Monday, October 1, 2012
I really don't know why I should care about Amy Grant's divorce from Gary Chapman and her remarriage to Vince Gil, yet the whole situation bugs the socks off of me! I was one of those teen girls that sang her music in church and went to her concerts, I just couldn't believe she was divorcing Gary who helped her get where she was, and to make matters worse she married Vince Gil. I knew they had been together at Vince's farm recording, I had her Christmas album from that year, 93 I believe, and there was a photo in the jacket.
I think the reason it really bothers me is that I have gone through a divorce and my former husband cheated. While both Amy and Vince vehemently say they didn't have an affair, this article indicates something completely different. http://tasteofcountry.com/vince-gill-amy-grant-marriage/ This article talks about how they met at the end of 93, and had a couple of concerts together. Amy in her own words says, “I knew from the tips of my toes that he was unlike anybody I had ever met. I was just so overwhelmed by him as a person that I finally came up behind him and wrapped my arms around him and said, ‘I’ve needed to do this all night.’'
That is not something a married woman should be doing. Regardless of what was going on in her marriage to Gary Chapman, she had taken vows, and she was required by God to honor them until she was holding divorce papers, as was Vince. However, it is quite clear by even this article that friends saw the chemistry between them, and they were crazy about each other. With those statements only Vince, Amy, and God knows what went on behind closed doors.
To add insult to injury on her album House of Love that came out in 94 her and Vince sing the duet to the title song, House of Love. Both were still married, and singing a song about sticking it out in marriage, yet neither did. It's like she really didn't even mean what she sang, it was just a performance, so we're just suppose to believe that's all behind her now. Words are just words . . . actions speak louder, as we all know.
And why is it wrong to hold Christians accountable? Why is it always called judging? I didn't see Jesus judging He held people accountable and instructed us to do the same. I believe if we held people accountable there would be less divorces within the Christian community. It doesn't have to be finger pointing either, it is simply, you say you are a Christian and this is what God's word says, are you sure that's what you want to do.
I am not heartless, Amy has a right to be happy, I have read that Gary was abusing drugs and there was some serious issues there, however, the rule still applies get the divorce done, heal before you even consider another relationship.
If I have learned anything from my divorce, and remarriage, it is that God has to be the center, and you can't leave any doors open or the enemy will be glad to come in and destroy what God brought together.
I would like to be able to enjoy Amy's music again, sadly I don't think I will ever be able to.
Posted by Andie at 9:45 PM
For a child, every day is a thing of wonder. And for six-year-old Lily Lapp, every day is a new opportunity for blessings, laughter, family, and a touch of mischief. As she explores her world, goes to school, spends time with her family, and gets into a bit of trouble with her friends, Lily learns what it means to be Amish and what it means to grow up. From getting a new teacher to welcoming a new sibling, Lily's life is always full of adventure.
The first of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, "Life with Lily "gives children ages 8-12 a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Amish--and lots of fun and laughter along the way. It combines the real-life stories of growing up Amish from Mary Ann Kinsinger and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With charming illustrations throughout, this series is sure to capture the hearts of readers young and old.
What a charming book! I have a granddaughter named Lily, so when I saw this book I just had to read it. My Lily is just two, so the character Lily actually reminds me of my oldest granddaughter Nani who is 4. All bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and ready to take on the world. She is the oldest, her mom just had her baby brother Dannie, Lily's reaction to Dannie was priceless . . page 15 . . . Lily peeked at the baby. Why, it was the ugliest little baby Lily had ever seen! His face was all red and wrinkly. His head was bald. Lily didn't know what to say as Papa lifted the baby carefully out of Mama's arms. He asked Lily to sit in the rocking chair next to the bed.
I was laughing so hard when I read that I nearly wet my pants. As adults we OOO and AHH over new baby's but we have no idea what little children are thinking.
Lily has many new experiences, from helping her father plant a garden, take care of the animals, going to school where there is a new teacher.
The age range is 8-12, however this would be a great read aloud at bedtime for kids younger. There are sketches that are in the book, much like what you would find in the Little House On The Prairie series.
Posted by Andie at 5:18 PM
Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt. She longs for romance to fill the void left by her parents' death. But when she falls hard for Steven O'Connor, the man who broke an engagement to her sister, Annie is worried. Will he break her heart too when he discovers who she really is?
I just can't believe that the O'Connor's series has come to a close. Sniff I remember my introduction to the O'Connor family, and Julie with a Passion Most Pure. I don't think I have ever held my breath or laughed so hard in my life. Julie creates characters you love and they become ones you just can't forget even after you've closed the last page.
A Love Surrendered is Steven's story, he is a Prohibition officer determined to stay on the straight and narrow after his relationship with Maggie ended and his father almost died. That may be possible if a young new "kid" hadn't arrived on the scene. Annie is young, beautiful and full of spunk. Steven is determined to keep her from falling into the bad crowd, can he keep himself from falling in love with her?
Annie falls hard for hunky Steven O'Connor, and what's not to like about this handsome Irishman.
Annie, Grace, Susannah . . . is fresh of the farm and definitely not ready for the city. She has no idea what she's gotten herself into and when she realizes who Steven is, will it change everything?
What is wonderful about this entire series from Passion Most Pure to this book, is that Julie weaves the struggles the characters have within their relationships and their faith. Whether it's between the parents to the children, siblings to siblings, romantically, even between the cousins. You get to see them grow in their faith.
Posted by Andie at 10:50 AM