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When Sinners Say "I Do" Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

The gospel is something we need in every area of our lives.  In marriage and in singleness.  In joy and in sorrow.  In good times and in hard times.  When life feels good and when life feels confusing.  This book showed so much of my need for Jesus and His grace. It calls us to look at our own sins and not be so easy to point out the sins of those around us.   It shows the great gravity of our sins.  We can all tend to point fingers and defend or blame our sins on others or life circumstances.  I think especially today it is so easy to do this and not truly see our sins.  "It is wrong, not because of what it does to me, or my spouse, or child, or neighbor, but because it is an act of rebellion against the infinitely holy and majestic God." -Jerry Bridges "There can be no small sins against a great God." -J.I. Packer Dave Harvey mentions in the book that with true sorrow of our "little sins", our awareness of God and His mercy grow. Be quick to see our own

Fire by Night

This book was the second book of the Refiners Fire...the first was Candle in the Darkness which was a really great book.  Fire by Night is just as great as the first!
These books took three different looks of the Civil War.  North, South, and slave perspective and how the war affected each one.
This one follows two girls of the North.  Julia Hoffman a beautiful, spoiled rich girl and Phoebe who thinks herself ugly and worthless.
Julia hears from the man she loves that she is spoiled and can't do anything for herself.  She goes out to prove him wrong by becoming a nurse and giving up her peaceful, comfortable life for a rough dirty one.  She lies and knows that she is doing all the hard gory work for the wrong reasons.  Her family and friends are mad at her and worried that she would ruin her reputation.  Julia is torn between two different lives and the reason of all that she is doing.
All Phoebe wants is to be loved.  Her mother died when she was young and her father recently died so it is just her and her three older brothers but now they are leaving to fight in the war.  She would rather go to war then stay back with people who don't love her.  So she cuts her hair and changes her clothes and joins the war where she finds and friend.  But war is no place for a women even one as strong as she is.  
I loved this book!

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