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What can I say? I'm so pleased that you've come here. I've spent 5 years blogging, more than that building websites and have been writing "professionally" since 2003. I'm here to help writers with their writing, encourage people through this life, and point them to Jesus. That's the most important thing. So stay tuned. Check this site regularly as "some of the features" may change. I'll need help from time to time, because I'm not perfect. If you're perfect, please go to another site. I'm pretty sure you won't fit in here.

Unbalanced Scales

I'm sure everyone in the U.S. already knows that we are in danger. The problem is that so much of the rhetoric and the old rules are just antagonizing things.

For instance, only weeks ago all the media could do was talk about going over a fiscal cliff. Now, however, that cliff seems to have disappeared and they are talking about spending ceilings. I don't know about you, but this tells me that the people in Washington (D.C) don't know what they're talking about.

Then comes the IRS looming on the horizon. It's hard enough to get around with their hands in our pockets year round, but they expect an extra-special bonus via our Income Tax. We've been gritting our teeth and baring this for years, but now it's becoming harder and harder to find the forms to fill out, even if you can understand them, so you can send them in and pay that tax. I'm of the inclination that if they want my money they should come and fill out all the forms and make it easy. I'm not one of these people who expect freebies. It's just that the founding fathers didn't get paid, and if they did it was by their district, and probably in feed or livestock. I say we go back to that. You want to get out of our $15 trillion debt, then stop paying the people who aren't listening to us when we say, "No taxes."

I know, that's idealistic, but this country was built on ideals, and hard work made it work. That is until the government decided to pay for those who didn't want to work. Take a good idea and present it to Congress or the Senate and the first thing they do is appoint a special task force to investigate the problem. Oh, and all those tax problems we face, they do not face. How'd that happen. Whatever happened to "We the People..?"

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Someone to Blame, by C.S. Lakin

This week the Christian Fiction Review Blog invites you to take a trip with Matt, Irene and Casey Moore, from southern California, to a northern town called Breakers. It's a trip from the sunny, hopeful lives of their past into a drizzly gray pit of despair. A place they hope to put some of the pieces back together and build a new life for themselves.

Not being very clear? Sorry. The book runs like that for a while. You get hints of things that have gone wrong. Bits and pieces of a family that has been tragically torn apart come in at a maddeningly slow pace, and yet, this pace may have much to do with the dramatic conclusion to the story.

Matt and Irene Moore have lost their two sons, Daniel and Jesse. Whisking away to Breakers with their daughter in the attempts to hold the remaining family together, and perhaps even start a new life. Yet their own personal tragedies and pains come with them as if they had packed them carefully to join them in Breakers. This family unit has now divided into 3 parts, the father who questions his own actions, yet blames the son. The mother who blames the father and still reaches out to find that compassion again. The daughter, who as she is growing into a young lady, rebels at her parent's decision to push her brother's out of all memory.

Yet, Someone to Blame is a book about redemption, about how God can take even the most horrible circumstances, and makes something good out of it. It's about a God who loves more deeply than those who have lost these loved ones, but is non-the-less a God who is always in control. What we learn about ourselves, our neighbors, the need for God's love to fill the gaping whole in the lives of those around us, becomes central to the story. Lakin doesn't pretty things up. She tells it like it is. She drags you through their despair, showing that you have to go through it in order to be victorious over it. The message is simply, if you want someone to blame, look at yourself, then realize God paid for all the faults you've made by the blood of His Son Jesus Christ. He took the blame off of us and put it on Him.

This is a fine book, although it may appeal to some people more than others because of its style, yet I would encourage all to read it, and if you must, push your way through it. You'll be the better for it.
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