A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Monday, May 19, 2014

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus - A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity ~ by Nabeel Qureshi






 The book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi is an unbelievable insightful account of Islam from the perspective of one person who grew up in an Islamic home...and forsook all he knew when he found Jesus.

Nabeel grew up in an American Navy household; a household that was also devoutly Muslim. In some respects he lived a typical American military kid's life, but in many ways his adolescence was drastically different than his non-Muslim counterparts. When reading this book I was amazed at his ability to treat his parents with the utmost of respect even as he explained his experience within the Islamic community as one who has walked away from that community. It would be difficult to read this book and not feel some level of emotion for Nabeel and his plight. After all, he truly has forsaken father and mother and sister to follow Christ. That is much more than the average Christian in America will ever have to sacrifice for their faith. In that light, this is a book that should be read with a respectful attitude, rather than the all-too-common "I hate all things Muslim" that many American believers convey by their attitude, words, and (ah-hem) Facebook posts.

If you have a desire to know more about those who do not know Jesus because they were born into a Muslim family, you ought to read Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. And if you have some sort of bigotry against Muslims (perhaps you watch a little too much Fox News and don't read your Bible enough) then you really need to read this book. We will never bring Muslims out of the darkness and into Christ's saving light with our prejudices and our hatred. This book can open your heart and allow the Lord to move you toward ministering to them and praying for them.




On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 5.

Disclaimer ~ I received this book free of charge for review purposes from BookLook Bloggers (formerly BookSneeze). All opinions shared here are solely my own.


Day 315 done :)


Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study

Friday, May 16, 2014

Out of the Depths - by Edward Harrell, USMC






The sinking of the USS Indianapolis is a well-known story to most every student of the second World War, and many who know little about those dark years have still heard of the Indy.  It's one of the great tragedies of America's war history, and reading about it is never easy. But the book Out of the Depths, written by USS Indianapolis survivor Edward Harrell (United States Marine Core) brings a distinctly Christian perspective to this heart-wrenching tale.

Out of the Depths is a very well-written book, and the author does a terrific job of recognizing God's hand in the events detailed throughout each chapter. The facts are laid out in combination with Mr. Harrell's own personal perspective, and the incident along with it's after-effects are described with enough detail to give the reader a clear understanding of what took place, but with no extra "gore" added for drama's sake. It's clear the author has opted to glorify the Lord through this book, and that is refreshing for a military/historical work.

Reading this book reminded me once again of the grave cost of war, which is actually a grave cost of sin. The way Mr. Harrell weaves his faith into his book is a wonderful reminder of the hope we have in Christ, even in the darkest hours of our lives. I really enjoyed reading Out of the Depths...although it does not "feel" correct to use the word enjoyed when sharing about a book detailing the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

In fact, I have decided to make Out of the Depths a part of homeschool's high school history coursework. It's one small piece of American and world history, but it's an important piece. This book does the tragedy justice.

On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 5

Disclaimer ~ I received this book for free from Bethany House for review purposes. All opinions shared here are solely my own.

 Day 314 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Where the Wind Leads - a memoir by Vinh Chung (with Tim Downs)






Wow. Just...wow.

That is the first thought that comes to mind when pondering exactly how to write a review for the book Where the Wind Leads. To find a memoir that grabs such hold of the reader that you move seamlessly through it's pages and almost forget that the book will actually have an end is a rarity. I loved this book from the very first page. And while it is most certainly very Christian in nature, it is not primarily focused on the Christian faith of the Chung family. Where the Wind Leads is truly a memoir in the truest sense of the word; it is a historical account given from a personal perspective.

Each chapter is just a few pages in length, which makes it easy to grab the book and read when you have a few extra moments. And the writing is truly top-notch. To some degree, at least in my mind, one mark of a good book is the ability to read without the overt sense that you are reading...and Where the Wind Leads allowed me to sort of "fall" into the Chung family's story. And what a story it is.

While I really don't want to give any of the book away in my review, I do feel I should share some of their story. As a brief overview, I can tell you that the Chung family was Chinese in ethnicity and their family had resided in Vietnam for the last several generations. The book covers the rise of their enormously successful company, through the Vietnam war, their subsequent demise into abject poverty, and their bold attempt to escape their homeland, which was truly no longer a place they could call home. I don't want to give away any details about their escape attempt, but one glance at the book cover will tell you it involved a very small boat on a very large body of water. You'll have to read the book to find out more!

If you are looking for a good read to begin your summer, Where the Wind Leads is an excellent choice. I recommend it highly!

On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 5.

Disclaimer ~ I received this book free of charge for review purposes from BookLook Bloggers (formerly BookSneeze). All opinions shared here are solely my own.

Day 313 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Encouraging Quote-A-Thon

I suppose I am probably one of the laziest bloggers on the planet...or I am a busy homeschooler...or I have been in a bit of a blog-funk...

Whatever the cause, I've been lagging in my blogging but I'm throwing up a post today.

It's a simple post, just sharing a variety of quotes that I've written down in recent months. I hope at least one of the quotes is a source of encouragement for you!


     "A jealous God will not be content with a divided heart; He must be loved first and best." ~ Spurgeon

     "To be little with God is to be little for God." ~ E.M. Bounds

     "The great fault of the children of God is that they do not continue in prayer; they do not go on praying, they do not persevere. If they desire anything for God's glory, they should pray until they get it." ~ George Mueller

     "I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God:  first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done." ~ Hudson Taylor

     "Staying power in prayer is a rare quality. There is no realm of the Christian life in which we weary so quickly as in prayer." ~ Arthur Wallis

     "He who prays without boldness cannot hope that his prayer will be answered." ~ Francis Fenelon

     "God does not expect us to work for Him, but to work with Him." ~ Oswald Chambers

     "God wills a great deal of blessing to His people which never comes to them. He wills it most earnestly, but they do not will it, and it cannot come." ~ Andre Murray

     "Dare to trust God for something small and ordinary and next week or next year you may be able to trust Him for answers bordering on miraculous." ~ A.W. Tozer


Keep homeschooling for His glory and be encouraged today!

Day 312 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study