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To a Different Drum

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Published on August 11th, 2012 @ 10:11:00 pm , using 233 words, 29914 views
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To a Different Drum

To a Different Drum
by Dr. Pauline J. Hamilton
An Autobiography

Favorite Quotes:

 ?It was the beginning of a new life for me, a life of simply following step by step.?  p.6

?But somehow I knew that God would have me trust Him for all my needs.  The little bit of personal money I had at the beginning of the Semester was now used up, so even if I could stay on [in college] I still had the problem of where to get the money to pay my tuition.  Yet as I prayed, I had a peaceful heart.?  p.16

?While my friends ended up with degrees plus debts, I ended up with degrees and money in my pocket because I had dared to trust a God who kept his promise to guide me step by step.? p.18

?My faith was really being strengthened, and I felt a new deeper knowledge of God?s love.  How wonderful it was to see His hands at work in so many impossible situations during those.....weeks.....the lessons I learned were more precious than the money that was stolen or the missing Bible study notes.... A while later when I shared this testimony with several groups, they asked, ?Why didn?t you let us know your need?  We could have helped you.?  Had I done that,? I replied, ?I would have missed one of the most precious experiences of my whole life.?  p.198-199

Nothing Daunted: The Story of Isobel Kuhn

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Published on August 11th, 2012 @ 10:09:00 pm , using 193 words, 10376 views
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Nothing Daunted:  The Story of Isobel Kuhn

Nothing Daunted: The Story of Isobel Kuhn
by Gloria Repp

Favorite Quote:

?...Isobel received a thrilling letter from America.  Three frail old ladies, ?dear prayer warriors,? Isobel called them, had received her letter about the spiritual battle in Three Clans Village.  On a certain day they had felt an urgent need to pray about the quarreling clans.  Since they were not well enough to travel across town, each lady knelt in her own kitchen and spent the morning in intercession.

     ?Oh John, ?exclaimed Isobel, ?I?m going to get my diary.  let?s see what the date was.?  Yes, there it was: March 12; morning in that American town was the same as evening in Lisu country.  The ladies had been praying at the very time that God was doing a marvelous thing in the hearts of the clan leaders.

  Slowly Isobel closed her diary, thanking the Lord again for His answer to prayer.  How the dear prayer warriors would rejoice when they heard what had happened!  It was a dramatic illustration of the truth she had seen proven over and over:  prayer helpers make a decisive difference in a missionary?s fight against the powers of evil.? 

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

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Published on August 11th, 2012 @ 10:07:00 pm , using 253 words, 10506 views
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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile Vs. the Third Reich
by Eric Metaxas

Favorite Quotes (I couldn't pick just one)

?There is no way to peace along the way of safety.  For peace must be dared, it is itself the great venture and can never be safe.  Peace is the opposite of Security

 ?One thing was certain: the evil of Hitler could not be defeated with mere religion.  He longed to see a church that had an intimate connection with Christ and was dedicated to hearing God?s voice and obeying God?s commands??but how could one?.when prayer and meditating on the Scriptures were not even being taught in German seminaries?? p.249

?To see that it was against God?s will to persecute the Jews, one must choose to open one?s eyes.  And then one would face another uncomfortable choice: whether to act as God required.? ?p.279

?May God in his mercy lead us through these times, but above all, may he lead us to himself?? p.485

?The whole world will vilify us now, but I am still totally convinced that we did the right thing. [the assassination attempt on Hitler].  When, in a few hours? time, I go before God to account for what I have done and left undone, I know I will be able to justify in good conscience what I did in the struggle against Hitler. ?None of us can bewail his own death?A human being?s moral integrity begins when he is prepared to sacrifice his life for his convictions.?  p.487

 

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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Published on August 11th, 2012 @ 10:04:00 pm , using 70 words, 10427 views
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Spears

Favorite Quote:

?Does thee love him??

?How can I tell, Hannah?  He is good, and he?s fond of me.  Besides,? Kit?s voice was pleading, ?if I don?t marry him, how shall I ever escape from my uncle?s house??

?Bless thee, child!? said Hannah softly.  ?Perhaps ?tis the answer.  But remember, thee has never escaped at all if love is not there.?  p.170

Aquariums of Pyongyang

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Published on June 3rd, 2012 @ 03:54:00 pm , using 83 words, 10406 views
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Aquariums of Pyongyang

Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag. Written by:Chol-hwan Kang, Pierre Rigoulot
A Gulag is a concentration camp/forced labor camp. 

Favorite Quote: "His story* - which is equally the story of my family and of all those who leapt so confidently into the maw** of misfortune - mostly demonstrates the force of human illusion and its awesome power to render us utterly blind."  p.24
*Kim Yong-ghil; a Korean opera singer who left Japan for N. Korea
**maw= the jaws or throat of a voracious animal

Main take-away: pending-still reading it