Monday, January 24, 2011

Angel Harp Blog Tour

Sincerest apologies. I just realised I posted my Angel Harp review on the wrong blog. It can be found here.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Angel Harp

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Angel Harp
FaithWords (January 26, 2011)
by
Michael Phillips






ABOUT THE AUTHOR:





Michael Phillips has been writing in the Christian marketplace for 30 years. All told, he has written, co-written, and edited some 110 books. Phillips and his wife live in the U.S., and make their second home in Scotland.



ABOUT THE BOOK



Widowed at 34, amateur harpist Marie "Angel" Buchan realizes at 40 that her life and dreams are slowly slipping away. A summer in Scotland turns out to offer far more than she ever imagined! Not only does the music of her harp capture the fancy of the small coastal village she visits, she is unexpectedly drawn into a love triangle involving the local curate and the local duke.



The boyhood friends have been estranged as adults because of their mutual love of another woman (now dead) some years before. History seems destined to repeat itself, with Marie in the thick of it. Her involvement in the lives of the two men, as well as in the community, leads to a range of exciting relationships and lands Marie in the center of the mystery of a long-unsolved local murder. Eventually she must make her decision: with whom will she cast the lot of her future?



If you would like to read the first chapter of Angel Harp, go HERE

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Saying No

“Sometimes you have to yell something to make every part of you hear it. If you speak softly, what you say seems to carry no weight, even with yourself.”

Roberts Liardon in his book Learning to Say No Without Feeling Guilty.

James 4:7 says “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Sometimes however we only offer token resistance and still expect the devil to get to stepping. Other times we push him away yet leave him within arms reach. Inevitably we find ourselves victims of such situations and shame and regret usually follow (thus speaks the voice of experience).

What Mr. Liardon taught me in his book is that an emphatic no, even to myself will go a long way. So the next time that old devil comes around don’t push him off with a half-hearted giggle and a tickle. Let your no resound within him so that he knows he must flee; let that no rise up from your spirit and echo with authority over every foreign yes that seeks to be heard.

This may take some practice so say with me: no, No, NO!

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

To Be Absent in Body

Tonight I visited the wake of a dear sister in the Lord who passed on early Thursday morning. While there the words of another sister touched me deeply. The sister that died was actually the founder and pastor of her church and in the course of sharing with us she said that she was looking forward to a powerfully anointed service tomorrow morning because she fully believed that God could raise Sister Dolly from the dead. Listening to her I felt my faith leap and grow because we serve the same God that raised Lazarus from the dead after four days. The same God that arose from the dead himself after three days.

What I realised upon hearing her speak was that I had accepted her death as final. I had not enquired the will of the Lord in the matter but just accepted the situation as it was. I realised too that this could be happening in other areas of our lives as Christians where things happen and we just accept them as the will of the Lord, especially negative things. The situation might say, this is it (e.g. my marriage is over or I have an incurable disease or I can never change) but God is bigger than any situation, and no matter how dire it may seem, God can still turn it around. The stench of death can be quickly wiped away by the perfume of life.

So when the sister said that God can bring our sister back to life for His own glory I agreed wholeheartedly because I was reminded that I serve a great and mighty God.

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Monday, May 22, 2006

I SEARCH FOR YOU

I search for you Lord
In the deserts
On the pinnacles of the mountains
Within the depths of the valleys

I thirst for you Lord
My soul longs for Your presence
My ear waits on Your word
My heart weeps for Yours

I hunger for You Lord
My heart trembles in need ofYou
Touch me Lord
Make me whole

Monday, April 24, 2006

Living a Perfect Life

Went to Bible Study tonight. I was really touched by a particular word that really penetrated my heart and mind. Our teacher spoke about living and walking different in the eyes of the world: our unsaved family, friends, co-workers etc. He emphasized that we can live perfect lives as Christ came and showed us in His walk on earth. What I realized as I listened to this word was that I had begun to use my humanity as a crutch to explain my falling short of God’s glory. I was wallowing in my frailty when I should be exulting in the victory I have over sin and death through Christ Jesus

Not that I had found myself in the throes of iniquity mind you but somehow in the back of my mind I expect to fail and so when I do I am like ‘Well I expected this, I’m only human.’ The mindset I should have is that “The battle is not mine but the Lord’s and His grace is more than sufficient to keep me.”

Not that I don’t expect to ever fall again but the difference is that my mind is predisposed to victory and not failure and in so doing I am not enabling my own self-destructive behaviour. (I hope I’m making some sense here :D.)

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Every thing to God in prayer


My heart rejoiced in this song today. Truly it set me free without my realising it. There were some people close to me whom I felt had wronged me. People I’d considered friends who would not utter an unkind word against me. I was wrong. Human nature being what it is and these individuals being the unsaved people they are, I tried to understand it but I just couldn’t let it go. Mind you, I said I had forgiven them but in my heart I really hadn’t and it showed every time they even came close to me. I’d feel that coldness settling in and speak only when necessary or when spoken to and even then very briefly.

Unforgiveness was depressing my days and I was not even aware of it. So in my self imposed exile today I began to sing this song, I can’t say why: it was not playing on the radio and I hadn’t even heard it at the funeral yesterday but there it was in my spirit. I sang the words over and over, letting them soothe my soul and nourish my spirit. No truer friend can we have than Jesus. Instead of causing us pains He carries them for us.
That’s how I felt today. Free. And I think I smiled my first genuine smile for 2006 when I realised that once again God has done it for me. He touched when and where I needed it most. He took away the hurt so that there’s only love, His love that they need to see and I need to show.


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