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The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Mary Connealy and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Accidental Guardian" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me. The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy is a gritty, yet beautiful story about the survivors of a wagon train raid and the man who saves them.   Trace wants to catch the wagon train raiders and bring them to justice.   He must take Deb, one of the survivors, along to identify the murderer she saw. This book is a suspenseful and enjoyable work of western fiction.   The characters are thick and fleshy.   The relationship development seemed a bit fast, but that got me thinking that relationships in those days developed out of necessity and probably did gel quickly because of that.   I love how works of fiction can help me process reality.   My only disappointment is that

How to stay connected to God "out of season"

So, your church doesn't have Bible study during the summer... And you're not a Sunday School teacher who has to prepare a lesson every week... How about reading through the New Testament in 90 days??? If you read roughly 3 chapters each day, you can read through the entire New Testament over the summer. There are plenty of plans available online for printing, so I won't create my own just to add to the mix.  If you need a checklist, print one of them up and start reading. I heard recently that staying in God's Word is the most important thing we ever do!  So do it! And for future reference...  if you have 15 days over spring break to fill with impromptu study, look through your Bible and find a book (or books) with that many chapters or pick a couple one chapter books and take several days to read, re-read and do homiletics on those books. No matter what, stay in God's Word!

The CSB Worldview Bible Review

Thank you, B&H/Lifeway for sending me the CBS Worldview Bible to review! The CSB Worldview Bible is loaded with lots of features like study notes focusing on worldview, center margin references, worldview-related articles by respected Christian scholars and two ribbon markers. The beautiful navy blue leathertouch cover and silver-edged pages make this a beautiful gift for yourself or someone else. This Bible has recently become my “go to” resource for engaging Scripture. It’s a pleasure to feel in the hand. It’s appealing to look at open or closed, but preferably open… The pages are thin, yet thick enough that you’re not distracted by the printing on the back of the page. The CSB version is easy to read and understand, yet is also one of the more formal word-for-word translations of the Scriptures according to several sources. The introductions to each book of the Bible are informative foundations that connect different books, validate authorship and provide background info