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Book Review: “An Evil Agenda” by: Charlotte Pound

An Evil Agenda by: Charlotte Pound

What a fantastic book! This is better than This Present Darkness, much better. Though this is a work of fiction, her characterization of both angels and demons is Biblical. She doesn’t give undue power to demons or lessen the power of God’s angels.

An Evil Agenda is about three families in different parts of the country, all targeted by Satan. Skylar is a young girl with an incredible voice. Author, Charlotte Pound, does a great job of taking the reader through her temptation and what eventually happens. Zachary and his entire family are targets of Satan. Again, the author does a great job of showing the slow descent into worldliness and the subtle walking away from the things of God. Lastly, Rachelle is the daughter of a pastor. She is incredibly beautiful and is tempted to walk away from all that she has been taught of what is right and wrong and go her own way.

I don’t want to ruin the book for you, so I won’t tell the ending. However, I will say it was a very satisfying, believable ending for all three threads of the story. The author geared it for young adults and I must say did a great job with that. My teen-age daughter took the book from me when I was right in the middle of it and wouldn’t give it back until she had finished it first!

I don’t think this book is only for the youth, however. I think adults will not only greatly enjoy this book, but also be encouraged as well as convicted by it. This one definitely gets five stars in my book! Get it! Read it! You won’t regret it!

Available on Charlotte’s website, Amazon.com, and Pentecostal Publishing House. Go to my bookstore page and get yourself a copy today! 

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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Book Review: He’ll Do It Again! by: Charlotte L. Pound

He’ll Do It Again! It Is Time to Start Believing and Receiving from God by: Charlotte Pound

This book is wonderful! It’s a real faith builder that delivers its promises. Charlotte’s theme, ‘If God did it before for someone else, He’ll do it again for you, is prevalent throughout. Chapter titles include Acknowledge Him, Our Approach to God, Determination, Confidence, and thankfulness. She also discusses dealing with fear, depression, and failure. She devotes two entire chapters to miracles God did for people she knows personally (including herself) and again states the fact that God will ‘do it again!’ She talks about guarding against the ‘Esau Spirit’ and not valuing all the blessings God has already poured out upon us. In her final chapter, Reflection, she is forthright on dealing with disappointment, seemingly unanswered prayers, and negativity in general. We need to remember, purposing in our hearts to remember all the past times God has intervened in our own lives. She also offers some specifics on how to pull yourself out when Satan tries to make you feel depressed.

Highly recommend this book! Five stars! Available on Charlotte’s website, Amazon.com, and Pentecostal Publishing House. Go to my bookstore page and get a copy.  🙂

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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Book Review: The King Will Make a Way by: Lee Giles

I just finished reading this book by Lee Giles. It’s set in the middle ages in a small village. It follows Gabe, a boy of ten years up until he is around seventeen. The bad guy is Vulpine, who circulates the rumor that the true King is dead. This is all done in order to become king, himself.

Gabe spends three years sneaking up the King’s hill and sitting at His feet, learning His law and His love. Meanwhile, Vulpine is slowly but surely gaining more and more control over the village. Soon, it becomes illegal to sing the King’s song or teach the King’s law. Eventually, Vulpine takes over the entire village and starts imprisoning people. However, Gabe starts telling others about the true King and more and more people start listening to him. Soon, the conflict between Vulpine and Gabe come to a head. The explosion is something to see!

The only thing I, personally, didn’t like was the fact that Gabe was the only one who saw, spoke to, and sat with the King. Yet, he was the only one who wanted to. (There’s a lesson in that all by itself!) Other than that, I liked the story. The main theme, ‘the King will make a way’ was beautiful throughout.

The story is very well written. When I find myself starting to care about the characters, the writer has done her job! This story makes you think. Other themes included ‘seeking the King’, ‘knowing His law’, and the fact that ‘He is coming back at any time’. I look forward to other works by this author.

The King Will Make a Way is available at Amazon.com in paperback and kindle versions.

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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How to Give a Cat a Pill

I got this from Stan Scism, a dear missionary friend in India.

1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, po…p pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink 1 beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10. Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw Tee shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Call fire department to retrieve the %#&* cat from across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

13. Tie the little &%$#*’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of filet steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14. Consume remainder of scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

15. Arrange for SPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

How to Give a Dog a Pill

1. Wrap it in bacon.

2. Toss it in the air.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in Humor

 

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What Ever Happened to Miracles?

We as twenty-first century Christians are an interesting lot. In many of the major denominations, we don’t see miracles very often anymore. We can’t say, “Silver and gold have I none…” However, neither do we say, “but such as I have give I you. In the name of Jesus Christ, stand up and walk!” Why is this? Is it because we in the 21st century don’t need God so much anymore? We have become so self-sustaining that we fail to realize our desperate need for help beyond ourselves. Man, by himself, can accomplish amazing things. Yet, we still cannot raise the dead or cure many forms of cancer. We still cannot cure the most basic problem of humanity, our need for forgiveness, the problem of sin. We still have war, famine, disease, and the list goes on.

Yet, there are churches who still practice the entire Bible, including the book of Acts, miracles and all. These churches don’t shy away from passages in the Bible that they don’t understand. They don’t come in with their own theology and manipulate Scripture to agree. They look honestly at what the Bible actually says and ask the Lord to help them understand and apply it. As they willingly change their theology (or throw it out completely) to fit what the Bible says, they grow nearer to its Author. Oh yes, and they see miracles, just like Jesus promised, “These signs and greater shall you do in my Name…”  

I was blessed enough to join one of these churches. They do exist–across our nation and across our world. In these services, Jesus is very real and that is exactly what this world needs. We are so tired of rules and tradition for tradition’s sake. We want something real. Rules and tradition are not in themselves wrong, but if they don’t configure with what the Bible actually says, they need to change. We need to be willing to change. Which will we hang onto? What we know and understand? Or the very God who created and knows us better than we know ourselves? Walking with Jesus is not something that is predictable. It’s very much a new adventure every day. However, in a world full of fakes and smoke and mirrors, Jesus is very, very real.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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