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Book Review: Hostile Witness

Book Review: Hostile Witness

    This review has been a long time coming.  I’ve started reading Hostile Witness by Gary Mitchuta a while ago.  I actually had to read it twice–once on my Kindle and finally I gave up bought a paperback.  This is why I have multiple copies of the same book. This book was a treasure for me, because I love history.  I love learning about our faith through the eyes of history and seeing how events that surrounds the Bible helps the time period (and culture) make sense.  Learning about our history makes the lives of those who lived during the time of the Bible and after, come alive. Gary Mitchuta starts this book by taking us all the way back to the New Testament times, and uses historical witnesses to prove Christianity.  Instead of using testimony from people who agreed with Christianity, he pulled testimony from people who dismissed the faith, or who were against (hostile) against it. This was the part that made this book so interesting.  He starts with King Herod the Great, and takes us through history up until WWII and the National Socialist Party (Nazis).  He gives just enough information to whet your appetite about that time period, while leaving you wanting to know more about it.   Dispelling the Lies    In our day and age, we have so many people who use information incorrectly, or just choose to be willfully ignorant about history.  Mitchuta takes the common arguments such as: Jesus doesn’t exist, Crusades and Christianity evils, and of course WWII and how the Pope was on the Nazis side–and dispels them. Not only...
Reviewing The Bullet Journal Method Book

Reviewing The Bullet Journal Method Book

When I found out that The Bullet Journal Method book has been released by Ryder Carroll, I knew it was a book that I had to read.  It’s been all over the web.  Bullet Journaling has been a thing for a while now, and I don’t think it’s every going to slow down.  Tons of people have jumped onto the bandwagon, and perhaps even found a system that worked for them.  I too Bullet Journal, but it wasn’t a straight thing for me. Why I started a Bullet Journal   I think it right after my heath scare issue.  I needed something to help with the mounting doubt, confusion, and worry that I was going through.  Actually, back in 2015 I have gone through so much.  Not just health wise but emotionally as well. Let me back up.  The years of 2011 to 2013 was the most fun I ever had blogging. It was entertaining and I truly enjoyed the connections that I was making. During this time I was an avid reader (but pulled back), and I found that I couldn’t unwind with my books due to the anxiety, and honestly, worry about what the next thing people are going to say to me. 2015 is when we moved (yet again) to another location, and I had just 2 weeks to pack.  Granted that I was moving across the street from my previous location, but I did all the packing myself, on top of a 2 year old who still needed a long nap time. To say that I was stressed, and an emotional wreck was an understatement!...
4 Spiritual Reading Mistakes

4 Spiritual Reading Mistakes

  I’ve done my kind of spiritual reading mistakes. I love reading and I love reading for growth, but I’ve relied too much on my memory and honestly–after I finish the book, I tend to forget what has helped me reflect as I was reading it. Now, I’ve always been a reader, and a lover of books. It wasn’t until a few years ago that something switched within me, and I’ve been primarily focused on books for growth. I think this is awesome and a bit problematic. Let me explain. I’ve love collecting the amount of books that I’ve read. I love plowing through them and checking them off my list. However, spiritual reading is a bit different. There is no plowing, there is no speeding through. It’s only you, the words, your reflections, and God. And trust me, there is no time limit for this. These are some mistakes that I have made, and what I learned from it. Not writing everything down I need to get into this practice more, but a common place book is a great way to keep track of what you’re reading, and to keep notes. I’m a dabbler, so I’m not sure if I want to do it with paper and pen or all electronic. Eventually, I’ll be writing it down in a notebook, but when it’s digitally, it’s just easier to cross things out and move things around. Before, I would just highlight my book. But, that’s not note taking. I still highlight–a digital book, but I tend to write my notes for a physical book down separately. Occasionally, I’ll put...

The Four Last Things: Fearing Death

While I was reading my book (The Four Last Things), it dawned on me that I should share my meditations and thoughts with you as I read it. Afterall, how many of you will willingly pick up a book about death, dying, judgement, Heaven and Hell? Sharing these meditations with you also helps me with my readings.  Reading books like these, and sharing what we learn will help all of us grow holier, and closer to our Lord during this season.  First though, I want to talk about the purple elephant in the room: why (if you’re a red-blooded person), do we fear dying so much?  Well the book that I’m reading explains three main reasons why: 1. The love of life 2. We understand that death is bitter, and when we die it is full of suffering. 3. We don’t know where we will go after death or how we will stand when it’s time for Judgement. So let’s break this down a bit. 1. The Love of Life There is no doubt that we all love our lives.  We are constantly reminded that we have one life to live and we should live it to be best of our abilities.  We must have bucket lists and things to do before we are 30, 40, 50…you get the point. The assumption is that you only have one time to do it and if you don’t want a life full of regrets over the things that you wanted to do, you should do them now.  You don’t want to be in the group of people who had regrets before death!...
How To Read The Bible In One Year Review

How To Read The Bible In One Year Review

  It’s been a while since I posted anything here.  Life has been busy with a newborn, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. One plan that I made for the New Year, is to read the Bible cover to cover.  Actually, I had already started this goal, but like everything when life gets hectic, we promise to do it later, then never comes.  But this year, I wanted things to be different.  I wanted to really start and get through a reading plan, that wasn’t overwhelming.   While I am familiar to all the stories in the Bible, as I read and hear it often, I have never actually made it a goal to read the Bible from front to end.  Reading it from front to end, is much different than following along with the readings for the Mass daily (although I attempted that as well). Of course, I would pick a time when I have a newborn, but I see it as the perfect time.  This is the time that I need all the grace that I can get.  Homeschooling my oldest, potty training my middle, and being sleep deprived is the most perfect time 😂.    There are so many reading plans out there, that one could be bogged down with just making a decision to start.  I ended up going with  How To Read The Bible Everyday by Carmen Rojas. I’m loving book this so far because: It breaks down the reading on how you can manage it Read on one year, two year, or three year plan. Has extra readings for Lent and Advent. Breaks everything...
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