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Published on December 31, 2012, by in Book Nook.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”  Mark 12:30

Why a Book Nook?

How does one go about loving the Lord with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength? There are many ways that we can answer this question, but for the most part, I don’t think the answer is found spending countless hours staring into a television set. Yet, I have spent a much larger portion of my heart and mind on television than I would like to admit. Way too often I come home from work, grab the remote, plop down and stare blankly at the vision before me.  Television is convenient, but what I really need is some downtime to rest my body, and something uplifting to refresh my heart and mind after a long day at work. This is where I find that a good book accomplishes what TV rarely, if ever, can do. But where is a good book when you need it?

So many books, so little time...

“So many books, so little time” – Frank Zappa

In her book Inkheart, Cornelia Funke says that, “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” Like most people, I only have so much time, and the time that I do have, I don’t want to spend on a book that isn’t worth the tasting. For me, a good book is one that teaches me something new, refocuses my thoughts, or makes me look at something from a different perspective. But best of all, is when a book does all of these things while encouraging my faith and drawing me closer to God.

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Published on December 30, 2012, by in Book Nook.

Through Gates of SplendorPublished in 1957, Through Gates of Splendor is Elisabeth Elliot’s first book. This book tells the story of five American missionaries who attempted to reach the greatly feared Huaorani tribe of eastern Ecuador. One of these five men was Elisabeth’s husband, Jim Elliot. In this writing Elisabeth has skillfully woven her own memories together with journal entries and historical facts to bring alive this “nail biting” story from beginning to end. Elisabeth captured the passion of their missionary call: in life or in death, nothing was more important to these men than bringing God glory through this mission.

Upon their arrival in Ecuador the men started first with more accessible tribes, such as the Chiquas. But ultimately all five men lost their lives in a savage attack at the hands of the Huaorani warriors. While most would have considered the Huaorani to be an unreachable people group, these men believed that God’s ability and His love reached to the farthest corners of His creation. After the death of the men, their wives had to totally rely on their relationship with Jesus Christ to continue in their ministry to serve and bring the Gospel to the Ecuadorian people.

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Published on December 30, 2012, by in Book Nook.

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The Hiding Place is an incredibly moving and true story written by Corrie Ten Boom with the assistance of John and Elizabeth Sherrill. The setting is 1940 and the Nazis had invaded Holland. Corrie, a middle- aged spinster, was living with her elderly father Casper and her single older sister Betsie in the building that housed their family’s watch and watch repair business. Because of their strong Christian faith, Corrie and her family felt obliged to help their Jewish friends in any and every way that they could, including stealing ration cards and providing a hiding place for Jews in their home.

Eventually a spy infiltrated their mission of mercy and the entire Ten Boom family and all of the watch shop employees were arrested. However, the Jews were successfully hidden from discovery in the secret room created in the Ten Boom home. Casper was offered a way out of imprisonment if he would stop causing trouble. Refusing to stop this mission of mercy, Casper died in prison 10 days after his incarceration. Initially separated, Corrie and Betsie were eventually reunited and shipped off to Ravensbrück, a notoriously awful women’s concentration camp, where they were forced to live and work in conditions unsuitable for human life. Inspired by her sister Betsie’s amazing faith and love for both her fellow prisoners and her Nazi captors, Corrie eventually looked to Heaven to be her hiding place (Ps 119:114) in the midst of the hatred and misery that she was forced to endure. Using a Bible that they had smuggled in, the sisters taught their fellow prisoners about the hope and love found in Jesus Christ; Betsie and Corrie brought Light into a very dark place. Betsie eventually succumbed to her failing health. Due to a clerical error, Corrie was later released and traveled the world sharing her message of amazing love and forgiveness.

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