The Hidden Homeless

I’ve felt called, lately, to do something for the homeless, but have excused myself with the fact that there aren’t any ‘homeless’ near me, as I don’t live in the city.

Today, in the mail, I got a book about following your God-given calling. The preface shares this quote:

Soak continually in the one great truth of which you have had a vision…” ~ Oswald Chambers

…and this makes me think, again, of Shane Claiborne’s book, “The Irresistable Revolution“, and my hunger to do something about the homeless.

After reading said book’s preface, I pick up the local paper (which also came in the mail, today), and read an article about a documentary that’s recently been made about the local –but “unseen”– homeless population … and this documentary was produced by none other than my very own cousin’s company!

Me-thinks God is trying to get my attention! LOL. 😛

Obviously there is something that I could be doing, and I need to be contacting my cousin to get more information. Stay tuned for more! 😉


Simply…The Way

More and more, lately, I have come across the term “The Way” of Jesus. It basically means getting back to the basics of what it means to call yourself a “Christian” (a Christ-follower) ~ shedding all of the complicated, man-made rules & rituals, and making following Jesus as simple (for lack of a better term) as Jesus intended for it to be in the first place.

To follow Jesus means to imitate Him ~ live as He taught us to live (through His life and actions while on Earth). Of course that is, by all means, far from simple. But it’s also not nearly as complicated as the church (and today’s ‘pharisaical’ types) would have us believe.

Even in Jesus’ day, the Pharisees made knowing God into a list of rules and rituals. But Jesus repeatedly put down all of that religiosity, and said simply, “Follow Me“.

Mother Teresa was a prime example of living “The Way” of Jesus. She went to where the poorest of the poor were, and she served and loved them with everything she had.

Shaine Claiborne and his friends at The Simple Way (an aptly named group, IMHO) are providing yet another example, as they minister to the homeless on the streets of Philedelphia.

You know, it’s really too bad. When I was a teenager, I was very self-absorbed. I was so caught up in my family troubles and my boy-drama that I had no time for, or interest in, missions. I was too scared to leave the comforts of what I knew. And yet, nowadays, I’m finding myself wishing for an opportunity to go, and I can’t because I have my own -young- family to care for. Not to mention, my husband may or may not go along with the idea, given that we don’t share the same beliefs. 😕 I don’t live in a big city, either, so there aren’t that many opportunities to serve the homeless.

Shane Claiborne’s book, “The Irresistable Revolution“, is still having an impact on me and my thinking.’sEarly Reviewers” program has a book on offer, this month, called “Under the Overpass” by Mike Yankosky. It’s about two guys who purposely chose to be homeless for a time in order to better live out their faith — without the modern conveniences and comforts. I requested this book for review, and I hope I get it. I was torn about asking for it, but felt led, almost, to do so. Shane’s book has left that much of an impression on me.

I want to find more books that talk about simplifying the Christian faith, and about imitating Jesus. I want to write my own book about it so that others can join me in this, too! It’s such a strong tug at my soul, the way this concept resonates with me! There’s more to it that I haven’t yet discovered… I’m sure of it. 😉


Through Any Media…

I’ve been reading through the young adult fiction series, “The House of Night” by P.C. & Kristin Cast ((click here to read a summary of the series, if you’re not familiar with it)).

Much as this series talks a lot about things contrary to Christian beliefs (like reincarnation, magick, travelling between spirit realms, etc), I’m finding much in these books that is helping to strengthen my belief in (the Christian) God.

For example, the HoN school’s primary deity is their goddess, Nyx. But, Nyx is portrayed how many deeply devoted Christians often talk about God: always there for you, caring deeply about every aspect of your life, giving you gifts that help others, etc.

So I find myself almost better able to relate to God by reading about Nyx. It’s bringing the qualities I know to be true of Almighty God to life for me, helping them to become more “real”, in a sense.

This is just one more example of how God can use ANY sort of media to reach us! Even vampire books! LOL. 😛


Coming Soon!

My ladies’ Bible study group will be starting back up, again, soon! And, I’ve been made aware that this is the study we’re going to be working through first: “Faithful, Abundant, True” by Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer, and Beth Moore.

Description (from 
Join Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, and Priscilla Shirer in a women’s Bible study recorded live at the Orlando Deeper Still conference.

  • Kay Arthur teaches from basically, the entire book of Hebrews! Hebrews is both an example of God’s faithfulness and a challenge to believers to be faithful in difficult times.
  • Priscilla Shirer teaches from Ephesians 3:20-21 on God’s abundance. A fundamental basis for every believer is the absolute reality that God can do whatever He chooses to do. God’s ability empowers our faithfulness.
  • Beth Moore teaches on the topic of discernment. In these difficult days it is absolutely essential that we learn to trust the Holy Spirit to enable us to determine what is true and what is false.

While these three women each speak on the distinctive topic the Holy Spirit had lead them to teach, the messages result in a marvelous blend. Kay challenges us to faithfulness in difficult days. Priscilla points to the essential of trust in God’s ability, and Beth teaches on how to discern truth from error in these difficult days.

I can’t wait! 😀

Stay tuned for my study notes! 😉


The Irresistable Revolution

 I recently read this book, by Shane Claiborne, called “The Irresistable Revolution“. And, its message has really been niggling at the back of my brain, ever since I finished it.

The book is Shane’s sort of memoir about how he and his group, The Simple Way, are reaching out to the homeless of the world, and just basically aiming to love God, and love others. They base their group and actions on the original Way of Jesus, found in the second chapter of the book of Acts (in the Bible).

This book really convicted me that I’m not doing anything much for God… I read my Bible, and I meet with other Christians on a fairly regular basis, but what else shows the world that I follow Jesus? What sets me apart from non-believers? Would anyone be able to tell the difference if you compared my life with a non-believer’s life? Probably not… and that’s a shame.

I’m thinking, now, about how I could make a difference in my community. What can I do to reach out like Jesus did? How could I show God’s love to others?

Lots to think about… I will write more later, when I figure out how to say what I’m feeling and thinking about. 😉


The Sunday Review (Mar.28)

This week’s edition features the book:

by Susan May Warren

Book Description (from Amazon) ~ God has answered Mona Reynolds’s prayers and given her the opportunity of a lifetime: she is about to open her own bookstore-coffee shop, the Footstep of Heaven. Now Mona has no time for love and no hope that a man can ever be the hero of her dreams. But when she hires mysterious drifter Joe Michaels to be her handyman, she discovers that it isn’t only in fairy tales that people live “happily ever after.”


The Sunday Review (Mar.21)

This week’s featured book is…

Relentless” by Robin Parrish

Book Description (from Amazon) ~ “In the space of a breath, what he thought was his life.shattered. Grant Borrows has been Shifted- in the silence between heartbeats, his whole life fundamentally altered. There’s another man in the world wearing his face and living his life. What’s more, the man staring back from his mirror is a stranger. But the changes don’t stop at skin-level. Inexplicably, he’s able to affect objects around him by simply thinking about them. And as he soon learns, he’s become the central figure in a vast web of intrigue that stretches from an underground global conspiracy to a prophecy dating back over seven thousand years. Enemies and allies find him at every turn, but one thing they learn all too soon is that you don’t want to push Grant Borrows too far… Can destiny be undone? The players are ready. The game is in motion. And the pace is: Relentless. (The Dominion Trilogy Book 1)”.

Grant Borrows has been “Shifted” ~ given a new face & a new name, & some extraordinary abilities! And he immediately finds himself in danger. Someone -for whatever reason- is trying to kill him, and so he’s forced to run.

This is a fast-paced thriller that didn’t let up. There were so many twists & turns that I could never guess what was coming!

My only qualm with this book was that it could’ve used a better proof-reader/editor. There were quite a few instances where things didn’t match up (character sat down on couch, and then three sentences later sat down on the couch…).

What really surprised me about the book was that, it’s a Christian book, and yet God is really not mentioned at all! There’s a brief reference to Him almost at the end, but that’s about it! I looked for an allegory of some sort, and I *may* have found one, but it was *that* difficult to discern, so anybody could read this book and enjoy it for the thriller it is — even those who hate Christian fiction! :o)

Parrish has done an excellent job with this first book in his DOMINION TRILOGY.
Rated: A


The Sunday Review (Mar.7)

This week’s edition of The Sunday Review is featuring…

THE BACKWARD LIFE” by Jarrod Jones


Description [from]: Jesus is totally backwards to the world. Rather than focus on his own desires, he lived to love others. He preached lessons that seemed contradictory: Die to live. Lose to gain. Love your neighbor as yourself. Is it possible to follow in his footsteps today? Can people live a faith that means something in a culture so focused on self? Meeting an MTV generation where it’s at, The Backward Life shouts ”YES!” In this provocative and challenging book, Jarrod Jones takes readers on a journey into a faith that dares members of our pop culture to live like Christ–to deny themselves and take up the cross. This kind of living may seem backward to the ways the world would have one find happiness and meaning, yet Jones shows how it delivers more fulfillment than anyone can imagine. Filled with real-life stories and honest teaching, The Backward Life offers a new look at a faith that will help readers discover who they are and who God is calling them to be.

MY REVIEW: When I first read the review of this book on the website, I was intrigued. I had to read this book! So, I checked my local library — but they didn’t have a copy. I asked if they’d order one, and (thank the Lord!) they agreed to do so!

After waiting patiently, the book finally arrived, and I brought it home. I started reading right away… and then found that I couldn’t put it down! Right from the very beginning, you are drawn into the stories Jarrod shares from his own life. He then uses those stories to enlighten truths from God’s word. In so doing, Jarrod shows you how you can live a life that is “backward” to the world’s way of doing things… because we serve a “backward” God.

The back of the book says, “Discover how much fuller your life can be when you revel in living as Jesus taught: giving to gain, losing to win, and turning first and last around.

I especially liked the chapter called “Gloriously Ruined”. In it, Jarrod shares a passage from Joni Eareckson Tada’s book, “When God Weeps“, describing Jesus’ crucifixion in a new light. And, let me tell you… I have never been so moved by that story! It really did give me a new perspective!

And, it’s the same with so much of this book … I have come to view a lot of things in a new light, thanks to Mr. Jones!

Some of the other chapter titles are:
Me, Me, Me
Will the Real God Please Stand Up?
God Gone Public
Backward Loving
The Backward Mind

I can’t recommend this book highly enough … especially if you feel like you’re stuck in a spiritual “rut”. It is written in a down-to-earth, friend-to-friend style, with lots of humor thrown in for good measure. But, the truth is powerfully written… you can’t help but be changed! ;o)

Rated: A+


The Sunday Review (a new event!)



This is going to be a new weekly event, here at Heaven Rules, where I share a Christian book that’s caught my eye.  

These won’t necessarily be books I’ve read — they could be ones that I’ve just come across online and added to my To-Be-Read list, or they could be ones I’ve read; it will depend, from week-to-week, which I prefer to feature. If it’s a book I’ve already read and am recommending, I will include my review. Otherwise — if it’s a book that I’m just adding to my To-Be-Read list — I will only share the title, author, and a description of the book from

So, to start things off, today I’m featuring a book I came across while browsing over at

DUG DOWN DEEP: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters
by Joshua Harris

What will you build your life on?
With startling transparency, Joshua Harris shares how we can rediscover the relevance and power of Christian truth. This is book shows a young man who rose quickly to success in the Christian evangelical world before he realized his spirituality lacked a foundation—it rested more on tradition and morality than on an informed knowledge of God.
For the indifferent or spiritually numb, Harris’s humorous and engaging reflections on Christian beliefs show that orthodoxy isn’t just for scholars—it is for anyone who longs to know the living Jesus Christ. As Harris writes, “I’ve come to learn that theology matters. It matters not because we want to impress people, but because what we know about God shapes the way we think and live. Theology matters because if we get it wrong then our whole life will be wrong.”
Whether you are just exploring Christianity or you are a veteran believer finding yourself overly familiar and cold-hearted, Dug Down Deep will help you rediscover the timeless truths of Scripture. As Harris challenges you to root your faith and feelings about God in the person, work, and words of Jesus, he answers questions such as:

  • What is God like and how does he speak to me?
  • What difference does it make that Jesus was both human and divine?
  • How does Jesus’s death on the cross pay for my sins?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit and how does he work in my life?

With grace and wisdom, Harris will inspire you to revel in the truth that has captured his own mind and heart. He will ask you to dig deep into a faith so solid you can build your life on it. He will point you to something to believe in again.

Adding this one to my To-Be-Read list! 😀