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Jonathan Edwards by Simonetta Carr

I’m spending my Thursdays here on the blog in the eighteenth century, 1700’s. This picture book biography of the great preacher and theologian, Jonathan Edwards (b.1703, d.1758), is just beautiful. The book is hardcover, printed on lovely paper, large print, with both color illustrations and photographs of important documents and places in Edwards’ life. I […]

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William Penn, Quaker Hero by Hildegarde Dolson

Posted by Sherry on 9/9/2015 in Biography/Memoir, Christian History, Conversion stories, General |

One of the Landmark series of non-fiction histories and biographies, William Penn, Quaker Hero is a very readable biography of a perseverant and courageous man. There’s not much in the book about what the Quakers (Society of Friends) actually believed, nor does the book really explain why they were so hated and persecuted. But it […]

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She Is Mine by Stephanie Fast

Posted by Sherry on 5/26/2015 in Around the World, Christian Life, Conversion stories, General, Korea |

“Stephanie Fast is the name she was given in America. She does not know her original name, birth date, or place of birth, other than that she is Korean. Because she is biracial, Stephanie Fast was abandoned, left in a strange place to fend for herself, likely to die of starvation, disease—or worse. Stephanie has […]

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I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh and Richard H. Schneider

Posted by Sherry on 5/8/2015 in Conversion stories, General, Pakistan/Afghanistan |

I Dared to Call Him Father: The Miraculous Story of a Muslim Woman’s Encounter with God by Bilquis Sheikh and Richard H. Schneider I read the 25th anniversary edition of this classic testimony of a well-to-do Muslim Pakistani woman, Bilquis Sheikh, who came to faith in Christ at the age of sixty-five through a series […]

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Resurrection Sunday 2015

Posted by Sherry on 4/5/2015 in Christian Life, Conversion stories, Family, General |

I’ve been trying to think of how I can share with anyone who reads this blog about the most important thing in the world to me. I love books. I think stories are very important; in fact, I believe we are made to think in story and feel others’ stories and live our lives as […]

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The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge

The Dean’s Watch may very well be the best book I read this year. I can’t imagine any modern book outshining this lovely tale of the friendship between a cathedral dean and an atheist watchmaker. Isaac Peabody, horologist and master craftsman, had any belief in God taken away from him early in life by his […]

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Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington

Posted by Sherry on 2/16/2015 in Christian Life, Church, Community, Conversion stories, General, Nonfiction |

Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington. Does a journalist need to participate in his subject’s life and culture in order to write with insight and understanding about those subjects? For instance does one have to handle snakes in order to write about snake handlers, Pentecostal Christians who […]

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Mission at Nuremberg by Tim Townsend

Posted by Sherry on 2/15/2015 in 1943, 1946, Christian History, Christian Life, Conversion stories, World War II |

Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis by Tim Townsend. Townsend, Formerly the religion reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is a veteran on the “God beat”, having written for several U.S. newspapers and other publications. In this book, he has given readers interested in World War II and […]

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Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin

Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin. “I survived the war, but then I had to survive myself coming home from the war. Despite the good times and all the attention, I was under a cloud that kept growing darker. I had nightmares about killing […]

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Christmas at Brede Abbey, Sussex, England, c. 1955

“On the night of Christmas Eve the abbey was so still it might have been thought to be empty, or the nuns asleep, but when the bell sounded at ten o’clock, from all corners, especially from the church, silent figures made their way to their station in the long cloister, and Abbess Catherine led them […]

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