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Seems Like a Good Idea … The Ultimate World Religions Database

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 This is an early version of a snippet from my NaNoWriMo Work in Progress — “What will You Die For?”

“Miz Rodriguez, you should totally do this.” Jayna blew on her hands as they watched the kids file into the buses.

“But Jayna, they want to collect people’s Bibles. I mean take them away. Would you give them your Bible?” Keith asked.

“I totally would, Mr. Bradley. They’re saying the stuff I underline and my notes are just as important as fancy commentaries and famous preachers. They want everybody’s ideas and thoughts that they write in their Bibles. Won’t it be cool? I could help some sister a thousand years from now understand the Bible better!”

Talia looked up at Keith. Everyone shivered as another icy blast blew through the bus parking lot. “Mr. Bradley, did you ask your grandmother about letting them use her Bible? What did she say?”

“I … I did ask her.” Keith looked across the street toward the rundown building where his grandmother had her apartment. “She said this whole thing sounded like the Mark of the Beast to her. She said she would never give up her Bible.”

“Jayna, go get on the bus. I can’t drive you home again,” Talia ordered.

“The Mark of the Beast?” Jayna ran a few steps toward her bus but turned back “That’s crazy. This is a good thing, Mr. Bradley. This is gonna make history! You tell her not to be old-fashioned.”

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Why Write a Book About Celibacy? — Guest Post by Tranea Prosser

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I have not read Tranea’s works, but I hope you’ll take a look and check out her fresh perspective!

Tranea Prosser — Author. Comedian. A Woman of Many Flavors!

Deuteronomy 6:5
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

The topic selected me; it was not the other way around! What do we hear stories about all the time today?

There’s not much out there about self-love that is for sure. I can count on one hand and not use all of my fingers how many people have mentioned that they are celibate and waiting on God to deliver their mates. There must be a need to raise the topic so that people won’t feel guilty or pitted for their choices. I think Celibacy should be celebrated just like all other special days like your Birthday, Valentine, and Anniversaries. It is ok to celebrate yourself if you are celibate. I am having a time trying to type both words (celebrate and celibacy) on the same line! LOL!

You should celebrate celibacy because you are strong minded and focused on what you want. You are living with high standards that will make a person either mature or run off and leave you alone. You are letting people know that you are serious about your life and lively hood. You have developed into a bold force to be recognized and respected . You can’t be easily fooled by people. Yes, you are worthy of celebration. Are you single and celibate? Have a glass of wine and kick your feet up.

Celibacy is a word that the church folk don’t hear from the pulpit. Practicing celibacy is honoring God with your body. True Love Waits classes were not around when I was a teenager. There aren’t any single’s conferences held in my state so I chose to be an encourager to any person of any age and gender who has made a commitment to God to remain chaste until they are married. That’s what my book, Celibacy: What Was I Thinking? Is basically about. It lists steps on how to begin and maintain the celibate lifestyle. It also shows you that being celibate is doable and it’s not a noose around your neck. Celibacy is not a bad word. But we can be a great supporter of each other in helping remember our first love and the promise we made to ourselves while living a celibate lifestyle.

Tranea Prosser is a comedian and author. Celibacy: What Was I Thinking? Is her first publication. To find out more :

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Review of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 — Mary C. Findley

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Can you be a pirate and a good man? Of course, in the gospel according to Disney. Do they have any idea what a pirate is? Pirates of the Caribbean 2 Dead Man’s Chest even gives the nod to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, having one of their pirates “15 Men On a Dead Man’s Chest,” as well as the title, of course. Stevenson knew what pirates were. They were treacherous, murdering, drunken monsters. John Silver hid it well with his affable tavernkeep and “Barbecue” ship’s cook personalities. But that made him all the more monstrous when he killed a man unwilling to participate in his mutiny by breaking his back with his crutch.

Anyway, clearly Disney does not know what a pirate is. Rum-soaked these pirates may be, but that only makes them cuter. Treacherous they may be, but not in the death-dealing mutinous sense. Jack Sparrow’s just looking after Number One when he deceives Will into becoming Davy Jones’ prisoner, after all, and who wouldn’t do the same? Commodore Norrington, throughout the first movie, was a straight arrow, trying to do what was right, trying to save and please Elizabeth. For his pains he lost everything he valued and became a sorry a wretch ans anyone cheering for the pirates could desire.

The men who make a deal to serve Davy Jones for 100 years gain what, exactly? A reprieve from death? What can they possibly think death is that it is worse that what they endure on The Flying Dutchman? Here is that philosophy of second, third and fourth chances Secularists are so fond of. Bill Turner, Will’s father, states that he made choices and is prepared to bear the consequences. But when he was strapped to a cannon and sunk after protesting the marooning of Jack Sparrow, did he have a choice? This is pure determinism. These people have no hope, no possibility of repentance, no expectation of a merciful God paying the price for their sins. Every character is faced with choices that are no choices. They must lie, cheat , steal, and kill to gain their objectives or they cannot hope to succeed. They are good if their actions come to a good end.

Will Turner is the closest thing to a “good” character. But he tricks Davey Jones into giving up his key. He has no choice but to trade himself for his father in the end and all his nobility earns him precious little reward. Elizabeth says she does everything to save Will, to free him, to get to marry him, but she has to do this by deceiving Jack Sparrow and lying to Will about what she did, earning his suspicion and causing him needless distrust and anguish. There are no godly decisions to be made in these movies. Therefore there are no “good men,” pirates or otherwise.

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Lessons of Life and Successful Habits — Guest Post by Ron Millicent

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I have not read Ron’s books, but I can certainly agree with using the Bible as a life manual! Check them out.

Lessons of Life:

This book was written as a result of my sister saying one day, “You know that to have lived for over 70 years, we must have learned something!”

That got me thinking:

I was raised in Hawaii – before it was a state; I lived in France for two years as a young man; I have been thrown off a train in Germany in a small town – in the middle of nowhere with no money, and no German language skills; I have been to 16 countries, and about a dozen islands; I taught English on a Greek island for a few weeks – and did so having absolutely no experience as a teacher; and actually had surgeons laughing during a heart procedure.

I have been married for 49 years (same woman – poor soul) and have lived from counting quarters to go to McDonalds – to having meals in Paris, Rome – and Athens – — and then back to McDonalds!

You know, I would have to have been a moron not to learn certain things along the way.

Now, assuming you are younger than I am – the odds are pretty good that you can learn something from my experiences, and rambling. I actually think you can!

You have nothing to lose! Well, $7.00 something, I guess. Heck, you can lose that by buying one greasy hamburger – and a coke that is no good for you anyway.

Give me a shot! I’ll bet you will get some laughs, and – who knows – maybe a little insight.
Go ahead!

Successful Habits

I wrote this book after being dismayed about all the publicity about `The Secret` and various renditions of the Law of Attraction. While completely valid, all the hype was that somehow someone had `discovered` the secrets of life – and for a paltry $99 – $???? They would share these marvelous secrets with you. The promise was that it would change your life.

The truth is – as I see it – that the ` secret ` is really no secret at all. The most ancient writings tell of it – as well as the Bible. Actually the Bible is full of these `secrets’.

You can pick up a Bible for far less than one of these courses will cost!

So, being dismayed at the proliferation of these `clandestine revelations’, I vowed to bring to the surface that what was lacking in our society was not some `covert source’ of information, but rather the application of these principles.

So, this little handbook was born. It goes into the actual application of these beliefs, or laws, and does it with humor and wit. Each page has a saying, or representation of some type, to make the point in that chapter.
And rather than relying on these purported `secrets` – it actually ties the principles to one of the newest branches of science – Quantum Physics. Isn’t that interesting?

You will find that it is a fun read – and a very insightful step-buy-step guide for the person who really truly wants to live a fuller life.

There is no hype about becoming a multi-millionaire in the next 90 minutes, but it does provide a program – which can (and should) change your life for the better – in very short order.

Realistically, you will love it – and what it can do for you!

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Review of the Movie Fireproof — Mary C. Findley

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I need to say that Christian movies that are even watchable are rare and contemporary adult Christian movies even more so. This movie should inspire Christians to appreciate and support the efforts of those who try to fill this crying need.

The story centers around a relatively young married couple, a firefighter and a hospital staff member. They are about to divorce and are constantly fighting. Both claim the other is selfish and insensitive and they are certain reconciliation is hopeless. The man’s father steps in with a “Marriage Dare” for his son, to take 40 days to try to woo his wife back. It involves doing nice things for his wife, listening to her, making her dinner, and along the way includes Scriptures and attempts to make the son see his need for Christ.

I objected to the one-sidedness of this challenge, although the reason for it is important later. While there are obvious sins in the man’s life (pornography viewing on the internet, having $24,000 saved for a boat when his wife’s mother needed medical equipment after a stroke), there are sins in the wife’s life as well and they were glossed over or shown as the husband’s fault for neglecting her. She responds to a seducing doctor at her workplace, runs her husband down to her co-workers and deliberately refuses to buy food or even share a pizza with him to make her point that she wants help with the household responsibilities. Even at their reconciliation at the end she forgives him but doesn’t acknowledge that she also needs forgiveness.

Having the father counsel his son about his marriage was great. But some of that was tarnished when the dad admits afterward that his wife came up with the Marriage Dare. He presents it to his son as something he wrote. He justifies this because apparently the son has a problem “respecting” women in general. (He is openly rude to his mother and shuts her out of conversations when she wants to counsel him about his marriage.) I think the father’s misdirection is a flaw in the story. I think this “show me respect” thing is awkward and artificial in the movie. The scene where the wife is confronted by a co-worker about her flirtation with the doctor should have been developed more. You might conclude that this woman was a godly influence whom she had been avoiding (she says they haven’t seen each other in awhile) because she was determined to sin, but that wasn’t clear if it was the case. And she just gets angry at the woman for meddling. There’s no evidence that she is really convicted or made to see her wrongdoing.  The way the husband handles the doctor when he discovers the seduction is excellent also, and I give the doctor points for backing off.

There seems to be some humanistic psychology at work in many of the challenges in the 40-day program. I wish more time had been given to what was really important in the couple’s relationship. When the husband breaks his attachment to pornography, that is a graphic change in his attitude. When he gives up the money for the boat to pay for his mother-in-law’s equipment, that was another. There is no real demonstration of such a change in the wife. We are told she is sacrificing to spend her weekends with her parents but all that is shown is her wishing her mother could talk to her about her problems. Her husband is indeed saving lives and training young firefighters, behaving like a hero, while she is flirting and whining.

The crucial concept of the movie is excellent. The dad does an excllent job of bringing his son to see it for himself. God loves us one-sidedly and woos us to Himself patiently and persistently, just as the husband has to woo his wife in spite of her rejections. The dad points out that you can’t love someone when you have no basis for love, when you have no patience or time for the God Who is love.  The son has to realize that his efforts are minimal and half-hearted and he is looking to get something in return rather than wholly giving himself to the effort of loving his wife.

The scenes at the firehouse are great. The Christian friend who lives his example before the husband is splendid. He is the most realistic and believable character in the movie. His testimony is unaffected and biblical. I wish he had been given more space in the movie to influence the husband. He is living the Marriage Dare without the affectation and humanistic psychology aspects.

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Review of Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry

Beloved Daughter is on sale now for only 99 cents!

About the Book —

In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. It is her father’s faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha’s well-being.
“The Beloved Daughter” follows Chung-Cha into one of the most notorious prison camps the contemporary free world has known. Her crime? Being the daughter of a Christian.
“The Beloved Daughter” is Alana Terry’s debut Christian novel and has won multiple awards, including the Women of Faith writing contest and the Book of the Month award from The Book Club Network.

My Review —

“I Want to Know More About Moses!”

Alana Terry presents such a gripping and realistic picture of life in North Korea. The mentality of the Korean prison system becomes chillingly clear. Overtones of George Orwell’s 1984 ripple through this book. The determination to break spirits, destroy loyalties and humanity, and snuff out hope is everywhere. But faith is really the only answer, the only hope, in this visionary work, no matter what goes wrong, no matter how flawed or pressured God’s servants may be. God will do His work and prepare His servants.

About Alana —

When Alana isn’t writing, it’s likely that she’s on the floor wrestling with her kids. Or playing outside with her kids. Or chauffeuring her kids. Or trying some random science experiment with her kids. But she’s probably not cooking or cleaning.

Alana is a homeschooling mother of three who loves to write, hates to cook, and enjoys reading a good book almost as much as she enjoys writing one.

Alana won the Women of Faith writing contest for “The Beloved Daughter,” her debut inspirational novel. “What, No Sushi?” is Alana’s first book in a chapter-book series for kids published by Do Life Right, Inc.

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The Beloved Daughter has won awards from the Book Club Network and the Women of Faith writing contest. It is also currently one of the nominations for Book of the Year at bookfun.org.

The Beloved Daughter will be on sale for just $0.99 (regularly $3.99) from the amazon kindle store from December 26-30. As a special Christmas bonus, if you are one of the first three people to comment on this blog, you can win your own free kindle copy today! And if you’re feeling especially lucky, enter this giveaway for a $25 amazon gift card!

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Faerie Queene, Installment 5

Una takes Red Cross to the House of Holiness. The low door is Humility, Reverence is the hallway, and Celia is over the house. Fidelia (Faith) dressed in white, carries the New Testament scriptures and a cup of wine with a snake in it, symbolizing regeneration (the snake sheds its skin and becomes “newborn”) and holy communion with God. Speranza (Hope) dresses in blue, carries an anchor and prays constantly. Charissa (Love) dresses in yellow and carries babies to show God’s mother-like love and care. They teach Red Cross lessons that make him want to leave the world behind and stay there forever.

Penance, Remorse, and Repentance also teach him. Mercy helps him through the hard, thorny ways. She leads him to where Love runs a house of charity where six hosts perform services: The first shows everyone hospitality, the second feeds the hungry, the third gives clothing, the fourth saves prisoners, the fifth helps the sick and dying, the sixth cares for the dead, and the seventh cares for the children of the dead. (Seven deadly sins inhabit the palace of pride. Seven good men inhabit the house of love, showing the root of all sin is pride and the foundation of holiness is unselfish service.) Contemplation reminds him, as he shows him heaven, that he has to keep his promises to Una and the Faerie Queene and tells him his real name is St. George.

Red Cross and Una journey on to her father’s kingdom, laid waste by the dragon. The people are confined in a brass tower (Brass is used in the Bible as a symbol of judgment). The dragon is enormous. Una prays for the knight as he battles the monster. He first day he is almost defeated but is revived by the living waters from a nearby fountain. The second day the tree of life revives him, and on the third day he kills the dragon. (The Bible speaks of water as symbolic of salvation and cleansing, a reviving and renewing of life. The tree of life gives eternal life. On the third day Christ rose from the dead, victorious over sin and death.)

The king and queen and a procession consisting of Nobles, Soldiers carrying laurels, maidens, children and townspeople come out to meet them. A messenger arrives charging Red Cross with being unfaithful to a lady he promised to marry before. Una unmasks the messenger as Archimago and the lady as Duessa. The deceit is explained and Archimago and Duessa are driven away by Una’s people. The knight desires to wed Una but remembers that he has promised six years of service to the faerie queen.

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