This is just a blog about my thoughts, my family, my everyday life. Because I am a Christian and have ups and downs like everyone else, I hope it will encourage others to either turn to Christ for the first time, or lean on Him when times are rough. Often life is just random and funny. I started this blog after many years of writing to my church about our vacations. They began to encourage me to blog and finally I am. Thanks for reading.

"Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace!" Nahum 1:15

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. John Piper

Good Reads

I am not an avid my dismay, but these are some I have enjoyed most.

1. The Holy Bible - If you have never read it, start with John. 
2. Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan - Find an easy, readable version.  The old English is hard to grasp.  Some of his characters are complicated and to understand Christian's walk, it might help you in recognizing the intricate ways of each one.  I am on my sixth time through it.  So helpful.
3. Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
4. Shepherding A Child's Heart by Paul Tripp
5. Any 'Taste of Home' cookbook.  I love them.
6. Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks - look for used ones on Amazon. 
7. Gooseberry's 'Get Togethers' - a favorite gift book for birthdays.
8. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
9. Through Gates of Splendor - the story of 5 missionaries killed in Ecuador.  A MUST.
10. The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
11. Diamonds In The Dust Devotional Book by Joni Erickson Tada
12. (Dare I put it on here...) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie - my fave of hers
13. The Apostle Paul by John Pollock - excellent
14. Seven by Jen Hatmaker - scaling down possessions
15. Spiritual Mothering by Susan Hunt
16. How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp
17. My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers - a devotional
18. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
19. The Birth Order Book by Kevin Lehman - helps to understand family dynamics - but not set in stone.
20. Note to Self by Joe Thorn
21. Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
22. Stop Loving the World by William Greenhill
23. A Shelter in the Time Of Storm by Paul David Tripp
24. Overcoming the World by Joel Beeke
25. The Micah Mandate by George Grant
26. On The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson (for young readers...very entertaining)
27. gods at war by Kyle Idleman
28. Taste and See by John Piper   a devotional
29. The Valley of Vision - a book of Puritan Poems and Prayers.
30. Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper
31. from fear to freedom by Rose Marie Miller
32. The Freedom Of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller
33. not a fan by Kyle Idleman
34. Be the Sunshine by Angela Thomas
35. The Singing God by Sam Storms
36. Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis
37. Living Simply - a collection of verses and sayings
38. Do More Better by Tim Challies
39. Tabletalk devotionals by RC Sproul
40. The Pastor's Wife by Gloria Furman
41. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
42. Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield
43. Isaiah - God Saves Sinners by Raymond C Ortlund Jr.

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