that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.


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grace is for sinners – serena woods

Go out and buy this book. Do it. And if you can’t buy it, like I couldn’t, order it off of Amazon and check out the blog link on my list to your right for grace is for sinners. I will lend mine after my bursting preggers sister gets her hands on it but she might be wanting to lend it out herself. I am re-reading it so I will give my full account and feelings once I have a chance to fully devour it the second time around but it is important, its message is important, and grace is the most important of all (next to love anyhow). Take my word for it:

graceisforsinners

One review:

Grace is for Sinners is the story of a woman who found grace where it was most needed and from the purest source-God Himself. But it came through the most painful of voyages across the wilderness of guilt, misguidance, and isolation. Christians who didn’t know how to handle grace on an industrial level burned the bridge that Christ meant to bring Serena back into restoration. Serena freely admits her guilt, but so convictingly reminds us, “Jesus didn’t hang on the cross in case you need him, he hung on the cross because you desperately need him.”

If we are still sitting in judgment of one remorseful believer’s failures over and against our own with no posture of restoration, it can only be because we ourselves have not found the profusion of healing that God aches for us to take from His scarred – over hands. Perhaps we are still cowering from our own guilt, covering it up by pointing at the decoy of others’ guilt. Grace levels the playing field. Redemption is meant for all.

Grace, in short, is for sinners.

[taken from wrecked.org]
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the shack

My dear friend Jen called me in hysterics a number of weeks, soo excited because she was going to go see William P. Young, the author of The Shack speak at a college in Calgary — one of those fleeting moments I regretted ever moving away. Anyhow, another friend from Calgary just showed me where I could hear his talk online… ergo, here it is for you. I encourage those who loved the book (Michelle!) to listen to this. It is so interesting, powerful, and explains so much of the phenom that is The Shack. It’s quite challenging too…and I spent a lot of time crying. Please listen to it. It’s quite long… so get some tea and kick back:

http://www.ambrose.edu/podcast/2008-10-20

I especially love when he talks about how ultimately, our goal should be that the separation between us and God is none existent…that our goal should be to be one with Him.

Be blessed.


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sheer desperation

It’s not very often that I read a book, especially one that is recommended to me, and feel this overwhelming need to buy a copy for every person I know (and don’t know, for that matter). But today I did. Usually I read books that most people probably wouldn’t enjoy, so I tend to not trust people’s recommendations as per differing tastes. But today I did.

Jes was given The Shack from a friend in Camrose, and as it came highly recommended to her, she highly recommended it to me. And since I trust Jes to the ends of my fingertips, I went out and bought it — smart move since I should be studying for my finals, mind you.

I just finished it. It was phenomenal… actually, transcending. Actually, there are no words to describe the book…and the way it touched my soul and my lack of faith and every need in me to understand Jesus deeper. So rather than trying to explain its affect on my heart, I urge you, in almost sheer desperation, to go and find The Shack by William P. Young (local Christian bookstore or Chapters or any major outlet, really). Stop reading whatever you’re reading, whether it be textbooks or magazines or romances or self help books or whatever. I am not a crier but this book broke me, and maybe because at the core of the story was a story about me. And about all of you.

It’s not a hard book to read, by grammatical and metaphorical standards, but it’s a definite journey of a book to read. It was hard to read only by the truths it revealed. Wow.

I wish I was exaggerating, but I am not. Go read this book. Now.

And then lets talk about it. I am having a hard time deciding between starting to study or reading it all over again. Thanks Jes.

Here’s the back cover of the book (I stole it from the website, sorry Mr. Young):


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read..

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Seriously. If you’ve read the rest of the series, by J.K. Rowling, and haven’t picked up a copy of the series last book, do it. Seriously. It was fantastic.

Also, have you read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini? It’s my favourite book of 2006. For my birthday, I got his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Please, please, please read the novel, it is incredible…. Hosseini is the kind of writer I aspire to be and this book (which is in NO way connected to The Kite Runner — they are not a pair) is positively moving. I love love loved it. Make it the hit of 2007. For me, atleast. It’s not a difficult read, but the story is phenomenal.

Currently, my light reading selection is Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom, which is alright… it’s also quite moving, but more humourous than the aforementioned.

My coworker is a HUGE Clay Aiken fan so I am working my way through his autobiography, Learning to Sing, which is surprisingly, not as painful as I thought it might be. It too is very light and he seems to be a God-lover which is awesome. I am hoping to finish it soon so I can return it to it’s beloved owner.

I am still trudging through Shantaram. Trudging is the wrong word, I love the novel, all 900+ pages of it. It’s super long. I have it on my lunch hours at work, it is Jordie’s (Jocelyn’s boyfriend) favourite book so I am quickly learning why. It is about a man (the author based the story on his own life/experiences) who escapes from prison and creates a life in Bombay. It’s an excellent story…one that you can’t skim or you’d miss too much… so his escapades are keeping my mind reeling. Again, if I could write something like Shantaram, I would be rather proud of myself!! Also, it is being made into a full length feature with Johnny Depp playing the main character so check it out.

The last one I started today is The Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. I am a huge Steinbeck fan and I’ve been waiting for a copy of this to turn up at the used bookstore in Penticton and it finally did! That store is to me like a candy store is to a deprived child… it’s loaded, seriously, wall to wall and floor to floor of books. There’s even a waitlist to get a job there since so many people want one. Plus books published in the 40s (like a lot of phenomenal authors works) are 2$… the amount the book cost 70 years ago!! Fantastic!!

I highly recommend you check out some of these titles… I love summer for this only reason. 🙂

Cheers