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July Reading List

I have three books this month I really enjoyed and two for which I have very mixed feelings, but mostly I didn't like.  Both of those were by the same author.

The first book I really enjoyed was Mountain Top by Robert Whitlow.  So I had apparently read this book before, back in 2007. Usually once I get a ways into a book I start to remember it if I've read it before, but I didn't remember this one at all. I really enjoyed it, though. Robert Whitlow writes about the law scene, but he also has a lot of the supernatural in his books. In this particular book, a pastor who had formerly been a lawyer and who still has his license, takes on the case of an older man who dreams dreams that have meaning. Taking on this case pro bono results in trouble at his church, but becomes a life-changing experience for both him and his wife. It is really a story of renewal and revival.

The second book (and third, but I didn't finish the third one) was The Color Purple and The Templ…

Making Us Feel Right at Home

It has been two weeks since we left Niger, but it sure seems like it's only been a few days.  On the other hand, it seems ages ago.  I think it's partly because it always seems like we have completely left one world for another.  It's hard to take in all that that switch involves.

Well, Pennsylvania wanted to make sure we felt right at home so that we could make an easier adjustment.  Late Thursday afternoon a massive thunderstorm rolled through.  We could barely see all the way across our yard because it was raining so hard.  We didn't notice that it was that windy but it did knock over our patio table and umbrella.  Then the lights flashed off, but came right back on.  A few minutes they went off again, but didn't come back on. 

A tree had broken and fallen on the power lines.  The power company was called right away.  We were assured they would come as soon as they could.  I should also mention that we are on a well, so when the power goes off, we don't hav…

Why We Don't Take Your Prayers for Granted

As missionaries, we realize the importance of surrounding ourselves and our work with people who will pray regularly for us.  I think we must be unaware of how often God answers prayer.  But sometimes it's really obvious!

Last week we went up to the village where we used to live to visit our friends there.  On the way home, I was driving.  I had a thought, which I am positive God put into my mind, that if you ever have a tire blow out, don't stomp on the brakes.  Maybe it was something my dad once told me when he was teaching me to drive....I'm at least sure he told me to not over-react in situations where you could lose control of the car.  Anyway, I believe that God brought this to mind.

Not 20 minutes later, there was a horrific BOOM!!!! and pieces of things were banging up against the car and went flying by.  I said something like, "The car is falling apart" and John replied, "You've had a blow-out."  Thankfully I knew not to slam on the brakes.…