Category Archives: Transformed

Transformed Sunday: Christ is Risen

Easter has nothing to do with
bunnies, Peeps, or eggs. But it has everything to do with
Christ dying on the cross for our sins so that through Him alone we
may be presented to God as faultless and pure. Worthy of
being in his presence. Our salvation hinges on nothing we can
do but everything that He did for us. Without Him, because we
are human, we are stained and condemned… destined for hell.
God deserves all the glory and praise and the right to be
Lord of your life… to be your everything. Celebrate today that
Christ is Risen!
(Please take to time to listen to this video today… maybe even
let in play in the background while you are getting ready.
It’s really cool and has a special twist around the middle of
the song.)

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Transformed Sundays: The Meaning of Marriage

The small group that Michael Luke and I are a part of has chosen to read through Timothy Keller’s book, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God.

So far we are one chapter in and I am loving it!  Don’t you just love a good book that is hard to put down?  Marriage is something near and dear to mine and Michael Luke’s heart.  Not just because we are married but because having a solid marriage built on the foundation of God is important and necessary for all couples.

Below is a short synopsis of the book… beware! It will make you want to buy the book.

Modern culture would make you believe that everyone has a soul-mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. All those modern-day assumptions are, in a word, wrong.

Using the Bible as his guide, coupled with insightful commentary from his wife of thirty-six years, Kathy, Timothy Keller shows that God created marriage to bring us closer to him and to bring us more joy in our lives. It is a glorious relationship that is also the most misunderstood and mysterious. With a clear-eyed understanding of the Bible, and meaningful instruction on how to have a successful marriage, The Meaning of Marriage is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life. (www.amazon.com)

Sounds good doesn’t it?  I think it will be great for our small group and for our marriage!  Has anyone else out there read this book yet?  Or maybe other book by Timothy Keller?  One of my favorites of his is Counterfeit Gods.  To me he is an amazing apologist and has such of way with words.  Definitely blessed by God in that category.  Any other books on marriage you suggest reading?

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Unforgettable, Haunting, Soul-Stirring… Love’s Memory

A few weeks ago I received a message from Shannon O’Donnell. A new author whose first book, Love’s Memory: The Scotts of Mountain Ridge Book One, is available today on Amazon.

After talking with Shannon about Love’s Memory she sent me a portion of it to read and review. At first, I let it sit in my inbox. Still not sure if I wanted to embark on reading a new book yet or unsure if it would actually be any good. I was wrong.

I was captivated from the first page. This is a story of love, of forgiveness, and of grace. One that will have you hooked from the beginning and wondering what events happened in the past that leave Valerie angry with her sister? Can Manny and Valerie renew their love for each other? Why does Valerie have such a hard time expressing her love for her daughter, Wren? After, a devastating accident and suffering from amnesia how is Valerie to discover who she is? Who her family is? And how to survive?

It is only when you lose yourself that you find out who you are.” Valerie Mahoney, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, falls deeply in love with basketball star Manny Scott. Against his parents’ wishes, the two wed and baby Wren soon follows. Years later adversity strikes and Manny begins questioning his youth decisions, including his love for his wife. Heartbroken, Valerie flees one night but a disastrous accident leaves her with amnesia. Distraught, Manny begins the desperate quest to find a wife who doesn’t recognize him and return her home. Experience this soul-stirring story of God’s redemptive power in LOVE’S MEMORY, Book One in the Scott’s of Mountain Ridge Series.

Love’s Memory is the perfect curl up by the fire book. The perfect story to prepare our hearts for Valentine’s Day as we begin to focus on love. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what others are saying.

Love’s Memory was immediately engaging and I had a really difficult time putting the book down! Shannon does a wonderful job of weaving together different parts of the story to create a moving and truly meaningful message. I identified with so many of the characters at different parts of the book. Not only was the story itself an entertaining read, but Shannon also reminded me in such deep ways of the grace that is extended to all of us by the Father and that He is continually working for our good. His way is so perfect in our messy and chaotic world. ~ Mikah

I don’t normally read this sort of book, but honestly I couldn’t put it down. It has a gripping plot and vibrant characters–situations and people that I easily identify with– which leads me to recommend it highly to anyone. Love’s Memory is a charming and captivating read. A great book to keep on the shelf. A rare five stars from me. ~ Juliet P.

I loved this book from beginning to end. Once I started I had to finish! You get completely drawn into the characters and their stories and have to know what is going to happen next. It reminded me of reading a Karen Kingsbury novel. ~ Alecia

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It is such an honor and joy to be one of the first to read Love’s Memory and to help Shannon promote the release of her first novel. Shannon O’Donnell is hosting a party over at her blog today. Stop by and visit her virtual book launch party where you can enter to win free gifts, read more book reviews, and learn more about Shannon and her passion for writing.

P.S. – I wasn’t paid for writing this post. This is just me giving an opinion and helping a new friend with the launch of her book.

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