Tuesday, November 20, 2007

By Marion Kelley Bullock

God is so good. He has blessed me beyond all measure. He graciously gives me each new day, in which to work and play and worship Him. To the end of each day, he adds the nighttime, in which I can rest and renew myself.

God is so good. He gives me family and friends and opportunities to enjoy them. For this, I praise His Holy Name.

He gives me hope and joy and the blessed assurance that He is mine. Nothing can separate me from His love and His salvation.

I’m so blest. I live in a country where I can worship without fear of reprisal. I have enough food to eat, and clothes to wear, and a car to drive.

He gives me the privilege and responsibility to share with those less fortunate than I. He prods me to pray for dear ones who are walking through the valley of the shadow of death. And He gives me prayer partners to lighten that load.

I’m so blest! My God is good!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

BEGINNINGS, By Kim Vogel Sawyer

Review by Marion Kelley Bullock

Beth Quinn relocated to Sommerfeld, Kansas with her mother, Marie, but she doesn’t fit in with these Old Order Mennonites. Marie has married Henry Braun and settled down. But Beth’s business zeal and her way of dressing don’t suit Sommerfeld’s ideas of propriety for women. She feels out of place.

Henry’s nephew, Andrew Braun, works for Beth in her stained glass studio. He wants to be more than an employee, but Beth doesn’t feel she can give up her independence. She’s not sure she can trust Andrew with her life and her heart. Then Sean McCauley enters her life. Sean, whose father owns a construction company specializing in building church buildings, offers Beth a fantastic business opportunity. Is his interest purely business, or is it also personal?

As Beth, a new Christian, searches for a place to belong, will she rush headlong into plans she designs for her future or will she take time to seek God’s guidance? You’re sure to enjoy this second book in the Sommerfeld trilogy. If you read Bygones, you already know Kim’s true-to-life characters. Now you can re-connect with them.