Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Top Books for 2011

I couldn't limit to ten, so here are my favourite reads, by type - and not ranked within type:

Histories, Bios, etc
- The Letterbook of Eliza Lucus Pickney (Victoria Botkin - Audio book)
- Orphaned: One Woman's Mission to Save Africa's AIDS Children (Melissa Fay Greene)
- God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades (Rodney Stark)
- Honey, We're Going to Africa! (Harvey T Hoekstra)
- The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa (Helen Epstein)
- Mama Jude (Judy Steel and Michael Sexton)
- Kisses from Katie (Katie Davis and Beth Clark)
- Navigating the Worldviews of Egypt (Isaac Botkin and David Noor)

- Mary Barton (Elizabeth Gaskell) (Audio book)
- Duncan's War (Douglas Bond)
- King's Arrow (Douglas Bond)
- Rebel's Keep (Douglas Bond)
- Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories (John Flanagan)
- Brotherband: The Outcasts (John Flanagan)
- Shirley (Charlotte Bronte)
- The Betrayal (Douglas Bond)

Christian Living
- Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers (Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove)
- Passionate Housewives Desperate for God (Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald)
- Set Apart Femininity (Leslie Ludy)
- The Hole in our Gospel (Richard Stearns - Audio book)
- God's Missionary (Amy Carmichael)
- The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World (John Piper and Justin Taylor)
- Politics According to the Bible (Wayne Grudem)
- It's (Not That) Complicated (Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin)
- Jesus: the Only Way to God (John Piper)
- Desiring God (John Piper)
- The Living Church (John Stott)

- Reasoning From the Scriptures With Muslims (Ron Rhodes)
- I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (Norman L Geisler and Frank Turek)
- How to Bring Men to Christ (RA Torrey)

- Still Water (Art Garfunkel)
- Prayers of the Martyrs (Duane W.H. Arnold)

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