In this lukewarm world below,
In Thy footsteps steadfast go.
Give us grace to know Thy will.
Of Thy peace to drink our fill.
Give us minds that seek to know,
How You lead to fight the foe.
Steadfast walking on the path,
Drawing others from the wrath.
Fill our weakness with Thy might,
Never tire from the fight.
Chase the shadows with Thy light.
Keep us on the way that’s right.
(Copyright 2013 by Leah E. Good)
Posted by Leah E. Good on December 4, 2013
It’s hard to believe it’s December already! Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is on it’s way. Just for fun, which book are you most thankful for this year? (Besides the Bible. ;)) It’s a hard choice for me! I think it’s a toss up between Secret Believers and Orphan Justice. I’ve read so many books that I’m thankful for this year. What about you?
I’m surprised no one got last week’s quote. No Redwall fans out there? The quote came from Rakkety Tam. I’ve never read it myself, but it’s my brother’s favorite Redwall book.
And now for this week’s quote. I’m pulling this one from the opening page of a classic non-fiction.
Every one has heard people quarrelling. Sometimes it sounds funny and sometimes it sounds merely unpleasant: but however it sounds, I believe we can learn something very important from listening to the kinds of things they say.
Posted by Leah E. Good on December 2, 2013
Almost everyone I spoke with had one of two replies: “I have thought about adopting, but I wouldn’t know where to start,” or “We would love to do that, but we’d never be able to afford it.” Those statements kept haunting me…I couldn’t help thinking about all the children who might never have a loving home and family just because the adoption process seemed too difficult and too costly.
Successful Adoption: A Guide for Christian Families is one of the best books out there for getting a foundation understanding of adoption. It covers private domestic adoption, foster adoption, and international adoption. It also talks about adopting older children versus younger children, transracial adoption, special-needs, changing family dynamics, how to handle the waiting periods, and how to handle post-adoption “stuff”. A whole chapter is devoted to the cost of adoption, where the money goes, and how to raise the funds.
One of my personal favorite parts of the book is the extensive appendix. Many of the links of the resource page on Teens Interceding for Orphans were located using Successful Adoption appendix.
Some people might wonder why I read and enjoyed this book. I’m not even nineteen yet. Much too young to adopt. (They’d find it even more confusing to know I purchased and read this book several years ago.) However, no one is too young to get educated. Having that knowledge could enable you to help someone who is adopting.
Posted by Leah E. Good on November 29, 2013
Good morning everyone. A day late with this post, but such is life. Today is a big day for me (maybe for some of you too!). It’s the day the finalists and winners of the annual One Year Adventure Novel contest are announced. I’m a little nervous. After being a semi-finalist twice, I’m really hoping to be a finalist this time. Prayers please?
Writing contest aside, it seems several of you have tackled the task of wrapping your minds around old Srewtape’s letters. The Screwtape Letters are a great example of a strong character voice (for my fellow writers). People recognize Srewtape by the words, phrases, etc. he uses. And I’d say his voice is pretty unique as well! And speaking of recognizing; Grace, narniahannah, starshining4ever, Melody, Dirk, CJ, OnionTea, Spencer R., and Happy all got it correct this week. Good job you guys (and gals :P)!
Here’s this week’s quote. It’s a bit less serious than last week’s! I’ve never read it myself, but my brother assures me it should be recognizable to fans.
“I could not give my heart to one as ugly as ye. ‘Tis promised to a fair pretty maid!”
And because I wouldn’t have a prayer at guessing it, here’s an extra in case you need help.
“Brrr, snow. What’s all the kerfuffle about? ‘Tis scarecely daybreak, can’t ye sleep?”
Posted by Leah E. Good on November 26, 2013
Wen and her best friend, Shu Ling, have a deal. Whoever gets adopted first will find a family for the one left behind. When Wen finds her forever family and travels to America, she discovers her promise will be difficult to keep. She is overwhelmed by the intensity of learning a new language, fearing her family might send her back, and feeling disloyal to Shu Ling as she begins to form new friendships. How can she get an American family to want Shu Ling before it’s too late. Time is running out. Soon Shu Ling will be too old to adopt. Can Wen keep her promise and find a family for her friend? Can she find security in her own American family?
When Goodreads recommended this book to me, I pounced. While it’s not difficult to find books about orphans in historical settings (Orphan Trains anyone?), contemporary orphan stories seem far and few between. This one was a gem. I devoured it in every spare moment and put it down wishing more authors would tackle similar stories. There’s no high action, life-threatening quests and adventures in this book. Instead it’s the slow blossoming of a heart and a devoted, desperate search for family. If you’re a girl who cares about orphans and adoption, you’ll enjoy this book.
Do you know of any other fictional contemporary orphan/adoption stories? Please tell me! I’d love to find more of them.
Posted by Leah E. Good on November 22, 2013
Hello everyone. Guess I was right in thinking that last week’s quote would be a little tougher for all of you to guess. You really need to read the book! The quote came from When God Writes Your Life Story, so you were absolutely right Melody!
Here’s this week’s quote. I expect many of you will be able to guess it.
You mentioned casually in your last letter that the patient has continued to attend one church, and one only, since he was converted, and that he is not wholly pleased with it. May I ask what you are about? Why have I no report on the causes of his fidelity to the parish church? Do you realize that unless it is due to indifference it is a very bad thing?
Posted by Leah E. Good on November 18, 2013
There are no easy answers except to walk away. But we dare not, because Jesus Himself said, “Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven (Matt 19:14).”
Lots of people know about adoption and are at least aware of the fact that our world is home to tens of millions of orphans. The number of people acquainted with the social, moral, and political problems creating orphans is much smaller. This book seeks to solve that. However, it’s much more than a methodical fact book about these issues. It delves to the heart of problems like sex slavery, HIV/AIDS, abortion, poverty, foster care, and more. It’s heart wrenching, challenging, and thought provoking.
I grabbed this book for my kindle because I needed to read some more orphan care related books to fill up the slots for this months book review theme. I have to admit, I’m one of those people who often judges a book by its cover, and I didn’t find this cover too impressive. However, it was either free or 99 cents so why not. (It was on sale, it’s $9.99 for kindle now.) I’m so glad I read it. The second chapter dealt with human trafficking and had me sliding out of my bed at midnight to kneel and pray for these girls. If you’re a young teen I would recommend running it by your parents before you read this. If you’re an adult or older teen, though, just go get it. It’s a book that will shake you and challenge you in a good way.
Did your church do anything for Orphan Sunday on the third? Do you have plans to do anything for National Adoption Awareness Month?
P.S. Don’t forget to check out my new blog over at Teens Interceding for Orphans.
Posted by Leah E. Good on November 15, 2013
Seems like Do Hard Things is as popular as I hoped it would be. You guys have good reading tastes. CJ, Melody, emilydm544, Karis Elizabeth, Emily Ruth, Marli Renee, Onion Tea, Ella, Dirk, Spencer R, and teaguesparhaouc all got it right. Good job you guys! (And yes, Marli, it is a pretty unforgettable quote.)
This week I’m sticking to the non-fiction theme, but going with one that might be a little bit harder. It’s one of my favorite non-fiction books.
This is a message that calls us to enter the most dramatic adventure of all time–an adventure that far surpasses the reckless expeditions of the most ambitious mountain explorer. It’s an adventure that will claim our entire existence. This adventure means saying adios to life as we know it. Yet it also means discovering life the way it was meant to be lived, in all its breathtaking wonder and grandeur.
Check out my latest poem, Aris.
Posted by Leah E. Good on November 11, 2013