The Longest & Shortest Books of the Bible


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Do you know the longest and shortest books in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible? Bible Gateway has put together a colorful infographic that you can download which answers the question, plus 24 more. You can get the infographic sent to your email by visiting Bible Gateway and leaving them your email address. Just look for the link, on the Bible Gateway page, to sign up now to receive Bible Gateway’s free exclusive 25 Extremes in the Bible infographic.

I’ll add a little teaser here:

The longest book in the Old Testament when measuring by chapters is the book of Psalms with 150 chapters and 2,461 verses. But when measuring by Hebrew word count, the longest book in the Old Testament is Jeremiah with approximately 33,000 words in the original language.

The shortest book in the Old Testament is Obadiah with only 21 verses and 670 words.

The longest book in the New Testament is the Gospel of Luke with 1,151 verses.

The shortest book in the New Testament is 2 John with only 13 verses and 298 words.

Disclaimer: I received this information complimentary from Bible Gateway.

 

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Review: Made For Friendship


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`Made For Friendship` is a Christian Living book by author Drew Hunter. It is a short book on friendship which is so important in this age of technology. There are three parts that focus on different aspects of friendship: the necessity, the gift, and the redemption.

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As the author says on page #14: “This book is about recovering the lost joys of real friendship and doing so out of the endless resources of knowing our truest Friend.” A quote that stood out to me is found on page #46: “We thank God for friendship, we treasure God above friendship, and we enjoy God through friendship.”

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This book would be excellent for a Sunday School or group study, individual study, or friend-friend study. There are questions at the end of each chapter that makes for an enriching experience.

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Disclaimer: I received this ebook complimentary Crossway Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Review: The Hidden Side


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The Hidden Side is a historical women’s fiction novel by Heidi Chiavaroli. This is the tale of two women in two different era’s: Nicole Abbott (2016) and Mercy Howard (1700’s).

I appreciate how Natalie, also known as Skye, points a distraught mom to Jesus. It was very touching to me as I recalled the mistakes I made as a parent and how Jesus is redeeming those times.

This is my first time reading Heidi’s writings and I am not sure if I will read others because of the intensity of this one. However, I do appreciate how the author touched on tough situations which many people may experience today.

If the reader is looking for a heavy read, by a Christian author, this is the book to read.

Disclaimer: I received this novel complimentary Tyndale House Publishers and NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Review: The Banished Lands (Celebrate Lit)


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About the Book

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Book Title: The Banished Lands, book one in The Banished Lands Series

Author: Benjamin Mester

Genre: Fantasy

Release date: May, 2015

Tour Dates: August 7 – 20

A kingdom in danger. A prophecy that will change everything. But will they understand it in time? The old world is gone, and barely even histories remain. But something from that time is returning. The closing lines of a farewell poem, written centuries ago by the last great king of the age to his slain wife, might be more than just a poem:

The world and all its light shall fade,

I’ll stay with her beneath the shade

And wait until the world’s remade…

Join us in this epic fantasy adventure as three friends plunge into the great mystery of their age, twelve centuries in the making. A mysterious fog blankets the forest just outside the sleepy town of Suriya. A dark plot unfolds as Durian and his friends discover ties between a strange wanderer and the warlike barbarian kingdom far to the north. Are the mysterious things happening in the forest a prelude to invasion? What happens next will propel Durian and his curious friends into the middle of the oldest riddle in the history of their kingdom, a dozen centuries old.

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The Banished Lands is a fantasy novel by author Benjamin Mester. Durian is the good, right arm man. He is of average height and build, with hair the color of hazelnut. His parents died years ago leaving him sole proprietor of his father’s business.

As this book is meaty it is better to devour it slowly. However, I think a good reader as young as age nine would enjoy and understand this novel.

The story is one of good versus evil. Will the good come out on top? I think it would make an excellent book club choice.

A quote that really spoke to me is, “I feel like a grain of sand on the seashore. The world is a much bigger, darker place than I had ever imagined. I feel helpless.” (pg# 168)

Disclaimer: I received this novel complimentary the author, and the ebook complimentary Celebrate Lit,  and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

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Benjamin Mester is a novelist and poet. He fell in love with the written word and beauty of language at a young age, marvelling at the way a story can transport a person, enveloping their whole mind and heart as they dive into new places and grand adventures. A lover of nature, Mester has spent the whole of his adult life immersed in the study of poetry, often wandering the woodlands of northern Minnesota or the beaches of California.

If asked about his writing, he would say his overarching goal is to inspire people to live with greater passion, often quoting one of his favorite Proverbs, 14:8: The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways. How often do we stop to give thought to our ways, asking ourselves why we live the way we do? What does it mean to live to the full? How can I love more deeply? Mester hopes his writing will build a longing in his readers, that his stories inspire them to want more for their lives than the mediocrity of good enough we so often settle for.

Guest Post from Ben

I’ve always loved that enthralling feeling of adventure and mystery that comes when you dive into a brand new world. My greatest motivation for The Banished Lands was to create a world of rich lore and history, but not overburden the reader with backstory. In The Banished Lands series, we enter a fractured world with a forgotten history. But hints of it remain through a set of poems that speak of the old world and cryptic events which brought an end to that age.

I love the idea of characters living normal, mundane lives, suddenly thrust into an ancient struggle they didn’t even know was raging. I love the fantasy genre because it isn’t ashamed of the classic archetypes – the epic struggle of good and evil, heroics, and everything that often gets the label cliché. Using these archetypes in ways that haven’t been done before was my real motivation for writing The Banished Lands series. The way this series combines poetry, lore and mystery is something unique in the fantasy genre.

When writing this first book, I often sat back and wondered to myself, What would it be like to live in a world with a shrouded past? We often take modern life for granted – the whole wealth of human knowledge at our fingertips. But what would it be like to live in a world where the only history was cryptic poetry telling of a time when the world was a wildly different place? And what if, somehow, those ancient poems that no one really understands seem to be the only thing that really explains the dark things creeping forward from the fringes of the world? Welcome to The Banished Lands!

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 2

Two Points of Interest, August 3

Blogging With Carol, August 4

Mary Hake, August 4

Inklings and Notions, August 5

A Rup Life, August 6

proud to be an autism mom, August 7

Bibliophile Reviews, August 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 8

Janices book reviews, August 9

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 10

Carpe Diem, August 11

A Baker’s Perspective, August 12

Books, Books, and More Books., August 13

Multifarious, August 14

Bigreadersite, August 14

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, August 15

The Mimosa Blossom, August 15

Giveaway

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To celebrate his tour, Benjamin is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d1c7/the-banished-lands-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

Rebecca’s Legacy ~ Celebrate Lit Kickoff


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About the Book

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Book Title: Rebecca’s Legacy

Author: Betty Thomason Owens

Genre: Gentle Romance, 1950s Romance

Release date: August, 2018

What will it take to teach a spoiled heiress that the greatest legacy is love?

Nancy and Robert Emerson’s daughter Amy Juliana is doing her best to follow in Mom’s rebellious footsteps.

Her desperate attempt to escape Dad’s control comes at the worst possible time. A threat against their family and Sanderson Industries has Robert Emerson taking extra steps to guarantee his family’s safety. He sends Amy, an heiress and a debutante, to the country to work on a produce farm run by Aunt Rebecca. Humiliated and angry, Amy contemplates a path that will lead her even farther from home, away from Dad’s protection.

Will Aunt Rebecca’s quiet strength and unconditional love be enough to still the prodigal daughter’s rebellious ways, and open her heart to the plight of others around her?

Matt Wordsworth is the man Robert calls upon to help keep his daughter in line. She thinks the guy is an old fuddy-duddy. By the time her ideas about him begin to change, it may be too late. When an old friend tests her loyalty, she is forced to face her past to overcome a guilty conscience. But, is she playing into the hands of the enemy?

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About the Author

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Betty Thomason Owens has been writing for almost thirty years. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and serves on the planning committee of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference. Her writing credits include Amelia’s Legacy and Carlotta’s Legacy, in the Legacy Series, Annabelle’s Ruth and Sutter’s Landing, in the southern historical Kinsman Redeemer Series. When she’s not writing, Owens is a part-time bookkeeper, who loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Guest Post from Betty

Amy Juliana Emerson’s birth occurred about halfway through book one of the Legacy series, Amelia’s Legacy. I knew even then—this girl was going to be special. She had inherited her father’s smile with a dimple in her cheek. Amy Julianna was destined to be a daddy’s girl.

In Book 3, Rebecca’s Legacy, Amy comes of age. It’s 1947, and she’s graduating high school—barely—her grades took a nosedive during her senior year. In typical teenage fashion, she chafes against her parents’ authority and decides that Amy knows best how Amy should live. Those of you who read Amelia’s Legacy may think that sounds familiar. Yes, she’s a lot like her mother.

Amy submits to Dad’s orders while she devises a plan for a complete break from the famous Emerson clan. One that will end with her freedom, once for all. Her plan might have succeeded if it hadn’t been rudely interrupted by a—oh, wait, I can’t tell you that—it would spoil the story!

I love this book. I was captivated by its young heroine from the moment she began her self-motivational chanting that ends with, “be a queen.” She uses it to reset after a troubling circumstance. She also uses it when she needs to make the best possible first impression.

Matthew Wordsworth caught on right away. This girl is a princess who needs a “set-down”. And Matt has no doubt it will happen at some point.

Amy is an American princess, very much in the limelight. All of Springfield has witnessed her humiliation and near failure. Now, they watch as she submits to her dad’s authority. What will happen to this willful girl with the sullied reputation?

Amy is waiting for her chance to break free. She may be down, but don’t count her out. She may be on the wrong person’s radar in imminent trouble, but the Emersons have a backup plan.

I loved writing Amy’s story. She’s unpredictable and a bit of a firecracker, but she’s vulnerable, too. Her character surprised me at times. She had a goodness that worked its way to the top and finally won.

That’s one of my favorite things about writing by the seat of your pants—the unpredictability—it ignites my interest as I write, and keeps me moving ahead, even when I don’t know where the story will take me.

Gert’s Diner’s English Chess Pie*

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ butter, melted

1 cup chopped English walnuts

1 unbaked 9-inch pastry shell

Whipped cream (optional)

Combine sugars and flour in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, milk, vanilla and butter, beating well. Stir in nuts. Pour filling into unbaked pastry shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until set. Cool slightly (best when served warm). Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

*Gert’s Diner is the fictional café where Matt and Amy stop for lunch en route to Perry’s Landing.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 11

Remembrancy, August 12

Inklings and notions, August 13

Baker Kella, August 14

proud to be an autism mom, August 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 16

Reading is my Super Power, August 16 (Interview)

Janices book reviews, August 17

Bibliophile Reviews, August 18

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 19

Carpe Diem, August 20

A Baker’s Perspective, August 21

Power of Words, August 22 (Spotlight)

margaret kazmierczak, August 23 (Interview)

Bigreadersite, August 24

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Betty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d0d7/rebecca-s-legacy-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

Review: Thief of Corinth


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Thief of Corinth is a biblical fiction novel by author Tessa Afshar. My favorite quote is found on page #3. “But the choices that lead us into broken paths often have their beginnings in more convoluted places.”

The female protagonist in this 374-page novel is Ariadne. Ariadne is running away from the abuse encountered at her grandfather’s house. She is running to her father for safety.

This story is well thought out and detailed of life in Corinth. I especially liked how the facts of Corinth history easily flowed with the story. I found it interesting to learn that soap (made with tallow and ashes), was a German invention (page #197). This is also a story of forgiveness and redemption.

I recommend this novel to fans of biblical fiction.

Disclaimer: I received this novel complimentary Tyndale Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Argosy Junction ~Celebrate Lit Kickoff


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About the Book

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Book Title: Argosy Junction

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance

Release date: 1st edition: March 11, 2010 ; 2nd edition: August, 2018

I want nothing to do with Jesus or God.”
After over twenty years of abuses from the cult-like church she grew up in, Lane Argosy has had it with God and His people. Though the Brethren try to make Lane and her family’s lives unbearable, freedom from their warped brand of Christianity is sweet. She’ll never go back… never.

He just wanted to visit the country he’d explored through books. So, when Matt Rushby arrives in Argosy Junction, Montana, he expects idyllic meadows and craggy rocks towering above, old-fashioned friendliness and at least one or two cowboys. Instead, he finds familiar hatred and factions very much like the ones back home in Rockland’s inner-city gangs.

The Argosy family is disillusioned, broken, and floundering. Matt knows the answer is Jesus—just Him and not the trappings of a faith He never designed.

But how can Matt help them turn their hearts back to the Lord when he suspects Lane has stolen his?

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About the Author

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The author of dozens of books in a variety of genres, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she uses story to nudge her readers to the feet of the Master Storyteller.

Guest Post from Chautona

What Do You Do When the Church Becomes Toxic?

You know how TV shows and movies like to make fun of bridezillas?

Yeah. I know. It can be funny.

But bridezillas aren’t just those gals on reality shows. They’re all over the church, too. People who allow their focus to get off the Bridegroom and onto “their day.” Instead of focusing on the One who loves them so dearly, Who has rescued them from the gutter and holds them close and tenderly, they focus on getting all the trappings right. The right wording, the right clothes, the right rules of…

UGH.

So many friendships have been ruined by a bride gone wild—so focused on details that she forgets the people she hopes will celebrate it with her. She forgets her groom. Unreasonable expectations of the day and of people lead to broken relationships and an ugly taint to what should be a beautiful occasion.

What I find interesting is that people will forgive a lot from a bridezilla. You hear things like, “Well, it’s such a stressful time,” or “She’ll come around after she settles in.”

And it’s true.

So, why don’t we have the same grace for the “bridezillas” of the church? When that deacon decides to become judge and jury of people’s spiritual state based upon what he thinks or knows someone has contributed to the church, why do we write off him and the rest of the congregation (or all congregations out there)? When the church gossip shares private information… or even false information, why do we lash out with thinly-veiled, passive-aggressive rants on Facebook about brutes in the church before flouncing off in a spiritually-superior rejection of that “religious nightmare, otherwise known as the church?” (Yes, I’ve heard it called that).

When we’re blackballed by people who used to call us family, why do we reject all parts of the bride? Why do we cut off an arm, a leg, a hand, and whack away from the body known as Jesus’ bride until only a piece of an eyelash is left—us?

I get it. The bride of Christ gets ugly—like many bridezillas do. But do we love our Groom? Do we trust that He will stay faithful to us even when parts of our body fails us? When we get old, frail, and forgetful, will He remember us? Will He stay faithful and true when we wander to other loves? Can we trust that?

If Jesus can die for that person in the pew across the way, if He can forgive their sins, if He can forgive your sins, can’t you forgive His beloved?

Look, I get it. Sometimes part of the body of Christ becomes ill—gangrenous. Toxic.

When that happens, you need to remove yourself before you become ill, too. I get that. But that local body is just a tiny finger or toe of the whole body. We need to do what we can to help the rest of the body stay healthy while we pray and do what we can to help the sick part.

And I’m not condoning sin. Please understand that. This isn’t about me saying, “It doesn’t matter if the church sins against us. It does. It’s why Jesus gave us a way to deal with that.

But regardless of how someone else behaves, we still have to do what’s right. And I Peter 4:8 reminds us that “Love covers a multitude of sins.”

If you thought I’d wax eloquent about how evil the church is, how we should just abolish the “institution,” and why it’s just so bad…

You’ll be disappointed. I won’t do it.

So, What Do You Do When the Church Becomes Toxic?

I can answer the question in a word.

Love.

And really, that’s all Matt does in this book. Loves. Okay, and maybe a little prayerful ranting as well.

It’s what Jesus did when His creation—you and me—when we became toxic. He loved.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 7

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, August 7

The Power of Words, August 8

Bigreadersite, August 8

Among the Reads, August 9

Multifarious, August 10

Blogging With Carol, August 11

proud to be an autism mom, August 12

A Baker’s Perspective, August 12

Texas Book-aholic, August 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 14

Janices book reviews, August 15

Maureen’s Musings, August 16

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 17

Bibliophile Reviews, August 18

Carpe Diem, August 19

Godly Book Reviews, August 20

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize package that includes a paperback copy of Argosy Junction, “Matt’s” copy of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and a $25 gift certificate!!

Click below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d143/argosy-junction-celebration-tour-giveaway