Five Fall Favorites Day 1: Bible Times

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47 thoughts on “Five Fall Favorites Day 1: Bible Times

  1. It’s really a hard balance! I read something in Boy Meets Girl which was referring to courtship but I think it applies to many areas, that tension can be a good thing. I think I would agree with that when I stop to think about it… but when I’m living it out it’s just plain hard! Because one the one hand I don’t want to have that “holier than thou” attitude you mentioned (and also, I do agree with what you wrote in that other post on Reveries Reviews that God talks about sins of all types in the Bible, and so there are ways to handle any subject in a godly manner).

    But on the other hand, I do believe that God calls us to live holy lives (as in set apart from the world) by His Grace, which inevitably means throwing off certain things that we wouldn’t throw off if we belonged to the world.

    So where does that leave us? With a lot of tension! In this particular case, it reminds me that not everyone is tempted, tried or hindered by the same things. Where did I hear that Francine Rivers was an author of erotica before she became a Christian (I think she must have changed her pen name)? I genuinely believe it could have been a freeing and sanctifying process for her to write it, as well as for others who read it and love it. And I don’t believe that people have to be great sinners for it to help them! Not at all! They just have to be at a different place in their walk with God.

    The tension is hard, but God’s grace is so much greater. May He give us that grace to extend to others, and may our love for Him and for other be our driving motivation.

  2. Well, I wasn’t really bugged by the other viewpoints as much as most would be, I imagine. I think I’m just generally less affected by what I read than most, and I tend to take things with a grain of salt, as well. And then I really do think people need to be a least semi-educated on what sin really is, how it affects people (even from a firsthand account), etc. I feel that a lot of Christians fall prey to the “holier than thou,” attitude, and it’s important to understand that sin really is super hard to resist … not just “little sins” that we commit every day like speaking cruelly of someone or something, but the sins that most of the conservative (I’d say “good”, but … um … yeah … no judging!) Christians harshly condemn. But most people don’t believe that you should read about sin at all, so … I understand that, and I’d advise anyone even considering reading this book to seriously think about whether or not they can handle it and it is what they need right now. It could definitely be a stumbling block!

  3. About A Voice in the Wind… I see that there were some valuable truths explored, even given the little that I did read. Seeing the world through Hadassah’s eyes – someone who just loved God and wanted to serve Him – was a powerful tool on the part of Ms. RIvers. But I found it… exhausting(?) going back and forth between her viewpoint and others’ which were less-than-edifying (for me), to put it nicely. Maybe other people at different places in their walks with God would not find it hindering. And I mean *genuinely* not find it hindering.

  4. It is quite incredible! This is her second year of doing it, and I quite frankly don’t know how she puts it all together. I mean, I find it overwhelming just to put six little (basically identical) posts together and choose books for each category. πŸ˜›

    Yes, the book was set in a very amoral time, and it just wasn’t an uplifting read. I think I mostly finished it because my BFF loved it. And … I do think that it has some incredible messages besides the content. But I can see that you probably wouldn’t enjoy it. πŸ™‚

  5. Hmm … I wouldn’t go with Romeo and Juliet, personally. In my opinion, it’s kind of a dumb story that teaches people bad things about love. But I don’t know; everyone else thinks it’s some great classic, so who am I to judge? πŸ˜›

  6. Oh my goodness, Kellyn! I did go over to Rebekah’s blog to tell her “in person,” but this whole Five Fall Favorites thing that she’s organized – the organization and work put into it is incredible! Good on her! And thanks for including all your readers in it!

    Also, your five titles intrigue me. (Except for A Voice in the Wind, because I started reading it, then stopped, for many of the same reasons that you covered in your review… and that you covered in a post I just commented on at Reveries Reviews. But based on what you wrote on Goodreads, it seems the morality in the book only got worse as the plot progressed. I’m glad I stopped.)

  7. Good! I have never read any thing he is written, but I hope to someday! Maybe his Romeo and Juliette…….(he has one right?)

    πŸ˜‰

  8. OOh I got Centurion’s Wife from the library a few days ago! I’m looking forward to reading it! Sounds so good! But I’m waiting for my mom to look it over before I read it. *sighs*

  9. Such a nice list!! πŸ™‚ I’ve read only a couple of these. The Golden Goblet is one my siblings really liked… I should track it down sometime.

  10. LOL! I hope the TBR pile isn’t evil, because if it is, we wouldn’t want it to be our Read pile… or is it evil only because it’s a TBR pile? Now I’m confused. πŸ˜›

    CutePolarBear

  11. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚ It’s interesting to hear what others like in a historical figure. I’ve never cared enough to look into much of his life, so this was a bit of fun history for me. πŸ˜‰

  12. Well, I had to read it for school, so I had to finish it and get into the adventure and all. πŸ˜› Plus I was going through an “obsessed with Egypt” stage when I read it for the first time. πŸ˜‰

    Wait, is this a good “Ah, William Shakespeare” or a bad one? πŸ˜›

  13. We have the Golden Goblet(two copies!!!!), but I have not read it yet…………I think I started, thought it was boring and put it down or something…..

    I do that a lot…………. The other books look good!

    Ah, William Shakespeare………..

    πŸ˜‰

  14. I haven’t gotten to the second book in the series, though I want to. I have a lot of books to read! πŸ˜› I used to do that, but now I don’t so much because people from Goodreads tend to tell me about a book before I read it, so I’m informed. πŸ˜‰

  15. Well, as a child, I found him to be an honorable man, faithful to his country and those he was responsible for, and I like people who are good at what they do (e.g. wars and politics, I guess … he sounds pretty bad now that I’m not six πŸ˜‰ ). I also feel that he was unfairly killed, which was enough to make my blood boil.

    I think that most of my hero-worship came from my big brother loving the Romans (well, at least loving their amazing battle strategies) as a teen and me wanting to be just like him. I also learned A TON about Rome when I was little, partially because of my brother. He used to make up these stories where me and my brother and him were Romans and we were going out to defeat and evil bear named “Big Bad Bruce.” πŸ™‚

    But … I do think Julius Caesar was a good man despite being a member of a corrupt society. He obviously wasn’t a Christian, though, so not the best role model. Still, I did admire him. Probably still do, although I don’t know if that’s just memories now. πŸ™‚

  16. I remember your recommending The Centurion’s Wife last year! I read it after you recommended it, and I enjoyed it. I’m so excited for the party. πŸ˜€

  17. I’ve read Julius Caesar for school. I’ve been wanting to read The Centurion’s Wife for quite some time now!

  18. Now everyone’s making me want to get my hands on every single Biblical times fiction and read them. πŸ˜› I’m actually reading Julius Caesar right now, (so confusing!!) and I already have “The Centurion’s Wife” added to my TBR list. Janette Oke is a favorite author, so I do want to read it. I didn’t realize “The Bronze Bow” was about Daniel! I need to read that, too. *eyes widen with overwhelming realization that I will never finish reading everything I need to read*

    CutePolarBear

  19. I read The Centurion’s Wife while it was an nice read I prefer the second book in the series. It may be that tend I skip to the end of a new of a new book if I have never read a book by that author. Don’t tell.😳

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