…just workin out way toward home…

“The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or somethin in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin out way toward home.”
Same Kind of Different As Me
Ron Hall and Denver Moore

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This is one of those books that changes your life. It’s a powerful true story that I highly, highly, highly recommend if you haven’t encountered yet. You really don’t know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. It’s in those times people teach you more about life than you thought possible.

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…Springs out of Her Unlikeness…

“Modern Christians hope to save the world by being like it, but it will never work. The church’s power over the world springs out of her unlikeness to it, never from her integration into it.”
Radical Cross
A.W. Tozer

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I didn’t get a chance to get a picture of the quoted book, so here’s some texture fun with Japanese Islands.





Of the books and writings of Tozer I’ve come across, I have to say one thing: He knew what he was talking about. Have you read any Tozer and what do you think of this quote?

The Hole in Our Holiness | Kevin DeYoung

“Becoming a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, requires you to resist the world which wants press you into its mold.”

Whenever a theology or Christian living book appears on this blog, you may have noticed it isn’t so much a review, but my thoughts that hopefully lead to some discussion. Unless the book turns out to be a blasphemous mess, I would rather use the time to talk about it! And if you don’t share my beliefs, I would love to have an honest dialog as well!

So with that, here’s more on The Hole in Our Holiness, Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness by Kevin DeYoung.

This wasn’t an intimidating read either. There were a couple chapters that had a bit more of a theological vibe, but nothing anyone couldn’t handle. I had plenty of quotes picked out, so it was hard to narrow the ones I wanted to share, but here’s a handful. What do you think?





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“There is a gap between our love for the Gospel and our love for godliness. This must change. It’s not pietism, legalism, or fundamentalism to take holiness seriously. It’s the way of all those who have been called to a holy calling by a holy God.”

“You can’t make sense of the Bible without understanding that God is holy and that this holy God Is intent on making a holy people to live with Him forever in a holy heaven.”

“Never forget: first God delivered the Israelites from Egypt, then he gave them the law. God’s people were not redeemed by observing the law but they were redeemed so they might obey the law.”

“We can talk all day long about our love for God, but if we do not keep his Commandments we are liars and the truth is not in us.”

“Our God is not a capricious slave driver. He is not hyper-sensitive and prone to fits of rage on account of slight offenses. He is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love (Exodus 34:6).”

Do you find you’ve missed out on the importance of holiness? I have definitely been guilty of this. This book was a great reminder of what it means as a believer and follower of Christ. I would love to hear your thoughts!

Her Good Name | Ruth Axtell

(I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers to review here on Book and Beverages)

I wanted to throw this book across the room at least once. As well as yell “You jerk!!” towards some of the characters. That and “You wench!”

Man do I love books like that! I couldn’t put Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell down!

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Takes place in 1890 in the thriving coastal town of Holliston, Maine (I kept picturing Portland, Maine because that’s the only place in Maine I’ve ever been).
  • There’s a good looking fellow (the leading lumber baron’s son) named Warren Brentwood, III, who returns to town after years of college and travel.
  • Throw in Esperanza Estrada, daughter of a Portuguese immigrant fisherman and a local woman, who lives on the wrong side of town, but wants more and takes a job in town as a housekeeper. She kinda has a thing for Warren (you can’t really blame her though).
  • Then shady rumors fly about Espy and her respected employer. Drama for your mama people. Drama.
  • Warren believes the lie and his loss of faith in her causes Espy to give up without a fight. I would unlike this status if I could.
  • She leaves town, so what will happen next???

This was my first read of Axtell’s and in case you didn’t pick up on it, I loved it! She creates passionate characters, a great story and one that I got hooked on almost instantly. A fantastic story and I can’t wait to read more from Axtell (like her new novel coming out soon!).

I’ve decided I have a talent for picking out really good authors. And I totally deserve an award for this feat. Say like free books for the rest of my life. Who wants to make this self-awarded honor possible? Anyone?

Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell

Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell

P.S. If you like Ruth Axtell’s books, keep following the blog, there might be an awesome interview coming up!

In Memory of Denver Moore

When I decided to start this blog, I made a rule that I wouldn’t discuss a book I have already read (unless I reread it). And plus I would be posting way too often. Yet, only five blog posts in, I decided to break that rule.

On March 31st, 2012 Denver Moore passed away in his home at the age of 75. Denver and Ron Hall’s story, as told in New York Times Bestseller Same Kind of Different as Me, shares the powerful and inspirational story of an unlikely friendship between an art dealer and a homeless man hardened by the streets and how faith and an amazing woman named Deborah brought them together.

Y’all, I have never cried so much in a book. It truly is one of the most profound stories I have ever read. It’s always the first book I give to people when they ask for recommendations. This story truly changed my life. So if you are looking for your next read, this needs to be it.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Denver:
“The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or somethin in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin our way toward home.”

Trust me, read it! It’s less than $10.00 on Amazon right now. Click here to get it!

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