Monday Book Club – Calling in Reinforcements

Monday Book Club – Calling in Reinforcements

Good morning Peaches!

Happy Monday! What are you reading this week? I once again only have non-fiction to share BUT I have fixed my glitch and will have read fiction next Monday.

What was “my glitch”? Spending too much time on social media yet again. Sigh.

Freedom App 

(Not sponsored by Freedom App. Just truly addicted to social media. :()

When I was writing the book, I didn’t have a problem with scrolling too much. I was hardly even online and it was great. I would log in to Facebook and Instagram when I was waiting to pick up Ryan from school and log out just before I picked him up. This worked really well. But now that I am blogging on a regular basis again (which I love) I find myself back to checking out all of your highly interesting lives, entertained by those of you who air your dirty laundry for the online world to see, and laughing at all the funny memes.

The problem I face is that once I begin to scroll, I lose track of time and keep scrolling. Or even if I set a time to stop, the second I get a free moment, I find myself scrolling again instead of doing other things that I want to do like reading or things that I should be always put off like extra cleaning. 😦

Since I seem to be one of the many addicted to scrolling, I finally broke down and brought in reinforcements! I downloaded the Freedom app for both my iPhone and my Macbook.

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Freedom allows you to set times that you want to be on social media and any websites that you find yourself frequenting a little too often and once that time is up, blocks them so that you can’t get into them! It’s great! Whenever I try to go to a blocked site during the times that I have blocked them a screen comes up that says “You are free from this site.” Haha! I love it!

I just wanted to share because I know I am definitely not alone in my scrolling addiction. There are other apps like this so just go and check out all the different ones and choose the one you like best. I chose Freedom because of the pretty green icon and butterfly. 🙂

30 Days to Understanding the Bible

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I am super excited about this. I have already learned things that I have missed. Like you know how we always say the animals were brought into Noah’s arc two by two? Well it was actually seven pairs of every kind! Learn something new everyday!

Finished Ruth

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How wonderful is Ruth? I love how Boaz and Ruth are a beautiful picture of how Christ is our Redeemer. We need to leave our past and everything about and dwell in the new creation He has made us! If you haven’t read Ruth, maybe read it today.

The Excellent Wife 

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Well if this book isn’t convicting…

When I first started this book I thought it would be just a good reminder of things I need to be doing and maybe point out a few specifics that I need to improve.

Then I read this…

Perhaps you struggle with openness, transparency, and honesty. If you do, the reason is that sinful man:

…seeks to be isolated.
…seeks to be in control. 
…seeks to hide, cover up from hurt pain.
…seeks to self protect.
…seeks to be self focused. 

Ugh! Booooo. Thumbs down.

I know I love to isolate, be in control, self protect, and self focus. Just when you think you are two steps forward…you realize there is still a bunch of steps. Onward.

That’s all for this week! I hope you have a great start to yours.

Questions:

What are you reading this week? Share your thoughts!

Do you use any app like Freedom? Has it helped? 

 

 

 

 

Monday Book Club

Monday Book Club

Hi Peaches!

Let’s share what we are reading lately. I love to read and now that this blog has become a hodgepodge of various things, a book club was bound to happen at some point. Please drop a comment on what you are currently reading and your thoughts on it below! Happy reading!

Monday Book Club

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Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus

So as most of you who read this blog know, I finally read the Bible cover to cover. After I finished the last page of Revelation, I figured the only logical thing to do was to begin again in Genesis and do it again. The New Testament is nothing short of amazing but if you haven’t spent much time in the Old Testament, you must! If your experience is anything like mine, it will greatly increase your knowledge of who God is and give you a perfect understanding of Christ! Now I am in the middle of the Numbers but I swear everywhere I go lately Proverbs is in my face so this morning I decided to make a stop in there. I’m so glad I did! How incredible is Proverbs 9?!

Wisdom has built her house;
    she has set up[a] its seven pillars.
She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
    she has also set her table.
She has sent out her servants, and she calls
    from the highest point of the city,
    “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
    “Come, eat my food
    and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways and you will live;
    walk in the way of insight.”

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
    whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
    rebuke the wise and they will love you.
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
    teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through wisdom[b] your days will be many,
    and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
    if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

13 Folly is an unruly woman;
    she is simple and knows nothing.
14 She sits at the door of her house,
    on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out to those who pass by,
    who go straight on their way,
16     “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
17     “Stolen water is sweet;
    food eaten in secret is delicious!”
18 But little do they know that the dead are there,
    that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.

 

The Harry Potter Series

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Believe me, I whole heartily believe that you are never too old to read the books written for the ages that we all fell in love with reading, but I write middle-grade fiction so I read middle-grade fiction. I read the first four books years ago but decided to read all seven from Sourcerer’s Stone to Deathly Hallows a few months ago. J.K Rowling is brilliant.

I am aware that some think the Harry Potter series should not be read by Christians. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I do not subscibe to this school of thought. I think the imagination is a beautiful gift from the Lord. He has built in us a wonderful means to escape the harsh realities of life. Thank you, Lord. Our children are smart and can discern the difference between reality and make believe just like we did when reading stories such as Alice Through the Looking Glass or The Lord of the Rings.

Anyway, whether you are fourteen or forty, I bet you will find this series highly enjoyable. GRYFFINDOR!!!

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass 

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I honestly downloaded The Selection onto my Kindle because I though the cover picture was so beautiful! If you love royals, love, and the fight for justice, this series is for you. It’s actually much like The Bachelor but if it was a bunch of girls trying to be chosen by a prince and win a spot on the throne as princess of Ilea. It sounds cheesy but it’s not. I thought it was a very great story and clean entertainment for those trying to keep thoughts pure. There are three books in the series; The Selection, The Elite, and The One. I highly recommend!

 

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 

Another middle-grade goody, Inkheart is highly intriguing being the story of a father and daughter who are able to read characters out of books! But this novel is LONG. The first book is fifty-nine chapters and well over five hundred pages which I thought was insanely long for young readers. I am now reading the second book in the series, Inkspell, and it is even longer at a whopping seventy-seven chapters! But the story is a good one so if you have a child who is really into reading, this might be one they would enjoy. I did think there were parts that were pretty boring and could have been left out but what do I know?

That’s a wrap for this week!

Questions:

What are you currently reading and what do you think of it?

What are some of your all time favorite books?