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Book Review ~ Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us By Matthew Sleeth, MD

About the Book What Do Trees Reveal About God, Faith, and the Future of Everything? More Than You Ever Imagined. Join Dr. Matthew Sleeth as he explores the Bible’s trail of trees and reveals the wonders of life, death, and rebirth. You’ll be amazed at how science is just beginning to catch up to the truths described in Scripture thousands of years ago. Once you discover the hidden language of trees, your walk through the woods—and through Scripture—will never be same. Fifteen years ago, Matthew Sleeth was an atheist who believed that science and logic held the answers to everything. But when tragedy struck, he opened the Bible for the first time and was surprised to find that God chose to tell the story of creation, sin, and redemption through a trail of trees. In this groundbreaking walk through Scripture, Dr. Sleeth convincingly makes the case for why trees are essential to every Christian’s understanding of God. There’s a tree on the first page of Genesis and on the last page of Revelation. The Bible …

Author Scoop ~ Interview With Bonnie S. Hirst

I am glad to introduce to you author, Bonnie S. Hirst, the woman who bravely faced the trauma of watching her daughter go to prison with a life sentence, and still found a reason to love God back for seeing her through her toughest season. Faced with raising her daughter’s kids, this and many other blessings, set Bonnie on a path to healing so much that she wrote her testimony, sharing it in her new book, Test of Faith: Surviving My Daughter’s Life Sentence, releasing September 24th. For Bonnie’s story and journey, take a look below. Miranda ~ Hello and welcome, Bonnie! Glad to have you on TBAP today. Could you please tell us a bit about yourself? Bonnie: I am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. All of those relationships nurture me. I enjoy being outside, especially near water. I can sit for hours on our deck overlooking a small lake and watch hummingbirds flit between my feeders, or watch a squirrel scurry up the tree. One of my favorite pastimes is …

Book Review ~ The King’s Mercy By Lori Benton

About the Book For readers of Sara Donati and Diana Gabaldon, this epic historical romance tells of fateful love between an indentured Scotsman and a daughter of the 18th century colonial south. When captured rebel Scotsman Alex MacKinnon is granted the king’s mercy–exile to the Colony of North Carolina–he’s indentured to Englishman Edmund Carey as a blacksmith. Against his will Alex is drawn into the struggles of Carey’s slaves–and those of his stepdaughter, Joanna Carey. A mistress with a servant’s heart, Joanna is expected to wed her father’s overseer, Phineas Reeves, but finds herself drawn instead to the new blacksmith. As their unlikely relationship deepens, successive tragedies strike the Careys. When blame falls unfairly upon Alex he flees to the distant mountains where he encounters Reverend Pauling, itinerate preacher and friend of the Careys, now a prisoner of the Cherokees. Haunted by his abandoning of Joanna, Alex tries to settle into life with the Cherokees, until circumstances thwart yet another attempt to forge his freedom and he’s faced with the choice that’s long hounded him: …

Movie/DVD Review ~ Unplanned By Soli Deo Gloria

Category Religious/Christian/Inspirational Genre Drama/Politics/Moral Living DVD Release Date August 21, 2019. Rating 5 Stars Review Unplanned tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a young woman who climbs her way to the top in Planned Parenthood, one of the biggest organizations—from being a volunteer in her college days to a director of one of their clinics. Brainwashed to believe that her job reduced the number of abortions in the statistics, Abby dives passionately into her work, until one day she witnesses something during a procedure that leads her to believe that unborn children aren’t just “tissue that cannot support themselves outside the womb,” but that they really have life from the start. It’s a whole new journey for Abby, as she’s been responsible for over 22,000 abortions. In this movie, Abby tells her story to expose the hidden truths that Planned Parenthood doesn’t want the public to know—some, shocking beyond reason, and others, appalling beyond understanding. Abby, eventually, through a tough battle, is able to publicly underscore the fact that Planned Parenthood, indeed, try to …

Author Scoop ~ Interview With Freelance Wall Street Journal Journalist, Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy

Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy is a freelance journalist for the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, who grew up with eight siblings in a delightful Victorian house in 60s and 70s. With the release of her new book, a memoir, Many Hands Make Light, Cheryl shows fun family life and many memorable and laughable moments that offer insight to raising kids in today’s world. Cheryl took the time to share bits of her story with TBAP today. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello and welcome, Cheryl! Glad to have you on TBAP today. Could you please tell us a bit about yourself? Cheryl: Miranda, thanks for having me. About myself: My memoir, Many Hands Make Light Work, is the rollicking tale of growing up in our family of nine children in the ‘60s and ‘70s in a Midwest college town, in an old Victorian house in the middle of fraternity row. I’m the sixth of those nine kids. Our dad was an eccentric professor who tried to make extra money by …

Book Review ~ Hearing God: Eliminate Myths, Encounter Meaning By Nathan Finochio

About the Book God is always speaking, perhaps in ways you haven’t considered. Learn how to truly listen. Imagine how different life would be if God regularly answered your most urgent questions. Now imagine that He has been…and you’ve just been missing His replies. You may have experienced that moment—whether in worship, in nature, or while reading Scripture—when you’ve sensed God speaking to you. And then, without explanation, the moment is gone, leaving you wanting more but unsure what to do. For everyone who desires to recognize God’s voice but has trouble hearing it—or even has trouble believing it’s possible to hear—this book is for you. Through biblical teaching and real-life stories, Hillsong New York teaching pastor, Nathan Finochio, helps you unlearn your wrong assumptions about God so you can experience Him as a Father who speaks to His sons and daughters. You’ll discover the nine myths that hinder our ability to hear God’s voice, the essential role of the Holy Spirit in discerning and overcoming these hindrances, and how to sustain life-giving conversation with …

Article ~ The Beautiful In Me: A Prayer To Remind Myself Of Whose I Am

Jesus, You are the Vine; I am the Branch (John 15:5). You are the beautiful in me. You are ALL that is GOOD in me. I’m not worried anymore that I will be stuck getting it wrong all the time. Because You live me. You are the Good in me. The kindness, the gentleness, the compassion, the courage, the warrior, the valor, the grit, the fierceness, the mercy, the peace, the confidence, the class act, the humor, the sweetness, the honey, the wisdom, the discipline, the nobility, the honor, the integrity, the faithfulness—so much more!—in me. Ultimately… The Love (1 John 4:7-19). The Faith (Hebrews 12:2). The Hope (Romans 5:4-5). All that is good in me, is YOU. Apart from You, I can do NOTHING (John 15:5). I will no longer worry that I won’t make it—because to do so would be to declare that Your Name and Character will change. And that simply isn’t possible (Hebrews 13:8). As long as You live in me, I will get it right, because, You Who is in …