~Life of Washington – A Review

In continuance of my reading challenge, I give you my review on a Biography.

Life of Washington by Anna C. Reed
Originally Published in 1842

George Washington led an exemplary life of service to God and his country, from his very boyhood. Raised by godly parents, they instilled in him a sense of honestly and duty, which proved him well in his many roles as son, land surveyor, soldier, husband, General, guardian, land-owner, benefactor, master, state representative, and President of the United States.

Miss Reed tells us about the life of one man, used of the LORD in many diverse ways of many years. Pulling from legends, letters, diary excerpts, personal testimonies, and using engaging narration, she paints a picture of the life of George Washington, as well as the events leading to the start of the country that he helped to found.

This book proved both interesting and well-written, often binging the reader back to the Bible with Scriptures and reminders of God’s promises.

I truly enjoyed reading Life of Washington. It rarely grew dull, and when it did, those sections were short. Much of what I read, I had studied before, but it was good to refresh my memory.

General Washington always has been one of my heroes and this book confirmed that in the best of ways.

To the KING be all the glory!

~Keep a Quiet Heart – A Review

I’m doing a reading challenge this year. The original idea was to read 110 books, in specific categories, this year. It’s May and I haven’t got far exactly, so we’ll see how that pans out. Here, however, is my review for a Book on Christian Living…

Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot
Originally Published in 1995

This book is a collection of articles that Elisabeth Elliot collected and put together from her newsletters over the years. The articles are a combination of encouragement and instruction for following the LORD and keeping a quiet heart, despite what may or may not be going on around you; learning to give over every ounce of our own will and self-preservation to the Almighty.

Mrs. Elliot draws on her own experience, as well as that of others, to build up and encourage her readers, though her focus is especially on women. She quotes extensively from the Bible and hymns, as well as gathering poignant quotes from other men and women of God.

Overall, I found this book a blessing; an encouragement, though sprinkled with areas of that convict. I would certainly recommend this book.

To the KING be all the glory!

~The Scarlet Rose – A Review


The Scarlet Rose by Ashton Sweeney
Originally Published in 2016

The Royal family of Wyvern love each other, their land, and their people. Theirs is a happy life, living in the castle, taking care of the citizens of the land, and ruling the peaceful country.

Across the water, Lord Davon of Nora has no intention of allowing the peaceful lives of the Wyvernians to continue. He wants the country for himself and he will stop at nothing to achieve his desires. Deceit, kidnapping, war, murder; nothing is too low and nothing will hold him back.

The Characters: There were several characters, who I liked. Bentley was probably my favorite, though one other rivaled him. (I can’t tell you who though.) Bentley’s obvious love for his family, especially his sister, and his tender heart toward the people of Wyvern, won me over fairly easily.

Lord Davon and his wife could hardly be listed among my favorites, but they were well-written in all of their evil plots and plans. Wicked, is the best way to describe and they exuded evil in their very dialogue.

A Few More Thoughts: This book is number two in the Wyvern Tales, but I think it works well as a standalone. I read it, before having read Book One, and though one or two small points may confuse the reader, that I assume were explained in the story’s predecessor, there was nothing major that I can recall.

Cautions: While there is nothing objectionable in this book, not even language, there was, nonetheless, sensitive topics introduced. I would recommend this book for sixteen or eighteen-years-old and up.

 

To the KING be all the glory!

 

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~Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice…

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”
Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice…
Not always an easy call.
Rejoicing is easy when felt,
But what if it’s not felt at all?

What if their cause for rejoicing
Stabs a sharp-edged knife in your gut?
It saws and it tears at you mercilessly,
Making its horrible cut?

What if their joy is your sorrow,
Shattering your heart to bits,
Splintering the ruptured fragments,
And grinding to powdery bits?

What if their blessing weighs you
And burdens you to the ground?
What if it flattens, prostrates you,
Ceaselessly your back to pound?

What if their time of rejoicing,
Is instead, your season for tears?
The rivers in your head are broken
And your sobs start to work their gears?

What if, while the other rejoices,
The same fills you with dread and fear?
Apprehension, dismay, or even terror,
Are ever abiding and near?

Oh, Christian, with heart so heavy,
Ready to drown under thy load,
There is Someone Who will uphold you,
Give you strength, as you walk this road.

I can’t say that you won’t continue,
To water with tears, the steps you take,
Nor whether the pain will be lifted,
Or easy your load, will He make.

But He’ll strengthen you as you smile
And rejoice with those Heavn’ly blest.
He’ll bring comfort as you cry unto Him,
And bring your pain to Him, Who knows best.

If, in pain, you rejoice with another,
I promise, despite fear, you will find,
The Almighty Creator of Galaxies
Is loving, compassionate, and kind.

Trust the King of the Universe
And rejoice with your rejoicing brother.
For, in this obedience to Scripture,
We show love to God and each other.

To the KING be all the glory!

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