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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Please Pray with Me for Isolated

Dear praying friends,

A friend of mine – referring to her own project which she’s inviting others to join – said it well: “I know you probably follow a dozen other blogs. There are hundreds of messages, lessons, and words floating around you each day. I don’t expect you to drop everything and join me.”

In the same way, I recognize that you may be surrounded by prayer requests and projects beg or beckon for your support.

But would you read on and quietly consider (with prayer if you need to) joining me in the following way?

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Review: River of Grace

River of GraceRiver of Grace by Colleen K. Snyder

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb

Collin Walker, a twenty-six year-old youth worker on the hard downtown streets of Oakton, Ohio, has come to West Virginia to an extreme sports challenge camp. Single and single-minded, she is there for one purpose: to show her ward, Robbie, that there is more to life than the ‘hood.’ Collin has no way of knowing that the week ahead will force her to face the river she has feared since childhood, a murderous assailant, and perhaps the greatest challenge of all: the possibility of love.

The first night there she meets the twenty-eight year-old camp maintenance man, Jeff Farrell. His easy banter, gentle humor and quick wit intrigue Collin. Through the week, as their paths cross over and over – and over and over – Collin finds herself drawn to the man as none before. Yet for all his openness, Jeff seems to be keeping secrets. Though he shares freely about his background, he hedges when pressed for details. He talks with familiarity about the camp owner but refuses to reveal the man’s identity. Collin suspects there is more going on than she is being told.

Then Robbie chooses to take the class in white water rafting and asks Collin to come along. Collin must summon all her faith to face her fear of the river. But when a serial killer makes her his next target will she still depend on faith to see her through? Can she “walk the talk” when the challenges of the week spiral out of her control?

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