"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

Friday, February 20, 2009

Down To Earth Books

The fires in Australia have been terrible and the blogger I read Down---to---Earth has shared a link letting us know that it is not always money that makes a difference. This blog gives the details of an avid teen reader who lost all his books. She is trying to give him hope by making him a new book collection from people all over the world. How about checking out the list and seeing if YOU have a book that you could mail to him.

As I think of how the families lost everything so quickly I am reminded that sometimes even the best preparation is for no gain.

Since I read the list of books I was inspired to think of how much reading he will be doing over the next several years. While I ponder how incredible this book gift will be to him, I am overcome with emotion thinking of the parents and the generosity that they will feel from all over the world.

As I write I am thinking about the books that have made a difference to me over the years.

First the Bible, but honestly until I was 30 it was more for show, I could not have told you who Esther was or Paul. Now I am friends with so many in the bible. I walk the paths that they have because I did not reflect on the lessons that they learned. I have become eternal and looking forward instead of the past. I am lightened in my step as I am covered by the blood.

2) My 1963 Betty Crocker cookbook. I bought this at a thrift store years ago and it has become another friend. You can take your fingers through the pages and follow a young woman teach herself to cook. Betty and I have spent many hours in the kitchen.

3) The Complete works of Mark Twain. I confess my mind gets the stories he weaves. I see the moral of the stories he shares and I love that the dialog is timeless.

4) Back to Basics. My sister Cathy gave Bill and I this book in the mid nineties. It is filled with homesteading information and how silly that my life turned out the way it is, as I have read and re-read the book many many times.

5) History books- I have so many, but I prefer the older books as the revisionist history is recreating something that is not true.

6) Country Wisdom and Know How- this is a compiling of the Storey pamphlets that Lehman's sells. Fantastic book!!! I cannot give it enough praise.

7) Strong's Concordance- this has been so great to cross reference words in the bible. I can study topics and people thanks to this.

8) Webster's 1828 dictionary. Since so many words have lost their meaning many people believe that what words mean today...have always been. That is not the case. I also suggest a current dictionary...to cross reference. The word I can think of as an example is gay...it most certainly means something way different than when in the 1940's.

9) My blue book for canning. It is under ten dollars but well worth it, mine is dog eared and stained but a gem!

10) My family's writings over our marriage. I saved every bit of correspondence we have received from family, and all that the children have written or that Bill and I have written. It is a written story of those around us, and our lives. Someday I would like to put it together as a book with stories wove around the letters...and photos. I did not do this in the beginning to write a book, as who looks ahead as a young person? I just remember that my mother cherished the letters that she and my father wrote while he was in Vietnam. Neither knew that he would be killed. They were just young parents of 5 pregnant with their sixth child(me) and wrote of their days and experiences as if they were sitting on the couch next to each other.

I have never read these letters although I pray that some day I am given a copy. I know that it would impact me even more so as the time passes.
Jennifer

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Books...as I wander

I love to read! I read while doing nearly everything else, except driving, yet I do read the horizon and all that God has created.

I haven’t been as diligent to my blog schedule since the flooding, but I thought that I would get back to what I wish to write about weekly. If I insert an additional post here and there I am fine, but the schedule will keep me and my loved ones in tune with what I am thinking and what I find important.

I do consider blogging to be such an incredible peak into our thoughts, more so than journaling ever did before. You see we can see instantly things occurring and place our viewpoint on it. I delight in knowing that my children and grandchildren can and perhaps will, be able to know me…my thoughts, my serious side, my humor, my passion for my husband and family, and my total love for my Saviour. Just ten years ago this blog journal was not really as possible as today.

So with that introduction I would like to share a book that I have completed that was a wonderful read. I just read The Remarkable Record of Job, by Henry Morris. Henry Morris is a wonderful author and I have truly enjoyed every book that I have found written by him. Job is a wonderful book in the bible, so before you delve into Henry Morris’ book read Job if you have not done so, as the first place to read the scriptures and of the scriptures is in the bible. That said, this is a wonderful read.

What books have inspired you lately? What book in the bible has the Lord used to speak to you this week?

My answers: The above book has been inspiring me, and in the bible I have been pressed to really read John, and I know that the Lord is working on me by using this book. I have been really urgently feeling that in addition to reading His word that I myself need to study the bible diligently...to define terms I do not know, to locate places on the map, to identify the people mentioned, and to memorize scriptures in this chapter by chapter study. I know that this will be a project that will take the rest of my life...and love this thought.
Jennifer

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Reading is Awesome

Susan at Penless Writer tagged me for this book meme. Like Susan I love books. We have eight fairly large bookcases and they are sometimes double stacked. I have tried all of my adult life to read one book per day. Sometimes I read for enjoyment, such as I have read all of Louis Lamour's westerns a few times, and other times I read for learning. But the average day consist of both. I do not read for others to be impressed with me, but I read for the shear love of reading. I am going to change this a bit, but the meme actually unless asked, only wished for one book per answer. I have several listings and the reasons why.

1)One book that changed your life: Of course, like Susan I have only one...the Bible. Every day the act that Christ did for me speaks through His Word.

2) One book that you have read more than once: As a reader I have read many works more that one. I have read The Complete short stories of Mark Twain many times, as I said above I have read all of the Louis Lamour's books more than once, and also Laura Ingalls Wilder books more than once. In my Christian library I have read many of D.L. Moody's books more than once, but my favorite of his is Your Victory in Jesus.

3) One book you would want on a desert island: The Bible

4) Two books that made me laugh: Volume 1 A History of Christianity by Kenneth Scott Latourette. Why? Because I bought this book at a Christian bookstore and it has the selling point of Christianity.
Here are the first few sentences: Christianity is relatively young. Compared with the course of mankind on earth, it began only a few moments ago. No one knows how old man is. That is because we cannot tell precisely when a creature which can safely be described as human first appeared. One estimate places the earliest presence of what may be called man 1,200,000 years in the past.(emphasis mine)

Do you see why I laughed? The author is not a Christian and does not believe in the Bible. Man was created as is. No question about it, no evolving from a lesser form...nothing. Also 1,200,000 years in the past? Definitely an author influenced by the evolutionary theory. A store calling itself a Christian bookstore should be a defender of the faith, and not one that sells things leaving the reader unsure. Should the owners monitor everything? Yes, but realistically they cannot. We, therefore must be diligent and watch for this. Make no mistake about this if I bought this book at a Barnes and Noble, no problem. But as a Christian must know what God did, how he did it and be prepared for sharing the truth. Every child attending public school only hears the evolutionary theory which slips in ever so casually doubt on the Creator and His plan. And statistics do not lie, 75% off our children that enter a secular university will lose their faith, because for 12 years attending public school, under our roof they heard this evolutionary theory, then they head out on their own and their professors teach it as fact. So we must ground our children in the truth. A divine Creator, or millions of years and evolving from a rock. By the way the same style of deceptive writing also makes me cry.

Another book that made me laugh is Secrets of the Ica Stones and Nazca Lines. Why? Because like the first selection I wrote of, the presumption in the world is that we are evolving and are getting better and better. The Nazca lines defy our imaginations because these lines were made thousands of years ago, and are massive and are anatomically correct on an insect that we only knew had a unique limb after we had microscopes. That is funny, to presume we are the greatest. God made man perfect, then he fell, and we are all flawed versions. We are declining in all areas. I know many will dispute this, but remember this, we never ponder that our grandparents had any physical relationship...yet we are here. I apologize for this example, but we often think we are the advanced free thinker, when as in the Bible nothing is new under the sun.

5) One book that made you cry: First off, I am not here to upset my friends that visit. I am going to just write some thoughts so you will understand. The NIV Bible has made me cry(along with several other Bible versions written). I will give one example for you to compare. Matthew 18:11 in KJV says For the son of man is come to save that which was lost. Now compare this to the text in NIV...I know you cannot because NIV goes from Matthew 18:10 skips verse 11 and then to 12. This is one example of many too numerous to count differences. Please link to this site and compare Bible versions yourself. It is so easy to slip in or remove a verse. But when you remove content of our Lord and Saviour, then what is your goal? The entire Bible leads up to one moment of Salvation. So why is it being left out?. By the way this is not the only site, and if you need, go and get several different versions from your library. Compare them yourself. Trace what was used to translate your Bible and be absolutely sure. Jesus warns us in Matthew 24: 4-5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take head that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

6) One book you wish you'd written: Hmm...I can't think of a book out there that I wish to have penned. But I am going to write of my parents lives and of mine. As I wrote in my previous post, we all inflate our worth, but these two books will take a moment in our history and how a family endured through loss, and then in mine, the travels and the roads we have taken. I love the poem by Robert Frost...the Road Not Taken, and have lived often taking the less traveled path.

I also am almost finished with my seven year home school series.

7) One book you wish had never been written: The Book Of Mormon. I lived several years in Mormon communities and can honestly tell you of the sadness I feel for those so deceived. This book is the creation of a perverted sorcerer(seer stone) that was intelligent and used it for his good. Same as Hitler and David Koresh. People converting to Mormonism are shielded from the past and its polygamy, and they are told they are Christians just as the Christians. Make no mistake about it...Joseph Smith taught that ALL religions on the earth were false. Mormons also teach that Jesus Christ is the Spirit Brother to Satan...and that ALL who follow the faith shall become gods. Yet they teach the ten commandments. When generational Mormons recite Thou shalt have no other gods before me, they are disobedient, because now that all their prophets and even ancestors have died who do they worship??? Joseph Smith?If so then God has a god placed before him.

8) [Two books] you're reading:
Church History in Plain Language
by Bruce L. Shelley
Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry, by Leonard Mercia
A Christian Woman's Guide to Reasons for Faith, by Judy Salisbury
Starting Right With Turkeys, by G.T.Klein
Science and the Bible by Henry M. Morris
The Remarkable Record of Job
also by Henry M. Morris
Biblical Creationism also Henry Morris
Raising a Calf for Beef by Phyllis Hobson
Raising Poultry the Modern Way by Leonard Mercia
Living With Chickens, Jay Rossiter
Ducks and Geese A Guide to Management by Tom Bartlett
Raising Milk Goats the Modern Way by Jerry Belanger

Yes I am reading them all at once. I take notes, and make flash cards. I am reading the farming books to make us less dependent on any besides ourselves. I also read the newspaper and many blogs daily.


9) One book you're going to read: Elijah by F.B Meyer (I only picked this...in reality many more are on my list)

I am to tag several people. I am going to tag Deby, Michelle, Rita, Sarah, Connie, Pam, and Theresa. If anyone else wishes to do this let me know and I will swing over to see what you have posted.