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The Non-Negotiable Gospel - Book Review

 Dave Hunt, 1999, 45 pages Publisher: The Berean Call; Second Edition (April 25, 2007) Buy it on Amazon and Good Reads . Blurb...

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Girls Watch Too! Female Fascination with Porn - Book Review

Dana Brown Smith (2015)
128 pages - Self-Help Christian Book
Published by Exalted Publishing 
Find it on Amazon and Dana Brown Smith

Do you think you’re alone when it comes to being fascinated with pornography? You’re not. Dana Brown Smith is standing proudly next to you. She’s made the journey through fascination with porn.
The change came when she became aware that what started as simple titillation turned into more. She saw that women who viewed sexually explicit materials were ingesting images that promoted sexually deviant behavior and de-emphasized the belief in love, commitment, marriage, and family. As these realizations awakened, she looked for, found, and implemented methods for regaining control of her choices and her life. She did it consciously and deliberately—and what she learned can assist you, whether you’re just feeling guilty (she’ll assure you that’s not necessary), or you’re feeling trapped.
In Girls Watch Too! you will discover:
·         How familiarity breeds emulation when consuming pornography
  • The unintended and not-so-pleasant effects of pornography consumption on romantic relationships
  • How to identify and manage those “triggers” that lead to the desire to watch pornography
  • Ways to recognize and/or prevent teenage porn consumption with your children
  • Techniques for creating a climate of compassion if your spouse is struggling with porn
·         Methods for recognizing and overcoming a porn habit without judgment or condemnation
Filled with entertaining anecdotes, the book tackles a variety of issues ranging from the accessibility of porn, the business of porn, and the emergence of porn in the workplace to the influence of sexually explicit materials on our pop culture, cell phones, video games and social networking sites. It is solidly based on a foundation of experience and proven effective techniques. And in the unique bonus section you will learn how to utilize uplifting spiritual and scriptural tools and strategies to discourage porn consumption and maintain porn abstinence.
Far from a serious, clinical text, the tone is warm and conversational and tackles a difficult subject in an honest and non-judgmental way so that any woman who watches pornography can break free of the compulsion it may have over them.

My review
This book is about women and girls trapped in pornography’s addiction.  Dana Brown Smith revealed that some females are porn viewers too.  This book targets the modern women struggling with sexually explicit material.  The author crafted a good plot easy to follow.  She demonstrated that it is possible to overcome porn compulsory habits with God’s assistance.  In the appendix, she displayed some resources to get help and find accounting partners.

The book is engaging because the author talked about a taboo topic: women watching porn! The book is inspiring since Dana shared her battle against porn addiction.  She showed that it is possible to overcome this addiction. The book held its thesis together. She even talked about Christian women caught in this secret activity. The book grabbed my attention because of the topic’s rarity. 

The book was biblical accurate. The author quoted scriptures about spiritual battles that wage in believers’ lives. The book present a wholesome Christian worldview, showing God’s purpose for sexuality.  The book’s cover is interesting. It is a drawing showing women with their different electronic devices that give access to porn viewing.  The book’s message is very uplifting. And I was encouraged in my faith to pursue emotionally, spiritually and physically purity.
This is a very good book that I recommend to everyone. It is accessible in e-book format and hardcover. I give this book 5 stars out of five.

By Benebr

Sunday, 18 December 2016

The Lost Years – Book Review

Hardcover, 292 pages
Published April 3rd, 2012 by Simon & Schuster
Third Person

ISBN 1451668864

Back Cover
In her long career as America’s most beloved suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark’s The Lost Years is her most astonishing and dramatic novel to date. At its center is a discovery that, if
authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history—“the holiest of the holy”—and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world.
In The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, has written her most astonishing novel to date. At its center is a discovery that, if authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history—“the holiest of the holy”—and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world.
Biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons believes he has found the rarest of parchments—a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican Library in the 1500s, the letter was assumed to be lost forever.
Now, under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan is able to confirm his findings with several other experts. But he also confides in a family friend his suspicion that someone he once trusted wants to sell the parchment and cash in.
Within days Jonathan is found shot to death in his study. At the same time, his wife, Kathleen, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, is found hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. Even in her dementia, Kathleen has known that her husband was carrying on a long-term affair. Did Kathleen kill her husband in a jealous rage, as the police contend? Or is his death tied to the larger question: Who has possession of the priceless parchment that has now gone missing?
It is up to their daughter, twenty-eight-year-old Mariah, to clear her mother of murder charges and unravel the real mystery behind her father’s death. Mary Higgins Clark’s The Lost Years is at once a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archaeological treasure of all time.

My Review
I picked up this book in the library because the cover was intriguing. The cover displayed a cross, and the story was about a parchment that Jesus-Christ wrote. Sure this book got my attention!  The blurb you read above grabbed my interest too. I’ve already read French versions of Mary Higgins’s books. And I remember not being able to put down her books until I finish them. Even if I had to read all night long. It how hooked I was on her books. So I was very excited to read this book in English.

She did a lot of research that she mixed with fiction.  The story’s beginning seemed like historical fiction. The plot wasn’t extraordinary despite some twists and turns at the end of the book. The book hooked me just at the last 50 pages. I found the main personage Mariah interesting. But some other characters were not well enough developed.
The pace was too slow during the first hundred pages. I felt like I was wasting my time. I was tempted to put down the book many times.  In fact, I guessed the murderer’s identity way before I finished the book.  It never happened when I read her previous books. I continued the reading just to confirm my suspicions.  It was a disappointment because the intrigue took too long to get started.  I am dissatisfied with this book thus I am not recommending it. I give this book 2 out 5 stars.

Friday, 16 December 2016

D'innombrables regrets

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Regrets d’avoir dit oui trop rapidement

D’avoir offert le plus important
Les secrets et voluptés semblaient innocents
Maintenant sur moi retombe ton jugement

Regrets d’avoir grandi sans tes préceptes
D’avoir marché à l’aveuglette
Les blessures du passé me guettent
Maintenant j’en ramasse les miettes
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Regrets d’avoir profané le sacré
D’avoir loupé cette romance rêvée
Les merveilleux plans que tu as orchestrés
Maintenant je prie pour un fiancé

Regrets d’avoir attiré des malédictions
D’avoir brisé des bénédictions
Les divertissements ont dévié mon attention
Maintenant je m’attends à tes directions

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Regrets d’avoir suivi les rudiments du monde
D’avoir pratiqué des actes immondes
Les prières de mon esprit se répandent
Maintenant ton Saint-Esprit me sonde

Regrets d’avoir fait des mauvais choix
D’avoir violé tes saintes lois
Les conséquences en étouffent ma joie
Maintenant ton pardon fortifie ma foi

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 Regrets d’avoir repoussé mon instinct
 D’avoir péché contre mon prochain
 Les larmes brulaient mes yeux en vain
 Maintenant mon espoir est entre tes mains
 Regrets d’avoir fauté dans le passé
 D’avoir manqué de conseils appropriés
 Les sages décisions m'ont échapées
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 Maintenant ta grâce m’a rachetée

Regrets d’avoir vécu que pour moi
D’avoir aveuglément agi contre toi
Les écritures me montrent ta voie
Maintenant je suis le chemin tortueux et étroit

Regrets d’avoir vécu dans la peur
D’avoir livré mon âme à la rancoeur
Les innombrables bontés du Seigneur
Maintenant, en ton Fils, affichent ma vraie valeur.

De Bénébr

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Victory Journey - Book Review

Victory Journey
Vickie Drake
Christian & Self-Help book (2016)
192 pages
First person

Find it on: Certa Publishing, Amazon and Good Reads
Vickie Drake wrote about domestic violence.  The book targets hurting people in abusive relationships.  The author shared her painful experience.  She learned to lean on God for her healing.  She used a plain language that is easy to understand.  Ms. Drake displayed some prayers she voiced to the Lord.  The book’s message is that God heals broken hearts. He gives them hope again. 
The author detailed the traumatic events she faced.  Then she explained how she grew in her faith after experiencing God’s love. The book was interesting, but the author didn't say anything about her attitude.  As her behaviour for instance.  What did set her abusers off?  Don’t get me wrong! I am not excusing what they did to her.  But I expected to read about her self-examination.
The book was inspiring because it gives hope.  Unfortunately, her view on divorce and remarriage is unorthodox.  The author made an unusual interpretation of the Bible.  I don’t believe that the Holy Spirit would lead any believer into divorce(s) and remarriage(s).  The Bible allows the divorce when a spouse abandons the other. Or if the spouse practises sexual immorality (See 1 Corinthians 7:10-14, Matthew 19:5-10 and Romans 7:2-3).  
The book grabbed my attention because I love reading life-changing testimonies.  I enjoyed the meaningful conversations Vickie had with The Creator.  The message of the book was uplifting.  I was challenged in my faith to get closer to God and to listen carefully to the Holy Spirit.  This book is accessible in hardcover, paperback, and electronic format but because of the biblical inexactitudes, I am not recommending it.

Federal Trade Commission’s Disclaimer: the publisher, through BookCrash.com review program, kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated. The opinions above are entirely my own.