this, I’m reading This Present Darkness, and the one thing that sets it apart from other books I’ve read is obvious:

Angels and demons.

I don’t just mean mentions of the spiritual beings here and there. Rather, author Frank Peretti has included entire scenes that center on the discussions and activities of those beings. We see them as they work to intercede for their human charges and manipulate their surroundings to alter the course of events.

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Review: Jesus Loves You

Hello, reader and friend. I’m straying from my usual today with a review of a picture book. I was debating whether to keep the review on Goodreads only or to include it here on my blog. I decided to include it since there are some interesting points to be discussed about the prosperity gospel. Yes, that foreshadows a negative review.

(Also, I realize that I completely skipped posting last Saturday. Maybe you didn’t notice and that’s all fine. But in case you did: sorry!)

Jesus Loves You!Jesus Loves You! by Christine Topjian

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The Blurb

God’s only son, Jesus, wants you to know that He loves you. He loves you more than you can ever imagine.

He watches over you to make sure you are okay and knew you even before He created you. That’s how special you are to Him.

Won’t you spend some time with Jesus today?

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Book #2

Hi there, dear readers!

As I read a recent email, it occurred to me that I’ve really given you no word regarding my writing endeavors since I published Isolated. For all you know, I may not have written another word or edited another sentence since!

Here I am to update you – as many of you who are interested.

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This Book about Courtship Raised my Estimation of Singleness

I had decided that – after reviewing Boy Meets Girl – I wanted to explore one aspect of it a bit deeper in a separate blog post. It’s now been over two weeks since I finished reading it, but I feel like it’s been so much longer. Admittedly, I feel quite removed from the contemplations it prompted. Life moves on and new contemplations take the place of old ones. The lesson: write these thoughts out right away, next time!

In any case, this is a good chance to go back and revisit the things I was thinking about at the time.

NOTE: for readers who are particularly sensitive to sexual matters… I attempt to talk about these things in a graceful way, but please be forewarned that this post mentions sex.

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Building Friendships – Learning the Stories behind the Faces

Forty-six recent high school graduates. Forty-six new faces with forty-six new names.

My family often has the opportunity to welcome mission teams to Cambodia from “the West.”

It’s an honor!

I’ve heard the analogy (here, if you’re interested) that a conversation is like reading a book where you can turn to any page and read for as long as you want. And every person is a really good book.

I believe that’s true, particularly the last statement. Except, for people who don’t like reading, I would use a different analogy because regardless of how much you enjoy reading, the person you could talk to is precious. They’re made in God’s image. They have stories to tell. They have passions and interests, pain-points, viewpoints and backgrounds which have shaped their lives.

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Review: Boy Meets Girl

Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship

Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship by Joshua Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb

Are you ready for “romance with purpose”? 

If you’re fed up with self-centered relationships that end in disillusionment, it’s time to rethink romance. Finding the loving, committed relationship you want shouldn’t mean throwing away your hopes, your integrity, or your heart.

In Boy Meets Girl, Joshua Harris —the guy who kissed dating goodbye—makes the case for courtship. As old-fashioned as it might sound, courtship is what modern day relationships desperately need. Think of it as romance chaperoned by wisdom, cared for by community, and directed by God’s Word.

Filled with inspiring stories from men and women who have rediscovered courtship, Boy Meets Girl is honest, romantic, and refreshingly biblical. Keep God at the center of your relationship as you discover how to:

• Set a clear course for your romance
• Get closer without compromise
• Find support in a caring community
• Deal with past sexual sin
• Make the right decisions about your future

New! Courtship Conversations 

Eight ideas for great dates that will help grow and guide your relationship.

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The Next 30 Days

Hi there, dear readers! Good morning if this post finds you before noon and good afternoon if it finds you then.

I recently discovered Lydia Howe’s blog, Noveltea, (thanks, Jessica, for sharing some things from her on Goodreads). I was inspired by her review of the month of August and the goals she sets for herself. They have a fresh feeling and seem full of the joy of life. I thought I might try it with my own twist.

So from the 16th of September to the 16th of October, here are some goals for my blog:

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