When I can find time to read I’m enjoying:

3498X: Leota"s Garden Leota’s Garden
By Francine Rivers / Tyndale House

Her garden was once beautiful—a refuge where Leota asked God to reconcile her with her children. Now it’s withered, reflecting her despair. One day a young woman claiming to be her granddaughter visits her. Will love bloom again? Rivers’s poignant story will remind you of the One whose resurrection—in a garden—brought forgiveness and healing. 350 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

I’m really enjoying this book. One of the things I like about Francine Rivers’ books (the ones I’ve read at least) is she deals with the healing of relationships and the past. This book has characters that are struggling with different stages of life, from Annie who is trying to find her way to Leota who is struggling with life as a senior citizen and past regrets. I have a feeling this one will have me crying before it’s all over.  Good crying that is!


422064: Deadly Ties, Crossroads Crisis Center Series #2 Deadly Ties, Crossroads Crisis Center Series #2
By Vicki Hinze / Multnomah Books

Doctor Lisa Harper is determined to rescue her mother, Annie, from an abusive husband and end the separation they’ve endured since Lisa was sixteen. If not for security expert mark Taylor, Lisa’s devoted friend who’s loved her from afar for years, Lisa wouldn’t know if her mother was dead or alive. But her stepfather refuses to let Lisa interfere, so he hires NINA a multinational organized crime group, to assault Annie, to lure Lisa out into the open where she’s abducted.

Book 2 of the Crossroad Crisis Center Series didn’t grab me like the first one did, but it has me now! Many of the characters (both good and bad) have returned, better than ever. I’m looking forward to where the author will take us on this adventure.


020682: The NKJV Chronological Study Bible Hardcover The NKJV Chronological Study Bible Hardcover
By Thomas Nelson

The Chronological Study Bible is the only study Bible that presents the text of the New King James Version in chronological order;the order in which the events actually happened;with notes, articles, and full-color graphics that connect the reader to the history and culture of Bible times and gives the reader a dramatic, "you are there" experience.

Features include:

  • The entire New King James Bible with translators’ notes, arranged in chronological order-the order in which the events and writings actually happened, for absorbing and effective Bible study
  • Full-color illustrations of places, artifacts, and cultural phenomena that give you a dramatic, "you are there" experience
  • Fascinating articles that connect the Bible text to world history and culture
  • Daily Life Notes that explain how people lived in Bible times
  • Epoch Introductions and Historical Overviews that provide vivid chronological context
  • Transition Comments that set the stage and prepare you for the biblical text that follows
  • "Time Capsules" of world history that accompany the Bible text
  • Time Panels and Charts that show the flow of Bible history
  • In-text and full-page color maps of the biblical world
  • A handy scripture finder index that provides rapid access to any passage
  • Topical Index and Glossary to facilitate study

I’m about 36% through the Bible at Ezekiel 19, and after the fall of Jerusalem. The Old Testament is sometimes a hard part of the Bible to read.  Especially reading of all the sin of Israel. All they had to do was follow God and not follow the ways of the nations around them, the nations they were suppose to destroy.  The good thing has been seeing how the books of Kings and Chronicles relate to the books by the Prophets. Of course, the translators/editors admit that in some cases no one really knows when many of the books were written. They often point out the primary viewpoints on the text.  It’s been good, I look forward to finishing it though and moving into the New Testament. 

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