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The Monogamy Mystery: Natural/Unnatural? by Bishop John Cline

The Monogamy Mystery is a thought-provoking advanced discussion which addresses the issue of monogamy. It addresses the important questions as to whether monogamy is natural or unnatural and whether a monogamous existence can truly be achieved by mankind. It studies monogamy from a biblical, sociological, biological and spiritual perspective and arrives at a most logical conclusion. Infidelity has been a destructive force to the institution of marriage. Hence, it is important for each of us to understand the root of infidelity and learn how to conquer it in order to enjoy more fulfilling lives. Many husbands and wives find themselves in the middle of extra-marital affairs, not because they want to destroy their marriages, not because they do not love their spouses, and not because they are inherently evil or bad-intentioned. My total life experiences have brought me to a place where I have formed the view that it has become urgent to unearth some necessary truths and understanding in an effort to stop, correct, and guide future generations of persons who opt for committed relationships in their ultimate pursuit of happiness. The Monogamy Mystery is the ultimate relationship companion on the real causes of infidelity in interpersonal relationships.

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REVIEW

In this day and age, there is a lot of discussion of monogamy. Most of the people I know do not believe it is possible. It seems that almost every single person I know has either cheated or been cheated on. When I picked up this book, I was very interested to see what I could learn. Having been raised in a religious family, I always believed and hoped that I would live and prosper within a monogamous marriage. However, I have since learned that I seem to be a novelty – I had an ex that wanted to share me with others; and I had another who used the Internet as means to hook up with others, all oblivious to me. This left me jaded, wondering if I should be changing my belief systems.

After reading this book, I found it refreshing to find documentation that supported my beliefs and reaffirm that monogamy is possible within a relationship. It also contains valuable information on how to obtain, encourage and sustain a monogamous relationship. This book is a must read by anyone who is questioning the value of fidelity in their relationship, or has engaged in a debate on if monogamy is natural.


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Out of the Depths of My Soul by Amy-Lee Moffatt

On my knees, to the heavens I desperately cried. 
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“Out of the depths I cry to you oh Lord; oh Lord hear my voice. Let Your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If You, oh Lord, kept a record of sins, Oh Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in His word I put my hope.” 
Psalm 130: 1-6 (NIV) 
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As a domestic violence survivor, I am humbled by the stories I see on the news. My heart breaks for those living in violence, and I can empathize with those who’ve escaped. Out of the Depths of My Soul is the journey I walked for many years. Though I could never see, I could always hear His whisper, 
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“Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” 
Psalm 30:5 (NIV) 
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Otterburne author releases poetry collection

By Marianne Curtis

Otterburne author Amy-Lee Moffatt shares the path of domestic violence, she walked for many years in “Out of the Depths of My Soul.”

As a domestic violence survivor, Moffatt is humbled by the stories she sees on the news. Her heart breaks for those living in violence, and she can empathize with those who’ve escaped. The book is her testament for the things that she experienced herself. Moffat, opens her heart and shares pieces of herself written from as far back as when she was fourteen.

“I had very little information about the dangers of the world and ended up in some pretty bad situations – I lived on the streets for a time (when I couldn’t couch surf at a friends) until one day I found out I was pregnant and the guy I was with ended up in jail,” Moffat explains. She admits trying to leave, but instead ended up living with a man who terrorised her daily, until she was finally able to escape. Her second marriage was not much better.

“When these things in my life were happening, I would write – it was my escape, my coping mechanism if you will – to deal with all the pain that I had no idea how to get away from,” Moffat continued. “My now husband encouraged me to put them all together and send them in to a publisher; as I am a Christian I wanted a Christian publisher which we found at Tate Publishing.”

Moffatt is a young teenage mother, who struggled to reach her goals. But with the support of an elite few, she was able to raise her children, obtain her Social Work Diploma, walk through two violent relationships, and meet the adoring husband she now lives within Manitoba, with their three children. She splits her time between her passion for writing and running a successful business with her husband and children. Her goals do not end here, and with God’s grace, mountains will continue to be moved.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

**As printed in the May issue of the Dawson Trail Dispatch

Wilderness Wanderings by Allan P. Bayne

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I invite you to wander with me on a virtual adventure in the wilderness. Discover the many delights of nature and how they reflect God’s truth. Come travel with me on all 40 excursions. You can take it a day or a week at a time. Your experience can be as close as your armchair and as vivid as your thoughts. Come and wander in the virtual wilderness through these devotions, and linger with the Lord. Come apply some spiritual salve to your soul.

Al Bayne, a pastor from St. Pierre and former teacher in Otterburne has released an exciting new e-book which invites readers to participate in an virtual wilderness adventure while connecting with God.

Bayne, a preacher and teacher, was inspired by his love for wilderness canoeing and the Word of God when he created an eye-catching devotional called Wilderness Wanderings – 40 Nature Devotions.

Produced only as an e-book, Bayne invites the reader to wander through forty virtual adventures in the wilderness.

“I invite readers to wander with me on a virtual adventure in the wilderness and discover the many delights of nature and how they reflect God’s truth,” stated Bayne. “You can take it a day or a week at a time. Your experience can be as close as your armchair and as vivid as your thoughts.”

Bayne has taken his experience as a wilderness guide, a teacher of wilderness leadership at Providence College and a Pastor to create this series.  His first book “Bugs, Sweat, and Fears” (A Beginner’s Guide to Wilderness Canoe Camping) was published in 1999.  He is half-way through a third book called Out of the Wilderness – 30 Power Devotions.

Bayne lives with his wife Barbara in St. Pierre.

The e-book is only $2.99 and is available at:  https://thesnippetapp.com/web/writers/albayne

 

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St. Pierre resident and pastor Al Bayne shows off a copy of his new e-book called Wilderness Wanderings – 40 Nature Devotions.

 

 

 

**As published in the April issue of the Dawson Trail Dispatch 

I Apologize by Bradley Booth

I Apologize

What if the person you love is suddenly, tragically, taken from you?
And after years of living with that memory, the events that led to their death start all over again—with someone new.
Would you have the courage to embrace love, knowing that your world might be torn apart . . .  and once again you were powereless to stop it?

I recently received a copy of this book to review and I really enjoyed it; It was so nice to hear a male perspective to something so difficult as to deal with a loved one’s untimely death, to finding new love. While some of it was kind of sappy (the terms of endearment that he used when he addressed the new love of this life seemed a little ‘over the top”) but on the basis of a story, I found it very enjoyable; I picked it up and didn’t put it down until I was done. Thank you for this great story.

Room 939 by Jenny Lynn Anderson

Room 939: 15 Minutes of Horror, 20 Years of HealingThis is a tragedy that should never have happened, resulting in a book that had to be written. Read how Jenny Lynn Martin Anderson, twenty-seven, happily married, and on her way to a bursting career in public relations and marketing, fell victim to a vicious attacker who turned hotel room 939 from a pretty view of the Atlanta skyline into a torture chamber, lasting but fifteen minutes. Andersons candid recount of sexual assault will convince the reader there is merit in surviving, even if it takes twenty years in its deliverance.

I picked up this book because it involved a subject that I am very familiar with – rape and dealing with the aftermath. It took me awhile to actually open the book because I was actually frightened to read it at first. As a rape survivor, I tend to react to books like this in a very unexpected manner, and they usually leave me grieving at some point or other.

However, this book was different. I got through about half of it, and then I had to put it down. I was disappointed in the constant biblical references. While I can understand how the author turned to God for her relief and to find her forgiveness, I had hoped for more revelations without the preaching. I let it sit for about a week, and then I picked it up again. This time with the attitude that I would take what I could off the pages and move on. I am glad that I picked it up again.

I ended up finishing it on the second try and I am glad that I gave it a second chance. I was able to empathize with the author on several levels. There are connections that rape survivors have, despite the many differences and unfortunately those connections have to be made in order to let go. Like the author, I eventually chose to live my life and not be controlled by an incident that I had no control of; an unfortunate incident that stole my innocence and ruined my life too. I am sorry that it took the author so many years to finally be able to forgive her attacker. It was something I had to learn too – with forgiveness comes freedom.

God bless this author – I pray that her road to healing continued and others find healing within these pages as well.

Taylor’s Gift by Tara and Todd Storch

Taylor's Gift: A Courageous Story of Giving Life and Renewing HopeIn March 2010, thirteen-year-old Taylor Storch’s life was tragically cut short by a skiing accident. With only a few minutes to consider their options, her grieving family made the life-changing decision to donate her organs. Knowing Taylor’s caring spirit, they were sure this was what she would have wanted. Over the course of the next two years, Tara and Todd Storch connected with four of the five people who now live because of Taylor’s gift. And through these encounters, the Storches have discovered unexpected blessings that are changing countless lives.

Now Tara and Todd share their inspiring story, shining a light at the end of the tunnel for those enduring the suffering of losing a loved one. Through the stories of the donor recipients, readers will discover hope in the midst of pain. Honest with their struggles, the Storches show readers that life is a gift and our response to grief is a choice. They also speak with a clear voice about the importance and the blessing of being an organ donor, telling the inspiring story of the creation of Taylor’s Gift Foundation and its goals to raise awareness of the need for organ donation, to re-gift life, renew health, and restore families. They are changing the conversation around the globe that organ donation is not about death–it’s about life! Foreword by Max Lucado.

Taylor’s Gift by Tara and Todd Storch is a heartbreaking yet inspirational story of love and the ultimate sacrifice. As a mother of four, they lived through my worst nightmare – the death of a child. I cannot imagine what this family went through but by sharing their story, the reader gets a real good picture of the pain, heartbreak and loss these parents felt when they were forced with the decision of having to let go of their precious 14 year old daughter.

I am grateful for the very real feelings the parents shared – that while they were both Christians, they still struggled with their faith and their decisions. It shows how strong their faith was because they came through it all and are delivering a very powerful message in memory of their daughter Taylor – the gift of organ donation.

This family took the loss of their beautiful baby girl and used it as a means to save five other people`s lives. Something they believed she would have done if the choice was hers. That shows great strength and love.

The Storch`s are still mourning the loss of their daughter but instead of wallowing in the pain, they are making a difference to the world. They are using their personal story to save hundreds of lives and changing the attitude about organ donation nationwide. Thanks to Todd`s dedication they have created a website called Taylors Gift that encourages people to register as organ donors.

This book is a must read by anyone that has lost a child or by anyone that has ever questioned the importance of being an organ donor.

If you are interested in finding out  more about organ donation visit Taylor`s Gift and register now.

Intended for Harm by CS Lakin

Intended for HarmAt the height of the Vietnam War in 1971, Jake Abrams is desperate to leave his oppressive home in Colorado and begin a new life in college in LA, but his dreams are waylaid when he meets Leah, an antiwar protester who pushes him into marriage and family. Jake tries to juggle school, his job, and raising four children, but Leah turns to drugs and drinking, and finally runs off with her rock band, leaving Jake reeling.

When he falls for Rachel and marries her, his children rebel. And when Joseph, their love child is born, Jake makes the same fatal mistake his own father did–he shows favoritism to this divinely gifted boy who has the power of healing. After Rachel dies in childbirth, bringing Ben into the world, Jake turns his back on God and buried himself in denial. His children are wild weeds, and as they grow, the older sons’ resentment of Joseph’s gifts fester until they can take it no longer. The family hides a dark secret of murder, which Joey threatens to spill out of righteous indignation and fear of God, and the only way to stop him is to kill him. The intend harm for him, but God has other plans for Joseph, and in a divinely orchestrated twist, years later Joseph confronts his brothers, who do not recognize him. True to the Bible story this is patterned after, Joseph is reunited with his estranged brothers, and Jake finally welcomes his long-lost son back into his arms, which brings closure and healing to his hurting family.

Written in a contemporary flash-fiction style, Intended for Harm covers forty years, each chapter a year, with a theme from a hit song for that year. Each scene is a fifteen-minute snapshot of the Abrams family, a “photo album” of Jake’s life of wandering “through the wilderness” and coming home to faith at the end of his life. Anyone familiar with the Bible will recognize many similarities to the famous story of Jacob and his son Joseph. At the heart of this story is an exploration of fathers and sons, of loyalty and betrayal. And mostly, how we often intend harm to others because of wounds we carry in our souls, often without our knowing.

It has been years since I have read this type of book however once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. It was a very modern take on an old bible story with a message about love, forgiveness and faith which needs to be told and retold. I will definitely be checking out the author’s other work.