Tuesday, 22 April 2014

TEASER TUESDAYS: A BEAUTY SO RARE 22.4.14

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Anyo
ne can play along!  Just do the following:• Grab your current read• Open to a random page• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away -
You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
• Share title & author so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser ?

"She turned then and headed straight for him.
He summoned an air of practiced nonchalance...
The woman didn't so much as blink in his direction as she passed.
Feeling aptly put in his place - and not overly fond of the feeling, Marcus watched her exit the post office.  He wasn't accustomed to being ignored."

From A BEAUTY SO RARE by Tamera Alexander
 Impoverished and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor arrives at Belmont Mansion, home of her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America--and possibly the most demanding, as well. Adelicia insists on finding her niece a husband, but a simple act of kindness leads Eleanor down a far different path--building a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War. While Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve of this endeavor.

Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Hiding his royal heritage, Marcus longs to combine his passion for nature with his expertise in architecture, but his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widows' and children's home run contrary to Eleanor's wishes. As work on the home draws them closer together, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground--and a love neither of them expects. But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor, and even if he were, someone who knows his secrets is about to reveal them all...
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I have grown attached to these two characters in the reading of this excellent novel.
Every reading opportunity reveals further brilliant plot and relationship developments.
Tamera has a wonderful way of creating deep reader-character connections
along with humourous situations that keep me pursuing more.
5*s and highly recommended !

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

CHRIST IS RISEN! : MY REDEEMER LIVES - Nicole C Mullen 20.4.14

Resurrection Morning !



le saintes femmes au tombeau

Christ is Risen!  Hallelujah!
Christ is Risen indeed !

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Every Blessing on your Worship and Celebration
this Joyous Easter Day!
Thank you for joining #SONGSonSUNDAYS 

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

BORN OF PERSUASION PARTY:GIVEAWAY & INVITATION by JESSICA DOTTA


Win a First Edition Lucy Maud Montgomery Novel!

Thursday, April 17, 2014
to Saturday, April 19, 2014
Hosted by Jessica Dotta
www.facebook.com/bornofpersuasion

Message from the Host

My debut novel Born of Persuasion is being offered free right now via e-book. It's an incredible opportunity for readers to discover a new author without risk.
To help spread the word, I'm offering a chance to win a first edition copy of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Mistress Pat on my author Facebook page! It's a charming book that would make a lovely addition to any library.
Additionally, bloggers who share about the free download of Born of Persuasion will be entered to win 1 of 10 autographed copies of Mark of Distinction, the sequel--releasing soon! (Please make sure you e-mail me your link so I can include you in the drawing.)
Don't forget to snatch up your copy of Born of Persuasion now at:
XOXO Thank you so much!
Jessica
"Readers who miss Victorial Holt will swoon with delight upon discovering this retro-gothic winner." --BOOKLIST on Born of Persuasion
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Friday, 18 April 2014

GOOD FRIDAY: GOOD NEWS 18.4.14

For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world,
but rather so that through Him, the world might be saved.

John 3:16-17

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
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Thursday, 17 April 2014

MAUNDY THURSDAY: LAST SUPPER MANDATES 17.4.14

Tonight as we remember the mandates of Yeshua Jesus to His disciples
we look at some of the highlights of the Seder Meal the Jewish family has
when it celebrates the Passover
and compare them with the Last Supper Jesus had with His disciples
just before He went to the cross.

Here is Paul’s description of the Passover meal Jesus had with His disciples
before He went to the cross.
 from 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
 For  I  received  from  the Lord what  I also passed on  to  you:
The Lord  Jesus, on  the night he was betrayed,
took bread,  and when he had given  thanks, he broke it and said,
“This is my body, which  is  for  you;  do  this  in  remembrance  of  me.”  
In  the  same  way,  after  supper  he  took  the cup, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in  my blood;
do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”


The four cups that are consumed during the meal
symbolize the four distinct redemptions promised by G-d to the Hebrews 
as told in Exodus 6:6-7
four cups of wine to celebrate redemption and freedom
and are particularly pertinent to the sacrifice of Christ as the Lamb of God
slain for the sins of the world.
"Cup of Sanctification"
 as God set apart His people in Egypt
drink in remembrance that we have been set apart
by the Lord's sanctification
“Cup of Instruction”
tells the story of the cross and how it delivered us from bondage
“Cup of Redemption,”
Matthew 26:26-28 , Luke 22:14-20
"he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. 
He gave it to them and said, 
“Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, 
which confirms the covenant between God and his people. 
It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many."


{Andrea describes the Passover beautifully
with many of its implications to followers of Christ.}

The same is true of the unleavened matzah bread used in the ceremony,
even to the very way it is baked
unleavened ~ being without hypocrisy and sin
the bread of Life ~ Christ ~ John 6.48-51
being pierced and striped
broken for us
as is the middle matzah of the three at the Seder 
 Father Son and Holy Spirit
the broken matzah then wrapped in white linen
as was Christ

I pray your worship this Maundy Thursday
has deeply reflected the impact of Christ's mandates
of serving one another in humility
as He led by example in washing His followers feet,
His command to Love one another,
and the breaking of bread and sharing the cup
around the table of His remembrance ...


if you are interested in more on this,
Joe Amaral has been a wonderful resource of
First Century Foundations by dvd of Ancient Feasts
{free study guide available at his site}
and his recent release Understanding Jesus

which recognizes the cultural realities that impact accurate 
interpretation of scripture ~ excellent resources
 both book and dvd

Reflections continue tomorrow
as we worship our Lord
throughout Good Friday remembrances...




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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

EXODUS 6: PASSOVER


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"why is this night different from all other nights...?"


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I am Adonai. I will free you ... rescue you from their oppression, and redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.  I will take you as my people, and I will be your God.  Then you will know that I am Adonai your God..'  Ex 6.6

 On that day you are to tell your son,
‘It is because of what Adonai did for me when I left Egypt.

Exodus 13.8

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)


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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

LECTIO DIVINA: CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER 15.4.14



How to Practice Lectio Divina 

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First Movement – Lectio: Settling & Shimmering

Begin by finding a comfortable position where you can remain alert and yet also relax your body. Bring your attention to your breath and allow a few moments to become centered. If you find yourself distracted at any time, gently return to the rhythm of your breath as an anchor for your awareness. Allow yourself to 
settle into this moment and become fully present. 
Read your selected scripture passage or other sacred text once or twice through slowly and listen for a word or phrase that feels significant right now, is capturing your attention even if you don’t know why. 
Gently repeat this word to yourself in the silence. 
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Second Movement – Meditatio: Savoring & Stirring 

Read the text again and then allow the word or phrase which caught your attention in the first movement 
to spark your imagination. Savor the word or phrase with all of your senses, notice what smells, sounds, 
tastes, sights, and feelings are evoked. Then listen for what images, feelings, and memories are stirring, welcoming them in,
and then savoring and resting into this experience. 
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Third Movement – Oratio: Summoning & Serving

Read the text a third time and then listen for an invitation rising up from your experience of prayer so far.  Considering the word or phrase and what it has evoked for you in memory, image, or feeling, what is the invitation? 
This invitation may be a summons toward a new awareness or action. 

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Fourth Movement – Contemplatio: Slowing & Stilling 

Move into a time for simply resting in God and allowing your heart to fill with gratitude for God’s presence in this time of prayer. Slow your thoughts and reflections even further and sink into the experience of stillness. Rest in the presence of God and allow yourself to simply be. Rest here for several 
minutes. Return to your breath if you find yourself distracted. 
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Closing 

Gently connect with your breath again and slowly bring your awareness back to the room, moving from inner experience to outer experience. Give yourself some time of transition between these moments of contemplative depth and your everyday life.  Consider taking a few minutes to
journal about what you experienced in your prayer. 


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© Christine Valters Paintner – excerpted from Lectio Divina—
The Sacred Art: Transforming Words and Images into Heart-Centered Prayer
(SkyLight Paths Publishing)
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Monday, 14 April 2014

SOUNDTRACKING: PAOLO NUTINI 14.4.14

Starting the week off with MUSIC TO MOVE us!
I've enjoyed finding a variety of music loving bloggers
where we can share our music loves and likes and links.

Today I'm featuring a fav  - Scottish singer musician

Paolo Nutini
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His new album, Caustic Love, releases TODAY - 14th.4.14

Time to get your dancin' shoes on ...

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[ these two off the new album ]


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and a lovely slow dance to send you on your way...


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Caustic Love is Paolo's first record since 2009's 

Sunny Side Up, his 5xs platinum-selling

number one album and follow up to These Streets.

Adele, tweeted a link to a video of Paolo performing

 one song live, saying it was

"one of the best things I've ever seen in my life
hands down."  I'd agree !

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great choices to add to this week's soundtrack .


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