I am giving away a hardback copy of Taken at Birth by Jane Blasio. This is the true story of a small town doctor in Georgia who would tell some of the pregnant mothers who came to his clinic that their babies had died or been aborted, and then sell them to parents who wanted to adopt. He did this for over 20 years. Jane Blasio is one of these babies. She began investigating and managed to find many of the other children affected. Through DNA tests, some of them found their birth parents and some are still looking for answers. This story of Jane’s quest for answers and the town that looked the other way has been on many major news networks.
In order to enter the giveaway, just comment below. I will be doing a random drawing on July 30th after 5 PM. I will post the review and giveaway on July 31st. This is a fascinating story, so be sure and enter the giveaway!
I decided to give away two copies, so Cathy Westrich and Louise Bélanger are the winners! Cathy and Louise, I will be contacting you by email.
The Divine Adventure: Spiritual Practices for a Modern-Day Disciple contains 12 chapters that will help you get closer to God. The chapters dig deep into embracing God’s Grace, demonstrating Grace to others, adventuring with God, forging hidden strength, giving, fasting, and more. At the end of each chapter are exercises for the reader, entitled Your Turn, which helps you examine your own thoughts and experiences in each area, and Spiritual Practice, which gives the reader a task related to the topic.
This is a very helpful and meaningful guide that shows the reader how to dive deeper into every area of your Christian life. In fact, the chapter on Searching the Scriptures talks about “getting wet,” when it comes to reading the Bible. As the author says, dive into the scriptures instead of just “lounging on the beach,” and the Bible will come alive for you. The chapter on Pilgrimage: The Lost Art of Adventuring With God, really spoke to me because I’ve been a bit of a traveler all my life, mostly for work. The author talks about her own travels and how she would seek to go on an adventure with God, and the people, events, and places He brought into her life a a result. Her travels sound much richer than mine.
There is also chapter on Meekness, which is described a “Forging Hidden Strength.” I need to read that one several times, as I’ve never been known as “meek.” This is obviously the most important chapter in the book for me, and the area I need to work on the most. Meekness is more than just avoiding confrontation. It’s about letting God step in and solve conflicts or problems instead of trying to solve them yourself. The author’s example of this shows how she stepped back from something she very much wanted and ended up getting something better. The chapter on “Fasting” is interesting, as it goes into the history of and different approaches to fasting. There are also chapters on Giving, Worship, Community, and more, and each one is a helpful resource for anyone seeking enhanced relationship with God.
I received two free copies of this book from Baker Books. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In 2004, Rebecca Friedlander moved into a garage apartment, set up her potter’s wheel in a little room below, and started to seek God and pursue art. Her motivation was simply to have a life completely offered to God, and capture whatever flowed from that space. Nearly two decades later, she’s still a full- time artist, finding joy in using a variety of artistic mediums to tell stories about God’s love.
Whether booking a one-way ticket to Ireland to film about Celtic history, shooting makeovers with 50 women around the world to tell stories of transformation and hope, or interviewing Christian music pioneers about their life lessons, Rebecca is passionate about telling stories that bring identity and truth in Christ.
Rebecca is a published author with Baker House Publishing, and her films have been shown on every major English speaking TV network in the world, including TBN, Day Star, GOD TV, Pure Flix, and more. Her recent project includes renovating a log home in Texas for spiritual retreats and workshops, and starting a non-profit called The Potter’s House Creative Ministries where she speaks and ministers weekly at the cabin. She has a BA in Creative Christian Arts and a master’s in Celtic Studies.