Thursday, August 28, 2014

Knight in Shining Sweatshirt

by Bethany

 It began one day while conversing with our friend, Liam, on Pinterest.
Becca found this photo,

we all agreed the sweatshirt was very cool, but quite a bit out of our price range.

"You should learn to make them," Liam said, "You'd make a killing in our HS (home school) group."

"I'll tell Beth," Becca replied, "The money will go in our castle fund :)"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Firm of Girdlestone || A Review

All right listen up, BBC.  No more Jane Austen or Charles Dickens adaptations, the next mini series you should make is The Firm of Girdlestone by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

Do you think that will work? 

I don't know what's up with me, but it looks like I'm going to do another book review!  I never thought I'd be much good at them, but "The Beatles, God, and The Bible" was fun to write, so why not give it another go?  Especially since it's a book I've just finished, and absolutely adore.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Beautiful People || August Addition || Bethany's Characters

I wasn't sure if I was going to do Beautiful People this month, but I think it would be fun to do one more character from "What Thou Need'st" before it's (hopefully) published.

So, say hello to Prince Bartholomew of Rovisland!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What Thou Need'st || Adventures in Cover Design

by Bethany

Well, I finally sent "What Thou Need'st" in for review, so now all there is to do is wait...and post a cover reveal with behind the scenes pictures!

Here's the cover!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Three week birthday!

It's been two weeks since we've shared pictures of Sarah Jane's only child. 
He has grown into a fat little chunk, and had his first taste of grass today.
(And it's not completely official, but we are pretty sure it's a boy)

He had lots of fun running around and jumping over mommy.
As you can see, he wasn't very pleased to be taken from playtime.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Beatles, God, and The Bible

I know some of our readers are fans of oldies music and groups like the Beatles, so when I finished this book, I thought it would be really fun to share it on the blog.

The author, Ray Comfort, is the founder of a favorite ministry of our family's, Living Water Publications. Our mom was ordering gospel tracts online from them recently, saw this book, and thought Becca and I would enjoy it.

Back Cover:

"I'm a most religious fellow... I was brought up a Christian and I only now understand some of the things that Christ was saying in those parables."
-John Lennon

In The Beatles, God, and The Bible, international evangelist and best selling author Ray Comfort exposes the theological side of the world's most famous music group, offering unique and fascinating insight into the spirituality of the Fab Four.

The second book in a series of cultural and religious exposes, Comfort takes a trip down Abbey Road with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, showing the evolution of the group's spirituality from the very height of their fame in 1965, when all four Beatles professed to be atheists, to later on down the road when the Liverpool group started singing a much different tune. The Beatles, God, and The Bible is an in-depth look at the role of religion in shaping the lives of the most influential band in history.

 The Beatles' music is iconic to the 60's era, and I've always enjoyed their early music, but I didn't know very much about them as people. 
This book starts with a history of the band, how the members met, their rise to fame, and the break up of the group, and then has a more personal focus on each of the Beatles, beginning with John Lennon, and even John Lennon's murderer, Mark Chapman.

Ray Comfort is very frank about what the Beatles did and believed, but always brings it back to the Bible, and has personal applications for the reader as well.

Overall, it was a very good and fascinating read. I definitely would recommend it to anyone interested in The Beatles. It answered some interesting questions too, like: What did John Lennon mean when he said 'The Beatles are more popular than Jesus Christ"? Who is "Mother Mary" referring to in "Let It Be" ? And is "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" really a reference to LSD?

 I was familiar with listening to Ray Comfort on a favorite radio show, Wretched Radio, but had never read one of his books before. His writing is really enjoyable, and I had his Australian accent in my head the entire time I read it. :) 

It certainly makes you think, not only about the lives of the Beatles, but also about your own spiritual life.
One question my mom asked me when I finished reading the book was, "Were the Beatles Christians?"

Honestly, I don't know. The book doesn't answer that for sure.
What I do know is that John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Mark Chapman as well, were/are sinful human beings in need of God's gift of salvation, just like everyone else; like you, and like me.

Did John Lennon and George Harrison repent and put their faith in the salvation God provided when He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross before they died? Only the Lord knows, but the more important question is-

Have you?

The Beatles, God, and The Bible is available at the Living Waters website, here.

Note: I am not a paid affiliate of Living Waters Publications. 
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