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Michal: A Novel | Jill Eileen Smith
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Reading today to get my mind off the fact that I just sent my manuscript to my critique partner....and I feel like I just cut off a limb 😳 I‘m so stressed out knowing that it‘s out there being read 😂 I mean, that‘s the point, but still!!

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Abigail | Jill Eileen Smith
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The wise, beloved wife of David. I‘ve always loved Abigail‘s strength and tenacity and spunk! Defying her fool of a husband, caring for the King and his men, and earning herself the title of his beloved wife. Another beautiful piece of writing, another one that had me reading into the wee morning hours!

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Redeeming Grace: Ruth's Story | Jill Eileen Smith
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There‘s this moment in Redeeming Grace, where Boaz and Ezra, his overseer, are discussing the resurrection of their fields after the famine that ravished Bethlehem. They talk of the promise of resurrection, and I read it through tears knowing that thirty or so generations after Boaz, the Kinsman Redeemer and husband of Ruth, would come the true redeemer. I can‘t recommend this one enough!

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Bathsheba: A Novel | Jill Eileen Smith
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Gorgeous. Heartbreaking. Difficult to read. Once again, the author has captured these familiar characters in a way that is captivating and heart wrenching and keeps you coming back for more. I have opinions on the David/Bathsheba relationship that I won‘t hash out here, but give this a read, it‘s phenomenal.

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10/10. This book is gorgeous. I‘ve researched Rahab pretty extensively for the purposes of sermon writing and this book NAILS the biblical and historical context, while weaving in a beautiful narrative of this very complex woman and her life and faith! Highly recommend (this one and the rest of the series)!

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Give me your best FICTION reads from 2018; I‘m off to the bookstore tomorrow looking for something new to read! ❤️📚

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It‘s getting real ya‘ll. This interview has me so nervous, and it‘s more than a month away. But, I‘ve met with my committee. I‘ve met with the people who will be interviewing me, and most importantly, I know who holds my future. I‘ve come this far. This step is scary, but oh so exciting. If you pray, please pray for me in the days leading up to this.

Ddzmini Good luck and sending prayers your way 🙏 13mo
MeganMarieWrites @Ddzmini thank you 💚 13mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I mean...Bethany has done it again. I read this in all of a day. I had. to. finish. Compelling, gripping....heartbreaking. Beautiful. I‘m not a big dystopian fan. This is not your momma‘s dystopian lit. It‘s my favorite of its genre. Do yourself a favor and read this series! I can‘t wait to see what the author has up her sleeve next!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Bethany‘s writing draws you in from the moment you start reading, and doesn‘t let you go. This is not your usual dystopian novel — it has heart, and warmth, you‘ll laugh, you‘ll cry....you‘ll cheer on the characters. Bethany has a way of immersing you in the story, I felt Evie‘s fear, I felt her sadness....I couldn‘t put this book down and when I finished, I immediately bought the sequel! Do yourself a favor, get your hands on a copy!

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Five stars.
I have a lot of respect for Woodward, which is what drew me to this book more than the content.
It confirmed a lot of what I‘d suspected. There were a few things that had me looking like the embodiment of the 😳 emoji. Well written, incredibly well sourced. I‘m horrified by some of what I read.
But I‘m hopeful. I‘m always hopeful, perhaps recklessly so. But I‘m hopeful. November‘s midterms are important folks. This confirmed that.

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I probably won‘t say much about this read. Just know this, I‘m 31% of the way through it on my Kindle.......and it lives up to its title. (Picture of my adorable dog, just because)

JoScho So much cuteness!!! 1y
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Starting a new book and enjoying a cup of tea.

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“And to claim that one‘s citizenship is in heaven is to say that you pledge allegiance not to any of the kingdoms of the world but to Jesus...this is what Peter meant when he called the church “a holy nation, a people set apart.” I‘ve been wrestling with this lately...

Notafraidofwords Hmmm. I have to think on this. 2y
Notafraidofwords It feels like this author ran with that one sentence. 2y
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Jesus - despite what folks will try and tell you - was a radical. He broke laws (but it didn‘t make Him sinful, thank you very much!). When I hear so-called ‘spiritual advisors‘ spout questionable (or flat-out wrong!) theology, it makes my skin crawl.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This looks really interesting! 2y
MeganMarieWrites @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s phenomenal. I talked with a coworker (who is also a pastor) and shared my concerns with him about the current political climate and how Christianity (or at least Christ‘s teachings) fit. He put this book in my hands and sent me on my way...and I‘m so glad he did. It‘s a total game changer. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ll definitely look for it, because what is being spouted as Christianity lately (politically especially, by the supposed moral majority) resembles NOTHING that I was taught. It‘s very disheartening to me to hear things twisted up to defend such basic hatred of other people. 2y
MeganMarieWrites @Riveted_Reader_Melissa for sure! The Christianity I hear about on tv is not the same Christianity that I study. And the Jesus I hear about is not the one I serve. 2y
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This book could not have come into my hands at a better time. I‘ve been in a mood lately...well, since Nov. 2016 (ugh). I‘ve been discouraged and disgusted by politics. This book, this book is a game changer.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I understand, it‘s tough to stay positive lately. 🙄 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MeganMarieWrites Yes....I feel like being on the right side of history is great and all, but we are going to need a support group to carry us through until this is history. And every story I read makes me believe it is going to get worse before it gets better, which is terrifying, because it‘s already very bleak. 2y
MeganMarieWrites @Riveted_Reader_Melissa support is necessary! We also need people willing to open (CIVIL!!!) lines of dialogue. I also highly recommend A Charitable Discourse. It‘s a bit older, but relevant. 2y
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I‘m currently drafting a sermon about Rahab, and let me tell you, the more I dig into her story the more amazed I am in the ways in which God works. Power in weakness is an understatement.

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“It‘s hard to wrap your hands around a God who, when asked for a name, says “I AM”. But let‘s not forget that this is the same King who would rather stoop to camping out in the wilderness with the refugee people than get shut up in palaces or megachurches or oval offices.”

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Finished Doctrine of Holiness and History and Polity...which means I get to read for fun!! At least for the next six weeks! First up: The Path Between the Seas! I‘ve been to the Canal Zone (a few times!) and it‘s a marvel! This book is already incredible interesting and engaging! I love it!

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Folks, will you indulge me for a moment? This isn‘t published yet, it‘s not even close as I‘m technically still writing the first draft....but I have a cover and I‘m so insanely proud of it!!

Also - Story Trumps Structure is my favorite writing book! It helped me discover my voice and I recommend it to everyone!!

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Our Watchword and Song: The Centennial History of the Church of the Nazarene | Stan Ingersol, Floyd Timothy Cunningham, Harold E. Raser, David P. Whitelaw
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Ready to take on Nazarene History and Polity, and Holiness and the Life of the Believer! It‘s gonna be a busy (but fulfilling!!) eight weeks! Let‘s do this thing!!

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Hey friends! I have a coworker who is looking to read more fiction. He has come to a few of us to ask for recommendations; he recently finished Ready Player One, loves the Hunger Games and Divergent books. I figured if anybody could offer suggestions it would be YOU lovely humans! Thanks so much!!

Jess7 Has he read Game of Thrones? 2y
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Notafraidofwords Anything by Ruta. But start with this one 2y
MeganMarieWrites @Well-ReadNeck thank you!! 2y
MeganMarieWrites @Jess7 I will have to find out! I LOVED those books, and am sure he would as well! 2y
MeganMarieWrites @Notafraidofwords thanks!! I may have to read that one as well 😊 2y
ReadingOver50 Try the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown 2y
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I‘ve only just started reading this one, and I can‘t help but get a little teary-eyed at the beginning, reading the descriptions of “trunks and hampers ready for that last journey but never taken.” Everything in Alexander Palace left waiting. The sense of anticipation felt by visitors when the doors opened to the public....lots of mixed emotions already with this one.

lynneamch This was a fascinating read, knowing up front what the ending will be. Must also read 2y
MeganMarieWrites @lynneamch I finished I Was Anastasia just a few days ago; I absolutely loved it! Even knowing the ending, some small part of me was hopeful... 2y
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There is some small part of me that always held out hope that Anastasia somehow, by some miracle, escaped that cellar in Ekaterinburg. Even when DNA evidence concluded in 2007 that all seven were buried nearby. This book brings back that hopeful feeling! It humanizes the Romanovs - oh, how my heart broke for them by the end - and I truly found myself hoping once more that somehow, perhaps, she did survive. Riveting. Heartbreaking. 10/10.

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Okay folks. I eventually went to bed last night, but my mind keeps fluttering back to this book!! Does anyone have any good NON FICTION recommendations about the Romanovs or the Russian revolution? I just got to the point in the book where the second revolution has started and I cannot wait to get off work today to keep reading!

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It‘s like @ArielLawhon knows me!! I just got to chapter 15 and flipped to the author‘s note....I‘m going to heed her advice and turn back...but it‘s so tempting!! Also - totally in love with this book. It is absolutely riveting! I keep meaning to put it down and go to bed...but just one more chapter! Some one tell me to go to bed, I have to work tomorrow!

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The Cost of Discipleship | Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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My current TBR pile. My next class is Biblical Leadership Principles. Bonhoeffer and MacArthur are my “fun reads”, everything else is for course of study.

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Les Misrables | Victor Hugo
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About five years ago I picked this up and read it as my summer reading. We drove from Michigan to Florida and back (with a few stops along the way) I was engrossed in the story (and the broadway soundtrack because that‘s the kind of person I am) and today, I‘m crossing the show off of my must see list!

LiteraryinLititz This is probably my single favorite musical. Have a wonderful time! 2y
MeganMarieWrites @LiteraryinLititz it was PHENOMENAL!! I was riveted from the first swell of the orchestra to the very end. I also full-on ugly cried through act two so, there‘s that. Absolutely loved it. 2y
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Yes, I‘ve read this one already, but spring training is just around the corner! I was running errands today and it seemed like every place I went had LONG checkout lines....I almost always have my kindle in my purse so I read. And I read. And I read! (Picture from Detroit Tiger fan fest a few weeks ago)

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God bless Jackie Kennedy.

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Discovering the Old Testament: Story and Faith | Robert Branson, Jim Edlin, Alex Varughese, Timothy Mark Green
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One of this week‘s assignments? Writing commentary on the book of Leviticus. Folks, it‘s going to be a long night.

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Discovering the Old Testament: Story and Faith | Robert Branson, Jim Edlin, Alex Varughese, Timothy Mark Green
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A little lite reading before bed! Monday marks the start of week three! By this time next week I‘ll be halfway through the course...and FIVE BOOKS into the Old Testament! 😳 that means in the three weeks that follow the course load is going to increase exponentially. We‘ll see how this goes!

Kimzey Lots of kings and prophets to go! 2y
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Discovering the Old Testament: Story and Faith | Robert Branson, Jim Edlin, Alex Varughese, Timothy Mark Green
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I just finished week one of a six week intensive of the Old Testament. Whoa. The next five weeks are going to be crazy, but I‘m excited. And I‘m one step, one class, closer to my goal. It‘s going to be a long process, I know that. But I can also see my progress and that‘s amazing! Here‘s to the next five weeks! (Pic from the first service I preached. I just wanted to share it 😊)

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Only a few chapters in. Love it already!

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Natural Disaster | Ginger Zee
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I can‘t think of a better way to enter 2018 than by reading this book. I‘m a big fan of Ginger Zee, and was so encouraged by her stories. Highly recommend.

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#humpdaypost @MinDea 1. Orchestra rehearsal! 2. The scarf I‘m wearing. 3. This Is Is 4. I always give baked goods! 5. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea by Alyssa Mastromanaco.

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This is honestly, the best book on writing that I‘ve ever read. It‘s because of this book that I‘m holding a proof copy of a book that I wrote. It‘s because of this book that I pushed aside the voice of a professor telling me “you‘ll never wrote anything worth reading”. It‘s because of this book that I started writing again. So, to that professor, when this is edited and finalized, I have a copy with your name on it. (First fix, lighter cover 😂)

MeganMarieWrites I realize this could be confusing now; the book I‘m talking about is Story Trumps Structure, the book pictured is the one I wrote. 2y
Libby1 Wow! Well done! Keep us posted on how you‘re doing with the book. 2y
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Just put the finishing touches on my last paper for Systematic Theology! It‘s been a long twelve weeks. Long and stressful but also informative and enlightening. Now, I have about six weeks to cram in as much of my TBR pile as I can before I tackle Survey of the Old Testament and Pentateuch (wish me luck)!

Libby1 Well done! Good luck for your next course. 💕 2y
MeganMarieWrites @Libby1 thank you so much! I‘m really looking forward to it!! 2y
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“What message can we offer to a generation raised under the specter of nuclear war, the menace of worldwide famine, and dire predictions that overpopulation and commercial exploitation will strain our environment beyond its capacities?” Grenz was asking this about MY generation....and now here I am in a position to lead my - and future - generations. Something I can‘t even begin to articulate.

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Systematic Theology is kind of kicking my butt....but last night, I preached for the first time so right now I kind of feel like I can take on the world!!

Kimzey Congratulations! Prayers for the journey! 2y
Libby1 Fantastic, @MeganMarieWrites ! How exciting. ❤️ Your Great Lakes sticker is excellent. 2y
MeganMarieWrites @Kimzey thank you so much!! 2y
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MeganMarieWrites @Libby1 thank you!! 2y
Libby1 😃. I hope your course is going well. 2y
MeganMarieWrites @Libby1 thank you! It is! I‘ve got two weeks left and honestly, even though it‘s been hard, it‘s been pretty amazing! And informative! And I can‘t wait to start my next class! (Old Testament starts in January!) 2y
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Tonight, we talk about scripture.

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First night of Systematic Theology is in the books! And thus begins the road to ordination!

Libby1 ❤️ 2y
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The Closer | Mariano Rivera
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I couldn't have said this better myself!

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The Closer | Mariano Rivera
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Is it possible to be homesick for a place you've never lived? I've been home from Panama for a month and reading Mo's description of his neighborhood in Puerto Caimito and his walks through the barrio in Curundu (two places where I've visited and worked)...i have such a longing to go back and continue the work my team started. I miss it so much.

Mariposa_Bookworm It is totally possible. I dream of London everyday and felt so at home there. I'm from a backwoods po-dunk town in North Carolina, but part of my soul is on a high street in London. 3y
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I started this book shortly after New Years and I trudged through the first few chapters....I carried it in my bag everywhere I went so that when I had downtime I could pick it up and pray it got better...I DO NOT REGRET IT!! I ended up falling completely in love with this book and the people of Broken Wheel Iowa. If you are struggling with this book - KEEP READING!! I promise you, you're gonna love it!

HeatherBookNerd Good to hear. I'm about an hour into the audiobook and was trying to decide if I want to keep going. Slowish start. 3y
MeganMarieWrites @HeatherBookNerd painfully slow start! But it does pick up and I got to a point where I could not put it down! 3y
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Another baseball book 😍 (can you tell I'm in a baseball-y mood?!) #baseballisback

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Ready to start this one tonight!! (Also, this cover is 😍) #youregonnamakeitafterall

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10/10 would recommend to baseball fans and non-fans alike. It's hysterically funny, and full of heart; you can tell that Tim Kurkjian loves his job and more importantly loves the game. He offers an insider's view of the game - it's more than just balls and strike, hits and runs...it's about the people...it's about heart. #isitbaseballseasonyet #baseballiscoming

Reecaspieces It is also a game of smarts!! Listening now to the cards spring game!! Whoop!! #baseballisback! 3y
MeganMarieWrites I'm listening to my Tigers!! I LOVE this time of year!! 3y
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"They have to be passionate about the game...have a thick skin..." what a job! #isitbaseballseasonyet #baseballiscoming