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Thursday, April 29, 2010

April Books

Another month has almost concluded. Time for me to record the books I finished. I borrowed all of these from a church friend. The same one who also lent a movie - a lone movie - which I've still not watched. I'm so not a movie watcher. :)

The Note
by Angela Hunt -- tells the story of a newspaper reporter trying to find "T" - the person for whom a note of forgiveness belongs. The note was written by someone just before he died and Peyton MacGruder follows the clues and in the process deals with issues she's buried in her own life. I enjoyed this "light" fiction book.

At the Scent of Water by Linda Nichols -- a story set in the NC mountains; a couple headed for divorce after a tragedy with their four year old daughter; this is the story of Sam and Annie - very enjoyable story about how God is faithful even when we suffer; a good reminder on page 361 that "bitterness toward God is a sin... and as long as you cherish it, you'll have no peace."

My Father, Maker of the Trees by Eric Irivuzumugabe - subtitled "How I Survived the Rwandan Genocide"

"No matter what your current circumstances may be or what trials you face today, I am living proof that God can take a shattered life and breathe new life into a broken heart. My hope for you is that as you read my story, you experience healing from past hurts in your own life and find God as your source of comfort. No one has to live as a victim. Whether you have to face the scars of abuse, have lost loved ones, or have physical or emotional pain every day, God sees you and has not forgotten you. He is waiting for you to reach out to him and answer the call that is on your life. I humbly offer my story to you so that you too might be convinced that the power of God is at work, even in the darkest of worlds." (pg. 15)

I was so sad to read the reason for the tension between the Hutu and Tutsi people stemmed from the 1920s when "Belgian ethnologists analyzed the skulls of Tutsis and Hutus and declared the Tutsi people to be the superior tribe." The author believes the Germans and Belgians benefited more from the people being divided and were threatened by their peacefulness. He relates, "Prejudices and fabrications continued for decades, severing relationships, as some adopted the colonialists' belief that the superior 'race' were Tutsi because they were from northeast Africa -- Egypt or Abyssinia (Ethiopia)." (pg. 26)

church motto -- "restored to restore"

In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols -- Miranda travels to Abingdon, VA in search of the baby she was forced to give up for adoption. Very good Christian fiction ..."light" reading.

He Still Moves Stones by Max Lucado -- wonderful book I read on a whim; made me reflective as the author painted such wonderful spiritual pictures such as my bent reed, flickering wick post. Truly a touching, tremendously encouraging book.

When doing things "for" Jesus, "it's easy to forget who is the servant and who is to be served." (pg. 51)

Jesus called the woman healed from her twelve-year bleeding disorder "daughter." "To the loved, a word of affection is a morsel, but to the love-starved, a word of affection can be a feast." (pg. 60)

"'If you can do anything for him, please have pity on us and help us.'" "The power is not in the prayer; it's in the one who hears it." (pg. 88)

And that's it!


Carmen S. said...

To the loved, a word of affection is a morsel, but to the love-starved, a word of affection can be a feast.

LOVE this quote!

Suroor said...

Hope you accept my humble morsel today - you beautiful birthday girl!

Happy birthday, sweet girl!

Anonymous said...

Ahh...you're the birthday girl! :)

Hope you have a wonderful,memorable and fun filled birthday ever! :)

I liked the story reviews.I myself read one about foreign medical aid workers serving in the palestinian occupation.There's so much courage and determination that can resonate with your bk review of My Father,Maker of the Trees.

Susanne said...

Carmen, the book was wonderful! I think you'd really like it. :)

Suroor, you are too sweet! Thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes! You make me feel loved. :)

Lat, I think you are such a wonderful person. I'd really like to get to know you better. I was thinking the other day, "Lat seems to be such a loving, gentle soul." Thank you for your sweet birthday wishes.

The book you mentioned sounds good! Do you recall the title? Maybe I can read it, too!

Anonymous said...

The book was titled "From Beirut to Jerusalem" by Dr Ang Swee Chai,an orthopadic surgeon and christian.It's a personal account of what life really is like for the refugees living in the camps.

And thank you so much for your kind words and I love to know more about you too!

Susanne said...

Thank you, Lat. That book sounds really worthwhile! I appreciate the additional information and recommendation!

Susanne said...

Thank you, Lat. That book sounds really worthwhile! I appreciate the additional information and recommendation!