Sisters of Lazarus by Paula K. Parker

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled is about Mary and Martha and their struggles with issues of self-worth. The author often wondered why the sisters were at odds and the book opens with Mary tiptoeing into the house as she returns from market with a hand-mirror for herself instead of saffron for Martha.

My Thoughts:
This is not your every day story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. It shows a typical sister relationship, one is prettier than the other, one is better at domestics than the other. Listening to them reminded me of my three girls who fought over clothes, the bathroom, and any thing else that they could think of. The difference here is that Jesus comes on the scene and changes everything.
I have read a good number of biblical fiction, and Paula is now a new fave. Recommended!

Test of Faith by Christa Allan

Will the revelation of a 16-year-old secret shatter or mend a fragile marriage? Like all marriages, Elle and Logan Butler s has its ups and downs. Yet they hang together, even as his political campaign escalates. But Elle has a secret that haunts her, one that she never thought would be revealed. It s a secret that has driven her from God and kept her from sharing her whole heart with the man she loves. But now the secret must be told. The news rips Elle s world apart as she struggles with painful memories and paralyzing fear of what will happen when she tells Logan. Every secret has consequences, and this one could destroy everything they've built. "

About this author

A true Southern woman who knows that any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day,Christa writes stories of unscripted grace with heart, humor and hope. Her debut womens fiction, Walking on Broken Glass, released in February. Christa's essays have been published in The Ultimate Teacher, Cup of Comfort, Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lovers Soul and Chicken Soup for the Divorced Soul. Christa is the mother of five, a grandmother of three, and a teacher of high school English. She and her husband Ken live in Abita Springs."

My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of Christa's, I have read everything she has written, and this book is my absolute fave.
With Elle and Logan barely hanging on during his political campaign things quickly escalate when Elle is faced with her secret of 15 years.
In this novel, Christa gets to the heart of things, bringing both Elle and Logan face to face with their fears from their childhood. The emotion in this story is real, and can be felt through the pages. Elle is someone you want to cheer for, Logan you want to strangle. As the book came to a close I had tears in my eyes.
She has set this book up for a sequel and I really hope there is one. I highly recommend this one.


If This is What a Christian is Count Me Out!

I read something yesterday that made my blood boil. Someone I've known for thirty years or more posted on Facebook about the "Nazarene's" know the Spirit, as if they are the only ones that do. I was adopted in 1966 and taken to church and dedicated that Sunday. I grew up in the Nazarene church, my brother and I joked that we cut our teeth on Nazarene pews, however this whole "we're better than you" attitude is for children, and I've seen it in countless Nazarene churches, which is one reason why I don't attend one anymore, the other is that now that I am an adult, I don't buy into all the LEGALISM that the Nazarene church "stands" on. I don't believe for one second that four men have the right to come up with a "manual" to tell me how to live out my Christian walk. My manual is God's word, and if what I am doing goes against Him, He'll let me know. We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, not have a denomination do it.
Also, unless I am mistaken, exclusivity is what Christ came to get rid of. The Sadducees and the Pharisees were about obeying the law, making sure everyone saw them pray, give money etc. and Jesus said not to be like them, however when we act like our church is better than the next one, that is what we are doing, and I believe that breaks His heart.

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