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Cozy book hop: two

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I wanted to start by thanking those of you that linked up for the first Cozy Book Hop last week. I really loved seeing what everyone had to say about books. I hope there are even more that join us this week because having a circle of people to chat about books with makes reading so much more!

Blue Hat, Green Hat (Boynton on Board)Some favorite kids books in our house are the board books by Sandra Boynton. They are great fun for us. My oldest likes to help me make up the sing-song for the words, as most of the books are written in a way that flows naturally into a song. My youngest loves looking at the pictures. I enjoy the fact that we get to experience reading on may levels with these books. There is interaction encouraged in them, making animal sounds, or commenting on the silly characters, or even kissing my kids good night. Right now our favorites are Snuggle Puppy and Blue Hat Green Hat - but these change almost weekly as there is a great selection!

Snuggle Puppy (Boynton on Board) (text only) 1st (First) edition by S. BoyntonIt is a lot of fun too because the words are repetitive so my older son remembers the books easily and enjoys reading them to his little brother, and let me just say there is nothing that melts a mommy's heart faster (at least this one's) that hearing her child read to his brother.  

So here's to the second week- All I ask is that you link a post that has something to do with reading - like a book you loved, a book you wish you had never read even, what your kids are reading, how you are teaching your kid to read, anything really that involves reading!

If you could add the Cozy Book Hop button to your post, page, sidebar, that would be great, just because I think most readers would enjoy the chance to share their book thoughts. And just try to show some "bloggy" love but there are not a bunch of rules here!



Confronting Jezebel

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Confronting Jezebel
By Steve Sampson  

This is one of those books that you can fly through, or spend a ton of time pondering as you read. I found myself taking forever because I had so much to think about. In fact I don't really have an opinion on it yet, can't say if it's great, just good, not bad, or not good! Still mulling it over.

One reason I decided to even read this is because of the foreword. Here's the quote that hooked me: "Steve has endured season of warfare in the Spirit over the years that God has used to season him." (Dr. Mark Chironna) That and my husband has been really into learning more on how to be prepared for the spiritual battle in front of Christians.

So here's a synopsis:

In Confronting Jezebel, Sampson enlightens the reader with the characteristics of the Jezebel principality - a subject of Satan. Remember Jezebel? I knew of her from the Bible, you know that really evil queen, but I didn't realize just how much she popped up in it until this book. Sampson does a remarkable job of showing just how much of Satan's dirty work she does. And let me just say, this is one minion of Satan that is pretty smart, as she tends to go after Christians who are confident and even powerful.

One big point Sampson makes over and over is that this principality, although given a female name, can influence both men and women in today's societies.

Most of the book is comprised of examples of Jezebel's destruction that Sampson has witnessed or heard about during his career in the Church. There are many disheartening, and nasty stories that involved strong Christians and stable churches.

Sampson says that Jezebel finds people who are insecure about something, and are making up for that insecurity by taking control of others in order to build themselves up (- sounds a little like what many kids are taught growing up to me...). He does make it clear that just because a person is strong-willed does not mean he or she is under the influence of Jezebel, but that if such a person is not striving to follow God's will Jezebel can get a foothold on this person. And it is a scary picture he paints of what happens when Jezebel really starts to influence.

Here are some of the quotes that stood out to me the most:
All Christians must face up to the fact that their real battle is with their flesh. - 12
Jezebels make idols of their opinions. - 88
Jezebel deceives with the right words and wrong spirit. A Jezebel spirit overcomes
people through the weakness of their flesh, appealing to them through their fear, insecurity, wrong concepts
of authority and the like. Jezebel will use any effective means, but some if its favorites are lust, 
sex, gossip, manipulation and false accusations. - 58
Refusing to try is not learning; it is evil. There is no grace for that
We have to take responsibility for our lives. -136

There were many times when I realized I'd met many people who, if not influenced by Jezebel, were well on their way to allowing a Jezebel to influence them, but always just thought to myself, "Now there is a seriously angry person with a lot of influence!" Have you met someone like that? Are you someone like that? This book addresses that.

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If you are a new or young Christian (as in still focused on the fundamentals, not young in age) this probably isn't a good book for you, just because it makes you feel that your sins are all because a Jezebel principality has gotten a hold of you. This is most certainly a book for a Christian who has a good foundation with Jesus and even a strong support system of believers to draw strength and counsel from, because there is a lot here.

However, Sampson does spend the last chapter talking about ways to deal with Jezebels in all forms - in churches, work places, families, friends, yourself. Which, after reading everything, was a welcome relief.

Does this book sound interesting to you? Are you interested in hearing what the Bible says about the demonic battle going on? Does this just seem like too much for you? Let me know, because like I said, I'm still mulling this one over!

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** Please note this was received from the publisher, however the above review is all my personal opinion, and was not required for the book.

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