Archive for February, 2011

The Suck Book

Posted: February 24, 2011 in Bible Study, Book Review, Devotionals

When Will My Life Not Suck?: Authentic Hope for the DisillusionedWhen Will My Life Not Suck?: Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned by Ramon Presson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was able to get an early release of “When will My Life Not Suck?” It’s almost worth the reading just for the title alone. I really enjoyed Ramon’s take on pain and loss and how we recover from them. The book is well written. This is not some heady psychology book, but rather has a very hit-me-where-I’m-living feel. Taken mostly from the teaching of Paul to the Phillippians, Ramon shows us that we all will have trouble in this world…but Jesus has overcome it. I think it is best summed up by one of his many humorous examples in the book. A black belt instructor basically tells his students that when they come to terms with the fact that they will be cut if someone attacks them with a knife…cut for sure…so if they’ll accept that, then they can get on with business of really fighting for their lives. I loved that, and I really like this book.

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None of Us is Free (as recorded by Solomon Burke)

Well you better listen my sister’s and brothers,
’cause if you do you can hear
there are voices still calling across the years.
And they’re all crying across the ocean,
and they’re cryin across the land,
and they will till we all come to understand.

None of us are free.
None of us are free.
None of us are free, one of us are chained.
None of us are free.

And there are people still in darkness,
and they just can’t see the light.
If you don’t say it’s wrong then that says it right.
We got try to feel for each other, let our brother’s know that
we care.
Got to get the message, send it out loud and clear.

(Chorus)

It’s a simple truth we all need, just to hear and to see.
None of us are free, one of us is chained.
None of us are free.
now I swear your salvation isn’t too hard too find,
None of us can find it on our own.
We’ve got to join together in sprirt, heart and mind.
So that every soul who’s suffering will know they’re not alone.

(Chorus)

If you just look around you,
your gonna see what I say.
Cause the world is getting smaller each passing day.
Now it’s time to start making changes,
and it’s time for us all to realize,
that the truth is shining real bright right before our eyes.

(Chorus)

Songwriters: Russell, Brenda;Mann, Barry;Weil, Cynthia

© RUTLAND ROAD MUSIC;MCA O/B/O GEFFEN MUSIC

Christians – By Maya Angelou

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I’m not shouting “I’m clean livin’.”
I’m whispering “I was lost,
Now I’m found and forgiven.”
When I say… “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak
And need His strength to carry on.
When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.
When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.
When I say… “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.
When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not holier than thou,
I’m just a simple sinner
Who received God’s good grace, somehow!