Saturday, December 31, 2011

An Alternative To New Year Resolutions


Photo credit: Orphans First. Children in Grace Home.

Do New Year Resolutions frustrate you? If so, you're not alone. Maybe it's time for an alternative way to approach the New Year -- and resolutions.

Check out my recent article on this subject in The Examiner -- and discover what my family does for New Year Resolutions.

(You can also find out more on this subject in my book, Heaven Help Me Raise These Children -- biblical direction to practical parenting issues!

Happy New Year.

Janey DeMeo M.A.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Why Men Hate Going To Church


The largest unreached people group—at least as far as church attendance is concerned—is men. Why is that? Why do more women attend church than men? And how should this problem be addressed?

These are just some of the questions discussed in David Murrow’s Why Men Hate Going To Church.

Murrow compares the typical church set up—in terms of worship, preaching style and programs—to the way men are wired. He offers pragmatic solutions; ways to reach out and draw men into the public worship place without making them feel emasculated. He suggests ideas to change the church dynamic and create a place where men feel at home.

But more than just discussing the need to make the church more “man friendly,” Murrow draws from recent church history to show how church has evolved and become more welcoming overall, progressively making it easier for men to find their place.

Illustrations and candor make this book an enjoyable read. Why Men Hate Going To Church would especially benefit pastors, church leaders, women who want to understand men, and men who want to understand themselves.

You can also read my review in The Examiner.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

The Queen's Speech

Happy New Year to all.

Thought I'd post something from a fellow Brit, Queen Elizabeth. She sums it up in her message here -- and has more gutz to tell the truth than many preachers. No political correctness in this speech. Just says it as it is. (Stay tuned right to the end of her talk to hear what Christmas is really about.)



May we be so bold.

Janey L. DeMeo, M.A.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gray Matter - interview with a life-changing neurosurgeon

Here's another great idea for a Christmas gift, stocking stuffer, or just some awesome material to make you grow, Gray Matter: a neurosurgeon discovers the power of prayer . . . one patient at a time.

For an interview with Dr. David Levy, and a review of Gray Matter, check out my article and interview in The Examiner.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Interview with Jimmy Peña on his Prayfit 33-Day Total Body Challenge


I received a double blessing this week. First, I figured out what to buy people as a stocking stuffer. (Spoiler alert for those on my stocking list.) Next, I got to interview best selling author and fitness guru, Jimmy Peña, to talk about Prayfit 33-Day Total Body Challenge.

Hearing Jimmy's passion for Jesus and for overall health was more than inspiring. It made me want to practice what he teaches and become the best I can be. I'm excited to see how Prayfit 33-Day Total Body Challenge changes lives. (I'm thinking this could work well with the Orphans First motto--changing children's lives one by one. Since the only equipment needed is a DVD player, this would make a healthy group activity anywhere.)

Read my interview and watch Jimmy's YouTube clip of Prayfit 33-Day Total Body Challenge here in The Christian Perspectives Examiner.

So, if you're looking to get in shape before or after Christmas, or want to buy the perfect gift, check out the Prayfit 33-Day Total Body Challenge.

As Jimmy Peña says, “In Jesus’ name we train.”

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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Friday, December 09, 2011

He Knows When You Are Sleeping

For those looking to enjoy Christmas activities in the San Diego area this weekend, check out my latest article in The Examiner.

And still in the Christmas spirit, here's a great article I thought my readers would enjoy, He Knows When You're Sleepin' written by a fellow follower of Jesus.


He Sees You When You’re Sleepin’...by Dr. Charles W. Page

Do you recall trying to sleep on Christmas Eve while waiting for Santa to come to town? The anticipation of Saint Nicolas and all his goodies was just too much—who could sleep? The lyrics of Santa Claus is Coming to Town taunted me. “He sees you when you’re sleeping—he knows when you’re awake…” I tossed and turned trying to fall asleep, fearful I’d miss out on Santa’s visit if he caught me awake. I never doubted Santa’s ability to be aware of my wakefulness.

Unfortunately, as adults, the issues that keep us awake during the Christmas season are more complicated than those we experienced as kids. Financial burdens, strained relationships, difficult decisions, brooding regrets and fretful thoughts race through our minds and hinder our rest.

There is someone who “sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake.” It’s not Santa Claus. The Bible reminds us, God’s eyes never close. Perhaps this truth can tuck us in for the night.

“He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:3-4)

We erroneously think that as we “turn in” that God somehow “turns off” or moves on to do more important things. But God doesn’t wait for us to wake up before He returns to work. God is just as active during our sleep—or sleeplessness. Believers can rest assured knowing God is awake guarding our lives.

What does God do as we slumber? Psalm 127:1-2 reminds us that God gives to those that He loves as they sleep. What does God give? Understanding God’s generous nature, one rendering would be that God gives to the believer whatever is needed at the time. God can give you wisdom and direction with decisions as you “sleep on it” overnight (Psalm 16:7, James 1:5). Maybe there is a financial need. The scriptures are filled with examples of how God provided for the physical needs of those He loved as they rested (I Kings 19:1-8; Exodus 16:1-8).

God’s gifts are good, perfect (James 1:17), eternal (Ephesians 1:3) and purposeful (Galatians 5:22-25). They do not require batteries, warranties and cannot be purchased in stores. But they are available 24/7/365—not limited to one night each year. God’s greatest gift did not arrive under a tree but on a tree (John 3:16). “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

It’s plain to see, God has our back as we sleep. Try this Christmas recipe for rest.
Repent—in areas where we are aware of our transgressions. “A clean conscience 
makes a soft pillow.”
Release—control of problems you’re facing and give them over to God.
Relate—connect with God through prayer and meditation while in bed.
Rest—allow God to do what you cannot do for yourself as you sleep.
Receive—God’s unmerited forgiveness, grace and blessings while you sleep.

An English proverb reminds us, “As you make your bed so you must lie in it.” The truth of God’s Word helps us face our situations. Although we cannot change the failures of our past, we can rest with a clean conscience based on God’s gift of forgiveness. Our current circumstances may appear overwhelming, but God gives His presence and His guidance in our hour of need. Our future is secure and hopeful when God’s greatest gift—His Son—is kept in view. A life supported by a vibrant, healthy relationship with the Shepherd of Sleep makes the most comfortable mattress. In childlike faith learn to trust Him as you lie down to sleep and remember: “He sees you when you’re sleeping.”

Author Bio
Dr. Charles W. Page is a sleep-deprived surgeon who completed medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Page is currently a rural surgeon and has taken numerous medical mission trips to South America and the Middle East. He and his wife Joanna live in Texas with their five children. He is the author of Surrendered Sleep: A Biblical Perspective. You can find more information at surrenderedsleep.com.
Surrendered Sleep -- A Biblical Perspective by Dr. Charles W. Page
PUBLISHER: Camino Real Publishers
ISBN-10: 0983138109 / ISBN-13: 978-0983138105 / PRICE: Paperback: $14.95; Ebook: $10.95

Available at: Amazon and Surrendered Sleep

This article content is provided free of charge by the author through Kathy Carlton Willis Communications.

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Friday, December 02, 2011

Benny's Angel

Benny's Angel is a sweet little tale for young children by Laura Allen Nonemaker. The delightful story emphasizes prayer. Colorful illustrations draw young readers in to Benny's world. (My criticism, however, would be the story depicts Benny's angel as female which contradicts the biblical picture.)

Who stole the flowers in God’s Secret Garden?

When Ella Eagle discovers that the flowers in God’s Secret Garden have wilted, she alerts Mayor Benny Bunny. The main suspect in the case is evil Count Slime, who is jealous of the joy the animals have in the garden. Mayor Benny calls in Oliver Owl, the captain of the Owl Force Wisdom Watchers, but the owls have not seen Count Slime during their patrols of the garden. Mayor Benny suggests the animals pray for an answer. God hears their prayer and sends Marietta the angel to help them solve the mystery.

This delightful tale uses animals, nature, and a visit from an angel to teach children the importance of prayer and the value of trusting God.

What some are saying about Benny’s Angel
“It requires a special talent to effectively communicate to children the wonders of God’s Word. It requires expanded imagination and Laura Allen Nonemaker certainly has an abundant share of that. In this charming book, she will take her readers into a garden of flowers, aromas, and beauty. This book will be an asset in the child’s spiritual foundation and faith in God.”

Laura Allen Nonemaker’s desire to write took root as a child in Bermuda. Since then, Laura has written in a variety of genres and her work has appeared in Essence Treasury: Celebrating the Season, Alive! and Kentucky Monthly Magazine.

Laura has been involved in short-term missions, including trips to Russia, Poland, and the University of the Nations in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Three years ago, her interest in the arts motivated her to join the planning team for Artful Missions, which conducts juried art shows and donates to outreaches in the U.S. and India to rescue women and children from human trafficking.

Connect with Laura on Facebook: Laura Allen Nonemaker, twitter: @DigInGodsGarden or Linkedin: Laura Nonemaker.
Blog: www.diggingingodsgarden.com

Q & A with Laura:
Why did you write Benny’s Angel?
Benny’s Angel was the result of an occurrence in my “secret garden.” While seated on my garden bench praying, I noticed a rabbit hopping through the garden. The Benny’s Angelscenario came to me. I sensed it was significant and in about ten minutes, I developed the basic storyline.

Why do you think reading is important for parents to emphasize with children, both by reading to them and fostering a healthy reading appetite as they develop their own reading skills?
I believe the time to instill a love for reading in children is when they are toddlers and beginning to experience the power of communication in their relationships. Children are ready to absorb whatever they see and hear going on around them, whether it is good or bad. It is important to read them stories that ignite their imagination and plant the seeds of sound moral principles.

What issues do you address in Benny’s Angel, and why do children need these sorts of stories to help them through life?
In the story of Benny’s Angel, the animals in God’s Secret Garden encounter a problem. They are unable to solve it themselves and pray to God for an answer. God answers their prayer by means of an angel. Benny’s Angel teaches the importance of prayer and of trusting God to answer our prayers. These principles filter naturally through the storyline and without the need for sermonizing. Children will face all kinds of problems and challenges as they grow up and stories based on sound biblical principles lay a strong foundation for their future.

I reviewed this book as a participant of the KCWC literary blogtours.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

To buy or not to buy...'tis the question


We recently had a leak in our bathroom (and it happened when I was traveling which made it worse). Looking for steal-deals on Cyber Monday to help repair the damage got me thinking. (That happens occasionally -- the thinking, I mean.)

Read my latest article, A Christian Response to Cyber Monday and Beyond in The Examiner.

Feedback on The Examiner article is always appreciated.

Check out the Orphans First Christmas Program here.

Janey L. DeMeo, M.A.
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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Changing the face of homelessness


Homelessness is on a drastic increase in America and the homeless need our help. Read about a ministry and a man who are making a major difference for the homeless in my latest article in The Examiner here.

And if you want to know how to help children in at-risk situations, read my previous post.

Janey DeMeo M.A.
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Monday, November 07, 2011

A Simple Way to Help Orphans

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There are countless ways to make a difference in the life of a child or help orphans generally. Here are a few:

* Pray for orphans and underprivileged children. (Join the Orphans First Prayer Chain.)
* Support a needy child or orphan ministry.
* Adopt or foster.
* Volunteer to help a foster or adoptive family. Provide respite care. * Mentor a fatherless youth or become a court appointed advocate for him/her. * Help homeless children. * Sew dresses or britches for poor children.

We can make a difference in some way -- be it big or small.

Orphan Sunday was designed to help people learn how to make a difference. Read about our Orphan Sunday event here in my latest Examiner article. And read about the diverse ways people are making a difference -- and how you can too.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween, the Parent's Dilemma


How d'you choose to spend Halloween?

For parents, the whole Halloween-everyone's-doing-it attitude can present a dilemma. But it doesn't have to be. It all depends how you look at it. And what you do with what's available to you.

Read my latest article, and enjoy an intriguing video clip, in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner on this subject.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Courageous, the movie

One of the finest movies I've seen. Funny. Sad. Suspenseful. Challenging. Tender. Fabulous.

Here's the opening scene. (But be warned. This snippet stops short the most breathtaking scene of all. I won't tell. You must see the movie.)


To view the trailer and read a full review of Courageous, read my article in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

Make sure you see this movie. It's worth it.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

58: The Film

58: The Film -- A disturbing yet compelling film on poverty. 58: The Film portrays one of life’s most destructive forces—poverty.

Poverty destroys lives and hope. It can cause poor health, malnutrition, illiteracy, despair . . . Yet all the Christians in the USA alone have the ability to eradicate poverty by sharing their lives and their resources as stipulated in Isaiah 58—the inspiration behind the film’s title:
“If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness…” (Isaiah 58:11).

The film highlights families and individuals caught in poverty and forced to make drastic choices that cost their freedom. Some of them have to work day and night to provide for their families. Yet the children go to sleep hungry.

Some families find themselves caught in an endless cycle of debt and enslavement. They take out a loan to survive, then they are forced to work in illegal quarries or other precarious situations Just to pay back the interest of the loan, with no hopes of ever paying off the principal. They then pass the burden onto their families who are also enslaved.

Some of the profiles are haunting. A little boy enslaved, his face darkened, and without hope. A woman who, since being been enslaved, lives a nightmare; she knows no happiness. A mother struggles to feed her children who cry at night because they’re hungry. They sleep crammed in a dilapidated one-room shack surrounded by sewage.

Children trapped into sex slavery are also portrayed, and so is their rescuer—a man who gave up personal comfort to risk his life for the cause of justice.

The bottom line: Live Isaiah 58. Find the hard things God calls you to do and do them. Put your own problems aside and fight for someone else. It cost you something but you’ll find yourself very close to the heart of God.

58: The Film will be in theaters mid October. Don’t miss it. It will change your life -- and the lives of impoverished children.

You can also read this review in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Obama's First San Diego Visit


Photo credit PJG. Picture of Del Mar, San Diego

It will be interesting to see what the end of this day brings as the dust settles on the trail of Obama's first visit to San Diego. Fundraising, of course. And not without plenty of opposition.

Read my article on this subject, Obama's first San Diego visit, in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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Friday, September 09, 2011

Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 & So Cal In The Dark

I was definitely thinking about 9/11 when I heard that much of Southern California was in a blackout, cut off from all power supply. Read my latest article on that subject in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner here. Feel free to leave your comments on The Examiner article itself. And, if you want to know how to make your life count more for others -- particularly orphans -- visit Orphans First. You can browse the pages and even download the latest newsletter. May we never forget and always remember those who are hurting. Until soon... Janey DeMeo M.A. Copyright © September 2011 www.orphansfirst.org www.JaneyDeMeo.com www.twitter.com/JaneyDeMeo

Friday, August 26, 2011

Best French Teacher Ever -- back-to-school secrets



I once had a French teacher who greatly impacted my life, Mme. de Bechevel. I loved her. She loved me. (I think.) Anyway, she was kind and really gave me a taste for the language.

But, having said that, I've never met a teacher more motivating and more inspiring than the one I interviewed for my column in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner. This one beats 'em all. And she happens to be my daughter.

Enjoy and please leave a comment. (And, no, you cannot marry her. She's taken.)

Check out the other videos linked to my article. Rachele is an awesome French cook.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Back to school challenges


Photo of Mink at school with her friends. (Mink is a hearing-impaired child in Thailand supported by Orphans First.) Photo courtesy of ORPHANS FIRST.

Every parent knows how hard it is to prepare to go back to school. But some people find it harder than others.

Read my latest article in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

“What does it profit . . . if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14-17, NKJV).

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Billy Graham in Quotes

Pertinent. Pure. Profound. Poignant. Powerful.

Ok, so I’m pushing the alliteration, but Billy Graham in Quotes is all of these things. This book is exactly as the title suggests: a book of quotes by Dr. Billy Graham, compiled by his son, Franklin Graham.

Billy Graham in Quotes is set up in categories so the reader can easily flip through to find Dr. Graham’s quotes on various subjects: abortion, work, the resurrection, church, evangelism, pain . . . Under the chapter titled Prayer for example, here’s a typical quote:
“Prayers have no boundaries.
They can leap miles and continents and be translated instantly into any language.”

This is a great book for just about anyone. Great for preachers as a source of spice for their sermons. And great for layman to glean from the simple truths and enrich their personal walk with Jesus.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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The Eternal Messiah: Jesus of K'turia

For those who like fantasy and sci-fi, here's a book worth checking out, The Eternal Messiah: Jesus of K'turia by W.R.Pursche and Michael Gabriele. (Read the interview with Bill Pursche below the book description.)

The essence of the story?

A religious preacher brings a message of sacrifice and compassion, enticing the people to break free of their meaningless and lifeless customs. His gospel challenges both the ritualistic religious leaders and a foreign occupying power.

His name is Jesus.

But this is not ancient Palestine, but another planet. Coincidence? Or proof of the universal God?

Kalinda Prentiss is a renowned expert in her field of cultural anthropology. In her work with indigenous cultures she begins to see amazing similarities in their path to advancement -- similarities based on their acceptance of a religious Messiah. Yet when she documents her work and presents it to the scientific community, she is ridiculed for her belief that societal advancement could in any way be connected to God.

Treb Win has left his home and joined the military to escape the memories of the loss of his life mate. Bereft of purpose, he tries to lose himself in his work, his goal of achieving personal enlightenment now an impossible dream without the support of his mate and his people.

Prentiss is demoted from her prestigious position and sent to work on Win's obscure research ship. Though convinced of her theory of the link between religion and technical advancement, she vows never to trust the scientific establishment again to have an open mind toward her ideas.

Win and Prentiss become embroiled in a secretive military mission neither of them want any part of. They end up on another planet searching for a missing freighter carrying illicit government weapons which, if discovered, could start a cataclysmic war.

Here they witness something extraordinary: a religious preacher named Jesus appears. He brings a compelling message of faith and sacrifice, encouraging the people to break free from their meaningless lives. His gospel threatens both the local religious leaders and an oppressive occupying power.

Win knows little of Jesus but is curiously drawn to this preacher, kindling a spark in his long lost sense of purpose as he listens to Jesus' gospel. Prentiss believes she has the ultimate proof of her theory, but as she witnesses events unfold which are eerily similar to what happened on Earth, she must make a desperate choice between her work, her faith, and trying to stop what she fears may be the final outcome for Jesus

The science fiction elements are downplayed and serve only as a vehicle to allow the story to unfold in the future and in another place. The book will appeal to adults, Christian teenagers, and readers of religious fiction such as the "Left Behind" series. Though it is not a literal retelling of the New Testament, the inherent message -- salvation through grace, and personal actions driven by the gift of sacrifice -- is one that will be well understood and accepted by those of faith.

This is a unique story that both expands the thinking of people of faith while at the same time challenging those who are not believers or those who insist on a scientific explanation of God.

My interview with Bill Pursche

What is the bottom line of the story?

That faith will provide strength, even if one is surrounded by those who insist on a ‘scientific’ explanation of God: “Who are they who would say that the truth of faith is any less than the truth of evidence?”

And that just because you are not rich, or powerful, you can still do something to help make the world better. Each to their own ability.

What motivated you to write this book?

Ever since I was young, I was always fascinated by the question of how people would react if Jesus were to appear again. What would they do? What would they believe? What would he say?

That was the genesis of the idea. To keep the story more focused on the spiritual message, the story is set not only in the future, but on another planet. This also allowed the story to address another key question: How will God appear in the universe?

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Battered babies need loving homes


(Photo of a child in Haiti, courtesy of ORPHANS FIRST.)

It is a sad day when there are no homes, no provisions, for battered babies and abused toddlers.

Read my latest article on this subject in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

Comments always appreciated...


Janey DeMeo M.A.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

I Called Him Dancer

As an avid lover of dance, an advocate for orphans and a friend of the homeless, I eagerly read I Called Him Dancer by G. Edward Snipes because all these components are found in the central figure, Michael.

For a moment, Michael danced on top of the world, but one bad choice turned his life upside down. The once promising Broadway star now washes windshields for tips and lives among the homeless. When his former dance partner recognizes him behind the fray of whiskers, shame drives him away from her. Angry at God and the world, the Dancer refuses to allow anyone into his life. When everything is stripped away, three things remain: faith, hope, and love. The greatest of these is love.


I Called Him Dancer is a story about how one woman's enduring faith and unconditional love drives her to reach out to a homeless man who has given up on life.

G. Edward Snipes is a freelance writer, president of the Christian Authors Guild, and founder of Exchanged Life Ministries. He has had four award winning short stories, and regularly has articles published on several online ministries. Visit his ministry site at exchangedlife.com or his personal blog at eddiesnipes.com.

Interview With The Author

Have you always wanted to be a writer?


When I was a child, I got my first book. I flipped through the pages, then tore it apart. I didn't know it at the time, but that's exactly what you do when editing a manuscript.

I hated writing when I was younger. I only did what I had to do, and sometimes not even that. Writers block was more like writers dementia. My mind didn't return to me until after ... hmm. What were we talking about?

In 1998, I became active in prison ministry. Many of the men I ministered to were eager to learn. Someone asked me if I had my studies or notes on paper. I agreed to write out the next study and then my writing career was born. The problem wasn't that I couldn't write. It was that I didn't have something to say. Or didn't realize I had something to say. Over time writing transformed from a task to a passion.

Who is your favorite character in I Called Him Dancer?

The character that inspired me the most is Kenyon. Many readers have stated the same. He’s human, struggling to do what is right, and lives by a genuine faith. At times he wrestles between what he knows God wants him to do, and what he wants. Kenyon is down to earth, not preachy, yet his life has an impact on others.

In the story I tried to present Christianity in an honest light. Many who claim to be Christians show hypocrisy and drive others (like the Dancer) away from the faith. This is a real problem in the Christian culture. Kenyon shows what sincere faith looks like. He’s far from perfect, but his simple faith impacts those around him. Kenyon’s sincerity is something the Dancer can’t understand and it piques his curiosity.

What would you like your readers to take away from this novel?

I want people to look at the reality of how faith impacts the world around us. Hypocrisy is being pretentious about faith, and there is a difference between failure and hypocritical behavior. Christians shouldn’t feel dejected when they fail. It’s part of this life of reaching upward.

Also, we all know someone who appears hopeless and hostile toward God, but we don’t know what the Lord is doing behind the scenes. Ultimately, hope is what everyone should take away. Hope that readers are not alone in their struggles. Hope that our lives can make an impact – even with our imperfections. Finally, hope that the people we care about are never out of God’s reach.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Christian Speaker Services (www.ChristianSpeakerServices.com).

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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Monday, July 04, 2011

Independence Day -- The Price Paid

Pictures (and YouTubes) speak louder than words. And tears speak even louder. Let's not forget our military this 4th of July. We owe them much.

Read my latest article in The Christian Perspectives Examiner here. And please feel free to leave comments. Your feedback is valuable.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

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P.S. Get your box of tissues out . . .



Friday, June 24, 2011

Knock ‘em Dead

Knock ‘em Dead – The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2011 by Martin Yate, CPC.

No doubt about it, Knock ‘em Dead lives up to its title. The book provides all the ammunition you need to wow potential bosses or future companies that might hire you.

The job marketplace is scary and competitive—especially during this economic rut. Over-qualified people queue up for menial jobs below their educational level—and they’re still not hired. So, how does one stand out as being the very best potential employee? Knock ‘em Dead tells us how.

The book covers every angle of job hunt prep one can imagine – everything from resumé writing, dress-code, interview techniques, personal branding, first impressions, how to find jobs, how to land interviews, how to query, how to impress, legal issues . . . Phew! Exhaustingly exhaustive!

There are some areas I might modify (in practice at least)– areas which hint at avoiding full disclosure to land the gig. But aside from that discrepancy, the book is a great tool for job-hunters, career changers or for people wanting to improve their overall people skills and professionalism.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
Copyright © June 2011

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day and the Fatherless


(Photo courtesy of Louis DeMeo & Orphans First.)

A famous card company provided free Mother’s Day cards to US prison inmates so they could send a card to their mothers. Almost every prisoner lined up eagerly to receive the treasure card to send to mom. The event was so successful, the company decided to do the same thing for Father’s Day. But the results were quite different. No one wanted a card. No one.

Lesson: Either the inmates didn’t have a father, or their father was not someone they cared about.

We see a powerful message here: Fathers play a crucial role in children’s lives. Fathers—or lack thereof—impact their children’s choices. A child who has no father, or whose father is absent, insensitive or even cruel, will likely make poor choices and turn to delinquency.

No wonder the Bible tells fathers not to “irritate, provoke” or “exasperate to resentment” their children (Ephesians 6:4, Amplified Version). No such commandment is given to mothers. Apparently, only dads need this exhortation because they seem to possess a natural propensity to irk their children.

Fathers irk their children by being absent, ignoring them, having unrealistically high expectations for them, not listening to them, being harsh . . . But nothing irks more than just not being there for them, not caring. That one leaves irreplaceable soul-scars and can deposit bitterness in the heart.

America harbors its share of frustrated, hurting, lonely children and youths—kids who either don’t care about Father’s Day or who wish it didn’t exist at all because of its oxymoronic reminder of their ‘fatherlessness’. They either don’t have a dad or their dad simply isn’t worth celebrating. This is the case of many foster children in America—of which there are half a million in America. (San Diego alone boasts 6, 500 youths in the foster system.)

Many of these kids (who are essentially orphans) will age out at age 18 with no real guidance, no healthy family connections, and no direction. They’ll end up on the street or in prison like their predecessors.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

There are enough churches to provide homes, mentorship, older brother programs, family inclusion programs etc. for every single stray youth and foster child in America. It just takes a willing heart (and connecting with the local foster agencies or other youth organizations to see how to help).

While Americans celebrate Father’s Day, may God tug on the heart of His children, reminding them of the plight the fatherless. May all who know the Father show those who are fatherless that they too can know the greatest Father of all – the heavenly Father whose love surpasses all.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011



My article and special video on Memorial Day 2011 -- a sobering time calling us all to pray for those who gave their lives for our freedom -- can be read here on the San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Voluteering & loving our neighbors


"Do not be overwhelmed by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).

Evil is rampart everywhere and the world seems to be getting darker and darker. Cataclysmic events and tragedies seem to be striking out from every angle. It can be overwhelming. So what do we do?

When we see the world falling apart and feel helpless, there is always still something -- even one small thing -- we can do. We can all volunteer in some capacity of other. We all have the opportunity to make a difference, to sow seeds of good, to overcome evil with good.

There are so many ways we can volunteer. Homeless shelters always need help. Elderly people often need a hand to keep their homes in order, or just to hear someone read to them, and local communities in general depend on volunteerism to function at their best.

All kinds of people volunteer, even atheists. But to the Christian, it's not an option. It's a commandment. Jesus commands us to be salt and light, to make a difference so-to-speak, and to reach out to others in need everywhere. He tells us to love others as we do ourselves. He tells us to show love by our actions. And you don't have to go to Haiti or India to do that. You can begin right in your local area, your neighborhood.

Still not sure what that looks like?

Read my latest article -- and check out this cool video -- on the weekend of service which takes place in North San Diego County each year here in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Mother's Day & Foster Children



May is Foster Care Awareness Month. And it's when we celebrate Mother's Day -- a very painful time for many foster children and mothers.

Read my latest article on this topic here in the San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

National Day of Prayer


“…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

May 5th 2011 marks the 60th National Day of Prayer and America will be abuzz with people praying together.

Read about the National Day of Prayer in my article The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

May this year's prayer day be the best ever. God knows, America needs prayer.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
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The Prayer Dare


Just in time for The National Day of Prayer . . .

The Prayer Dare – Take the Challenge that will Transform your Relationship with God – by Ron Kincaid is by far one of the most comprehensive books on prayer I’ve read. And it’s easy reading.

Each chapter emphasizes a different aspect of prayer based on Scripture and provides practical illustrations leaving the reader with a dare—to practice prayer in the way outlined in the chapter.

Praying according to God’s will, praising Him for who He is, lamenting and confessing are just some of the topics covered in the book. Each chapter ends not just with a challenge (dare) but also with an opportunity to write down what you’re learning along the prayer walk and to thereby apply its message.

Author, Ron Kincaid, is a pastor, husband and the father of nine children. His testimony is one of a man who’s discovered the power of prayer.

The Prayer Dare. Read it. Put it into practice. Take the dare.

You can also read this review in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
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Sunday, May 01, 2011

The Brotherhood - A Precinct 11 Novel


The Brotherhood – A Precinct 11 Novel, by bestselling author, Jerry B. Jenkins is a page-turner with believable characters and a faith-building message. It reads like watching a movie (hint! hint! filmmakers).

The Brotherhood holds all the components of great fiction: tragedy, suspense, crime, gore, drama, and romance – entertainment at its best. If that were all, it’d be worth the read, but it gets better. The story also provides spiritual fodder.

The narrative surrounds Chicago cop Boone Drake and the immense tragedy of the worst kind of personal loss that tests the very core of all he is—especially his faith.

Although a regular church attendee, Drake had two main passions: his close family and his career. When his first passion was destroyed—literally—he tried to thrust himself into the second with hopes of becoming a Chicago gangbuster. But was he ready? Would his absence of solid faith affect his decisions and jeopardize any hope of promotion?

Drake soon learned that God’s plans included a lot more than a promotion; they included a change of heart.

Great novel for all who like pure entertainment.

Read how this book relates to San Diego in my latest article in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner here.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

What Is Easter Anyway?


So what is Easter anyway? I mean really.

Easters changes everything. Everything. I mean everything.

Read my latest article in The San Diego Christian Perspectives.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Haiti's Potholes - and how I fell in one


Some people have good eyes and see nothing; they are blind. Others are blind but see more than most of us ever seem to see. Such was the man in this picture. Almost a modern day prophet you might say... More here.

Friends have asked for gory details about how I fell in a well during my last trip to Haiti in March. (Prior to that in January, I got my foot stuck in wet cement. So maybe there's a message here...or I'm just plain clumsy.) Well, maybe I'll give you the gore. Maybe not. You won't know for sure unless you read my recent article about Haiti's Potholes in Assist News Services.

You'll find much more than the now-overmilked story about my dramatic descent into the lower parts; you'll find out what God is doing and satanic strongholds are cramming the style of those seeking to do honest good in Haiti. But it's all good in the end. So be sure to read about it.

I've included some pix in this story as well as in the latest downloadable Orphans First update.

Hope you enjoy the article -- and the update. Let me know what you think. I appreciate your comments and your support for Orphans First.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
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Friday, April 08, 2011

Deep Wounds, Deep Healing



Read a fuller review of in my section in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

In his book, Deep Wounds, Deep Healing, Dr. Charles H. Kraft addresses the profound struggles that have lurked deep in the psyche since early childhood causing the “inner child” to be dissociated from the adult and allowing the build-up of garbage which provides fodder for demon activity.

Demons attach themselves to junk—like rats in garbage. It’s essential to deal with the junk to weaken the demonic influence.
Christians can be troubled by demonic influence as much as anyone, but Kraft goes further and Christians can still be possessed—although his support for this theory could be shot down by a grasp of semantics. However you look at it, believers can be set free by the Holy Spirit but, seemingly, some people need the help of a counselor or professional who understands spiritual warfare to find freedom.

Kraft’s deep healing technique focuses on biblical principles and seeks to reconnect a person to their inner child to discover the cause of the wounds and to help them see Jesus was there all the time.

The book is not light reading, but enlightening. A great tool for those interested in understanding deep healing.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Knowing God, Knowing Myself

Candid. Authentic. Pure. Inspiring. Quietly challenging. A few words that come to mind to describe Knowing God, Knowing Myself, An Invitation to Daily Discovery by Cecil Murphey.

In Knowing God, Knowing Myself, best-selling author Cec Murphey opens his heart, candidly sharing secret struggles and experiences that taught him more about himself – and about God.

The chapters of Knowing God, Knowing Myself are short and sweet, making it an easy-read. Each chapter shares personal anecdotes, related Scriptures and ends with a thought-provoking maxim, which serves as a stepping-stone to keep us moving forward in spiritual growth.

Murphey’s vulnerability makes this book a spiritual heart-probe. When a person is willing to talk about their own growing pains and weaknesses like a friend confiding in another friend, it helps you let down your guard, discard your self-deception and take a deeper look at your own blind spots so as to learn to deal with them in a biblical manner.

This book draws us into an unveiled look at ourselves, which then leads us to deeper walk with God—God who loves us as we are, weaknesses and all. I recommend it for new Christians and mature believers as well. A great read.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Why I fell down a well in Haiti



My trip to Haiti this month was filled with delights and drama.



This picture shows just one of those delights--a little girl who is the joyful recipient of one of the dresses donated to Orphans First by Dress-A-Girl-Around-The-World. We gave out many of these beautiful dresses and also britches for boys.

Our trip took us to several parts of Haiti. I'll be writing a more in-depth article on this soon so keep stopping by. For now, let's talk about a wee spat of drama: I fell in a 20 foot well.

No panic, I didn't fall right to the bottom (or I probably wouldn't even be here to tell the story); I fell in up to my chest where I caught onto the metal lid which had flipped sideways. With the help of a friend, I managed to get my dangling body out and size up my wounds -- a bunch of bruises and a few broken ribs.

The good thing about that fall is that it brought attention to the need to get the well lid hinges fixed so that a child doesn't fall in. It also gave me a good reason to accept all the pampering and pity being poured on me (hey, I'm milking this for all it's worth -- it's not everyday I get to fall in a well). So, it's all good.

And whatever way you look at it, what are a few broken ribs and bruises in light of all that's happening in the world whether in Japan, Libya or even in Haiti? The world is in a bad way. With that sobering thought, I invite you to read my latest article in the San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner on Spring 2011 and signs of the times.

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Saturday, March 05, 2011

PrayFit - interview with Jimmy Pena


I recently posted my review of PrayFit. If that whet your appetite to get fitter and closer to Jesus, you won't wanna miss my interview with the godly, fitness guru and author of PrayFit, Jimmy Pena.

Here's an appetizer... For the whole interview, read my article in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

JD--I love that PrayFit challenges me to go further in my workout than I'd normally choose--while also inspiring me to go deeper with God. What gave you the idea for this unique combination?
JP— Well, from a fitness standpoint, I teach people that the body will only change according to the level at which it is stressed. Our bodies are pretty resilient and they adapt so well to what we put them through. For that reason, we have to continually ask more of ourselves day in and day out. I think the same thing goes for our faith. Spending good time with the Lord each day, seeking His guidance, going deeper into His word…that’s how we stay healthy on the inside.

JD--As well as being a brilliant fitness coach, PrayFit shows that you walk close to the Lord How does your faith impact your desire to help others get in shape?
JP— Well, all I know is that I love the Lord, and I am so thankful He’s in my heart. I’ve said before that it doesn’t necessarily take faith to be healthy, but if we have faith, we should strive to be. The message of PrayFit has been formed and molded into some simple concepts, most important being that we believe that while life is not about the body, our health is a means of praise. That we’re called to take care of the body that carries the soul and that there are plenty of biblical references and examples that point to and require a response in the area of physical fitness and proper eating. We believe that many areas of life require a sacrifice. Is our money required for heaven? No. But we’re told to be good stewards of it. Same thing goes for our bodies. Required for heaven? Nah. But we’re called to take care of them because they’re not ours to neglect. After all, that’s what a steward is anyway; someone put in charge of something that’s not their own. It’s not about a six-pack, but something so fearfully and wonderfully made deserves better attention and upkeep. Things like lower blood pressure and sensible weight loss can be seen simply as bi-products of obedience.

JD--One of the things I love about PrayFit is it's gimmick-free. The exercises don't even require equipment. I'm often in Haiti or other third-world countries where there's little opportunity to exercise. Do you have any special tips for me in this situation so I don't get back home stiff and out of shape?
JP—So glad you asked. We wrote PrayFit with bodyweight as the resistance because anybody and every body can experience a solid workout in very little time, without costly equipment and in the privacy of their home or hotel room. Few people realize how effective a bodyweight workout can be, but if you’re at home and you have only 10 minutes before work or if you’re in a hotel room, the simple bodyweight approach is so effective. The best thing? It’s all relative. My best effort, your best effort, anyone reading this article…we all have a threshold. Someone who can only do 5 push-ups or bodyweight squats or someone capable of 500, it doesn’t matter. Your best is your best, is your best… And each individual will see results. So while you’re in Haiti doing God’s work, you can Stayfit with PrayFit.

JD—I like that: STAYFIT with PRAYFIT. Yay!
With all the talk about the dangers of obesity, are Americans finally catching on? Are they becoming more health conscious or are they still caught in the deadly cycle of unhealthy food and little exercise?
JP—We’re great at identifying the dangers, risks and haunting statistics, but obesity is still something we see yet don’t yet feel. For that reason, it’s our opinion that the believer needs to lead the way. Whether you’re Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Non-denominational or otherwise, we believe that the believer should be the example. In 5, 10, 50 years, when this country puts statistics together to summarize the state of health in our nation, may there be one group that led the way to a healthier America…the Christians.

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Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
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Monday, February 28, 2011

PrayFit


I reviewed PrayFit out of curiosity. How is it celebrities recommend a fitness book that focuses on Jesus? (Not your usual Hollywood stuff, for sure.) I soon found out what makes PrayFit buzz-worthy.

PrayFit is a guide to a healthy body and stronger faith in 28 days and includes devotions, exercises, tips and meal plans.

Author and fitness guru, Jimmy Pena, shares his wisdom about exercise, food and faith. Jimmy Page, MS and Jim Stoppani, PHD, complete the package making PrayFit an easy-read manual on growing in faith and fitness in 28 days.

Don’t get me wrong. Although PrayFit provides a challenging 28-day workout plan (which, by the way, involves zero equipment, so no excuses anyone), the spiritual component is not deep theology. The devotional nuggets and prayers are simple, but nonetheless biblical. And, like the meal-plans and food tips, readings are bite-sized easy to read.

PrayFit provides intense workouts, thorough food info and inspiring spiritual content. I recommend it for just about anyone. (Makes a great gift—especially for friends interested in improving their health and needing to draw closer to Jesus.)

Follow up tips and info are also provided via PrayFit.com. Good stuff.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

4 Americans Killed by Somali Pirates



(Photo of Africa seas, credit Louis DeMeo)

This week we're talking about The God Hater by Bill Myers (see previous post). But it would be unfitting to ignore what's going on in the world -- especially as with so much God-hating activity on the loose. With that in mind, please read my latest article in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner, Missionaries killed by Somali Pirates.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

The God Hater


If you're look for a relevant, thought-provoking, page-turning book -- and you have a heart to help orphans -- buy The God Hater by Bill Myers.

Not only is The God Hater one of the best books in the genre of Christian Fantasy that you'll read, but here's the double-whammy: The proceeds go to Orphans First -- a non profit organization helping children. (Read my recent article on Orphans First work in Haiti here.)

Since I'm a huge Bill Myers fan, I posted a review of The God Hater a while back which you can read here. You can also read my fellow Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy (CSFF) blogtour colleagues' reviews here:
Noah Arsenault
Red Bissell
Thomas Clayton Booher
Keanan Brand
Rachel Briard
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
Carol Bruce Collett
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
CSFF Blog Tour
April Erwin
Amber French
Andrea Graham
Tori Greene
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Joleen Howell
Bruce Hennigan
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Emily LaVigne
Shannon McDermott
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika
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John W. Otte
Sarah Sawyer
Chawna Schroeder
Andrea Schultz
Tammy Shelnut
Kathleen Smith
James Somers
Donna Swanson
Jessica Thomas
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Nicole White
Dave Wilson
Kathy Brasby

Bottom line: There's a whole lot of us who recommend The God Hater.

Oh, and for those curious about the Orphans First / Bill Myers connection: As well as being a brilliant writer, Bill has a huge heart for orphans. As well as being an advocate and supporter, he is on the Orphans FIrst Advisory Board. (He was also our guest speaker for our commencement ceremony at Theological Institute in France years ago.)

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Defining Faith Part 2


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It took a whole lot of faith to sit under that collapsed building on top of a ton of stinky rubble. Eeeeeooh! Who knows what lay underneath that stuff? But what is real faith -- the kind that delivers our souls from damnation? And what makes the Christian faith, belief in the Bible as God's inspired Word, different from other faiths?

One defining aspect of the Christian faith is faith. Sound simple? It is. But some people make it so darned complicated.

The Bible teaches that by faith we are saved, not by works (Ephesians 2:8). Faith, as discussed in last week’s article, must be based on truth in order to be true faith. To the Bible-believer, that object of truth is God’s Son, Jesus.

Most religions – just about all religions – believe that you must try to be good enough to merit Eternal Life and Heaven. That’s what makes Christianity or Bible-believing different from other religions; the very premise of Christianity is that humans cannot do enough good to merit God. They cannot arrive at perfection because they are bound by old sin natures.

The Bible says none of us will ever be good enough for all have sinned and fall far from the mark of perfection demanded by the very personification of perfection, God (Romans 3:23). That’s why God sent His only Son, Jesus, to pay the price of our imperfections and to die for our sin, so we could, in essence, go scot free to Heaven on the merit of what He did—and not on what we did or didn’t do. That’s called grace: receiving something we don’t deserve and never earned or merited.

Bottom line: He did it for us. We must accept it and accept Him, believe in Him, put our faith in Him. It’s not hard but it is clearly the most important decision one can ever make because it’s this decision that determines our eternal destiny. If we believe in Him, we become His adopted child and He promises Heaven and a life walking with Him now. Just takes a little faith...

But that doesn’t mean that once we have put our trust in Jesus and accept Him that we can live like Hell with no consequences. Whatever a person sows, he or she will also reap (Galatians 6:9). And a person who has asked Christ into his heart will be changed over time. Truly changed. And that will show on the outside.

The Bible says that faith without works is dead.

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:14-18, NKJV).

So here’s the cincher. If you really know Jesus you’ll walk the walk that reflects who He is. You’ll reach out to the hurting, pour out to the poor, reach out to a needy neighbor, pray for loved ones, seek to make your own wrongdoing right, sense when you’ve done something that grieves God and ask for forgiveness… The list goes on. But all that’s for another time. Stop by again soon for more on this subject.

Feel free to leave a comment. i value your feedback.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Day and How to Make It Count

Drawing by (and courtesy of) Francesco Raphael DeMeo. Copyright (c) 2005.

Valentine's Day is here and for some it's hardly a woo-hoo! Loneliness, solitude and sadness make it anything but a love-fest. But it doesn't have to be that way. It's all about perspective.

Read my recent article on Valentine's Day on The Strand in the San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner here.

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Unto The Hills: A Daily Devotional by Billy Graham

I review for BookSneeze
Let’s face it; you can’t really miss the mark when reading a book by Billy Graham. And Unto the Hills; A Daily Devotional is no exception. It’s a fabulous tool for all Jesus followers.

Each daily devotional provides a Scripture followed by a commentary relevant to the Bible quote, then ends with a prayer. In true character to Dr. Graham’s down-to-earth style, this book makes for easy (but interesting) reading. Its pages echo a tone of characteristic purity – characteristic of Billy Graham and, of course, of Jesus.

Recurring themes pop up periodically such as angels, salvation, faith, family, suffering etc. Some of the devotionals delve into several Bible passages to provide an overall sense of what God is saying. Others provide fascinating illustrations through parables or real-life stories. Poignant quotes from other men of God – some well known, others lesser known – also sporadically lace the pages throughout, enriching the read.

Unto The Hills would benefit anyone—including unbelievers (it makes a great evangelistic tool) and even pastors. But it’s especially a must-have for new believers.

I received this book in exchange for my review as a Thomas Nelson Booksneeze reviewer.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
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