Tuesday, November 29, 2011

7 Miracles That Saved America

    Some time ago I finished listening to Seven Miracles that Saved America - mostly because it was written by one of my favourite authors - Chris Stewart (of the Great & Terrible series). He did not disappoint. One does not have to be American to recognize the singular position that country played in world history - as, among other things -  the first nation to embrace lasting democracy. 
As Latter-day Saints we have a further insight into the background of that - acknowledging that America was to be the stage upon which the Restoration of ALL things was to take place. Many things had to be prepared for that Great Event. This important detail however, is not mentioned in the book, and is unnecessary for the purpose of the book - which is to enlighten all God-Fearing Christian people who are open minded enough to recognize the hand of God in the establishment and protection of that great nation. It is also imperative to recognize the hand of Lucifer in many attempts to thwart God's plan for this country. For as Lehi promised, there will be opposition in all things. 

A HIGH Recommendation for every reader LDS or Not. All those who enjoy reading truth. One does not have to be American to enjoy it. 
- Cindy

Seven Miracles That Saved America 
by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart

Also available on Audio CD

“When the odds were stacked against us—and there have been many times when the great experiment we call America could have and should have failed—did God intervene to save us?”

That question, posed by authors Chris and Ted Stewart, is the foundation for this remarkable book. And the examples they cite provide compelling evidence that the hand of Providence has indeed preserved the United States of America on multiple occasions. Skillfully weaving story vignettes with historical explanations, they examine seven instances that illustrate God’s protecting care:
* The unlikely discovery of America by Christopher Columbus
* How (and why) desperate English colonists were able to survive the “starving time” at Jamestown
* The Battle of New York during the Revolutionary War
* The miraculous creation of the United States Constitution
* Abraham Lincoln’s desperate prayer that turned the tide of the Civil War at Gettysburg
* How a series of extraordinary events changed the Battle of Midway during World War II
* The preservation of Ronald Reagan’s life from an assassin’s bullet, allowing him the time he needed to help extend freedom around the world

Available now in book or book on CD - @ Generations LDS Bookstore 
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“A Final Thought”

by Chris Stewart (from 7 Miracles that Saved America)

“There is an interesting story in the Bible that, we believe gives a final reason to have hope.
The 18th chapter of Genesis tells that story of God, appearing to Abraham and sharing His intentions to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Hearing this intent, Abraham asks God a rather pointed question. “Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” (v23)
Then he starts to bargain with the Lord “Peradvanture there be 50 righteous within the city; wilt thou destroy and not spare the place for the 50 righteous that are therein?” (v24)
And God answers, “If I find in Sodom 50 righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes” (v26)
Thank about that. “I will spare all the place” the entire city. And why? For their sakes.
For the sake of the good.
Then Abraham, apparently knowing that the people in Sodom and Gomorrah were really pretty bad, rethinks his proposition. Realizing there might not actually be 50 righteous within the cities, he makes a counteroffer, asking if God wouldn’t spare the city for 45 righteous. (v28)
And so they go, Abraham bargaining with God, essentially pleading on behalf of the righteous until hey get down to ten. And God say “I will not destroy it for 10’s sake.” (v32)
Surely there’s a lesson for us here. Maybe we have reached the point where we, as an entire people, are no longer worthy of God’s blessings. Are the good among us fewer than 60% of our population?
Fewer than ½? Fewer than 40%? Or 30%? Is there any way to really know?
But in a sense it may not matter quite as much as we think, for God has shown His willingness to save an entire people for the sake of the righteous, even if they are but a few.
If that is true, maybe we need not worry so much about our country and our people and whether our society has become too wicked, for surely there are wicked among us. Instead, maybe we need to concentrate on our own lives, our own goodness, our own families. Are we one of the 50? One of the 10? Are we, those of us who still believe, living our lives in such a way that we could convince God to save our nation if only for the few?
Though severe storms lie before us and around us, we do not struggle through darkness by ourselves. As the early patriot John Page once wrote to Thomas Jefferson ‘Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this Storm?
Indeed, we do not walk alone.”
Pages 293.294

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Jacob T. Marley,
by William Bennett

I have always wondered about Jacob Marley. ... oh, I know he's just a fictious character, but I always sorta felt bad for him, he having to spend eternity dragging a lot of heavy chains around, while his compatriot and fellow Jerk - Ebeneezer gets a second chance to escape the same fate. Pretty good friend to warn him I'd say - since we all know Scrooge deserved the same chains "having added to them these seven years".

There is no question that Jacob got what he earned - he said it himself. "I wear the chain I forged in life. I made it link by link and yard by year. It is a ponderous chain." But exactly where does mercy and justice meet? We all cry out for mercy, and Ebeneezer (though not sold on the idea at the beginning) cried out for mercy too .... but doesn't Jacob Marley get any mercy? When I get this philosophical, my kids remind me "MOM, its a BOOK! A Story. Calm down. He wasn't real."
Well, good stories make me think about real life, and I love to see the deeper meaning in them. And when I read that classic favourite - A Christmas Carol - every December, a part of me is unsettled because of the unfinished piece about Jacob Marley .....

Evidently, there are others who felt the same way. Lucky for us, one of them happens to be the incredibly talented Latter-day Saint author William Bennett. ...

Enter the NEW book "Jacob T. Marley" the soon to be classic companion - at least in my family. (sssshhhh - don't tell them, but all my adult kids are getting one of these for Christmas to go along with each of their copies of A Christmas Carol.)

Written in 'Dickens-ish' language, it is beautiful to read - a pure literary pleasure that makes me smile, simply enjoying the flow of it.
Available at Generations Bookstore (and all other good Independent LDS Bookstores).
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