The Conspiracy of Us... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, April 09, 2016

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Current book:

The Conspiracy of Us

Maggie Hall

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Goodreads Summary:

A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance--perfect for fans of Ally Carter

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family--but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she's falling in love with.

Sneak Peek:

"The thing is, being lonely is like walking in the cold without a coat. It's uncomfortable, but eventually you go numb. Once you get used to not being lonely, though, that shock of going back is like having your down comforter yanked off at six o'clock on a Minnesota December morning."  p 7

Initial Thoughts

I wish I could say I am loving this book, but I'm on the fence.  Avery West is a high school student that is finding herself in the middle of a strange new treasure hunt a la The Da Vinci Code.  She, like so many teenagers, is emotional and temperamental which comes across two-fold because she is telling the story.  However it's fast paced and the side characters, Jack and Stellan, are intriguing...

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Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 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 the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

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The Cozy Reading Spot #137

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! 

This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  You are welcome to share posts that tell us what has been on your heart, mind and bookshelves - yes that means just about anything goes.  As book lovers, we love to read, so share something for us to read today!

April's Community Freebie

Granted, my artistic skills are not that great... but I couldn't help it with this one.  My kids are into bookmarks, so I thought I'd design a couple that you all could use too.  These two bookmarks are hand sketched, one with a quote and one that is waiting for you to add your favorite quote or verse. The link for this freebie will be in your weekly invitation to link up on The Cozy Reading Spot. So if you got your email today, it's already there.  If you do not receive a weekly invite to join us, all you need to do is put your email in that little pop up that comes up on this page.  I am not a spammy mailer, you will get one weekly email, maybe an extra two emails a year, and a new freebie each month.  That's all.  If you still can't find a way to get signed up, leave me a comment below, or shoot me a message on social media.  And thanks for being part of the community. 

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Last Week's Features

Marissa's Favorite

My favorite link from last week was by Anne at The Fitly Spoken Word: Keep Easter in Your Heart Always.  She discusses how Easter needs a little more attention in our hearts all year. 
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The most popular link from last week was by Forever Joyful: Final Friday Family Faves.  She shares each of her family's favorite books from March. 
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Bible study

Become Battle Ready in Only Seven Weeks

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The Armor of God

Priscilla Shirer

There are sections of the Bible that are well known while very few actually understand just how great the message is.  The words have been memorized while the meaning is lost.  I am willing to guess that Paul's analogy of a warrior's armor in Ephesians is one such example.  Many of us have heard this description of being battle ready, yet do we take its truth to heart?

Do you know the battle you are in?

Do you know how to use the tools that have been given to you?

Do you know how to hear, listen, and follow the battle plan?

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Story Overview 

Priscilla Shirer has gotten quite the following since War Room was released, especially with the follow up of Fervent - yet this in-depth study of Paul's summary in Ephesians is full of wisdom and truth that fans of Beth Moore and group studies will appreciate.  

Over the course six weeks of study and seven well-delivered video messages, you will uncover more than you ever imagined in 10 these fairly often quoted verses of scripture.  Each week Priscilla takes one element of the armor and breaks it down - she goes over the historical need for the armor, how Paul would have seen it as an example for the battle believers face, and practical steps on how to familiarize yourself with it so that you will be able to stand firm. 

The study is designed for a small group - with discussion questions for leaders in the back - however if you are looking for some self-development, this study could be done on your own as well (you just might want to get a mentor or accountability partner...).  Each week has five days worth of study and reflection that will demand you to engage your heart, soul, and mind. By the end of the seven lessons, you will be battle ready, full of courage and conviction to stand firm in the days that are ahead of you, not matter what they might hold.

What the brain is to the body, your mind is to your soul. #ArmorofGodStudy @PriscillaShirer @Reading_List1

Personal Likes

I have done a couple of other studies that Priscilla leads, and she is such a gifted teacher.  Her vitality and faith shine through every single time - this study being no exception.  Many young moms will relate to her as she shares her experiences as a mom, and yet her faith will connect with women of all ages, no matter where in life's stages you might be.

This study is overflowing with scripture and truth - your Bible will get a workout - and for that reason I know I can recommend this one. Every lesson is ground first in scripture, then backed up with history and word clarification. You will learn new facts while growing deeper in your understanding of scripture.  Priscilla's personal stories only add color to the solid truth she is sharing and teaching.

The biggest difference with this study, since it is a follow-up to War Room and Fervent, is the fifth day's homework.  You gather all the take away points from each day that are important and meaningful to you and then create a new personal prayer.  The hope is that you will come out of this study with the confidence to pray mighty prayers and fill your own war room.

Ephesians 6:11-19

Personal Dislikes

As in many video based studies, the videos are echoed in the daily homework, and for many points that is great, but once in a while it can feel repetitive.  This is why I suggest doing this in a small group, or with a prayer buddy so that you complete it once you start it.

And as a super minor issue, there are prayer cards that are meant to be filled out to start your war room, and I just wish there had been more room to write on those cards. Each week is so full of truth, there was too much to add to many of the prayer cards.

Reading List Rating

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I have to give this study five stars - if I could I would take this study again because it is so powerful. 

My Suggested Audience

This is a woman's study, so if you're a woman you're in - to be honest, the fact that the study is clearly on the armor of God, and for women, is what drew me to it.  This is a passage I use with my boys because it's so powerful, but it often feels harder to grasp as a woman and to use it well.  As far as ages go, really any age that can handle daily personal reflection and seven weeks of focus should be able to gain something from this one.  The only other thought is for Christian development - many studies can be geared to a certain stage of faith - this one is for believers, yes, but really any believer that wants to understand prayer, how to use it and why it is important will benefit and that can happen the day after you choose to believe to those who have believed for 40+ years.  

Believe and receive first; then utilize what you've been given. #ArmorofGodStudy @PriscillaShirer @Reading_List1

Wondering Questions to Consider

It is fairly common to tell people going through trials and challenges, I'll pray for you - what does that really mean for you?  Do others, maybe even not-yet-believers, ask you to pray for them when they are struggling?  Do you pray for their hearts as well as their struggles?

Every human being on the planet longs to be nurtured and filled with something--Someone. #ArmorofGodStudy @PriscillaShirer @Reading_List1

become battle ready in only 7 weeks a Bible study review and reflection on Reading List

How do you feel about prayer? Do you pray often? Do you have a war room? Do you want one? How well do you know the verses on the Armor of God?

I'd love to hear from you, please leave me a little note!

Marissa @ Reading List

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