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(I started a new program where I review books and this is my first review for them.)

“When the Hurt Runs Deep”-Kay Arthur

234 pages(including the Study Guide and Practical Helps at the end)

This is NOT the type of book I would normally pick up and read. From the moment I started reading it, though, Kay Arthur’s words flowed smoothly as if a good friend was speaking directly to ME.

The topic of this book is one that is easily relatable to ALL people of ALL ages, whether Christian or not. We all have been through hard times when our pain or hurt has been deeply embedded within us and wondered Why? and How do we deal? This book answered those questions and more. I found the author’s points to be so well thought out and backed by scriptural references. It was refreshing to see such a different stance on the reasons why we go through hurt and how to deal with it. I had never seen some of the points she had brought out before and I have been raised in church all my life. I recommend this book to Christians who have ever suffered loss and pain. It really was a well put together book with tons of references to everything that was said and the author really seemed to genuinely care about her readers and what they may be going through.

At the back of her book, there is also an Individual/Small Group Study Guide that would be wonderful to use personally or for a Bible Study. The questions enclosed there are not the same ones as throughout the book so that after finishing the book, you could then do the Study Guide and gain even more perspective on this topic. There are also practical helps in the Appendix to use as a bookmark for what to do while you are currently going through a deep hurt.

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided this book to me for free in exchange for this honest review as part of their Blogging for Books program.

My rating out of 5 stars: 3.5


			


{July 4, 2011}   Happy Fourth of July!

Back in May, we had Memorial Day and I did a post about how it was a day of Remembrance, NOT Celebration. Now here it is the 4th of July, a day of Celebration BECAUSE of the people who we remember on Memorial Day.

The Fourth of July IS a day where you can have parties, spend time with your family and enjoy your FREEDOM. That doesn’t mean that you should ever forget the ones who died for your freedom and the ones who are still off fighting right at this moment, but today is a day that you CAN celebrate.

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.  ~Erma Bombeck

So to all those watching fireworks today, eating BBQ, or just staying home with the family and watching celebrations on TV, I hope you have a happy 4th of July!

To all those still over seas fighting, thank you so much for your sacrifices and giving us this day to celebrate. To the families of the ones over seas fighting, Thank YOU too for allowing your loved ones to serve our country and I pray that they will return home safe to you as soon as possible. A special shout-out to my niece Lydia: I am so proud to say that I have a niece married to a Marine and I am so thankful each and every day that he is out there doing something that so many aren’t able to do or aren’t brave enough to do. I pray each and every day for his safe return to you and you and him are always in my thoughts and prayers.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

Freedom is never free.  ~Author Unknown



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