Saturday’s Snippet May 26th, 2018

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”  Nathan Hale

Thank a serviceman today.

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Saturday’s Snippet for May 19th, 2018

“Always be a little kinder than necessary.” -James M. Barrie

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The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco is a young adult fantasy novel about a girl who realizes she has special powers when she accidentally raises her dead brother from the grave.

And so sparks a journey as we follow Tea in her new life.  She is recognized as a dark asha (otherwise known as bone witch).  These are few and far between in this kingdom.  She is taken in to be trained, leaving all of her family behind except her recently-resurrected brother.  He and Tea are linked, and he needs her to survive.  When she dies, he does as well.

A dark asha’s main job is to raise and put down daeva, monsters that wreck havoc if left unchecked and must every few years  to through this process before they rise on their own.  Asha also entertain nobility, serve as bodyguards and are good fighters, and wield magic helpful to the kings.

There are various kingdoms, which currently are at peace and those who wish to wield more power known as the Faceless who remain hidden.  An unknown Faceless has raised a daeva dragon.  Tea’s teacher is too ill to put the daeva down so Tea must do so herself with a little under 2 years of training.  She knows she can die, but she cannot allow other innocents to die either.

“Duty means doing something not because you like it but because you’re supposed to,” Tea’s brother, Fox, tells her.

“Everyone is a puzzle made of interlocking tiles you must piece together to form a picture of their souls.”

“Always strive to do the unexpected.”

Great read.  Very stock in terms of good guys,  bad guys, love interests, and growing up themes.  Two stories are being told at once:  Tea is narrating her story to a storyteller while she is in exile on the Sea of Skulls.  Fascinating perspective.  Great details.  Fun!

Bible Reading Plans!!

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To help kick-start your desire to stay in the Word over the summer, I’ve compiled some great bible summer reading plans.  Feel free to return to this page and dive in whenever you have a moment and don’t feel bad if you miss some days.  These are just quick guides to help you!  Happy reading!

This one is to read the book of Psalms in June, July, and August:  HERE

This one is more of a year long one but it’s got a plan for different books of the Bible so you can pick a month and do whichever you want:  HERE

This one is just 5 minutes a day for 5 days a week.  Again, pick and choose which months:  HERE

Finally, my favorite link of all. This one has a bunch of different Bible reading plans based off of themes.  You can go chronological or Christmas or in order. Great choices: HERE

Feedback on BSF Changes This Year…

I received an email about the changes Bible Study Fellowship has made this year and the email was wondering why BSF didn’t ask for feedback on the changes at the end of this year.

So, here it is!  Your chance to tell BSF International what you think of the changes!

Leave a comment below.  Your voice matters!!

I’ll go first:

I personally didn’t like the flex questions.  I always did all the questions anyways as you all know and skipping around made the lesson feel choppy, haphazard, and incomplete.

I miss the opening time and the hymns.

We also have quit having monthly fellowships in others’ houses.  We maybe had “all-class fellowships” 3 times this year.  Once in the beginning, before Christmas break, and our last meeting.  I miss this unstructured time together.  Even these all class fellowships were rigid as we were always asked to come prepared to answer a discussion question and I don’t know about you but I get tired of homework!

I DO like the shaving 30 minutes off of our time.  I attend a night class, and it’s hard to focus late at night for me for 2 hours and my kids were zombies most of the time because of school.  That extra half an hour does make a difference.  I’m more relaxed.  I have time to get home and unwind.  And I have more time to do my own in-depth study of God’s word and reflection time on the lesson before I go to bed so hopefully I don’t forget quite so easily!

I like the not calling on women so often.  It eliminates the guilty feeling if you didn’t get your lesson done.  I also like the laid back atmosphere more of “just come” instead of “don’t come if you didn’t do your lesson”.  No one appreciates a guilt trip.

That’s my 2 cents.

Yours?