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Non-Fiction Read in 2008

Currently Reading (December 5, 2008):
Fire Begets Fire by Dennis Ignatius
Dennis Ignatius, former Malaysian Ambassador to Canada (and other countries before) was the guest speaker at the Manitoba Prayer Breakfast. He is a man who is passionate and on fire for God.

Added December 5, 2008:
The Transformation of the Inner Man by John and Paula Sandford
It looks like there may be an up-dated edition here.
My favourite chapters were the ones on homosexuality and on parental identification.

I am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Reclaim her Heritage by Mary-Ann Kirkby
There are a lot of Hutterite colonies on the Canadian prairies and many close to Winnipeg. My mother married an ex-Hutterite in 1984 (now deceased). He was a very gentle man who scrabbled for a living selling vacuum cleaners once he, his first wife and their eight children left the colony with only the clothes they were wearing. I knew him as a man who took great care of my mother, a school principal, preparing meals, keeping the home clean and being a loving homebody.

I am Hutterite is the story of a girl who spent her early years on a colony but whose parents chose to leave when she was in grade school. The book gives a great insight into the joys and tensions of living on a Hutterite colony.

Flight of the Dragonfly: A Mother's Harrowing Journey to Bring her Daughters Home by Melissa Hawach
The book reads like a high-speed spy novel in some sections. Truly a remarkable story of one Calgary woman.

Red Hot Internet Publicity by Penny C. Sansevieri
Sansevieri has some great ideas that I hope to use.

Added August 2008:
The Freedom from Depression Workbook--Carter & Minirth

Prayer Walking: A Journey of Faith --Dan R. Crawford, Calvin Miller

Prayer-Walking: Praying On-Site With Insight --Steve Hawthorne & Graham Kendrick

PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength, and Discipline--Janet Holm McHenry

Laughing in the Dark: A Comedian's Journey through Depression--Chonda Pierce

God's Grace and the Homosexual Next Door--Alan Chambers et al

Desiring God: Meditations by a Christian Hedonist--John Piper

Total Forgiveness: When Everything in you Wants to Hold a Grudge, Point a Finger and Remember the Pain, God wants you to Lay it all Aside by R. T. Kendall
I started reading this in 2007 but didn't finish it till recently.

Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith--Henry Nouwen

A Healing Touch: The Power of Prayer--Melanie Hemry

Back to Jerusalem--Brother Yun et al

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
by Mark Levinson
See why I chose to read it here.

Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
I've been reading this every morning in my prayer room and often write posts about what God stirs in me from my readings.

Archaeological Study Bible
I read about half an hour every night before going to bed, going cover to cover. When I get to the end, I start again at the beginning. The notes are very informative and interesting.

Most recently updated December 6, 2008


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Oh God
You surround me with your love,
with memories
of who you are
of what you've done
of promises you've made
of who I want to be
of who I am because of you.

You give me hope and joy,
peace and gratitude.
You convict me
and teach me
encourage me
and remind me
of what it means to follow you.

You listen to my prayers
and grant my requests
in your time.
You give me insight
and knowledge
and words to write
to share your presence
your goodness
your love
your admonition
with others.

You expand my love
to pray for friend and foe
near and far
family and stranger
people as pins on maps
clustered and scattered
who know you and reject you
for those in need
and those too full to need.

You draw me close
and then release me
to bring you close to others
to serve
and love
and give
all I have received.

You fill my heart with joy
that warms
and glows
and bursts
into laughter,
and even dance.

You wrap me in your arms
and tell me
"You are mine"
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