MyBookLook: Redeeming The Feminine Soul by Julie Roys

“…our maleness and femaleness extends deep into our souls and is bound up in symbol. A woman with a compassionate and loving mother, for example, is likely to symbolize the feminine in her heart in a very positive way, and as a result embrace and embody femininity in a healthy and integrated fashion. But a woman with a cold, manipulative, or passive mother may have a distorted symbol of the feminine, and as a result reject part of herself and suffer from any number of emotional, sexual, and/or physiological problems.”

Feminism, femininity, the feminist movement; these words and those like it have been tainted and marked by a history of good and bad ideas and actions. Whether the motives for such things were good or not, we may not know, but they are very much impacting today’s world. And not for the better. Continue reading “MyBookLook: Redeeming The Feminine Soul by Julie Roys”

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Tyndale (re)Views: Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi

A picture says a thousand words unless it’s this picture. Then it says so much. To Kim Phuc Phan Thi, the iconic “Napalm Girl” photograph screams “PAIN.”

Taken shortly after a napalm bomb destroyed her home and village, Kim Phuc went running down the highway towards photographers and reporters covering the Vietnam War. What they couldn’t see was the napalm burning the little girl, leaving massive scars on her back and left arm. Those scars would remain for decades, inflicting intense pain, and reaching deep down to where napalm could not reach, her soul. The events on that fiery road would affect Kim Phuc in ways she would never have imagined as a little girl.

But that isn’t the whole story.

While that photograph does depict the very real pain that Kim Phuc felt, it also shows something else. This is the beginning of the story, not the end. Continue reading “Tyndale (re)Views: Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi”

3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Involved In The #MeToo Movement

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The news is just a parade of people stepping forward and sharing the sickening truth; they were sexually assaulted. They were touched inappropriately. They were put in uncomfortable situations by powerful individuals, seeking to exploit their bodies.

It’s a disgusting reality, even for those that have never experienced it. The exploitation of people, male or female, is not right. It is very, very wrong.

But sadly, not everyone is speaking up. Not everyone is talking about how wrong it is. For Christians, this is not acceptable. We need to be vocal. We need to speak out against such actions, whether they are done in the dark or not.

Whether you were sexual assaulted at some point, your spouse or someone else you know, as a Christian, you have skin in this. You are a part of what is happening. You need to be a part of the #MeToo movement for three reasons. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Involved In The #MeToo Movement”

Moody Reviews: Hitler’s Cross by Erwin W. Lutzer

““History has to repeat itself,” said Woody Allen, “because nobody was listening the first time around.””

Adolf Hitler, the Third Reich, the SS, and all the things that Nazism did during the years of World War II will never cease to be a treasure trove of interesting information and horrifying details. The actions, behaviours, and thoughts of those leading the Nazi party were truly destructive on a massive scale. There is no way to capture how devastating their work was and still is.

But it wasn’t only the millions of Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, and people of African descent that suffered; the Christian Church did as well, though not in the same way. This is what Erwin W. Lutzer wants to help us understand with his book, Hitler’s Cross: How the Cross Was Used to Promote the Nazi Agenda.

While the idea Christianity and Nazism having anything in common may seem a bizarre topic for a book, it is astonishing the relationship that was present. And it is this kind of relationship that Lutzer quickly points out is being mirrored in modern America today. Continue reading “Moody Reviews: Hitler’s Cross by Erwin W. Lutzer”

MyBookLook: When Parenting Isn’t Perfect by Jim Daly

“Parents love their children, but they also really want them to succeed. And if the kids do something the parents think will lead to success, the beam of love beams stronger. And if they do something the parents think will not lead to success, the beam of love is withdrawn.”

No parent needs to be told that parenting isn’t about perfection. Or that they will never be a perfect parent. Somewhere inside we all know that. The problem is that we don’t KNOW it.

We give that reality lip service, but still believe even deeper inside of ourselves that we can be perfect. We can make these little kids we are responsible the most obedient, most courteous, most successful, most excellent children that have ever walked the face of the earth. And then we do everything in our power to make that happen.

Is that right? Is it fair? These aren’t questions parents think about. The idea of perfect, or at the very least, better than the rest, is too enticing for anyone to question it. But there is one question that must not be ignored. One question that followers of Jesus need to take seriously if they are going to be, or already are, parents.

Is demanding perfection from your children consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Continue reading “MyBookLook: When Parenting Isn’t Perfect by Jim Daly”

MyBookLook: Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

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“What we forget is that the story of the Starving Artist is a myth. And like all myths, it may be a powerful story, one we can orient our entire lives around. But in the end, it is still just a story.”

How could something like this be a myth? All artists starve. They suffer for their art. Without that suffering and pain, what are they putting into their work…right?

While this may have been the perception of artists for centuries, the idea that real artists need to starve just isn’t true. Not even in the beginning, not even during the Renaissance when art was making huge strides in the world. The truth is that Real Artists Don’t Starve, and Jeff Goins is going to show us why this is not a myth, and how we can be artists with full bellies. Continue reading “MyBookLook: Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins”

MyBookLook: The Separatists By Lis Wiehl

Erica Sparks is on top of her game. Her regular television show is working like a well oiled machine, and she has her sights set on something more. Something bigger. Something more investigative than the Erica Sparks Effect is.

But with her bold vision comes the trouble. Her marriage to Greg is suddenly on shaky ground. Her daughter is acting more and more out of character. And the separation movement that is gaining traction in North Dakota seems to be followed with mysterious deaths. Even some crossing the border into Canada.

Can Erica help get to the bottom of these deaths? Will she be able to balance a career with marriage? Can she escape the cycle of substance abuse that her daughter might be falling into? Will this radical movement trigger a new Civil War in the United States? Continue reading “MyBookLook: The Separatists By Lis Wiehl”