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Book Review: Voices of the Faithful

I have never felt so connected to a devotional book than with this one.  Not only is this a yearly devotional, but it’s a yearly devotional written by missionaries serving all over the world.  Each day is a new verse and a short story written by a missionary from their “neck of the woods”. The stories come from ALL over the world and give a glimpse into the area in which they serve.  Its a year focus on missions, the passion of my heart.

Now you understand why I relate so easily to the stories and devotionals. There’s something that comes with the connection of other missionaries on the field.  Though we live in different areas of the world, and our stories vary with region, we seem to have SO many experiences in common (as all my other missionary friends can attest to).

Another wonderful addition to this devotional is the forward each month, written by Beth Moore (and if you know me well, you know I love her).  She has a flavor of writing that I adore!

To all my friends living on the field, I KNOW you will love this book!  The stories will make you laugh and cry, and believe me when I say that we can relate to each one of them.  I am dedicating this review to all of you that I have worked with in various countries, and all of you who I have gotten to know over time, who are also diligently serving to the ends of the world….

In hopes that you will find a way to add this wonderful devotional to your collections.

Fearless: by Max Lucado

Once again, Max does not disappoint with his new book, Fearless.  He is able to take many current-day situations that cause many of us fear, and break them down in a way that only Max could.  There were so many “I can relate to thatmoments“, which is what I absolutely adore about his writing.

I thought I would try something a little different with this review, so I picked out some of my favorite “nuggets” placed throughout the pages….

  • Prayer is the practice of sitting calmly in God’s lap and placing our hands on his steering wheel.  He handles the speed and hard curves and ensures safe arrival.  And we offer our requests; we ask God to “take this cup away.” This cup of disease, betrayal, financial collapse, joblessness, conflict, or senility. Prayer is this simple.
  • Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
  • Everything will work out in the end.  If it’s not working out, it’s not the end.
  • Fear loves a good stampede.  Fear’s payday is blind panic, unfounded disquiet, and sleepless nights.  Fear’s been making a good living lately.
  • Acknowledge threats but refuse to be defined by them.

And, probably my favorite part is when he writes about us putting Christ in a box. I loved how he looked back, and examined this trend from the very time he walked on this earth.

His Palestinian contemporaries tried, mind you.  They designed an assortment of boxes.  But he never fit one.  They called him a revolutionary; then he paid his taxes.  They labeled him a country carpenter, but he confounded scholars.  They came to see his miracles, but he refused to cater.  He defied easy definitions.  He was a Jew who attracted Gentiles.  A rabbi who gave up on synagogues.  A holy man who hung out with streetwalkers and turncoats.  In a male-dominated society, he recruited females.  In an anti-Roman culture, he opted not to denounce Rome.  He talked like a king yet lived like a pilgrim.  People tried to designate him.  They couldn’t.  We still try.

Read this book!  You’ll be glad you did…

Literary Lunatics

Today instead of my Ottoman Empire class, we had a tour of the Research/Grad Library at the University.  I can honestly say that I haven’t been in a school library since back in the 90’s, and even then I never was one to hang out there.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE TO READ, but for some reason libraries freak me out.

Its too quiet…

There’s soooo many serious people…

You’re not allowed to bring in food or drink…

And its always really cold in there.

I also need distraction.



or Noise.

Its the only way I can get things accomplished.  Therefore, this library tour wasn’t on the top of my list of things to look forward to today.  BUT…. I must admit, I was mildly impressed.  They have special archives there that no where else in the world has.

Israeli/CIA documentations… (within limits, of course)

Every article/journal written in the Arabic world dating back years and years…

And anything regarding Middle East Conflicts and Policies (and you know that could be its own library in itself!)

SO, after the little tour of this not-so-library-feeling-library, I’m actually thinking of MAYBE going there once in a while, if necessary.  After all, I don’t want to commit to anything that would give me reason to actually LIKE a library. That would make me one of those Literary Lunatics!!! 🙂

Blogger Book Review: Reflections of God’s Holy Land

reflectionsSome time ago I became a Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger (it was actually over a year ago).  The problem was this: I moved to Israel right after I joined.  The book that I was supposed to review came to my stateside address, but I was on the other side of the ocean.

A year later I was able to read this book and now here I am finally writing my review. The book is all about Israel (a topic I know quite well now), so I was actually anxious to read it with a perspective of someone who lives in the Holy Land.

I must admit that when I read Christian material on Israel I am often disappointed and frustrated….it isn’t always portrayed as how it truly is over here, but how it looks good for Christian fundraising efforts.  This book was different though!

Each section was broken down into three sections:

  • Did You Know?:  Facts and pictures about the area
  • Reflections: The authors personal reflections and journals regarding to times she was visiting that area
  • Verses and Biblical References to the Areas: This was just another little added feature that I personally enjoyed

Overall, I really enjoyed reading through the book, being able to personally relate to all the areas mentioned.  The pictures were great, and the reflections were wonderful.  This book would make  lovely coffee-table material!

(book written in collaboration by Eva Marie Everson and Miriam Feinberg Vamosh)

Some light reading… UPDATED!

While most of you will be enjoying your summer vacations over yonder in the US of A, I will be here preparing for what will be a HUGE challenge in my life.  Many of you are aware of the visa issues I have been facing, and the numerous prayers I have been asking for.  I am announcing now that I have been accepted to study in order to acquire a student visa (YEAH!!!)  

This means much change for me and A LOT of hard work!  I will still be doing my mission work with the homeless and the Sudanese refugees, as well as taking classes, learning Arabic, and improving my Hebrew.  Its all for the greater purpose!

As the title of this blog mentions, I have some light reading to put in this summer before my courses actually begin:

  • Iran Between Two Revolutions, E. Abrahamian
  • The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq, H. Batatu
  • G State and the Conflict in the Middle East, Ben-Dor
  • King Hussein and the Challenge of Arab Radicalism: Jordan, U. Dann
  • The Middle East: An Anthropological Approach, Dale Eickelman
  • A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin
  • The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays, Clifford Geertz  Thanks 2 Judy Allen!!!!
  • Muslim Society, Ernest Gelner
  • A Mediterranean Society. 5 vols, S.D. Goitein
  • Arabic thought in the Liberal Age, Albert Hourani
  • An Economic History of the Middle East and North Africa, Charles Issawi  Thanks 2: The Betts Family!!!
  • The Arab Cold War 1958-1970, Malcolm H. Kerr
  • Syria and the French Mandate: The Politics of Arab Nationalism, 1920-1945, Philip S. Khoury
  • The Emergence of Modern Turkey, B. Lewis
  • Orientalism, Edward W. Said   Thanks 2: @jcdulaney!!!!!
  • The Modern History of Lebanon, K.S. Salibi
  • The Struggle for Syria: A Study of Post-War Arab Politics, 1945-1958, Patrick Seale
  • The History of Egypt: From Muhammad Ali to Sadat, P.J. Vatikiotis  Thanks 2 Judy Allen!!!!
  • The Making of the Modern Near East, 1792-1923. London, 1987. -The Near East Since the First World War London, 1991, M.E. Yapp  Thx to a Used Book Store in TA!
  • The Formation of Modern Lebanon, Meir Zamir

I’m sure that many of these titles are just sitting around on your bookshelves collecting dust, as they are best sellers throughout all the world. 😉

But seriously, if any of you feel compelled to help me out: you can choose a title and find it used on Amazon.com or a used bookstore etc…you would be helping me out tremendously!!! I’m praying to get them all donated and sent over within this month so I can begin trudging forward.  You’re not only helping me, you’re helping all those who I am helping (not to mention the huge blessing, as my support doesn’t exactly cover these types of things).  And if someone actually has one of these titles, I would not only be impressed….I would have to send some sort of prize or something for owning such a jewel of a book! 🙂 

Update: I have put the books on Amazon Wishlist, as to the request of a couple people.  You can either click on the link in this blog, or the Amazon Wishlist icon on the right-bar.  Thanks everyone!!!

Shipping Address:  
Maureen Milham
Hamavdil 8
Apt. #39
Ramat Gan

Book Review: The Gabriel Allon Series

EaDiv I have found a new series of books that I absolutely LOVE!!! Daniel Silva is the author of a series of books about a former Israeli Secret Service Officer, who now poses as an art restorer.  Ok, I say former  Secret Service Officer, but all the books are about him getting sucked back in that world to work again for the Israeli’s.

I read the first one, The English Assassin, my first day in Rhodes while it was rainy/stormy, and I read the entire book that day.  I couldn’t put it down.  I just finished A Death in Vienna the other day, and can’t wait for the next one.  I only have 3 of the books in the series, but I will be on the lookout for more.  

If you understand my passion for all things spy and espionage, you will get my obsession with these books.  Not to mention, he is a fantastic writer and the books take you all over the world to solve the crime.  I love how he incorporates past events (aka Holocaust or the bombing of the Olympic Israeli team) into the present day dilemma.  And what I really love is when parts of the book take place right here in Israel, 2 streets down from where I live, shops and cafe’s I frequent.  Thats just the best!

If any of you are like me, and love spy books, thrillers, and world-wide suspense, you must pick up one of his books.  I am telling you, you won’t be able to put it down!  I am starting on the next one I have, Prince of Fire, and I see that he now has a brand new one coming out in July! Awesome!!!

Shameless Plug…

grandma1My grandma’s new book has just come out.  I say new cuz this is not the first book she has written, but it is the first one that has been available on big sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  We didn’t even know until my mom googled it and up popped all these sites where you can buy the book.

As I haven’t read it as of yet, I cannot properly give a book review…but I can say this: It’s my Grandma’s Book!  That’s all the review I need to give 🙂 Nevertheless, I will read it when a copy makes its way over the sea…

Here’s the cool thing.  My grandma sent my parents a bunch of copies to sell, and she said that ALL the proceeds will go to my mission. How amazing is that!!!  So, here’s the deal:  anyone who gives a donation of $20 or more to my mission will receive a copy of my grandma’s book!  OR if you just want to buy the book, the proceeds will go to my mission as well….its a win/win situation!

All the information to support me is under the Support Tab on my blog.  If you are interested in buying a book, let me know and I will put you in touch with my mom, who is handling all the orders Stateside.  

So, one last thing… I have to give a huge SHOUT-OUT to my Grandma!!!! Love you very much!!!

ps. now go out and get her book 🙂

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