What a great meeting we had discussing The Hiding Place. It was so great to connect with my favorite bookworms in person. I really loved learning about that horrible time in our human history. We had some truly thoughtful conversation about the strength God provides when most needed and how, when our human hearts feel justified in hate, He provides the capacity to love. We talked about getting together at the midway point of our next book choice so Saturday May 30, works for me, if it works for you. Below are the book choices for this round. Lets have all votes in by Tuesday if possible so we can get started. Majority vote wins.
In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning is a mother’s story of her family’s journey through tragedy and how she coped after losing a husband, a son and a mother-in-law to cancer. Goodman speaks with raw honesty about her crisis of faith, her depression and finally, with God’s help, how she was able to emerge back into the light to find God’s love and miracles while on a mission trip in Africa.
Four years ago, Pam’s divorce devastated her. The cruelty of her ex husband crushed her spirit. After battling personal demons, she’s finally made a life for herself. Now remarried, raising her kids, working at a job she loves, the scars of Alan Archer’s emotional abuse are beginning to fade. Her newfound happiness turns to bitterness when Alan returns to Garfield. Confronted with a wall of pain she thought she’d buried, Pam must learn that secrets and carefully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness. Alan Archer has returned to Garfield with a new wife, a fresh commitment to God, and a terminal heart condition. His mission? To leave a Christian legacy for his children and to gain Pam’s forgiveness for the sins of his past. Two hearts hang in the balance waiting for the delicate touch of God’s healing hands.
Once a top-producing real estate agent with a successful business and a beautiful home, Kris Mitchell is a victim of the economic downturn. She has lost her home to foreclosure, and her long-time boyfriend has married someone else. Then, just when she has almost given up hope for a better future, an opportunity presents itself for her to become a Level 1 Planner for a newly created federal agency that will implement the Retire America Act of 2013. After persuading her own aging parents to sign over all of their assets, Kris learns that the government’s plan to confiscate the wealth and property of America’s retirees in exchange for lifelong care in the Smart Seniors community has some serious downsides. As she relinquishes more and more personal freedom to hold onto her job, she discovers what it means to trade liberty for a steady government paycheck.
Was God telling the truth when he said, ‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’? In his #1 bestseller The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel examined the claims of Christ, reaching the hard-won verdict that Jesus is God’s unique son. In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief—the eight ‘heart barriers’ to faith. This Gold Medallion-winning book is for those who may be feeling attracted to Jesus but who are faced with difficult questions standing squarely in their path. For Christians, it will deepen their convictions and give them fresh confidence in discussing Christianity with even their most skeptical friends. ‘Everyone—seekers, doubters, fervent believers—benefits when Lee Strobel hits the road in search of answers, as he does again in The Case for Faith. In the course of his probing interviews, some of the toughest intellectual obstacles to faith fall away.’—Luis Palau’Lee Strobel has given believers and skeptics alike a gift in this book. He does not avoid seeking the most difficult questions imaginable, and refuses to provide simplistic answers that do more harm than good.’—Jerry Sittser, professor of religion, Whitworth College, and author of A Grace Disguised and The Will of God as a Way of Life
A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.
It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana…and an East Texas honky-tonk…and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda…an upscale New York gallery…a downtown dumpster…a Texas ranch.
Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.