The Penny

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In the book The Penny by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford, Max Lucado asked, “Need a reminder of God’s plan to use little things to make a big difference?” Surely we all need that bit of wise advice and this story!

The Penny captures us right from the very beginning with insightful scenes. The main character, a young girl named Jenny, decides to go her own way and often does things on her own rather than being led by the Holy Spirit. But then, she didn’t know much about prayer or even about God. She was just coming to the point of salvation.

Her father was of the mean variety. Taking out his frustrations on his daughter, Jenny. Her mother seemed helpless to interfere. Or didn’t dare. He needed saving in a big way. How would Jenny have any impact on a man like that?

When I wiped my mouth, my wrist came away with a bloody smear. Why don’t you ever stand up for us, Mama? . . .  The room stayed silent except for the tick tick tick of the pink-cat clock on the wall, its eyes shooting back and forth with the seconds, its tail swinging to the beat. Daddy towered over me. I got the feeling he was waiting on me to make one false move. Me, I was waiting for Jesus to show up.

It caused much talk when Jenny became the one who began a relationship with the “outcast” in town, a mysterious woman and the owner of a jewelry store. But then, could we ever imagine how our “idols” could possibly become our friends? Even the least likely can show us grace as Miss Shaw did with Jenny:

But here’s the thing with Miss Shaw: she surprised me. . .When I took my anger out in the jewelry shop, she didn’t react the way I expected her to. . .I waited all day for her to chastise me, but she didn’t.

Jenny’s change of attitude came about in mini-life-chapters over her summer of grace. But what did a penny have to do with anything?

To find out, pick up this fascinating book in the library at Solid Rock Christian Fellowship, Prescott AZ

Merry Christmas

The Cozy Corner wishes you love and joy as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. May you and your family be blessed with health, happiness and hope in the coming New Year. We will return with new book reviews the week of January 8th, 2017.

Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! Psalm 98:4

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship, Prescott AZ

 

Wacky Wednesday

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Earlier this year, Solid Rock Library offered some fun ways to look at books and reading. In case you missed it, join us now. 

Christian reading is not all serious and grim. We could ask, where did all the laughter go, people? If you’re in the mood for a little fun right about now, start with a book compiled by Ann Spangler and Shari MacDonald, Look Who’s Laughing! They call it “Rib-Tickling Stories of Fun, Faith, Family and Friendship.” These stories certainly range from delightful right up to hilarious!  

Some of today’s funniest writers and speakers await you inside. Ken Davis has thoughts to share about air bags. Becky Freeman exposes the sensuous woman. Dave Meurer takes a manly look at menopause. Armed with the world’s ultimate vacuum cleaner, Chonda Pierce wages war on the dust mite. Sound familiar?

If you have ever been to a Women of Faith conference, you will know just how much fun this book really is and will recognize some of the writers: Marilyn Meberg, Barbara Johnson, and, of course, Patsy Clairmont. These women always deliver the best in laughter.

But most comics can not out-do children for their blunt, honest and joyful words with these mini-thoughts:

A Sunday school teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service, “And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” One bright little girl replied, Because people are sleeping.”

Dear God,

Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother. – Larry

Dear God,

Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. – Love Joyce

Is that you laughing? You can pick up this amusing and comical book in the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Library, Prescott, AZ

 

Things Left Unspoken

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Things Left Unspoken by Eva Marie Everson is all about secrets. Every house has them, even if we deny this fact or justify it at the time. “Jo Lynn Hunter is at a crossroads in life when her great-aunt Stella insists that she return home to restore the old family manse in sleepy Cottonwood, Georgia. Jo Lynn longs to get her teeth into a noteworthy and satisfying project. And it’s the perfect excuse for some therapeutic time away from her husband.”

This novel has more than the usual amount of chapters, but that can be very appealing. There are times when we just do not have time to read chapters with 46 pages. The nice thing about this book is being able to pick it up and complete a chapter in between making the beds and picking the kids up from school. A feeling of accomplishment!        

“Beneath the dust and the peeling wallpaper, things are not what they seem, and what Jo Lynn doesn’t know about her family holds just as many surprises. Was her great-grandfather the pillar of the community she thought he was? What is Aunt Stella hiding? And will her own marriage survive the renovation?”

The story takes place between 1938 and the present day. The idea is to remodel the old family home before it is sold along with the rest of the town to developers. And with all that activity, secrets are revealed, even at the Upper Creek Primitive Baptist Church..

For the next half hour I told my husband about the house, about the emptying of it, about Valentine Bach and his family, about the crew of day laborers. . . I told him of the barn and everything I found there, of the downstairs bedroom and its treasures. . .I hugged my knees, drawing them tighter to my chest–my heart–and was about to tell him of the delightfully wacky Karol Paisley and M. Michaels and the plans they had for Cottonwood when I heard a glass shatter from somewhere downstairs. Startled, I took in a deep breath and said, “What was that?”

This is a delightful and moving story that will charm your heart. You can check it out at the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Library, Prescott, AZ

Escape the Coming Night

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Let it never be said books go out of style. The good thing about excellent Biblical writers, such as Dr. David Jeremiah, is their messages never get old. They are timeless. Escape the Coming Night is one of them. The cover description says it all, “An electrifying tour of our world as it races toward its final days.” Always a fascinating subject and complicated, if not correctly explained. It seems every generation since the beginning of time has believed the end is happening now. And apparently for good reason.

Dr.Jeremiah is an expert in taking the prophetic book of Revelation and making it clear and relevant to this generation of believers. He looks inside the last church on Earth, natural disasters, life in the Millennium, and the famous Battle of Armageddon.

The aim of Revelation is not only to present to us the coming King, but also to tell us the purpose of His kingdom. In America we hear the politicians tell us every four years why we should elect them and what their programs will be if they win office. Revelation is the account of Jesus’ campaign for the rulership of the earth. We are clearly told of His relationship to the church, His appointment by the Father to the throne, His crusade against the Satanic forces of evil, and His final victory. There is no need to count votes, for He knows the results.

Every aspect of the final days is covered in four sections and 20 chapters such as “The Lukewarm Church in the Last Days,” “Revival During Hell on Earth,” and the convicting chapter, “The Church under Glass” which will make every Christian stand up and take notice.

Here, Dr. Jeremiah uses the church at Ephesus as an example of one that looked good on the outside, but had serious “heart trouble” quoting Revelation 3:4, Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. A commentator said, “When it is the Lord who has something against the church, it is time to tremble. . .”      

Be sure to pick this one up in the Solid Rock Church Library, Prescott, AZ

  

Reluctant Burglar

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Jill Elizabeth Nelson wrote a series entitled To Catch a Thief. Book One is the Reluctant Burglar which centers on the art theft world described by the FBI as “a looming criminal enterprise.” Thus, the imagination of Nelson got busy and wrote a very surprising fictional tale involving a daughter, her father, and a Special Agent.

Desi had never been claustrophobic, but the walls of the stark white interrogation cubicle closed in more each second. Her lungs expanded and contracted, but oxygen didn’t seem to reach her arms and legs. A creeping numbness had taken over her fingers and toes. . .A noise at the door brought her heart into her throat. Here goes!

Having grown up with a man who was described by the community as full of integrity and honor, Desiree was left with strange feelings about what was really true. It was up to her to make things right. But how without implicating herself in the process? Nelson understandably asks, “Is it ever appropriate to break the law to protect people?”

This book brings up many questions in the readers’ minds. It challenges our thinking on issues of honesty, truth, personal limitations, and faithful friends who convict us. In the end, it’s all about obedience to God.

“There is no easy way out, Steve.” Tony stroked Desi’s hand. “We take our sins with us unless we grab God’s offer of a pardon. I got that through my thick head while I lay in a hospital bed shot up like you.”

Don’t miss the beginning of the series. It will continue with Book Two, Reluctant Runaway.

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship, Prescott, AZ

Sweet Sanctuary

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This is the season we all need it. Hope. Kim Vogel Sawyer is famous for her “gentle stories of hope” as in her romance novel, Sweet Sanctuary. An intriguing story about a mom and her son caught up in a very difficult situation–until they connect with a doctor who serves the immigrant neighborhoods of Queens, New York.

Lydia lay wide awake on her side on the lumpy mattress, her fists beneath her chin. She’d never been so tired, yet she couldn’t close her eyes. Pictures flashed through her mind–of those three older-than-their-years children in the backseat of Micah’s coupe; of Nicky, safe and warm in his bed at home while Nic Pankin prowled the city, trying to find him; of the children Micah had mentioned who survived hidden in cellars away from the sun. . .

A mother who does everything she can to protect her son is always a cause any mother will understand. The protective instinct of a parent is inherent and does not dissolve. And this story takes on that very strong emotion. Questions arise here: when does our small, personal world become too small? When we struggle through trials, does God lead us into a greater purpose? Sweet Sanctuary tackles all of these questions and comes up with answers in an amazing way.

Lydia laughed. She returned to her seat and picked up her fork. Conversation moved to other topics, but she only half listened. Her mind was miles away. In New York. In a little apartment where a dark-haired man and a blonde-haired little girl made plans to travel across the distance. You’ll soon know. Lydia let her eyes slide closed. Whatever the Lord willed for her, she was ready.

Whether you like romance or not, this is a thrilling story that will grab your attention. Pick it up today in the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Library, Prescott, AZ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday

If you enjoy mysteries, thrillers, or romantic suspense and have never read novels by Linda Hall, you won’t be disappointed to add this award-winning author to your favorite collections. She is the author of at least 19 captivating novels including Steal Away.   

Hall asks, “When have you felt you wanted to ‘steal away,’ to leave your present life and run away?”

What took Ellen away from her famous husband yearly, to the cold, windy coast of Maine? Piecing together the life of an unhappy minister’s wife, private investigator Teri Blake-Addison trails the wreckage to a remote Canadian island. When murder rocks the community, she realizes the puzzle may not be as simple as it has seemed. This book is about choices. Ellen made a wrong choice and lived a lie for more than twenty years.

The story is fast-moving, the dialogue down to earth, much like speaking with one of your friends.  However, this novel will be hard to put down, so never mind the dishes–just save a block of time for all the fascinating events that take place. Someone even called it a “mystery within a mystery.”   

Like the police and that private investigator, Brent had his own information about the accident. He’d kept things. A few news clippings and photos. He’d even saved some cards. Other things too. Plus, he had those scrapbooks. Wouldn’t that PI love to get her hands on those!

Even though Steal Away was written a few years ago, there is a sequel out called Chat Room, so we know that Hall has many more stories to keep us interested in the Teri Blake-Addision Mystery Series!

Pick up the first book at the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Library soon, Prescott AZ!

 

 

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

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Our favorite Bible study leader, Beth Moore, has written her very first work of fiction. The title itself, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus, is intriguing enough. The story line is multifaceted, but familiar to many of us: family secrets. All of this makes for a book that is very hard to put down from the very first chapter to the end!

Moore has always had an easy going style of writing. And this fictional account is no different. It feels as if you are sitting down with a close friend and she is telling you a story in her animated and detailed way. The book will certainly be in competition with her numerous non-fiction writings.  

This is the story of a family member who has literally died from his alcoholism. Now, his daughter has been contacted to attend the funeral. Little does she know things would be quite different upon her arrival. She hadn’t seen her father in years. Nor her grandmother. “She soon discovers there is more at stake than she ever imagined.”

Stella was growing on her. She came to the cafe almost every night for coffee. She asked Jillian a lot of questions–some of them pretty personal–but maybe that’s the way people were around here: in your business. At least the woman seemed genuinely interested in her. Jillian was tired, but she could use a friend, and so far Stella was the closest thing to qualify on the muddy banks of the Mississippi.

Who would have thought that an apartment house, saints, sinners, strange relics and a funeral would have anything to do with a family’s broken history? How does it all tie in?

Oddly, it didn’t come. There were no walls. Nothing closing in. She could tell the room was brightly lit, even with her eyes closed. Don’t move, she told herself. Just open your eyes. She willed her eyelids upward and peered through the slender opening. A form was there. Something moving.

Of course, God had a lot to do with the outcome. Fascinating story. Fascinating, indeed. Be sure to pick up this new book in our church library.

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship, Prescott AZ

Sins Of the Father

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Who better than a former trial lawyer, James Scott Bell, to write a compelling and unimaginable story of a thirteen-year-old murderer? Sins of the Father is legal suspense at its best.

It seems like an easy case to solve and then enters the defense lawyer.

As Lindy delves into the haunted world of her client’s torment, she finds a spiritual darkness that dredges up her own troubled past. And when dangerous forces close in around her, Lindy must fight for answers not only in the justice system, but in the very depths of her soul.

This was a normal kid. But what is the definition of normal in this case? All at once while reading this heart-breaking account, we would want to sympathize with the families of the dead and, then, try to understand what happened and why. What happened to an ordinary day in a park? What happened to the laughter and good times in this town? What happened to a boy barely old enough to understand himself? What happened in a family shut off from everyone else?

This is a difficult story to settle in our minds. We’ve seen it all on TV before, but to see the black and white words on a page is, in some ways, even more shocking. Bell does an excellent job of writing the emotions along with the facts of this case. It grabs our very core. It forces the question, “Where is God?”

For Mona, it was a way to get the pictures she needed to complete the chart. The only picture she did not want was the picture of the killer. She would not dignify him by placing his face on the same page with those who had died at his hand. She would, however, put on his lawyer. She needed an object to absorb her hate. . .The Bible said to hate what was evil.

The book is fascinating and every bit worth your time to sit and read it. Find it in our church library.

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship, Prescott AZ