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My Favorite Book


So, as with so many good intentions, I got way behind on my reading and posting book reviews.  It just occurred to me that there is no better re-entry point than the Book I am currently reading.  Every January I try to choose a new Bible reading plan that will take me through the Bible in one year.  I have accomplished this feat several times, but the last few years have been slightly overwhelming.  This year, I found the Archaeological Study Bible.  I already know that I will not likely make it through its entirety before December 31 makes its cold appearance.  The reason, however, is not that I am losing interest or “getting behind.”  I am thoroughly absorbed in The Story.  The historical footnotes and the archaeological articles on almost every page are utterly fascinating, and instead of reading for “the check mark” on the day’s reading assignment, I am slowly digesting the portions I can fit in to my daily schedule.  For the first time ever, I was disappointed that I had come to the end of Deuteronomy- sad that there were no more Moses stories to look forward to, yet excited to see what Joshua had in store for me.  This is no small thing for someone who knows the stories inside and out and gets bored easily with the re-telling.  I am LOVING the fresh excitement I have found as the Scripture comes to life with the customs of the time and the historical comparisons to other cultures of the era.

The Archaeological Study Bible is available in several translations.  If you want to revitalize your devotion or study time and you enjoy history and cultures, this just may be your solution!

The River Rose- Gilbert Morris


First of all, let me say that for Christian Fiction you can’t go wrong with Gilbert Morris. Ever.  He just has a way of bringing historical time periods to life.

Set in Memphis, Tennesse during the Gilded Age, The River Rose includes everything one would associate with the time period: river boats, crime, political scandal, racial and gender prejudice, and class distinction.

Jeanne Bettencourt and Clint Hardin are very distant relatives who know nothing of each other until they are both summoned to Attorney Nate Deshler’s office to be informed, together, that they are the heirs of the Helena Rose, a Mississippi River boat.  With their combined experience, she as the daughter of a river boat captain and he with mechanical experience, they decide to put aside their mistrust and live and work together on the boat.  The antics and scandal that follow their decision make for an entertaining story that will take you back to a slower, fascinating time in American history.


Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor- Rosina Harrison


Rosina Harrison was born into a poor English family, the daughter of a stonemason and a laundress, in 1899.  Her dream was to travel, a frivolous dream for a girl of her class in this era.  Encouraged by her mother, she gained the education necessary to become a lady’s maid and set out to accomplish her dream, eventually becoming lady’s maid to Lady Astor.  This autobiography is written in the common language of a servant, yet it portrays the life of a gracious lady – perhaps the servant was more the “lady” than the woman she served.

Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor takes the reader on a slow-moving yet fascinating journey into the lifestyles and customs of the wealthy in the first half of 20th century England filled with lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses, royalty and commoners, peace and war.

I received a free copy of this book for review and was not required to write a positive review.

The American Challenge – What Every American Should Know About Their Own Country


Robert C. Etheredge has masterfully compiled a go-to resource of American history that EVERY American needs to read- whether they are natural-born citizens who have lived here all their lives or first-generation immigrants.  The American Challenge is well-written and easy to read and includes a short summary of the major events in American history in timeline format, relating these events to what was happening in the world-at-large at the same time.  Also included is a short biography of each President, lists of American poets, songs, movies, books, food, inventions…everything that America is famous for and that a well-educated American should know about his country!  A copy of the founding documents as well as a transcript of important speeches given by key leaders in both ancient and recent history is included.

I believe every American should read this book and have a mastery of the content within.  Do you know who becomes President if both the Vice President and the Speaker of the House are unable to fill the vacancy?  Do you know which denomination of money is called a “fin”?  What about a “sawbuck”?  Do you know who Pecos Bill was?  Betsy Ross?  Black Bart?  John Dillinger?  Do you know what Walt Disney’s first two movies were?  Have you heard the story of the “Candy Bomber”?

I challenge you to take the Citizenship Test included at the end.  Can you pass the test required to become a naturalized American citizen?  Do you think it would be a good idea to require every American to pass the Citizenship Test (thus demonstrating an understanding of American history and how our government works) and take the oath of allegiance before being issued their first voting rights?  Would doing so give American voters a better understanding of the responsibility and privilege of choosing our leaders?  Would it encourage Americans to vote according to their world-view and truly-held values rather than which political party captures their attention?