Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"The Shack"

Yay, I just finished over the weekend, a Christian Fiction book titled,

"The Shack". My husband had received this book as a Christmas gift from a co-worker, and he really enjoyed it, and bragged on the book, so I decided to give it a shot and read it. I'm not much of a reader, I do well to read my Bible, and hardly can get into reading anything else. When I started reading I could hardly put it down. It is definately a book that captivates your attention. While I didn't agree with everything that the author wrote, I do have to say it was a good book, and I do recommend reading it. There is only one other book, that, as an adult, I have read from front to cover and that was the one by Michael English, "A Prodigal Comes Home." Excellent as well. Right now, I'm trying to read a book about Sister Aimee Semple McPherson. She seems to have been a very interesting person. I think I prefer biographies/auto-biographies over fiction. Partly due to my noseyness, but also I find it interesting to read how others have lived or what simple people have accomplished in their lives. It's inspiring. So do you have any great reads you'd like to share? Have you read "The Shack"? What did you think?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Prodigal Comes Home!

My blogging is becoming few and far between. Life seems busy right now. But I must share some exciting, encouraging news. My dad who has been away from the Lord for about 17 years has come back home. It's something we believed and prayed would happen, but didn't know when. God's timing is always perfect. 17 years for my mom probably seemed hopeless in him ever returning to the fold, but God had a plan, and in his time my dad returned on his own. No prodding or begging. Somewhere, between just he and the Lord, he made the decision to give his life back to the Lord. I knew the Lord had been dealing with him, and he finally gave in. I can't express to you how giddy I am in my spirit over this. I'm reminded of the parable in Luke 15 of the Prodigal Son:

"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. (NIV)

I would have liked to of just glimpsed the party that was going on in Heaven when he came home. So, I guess in closing, I want this post to be an encouragement to the wife, the daughter, the son, the father, whoever you may be and you've been praying for that lost loved one. Don't give up hope, never stop praying, for as long as there is breath, there is hope!!