I love reviewing books most of the time. But every once in a while, you prepare a review you are a little…timid about giving. So that’s what I’m about to do.
The Hiding Place
By Corrie Ten Boom
Let me first say, if you have neither read the book nor watched the film, read the book first. Virtually everything in the movie is messed up, including characters who didn’t exist, important details left out and personality swaps!
This book wasn’t what I was expecting. It was…incomplete in my opinion. *Ducks to avoid being stoned* I know, I know. This is a World War Two classic! Corrie helped so many people! She was so brave. Yes, I know. And I would NEVER down play what Corrie and her family did! They are my heroes! But to me, there were certain details about their work that just…maybe hinted but didn’t fully explain what they were doing. I personally had a hard time getting into the book because of the backstory, which in itself was sad.
But the Faith of Betsie! WOW! Wanting to provide a place for her tormentors to learn about the love of God? This woman is amazing!
I would by no means discourage anyone from reading this book! It truly is a great story and needs to be told. Perhaps if I had known that it was more a biography than an account of their resistance work, I wouldn’t have been so disappointed. I wanted to know more about Pickwick, Kik and the others in the Underground. But this was not their story. This was Corrie’s story, and I am so grateful she shared it!
Seeing Corrie grow in the Love of God and her compassion that Betsie helped cultivate through her death was the most rewarding part of the book! I related to Corrie in many of her feelings about the Nazis and the conditions they were forced to live in, but it gave me hope that if faced with the same circumstances, maybe I could forgive and learn to love the enemy too.
There are some mentions of visions, women preaching, and the scripture is not King James. I do not condone these things. I think the visions were more of dreams for the future, in the end anyway, but they were made out as if they came from God, which bothered me.
Because this is a war story and an autobiography, there are details that needed to be recorded that are not appropriate for children. I wouldn’t hand this to a girl under 16 or a boy at all without editing it first. There are just some things best left unsaid. It’s hard truth, but editing the book would certainly be worth the efforts!
So, I hope this review was helpful. And I hope that if you choose to read The Hiding Place that you enjoy it! They truly were remarkable people!
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
Have a blessed week!
Today, I'm posting another devotion geared toward ladies. If you are reading this and happen to be a gentleman, please check out this one instead!
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
(King James Bible)
There has been a lot of talk about building walls and tearing them down in the last few years. To be honest, how you feel about that is between you and God. I’m not here to get political. But I do think it’s interesting that the Bible talks about women building a house.
I mean, I don’t think there were any females working in the construction business in the Bible days or until the 1900’s for that matter. So why would the Bible refer to a woman building a house?
Well, if we are taking this as the physical building of the house, it doesn’t make much sense. But what if God is talking about the spiritual, atmospheric building of the house? I think we can all agree that this is what is meant.
But how can we build up or tear down a home?
We’ll start with how to tear it down (since I want to end on the positive!)
We can tear it down by:
We can build it up by:
And of course, once you are married (or if you already are) these apply to spouses and children as well.
God has called us to be homemakers and part of our job is to set the tone for home. So, when you have a bad attitude, no doubt you’ll pull others down with you.
Purpose in your heart today to be a wise woman, not a fool. Let’s be builders, not the demolition crew!
Have a Lovely Day!
Hello everyone! I hope you are having a lovely day and enjoying the opportunity to learn more about what today is…the 75th Anniversary of one of the largest amphibious attacks in American history: D-Day. I’m not well versed myself, so I’m planning to learn more.
I do know that the battle took place on June 6th, 1944 on the beaches of Normandy, France. It marked a crucial turning point in World War Two as Allied forces smashed through German lines and into occupied France. The beginning of the end of the war and the iron fist of Adolf Hitler. On D-Day, his days were numbered.
So, no matter what you have planned today, take a few minutes to pull out that history book and read about D-Day and the sacrifices made by our boys, so that we could live in freedom. Even though it seems like WWII was fought for everyone except the American people, if Europe had fallen to Hitler, who do you think he was going to come after next? I don’t know about you, but I love having the option to learn German, not the requirement!
Never give up. Never forget.
Have a blessed Day!
Hello everyone! I’m so excited to bring you another book review! Today is a non-fiction that I picked up a few weeks ago at the library and recently finished. It was so good! I always look forward to sharing a good book with y’all, so let’s dive right in!
I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction books this year and while doing some research for my current series, I came across this book. I had always wondered about this author, so I decided to give this book a try. It was only about 200 pages, a baby sized book compared with his lengthy The Real Lincoln.
I wasn’t completely surprised by the content. I knew the author, a native Pennsylvanian, wasn’t exactly a member of the We Love Lincoln fan club, and went into it with my biggest fear being a book full of unsupported claims and hateful rhetoric against anyone who happened to be born up north. That was not the case at all.
The book takes a look at Lincoln’s political agenda, misquotes that are attributed to him and his not so noble relationship with the U.S. court system. And one of my favorite parts was how he explained the difference between a yankee and a northerner! It was so well worded and not aimed to condemn anyone who calls north of the Mason-Dixon Line home. It is rather breaking down the ideology of those who support big government and undermining the Constitution, not just Lincoln.
My only caution with this book was that I didn’t think they explained their points on misguided patriotism concerning our military. It almost sounded anti-military until I reread a paragraph that explained what he meant, I just think it should have been worded more clearly. Also, there is a little unknown history around the Pledge of Allegiance. While it is a little disturbing, I do not recommend not saying the pledge (the author doesn’t either 😉). Again, I thought things should have been clarified better.
Overall, this was a lovely book. It did a wonderful job explaining the rights of States to secede and the true reasons for the war. It even lists several books in the back to help you continue your research! I’ve not read them, so I can’t recommend them personally. From now on, if anyone asks me about what States’ Rights are, I’m referring them to this book! Recommended for 16+ for understanding.
Have A Blessed Day!
Hello everyone! This past month was amazing! We were able to attend several special services, I celebrated my birthday, Memorial Day rolled around (my favorite holiday!) and the North Carolina Home Educators Book Fair closed out the month for us! Today, I’m gonna share some of my favorites from my favorite month of the year!
My May Favorites…
Event: Born Alive Survivor Protection Act Rally. This was my very first Pro-Life event and our family thoroughly enjoyed it! We were able to give our loads of FBN information (we gave some to our Lt. Governor, Dan Forrest!!!). It was wonderful to gather with hundreds of people from around the state of various ages and background, all to support the lives of our smallest, most vulnerable citizens. Currently, North Carolina Representatives are trying to pass a veto override to protect our unborn, but we have to wait until certain voters change their mind or decide not to show up for the vote. I thank God we have a Representative who is willing to hold out until we have the votes we need to protect our babies!
Song: Jesus Saves, as sung by Caleb and Katie Garraway. It’s so beautiful!
Verse: Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12
I’m reading through the minor prophets now and this verse jumped out at me on May 20th. It’s time to seek the Lord in our country in the day and age that we live in. And we all know that is change is to come to our country, it’s got to start with us, the Children of God!
Book of the Month: Lincoln Unmasked by Thomas DiLorenzo! 5 stars! It was sooooo good, y’all! One of the best nonfictions I have read this year! (Review coming soon!)
Ministry: The God Bless America Rally in Canton Ohio! Yes, I added another states to my growing list of states visited! 13! The meeting was wonderful as always and we were blessed to see over 200 saved during the door-knocking and services! Them we got to have Evangelist Byron Foxx with us on the way to services in Kentucky! So yes, that was my top ministry even for this month!
Writing Update: We are in the team edit stage! We are hoping to make some good progress in June, so stay tuned for that! Once we start meeting, rewrite get intense and wonderful and I love it!
A Book I am Anticipating for June: I Varina by Ruth Painter Randall! It’s the story of Varina Davis, First Lady of the Confederacy! I finally got this book this year after searching for it for years! So yes, this is a much anticipated read! I also have a few books that I’m waiting on from my library about D-Day, so I’m looking forward to that!
I’ll give you a quick recap on my anticipated reads for May. I am still reading Unbroken, but so far, I love it! There have been a few edits needed, and I anticipate that increasing as I get into the war, but so far, I really like it! Number the Stars wasn’t my favorite book on WWII, but it wasn’t bad either. I have a review coming soon, so watch for that for more details. And y’all. I finished The Hiding Place! At last! After being urged by friends and a few reading slumps, I finally finished that book! Review to come on that one as well!
And Now for your Story Prompts!
June Edition: Summer is here! Write about your favorite summer activity, but with a twist. Set the scene in 1932, during the Great Depression and make sure you include a train, a hobo and your favorite summer treat!
D-Day Edition: I shouldn’t be here! He thought desperately as the landing craft carried them closer and closer to the battle. I should have listened to Mama and waited until I was older to go! The 17-year-old soldier gritted his teeth as the craft ground to a stop, just shy of the French beach called Omaha. Lord, please let me live through this!
Father’s Day Edition: The young German soldier’s breath came in ragged gasps, frightening his little boy. The American medic gently pulled the toddler from his father’s arms and handed him to the private kneeling next to them. The boy whimpered, “You not hurt my daddy!” The medic smiled as the American private said, “He won’t. He’s going to make your daddy feel all better. Then, we’ll take you both somewhere safe.” The medic sighed. Judging by the looks of the exhausted prisoner, a prison camp would be an improvement indeed!
Until Next Time,
PS (Sorry there are no graphics for the story prompts! This week has been crazy, lol!)
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