Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming Adversity (by Dr Carl Garrigus, ThD, PhD)

Overcoming Adversity, Life Lessons from the Book of James (by Dr Carl Garrigus, ThD, PhD) is correctly titled indeed for Dr. Garrigus shares how his own life impossibilities were made more bearable by what he learned in the Book of James. Truth in action you might say.

As he says, life’s circumstances do develop your faith. Each chapter of this small book is followed by several questions so that you can examine your own life in the midst of your own circumstances.

Did you know that without God helping us, our faith growth is next to impossible? James 1:5 says that if we lack wisdom we should ask God. Now that makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

Dr. Garrigus goes on to point out that anger won’t get us anywhere and to watch what we say.

In the summary, he points out that when we turn to God, and seek his will, difficult times provide opportunities to develop our faith.

Dr. Garrigus uses interesting life samples to illustrate his points. Every now and again, the book does seem a little bit preachy but over all I enjoyed it and I would recommend it. It is a good, although short overview of the Book of James.

The publisher provided me a free book in return for an honest review.

 

Brenda J Wood, author and motivational speaker
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First Air

Today and every Monday for a while you can hear chapters of my book The Pregnant Pause of Grief. It’s been almost 6 years since my Dear Ronald went to be with Jesus. I started to read the book again myself, just to see how far I have come since that first horrible grief. And then Hopestreamradio.com added it to their Monday roster. Tune in, won’t you? I pray it helps you as it helped me. Brenda J Wood

Fast Traffic by Drake Ferguson

 

Fast Traffic certainly lives up to its name. It is a whirlwind of activity, travelling from the United States to Mexico with dabbles of Vietnam and Ireland. Although it is set in the 50’s it is highly current, considering the atmosphere in North America today. The author knows his subject well. There is a conflict between the United States and Mexico. The book is a mystery full of espionage, kidnapping and mafia. The lead characters push against the rules to get stuff done. Since one of the wives gets involved there is a trail of romance in spite of the constant danger. Surprisingly, I find it to often be a tender book in spite of the over all plot. The surprise ending will brighten your day.

What’s not to like? I learned a lot about government, combat and its participants. There is a lot of info about planes, their purposes and their set up, etc. Don’t in any way consider that this makes the book boring because it does not. It does have considerable strong language but it goes with the book. I am a foodie and Ferguson must be one too. His meal descriptions left me drooling. Quite frankly I think it would make a great movie or TV series. I did not understand some of the terms like BOQ and would have liked a bit more info on terms like that.

I got a free copy of Fast Traffic in exchange for a review for Readersfavorite.com.

Brenda J Wood

True Gossip

And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, that one of the ancient prophets has come back to life. (Luke 9:19, AMP)

But Jesus brought gossip around to truth.

And He said to them, but who do you [yourselves] say that I am? (Luke 9:20a, AMP)

And Peter replied, The Christ of God! (Luke 9, 18-20, AMP)

Peter knew the answer. Do you?

Gossip

 

We talk a lot about Jesus. We listen to the ‘good old stories’ of how he moved in people’s lives. We drink in the testimonies of celebrities and make our own celebrities out of those who do wonderful things for him.

The disciples must have done the same thing because when Jesus asked them this question they knew the answer.…

Now it occurred that as Jesus was praying privately, the disciples were with Him, and He asked them, who do men say that I am? (Luke 9:18, AMP)

They really did know the gossip of the day.

 

Granny Line

The origin of the quote ‘Lead, follow or get out of the way’ is difficult to pinpoint. Some give General Patton the credit. People can’t seem to agree on that. It’s a line even my Granny might have said. She never put up with any nonsense. I think I might take it up myself…

From Everydaychristian.com

Ice-cream and waffle thought they’d never connect. Oh they saw one another from a distance. They swooned and made googly eyes when the owners weren’t looking, but they thought their love affair was doomed. Their owners had concession booths next to one another at the 1904 St Louis World’s fair but the distance between them was just too great.

Then a miracle happened. The ice-cream man ran out of dishes and the waffle man rolled his waffles into a cone shape and the love affair began after all. It travelled all over the world and you might even find it at your local mall!

You see, you never know how the world will change when you help one another out, like those two concession stand owners did.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NIV)

Prayer – Lord, help us to be kind to and encourage one another, just because we can. Amen