These are an inspiring collection of truths and practical insights, which are story-rich devotionals, study driven commentaries, and simple do-it-now challenges she describes as discoveries of “why God calls us to righteousness and how He makes being good possible.” Her goal here is not to “show you how to be good. My goal is to show you how good God is.”
While we are to do good within the body of Christ, we are also called to be a light in the dark, secular world. Activities which shine a beacon of hope improve the situation of others, yes, but biblically speaking, are we to only presume to do good unto others? Social service carried out in the name of Christ tends to depict to the world an image of Jesus that is only charitable and egalitarian. Jesus as a generous giver to all is not the chief motivation of our faith and to suggest that this is what Christ envisioned for mankind exclusively is not altogether Biblical.
When we talk to our elderly parents about their final days, it’s not a morbid thing or a bad omen. It’s preparedness for a peaceful departing. And peace is too compelling a prize to pass up, even if we may hold on to well-deserved resentments towards our parents. The most viable option, in this case, is to love and forgive old hurts that are hard to let go of for we know God holds reconciliation high on his list of priorities.
How do we translate a meaning in another language that isn’t translatable and which may seem ridiculous, absurd and nonsensical when attempted? The sayings Sanders illustrates express the diversity of peoples and cultures from around the world, expressions that range from the mundane to the profound, all limitless and delightful absolutely, all insightful and magnificent.
Each page features a colorful illustration and there is plenty of room for doodling, writing, and sketching a profound answer to the many interesting areas found here. As with any children’s subject, this journal offers much creativity in the sincerest form of inquiry, one that encapsulates the quirkiness of an individual, yet the quotidian as well. It answers the questions: who are you now and who do you want to be?
This code of conduct spawned an interest in manners for the young Washington—who at the age of 16 ended his schooling short in order to support his widowed mother and four younger siblings. What a testament to precociousness, to study the subject of etiquette so earnestly that he penned his code of conduct in reverence to grace, a preoccupation with good behavior…
As she waits for her mother at the library, Dorothea is drawn by her curiosity of people in their crowded tenements. She sees fathers and mothers and babies going about their business at the close of the day, maintaining a safe distance between herself and them, but bringing herself close enough with her eyes.
Indeed, the heart of this book brings glory and honor to the Saviour as told with its jagged-edged papercut images, intensifying with grace the focal points of Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection. Pieńkowski’s silhouetted illustrations are deeply evocative, dramatically colored, capturing the ancient setting of home interiors, gardens, staircases, and familiar critters perched over thorny branches, twigs, or stems – a filigree outlined in golden ink as a backdrop to decorative drop caps.
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