Archive for May, 2014

Blood Doctrine, by Christian Piatt

Posted in Book Review with tags on May 23, 2014 by seguewm

226050730 I love a good novel, especially one that weaves in the past and the present, yet does so in a believable manner. I am even more delighted when the writing style keeps me engaged, the theme makes me think, and the characters have more dimensions than two. When I finish reading a novel I want to be left with a ‘what if this really happened?’ Or, has this already happened?

Who was Jesus? What was he really like? Have we really grasped His story? If the stories about him are even half true, how did he do what he did? Was it in his genes? If so, if we had his DNA could we birth another ‘Jesus’ with similar abilities?

Christian Piatt’s new book scratches where I itch. In fact, ‘Scratch’ plays an important role in the story, but that’s all I’ll can say about that. There are several unexpected twists and turns. There is much more than could have been added, but it’s more likely to be found in a sequel.

Meanwhile, enjoy the ride and invite your friends to read ‘Blood Doctrine’.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.

“We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church”, by Deborah Brunt

Posted in Book Review with tags on May 12, 2014 by seguewm

Image  “We Confess” raises many important questions that the church, if they want to remain a bible-believing people rather than merely a ‘religious club’, must own up to. Granted, the author raises her questions from out of her interpretation of the scriptures. You may not understand the scriptures as she does. I confess that I don’t in all respects. But, then again, most of my Christian friends actually do subscribe to the majority of her interpretations of what the bible teaches. In doing so, they have made this book a necessity. The questions raised within it require an answer from all who believe as she does.

First, why do we ‘celebrate’ the Civil War? This was a horrible act within the history of our country. The number of lives lost over issues – and there were more than just one – that few bible believing Christians would take a similar stand on today, make this a horrible blight on the history of Christendom. If anything, whenever the Civil War is brought up, all Christians should confess with one voice – ‘we were wrong’. Our values were not biblical, they did not correctly represent the teachings nor the lifestyle of Jesus. In this, I agree with the author.

On the other hand, secondly, the author examines both the old and new testament and derives from them what she honestly believes will be the consequences for the church if it does not confess their wrong in the past and in their present attitudes today. Because the evil of our past thinking and behavior has not been faithfully confessed and deeply repented of, it continues to fester within the church today. If we do not deal with this soon, according to the author, God will intervene and punish the church severely until she repents.

As the Christian right continually seeks to commandeer the government contrary to the clear teachings found in Romans 13, it must be doing so without the direction and power of the Spirit. Because they have not confessed of having done so in the past, they continue to do so in the present. The church has convinced itself that their only error in the past was to have used the bible to sanction enslaving other human beings who were not of the Caucasian race. By making this the only issue of the Civil War, and one most Christians truly do repudiate today, they have missed the other issues that had actually led them into the trafficking of human beings. 

Read the book with an open mind. Look at the whole picture. Take the appropriate steps. Invite your loved ones to do the same.

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.