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Redeeming Ruth, A Family Journey

Has God ever put a calling in your heart? He did for Meadow Merrill, He put a desire in her heart to help African orphans and in Redeeming Ruth, you will see the lengths she and her family will go to make this a reality.
Meadow and her husband Dana are a typical American family. They have two boys, Judah and Gabriel and one on the way, a baby girl they will name Lydia. They had put their desire of helping out African children on the back burner for a time, with Meadow even telling God that if He wants them to help, He will need to bring the child to them.familyfoto2006

Wouldn’t you know, God would answer that request? One day they learn about a baby girl, Ruth, who is in America to see if she can get treatment for her cerebral palsy. She is from Uganda, she is orphaned and currently staying in a foster care/sponsor family while she gets treatment. Meadow and Dana meet Ruth when their friend Theresa, brings Ruth to church one Sunday.

From there you will go on a journey with the Merrill family as they first begin as foster parents, to becoming adoptive parents. The journey is slow and sometimes very painful but you see how they come together as a family, with even Judah and Gabriel donating their savings towards the adoption fees.

You will also see how faithful God is when you are in His will. He moved people and obstacles to help get Ruth the family she needed. Her medical needs were draining on the family emotionally as well as financially but God always provided and the family stuck together.

The Merrill’s story is one of obedience, dedication and pure heart. I found it completely heartbreaking to know that a simple one dollar test could have prevented the development of cerebral palsy in Ruth. I’m sorry to say the story does not end in a happily ever after, and I shed many tears at thought of the heartbreak this family has had to endure but they seem hopefully and from the book you gather that they have grown as Christians, grown as a family and are better off for their experience of knowing Ruth.

I received this book from, Hendrickson Publishers for my honest review.

 

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The Chamberlain Key

I have to say I was not really sure what to think when I first began the book. I found it very similar to other “bible code” books. I think it is a very interesting concept but I wonder since it has not been used as a prediction method, only as a confirming method if some don’t reach a bit too far to make the connections. That being said, I gave it three stars because I enjoyed learning about the process and I like Timothy Smith’s personal story of faith.

I was given this book by Waterbrook Press for my honest opinion.

 

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Gathering Courage is a Great Testimony

T.A. McMullin is an ordinary person that has lived an extraordinary life because from an early age she learned to “trust God with all her heart,” and “lean not on her own understanding.” This autobiography of her life takes you from birth to present day. Her life started out as being put up for adoption by her birth mother and adopted into a family that ended up treating her more as an outsider than a family member, except for her Grandmother. When the rest of her family treated her with indifference at best and cruelly at worse, her grandmother taught her about love, acceptance and more importantly a strong relationship with God with Jesus as her Savior.

When you read this book you see that because she was faithful to God, God was always faithful to her. During the hardest times in her life, you can see where God sent her a friend that said or did exactly what she needed at that time. Believe me; she had some very rough times in life. In her youth, she was actually sent away to a foster family because at the time little was known about dyslexia and she was labeled as “slow” and an embarrassment to her family because she could not keep up in school. Can you even imagine?

By trusting in God she was able to put herself through college, make life long great friends and excels in life where others may have used their circumstances to muddle through life. I really enjoyed reading this life story; to see how God is faithful when we truly trust him is so encouraging. I must tell you that I had to reread chapter 23 (no spoilers) because I couldn’t see all the words through the tears.

This book will uplift and encourage you in your own personal relationship with God. It is beautiful designed and put together. I am incorporating one of her worship habits; I am making it a point to be thankful for three things per day and letting God know just how thankful I am.

This book was given to me by the author, T.A. McMullin for my honest opinion and review.

 

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Are You, One of the Few?

Coming to know Christ as your personal savior is a journey that is different for each of us; in One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd, you learn how he came to know Christ. It begins when he realizes that he does not really understand Christians and their worldview even having married a Christian. He begins to honestly look at and try to decide what he actually believes.

The book walks you through his journey where he looks at what Christians believe, studies and learns about the lies spoken about Christianity. Throughout the book, he does a good job of incorporating his spiritual journey along with his service as a Marine fighter pilot. He also, using scriptures, tells you how he comes to the truth about Christ, salvation, judgment and sin.

I think everyone would enjoy the story told by Jason you may learn a thing or two or perhaps just validate what you already believe. The book is well done with a great message, done humbly and honestly. I also believe if you have a young man, 14-24 years old, this book would be a great way to encourage them to start their own journey in seeking and find the truth about our need for a savior, Jesus Christ.

This book was given to me by the author, Jason B. Ladd for my honest opinion.

 

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Shattered Prayers-A True Story

Many Christians go through life never having their faith really tested; Shattered Prayers by Kenneth Ching is a true story and a memoir of the testing of his faith. Kenneth, Kenny, is a Christian and had lived a relatively easy and blessed life, great career, nice home, loving wife, good friends and he had just found out that his wife is expecting their first child.

The pregnancy seems completely normal, all of the tests are normal the sonograms look good and they know they are expecting a boy. Every day he and his wife pray for the health, both physical and spiritual health of the baby they have agreed to name Joshua.

The pregnancy continues as normal and in October Erin goes into labor. Once Joshua is delivered Kenny realizes that he seems to be struggling to breathe but none of the nurses seem worried. He returns to check on Erin who is now getting her breakfast so Kenny decides to check on Joshua as he heads to the cafeteria.

Joshua is gone from his nursery bed, and now Kenny begins to panic. He learns they have taken him to the NICU. From this point Kenny now walks you through the ordeal that he and Erin will now face as they find out that Joshua has been born with Pierre Robin Sequence, a genetic disorder where a child is born with an abnormally small jaw which can lead to all types of other disorders.

Kenny does a great job of explaining how helpless they felt as parents and the true struggles they had with their faith as God had not answered their prayer for a physically healthy child. He takes you through exactly how he felt when they thought they had gotten through one hurdle only to find out there were more to come.

He shows you some of the small miracles that some may over look when dealing with a sick child, like receiving a new job in Virginia where the difference in sea level helps Joshua finally be able to breathe properly at night or seeing him walk when you are continuously told he may never or that he is developmentally behind. He shows you how exhausting and frustrating it is deal with a sick child around the clock.

Through this journey he shows you how his faith grows and struggles at the same time. He lets you know how deep his struggle with God goes and how he is able to reconcile himself back to God. I think believers and non believers will enjoy this book. It gives you great insight into what parents of sick and/or disabled children struggles with and perspectives you may not have considered; everything from faith to fatigue to the simple unknowing what the next step is and the realization that this is probably going to be a life long journey.

I liked the book; it was open, honest and without pretense. It shows the very really struggles that Christians go through as their faith is being tested. It also illuminates the struggles families encounter when dealing a child that has not been born healthy. It is a story of truth, hope, acceptance, setbacks, miracles and the love of God.

This book was given to me by the publishers, Kirkdale Press for my honest opinion.

 

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