“widsom of the sadhu” Teachings of Sandar Singh, book review

“widsom of the sadhu” Teachings of Sandar Singh, book review

Sundar Singh is known in his lifetime as India’s most famous convert to Christianity. He however was a very humble man. He was searching for the true meaning of life and kept looking until he encountered Jesus. He lived his life as a sadhu- wandering holy man- basically as a beggar. He traveled the dirt roads of India and spoke in profound parables. Near the end of his life he traveled internationally to speak and write.

This book is a collection of anecdotes, sayings, parables and meditations. I found it difficult to read for several reasons. First, there are many foreign words, most of which are translated the first time used, but I could not remember and therefore did not understand further use and the story. Second, I am not familiar with Indian culture or religions, so even when words were translated, I still could not fully appreciate the significance of some of the writings. And finally, I found it hard to follow the story line or time line, as there was not a narrative or explanations between chapters.

That being said, if you are interested in these topics, enjoy studying men who were fully devoted to following Christ in this manner, Indian culture and a monastic lifestyle, this book is for you. It may also be easier to understand if read in small bites, rather than read cover to cover in a couple of days.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Plough Publishing House. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Donkey in the Living Room” by Sarah Raymond Cunningham” book review

The Donkey in the Living Room” by Sarah Raymond Cunningham” book review. A Tradition that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas.

This delightful hardback picture book is perfect for the last few days before Christmas, to help the children understand the real meaning of Christmas. The author suggests that you gift wrap your nativity figures (labeling so you know which is which) and the have the children unwrap one figure each evening while you read the story about that figure. The days/ stories are:
9 days before: Mary
8 days before: donkey
7 days before: cow
6 days before: sheep
5 days before: shepherd
4 days before: angel
3 days before: camel
2 days before: wise men
1 day before: Joseph
Christmas day: Baby Jesus

I think this is a wonderful way to read the Christmas story to children, concentrating on 1 aspect of the story each day. While I do not agree with the sequence of the wise men at the manger, understand the order, as Jesus arrives on Christmas day.

I think this would be a wonderful gift for a preschool age child, and could also include a child proof nativity set (Play mobile or similar) so the child can explore and enjoy reenacting the Christmas story.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, B&H Kids. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“When Mercy Rains” by Kim Vogel Sawyer, book review

“When Mercy Rains” by Kim Vogel Sawyer, book review, Zimmerman Restoration trilogy #1

Suzy left her Mennonite home and community when she discovered she was pregnant. Her mother, ashamed of her daughter’s actions and what the community would think of her, arranged for her to leave and give her baby to her childless cousin. Suzy obeyed her mother, but following the birth of her baby, did not return home. Instead, she was taken in by a caring Christian couple who helped her get her GED and attend nursing school. Suzy was able to get a job at the Mennonite hospital. This pleased her mother who bragged that her daughter was a nurse missionary.

After a tragic accident that left her mother in a wheelchair, Suzy’s brother writes and asks her to come care for her mother. Suzy arranges a 2 month leave of absence from her job and travels home. But the welcome she receives is not what she expected.

I enjoyed this book. It had a lot of back and forth between the characters and what each was thinking and feeling. And in the end, forgiveness of wrongs was given and received. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Quilted by Christmas” by Jodie Bailey, book review

“Quilted by Christmas” by Jodie Bailey, book review

Taryn is one of the favorite teachers at the high school, and she got there all by herself. She put herself through college and came back home to teach. But she still remembers her last day before she headed to college, and the fight she and Justin had in the front yard. He was leaving for basic training and she for college. But she told him if he really loved her, he would stay. He called her manipulative and needy. And that is how it ended, 12 years ago.

Fast forward, Justin is home to take over his father’s business, and is also back in Taryn’s life. He comes to hang Christmas lights on her grandmother’s roof, when she faints and falls. Justin takes Taryn to the hospital to see about Jemma, her grandmother. And so begins the renewal of their relationship. Because Jemma has broken her arm and cannot sew, she requests that Taryn finish the quilt that is for her cousin’s New Year’s wedding.

I enjoyed this story. It was easy to read and showed some of the complexity of relationships. Great Christmas season reading, as the story takes place in December.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Abingdon Press. All opinions expressed are my own.

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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Quilted by Christmas

Abingdon Press (October 21, 2014)


Jodie Bailey


A note from the Author: Well, I’m a regular ol’ person. Who just happens to write. A lot. Probably more than I should. I firmly believe that God created me to be a writer. From the time I learned how to string letters together into words I’ve been making up stories. Believe me… I have a very rich imagination. I used to think I was weird; now I know God just put me together that way. I can’t even watch commercials without expanding them into stories in my head. I am humbled and honored all at the same time that God looked down from heaven on me and said, “Jodie, do what you love.” Wow… how awesome is that?

I have always loved to write. I have stories that I wrote when I was in first grade. I used to sit at my grandmother’s yellow electric typewriter for hours, banging out my own little stories. When I was eleven, she bought me a typewriter of my own (It was 1984, okay?) and I would write and write on it. I wrote stories out by hand, and they ran to hundreds of pages. I got my first computer when I was eighteen, and the first thing I did was write a story on it. I wrote for school. I wrote for fun. I wrote for my friends. I’d get them on the phone and make up stories for them. (I earned the nickname “Dreamweaver” for that one. Nobody calls me that anymore, but it still stands as the coolest nickname I ever had.)


Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree—something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle-schoolers she teaches. When Taryn’s grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project—an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Quilted by Christmas, go

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