Posted in Spiritual beliefs

Please read, and sign

Hello readers :)
I’m sure some of you might have heard about Meriam Yahia Ibrahim who is being sentenced for death because she is a Christian. I have been reading quite a few different things on that case recently, and have been signing the petitions, too. And that is what I am here to ask you to do – please prayerfully consider to sign the petition to help release this Christ-following mother of two little ones.

Here is the link to the petition:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/act-case-meriam-ibrahim-sudan-and-her-baby-and-toddler-prison/D1x1q4VG

And in case you have not heard about this, here is some information, and places you can find more information:

“A 27-year-old Sudanese woman, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, was sentenced to death in early May for apostasy. Eight months pregnant at the time of her sentencing, she gave birth to a baby girl on May 26. Ibrahim explained to the court that she had grown up as a Christian under her Christian mother’s care, but the court convicted her of apostasy because her father is Muslim. In addition, she is to receive 100 lashes for a charge of adultery, relating to her 2011 marriage to a South Sudanese Christian man. Since Ibrahim’s father is Muslim, the marriage is not recognized under Sharia law. Her own family filed the complaint about her marriage, resulting in the charges. The court gave her three days to recant her Christian faith, but she refused.” – Taken from the Voice of the Martyrs https://www.be-a-voice.net/qrs/bv_page.taf?_function=bltn&_id=351&_nc=19d8495a561d739c3209fa71b0ed89af

Be Heard (info and petition) http://beheardproject.com/meriam

The following I found on a great blog that is also keeping up with this case, Thoughts from a Daughter of God http://thoughtsfromadaughterofgod.blogspot.com/2014/06/help-meriam-time-may-be-running-out.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThoughtsFromADaughterOfGod+%28Thoughts+From+a+Daughter+of+God%29

“Would you please sign the White House petition on Meriam’s behalf
and would you then please ask your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers,
and anyone else you can think of to sign as well?

The sooner the White House petition has the
mandatory 100,000 signatures – the sooner
the White House is forced to respond!!

And an interesting side note –

Anyone 13 or older can participate
and sign the White House petition –
it says so right here!!

Other governments have expressed outrage at Meriam’s horrific sentencing…
we need the government {which Meriam’s husband is a citizen of} to swiftly
respond.

It is said that Meriam will face her
100 lashes
in the next two weeks! ”

Another blog that is supporting this case is: A Place Called Simplicity
http://aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com/

Thank you all!

Posted in Book reviews

Book Review: “Miranda Warning” by Heather Day Gilbert

“Miranda Warning”

By Heather Day Gilbert

A Murder in the Mountains Novel

Number of pages: 357

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

{To read description, see cover, and find out more about the author, visit my previous post, here: https://godspeculiartreasurerae.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/new-book-coming-out/ )

 

The book was captivating from the first page.  I had my e-copy downloaded on both our desktop computer and my small laptop and would read it whenever and wherever I had the chance. I really do love Heather Day Gilbert’s writing style. There is something about it that is so easy to read, and so engaging. Once again, as with her book, “God’s Daughter”, Mrs. Gilbert forms very life-like, relate-able, and very strong characters. At some points, the main character, Tess, reminded me of a modern-day Gudrid, which I liked. But Tess also had so many characteristics of her own that made her a complete separate character as well. I really liked her husband’s character, Thomas, as well as his little brother, Petey. Miranda was a superb character as well. Really, all of them were so well constructed. But yes, onto the story itself.

A Murder Mystery.  “Miranda Warning” had so many twists and turns, and unexpected occurrences, and it wasn’t all solved until the very ending. It was well done, the putting together of it. It was like a slow-forming puzzle. A piece here, a piece there, and finally you see the whole picture at the end. Every piece of the mystery explained.

However, there were a couple things I was a bit uncomfortable with, to be honest. The book showed the reality of demons, and even possible demon possession, but did not show the Triumphing Power of our Savior who overcomes everything and covers us with His light and protection.

 

SPOILER ALERT:  Yes, I know that Rose needed to seem like she was struggling and even loosing her mind,  (END OF SPOILER)

 

…but I believe that you shouldn’t provide the presence of demons without giving the readers the next step of what to do about them. Because I know that I personally felt a little creepy after reading those parts, and I thankfully know to pray cleansing and Jesus’ protection, but I fear that some readers will not know what to do with that feeling of the presence of demons. Because yes, I do believe there are demons and they are present wherever one gives them room, but Christ gives us the power to kick them out.  I just would have liked to have seen the message of Jesus a bit more pronounced and more centered to the story.

I also was a little curious to the fact that there were some obvious tension-filled moments between Tess and her husband, Thomas, and it didn’t seem to be completely resolved in the end, nor pointing to the fact that God can heal the struggles between them.

Now, please keep in mind that I am not complaining – out of 357 pages, this is all I disagreed with or was not comfortable with.  I really did enjoy this book very much, there were just some things that I wish could’ve been a little different.

The story was thoroughly enjoyable, and very hard to put down! The characters were well thought out, and well written. I was pleased with this read to be sure! (Oh and Heather Day Gilbert has a Pinterest Board of Miranda Warning inspiration pins that I thought fit the story very well! It’s always fun to see how the author themselves picture their characters and everything!)

 

I received an e-copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for my honest and unbiased review which I have given. All thoughts and opinions are my own