Before You Meet Prince Charming – Part 1 Chapter 1

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids Collide"Before You Meet Prince Charming" by Sarah Mally has a few interesting points in its favor.Sarah Mally has reached the level of writing competence found among high school graduates!  She understands and uses the conventions of the English language fluently; After "Preparing to Be A Helpmeet" and "It's (Not) That Complicated", I am grateful to read a book without feeling a compulsion to pull out a red pen and fix the mistakes. Ms. Mally starts each chapter of the book with an allegorical tale involving a teen-age princess living in a kingdom.  Writing this was more complicated than the common "exhortation and advice" style … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 3 Chapter 12

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideEditor's note: If you get a chance be sure to check out Mel's blog and her birth story. It's a perfect illustration why home birth with an unlicensed midwife isn't for everyone. Had Mel been following conventional Quiverfull birth ideas likely she and her precious son Jack would not have survived. She's posted up some extremely cute photos of her son too. Congratulations Mel and family! … [Read more...]

Good Christian Sex by Bromleigh McCleneghan

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samanthapfield.comWhen I first crack open the spine of a book like Good Christian Sex, the first place I turn to is the bibliography. When I got this book about a month ago I glanced over the materials she referenced, and at first was a little wary. There were a lot of pop culture references, a blog post I’ve occasionally been frustrated with, a smattering of male theologians, and a feminist author who makes a case for abstinence that I thoroughly disagree with. Looking over the table of contents made me feel a touch cautious, as well: there’s a chapter on vulnerability and another on fidelity, two concepts I’ve seen go completely sideways in C … [Read more...]

Redeeming Love Review – Introduction

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.comI had a root canal this morning and my copy of Francine River’s Redeeming Love hasn’t arrived yet, so today is just going to serve as an introduction. In case you’ve never heard of the book before I mentioned it as an option for me to review a while ago, here’s the summary from the back: … [Read more...]

What are you Doing? Chapter 6 – All Girls Need Are Big Boobs?

by Suzanne TitkemeyerToday's chapter is oh so mercifully brief, like the madness that seizes me every time I go to the animal shelter and I contemplate adopting every animal there, a millisecond, reality intrudes and then it was GONE! It is under three pages and we are spared the pious pontifications of Sakal Davidson and the horny schoolboy actions of Andrew Adamson. My review is almost longer than the actual chapter!Too bad both Sakal and Andrew are being replaced by she of the ridiculous name Maydyn and Sakal's other half – Isha. Still in the park, but not at that blasted picnic table for once. Maydyn is sitting on a park bench when Isha rushes up, demands a hug and invades M … [Read more...]

The Puritans, The Quakers and Little Old Me (Reflections on ‘A Measure of Light’)

by Virginia Knowles cross posted from her blog Watch The ShepherdA couple of weeks ago, a new novel mentioned on Facebook piqued my interest. I ordered it almost immediately. A Measure of Light, by bestselling Canadian author Beth Powning, retells the story of Mary Dyer, an English woman who came to Massachusetts as a persecuted Puritan, yet later became one of the earliest American Quakers.My mind always seeks connections between what I read and my own life and family, and this was an immediate grab for me. One of my ancestors, Margaret Stevenson Scott, was the last and oldest person hanged by the Puritans in the Salem … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 1 Chapter 3

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideThe title of Chapter Three is "Boys Are People Too: Learning to See Men as God Sees Them."  I'm pretty sure the Bible makes it clear that humans can't see anything as God sees, but that's the least annoying problem in this chapter. … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 3 Chapter 2

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideOk...it's just 1.5 pages.  I can do this.  I can do this.Overarching Theme: Women can cause one man to act totally different! See how David responded to Abigail and Bathsheba. … [Read more...]

Part 2 Zack’s Memoir: “Dead, Insane or in Jail” Book Review

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GracePart 1 of the review is here Libraries and bound text purists may purchase Dead, Insane, or In Jail: A CEDU Memoirat Amazon.comSeveral formats of the the e-book may be purchased online at author Zack Bonnie's website atDeadInsaneOrInJail.com.  Take the tour of additional resources while you're visiting the site. … [Read more...]

‘Radical’ Review : 1 – 22

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.comThe first time I heard about David Platt’s Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, I was in my second year of graduate school. It had been out for over a year at that point, and a colleague I worked with recommended it to me after a conversation we’d had about the corruption and greed common in American evangelicalism. This book had left a lasting impression on my friend, but I wasn’t as struck by it as he was. … [Read more...]