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I've decided to end this blog and consolidate onto my main blog - Sojourner Between Worlds, rather than trying to maintain 2 blogs.

I'm not reading as much as I used to and my tastes in reading have changed quite a bit over the last couple years. I will still post about what I've read, but will do so on my regular blog rather than keeping a separate blog just for books.

Please feel free to join me over at Sojourner Between Worlds.

More on The Vanishing Conscience

I've completed this book, except for the appendices, which I actually plan to read at some point. But I'm wanting to move on to other topics right now, so I'll go back to read them later. Here are some more quotes from this challenging book. How far we have fallen from Jesus' day and the call to repentance and turning from sin! We do not seem to want to challenge people on sin anymore; it's considered taboo. Yet Jesus didn't shy away from confronting people about their sin and challenging them to repent and leave their wayward ways to follow Him. We must return to teaching about the reality and seriousness of sin and the need for repentance, not just "feel-good" Christianity or the "self-esteem" movement.

"The conscience, to operate fully and in accord with true holiness, must be informed by the Word of God."

"The conscience reacts to the convictions of the mind and therefore can be encouraged and sharpened in accordance with God's Word. The wise Christian wants to master biblical truth so that the conscience is completely informed and judges right because it is responding to God's Word. A regular diet of Scripture will strengthen a weak conscience or restrain an overactive one. Conversely, error, human wisdom, and wrong moral influences filling the mind will corrupt or cripple the conscience."

"...the good news about salvation starts with the bad news about sin." "There can be no salvation for those who aren't convinced of the seriousness of their sin." " attempt to eradicate the human conscience is one of the most spiritually destructive pursuits any individual or society can engage in."

"People who follow the culture rather than obey God's Word are utterly without excuse."

And these are some powerful and sobering words to consider,
"With so many dampened consciences and hardened hearts, it would take a revival of unprecedented proportions to reverse the downward direction of our culture. The problems are spiritual and cannot be solved through politics or education. Christians who believe political activism can reverse the trends in our society do not understand the nature of the problem. True believers must realize that the state of our society is the result of the righteous judgment of God. God has not commissioned His people to reconstruct society. We are not called to expend our energies for moral reform....our primary task is to preach the truth of God's Word, live in obedience to that truth, and to keep ourselves unstained by the world (Jas. 1:;27). Our influence on society must be the fruit of that kind of living, not the product of fleshly energy or political clout. What we can do, and must do, is keep our own consciences pure. We must saturate our minds and hearts with the truth of Scripture, and refuse to yield to the spirit of our age." (emphasis mine)

The Vanishing Conscience by John MacArthur

Currently reading:
The Vanishing Conscience: Drawing the Line in a No-Fault, Guilt-Free World

We have moved away from the reality and seriousness of sin.
"Remove the reality of sin, and you take away the possibility of repentance. Abolish the doctrine of human depravity and you void the divine plan of salvation. Erase the notion of personal guilt and you eliminate the need for a Savior. Obliterate the human conscience, and you will raise an amoral and unredeemable generation. The church cannot join hands with the world in such a grossly satanic enterprise. To do so is to overthrow the very gospel we are called to proclaim."

"The weakness of the church is not that we're too uninvolved in the politics or administration of our society, but that we too easily absorb the false values of an unbelieving world."

"'Reclaiming' the culture is a pointless, futile exercise."

"As believers, then, our duty with regard to sin is not to try to purge all society's ills, but to apply ourselves diligently to the work of our own sanctification. The sin we need to be most concerned with is the sin in our own lives. Only as the church becomes holy can it begin to ahve a true, powerful effect on the outside world - and it won't be an external effect, but a changing of hearts."

"It is an appeal that we commit ourselves to biblical thinking, that we see ourselves as God sees us, and that we deal honestly with our own sin."

Grief & Its Affect on Reading

Sometimes a book just doesn't grab me. Other times the circumstances going on in my life keep me from really being able to enjoy a book. Due to events that happened in the past week, I have not gotten much reading done.

December 2003 - September 24, 2012

We took Storm to the vet on Monday as she was not eating normally. They discovered that she had cancer and it was advanced. It was time to let her go.

Life will never be the same. Storm came into our lives on June 19, 2004 and has been a huge part of our lives ever since. There is a gaping hole now and we miss her tremendously. We are so thankful for the 8 years that we were able to enjoy her.

Fall into Reading 2012

I love this challenge as it is very laid-back and low-key without a lot of pressure. But it is fun to see what everyone is reading. I am not getting much reading done these days other than the Bible between the Bible in 90 Days that I am doing and starting a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) study. So this list is hopeful but not sure how much of it I will actually be able to complete.

For more information on this challenge and to join, go here (info) and here (to sign up).

My list:

1. Finish the Bible in 90 Days

2. Read Don't Stop Believin' by Robert Johnston, Craig Detweiler & Barry Taylor (editors) (review book from Netgalley) - GAVE UP ON
Don't Stop Believin': Pop Culture and Religion from "Ben-Hur" to Zombies

3. Finish through Chapter 18 of Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem. I'm currently on chapter 12.
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine

4. Read either The Vanishing Conscience or Ashamed of the Gospel by John MacArthur. COMPLETED
The Vanishing Conscience: Drawing the Line in a No-Fault, Guilt-Free World
Ashamed of the Gospel REV/E

5. Read Spiritual Rhythm by Mark Buchanan.
Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul

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At 10:04pm on December 20, 2009, Bernice McFadden said…
Happy Holidays!

You may not know me or my work but I am the author of six critically acclaimed, award winning novels and I have been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. On Jan 9th 2010 my debut novel SUGAR will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary and I hope you will buy a copy or to help commemorate this milestone. And yes, Kindle purchases count!

Praise for the novels of Bernice L. McFadden:

"Searing and expertly imagined." - Toni Morrison

“Bernice L. McFadden is a master storyteller.” Adriana Trigiana

"Vivid." - The New York Times

"Eloquent..." (McFadden) is a talent worth watching." - The Washington Post

Peace & Light,

Bernice McFadden
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At 7:11am on July 11, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi , I want to introduce you to you my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a paranormal, murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. I was wondering if you would like to review my book for your blog or sites such as Amazon. Do visit to read more about the book. If you would like to read it I can mail an advance readers copy to you. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 12:09pm on March 2, 2009, Chris Tusa said…

My name is Chris Tusa, and I'm a writer from New Orleans. My debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, is now available, and I was hoping you might be willing to mention it on your blog (or consider it for review). If you'd like to review the book, I'd be glad to send you a copy (in e-book format). Let me know. I've included a summary of the novel below:

Dirty Little Angels
Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses's lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses's twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.

If you'd like to read the first chapter before you commit, feel free to visit my web site:

Thanks so much,

Christopher Tusa
Department of English
Louisiana State University
Editor, Poetry Southeast
At 10:58am on January 4, 2009, B.J. Gupta said…
May I request you to respond to message I have posted today
for review of booklet titled ‘Philosophy of life and other essays’
located at following URL,


(B.J. Gupta)

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