Book Review: The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter’s Message from Heaven That Changed a Father’s Heart and Won a World Series by Tom Friend with a Forward by Tim Kurkjian

The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter’s Message from Heaven That Changed a Father’s Heart and Won a World Series by Tom Friend with a Forward by Tim Kurkjian

“The Chicken Runs at Midnight”, it kind of sounds like one of those nonsensical codes we used to hear about in spy thriller spoofs.

Instead, this was really a miraculous message from a teenage girl who had gone to be with our Lord, to her family.

The book The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter’s Message from Heaven That Changed a Father’s Heart and Won a World Series by Tom Friend with a Foreword by Tim Kurkjian shows readers that it is also a message to all families. This would make a good Focus on The Family book.

There are multiple Christian and other messages in this book. One of the most important ones is that we, as parents, may not realize how every word we say to a child changes the child’s life, whether it be for good or for bad.

Speaking as one who has been in a coma, I (David) know that the advice given by the nurse was exactly right. People in comas do hear and understand everything that is going on around them. The family did the right thing.

We give The Chicken Runs at Midnight all five stars and five boxes of facial tissue to wipe away the tears. Happy tears and sad tears. This book is extremely well written. In this day of books being published at a super fast rate, they often miss wrong spellings of words, bad grammar, and editing problems. I found none in this book. A rare case indeed.

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Book Review: Chasing the Merry-Go-Round: A True Story by Kelly Bargabos

Chasing the Merry-Go-Round: A True Story by Kelly Bargabos

Chasing the Merry-Go-Round by Kelly Bargabos is a touching story of the devotion of a sister for her little brother. He was adopted into her family after a traumatic start in life. From the moment she saw him, she felt led to be there always for him, to take care of him, to love him.

Over the years, it became evident that something was holding him back, slowing him down in relation to the rest of the world. Ms. Bargabos fought the system to find out what that “something” was and to get her brother Bobby the help that he needed and deserved.

As Ms. Bargabos was fighting for her brother, she also had heartbreak on an even more personal level. Her marriage was falling apart. We learn more about the effects of substance abuse on her early childhood and how it has affected her relationships along the way.

This book deals with the effects of abuse, physical and substance, on children and those around them. Not all scars are evident at first.

Ultimately, it is a story of love, devotion, and faith.

If you enjoy learning more about the lives of others, then Chasing the Merry-Go-Round is the story for you.

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Book Review: How to Win a Soul to Christ and Make It a Lifestyle: Making Soul Winning Easy by Linda D. Casraiss

How to Win a Soul to Christ and Make It a Lifestyle: Making Soul Winning Easy by Linda D. Casraiss

The title How to Win a Soul to Christ and Make It a Lifestyle: Making Soul Winning Easy by Linda D. Casraiss sets a lofty goal for the author and the reader. Does it accomplish what it promises?

Actually, it doesn’t. After reading this book, Christians are still going to have questions and doubts. However, Casraiss does give her readers some great insights and many scripture references to help one learn a little more about leading a non-believer to Christ.

Many people out there are praying for their loved ones to be saved. Often, that loved one is not interested in hearing the Word again from the one who is praying for them. But, they are interested in hearing a fresh perspective from someone else. You could be that someone.

By reading this book and dedicating yourself to a lot of prayer and reflection, you just might feel a little more like you are able to win someone to Christ.

We give How to Win a Soul to Christ and Make It a Lifestyle all five stars. We think that it is an excellent resource and that it could be very helpful.

This would make an absolutely wonderful text for your small group Bible study. A group could get together in the church and support and encourage one another. We think your church would greatly benefit from such a plan.

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Press Release: 88,000+ Campers Become ‘Strong’ in Christ at 771 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camps This Summer

88,000+ Campers Become ‘Strong’ in Christ at 771 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camps This Summer

Eternal Impact for Christ Made, as 88,317 Coaches and Athletes Attend Hundreds of FCA Camps in 43 States and 50 Countries

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—There is strength in numbers.

That’s certainly true of Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA, www.fca.org) popular and life-changing 2018 Camps program.

For the successful 2018 season, FCA welcomed 88,317 coaches and athletes who attended 771 Camps in 43 states across the country and 50 nations around the world.

This summer’s FCA Camps season impacted and transformed lives through outstanding competition and spiritual growth, with the 2018 Camps theme of “Strong,” based on the Bible verse 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.”

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“We are so thankful to God for the life-changing impact experienced at hundreds of FCA Camps this summer,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “Transforming the world for Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes has been a central focus of FCA since 1954. Now, more than six decades later, we are still humbled to hear from those whose lives were changed through FCA Camps, and we pray this amazing Camps experience will continue for many years to come so even more can make a difference for Jesus through the sports they love.”

This summer, in addition to those who deepened their faith at FCA Camps, 5,097 campers also made first-time commitments to Christ, and 9,819 recommitted their lives to the Lord.

For the immensely successful and popular Camps ministry, FCA takes the best attributes of both athletic- and spiritual-focused camp events and combines them into an athletic/spiritual experience like none other. Camps also remove athletes and coaches from the routine of their sport, friends, co-workers and community, and place them into an exciting, healthy, athletic environment allowing them to pursue their passion for sport and clearly see and hear Christ’s passion for them.

Competitors who wanted to reach their potential through comprehensive athletic, spiritual and leadership training attended a variety of camps, which include Sports Camps, Leadership Camps, Coaches Camps, Power Camps, Team Camps and Partnership Camps. Learn more through FCA’s 2018 digital Camps impact report.

FCA is also gearing up for its 15th annual student-led and student-driven Fields of Faith events on Oct. 10, where student-athletes, coaches, parents and community members will worship together, hear from inspiring speakers, pray and commit to Bible reading at upwards of 500 gatherings on athletic fields in the U.S. and globally.

Last fall, thousands of lives were changed eternally on 521 fields across the country, as the 2017 event set a new record with 198,000 in attendance. Even more important, 6,213 made first-time faith commitments, 5,015 recommitted their lives to Christ, and 6,494 committed to reading their Bible.

Those interested in bringing Fields of Faith to their area may visit www.fieldsoffaith.com for more information on how to host a field event, sign up to attend a field or register a field. For details on how to become involved with FCA on campus, or to start an FCA presence at school, visit www.fca.org/get-involved.

Read more about FCA here. For more information about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, visit FCA’s web site at www.fca.org, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcafans or its Twitter feed @fcanews.

Book Review: Unveiling the Mystery of the Bride of Christ: The Restoration Truth of Who & What Is the Bride of Christ by Duke Levy

Unveiling the Mystery of the Bride of Christ: The Restoration Truth of Who & What Is the Bride of Christ by Duke Levy

Any time one has an alternative interpretation of the scriptures from what we were taught in Sunday School, we question the validity of that interpretation.

In Sunday School, we are taught that God changed Saul’s name to Paul. This never happened. Saul was his Hebrew name and Paul was the translation of Saul into the Gentile tongue.

This is why we read Unveiling the Mystery of the Bride of Christ: The Restoration Truth of Who & What Is the Bride of Christ by Duke Levy with an open mind.

We may not see eye-to-eye with Mr. Levy on the interpretation of the scriptures, but we can understand why he believes what he believes.

One instance of this difference would be Mr. Levy thinks we should continue to eat only foods that are clean according to the Old Testament. He may be right. However, our interpretation of Acts 11 leads us to believe that all foods are now clean. Would we be better to err on the side of caution?

Mr. Levy makes some very good points. We cannot judge whether he is right or wrong, theologically speaking. We know what we believe and can see why he believes what he believes.

Unveiling the Mystery of the Bride of Christ is very well-written and well-researched. Mr. Levy has spent years analyzing the scriptures to learn the truth, as he interprets it. We give this book all five stars.

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Book Review: Prancie’s Prayer by Ellen J. Pilch Illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo

Prancie’s Prayer by Ellen J. Pilch Illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo

By now all of our readers know that we here at McClendon Villa are animal lovers. That is why we love Prancie’s Prayer by Ellen J. Pilch, which was illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo. It is such a wonderful story. It shows that animals are part of the Kingdom, too.

This story is Christian-based. It takes place around Christmas, so it would make a wonderful Christmas present, or early Christmas present, for your kids.

This very heartwarming story is extremely well-written and the illustrations are magnificent. We give it all five stars and a can of tuna. You are looking for a great gift for your young child. You could not do better than Prancie’s Prayer.

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Book Review: The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind by Timothy R. Jennings MD

The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind by Timothy R. Jennings MD

You would think a book written by a brain doctor that taught much about brain science would be terribly complex and hard to understand. You might also think it would be boring. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In the book The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind by Timothy R. Jennings MD, we find an easy to understand book that explains in great detail what we can do to avoid brain problems in our young ones and also in us as we age.

Most often when you read a book that deals in health issues, you find that the author either takes the side of science only or of a natural cure and Christian stance. Jennings explains why and how both are right and gives scripture references to back himself up.

If you want to know what foods to avoid to protect your brain, it is in there. If you want to know what to eat, it is in there, too.

If your church has small group Bible study classes, it would do well to create a course around this book.

The Aging Brain is very well-written, easy to understand, and very educational. We give it all five stars and know that, once you read your copy, you will want rate it that high as well.

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Book Review: Crude Blessings by T. M. “Roe” Patterson

Crude Blessings by T.M. “Roe” Patterson

In the book Crude Blessings by T.M. “Roe” Patterson, readers are treated to a fascinating look into the life of two true Texans. We challenge you to read it without shedding a single tear.

This book makes for great entertainment, but it also provides a look at some truly great business minds.

It can be exhilarating to be on the front lines of a startup business. There is a special excitement when failure is not an option. This book puts readers on the front line to see how honesty and integrity can overcome a world of obstacles.

This makes an absolutely wonderful book with tons of life lessons.

The sad part in all of this is that, according to several of the other books we have reviewed recently, such as The Aging Brain and Unsafe at Any Meal , Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, ADD/ADHD and other brain related problems can be avoided. It appears that there is anecdotal evidence to support the notion that high fructose corn syrup and mercury in our diets cause these brain conditions.

We give Crude Blessings all five stars. We simply cannot believe that this is this author’s first book. Very few could write this well and tell a story this fascinating the first time out of the chute.

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A Morning of Pondering

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This is something that has been on my mind for quite some time now.  Many of us struggle with fear of failure, lack of self-confidence, and lack of self-worth due to being rejected or emotionally abused during our childhoods or even as adults. The old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is just that, a saying, because it is not true.  

Words can and do hurt and they lock people in a box. 

But we do not have to stay locked in that box. We can find a way out.

Person A has spent your entire life degrading and belittling you, telling you that you are worthless and will never amount to anything.

Person B sincerely loves you, tells you how wonderful you are, how you can do anything you set your heart and mind to. He or she believes in you, not just in words but in deed, deep down in his or her heart and soul, and does not shy away from telling and showing you so.

But, it is Person A whose words you take to heart. Their words have you locked in a cage, afraid to believe that anyone could possibly love you, holding you back from chasing the life you dream of. They keep you from going all in with your relationships, goals, and dreams.

Why do you listen to those that never cared about you, yet discard the love freely and fully offered to you by one who does?

You cannot and do not trust Person A, so why listen to them? If you cannot trust them, should their opinions matter to you and be controlling your life? That is all it is anyway, their opinion. Their negative thoughts of you are not based in fact or reality. The true root of their negative opinion of you is their own guilt, shame, insecurity, and jealousy. It is, in effect, their opinion of themselves being cast on you.

They are trying to force you to carry their baggage.  Why let their emotional baggage weigh you down and become yours?  

It is not yours to carry. 

Your worth was determined by Someone Who knew you even before you were conceived.  He loved you then and He loves you now.  Don’t put the heartless words of a man or woman above the love of your Heavenly Father.

Whenever those old – or not so old – negative tapes start playing in your head, making you afraid to do what your heart craves for you to do, don’t listen to them.  Remember Who gave you the passions, talents, and gifts that you have and go for it.

You CAN do this. You ARE of value. You ARE loved.

Shake off the dust of those that want to keep you down and grab the hand of the One – and the one – Who loves you and believes in you.   

Don’t look back.  Keep moving forward to the life you’re dreaming of!

 

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these,
‘It might have been’.

~John Greenleaf Whittier~

 

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Trail Life USA – Let Boys Be Boys

Outdoor Adventure Group Book Arms Parents,
Teachers in Cultural ‘War on Boyhood’

 As interest spikes in youth programs this fall, Trail Life USA
leader challenges PC thinking

BELTON, S.C.— With interest in enrollment in extra-curricular programs spiking nationwide as children return to school, Trail Life USA (www.traillifeusa.com) has released a special e-book outlining the unique learning and development needs of young males. 

Political correctness is failing America’s boys, according to the outdoor adventure organization that has published the guide urging parents, teachers and youth leaders to support single-sex activities that can help raise a generation of true men.

In a free eBook available for download, titled Let Boys Be BoysTrail Life CEO Mark Hancock warns contemporary culture has “seemingly declared war on boyhood.” But boyhood is not “some sort of social disease that needs to be eradicated,” he insists.

That message is resonating with many parents. The Christ-centered boy-focused outdoor adventure program that develops character and leadership has seen heightened interest from prospective members and volunteer leaders since the Boy Scouts of America announced last year it would be admitting girls to its programs.

Let Boys Be Boys warns that “PC” attitudes have led to boys failing educationally, with what was long considered normal boyish behavior being labeled as symptoms of ADHD. It sets out three strategies for leaders of boys that challenge the prevailing idea that boys and girls aren’t that different.

Drawing from research showing biological differences that impact the way boys learn—such as their reduced ability to distinguish shapes and colors, making coloring and handwriting less appealing—the guide encourages more hands-on activities.

He also advocates programs that involve boys in physical activity, because “they thrive in kinesthetic learning environments,” and need opportunities for risk and competition. The everybody-wins philosophy that has become so prevalent, “leads to the development of unproductive narcissists,” Hancock says. “They are unproductive because we haven’t sufficiently challenged them, and they are narcissists because we haven’t let them fail.”

Schools and organizations that are providing separate learning environments for boys and girls are seeing great results, he notes in Let Boys Be Boys. He cites a high school in Memphis that has raised its graduation rate to 90.5 percent from 53 percent after converting to boys-only and girls-only classes.

“As leaders of boys in schools, home schools, churches, and youth organizations, we must recognize and affirm their unique strengths and challenges,” Hancock writes. “We are positioned to instill the principles and character traits that can prepare boys to become successful, focused men.”

Through troops chartered by local churches, Trail Life USA offers a K-12 program centered on outdoor experiences that build young men’s skills and help them grow on a personal level and as role models and leaders for their peers.

Founded in 2013, Trail Life USA has more than 25,000 members in more than 770 Troops in 49 states and is anticipating heightened seasonal interest from potential members and leaders. The organization has added more than 50 Troops in the past 60 days, and new memberships are being added at double the rate experienced last year.

Many Trail Life USA Troops around the country are planning special open house events for visitors this fall. Local Troop details are available at www.TrailLifeUSA.com/FindaTroop.

Trail Life USA (www.TrailLifeUSA.com) is a Christian outdoor adventure, character and leadership program for boys and young men, K-12. Chartered through churches in 49 states, the program centers on outdoor experiences and biblical values that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers.