Do you believe that Jesus is God in human form, that He lived a sinless life on earth, was killed on a cross, rose from death, and lives today, bringing salvation and the hope of eternal life to the world?
You truly believe all this? Prove it.
After 44 years as a missionary in Thailand, Ken Rideout returned to the U.S. and found that even pastors respond to these questions with stunned, blank expressions.
Most Christians are not equipped to address these questions. But if we cannot prove Truth for ourselves, how can we prove Truth to others? What we have not realized is that Truth verifies itself. How? The answer is simple, respectful, powerful, and based on the Truth we all know we know.
Includes the entire text of the book of the Bible being studied, which is useful. The questions I looked at (from the study of 1 John) are basic, fill in the blank type with multiple choice answers, which is probably the best format for Kindle. The answers are given on the next page, and includes the entire verse where the answer is found. From the blurb at Amazon:
Here’s How it Works:
Read a chapter of the Bible, then answer study quiz questions (followed on the very next page with the answers) on what you’ve just read…
“After I read one chapter and made it to the questions, I realized that I had just been looking at the words. It took another time through the book for me to pay attention so that I could answer the quiz.” – From the ChristianDroid.Com review
THEN, a day or two after you study a passage of New Testament scripture, revisit the questions and answers to see how well you retained what you read.
Still Not Sure?
Read more of what ChristianDroid.Com has to say in their review of one of our BibleEye Bible trivia quiz books:
“These questions are all fact based and make one realize that many times we are just reading words and not fully understanding what we are reading. In fact, after I read one chapter and made it to the questions, I realized that I had just been looking at the words. It took another time through the book for me to pay attention so that I could answer the quiz…
The questions are based solely on the content of the Scripture and do not contain any theological questions making this book useful for all denominations…
Also free in the same series:
Paul’s Letter to Titus: Bible Trivia Quiz & Study Guide (BibleEye Bible Trivia Quizzes & Study Guides)
The Bible arguably contains the greatest stories of all time. It is the most-printed and most-distributed book in the world making it a must-read for all people. Taste and See is an interactive prequel to the Bible to help make it more accessible to anyone who has not read the Bible before.
Taste and See:
• Provides an overview of the main Bible story
• An introduction to 12 short sections of the Bible; 5 Old Testament readings and 7 New Testament readings
• Identifies key themes found in the Bible and in the sections above
• Asks thought-provoking questions to open doors of spiritual discovery
• Encourages readers to take the first steps in a spiritual journey
Billed as ‘apologetics for everyman.’
Published in the early 1900s, the author (William Alexander Linn) is not a fan of the LDS church. Some of the material is dated and I think the Spaulding manuscript theory has since been discredited (in the last half of the 20th century, I believe), but it’s interesting reading.
Here’s part of the preface:
No chapter of American history has remained so long unwritten as that which tells the story of the Mormons. There are many books on the subject, histories written under the auspices of the Mormon church, which are hopelessly biased as well as incomplete; more trustworthy works which cover only certain periods; and books in the nature of “exposures by former members of the church, which the Mormons attack as untruthful, and which rest, in the minds of the general reader, under a suspicion of personal bias. Mormonism, therefore, to-day suggests to most persons only one doctrine–polygamy–and only one leader–Brigham Young, who made his name familiar to the present generations. Joseph Smith, Jr., is known, where known at all, only in the most general way as the founder of the sect, while the real originator of the whole scheme for a new church and of its doctrines and government, Sidney Rigdon, is known to few persons even by name.
The object of the present work is to present a consecutive history of the Mormons, from the day of their origin to the present writing, and as a secular, not as a religious, narrative. The search has been for facts, not for moral deductions, except as these present themselves in the course of the story. Since the usual weapon which the heads of the Mormon church use to meet anything unfavorable regarding their organization or leaders is a general denial, this narrative has been made to rest largely on Mormon sources of information. It has been possible to follow this plan a long way because many of the original Mormons left sketches that have been preserved. Thus we have Mother Smith’s picture of her family and of the early days of the church; the Prophet’s own account of the revelation to him of the golden plates, of his followers’ early experiences, and of his own doings, almost day by day, to the date of his death, written with an egotist’s appreciation of his own part in the play; other autobiographies, like Parley P. Pratt’s and Lorenzo Snow’s; and, finally, the periodicals which the church issued in Ohio, in Missouri, in Illinois, and in England, and the official reports of the discourses preached in Utah,–all showing up, as in a mirror, the character of the persons who gave this Church of Latter Day Saints its being and its growth.
In regard to no period of Mormon history is there such a lack of accurate information as concerning that which covers their moves to Ohio, thence to Missouri, thence to Illinois, and thence to Utah. Their own excuse for all these moves is covered by the one word “persecution” (meaning persecution on account of their religious belief), and so little has the non-Mormon world known about the subject that this explanation has scarcely been challenged. Much space is given to these early migrations, as in this way alone can a knowledge be acquired of the real character of the constituency built up by Smith in Ohio, and led by him from place to place until his death, and then to Utah by Brigham Young.
Any study of the aims and objects of the Mormon leaders must rest on the Mormon Bible (“Book of Mormon”) and on the “Doctrine and Covenants,” the latter consisting principally of the “revelations” which directed the organization of the church and its secular movements. In these alone are spread out the original purpose of the migration to Missouri and the instructions of Smith to his followers regarding their assumed rights to the territory they were to occupy; and without a knowledge of these “revelations” no fair judgment can be formed of the justness of the objections of the people of Missouri and Illinois to their new neighbors. If the fraudulent character of the alleged revelation to Smith of golden plates can be established, the foundation of the whole church scheme crumbles. If Rigdon’s connection with Smith in the preparation of the Bible by the use of the “Spaulding manuscript” can be proved, the fraud itself is established. Considerable of the evidence on this point herein brought together is presented at least in new shape, and an adequate sketch of Sidney Rigdon is given for the first time. The probable service of Joachim’s “Everlasting Gospel,” as suggesting the story of the revelation of the plates, has been hitherto overlooked.
You can also read it here.
Looks like a combo of sci-fi and Christian romance.
In the year 2835, life on Earth is but a group of facts read in ancient history books and seen in old movies. Our former planet rendered uninhabitable, humans now overcrowd the Moon and begin to settle in Mars. Life now has become sterile and synthetic, a reality that is hard to take for Lt. Rayne Shaw of the United Martian Armada. Another day to her is just a step closer to total damnation. That is, until she meets her superior officer, Cdr. Evan Diamond.
Rayne had never met a man as compelling and attractive as her new boss, but she has been hurt before, and the idea of falling in love again is a frightening notion. Still, she absolutely cannot shake the draw towards the man that seems to have fallen right out of her best dream, and when their spaceship plummets into a mysterious magical land leaving them stranded, the concept of ignoring her feelings becomes impossible. Can a newfound faith restore her heart and bring about a new hope for all mankind?
Personally, I don’t really have an ‘end times theology.’ I am not a premellejnialist (at least, I don’t think so), but I don’t really care- I just trust God to take care of things one way or the other, and I know that Christians in many lands and many times have been through incredible hardships trials, and tribulations, so even if I believed that there would be a thousand year tribulation and God would take all the believers Home before that happened, I still would not be complacent about what that might mean as far as any suffering here on earth. American Christians are not God’s favorite people on earth, and He has never promised us a better deal than the rest of the world. That said, I think the explanations and definitions here might be helpful to those who (like me) don’t remember what they all mean.
The wide acceptance of Dispensational Premillennialism with its belief in the rapture of the Church before the tribulation has left many churchgoers complacent and unprepared. This booklet explains briefly and clearly the various millennial theories. Amillennialism or Non-Millennialism, is presented as the correct alternative, and reassures us of God’s protection during the tribulation.
Understanding the Times
by Ken Ham
An urgent call to return to our biblical foundations: reliable Scriptures, literal six-day creation, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Praying men and women have always been the precursors for revival in any generation. Whenever men began to call upon the Name of the Lord, a mighty revival of religion was recorded in the pages of history. But there is a scarcity of praying men and women in our days. Is it any wonder, then, that the Church of Jesus Christ is in such sad state of affairs?
God Almighty has a controversy with His people today. His people are to blame for the sad state of affairs in gospel Christianity today. He holds His people responsible, not only for the backslidden state of the Church, but also for all the woes that this generation is faced with. Who, among His people, will arise for the defense of God’s Holy Name?
The ebook, The Scarcity of Praying Men, examines the reality of this scarcity, and the utmost necessity of praying men in driving God’s end-time agenda. It presents a moving argument why it is imperative for God’s people to arise in defense of His Holy Name now more than ever before, beginning from the prayer chamber.
Said to be over 700 ‘pages.’ By the Canadian Bible Society. Daily bible passages are hyperlinked to the text online, which I find not as useful as it might be for my Kindle, so you might need to read it with a hard copy of your Bible at hand.
Reader review: This devotional leads the reader into deeper thought on the issues of poverty and justice. It is truly a guide to prayer for our self-centered age.
Reader review of this vintage book: This book has lots of life applications. The author compares the life of the Israelites after leaving the bondge of Egypt and the troubles they encounter, to the Christian walk today and the troubles Christians encounter. This is one book that if I had it in book form, I would’ve highlighted much of it. Instead I took notes, that’s how helpful I found it to be.
No Longer a Muslim is the true and compelling journey of a man who was raised in a conservative Muslim family. As a committed Muslim he chose to study English with the intent of coming to the United States one day to convert Christians to Islam. While teaching in Oman, he began to see inconsistencies in the Qur’an and in the Islamic religion. His doubts encouraged him to dig deeper into the religion he’d served all his life.
This story recounts his life and his struggles as Jamal was tossed between Islam and Christianity. Then one night, through a vision of Jesus, Jamal finally understood that the Truth that had evaded him for so many years was real. In that one instant his life was changed forever.
Useful anecdote to the prosperity gospel and the sort of thinking that leads one to believe that Christians will never suffer much on earth. Reader review:
I re-read this occasionally to remind myself of what others have sacrificed for their faith. Althought it is sometimes difficult emotionally to read the accounts, it is a spiritual motivator for me. Everyone should read it.
Wealth, sex, power, amusement, fame, and security. Some are convinced that acquiring things such as these will provide lasting satisfaction. Across a lifetime, many people work tirelessly to grasp success and happiness and repeatedly arrive at a place of disenchantment and dissatisfaction. The problem is not that we human beings are unable to reach the objects of our desire; the problem is that reaching them inevitably reveals these objects’ inability to fulfill.
Some people never seem to recognize the futility in chasing after happiness, success, or gratification. They do not reflect on how all previous accomplishments were less fulfilling than anticipated. They move on to the next thing hoping that it will be different this time, or perhaps they become cynical accepting that nothing really satisfies, and life is just the search for diversion and distraction.
However, there are many people who want to experience lasting enjoyment, not diversion. They have come to recognize the pattern of disappointment and have begun to seriously reflect on a key question: “Why am I never satisfied?” This insightful question is the beginning point for real change – and the possibility for real fulfillment. You see, while we chase endlessly after pleasures or successes, we can never focus on things that have a real chance at satisfying our souls.
In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon began a journey of self-awareness and analysis which proves extraordinarily valuable to us today. With his intellect and his great material resources he investigated life and named humankind’s various pursuits as “vanities” – empty things without depth. Solomon’s writing is at times perplexing, but it is replete with profound wisdom. It is this wisdom and analysis we can utilize in our own pursuit for meaning.
This book is for restless seekers who can never be satisfied with conventional answers regarding the meaning of life. This book is for burned-out people who recognize most success and happiness strategies will never fulfill and that no amount of success, fame, or fortune can sustain happiness. This is a book about the futility of life… and the possibility of satisfaction.
From a reader review:
Karen Hancock is the real deal. I haven’t been this excited about a relatively new author in a long time. Her debut novel, Arena, was fantastic, a stunning merger of science fiction and Christian fiction. Now, with her second book, she begins a fantasy series dubbed Legends of the Guardian-King, a storyline pitting good against evil in an otherworldly mediaeval setting. There is an element of sword and sorcery here, and I could not help but wonder just how effectively the author of Arena would deal with the grim realities of battle and bloodshed and mine the depths of evil in the hearts of men. Well, Hancock nails it – it’s as simple as that. The Light of Eidon is just exquisitely rendered fantasy that keeps you turning the pages deep into the night. It’s dark, grim, sometimes bloody, but ultimately imbued with an essential spirituality that places it on a far different plane than run-of-the-mill fantasy.
Hancock is a master of characterization, really taking us inside the hearts and souls of the novel’s central characters and surrounding them with fascinating individuals who manage to surprise us no matter how well we think we know them. Good and evil exist on two planes, the external and the internal, and that gives this story great depth. On the face of it, this might look like one in a long line of fantasy plots – the young prince who repudiates his birthright, finds himself betrayed and sold into slavery, then fights to gain his freedom and inspire his people in the process. The framework is familiar, but the story Hancock tells goes far beyond the familiar and mundane.
Stories of her childhood and beyond by Mary Cole, a believer who suffered from what appears to be epilepsy and other troubles from her youth. She was born before the Civil War, so the stories are old fashioned, and usually have a little moral or are otherwise intended to teach something about faith. I didn’t read more than the first three chapters because of time constraints. I can see this as a sweet read aloud with grade school aged children- however, I would skip the first chapter completely. It’s just about her ancestry on both sides (a common, but boring characteristic of many Victorian era books, understandable from an age that believed in heredity over nurture).
They remind me of stories my grandmother used to tell me about when she was a little girl- not the same stories, but the same flavor.
The life of Deucalion Quinctus, Commander of the Garrison under Pontius Pilate, is changed forever by the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, by his sudden love for the beautiful outcast, Esther, and by a bundle of parchments given to him by a mysterious stranger.
Events surrounding the Christos trigger an avalanche which threatens empires–the relentless guilt of Pilate, the frightening ambition of Herod, the uncertain future of Caiaphas, the violent madness of Saul of Tarsus, and the guiding hand of the Watcher, Uriel. Yet, over it all the tenacious love of God weaves a remarkable tale of spiritual power and inspiration.
This compelling historical novel brilliantly pictures dramatic spiritual conflicts in first-century Israel; webs of religious and political intrigue that have world powers wavering on cliff’s edge.
First book in the Giants in the Earth trilogy, exciting spiritual thrillers spanning two thousand years.
Written in 1864 by John Henry Newman, an autobiographical sketch of his life containing his defense for leaving the church of England and converting to Catholocism. Newman’s writing is meaty and, honestly, I think he makes you smarter.=)
Obviously, I haven’t read enough of him.
Victorian fairy/morality tales by Anna McClure Sholl
On the evening when this tale begins the King was watching the three princes play at ball. The ball was of scented Spanish leather covered with crimson silk on which was stamped the sporting dolphin of the royal house. Sometimes it would drop to the green turf where the parrots would peck at it, thinking it a gorgeous apple. The hooded falcon on the jester’s arm knew better, for the jester fed him real apples.
Prince Hugh, Prince Merlin, and Prince Richard were as supple as willows, as straight as pines, as graceful as silver birches. Their blond hair hung thick and straight against their necks and was cut square above their level brows. Their manners were so good that their father didn’t quite know their characters; and that made the problem of their marriages more difficult.
All at once, as on a stage, they stopped playing ball and began to look at something or someone. The King followed their eyes, and saw a strange sight. A young girl with a great dog at her side was coming slowly over the grass, her hands clasped above her breast, her long golden hair hanging nearly to the hem of her gown which was of coarse brown wool. She had no stockings, and on her feet she wore wooden shoes.
That a peasant girl should walk across the royal gardens was enough to make the princes stare. Then the King saw that they were looking at the girl’s hands, of which one was bare. On the other was a glove of blue cut-velvet, heavily embroidered with a design of flowers which circled themselves about a tiny mirror set exactly on the wrist; no glove for a peasant!
She came slowly up the great stairs of the terrace as if she were expected. By this time the court-lackeys had rushed out, full of officiousness, to stop the outrage; but the King, at the end of a puzzled day, was in no mood to hinder the least diversion. He advanced to meet the visitor, who raised to him a pair of beautiful blue eyes and smiled.
Ah- there are no illustrations in the Kindle version, but the captions for the original pictures are still there. They are well marked, so not mixed into the text.
Revd. and dear Sir,—I arrived at Hamburg yesterday after a disagreeable passage of three days, in which I suffered much from sea-sickness, as did all the other passengers, who were a medley of Germans, Swedes, and Danes, I being the only Englishman on board, with the exception of the captain and crew. I landed about seven o’clock in the morning, and the sun, notwithstanding the earliness of the hour, shone so fiercely that it brought upon me a transient fit of delirium, which is scarcely to be wondered at, if my previous state of exhaustion be considered. You will readily conceive that my situation, under all its circumstances, was not a very enviable one; some people would perhaps call it a frightful one. I did not come however to the slightest harm, for the Lord took care of me through two of His instruments, Messrs. Weil and Valentin, highly respectable Jews of Copenhagen, who had been my fellow-passengers, and with whom I had in some degree ingratiated myself on board, in our intervals of ease, by conversing with them about the Talmud and the book Sohar. They conveyed me to the König von Engeland, an excellent hotel in the street called the Neuenwall, and sent for a physician, who caused me to take forty drops of laudanum and my head to be swathed in wet towels, and afterwards caused me to be put to bed, where I soon fell asleep, and awoke in the evening perfectly recovered and in the best spirits possible. This morning, Sunday, I called on the British Consul, Mr. H. Canning, to whom I had a letter of recommendation. He received me with great civility, and honoured me with an invitation to dine with him to-morrow, which I of course accepted. He is a highly intelligent man, and resembles strikingly in person his illustrious relative, the late George Canning. Since visiting him I have been to one of the five tall churches which tower up above the tall houses; I thought its interior very venerable and solemn, but the service seemed to be nothing more than a low-muttered chanting, from which it was impossible to derive much spiritual edification. There was no sermon, and not more than twenty persons were present, though the edifice would contain thousands conveniently. Hamburg is a huge place, and the eastern part of it is intersected by wide canals communicating with the Elbe, so that vessels find their way into most parts of the city; the bridges are consequently very numerous, and are mostly of wood. Some of the streets are planted with trees, which have a pretty appearance, though upon the whole it has certainly no claim to the appellation of a handsome town. But no observer can fail to be struck with the liveliness and bustle which reign in this emporium of continental Europe, worthy to be compared with Tyre of old or our own Liverpool.
William Wilberforce’s A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity.
From Melanie, an Amazon reviewer:
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in living a true Christian life, and to anyone who has an interest in the man William Wilberforce, provided that they are willing to invest some time and effort in the reading of it. Wilberforce, who was elected to the British Parliament at age 21 and was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in Great Britain, was not called “the wittiest man in England” for nothing. His arguments are clear and, I believe, logically impeccable; his writing is not obscure, but it is somewhat difficult, with long, involved sequences. The vocabulary reminded me of Jane Austen’s novels, which I very much enjoy, but it is harder to read, being not a story but a treatise. As he explains in his Introduction, his purpose is, “not to convince the Sceptic, or to answer the arguments of persons who avowedly oppose the fundamental doctrines of our Religion; but to point out the scanty and erroneous system of the bulk of those who belong to the class of orthodox Christians, and to contrast their defective scheme with a representation of what the Author apprehends to be real Christianity.”
He does exactly that, deploring the state of Christianity among his fellow middle- and higher-class countrymen, most of whom thought it was enough to go to church and to be called Christians. Nor does he merely bewail the state of things, but carefully explains the thinking of these people and respectfully contrasts their mistaken suppositions with Scripture truth; and although his words are addressed to his countrymen of the 19th century, it is surprising how often they hit home in 21st-century America. You merely have to replace some of the styles and pastimes of 19th-century England with their modern counterparts.
Don’t read this book to find out how to be saved; use your Bible for that. Wilberforce was a member of the Anglican Church, and his writing reflects that, but nearly all of the book deals with the principles of Christian living, not with the details of initial salvation. There is a section in the middle of the last chapter addressing those who wish to become true Christians, and I would advise anyone reading the book to compare his writing with the Bible’s instructions on this subject.
I personally enjoyed this book, though 380 pages of this level of reading took me a long time to finish. I found it challenging, convicting, and helpful, and since I became interested in it through my study of William Wilberforce, I enjoyed the glimpses of his character that come through his writing. He was brilliant, industrious, compassionate, and rigorously self-examining. He understood the dedication of the life of real Christianity, and he was a great man because of it.
John Bunyan’s The Pharisee and Publican
Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress and The Holy Wars, of course.
Amazon reader review:
A must read for those like me who struggle with self-righteousness. Mr. Bunyan makes it clear that an attitude like that of the Pharisee is equivalent to telling God that we don’t need the righteousness of Christ, ours is good enough, thank you very much. Very convicting. I didn’t give it 5 stars because towards the end, I had trouble following, and skimmed a great deal. Overall, a helpful book.
John Ruskin’s Saint Ursula Story of Ursula and Dream of Ursula
One of the Great Victorians, and a favorite of Charlotte Mason. (Yes, his private life was a little odd)
There was once a just and most Christian King of Britain, called Maurus. To him and to his wife Daria was born a little girl, the fairest creature that this earth ever saw. She came into the world wrapped in a hairy mantle, and all men wondered greatly what this might mean. Then the King gathered together his wise men to inquire of them. But they could not make known the thing to him, for only God in Heaven knew how the rough robe signified that she should follow holiness and purity all her days, and the wisdom of St. John the Baptist. And because of the mantle, they called her Ursula, ‘Little Bear.’
Now Ursula grew day by day in grace and loveliness, and in such wisdom that all men marvelled. Yet should they not have marvelled, since with God all things are possible. And when she was fifteen years old she was a light of all wisdom, and a glass of all beauty, and a fountain of Scripture and of sweet ways. Lovelier woman there was not alive. Her speech was so full of all delight that it seemed as though an angel of Paradise had taken human flesh. And in all the kingdom no weighty thing was done without counsel of Ursula.
So her fame was carried through the earth, and a King of England, a heathen of Over-sea, hearing, was taken with the love of her. And he set all his heart on having her for wife to his son AEther, and for daughter in his home. So he sent a mighty and honourable embassy, of earls and marquesses, with goodly company of knights and ladies and philosophers; bidding them, with all courtesy and discretion, pray King Maurus to give Ursula in marriage to AEther.
“But,” he said, “if Maurus will not hear your gentle words, open to him all my heart, and tell him that I will ravage his land with fire, and slay his people, and make himself die a cruel death, and will, after, lead Ursula away with me. Give him but three days to answer, for I am wasted with desire to finish the matter and hold Ursula in my ward.”
But when the ambassadors came to King Maurus, he would not have his daughter wed a heathen; so, since prayers and gifts did not move him, they spoke out all the threats. Now the land of Britain was little, and its soldiers few, while the heathen was a mighty king and a conqueror; so Maurus and his Queen and his councillors, and all the people, were in sore distress.
By Joseph Edmund Hutton Amazon reviewer says:
If you are a student of Moravian Church history, then it doesn’t get any better than this. This is an important book for understanding a little known but extremely important story about the true believers, their testimony and their suffering. I don’t think you can understand Czech history properly without being very familiar with Moravian Church history, which is presented so well in this writing.
Solitary Envoy, The (Heirs of Acadia Book #1)
by T. Davis and Isabella Bunn
Book 1 of Heirs of Acadia, continuing the story told in the bestselling Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn Song of Acadia series. Erica Langston’s comfortable home and loving family living near Washington, D.C., carry no outward hint of the sorrows and fears faced by her Acadian forebears, but she will soon discover that similar determination and fortitude will be required of her. When the British once again invade the nation’s capital and leave death and destruction in their wake, Erica is left to deal with the creditors circling around the crumbling family business. It seems her only recourse is to travel to England to collect on outstanding debts held in British banks. Arriving in London at the home of the United States ambassador, Erica is gradually immersed in a secret mission that brings her face-to-face with her most feared and reviled enemy. She discovers that Gereth Powers is part of a group of Christian activists headed up by William Wilberforce himself. Along the way, Erica comes to realize her faith has been more cultural than real, and her spiritual journey becomes far more signi?cant than her journey over the ocean.
Not a reference book, but a collection of delightful essays by an author who should be better known. Here’s an excerpt, and I think you’ll see why I say he should be better known:
Mr. G. K. Chesterton does not like mushrooms. That is the most arresting fact that I have gleaned from reading, carefully and with delight, his Victorian Age in Literature. In his treatment of Dickens, he writes very contemptuously of ‘that Little Bethel to which Kit’s mother went,’ and he likens it to ‘a monstrous mushroom that grows in the moonshine and dies in the dawn.’ Now no man who was really fond of the esculent and homely fungus would have employed such a metaphor by way of disparagement. I can only infer that Mr. Chesterton thinks mushrooms very nasty. His opinion of Little Bethel does not concern me. It is neither here nor there. But Mr. Chesterton does not like mushrooms! I cannot get over that!
I feel very sorry for Mr. Chesterton. It is not merely a matter of taste. I would not presume to set my opinion in a matter of this kind over against his. But the authorities are with me. I have looked up the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and its opening sentence on the subject affirms that ‘there are few more delicious members of the vegetable kingdom than the common mushroom.’ I suppose that in these matters association has a lot to do with it. I cannot forget those delicious summer mornings in England when we boys, rising with the lark, stole out of the house like so many burglars, and scampered with our baskets across the fragrant meadows to gather the white buttons that dotted the sparkling, dew-drenched grass. It was, as I have said in the introduction to this book, a large part of childhood’s radiant romance! What tales our fancy wove into the fairy-rings under the elm-trees! We lifted each moist fungus half expecting to see the brownies and the elves fly from beneath it! And what fearsome care we took to include no single hypocritical toadstool among our treasures! I am really afraid that Mr. Chesterton would have been less conscientious. Mushrooms and toadstools are all alike to him. He can never have had such frolics in the fields as we enjoyed in those ecstatic summer mornings. And he never, therefore, knew the fierce joy of the breakfast that followed when, hungry as hunters, we returned with flushed faces to feast upon the spoils of our boisterous foray. Over such brave memories Mr. Chesterton cannot fondly linger. For Mr. Chesterton does not like mushrooms.
If you are looking for a historical romance with fully developed characters, and without graphic sex scenes, you will enjoy Marblestone Mansion. The author does a good job at describing the setting of the story, without overdoing it. Some authors get carried away with descriptive scenes, making you skim over paragraphs. It was a good balance and comfortable read.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was somewhat reminiscent of “Christy”. The author truly understands what I term “mountain culture”, whether it be in Kentucky, Tennessee, or North Carolina. Her characters became real, and I loved the fact that Christianity was lived and not just talked about. I would happily read her other books if they were akin to this one!
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If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have when the teen-agers have not absconded with it. I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers. I love all of these features. When our grandson Striderling was in the NICU and I stayed there with him and his Mum because his Papa couldn’t get off work immediately, my Kindle enabled me to keep the rest of the world updated on his progress. They wouldn’t let me bring a cell phone into the NICU and text with it, but I could bring the Kindle and update FB, as well as play soothing music (I could have played unsoothing music if I’d wanted to, I suppose, if I’d used my earbuds).
Our second Kindle is actually one I was given in exchange for some writing work, and I gave it to my two teens. It does not have 3G, which is why it’s their Kindle.
I have tried the Fire, I didn’t like it. If I’m going to have distracting colors, bells, or whistles, I just want an iPad or a Tablet, or whatever. You know, really *great* bells and whistles.
If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week, and you wouldn’t want to miss a chance at free, would you? Plus, I post other fun stuff on the FB page, too, political links, and funny stories about my son that don’t make it to the blog.
Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page. I usually try to differentiate between my words and others in these posts, but sometimes I forget.
No, I don’t have time to read them all, although quite often I do ‘discover’ free copies of books I have already read, or at least authors I already know. I do know some obsure authors.
However, I barely have time to find them all. I don’t even download all the goodies I share. I try to weed out the vile, the drek, and a few other things and post the titles I think most likely to be interesting to my readers, but I can’t make any promises. I’m just a kind of a bird dog who runs into the woods and fetches back all kinds of stuff. Woof.
Undoubtedly some of them are duds, but I do my best to weed out the duds as much as possible without actually reading all the books first. If you had to wait for me to read them first, I’d never be able to list the free stuff.