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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

Forest Born

This book is from the same author (Shannon Hale) of Princess Academy and yet another book that I really enjoyed.

The fourth book in The Books of Bayern series ( I have yet to read the first three, but hope to do that soon), this one is about a forest born girl named Rin.
Rin is the youngest child of seven and the only girl.  As she gets older she becomes Ma's shadow and a girl who turns to the trees for comfort.  Until one day the trees seem to reject her and she finds no peace in them, but rather depression and heartache. Nothing seems right any more and she doesn't know what to do.  When her brother Razo returns to the city she goes with him, hoping to find herself out there.  While there she goes on an adventure that will change her life and mood.

~This book had one particular kiss that I did not like, but other than that I remember it being rather clean.~

One thing I got from this book is that words can hurt, whether it's a magical power you possess or just plain you, a sinner with or without Christ, you can hurt someone with your words.  It could be small or simple, but to that one person it is a slap to the face.  Words can uplift too and bring good.  But we need to think before we speak and choose are words wisely. 


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