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July 07, 2008



Book: God's Power to Change Your Life - I know, sounds totally cheesy and cliche but it really has changed my life...or at least the way I look at my life.

Music: There have been many songs in the past couple weeks that have had an impact on me, but since you gave us a time frame of 90 days, I'm going to have to go with Seventh Day Slumber. When I saw them live last month (one month ago today actually) it completely changed my life! I sound like a broken record now :p But ask anyone around me and they'll tell you, I haven't been the same since I got home from that trip!


Book(s) - gotta pick 2. No Other Gods bible study by Kelly Minter has been a fabulous summer study that has me thinking and re-thinking. My fiction easy-read of the summer is I Am David by Anne Holm. David's "God of the green pastures and still waters" is just the best.

Music - By sheer volume - VBS 2008 - Son Adventure Theme Park - Tear the Roof Off! During times when the boys aren't controlling the cd player - Monk & Neagle - 21st time.


Book: Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live

Artist/Album: Andrew Peterson - The Far Country


Book: Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live

Artist/album: Andrew Peterson - The Far Country


I have read more than 30 books so far this summer. I am doing my best to keep track of them without much success. :) I can't wait to look at some of the books and music already shared.

1. The Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber. (It now has four books but I have only read three.) One of the things I love about Debbie's books is that the relationships depicted in them are so realistic. She has now combined her love of writing and knitting in this one series. I delayed picking them up because I am really prefer romantic suspense but I am glad I gave in. The books have really encouraged me to continue to really look at people and listen to them, not just their actions. I won't easily overlook a lighthearted read again. God often uses the basics of life to share the profound with me.

2. Hillsong United is what I listen to more than anybody right now. This goes beyond 90 days but the song "God of This City" written by Bluetree and recorded by Chris Tomlin grabbed my heart late last year but it won't let go. I have this habit of praying for the artists who write and share the music as I listen to it as well as lifting the name of the One who gave us such a wonderful gift of expression. This song never fails to leave me in tears as I also pray for the sex slaves in Padia, Thailand where the song was born. I play it and sing it at the top of my lungs as I drive up the 95 corridor here in New England claiming each city.


I am so far behind on reading. I just finished reading a book that seems to have taken forever it seems, so I started a week behind (misunderstanding the dates), and ended just yesterday. I hope to write a review when I return home from work. I am now reading Scitnific Facts in the Bible by Ray Comfort. It seemed time for a quick, uplifting read. :) As for the last 90 days, I have a hard time remembering when I read what and if it was within the alloted time frame. However, I did read, The Pilgrim's Regress by C.S. Lewis, and it did have an impact on me. I have dealt with people who are struggling with the same philosphies that the main character goes through, and it was helpful in seeing where these things lead both in my life and the lives of others.

As for the artist that has impacted me the most... wow, that is a really tough one. I think I'd say, Jon Foreman, especially the song Learning How to Die. I've had it more than 90 days, but each time I hear the song, it impacts me greatly and I realize I have a long ways still before I've learned my lesson.


Can I say that "The Shack" made me think more than I thought it would? A couple of the concepts discussed by Mack and God gave me pause to think. One, in particular, about grounding yourself has me looking at many of my own choices in a different light.

As for music, "Revelation" is sorta a theme running through my life at the present. It is my prayer for the time being...

So my choices are rather predictable...but speak to where I am...


Book for me would be the comic "Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam" from DC Comics, written and drawn by Mike Kunkel. http://www.kunkelshazam.blogspot.com/
I've read comics since I was a kid and have been searching for one that is light and fun for my children, as well as well written and artistically exciting. I found it. My son and daughter BOTH love it.

Musically- I have not been able to stop listening to CHASEN's "Shine Through the Stars" album. The whole cd is just fantastic and comforting.


Book: "1421: The Year China Discoverd the World". If this guy is right, America's history books will soon be museum pieces. I passed it along to my dad.
Album: It's a tie: "Ray Charles At Newport" (1958). Ray is always inspiring; when it's live he's transcendent. "The Great Radio Controversy". Inspired by Hair Metal Day, Tesla is occupying a spot in my car's disc changer. Man, I forgot how good it was!
P.S. Two songs: "I'm Amazed" by My Morning Jacket is deceptively spiritual and gets stuck in your head like gum on a summer sidewalk; "Always a Friend" by Alejandro Escovedo kicks whatever body part you feel comfortable naming. It's like a cross between Elvis Costello and Joe Ely.


1. The Baite of Satan- it kicked my butt and made me look at my life.

2. I am in tro Need to Breath right now, I love the song Washed by the Water

Trisha R

Wow - nothing like starting off the week making us think! Hmmm...in the past 90 days, gotta think...

The one book that has impacted me the most over the past 90 days...eek, other than the devotional that I'm going through,Time to Get Serious by Tony Evans - it's awesome. I'm going to say it was The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized by Karen Ehman. I heard Karen speak at the Hearts at Home Conference this past spring. (It's a conference for stay-at-home moms and this book has really motivated me to get my house and life more organized, thus making a huge impact on my and my family's life. Karen teaches you step-by-step how to create a system that will work for your specific family. She teaches you how to manage your time, unclutter/organize your home, get your kids interested in helping you and, most importantly, how to not over commit to things. A must read for anyone who needs help in any or all of those areas, which was definitely me!

The one artist or album that has impacted my life the most over the past 90 days...I don't know that I can narrow it down because I usually listen to the local Christian station or just a mix of music on my computer. I will say that I honestly listen to Third Day probably the most and between listening to your music and keeping involved with you guys on your site and the blogs, plus this reading club, I really think I would have to answer Third Day (yes, I know, I'm a brown-noser!) Sometimes it feels like I personally know you guys and you'll never know what an awesome thing it is that you take time out of your busy schedule to do things like personally post on your blogs or respond to posts on facebook. Most people, if they bothered to do it at all, would hire someone to take care of those type of things for them. You guys genuinely seem to care about your fans...it all brings a smile to my heart and soul as well as my face. Thanks!

Whew, that's a novel of a post...sorry!


#1 - I'm also reading through the Narnia books. I read the first couple when I was a kid but never really got into them. I'm in The Silver Chair now, and they're really great. I'm amazed at Lewis' ability to write about Aslan in a way that just grips you. The scene with Eustace in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader is worth it all by itself.

#2 - Paramore. Riot is one of the best new albums I've heard in YEARS.

big worm gomer



Dawnifer Gomer

I was going to say my book "All I Need To Know I Learned From My Cat" by Suzy Becker but I don't think that is the "inspired" you are going for! On a more serious note, last night I finished Nigel's book "Lesson's From The Road". Aside from all the Third Day goodies, there is some serious stuff in there. Will do a post later with my review. Glad class will be back in session!

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