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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

August Books

Prodigy & Champion: Legend Serious-
I tried to read the rest of the Legend serious, but I felt convicted to put them down.  I didn't want to be filling me head with that stuff, at least right now.  If the main characters were older and more serious about their relationship, than I might have continued, but it wasn't worth it at the time.  Who knows, maybe later on I will finish the serious.

Finding Mr. Write-
Jeremiah is hiding a secret, two really.  A secret from his past that keeps him from truly living his life and a secret now that keeps him drawn back from those he likes.
Dorrie has never really been loved and is trying to find her way in life.
The two are brought together by their same interest and are both taken back by each other, but there is a turn in their budding and somewhat held back relationship when the two accidentally get married.  Now what do they do?  Can they make it work?

~I did enjoy this book and it was hard to put it down, but I also found it an older and more mature book to read.  Because the two were married, by accident, they were taking it slow, (they hardly knew each other) but they struggled with the desires of what an actual married couple are able and blessed to do.~  

Princess Academy; The Forgotten Sisters-
This is the third book of the Princess Academy serious.  I remember reading the first one a few years ago and loving it.  I just found the next two and read them and though I enjoyed them they didn't have the same impact on me as the first one did.
It is now Miri's turn to teach at a princess academy, but the place and the three students aren't actually the most easiest of situations.  Miri must travel to a distant swamp, leaving the hope of returning to her beloved mountain and family.   Once there, teaching these girls whose only concern was to survive in this swamp and fend for themselves, was no simple task, more like impossible, but she had to do it, because the fate of the whole kingdom depended on her.  If she was not able to make these girls possible suitors for the marriage to a very old king to make peace between their kingdoms, than everything could be lost.

City of Ember; The Prophet of Yonwood-
This is the third book to the serious City of Ember.  A prequel to the first two, telling of how the earths population went below ground to live.
This story is about eleven year old Nickie, who just wants to make earth a better place.  The news only has bad stories and the streets lurk with terrorist.  She soon learns that no where is safe when she and her aunt stay at a small town where Nickie's great-grandfather lived and passed away at.  This town, like many others, are influenced and scared of the world's crisis, but this small town does something about it. 
Trying to rid the world of evil they began forcing laws about certain things they can and can't do and punishing those who disobey.  Nickie get's caught up in it, but can forcing laws and punishing such small crimes really help, especially when she hardly know what is actually good or evil?

Masie Brown is a homeschooled girl who is bored with her life.  She has one friend and though she loves her parents, she doesn't quite feel satisfied.  But then she finds and enters into a sweepstake and her life changes...drastically. How could an innocent little astronaut camp turn into life and death?  How could three weeks of something fun and new turn into saving the world from aliens and unbelievable power?
~So, though this book was filled with adventures and a little different than previous books I have read, I do have to be careful recommending it because there were quite a few iffy parts.  Masie is a young immature girl who doesn't know much about love... or boys for that matter.  And so she starts an immature relationship with it's up and down, kissing's and desire's that aren't necessary.  I was really disappointed with this relationship.  The two spent a few days alone and though nothing actually happened in the end, it was a bad situation.~

Just Ella-
A fun fantasy twist of the Cinderella story.  Have you ever wondered what happened after the prince found the girl who perfectly fit the glass slipper?  And though they say they lived happily ever after, could it really be true?
A story of the ever after and how Ella fit into the palace life.
~This story was fun and exciting, though I felt like some parts were too hurried.~


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