Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sisters Of Lazarus by Paula Parker Review

  The book Sisters Of Lazarus by Paula Parker is a look at Martha and Mary in a way that shows the struggles of life they might have had. This is an interesting look into the lives of Martha, Mary, Lazarus and also the Jewish traditions and life.  It gives the authors idea on what Martha and Mary might have been like. She takes what we know from the Bible and takes it a step further to make both of the sisters more real. They have some of the same struggles and concerns that we have in being accepted. Martha is the one who struggles with how she looks, but she is dependable and the one who is the caregiver for her brother and sister. Mary is the free spirit, who is beautiful and knows it. She is carefree and the one who is more likely to do something on a whim.  Paula Parker tries through her fiction account to explain why each sister is the way they are and you can understand more why when Mary uses the expensive perfume and pours it on Jesus' head, how this might be misunderstood by the practical Martha. Or why Martha would be upset with Mary for not helping her prepare the meal for Jesus and the disciples.

I think that this book is a way to get to know the sisters through fiction but also it helps to look at the Mary and Martha in the Bible differently with more understanding. I was pleasantly surprised by this book and enjoyed reading it and while reading this book I  read about the Sisters from the Bible too which was fantastic. The book is worth taking time to read.

I was given an ebook from NetGallery to read and give an honest review. The opinion's are all mine

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

God Reveals Himself in a Special Way in Appointments With Heaven by Dr. Reggie Anderson

Appointments with Heaven: The True Story of a Country Doctor's Healing Encounters with the Hereafter

                            Appointments With Heaven by Dr. Reggie Anderson

   Dr. Reggie Anderson writes about his experiences sitting with patients that are dying and in sitting with them he experiences something special. God allows him to see their passing from this life to heaven in a special way. He is allowed to help them in their last minutes and God uses him in a unique and special way. He has so many different experiences sitting and helping the dying patient in this book, and each one brings another glimpse of God and His love.

This book is an exceptional look at how God reveals Himself  in special ways. It looks at and  follows Dr. Anderson has he struggles with his faith after a tragedy that shakes his belief that there is a God let alone his faith in God. It is his struggle, but we all at times when an illness or tragedy strikes, have asked the same thing if there is a God why would he let this happen. This book shows God understands our hurt and questioning but He never leaves or gives up on us. He will meet us where we are and help us when we let Him.

One of my favorite lines was when Karen tells Reggie to pray "God, if you're real, make yourself known to me." pg 76 from Appointments with Heaven by Dr. Reggie Anderson
When Dr. Anderson's friend tells him to ask God to reveal Himself to him, God does in an extraordinary way through a dream.

I would recommend this book to people who are struggling with a loss of a loved one. It is a book that will uplift and help all that read it.

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This book I would give 5 stars and recommend to all.

I was given a copy of this book by Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review of the book.