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Pausing in the midst of Life to ponder, pray and find footing to continue.

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January 2016

Barefoot Book Club: Recent Good Reads, Recent Good Listens, Currently Reading

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One ongoing goal I set EVERY year involves reading.  I love a variety of genres so I am open to suggestions.  I say that but I shy away from syrupy romances filled with hot sweaty bodies and torrid sex scenes. Last year I attempted to run across the room, leap into my husbands arms only to collapse both of us onto a piece of furniture thankful neither of us broke a hip.  So aside from that, I welcome book suggestions and love discussing what I am reading or have read.

I try to read at least ONE Classic a year.  Terry and I both tackled Mobey Dick and I swear there were moments in the multiple pages on ‘WHITE’ that I almost quit..Glad I didn’t.

So with that being said:

What I read on my Christmas Vacation

A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison

On the surface this novel, the second of Corban Addison’s that I have read with The Garden of Burning Sand being the first, is about human trafficking of children. Ahalya and her sister, 17 and 15 find themselves orphaned and homeless following a tsunami. These middle class Indian girls who have lived a privileged protected life at home and at the convent where they attend boarding school. With few resources scavenged from their destroyed home, they set out for the convent only to be abducted, sold, and transported to a brothel in Bombay.

“Corban Addison leads readers on a chilling, eye-opening journey into Mumbai’s seedy underworld–and the nightmare of two orphaned girls swept into the international sex trade.”
At the same time, Washington, D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke left by his Indian wife after the SIDS loss of their infant daughter faces both his personal unraveling and a professional crisis. With only a few options and an experience of a young girl’s abduction on a North Carolina road fresh in his mind he makes the fateful decision to pursue a pro bono sabbatical working in India for an NGO that prosecutes the subcontinent’s human traffickers. He also is motivated by the possibility of reuniting with his wife.

There tagging along on a raid of a brothel notorious for under age prostitutes he becomes a part of the rescue of Ahalya, but Sita has already been sold and transported. Learning this Clarke makes it his personal mission to rescue Sita, setting the stage for a showdown with an international network of ruthless criminals.

While the subject matter sent me into waves of revulsion, slavery exists all around us, the conclusion of the novel was one of redemption and hope.

What we listened to on our 2 day trip to Florida from Kentucky

The Guilty by David Baldacci

Fourth in the Will Robie Series

Will Robie is the government’s most professional, disciplined, and lethal assassin. He infiltrates the most hostile countries in the world, defeats our enemies’ advanced security measures, and eliminates threats before they ever reach our shores.

But now, his skills have left him. Sent overseas on a critical assignment, he fails, unable to pull the trigger. Absent his talents, Robie is a man without a mission, and without a purpose.

So what does he do he returns to the backwater Mississippi town where he was a star quarterback in high school, but where he has not set foot in over 20 years. Why does he return? To help his father, to whom he has not spoken in the same 20 some years. Obviously, there is a back story here. Also, his father, a judge is in jail for murder, he has a stepmother close to his own age and a half brother who is a toddler. This plot has twists and turns from beginning to end with Jessica Peel, Robie’s colleague coming to his rescue and then hanging around to see it out.

A great book for a long drive. Good narration by the two readers.

What I am reading now

Audacious by Beth Moore

Just on the third chapter of this book that asks the questions–not unusual ones, if you are in the first half of your life:

What is your dream? What is your vision for the future?

And yet, here at almost 71 years old, I am contemplating those very questions, AGAIN.

Hey! I am not dead yet. There is so much I want to do, to experience, to share….SO

I suspect God had a reason for Carolyn and Charles Foster giving me this book for Christmas.

Here’s the blurb on the back of the book, if you are interested.

“Thirty years in the making, Audacious is a deep dive into the message that has compelled Beth Moore to serve women around the globe. Glancing over the years of ministry behind her and strengthening her resolve to the call before her, she came to the realization that her vision for women was incomplete. It lacked something they were aching for. Something Jesus was longing for. Beth identifies that missing link by digging through Scripture, unearthing life experiences, and spotlighting a turning point with the capacity to infuse any life with holy passion and purpose. What was missing? Well, let’s just say, it’s audacious and it’s for all of us. And it’s the path to the life you were born to live.”

Please let me know your suggestions for a good read.  I would love to hear from you.

No Matter What Happened, Happens–Thought on the New Year

‬‬“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”
‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭AMP

No matter what happened,
good and bad,
all mixed up like stone soup
The peaceful vistas,
The piles of manure
Boredom followed by tedium
Tedium swept away by torrents of mayhem
Or accomplishments or milestones
Weddings and funerals
Or as the Bible proclaims
Blessings and Curses
Individually and universally

No matter what happened
Last year passed
Day after day leaving
Lingering memories,
A sour taste in the mouth,
Tears that continue to be shed,
Saved in a bottle by God till the day
When every trace he wipes away
Laughter mixed with uncontrollable giggles,
Quiet peaceful moments
Gut wrenching panic
Gone with the drop of a ball
Individually, universally for us all.

No matter what happened
Last year or years past
Time keeps moving,
This day will not last
So we are older
Wiser? Or not
Will this year be the same?
Yes and No
There will be I suspect good things and bad
This world filled with turmoil
And in the USA an election
Not to mention, an extra day
Before the ball drops again
Hopefully, not on your foot or mine.

What choice I make as this year unfolds
What I read
What I write
How I love
What breaks my heart, tears it apart
How I live out what I profess to believe.
The actions I choose, the new friends I make
The old friendships I renew.
The attitude I choose when I step in manure
Or when Life brings me moments of joyful glee
No matter what happens
This year
How we live it will define you and me.

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