Secret Medicines From Your Garden by

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Herbalism has been around for centuries with no indication that it will ever be a dying interest or way of life.  Through out those centuries those who used herbs were known by different names, but more common as “healer”.  Those who were misunderstood by their society’s time were at times called “witches”.  Regardless of the name, herbalism has been around and practice with healing naturally as its intent.

Herbalism can also have a central focus on spiritualism and the use of the herb to heal both the physical body and that of the mind.  Those who  come to mind for the most influential practice of this would be the Druids.  It is from this background of learning and living that the author has developed her book, Secret Medicines From Your Garden.  The author has extensive years involved in learning her art and shares a wealth of knowledge with the reader.

Secret Medicines From Your Garden is packed with information from recognizing plants based upon shape of stems, leaves and growing conditions to using those plants. One section of this book is broken down to individual plants and the growing seasons of Spring, Summer and Fall.  The plants and what portions are used are discussed along with a “recipe”.  Another section is recipes for various aliments and needs.  Throughout the book, the connection to the physical plant and a spiritual healing is linked.

Beyond the amazing discourse on the plants and their healing or home uses, Ellen Evert Hopman concentrates on sharing the spiritual or “magic” associated with these plants.  Having studied Druid and American Indian herbalism, Ms. Hopman strongly influences her book with the idea of healing body and mind with plants.  This is defiantly a way of life that is being introduced and explained to the reader.

Secret Medicines From Your Garden is worth reading if you are interested in herbalism.  As the subtitle, “Plants for Healing, Spirituality, & Magic”, states that is what this book is about.

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1sB4NLj

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Let’s Learn About Psalm 23 by Catherine DeVries

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A wonderful rendition of Psalm 23 for kids!  I loved the colorful pictures for catching the  children’s attention.  Catherine DeVries uses the idea of a farmer taking care of his “flocks”  to show how God takes care of us.  The author has taken the message of Psalm 23 and broken it down to the very basics for children to begin learning about the love and protection that God provides us as his children.

The format of this story, is in my opinion, geared toward that of children ages 2-5 specifically.  The illustrations are bold and eye catching with many animals for the child to see and learn about.  The style of writing makes it simple, easy to follow to grab their attention.  I can see many enjoyable moments reading this story to a little one.  This book would make a wonderful addition to a child’s library.

 

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The Sacrifice Stone by author Elizabeth Harris

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This story was captivating!  From the beginning until the end I never put it down because it was so interesting.

This is a story of the past meeting the future and the story that brought the two eras together.  The story is divided into parts which offered a glimpse of the story as it was told by the characters whether past or present.  In 175 AD a young boy is the pawn for vengeance and a catalyst that will change how the future will remember them all.

Beth, Joe and Adam are three present day individuals whose lives are intertwined with the story of St. Theodore a young boy who legend says became a Christian martyr after being killed by a Roman soldier.  Joe is a student of theology and working on his thesis regarding early Christian martyrs especially regarding St. Theodore reputed to have been killed by a Roman soldier who cut his throat which lead to St. Theodore healing throat issues.  Beth is Joe’s sister.  Beth had always been treated as less important than Joe by their father.  Her dreams where always thwarted by her father’s archaic behavior of which Joe mimicked.  Beth agreed to travel to France with Joe to help him with his research.  It was in France that they met Adam who was working on a film documentary on the Romany Gypseys.

Beth begins to see shadows and images as well as sensing the presences of someone around her.  She soon learns that Adam isn’t there solely for the Gypsy research but for the images that a certain Roman soldier has plagued him with.  Determined to find the truth, the pair work together regarding the story of St. Theodore and his accused killer.

Sergius Cornelius Aurelius is a Roman soldier in the year 1756.  He has known the life of a soldier for most of his life.  When his personal life offers tragic loss, he becomes more of a loner.  When a chance encounter with a young boy accused of theft, Sergius saves the boy and takes him home.  Theodore and Sergius bond more as adopted son and father.   Threats from the past soon have Sergius defending his life and his religious beliefs but it becomes apparent too late that Theodore may also be in danger.  Sergius reaches across time and beyond death to protect himself and Theodore.

This historical story was filled with imagery of the Roman Empire and how their blood lust was the cause of so many innocents meeting their deaths in the arenas.  Christians were sought after as favored sport to the Lions while the Roman citizens cheered.  The author depicted this ruthlessness while remaining true historical views of the time period.

I was more enthralled with the parts of the story regarding Sergius and Theodore than the present day characters.  The author did a fantastic job of blending the two time periods to create her story.

Elizabeth Harris seems to write her stories in this style of past and present working together to resolve a wrong from the past.

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Christian Living Inspiration

I like to read most every type of genre out there….Ok I don’t like blood and gore except in action movies so I don’t read that.  I do like to sleep at night and reading those just doesn’t work for me! As long as I can find something of interest in the summary you can pretty much bet that I will try reading it.  One of the genres I do love to read is Christian mail order brides, so it happens that I also read inspirational for Christian living.  Through Netgalley I received two such books and decided to blog about them together since both have to do with reading the Bible.  One offers insight into the book of Proverbs and the other the chronological reading order of the New Testament. Yes, I do read my Bible as well as all these other books and having some helpful instruction in these areas is always welcomed…it saves my Pastor from hearing question after question… sometimes!

The first of these books is titled: “2 Minutes in the Bible Through Proverbs” by Boyd Bailey.

Publication Date: August 1, 2015 Publisher: Harvest House Publishers 192 pages

Publication Date:
August 1, 2015
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
192 pages

Boyd Baily certainly has created a great reference for Christian living. I like that he used six different Bibles for his quotations instead of remaining with only one Bible and its wording.  A Bible translation is what makes understanding the message easier for people.  I personally drift away from the King James Version because I just can’t understand it as well, but I do know others that thrive with it.  Having the various translations opens the doors of understanding God’s word much easier for the reader.  I was also encouraged by the related readings each section offered.  Not only were there discussions on each topic but a list of four or more related passages within the Bible were provided to further explore.  The topic ranges were vast showing that the Proverb passages were not just taken for their immediate meaning but torn apart and shown how it can apply to daily living today.  For instance, Mr. Baily wrote on Marriage and used his related passages and the Proverb verse to assist diving into this subject.  Then we read about midlife crisis and more passages are brought to our attention.  I like that we were given material that makes us really think about what we’re reading and then we think of our own lives and how it fits.   I really enjoyed this source of meditating on the book of Proverbs and how it relates to our daily lives.

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1TQx7z0

The second book I received was titled,”90 Days Through the New Testament in Chronological Order” by author Ron Rhodes.

Publication Date: September 1, 2015 Publisher: Harvest House Publisher 402 Pages

Publication Date:
September 1, 2015
Publisher:
Harvest House Publisher
402 Pages

Mr. Rhodes begins by giving some background to the New Testament.  He teaches of the number of books held within, the authors, the four books of the gospel and the books that follow them.  He closes his introduction with a look at the book of Revelations. There is a wealth of information contained in these introductions.  After reading Mr. Rhodes’ book I do have a better sense of how difficult it is for an author or scholar to place the events of the Bible in chronological order.  Mr. Rhodes provides and discusses what those difficulties are and how he sees the approach to combat them. What you will find in each chapter is an extensive devotion that will make you think,read and learn.  The chapters have introduction material, overviews, insightful thoughts, chapter themes, application lessons and more.  I felt this was more of Bible study lesson than a daily devotion. There was a lot covered with each day, and very in depth, but given the amount that needed to be discussed regarding the whole New Testament I can understand.  If you really want to learn more about the New Testament than what your basic knowledge may be, I highly suggest this book.  Very informative and well worth the time.

Amazon Link:     http://amzn.to/1VfbRrH

If you are looking for inspirational thoughts either of these or both would be fantastic reads.    One has more depth than the other but each will provide you with a source of meditation and application for daily living. My guess is that there will be a lot of information that you may not have heard before.

I hope you will enjoy these books as much as I did.