Shadowed by Grace: A Book Review

April 22, 2014

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I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction books set in the World War II era, so I chose Cara Putman’s new book, Shadowed by Grace, to read recently. And I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Book Review of Shadowed by Grace

American journalist and photographer Rachel Justice accompanies Monuments Man Lt. Scott Lindstrom to Italy in his efforts to recover and preserve the great monuments and works of art from their destruction by the Third Reich. Read more

Good or Bad Friday?

April 18, 2014

“It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining” (Luke 23:44, NIV)

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The name “Good Friday” seems to be a misnomer. Can anything good come from death by crucifixion? Does pain have a purpose? Early in  Jesus’ ministry, scoffers hurled their own ignorant disbeliefs: “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Read more

God’s Pruning Is So Ruining

March 24, 2014

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Character of God

God’s character is so…out of character. At least from our point of view. Take pruning, for example. Read more

LOVE IS SOMETHING YOU ARE

March 3, 2014

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Love is not just something you do; love is something you are. It is often premeditated, sometimes spontaneous, and always unselfish. Read more

The Perfect Valentine

February 10, 2014

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The Perfect Valentine:

A Personal Valentine from God

I Love You and Will Always Care for You

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One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting

February 3, 2014

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Triumph over Tragedy

I love stories about triumph over tragedy. One Light Still Shines, by Marie Monville, wife of the man who committed the Amish Schoolhouse massacre, is that kind of story.

The subtitle of her book, written with Cindy Lambert: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting, remind me of the familiar words by David the Psalmist in Psalm 23:4 (NKJ):

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

On October 2, 2006, Marie’s husband of ten years entered an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and did the unthinkable. He shot ten young girls, five who died. And then he turned the gun on himself.

Secret of Marie’s Triumph over Tragedy

Most of us probably heard about the tragedy and grieved with the Amish families who lost precious children. Since that time, people have asked 28-year-old Marie how she could possibly emerge and move forward from such a tragedy with so much triumph.This devoted woman of God shares her ”secret” in the prologue of her book:

No matter how tragic your circumstances, your life is not a tragedy. It is a love story. And in your love story, when you think all the lights have gone out, one light still shines.1

A True Love Story

Indeed it does. Especially in the life of Marie Monville. February is the month we emphasize “love.” But this is one love story that’s not fiction, but a true story based on one woman’s courage and faith. I encourage you to read her book. It’s not a story filled with trite phrases or glib responses, but it shows a soul wrenched by tragedy, yet drenched by the unspeakable love of God.

Her Story Is About Your Future

Her story is one of love and forgiveness, of hope and mercy, sometimes from the most unexpected places. It’s a remarkable story. But Marie would not say it’s because she is remarkable, but that her God is. Her book cover quotes her own words, “My story is not about my past, but about your future.

We All Have a Love Story Being Written

Marie is right, you know. Life is not a tragedy. And we all have a love story being written in our own lives. You may think the lights have gone out in your own life. But just like in Marie’s heart, we, too, can choose to let that one Light still shine. If we follow that Light, one step at a time, we’ll discover that love story for which we were all made.

You can read more about Marie’s book here. I discovered this book recently and couldn’t wait to write this review of her story.

1 Marie Monville, One Light Still Shines (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013).

What about You?

How has God helped you triumph over tragedy?  I’d love to hear your comments.

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25 Christmas Prayers – Day 23

December 23, 2013

 

http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/25-christmas-prayers-day-23This is the 23nd in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured today is Light of the World. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you close to the One who is the true reason for Christmas. (I’ll return to my regular, weekly blogs after Christmas).

 

Day 23 – Light of the World

Jesus, how many times have we stumbled through the dark in the middle of the night trying to find our own way? Why would we choose to go through life the same way? You are the Light of the World, shining in the darkness. Read more

25 Christmas Prayers – Day 22

December 22, 2013

 

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This is the 22nd in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured today is God, the One and Only. I hope these blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you close to the One who is the true reason for Christmas. (I’ll return to my regular, weekly blogs after Christmas).

Day 22 – God, The One and Only

Jesus, we experience many kinds of love in our lifetime—love for our parents, our children, our close friends, our mate, and even the unloved and needy. But there is only one love like Yours. Read more

25 Christmas Prayers – Day 18

December 18, 2013

This is the 18th in a series of 25 daily Christmas prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured today is Jehovah Nissi, The Lord My Banner. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you close to the One who is the true reason for Christmas. (I’ll return to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas).

Day 18 – Jehovah Nissi, The Lord My Banner

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Lord, the battles we fight in our hearts are not new. But we often suffer combat fatigue. We forget that You are Jehovah Nissi, The Lord My Banner.

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25 Christmas Prayers – Day 16

December 16, 2013

Today is the 16th in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured today is Jehovah-Raah, The Lord Our Shepherd. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason of Christmas. (I’ll be returning to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas).

http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/christmas-prayers-day-16Day 16 – Jehovah-Raah, the Lord My Shepherd

Lord, sometimes we try to sneak under the fence in search of our own greener pastures. But as Jehovah-Raah, the Lord My Shepherd, You know each of us by name! Read more

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