Book Review: “Not Under the Law” by Grace Livingston Hill

December 27, 2012 at 7:21 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Grace Livingston Hill in her new book, “Not Under The Law book coverNot Under the Law” Book Eleven in the Love Endures  series published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. takes us into the life of Joyce Radway.

From the back cover:   “She was paralyzed with fear…Who knew what desperate criminals these might be? Grave robbers would not hesitate to dig a new grave.”

In a moment of frustration, Joyce Radway walks out on her cousins, determined never to return and give into their selfish demands that she serve them rather than follow her dream of becoming a teacher. But in her haste to leave town, Joyce unwittingly stumbles on some men out to cover up their actions in a cemetery plot.

Joyce is both stunned and afraid—especially when she recognizes her childhood friend among the men—but she narrowly escapes, unaware that as she builds her new life she’s being followed.

Ruthless and swarthy, Tyke is out to silence the only witness to his crime. His partner, Darcy, is out to silence the guilt that plagues his heart.  As their determined searches bring them closer and closer to Joyce, will God’s law protect her against men who are a law unto themselves?

When Grace Livingston Hill’s first husband died he left her with two young daughters to raise.  In an effort to support her family she turned to writing.  However, Ms. Hill just didn’t want to write just anything she wanted to write stories of faith.  Nothing blows up, there are no car chases and the future of the world is not in jeopardy yet “Not Under the Law” is very exciting.  Originally written in 1934 “Not Under the Law” is a wonderful story of how God can take our circumstances and change them to the better.  Joyce Radway has very bad luck.  Not only does she witness a crime but the they see her and know who she is.  Now they are out to hunt her down and eliminate her as the only witness even though she is trying to start a new life for herself.  The only one who is really going to help her get out of this is God.  How this story is all going to work out is what makes for really delightful reading.  I think “Not Under the Law” is a suspenseful thriller and a wonderful romance that will keep you reading as to what happens next.  Ms. Hill knows how to tell a great story and while it may be old it still is a powerful story.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing, Inc.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “The Cure” by Athol Dickson

December 26, 2012 at 7:29 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Athol Dickson in his new book, “The Cure book coverThe Cure” published by Author Author brings us into the life of Riley Keep.

From the back cover:  Riley Keep, former missionary, now a drunk, is begging on the streets and desperate to forget a past he lost in one far-flung act of wickedness. Then he hears the rumors. Miracles are happening in the picture postcard village of Dublin, Maine.

Riley isn’t the only Pilgrim searching for deliverance. There’s the old woman fleeing a horrific monster, the lonely wife tempted by forbidden desire, the impoverished lobsterman lured by tainted wealth, the young girl weighing life and death decisions, and the small town cop with a murder on his hands. But only Riley keep will learn if it’s true what people say: sometimes The Cure is much worse than the disease.

Before Athol Dickson became a master storyteller he was a master architect.  It takes great creativity, imagination and “smarts” to design a building that will fit within the specified acreage and have all the required components and still be spectacularly beautiful.  Now that Mr. Dickson tells stories he utilizes all the skills he developed in building buildings to build stories for us.

I know that when I find a book by Athol Dickson I am in for a really great story read.  When Athol Dickson tells a story he builds it like an architect, start with the foundation and then each floor goes up methodically after the previous floor has been built.  Reading “The Cure” is a lot like being thirty-five stories in the air, walking on nothing but a steel girder just wide enough for your foot; no walls, no floors, nothing but air.  Very terrifying but it leaves you with a deep sense of fulfillment when you are done.  Mr. Dickson has provided us with another winner with a his focus on addiction and how do you cure it?  Do you use medical science that can make you worse off than when you were addicted or is there a better way?  Riley Keep is a drunk who hears about a cure and miracles happening so he goes in search of answers.  What he finds puts him in direct opposition to those that are promoting the cure.  And that is where the events start turning deadly.  “The Cure” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next.  When you finish this book you will heave a hugely satisfying sigh because you have enjoyed yourself immensely.  I liked this book and recommend it highly!

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Bible Commentary: “Stephen” Saint Stephen’s Day

December 26, 2012 at 6:31 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.” (Acts 6:8 NIV)

In the Christmas song, “Good King Wencelsaus” the king went out on the feast of Stephen. Today is the feast of Stephen. The gospel writer, Luke introduces us to Stephen, “This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5 NIV).   The Apostles chose Stephen as one man among 7 to help in the daily distribution of food among the widows. But Stephen was full of faith and the Holy Spirit and he began to do great wonders and miraculous signs among the people (Acts 6:8 NIV).

Now you would think that people would be appreciative of this kind of behavior but no, “Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)–Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke. Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.” So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin (Acts 6:9-12 NIV).

So before the Sanhedrin Stephen tells them all about how God dealt with His people from Abraham through the Prophets and then calls them stiff-necked. “When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep” (Acts 7:54-60 NIV).

Child of God – Stephen was the first martyr of the New Testament and he behaved in a manner equal to Jesus on the cross. He gave his spirit to God and asked God to forgive their sin. If Stephen could forgive as these stones were being pitched at him, breaking his bones and slowly killing him then we, who will never endure such pain, should forgive those who hurt us with their words. Jesus is watching and this type of behavior captures His attention. Let us forgive with the forgiveness of God and live our lives in peace and good will among men.

Our prayer:
Lord, help me to remember not to focus on what men can do or say to me that can hurt my feelings. Those things are really not important when I can see life with a new perspective like Stephen did; as far as loosing his very life on hands of men and still forgive them. Give me Your Grace to be able to love others with the kind of love that covers multitude of faults considering myself that I won’t be tempted to hurt others too.
Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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