Monthly Archives: April 2011

Musings on…… Someone’s Son {Book Review}

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To be perfectly honest… I have not been doing many book reviews on here because

1. the books I have been reading are on homosexuality and did not want to divulge that to anyone at the time and

2. I have another blog where I have been leaving my reviews and musings on the whole son issue.

This book I received in the mail on a sunny breezy March afternoon and I immediately dropped my chores and set up a chair out back and read the entire book, in under 3 hours.

Someone's Son: A Mother's Fight for Her Gay, Drug-addicted Son

Got it from Amazon [they really must take the wish list feature away from me before my hubby goes broke]

It’s hard for me to review a book where there is no right or wrong about it. It’s a story told by the mother of a gay and drug addicted son. What she went through was pure hell and every parent would cringe at having to deal with half the stuff she dealt with.

The surprise twist in the story was she came to believe in God and His Son during her ordeal with her son.

I really really desire to find other parents of gay teens/young adult children.

I would love to have a fellowship group with other mothers. But it is terribly hard to find other parents in this same predicament … it’s not like they are just listed in the phone book, ya know?

We happen to live in the most liberal part of the country for finding christian help for gay teens or their parents.

We happened to find only 1 counselor in our area that would see our son and believed homosexuality was wrong and he was christian. No help for parents.

If, for reason a christian parent of a gay child finds this site, please e-mail me and maybe we can talk.

To quickly finish this up before I run to a critter sitting job, the book was fascinating and well written.

If you have an interest in this kind of book, grab it.

~The Home Engineer

 

 

Musings on… Christians Get Depressed Too {Book Review}

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I read this book ‘Christians Get Depressed Too‘ by David Murray. I bought it at Ligonier’s $5 Friday deals, which are awesome by the way, go here for deals.

the author talks a lot about psalm 77, that is why it is posted below, and goes thru a sort-of questionnaire with the reader and parallels it to psalm 77. He focuses on 10 false thought patterns that reflect, but also contribute to, the symptoms of depression.

The one that hit me the hardest, for I have fallen victim to them all, is false fortune-telling.

He explains it like this:

This occurs when we feel so strongly that things will turn out badly that our felling-based prediction seems to become an already established fact. We expect catastrophe, and the expectation itself produces hopelessness and helplessness.

He provides a life example, spiritual example and a biblical example  for each false thought pattern.

Good book, I recommend it to anyone suffering from depression, think they might be suffering from it and anyone who is caring for a depressed person.

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Psalm 77

1 I cried out to God for help;

I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.

3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.
4 You kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak.
5 I thought about the former days,
the years of long ago;
6 I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

7 “Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

16 The waters saw you, God,
the waters saw you and writhed;
the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,
the heavens resounded with thunder;
your arrows flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
your lightning lit up the world;
the earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.