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Captain's Log, Stardate 07.05.2006

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Blog book giveaway:
My Thursday book giveaway is LOVE ONLINE by Kristin Billerbeck and Nancy Toback.
My Monday book giveaway is RECONSTRUCTING NATALIE by Laura Jensen Walker.
You can still enter both giveaways. Just post a comment on each of those blog posts. On FRIDAY (not Thursday), I'll draw the winner for LOVE ONLINE and post the title for another book I'm giving away—PLUS . . .

Save the date! On Friday July 7th, to celebrate the release of THE REDEMPTION by M.L. Tyndall (my good friend), I'll be posting a contest for a free book AND two free tickets to see the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Curse! But you can only enter all day on Friday, July 7th!

FIRST: I just joined Fiction In Rather Short Takes--FIRST (see button on the sidebar near the bottom). It's a group of bloggers promoting Christian fiction and helping readers discover new authors and/or new releases from their favorite authors.

Here is something really different. But really cool.

Author (and blogger) Brandilyn Collins has written a novel that comes out in August called Violet Dawn. It is part of a new series she has started called the Kanner Lake Series. She sent out Advance Reader Copies to those who requested them and asked them to choose a character that they liked. Then she asked the readers to send her a make believe post from the character for a make believe blog by the 'Kanner Lake' make believe residents. This is going to be an actual blog full of ficticious bloggers written by real bloggers who liked Violet Dawn. Confusing? Well, it begins today, July 5th! Go check it out by pressing the button for Java Joint!

Bible study: I have two Bible studies—one is the Blog Bible Study going through Captivating, and the other is Desiring God’s Own Heart by Kay Arthur, going through I Samuel.

Lucy from my Blog Bible Study said something really insightful—even though I don’t always agree with this Captivating Bible study, I remember it much better after I put the book down than my Kay Arthur Bible study (usually), even though I don’t disagree with Kay Arthur’s study at all. And it might be because Captivating is challenging me more than Kay Arthur’s study.

I am being reminded of things from Kay’s study, and most of the time, it’s the reminders that are important (see thoughts below). But I’m so intellectually engaged in the Captivating study, it’s memorable to me even though I’m not completely captivated by it.

That’s pretty astute. Thanks, Lucy.

Anyway, back to Kay. I really am getting things out of this study. This chapter in Kay Arthur’s study looked at David’s actions, and how he had complete faith in God, desiring to show His power over Israel to the Philistines.

Does my strength come from God? I like to think it does, but I know I probably act on my own most of the time. How to submit more to God? How to know what He desires for me?

Then I was reading Job last night and this verse gave me a great deal of peace:
The fear of the Lord is true wisdom;
to forsake evil is real understanding.
Job 28:28

The fear of the Lord is what I desire. His wisdom is what I desire.

Do you struggle with something similar to my struggles?

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