Metaphysics and 19th century American Education

The Right Knock A Story

I came across this title in The Kindergarten-primary Magazine, Volume 4 (1891 or ‘2). They were recommending another book, by the same author:

“It Is Possible, by Helen Van Anderson, is a charming novelette just issued. It is after the new order of romance basing itself upon the higher ethics of life as embodied in the writings of Henry Wood and others. The author has appeared before in The Right Knock and is also editor of the new child’s magazine The Cup Bearer. All are published by the New Era Pub. Co. Chicago.”

Here’s the preface to The Right Knock:


Although most excellent food is to be found on the table of metaphysical thought, there has never yet been a metaphysical story setting forth a picture of every-day life, in its search for, and attainment of satisfaction through the knowledge of Christ Philosophy.

Knowing the pressing need of such a book among the many inquirers and students on this theme, and with the hope of helping to fill that need, this story is told.

It is a book of facts, not fiction, although wearing the dress of fiction. Every case of healing, every seemingly marvelous experience has come under the observation of the writer and can be authenticated as a veritable fact.

That there are hundreds, yea, thousands to-day, who leave their homes and go to distant cities for the sake of pursuing the study of Christ Philosophy, or receiving the benefit of its healing ministry, is proof enough that the story of one woman’s experience will be interesting and helpful to all.

While the lessons contained in Mrs. Hayden’s letters are not exhaustive, they are valuable for their very simplicity, and are thoroughly practical, complete instructions for the beginning and continuance of the study of this wonderful truth.

With every lesson supplemented by personal experiences, the reader sees not only the theory but the practice demonstrated, and in this simple story he may find the mirror of his own inner hopes and aspirations, with a broader view of their possible attainment than he has yet seen.

Carlyle says: “If a book come from the heart, it will contrive to reach other hearts.” “The Right Knock” is presented with no other apology than this: it has come from the heart.

Helen Van-Anderson.


To a new and awakened public the author gives greetings and begs to say a few more words about The Right Knock.

After all these years of work along the lines laid out in the book and with a wide knowledge of prevailing systems of mental training, the author is happy to be able to say with unbounded confidence that there is nothing to excel this system for beginners, for those desiring to lay a lasting foundation. The emphasis laid upon the necessity for persistent, regular and systematic practice of word speaking by audible repetition, is great, but none too great. For the faithful student this never fails to bring results, never fails to put him in the way of understanding and demonstration. With regular practice and constant application in the daily life, with good judgment as to the details of practice, length of time at one exercise, etc., the pupil is assured in one way or another certain convincing experiences which develop individuality and, with that, his God-like gifts. Thousands have proven this.

The unnumbered letters of gratitude, the kind words, the warm hand-clasps, the many testimonials of sick beds forsaken, depressed spirits revived, vices discontinued, of physical and moral strength regained, prove that the work of the Spirit is not to be measured by puny human standards of judgment, prove that simple things—the things from which we expect the least, in which we put the least ambition or worldly desire may be those which will yield the “hundred fold” of real blessing.

The test of any spiritual truth lies in its demonstration and in the inspiration and faithfulness with which it can be lived. Be true to the truth and you will demonstrate it. Live the Christ life and the works will follow; yet seek truth for its own sake, not for its power.

A word about Christian Science. Sometimes persons aver of The Right Knock that it teaches Christian Science pure and simple. With all due respect and a recognition of the grand and marvelous work done by Mrs. Eddy, the author feels called upon to say, in justice to Mrs. Eddy as well as herself, that this is not true.

There are undoubtedly many similar statements, yet there are many differences which the careful reader will discover. Please note, for example, that not matter itself, but matter as the real substance or power, is denied. Not sickness of the body, but sickness of the Spirit, is a falsity, etc., etc.

In brief, the author of The Right Knock believes there is a name, place and condition for everything, and that the discrimination of the plane on which a thing or condition exists, is the key to placing it in the right relation to the whole.

In conclusion, the author would say most earnestly, study one writer or teacher at one time, just as you would study music of one instructor at one time. It is not the many books but the Book within which is to reveal all things.

God speed you.

Helen Van-Anderson.

The Right Knock is now in its THIRTEENTH edition, a fact which speaks for the great helpfulness of the book, and proclaims without further comment its world wide Scope.[Pg 9]

A little of that goes a long way, does it not? I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been reading a caricature from a P.G. Wodehouse novel, but she was perfectly serious.

Here’s the conclusion to The Right Knock:

“I have been learning a lesson too.” It was Kate who broke the silence. Her voice was reverential. Her eyes were bright with an inner light. “I have been holding strongly to the name—the name of Jesus Christ—and realizing what it means, and it has helped me more than anything.”

“What does it mean, Kate? That is something which is still a little tainted with the old superstitious worship of a personality,” said Grace.

“Beware, Grace; that is criticism. Put it away until you know,” warned Mrs. Hayden.

“Thank you. Tell me every time,” returned Grace humbly.[Pg 316]

“Indeed, this contemplation of the name takes one farther from personality or the recognition of mere person than anything else,” Kate went on earnestly. “Jesus Christ means God or Truth manifest. Holding the words with that thought, all sense of person, limitation, or time, disappears. Wisdom and power come to fill your consciousness, until the Christ life seems not only a possibility but a real demonstration.” Kate paused. Perhaps she had said too much!

But there was no mistaking the vibration of a sympathetic thought, even if the pressure of friendly hands had not reassured her.

“It is wonderful how many ways there are of attaining the same end,” mused Grace. “Now I can gain the same state of mind Kate speaks of, by holding to the idea of Law. To me everything is embodied in that, although of course, any great word understood as to its real meaning is an all-inclusive term. But we cannot always live in an ecstasy.”

“We should not if we could,” said Mrs. Hayden. “We must get beyond that if we ever attain the mental poise that will carry us through everything.”

“But I am so weak,” murmured Kate. “How shall I ever—”

“There, child, you are doing the very thing that will keep you from growing strong. What right have you to pass judgment on Katherine Turner anymore than on anyone else?” said Mrs. Hayden almost sternly; then suddenly softening her tone she added, “Dear heart, we must not let self judgment or self condemnation creep in upon us to leave[Pg 317] their blight of discouragement or failure. No, the only way is to keep our eyes fixed on the mark of the high calling, resisting nothing, carrying on our lips, success, in our hearts love, in our lives truth. By the outer we judge nothing: by the inner we know all. Personally, that is, physically we are only a part of all external limitation. Individually, that is, spiritually, we are the potentiality of Infinity itself.”

“And that means the possibility of true living, which is positively necessary to perfect demonstration,” added Grace.

“Yes, perfect demonstration in oneself or in others,” said Mrs. Hayden emphatically. “In fact the first, last, and only consideration is or should be true living, or the ability to be lived.”

“That is what it amounts to, after all,” accorded Grace, “for what is true living but the setting aside of self, so that the great, infinite Life may be established in our action, as a manifest reality?”

Kate rose softly, and went to the piano. Then spoke the mighty Voice through Music, and through that wondrous harmony a consciousness of the perfect Life, with all its power and presence, burst upon these three who were no longer three but One. For that moment they knew and lived only as the One, and in that moment the world received a baptism of blessed, healing tenderness.[Pg 318]


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I’m not amused any more. It rather gives me the creeps.

The Wikipedia article on this “new thought” and where it shows up today is also informative.

It’s something to keep in mind when somebody tells you that today is somehow worse than some previous era (especially the Victorian). Some things are worse, some are better, and age is no guarantor of truth.

After all, one of the oldest metaphysical discussions known to mankind had rather disastrous results.

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Cabbage Bean Soup

cabbage and bean soup at the common roomWe could call this ABC soup, all the things plus beans and cabbage.

The basic premise:

3 cups cooked beans, kidney or navy (I cook up a big batch of beans and then freeze them in packages of about 2 or 3 cups per freezer bag.  You can use canned beans)
one or two tablespoons of fat- butter, lard, grease from cooking, olive oil- whatever you use for cooking
1 diced onion
4 minced garlic cloves
2 grated carrots
1/2 head of shredded cabbage
14 ounce can of stewed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/2 teaspoon each: Parsley, thyme, basil, sage
1 bay leaf

salt to taste

Heat the fat in a large soup pot (the best soup pots, like the best cooks, have a nice, heavy, bottom;-D)
Add the onions, cook a few minutes, then add the celery, cook, stirring constantly until the color of the celery brightens, and then add the grated carrots and garlic, stirring the garlic smells wonderful (just a minute, at most).
Add the grated cabbage and a liberal pinch of sea salt.
Continue to stir, cooking just until the cabbage starts to soften.  Stir in the tomatoes and other spices.  Cook, stirring, about ten minutes more.
Now add the beans and their liquid, if you have any.*
*You CAN cool, bag, and freeze this meal for later at this point.  Continue cooking at the next step below:

Make sure there is just enough liquid to cover the top of the vegetables and beans.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or so.

Serve with a home-made bread and some cheese to sprinkle over the top.

This recipe serves 6.  Add extra liquid and beans to stretch it.  Add leftover roast beef or bits of cooked leftover pork or chicken if desired.

For the version pictured here, I was out of celery.  I added a pound of browned bison sausage. Instead of stewed tomatoes, I cut up some sundried tomatoes.  If I hadn’t had those, I’d have used a can of tomato sauce, or some salsa.

The beans I had were a mix of adzuki and black beans.

It’s peasant fare for winter, hearty, filling, nourishing.

Half if it is going in the freezer.  When I reheat it, I’ll add more vegetables and broth- maybe more cabbage. Maybe the celery I didn’t have for the first batch.  Perhaps some diced radishes or a can of wax beans, or grated sweet potatoes.  You could also add grains- barley, perhaps.  Or ladle it over quinoa or rice.   Like most vegetable soups, it’s endlessly flexible, and like most peasant fare, as frugal as you need it to be. Use what you have in your hands.

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3 Minute Skillet Granola

the common room skillet granolaHere’s our granola recipe ( although as our family has grown, we’ve moved it up to making it in a roasting pan, and it takes much longer than 3 minutes now):
Skillet Granola- this recipe is quicker to make than most granola recipes (you can mix it up, cook it and eat it in less than 15 minutes), but it doesn’t store for as long because it’s moister than the oven dried granola. This does not matter to us because we eat it before it could possibly have time to go bad.

Get our a big skillet and these ingredients:

1/3 cup each oil and a sweetener (honey, sucanat, molasses, etc) You can use stevia for the sweetener, but I do not know how much you would use.

4 cups oats

1 cup dried fruit (raisins, diced apricots, etc)

Seasoning of choice (cinnamon, vanilla, orange extract, nutmeg, cloves, etc) One of our favorites is cinnamon and orange extract with a little bit of orange peel.* Yummmy!

Stir oil and sweetener together in a large skillet. Heat until warm, Add herbs and seasonings now and stir in well. Add oats, mix until well coated. Heat over low to medium heat, stirring until lightly brown.

Remove from heat.

Add optional ingredients: coconut, nuts, seeds, wheat germ, etc.

You can store this in a sealed container for at least two weeks. We usually make a huge batch in a roasting pan and that’s how long it lasts us. It might last longer, but we always eat it sooner than that. We like it with milk or yogurt.

In the batch pictured here, I have golden raisins, dates, and juice infused cranberries.  There’s also sunflower seeds.

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This is heavy on breads, eggs, and cheese because those are easy to spread when you don’t know how many people you’re having for dinner. The wedding is Saturday. People should start arriving Thursday. They aren’t all staying here. But I still don’t know for certain who is, and who needs to eat here, and who doesn’t- partly because not all involved know this, either. So I’m looking for flexibility.
The granola is done. Regular loaves of bread are baked thanks to my strapping son who kneaded it all for me. Pumpkin and butternut squash is in the oven thanks again to said son who cut them for me, beans and cabbage for soup on the stove. Daughters are at the grocery store picking up last minute items. Another daughter is cleaning the upstairs and getting rid of a bunch of toys. We downsized the Christmas totes I am keeping from 14 to 2. Another daughter is packing up the village and taking it home. Goodbye, village. I am just so happy she’s taking it. I didn’t want to do it anymore, but it made me sad to think that it might all go to a thrift shop so I am thrilled that it’s not.

As is my habit- something big is going on and I’m partially out of commission. I really wonder at myself, I do. I think I sabotage myself. I am sure my kids think so. I had a nasty, nasty fall the day after Christmas. My knee is just…. weird. I can’t explain it. It doesn’t hurt if I don’t use it. It doesn’t hurt a lot of the time when I do use it, up until it suddenly does. It’s not really flexible and the thought of kneeling to do anything pretty much makes me pass out. It starts out feeling okay and then as I do over the top things- like walk from my room to the kitchen, you know, it starts to poke me for attention. And then it gets belligerent about it. Also, because that wasn’t stupid enough I cut the bottom of my foot. Same leg.

You know what’s worrying me the most? The BOOTS!! I am afraid I won’t be able to wear them. And I don’t have an alternative.

But anyway, back to the task at hand. Feeding us- I decided I want to get meals together for about the next ten days, and we can eat them or not and they will be flexible as per servings, and then back on Whole30- AFTER the wedding. And chocolate. After lots of post-wedding Chocolate. I am planning a binge so seriously that I actually ordered chocolate through my Amazon subscribe and save so it will be sure to be here when I need it.

But anyway- meals. When my mother lived in the states and we… did not, I always wanted tri-tip and turkey enchiladas when I went home for a visit.   I asked Jenny, since she’s leaving, what was one food she really wanted before she left.  She said really, anything with chicken and rice in it was her favourite.  So that’s why I chose some of the things you see below.  Then I asked Equuschick, since she’s moving away as well right after the wedding (technically, yes, she already moved.  Then she came back with the kids to help with the wedding so she and the four darlings are here until the day after the wedding).

Anyway.  The EC said sushi.  That made me happy.  So you see it’s on here.  I asked the Boy, just out of curiosity.  Basically, he doesn’t like anything I make, but he’d like steak. Grilled. Not happening.  Please, should you meet his future wife somewhere, sometime, tell her I’m praying for her, and I did try, and I’m sorry.  I’m so very sorry.  I’d say it’s not my fault, but…. I don’t think that’s true.

He came in here a minute ago freaking out over something in a mildish sort of freaking out way, plus he cut his foot AND his rear end doing something I don’t want to know about on the stairs.  He is my son.

I told him to calm down.  He laughed, in a not very nice way, but I had to confess to hypocrisy and a double standard and told him to go right ahead and carry on with his freak-out, and I was sorry.

Food.  Here’s the food.  I’m clicking publish and going to go cook some more, until my knee says to knock it off.

  1. Pioneer Woman’s ‘Sleepin’ In Omelette- I *was* going to make this, but then I looked at it and realized that it’s really just a scaled up variation of the sourdough strata I make, so I’m making my own thing, adding some sausage and possibly butter.
  2. Gingerbread oatmeal casserole, only instead of eggs, I’ll use pumpkin or sweet potatos, and instead of milk I’ll use coconut milk, because the Cherub is allergic to eggs, and the second youngest grandbaby staying with us this week is allergic to milk and eggs (and peanut butter, and probably other things as well)
  3. Quiche with brown rice crust and 4:
  4. chile relleno (recipes for both of these in this post)
  5. granola (this ‘skillet granola recipe, only I did it in the roasting pan, and started with 20 cups of oats because I wanted a huge batch on hand for anybody who is allergic to the eggs and dairy in other recipes, since I use a lot of those two ingredients)
  6. sweet potato kale and broccoli pie; this is another recipe for the allergic family members- I’ve never made it before, but I’m hoping we can make it and freeze individual servings.
  7. Breakfast burritoes



  1. Olive cheese bread,  and blender broccoli soup  Or I might just make the chili cheese snacks included in the post above with the chili relleno and quiche recipes.
  2. Cabbage and Tofu stirfry
  3. Butternut squash soup and Irish soda bread or parmesan walnut bread
  4. Cabbage and bean soup and more bread
  5. Sushi and 15 minute Chow Mein
  6. Stuffed sandwiches, hot meal, stuffed inside french bread. Yum.



  1. Chinese Pork
  2. Chow Mein, a different recipe, because its taste varies with the ingredients (chicken? Beef? Shrimp? carrots, cabbage, snow peas?)
  3. crockpot chicken adobo over rice
  4. Baked chicken with soy and orange sauce
  5. meatballs
  6. roast
  7. beef and spinach casserole
  8. Chicken with creamy chive sauce
  9. Arroz con pollo
  10. Crockpot orange chicken and walnuts


This post is here mainly for me to keep things straight in a place where I cannot lose them.  That means I’ll be adding reminders to myself and other links to other recipes, no doubt.

Thanks for listening in.=)

I should also make it clear that I have had almost nothing at all to do for the wedding.  Jenny has done almost all of it all herself, including sewing her own dress.  So I have no business freaking out.

I’m a volunteer.

P.S. Here’s my shopping list:

47 whole Eggs

Gallon milk

2 whole chickens

Lots of cheese

Foil baking pans, round and rectangular, pie and casserole

6 Envelopes of Italian salad dressing mix

3 cups dry cooking wine

Cream cheese


My freezers are full.


P. P. S. Speaking of freezers, we named them once, but nobody can remember their names. I am thinking of renaming them
The big one would be Wyrd

The middle would be Veroandi

and the fridge freezer would be Skuld

Or maybe just Audmula, Wryd, and Skuld.  Too obscure?  Too pretentious?  Why am I thinking about this now?

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Printable Colouring Page- ‘Coasting’

vintage colouring page coasting

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The foods our Great-Great-Grandmas Ate

From a 1918 Ladies’ Home Companion Magazine:

1918 canned food


steero cubes 1918


pancakes aunt jemimAH

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Free4Kindle Books; Eating, Organizing, Christian Living, Sci-Fi

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We love free books and hope you do, too, so we share some of our finds here several times a week. These are affiliate links, so if you need something at Amazon, we do appreciate it if you click through one of our links when you do your shopping (they don’t pay for free downloads, for obvious reasons). But if you don’t need anything, please don’t buy something you neither need nor want just for little ol’ us.

The War of the Worlds
This is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories, first published by H.G. Wells in 1898. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers that “No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s…”
Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth’s comparatively heavy gravity even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100-feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England’s military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror his narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance, and how it’s clear that man is not being conquered so much a corralled. –Craig E. Engler

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Freezer Cookbook: Complete Freezer Meals Cookbook with Illustrated Make Ahead Lunch & Dinner Recipes

Reader Review; If I’m not mistaken, almost every recipe is gluten and lactose free. Yipee!!! The recipes are are not overwhelming with expensive ingredients. They are also family friendly. Win win.

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Easy Freezer Meals 2.0: Your Make-Ahead Comfort Food Recipe Guide

Reader reviews make it clear that while the recipes are pretty good, the directions are rotten and this is not for inexperienced cooks or cooks who lack confidence. These are also meals that can be frozen, but there aren’t always detailed directions for the freezing, or for increasing the ingredients to make a larger batch.

So if you’re an experienced cook who is used to freezer cooking, this might be a good freeby for you. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

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Gluten-Free Freezer Recipes and Gluten-Free Greek Recipes: 2 Book Combo (Going Gluten-Free)

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Wool – Part One (Silo series Book 1)

Nearly 2000 reader reviews, with an average 4.5 rating.
It’s a short story, dystopian, several readers call it grim, but by all accounts, also gripping.

Blurb; Thousands of them have lived underground. They’ve lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.

Or you’ll get what you wish for.

What the press is saying:

Boing Boing’s Official Review: “This story is terrific. I was completely immersed, watching Howey slowly paint a picture of a society gone wrong through the eyes and discovery of some truly compelling characters.”’s Official GeekDad Review: “Howey is among a growing list of authors who are making successful careers of publishing without the assistance of agents and traditional publishing houses. The traditional argument has been that if a book couldn’t find a publisher it probably wasn’t worth reading. However, just as iTunes changed how consumers found music and the way in which bands made their bread, ebook readers, and in particular the Kindle, are changing the ways in which authors find their readers and make a living. All of this means the old assumptions about indie books no longer hold true, and readers need to be prepared to adjust their expectations accordingly. The Wool Omnibus is a great book and deserves recognition as a full fledged contribution to the science fiction genre.”

Be aware that the 70 or so one star reviewers seriously hated the story, mainly because they say it’s just depressing with no point other than being depressing.

You decide.

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With God Again: My Journey Away From God and Back

Blurb: Many believers can relate to the process of exploring the world “outside” of faith and finding good, seemingly normal human beings who they were raised to view as “other” – homosexuals, Muslims, atheists, secularists, liberals, and city people. This universal story, where an individual raised to believe in God has to reconcile their inherited belief with their world, points to every generation’s struggle. It seems that Christianity is designed for a beautiful but confounding re-construction of faith, generation by generation. This is the narrative of With God Again, in which a man shares the pain and joy of finding God inside and outside the Church.
With God Again is a deeply personal story of an individual’s lifelong wrestling match with the Creator. Even as a teenager, controversy was in the DNA of the author’s relationship with God and the world. It was in these adolescent years that false sexual assault allegations destroyed the author’s conception of God – and his life at the time – but soon lead him directly to the person of God. It is in this continual process of tragedy, loss, learning, and growth that the author is able to share a testimony of God’s grace and love for all people. The early trials are part of a God-ordained plan: Moving from the suburbs into one of the poorest neighborhoods in Portland, entering a new community, joining a new racial, cultural, and ethnic family, and subsequently finding Jesus anew in it all. With God Again explains in story that there is a transcendent, perfect God who is always greater than we can conceive, and at the same time, God is so powerfully knowable and accessible, even to the messiest and worst of us.

This book is aimed at anyone who belongs to or works with this new generation, tackling a myriad of controversial topics with a post-modern audience in mind – the growing number of those who assert that experience, subjective as it is, is as authoritative as knowledge and tradition. From the introduction of With God Again, “One’s conception of God is always lower than God Himself, and as the aim in this book is not to point readers to a perfect understanding of God but to a relationship with God.” Mixed into the stew of frustrations among Christians, those seeing their tradition and ideals moved to the periphery of culture, as well as a social justice movement driven largely by secular leaders, is the foremost question of God Himself. How do we, as Christians, reconcile our knowledge with our experience? How do we hold to a spiritual view of life while believing in science? It seems that those who claim to hear from God are either insane or selling something – how am I supposed to hear from God? All of this is at the heart of With God Again, the story of faith for a man very much immersed in this generation’s struggle to find God.
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Christian Theology, Volume 2
Reader Review; Henry Orton Wiley (1877-1961), an educator in the Church of the Nazarene, wrote his three volume Christian Theology magnum opus which became the 20th Century gold standard for systematic Wesleyan-Arminian thought. Wiley holds a prominent place with Pope, Miley, Oden and others for significant contribution to holiness theology.

Volume Two includes three parts:
II. The Doctrine of the Father (continued)
III. The Doctrine of the Son
IV. The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Reader Review; Clear and comprehensive! This has become a reliable source of longstanding which compellingly conveys a Wesleyan/Arminian– yet balanced — view of Scripture.

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I’m not sure about this, but it looks interesting, at any rate:

Jubilee Bible (New Testament): From The Scriptures Of The Reformation

In the Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB), the usage and context tends to define each key word so you don’t need to depend on theological dictionaries or reference materials. Careful attention has been made to properly translate the first usage of each key word and through to the last occurrence. Then, as the word makes its way across the Old Testament and you make the correct match with the corresponding Greek word in the New Testament, an amazing pattern emerges. The Jubilee Bible is the only translation we know of that has each unique Hebrew word matched and mated with a unique English word so that the usage (number of occurrences and number of verses where the word occurs) sets forth a meaningful number pattern and a complete definition of what God means by each word.

About the Editor

Russell Stendal, a former hostage of Colombian rebels, is a lifelong missionary to that same group in the jungles of Colombia. He is an influential friend to military and government leaders in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, and the United States. Russell’s ministry shares the gospel via twelve radio stations, hundreds of thousands of Bibles, books, and movies distributed through airplane parachute drops, and numerous speaking engagements for groups of leaders, prisoners, and individuals. Russell goes wherever the Lord leads, whether it’s to speak with a president or to go deep into the jungle to help an individual in trouble. He has witnessed thousands commit their lives to Christ.

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The Christ-Centered Home: Turning Your Kids into Christ-Centered Disciples

70 pages

Amazon blurb and about the author:

A survey by The Barna Group found that “parents typically have no plan for the spiritual development of their children; do not consider it a priority, have little or no training in how to nurture a child’s faith, have no related standards or goals that they are seeking to satisfy, and experience no accountability for their efforts.” The results of this are tragic. Recent reports have discovered that between 75% and 85% of children who grow up in evangelical homes leave the church by their sophomore year of college.

Every day our children are bombarded by the culture and its message, yet they are not daily receiving the truth and message of Christ. Leaving the church to do that a few scant hours a week does little to combat the culture’s sway. Yet, long before God established the nation of Israel to be His chosen people, and long before he established the church to spread His glory, He established the family to be the primary means of making disciples. Is your family fufilling that mandate.

In this must-read book for every Christian family, you will discover how the ancient Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) is a blessing for all modern families trying to navigate in our present culture.

Mark has a passion to communicate God’s design for life and the family. He and his wife, Christie, have fostered 27 children and have one teen-aged son of their own. (And amazingly, he still has hair left!)

Mark has a Masters in Christian Education as well as earning more than 100 Continuing Education Credits in the area of children and youth development, family dynamics, conflict-resolution within the family, discipleship in the home, effective discipline, parenting teenagers, dealing with different personalities, etc. He is further trained and certified through the National Center for Fathering (See: to lead various seminars and workshops.

Mark and his family live in the Lehigh Valley of northeast, Pennsylvania. He loves Philadelphia sports teams–Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and 76ers; so he knows much about pain and heartache. He enjoys playing sports, writing books, hanging with his family, and referring to himself in the third person.

Check out his website at and get the tools you need to grow closer to the Lord and closer to your family.

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Artichoke-Cheese Squares

artichoke cheese squareArtichoke Cheese Squares

2 tablespoons oil, olive, coconut, or other
1/3 cup minced onion (or green onion, snipped)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
4 eggs
1 jar (10 ounce) artichoke hearts packed in oil – drained and chopped- reserve drained oil to make an italian salad dressing.
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Dash of Tabasco sauce

Grease an 8X8 pan,
Heat oil in skillet and saute onion and garlic until limp, but not golden
Beat eggs in bowl until lemon colored (or butter colored if your eggs are store bought); add the diced artichoke hearts.
Stir in remaining of ingredients, including the onion and garlic. Combine thoroughly.
Pour into 8×8 greased baking dish.
Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes until set.
Let cool and cut into squares before serving.

Tightly wrap individual squares in saran wrap, put in ziplock bags and freeze, defrost and reheat for breakfast or snacks.

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Mothers and Boys

We’ve been putting away Christmas stuff, cleaning here and there, and organizing, so the house, naturally, is a disaster and looks like nothing has been done.

Never mind.

Meals are also totally disrupted.  I went to the kitchen to make myself a quick sandwich.  My 16 y.o. wandered in and asked if there was any good food.  I said, “I just made myself a grilled cheese sandwich.” He said that sounded good.  I asked if he wanted the one I just made.

“No, thanks,” he said.  “I’m good.  I put on my big boy pants today.”

“You know,” I said, “Sometimes mothers just like to do things for their kids.  Especially feeding them.”

Just as I was saying “Especially food,” he was cutting in with, “You know, fifteen dollars sounds really good right now.”

“Knock yourself out, son.  Knock yourself out,” I said, leaving him to fend for himself in the kitchen.

But as I left him in the kitchen, it occurred to me that probably, giving him fifteen dollars and a sandwich would have been cheaper than leaving him alone in the kitchen to fix his own food.

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Colouring Page: Hair Brushing

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