Friday, February 24, 2012

Book Review: Bonhoeffer

First off, this book was a challenge for even an avid book worm like me to complete in one month!  With over 530 pages you get a very detailed account of the beginning, middle, and end of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  I received this book for Christmas and have enjoyed learning about this fellow believer who gave his life to try and save Germany from the crash course it was on. on February 6th, 1906, Dietrich was the 6th of 8 children in a well-to-do German family.  His father, a psychiatrist and neurologist, while not a religious man did not mind his wife's faith and allowed her to teach the children.  With such an illustrious father along with one older brother who was a lawyer and another brother who was a scientist, it was quite surprising to the Bonhoeffer family when Dietrich informed them that he had a chosen a profession in theology; he was 14.  When he was 17 he entered Berlin University, earning his doctorate by age 21.  During his time there he continued to have a ""free, critical and independent" theological thinking".  After college he traveled to many countries including Spain, America, and England.  Frequently he compared the different theological differences in each country and eloquently explained his view and why.  His conviction that the Bible and the Bible alone was enough to answer all questions put him at odds with many professors and theologians all over the world.  As Hitler began to infiltrate the German church, Bonhoeffer, according to God's calling, set out to try and separate the church from the world.  Although many believed and followed him, the church was too far gone to completely turn around.  Finally, Pastor Bonhoeffer with several other pastors and teachers separated from the church of Germany and called themselves the "Confessing Church".  As Germany became more hostile to Christians and Jews Bonhoeffer, with the help of foreign friends, decided to leave for America before the borders were closed.  Although he made it safely to the US he was never content.  After much prayer and indecisiveness he felt the Lord leading him back to his home country.  He knew that hostility, persecution, and possibly death awaited him but where the Lord led he followed.  Not too long after his return Dietrich joined the Abwehr (similar to the CIA or FBI here in the USA) and personally began to assist in the plot(s) against Hitler.  Eventually the Gestapo arrested the most prominent members of the Abwehr because of some vague suspicions.  After the failed Stauffenberg Plot (arranged and carried out by members of the Abwehr) Hitler had all those involved, even remotely, executed.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer was transferred to several different Nazi concentration camps before he was executed at Flossenburg; 2 weeks before Hitlers suicide.

Bonhoeffer fought to save Germany and then fought to save the world.  He was considered a passifist to some degree but when the monster of a ruler was about to take over the whole world, he felt that it was his duty to do all he could to save it.  In this case it meant getting rid of the monster - Hitler.   In order to understand more of this complicated subject you must read this book!  I don't really know what I would've done if I had been in this situation.  I lean more towards the command "Thou shalt not murder", but would it have been murder or justice?  Hmm...
Although long it was very informative and I learned many new things about World War II, Germany, and Hitler.

Learning to delight in Jesus,

Saturday, February 18, 2012


"Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me:
It is good for a man not to touch a woman."
1 Corinthians 7:1 it a bad thing?  Could it be tempting perhaps even misleading if you dance with another man outside of a close relative?  That's what I'd like to write about today.

Couples Dancing
First I do not believe dancing is a sin or even a bad thing.  But I do believe it is a situation you should avoid, for purity's sake.  As a young lady I know how hard it is to keep your thoughts and actions pure when interacting with brothers-in-Christ.  Personally I try not to put myself in situations where I may be tempted to give on my convictions of purity.  All touching for me, by a young man, is off limits.  The reason is quite simple; I don't want any guy to love me in an altered state of mind.  Touch is one of God's greatest gifts to humans and much of it is to be kept until marriage.  My hope is to have my first dance with my husband.  How special would that be?!     

Now I know many people are saying "Just because someone dances with you doesn't mean they're serious about getting to know you.  It is just for fun."  I know, but purity matters that much to me that I don't want to do anything that might threaten it!

Please understand that this is my conviction.  Ask the Lord to help you have an open mind to the possible validity and just maybe He'll show you His will for you in this area!

Take all thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.

Learning to delight in Jesus,

Friday, February 10, 2012

Home, Sweet Home

I love my home!  Recently my family and I enjoyed a 4 day vacation to a mountain resort.  By the end of the 3rd day I was longing for my home, my bed, my sweet country water, and fresh air.  As we traveled home I welcomed the familiar deep blue sky, soft green fields planted with winter rye, and tall pines as sweet reminders of our anticipated return.  While gazing at the beauty surrounding my home my thoughts drifted to my true home...the heavenly one prepared for me by my awesome Savior and Friend.  Do I long for my heavenly abode as I do my earthly home after a vacation?  Do I eagerly await the day I'm called upwards to be by the side of Jesus?  Most importantly do I constantly desire to see Him face to face?

"O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You 
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water....
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life.
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my  hands in Your name."

Psalm 63:1, 3-4

Far too often I find myself distracted by everything else in the world.  Television, computer, and books frequently keep me from constantly dwelling on Jesus and the place He's gone to prepare for me (and you too!).  May this not be so!  May we strive to keep our minds and heart always on our Lord and our home, sweet home!

Learning to delight in Jesus,

Saturday, February 4, 2012

An Award

Many thanks to Miss Sarah for blessing me with this award!

The Rules:

1. Post these Rules

2. Write seven random facts about yourself

3. Award ten other people

4. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know you awarded them

Seven random facts about myself:
~ I am a bookworm!
~ I am training for a 5K in March (1st one ever :)!!
~ I am a piano teacher to 10 students...and counting!
~ I am a 2012 homeschool graduate - Woo-hoo!
~ I enjoy playing the piano and singing at my church.
~ I love babies (and pregnant mama's :)!
~ I enjoy watching movies with my family while eating popcorn or enjoying a bowl of ice-cream!

Thank you very much, Sarah!
Learning to delight in Jesus,