Saturday, May 23, 2009

I Just Can't Keep Quiet On This One: Especially for Memorial Day

I need to warn you---you are either going to totally understand, or roll your eyes and think, here she goes again.

I am the girl that cries when Neil Diamond's America plays. I devour history books and although I've never served in the military, for years I've had this burden to write to soldiers if nothing else, just to say thank you. I've never left North America and yet there is something in me that understands we are a blessed nation.

And I get pretty agitated when contemporary "intellectuals" try to re write history. I hate that my schooling never once mentioned creationism. I'm peeved that children today are to think that the Bible really has no place or memorial as a cornerstone of history.


That is why the American Patriot's Bible needs to be in your hands.

I'm not kidding, I got choked up picking up the book. Just looking at the cover, it just is a gorgeous book for subject matter and artistic mastery. It made me think even further back in history when people died trying to print Bibles, and how carelessly society today treats the Bible in recognition and touch.

This will be our family Bible for a lot of reasons.

I enjoy the translation, New King James Version. I thought the font was easy on the reads for all ages, I even tried to imagine a senior citizen veteran perhaps, picking this book up. I think it would be very special to them.

There are also amazing features:

Full color presentation page and family record section

48 full-color insert pages, presented in 12 four-page sections

1,632 pages including illustrations, two-color Bible pages, 254, articles, and 66 book introductions.

I wanted to review this book right away for Memorial Day and because I was so excited. This book exceeded my high expectations. There are even text boxes that highlight Scripture that US Presidents used for their inaugurations. I loved that.

The profiles on founding Fathers, people throughout American history who used the Bible and believed in it, amazing profiles I did not know about. It is obvious a ton of research and editing went into this endeavor. From Patrick Henry to the crew of Apollo 8, it gives great information that stirs a patriotic feeling from head to toe.

I can't say I always tell readers to read the foreward, introduction and anything precluding a beginning chapter, but in this case, I'm begging you to. In a day where God is trying to be removed from everything, I relished reading the Seven Principles of Judeo-Christian ethic. The Call to Action page is impressive as well.

There is also a map of the United States, a list of each state and when it joined the union. There is a map at the back regarding the journeys of our patriarchs and a comprehensive concordance and subject index.

Are you sold yet? Summer is so much more than baseball and picnics--to me it's a season above all to really celebrate our country and all she means. If you are looking for a family Bible, a gift for a soldier, a veteran, a history lover or even a gift for yourself---look no further.

Book Description:
THE ONE BIBLE THAT SHOWS HOW ‘A LIGHT FROM ABOVE’ SHAPED OUR NATION. Never has a version of the Bible targeted the spiritual needs of those who love our country more than The American Patriot’s Bible. This extremely unique Bible shows how the history of the United States connects the people and events of the Bible to our lives in a modern world. The story of the United States is wonderfully woven into the teachings of the Bible and includes a beautiful full-color family record section, memorable images from our nation’s history and hundreds of enlightening articles which complement the New King James Version Bible text.

A You Tube video featuring The American Patriot's Bible

You can buy here!

Julie Arduini knows the call on her life is to write and encourage others. She maintains a personal blog, The Surrendered Scribe, which reveals her writing resume. Her next published work will be a quote in Kathy Vick's Howard/Simon and Schuster gift book, Run Like a Girl. This will release July 7. She's also working with an awesome group of ladies at Christian Women Take Root who are journeying through The Love Dare. This is ongoing, so there is no wrong time to join!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Agent of Truth

I confess, I enjoy Facebook. Not the changes so much, but the opportunity it gives to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. From a writing ministry aspect, it's opened many friendship doors.

One of my Facebook friends is someone I haven't met in person but she is a sister in Christ who is kind enough every once in awhile to respond to my updates. My updates can range anywhere from my espresso addiction to deep thoughts. After such a deep thought she gave a nice response in return. With it, she said something that caught my attention.

I sound like an agent of truth.

You know, this isn't a bad thing. The way she worded it is a whole lot better than how it's said in the Freaky Friday remake: "Fun sucker." Seems like when I just utter something that makes total sense, I'm most likely killing someone's fun.

But I'd also like to think more than not I'm sharing His love and encouragement. That kind of truth needs to spread a whole lot more, but we're so politically correct, we hope we smile and our message spreads through our pained expressions on our faces.

I want you to know you are loved. You need to know unless you completely turn around and grieve the Holy Spirit, you most likely don't need to worry about your place in Christ if you've already asked Him to be your Savior. The fact that you ask tells me you most likely didn't take your name off the books, so to speak.

Are you going to get the same reward as Mother Theresa? Probably not, but her faith and service were for eternity, just like mine. But our rewards are going to be different. Is this a license to sin---not even. Our goal on Earth should be not just a relationship with Christ, but a resemblance to Him that others recognize. Hard to accomplish that drunk off your rocker, don't you think?

I don't want to be an agent of conflict or an agent of dissension, but I don't want to hold back, either. This agent of truth upholds life, the Bible, and marriage between one man and one woman. I don't have a monkey for an uncle even though I'm sure some of my family may accuse me of being bananas.

So I've been called a lot of things, but agent of truth sounds like a keeper.

How about you?

By the way, you can find me on Facebook under Julie Arduini. There are two of us, I'm the older one who lives in NE Ohio. I am not the (Julia)track star in college nor am I the young lady (Julie)living in France.

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