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The Serpent Beguiled Eve by Acacia Slaton

HEALING THE WOUNDS OF ABANDONMENT, BETRAYAL AND SHAME

Serpent-Beguiled-Eve

While this is a story of infidelity and betrayal, it goes much deeper…

A young married woman with two daughters deals with her husband’s infidelity and his struggle with the demons of his past.  She seeks spiritual counsel, but when her husband refuses to cooperate with spiritual leaders—other than on a surface level—she has to make the most important decision of her life. 

Find out what this courageous young woman does to turn her life around for her children and her walk with God.

Acacia

Author Bio:  Acacia Slaton is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and has earned her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012. She works in the Social Service field and finds a sense of  joy from helping others.

She has two daughters;  Jana and Jaci.  Acacia loves to interact with  readers and welcomes questions and feedback. Visit Acacia On Facebook

Benefits Of This Inspirational Book

Trust In God

You’ll learn from the author how to look to God in the midst of all trials.

Forgiveness

You’ll learn about true Biblical forgiveness that brings new life and healing.

Renewal

Follow the author from feelings of worthlessness to God’s will for her life!

Acacia empowers her readers to overcome trials, to forgive and to begin again in victory!

  • The book is filled with inspiration and God’s truth to overcome the difficulties of life.
  • The story teaches how to overcome feelings of  condemnation and worthlessness.
  • Acacia shares the importance of putting a relationship with God  first over all things

Source: http://lifepurposebooks.com/blog/infidelity-and-betrayal/

My Review:

Acacia has written a very transparent story of her life.  The desire to be married before she got too old and the warnings against this marriage.  It’s a matter of listening to God or your own desires.  The consequences of her choice echoes down the hall of her life.  Her story is a lesson we all need to heed in all the decisions of life.

Her compassion and forgiveness toward her husband is clearly displayed, but he must ultimately make a choice as well.  His choices bring about the dilemmas she must face.

Despite all Acacia goes through, God’s word for her life helps her overcome her multiple difficulties, but not without consequences.  Before you marry, please read this book and learn to follow God’s voice and warnings He gives through others in your life.  Do not let the serpent beguile you.

This book was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.

A Warning for Parents! Get Involved to Stop This Agenda!

Reposted from the National Organization of Marriage:

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Third grade classrooms having pretend same-sex weddings… textbooks featuring pictures of cross-dressing carpenters… children being taught that there are “six genders.”

“If same-sex marriage is passed in your state, your children—your grandchildren—will be exposed to the same kind of instruction.”

That’s what educator and marriage supporter Phil Lees says in our latest Marriage ADA interview.

He worked for years in the public education system in Ontario, Canada, and saw first-hand—only one year after same-sex marriage was legalized in 2005—18 school boards in Ontario instituting school curricula that affirmed and promoted LGBT “values,” including same-sex marriage.

Click here to watch Phil’s incredible first-hand report of what he witnessed as a public school educator in Canada.

Phil’s story needs to be spread far and wide. In every place where NOM has fought the legalization of same-sex marriage here in the United States, our opponents have falsely promised that it will not affect the innocence of children.

But in every place marriage has been redefined, we have seen a powerful movement begin to use the schools to teach children about same-sex unions, intentionally confusing them about the unique and complimentary role of mothers and fathers.

Vernon, as this educator points out, one of the problems is that people of faith sometimes withdraw from the system and cede control to activists bent on promoting values that we know to be harmful to children and to society.

We cannot let this happen to our kids in America!

Together, we can create a better future for our kids.

You and I know that when people of faith stand up and fight to protect marriage, becoming more actively involved in the education of our children, we can fight back against the threats posed by those who would promote same-sex marriage and other harmful “values” in our schools.

Please watch this new video right away and then forward this email to family and friends to help us reach as many people as possible with this urgent and critically important message.

Faithfully,

Brian S BrownBrian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage
Brian Brown

PS: Help us expose the falsehoods and real agenda of same-sex marriage advocates. Help us spread the word about the consequences of repealing laws meant to protect marriage and children. Please watch NOM’s newest Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance video today and then forward it to as many family and friends as you can, even if that is only a handful at first. Thank you!

PPS: If you haven’t done so yet, please take a moment to join the thousands of Americans who have signed the Marriage Petition to the Justices of the Supreme Court: www.MarriagePledge.com. And share it with your friends!

P.S. to my readers: I am not necessarily promoting this group, but I wanted you to be aware of what is/may be taught in sex education in your child’s school now or soon!

One Desert Rose

The Blog Tour Spot: “Someone’s Son” by Brenda Rhodes

A MOTHER’S FIGHT FOR HER SON!

Book Blurb:

Sexual molestation…addiction…homosexuality…HIV/AIDS…

illness and hospitalization…death.

Sadly, these markers on life’s road are familiar ones.  Brenda Rhodes knows them well.  In Someone’s Son, Brenda describes how she watched her sensitive, creative son, Ronal Paul, self-destruct as he traveled down this path.  She seemed powerless to pull him back to safety.

Someone’s Son is a memoir of personal tragedy, but it’s more than that.  It’s an account of God’s faithful love for a prodigal.  Beginning with her own history.  Rhodes unflinchingly writes of the years she strayed away from God.  At the end of her resources, she heard Him urging her to let Him be God in her and her son’s lives.  She did, and she found hope at the end of the road.

Someone’s Son will touch your heart, stir your faith, and awaken your concern for those struggling with addiction and other serious issues.  It will leave you with the confidence that when you encounter someone like Ronal Paul, you’ll realize he or she is not just another drug addict or AIDS patient.  She’s someone’s daughter–and he’s someone’s son.

 


Bio:

Brenda is a retired co-owner of a successful family business.  She encountered the mighty hand of God during the hardest struggle of her life–watching her beloved son self-destruct and die.

Having experience deep sorrow, Rhodes sought a way to help others triumph over pain.  Today she is a Stephen Minister in her local church’s Stephen Ministry, a one-to-one ministry to people in crisis.  She lives in a Southern-style country home in Rockwall, TX, that she often opens to visiting missionaries, and she enjoys her family and friends (as well as her wrap-around porch and her cats).

1 Corinthians 13:7  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.


My Review:

Brenda Rhodes just wanted to have a loving husband and raise successful children.  Her choices put her in a position that changed her life’s course.  She had her two children, but her marriages failed for one reason or another.

From her first marriage she had her daughter, Wendi, and her son, Ronal Paul.  Wendi had a lot of wit and wisdom.  Ronal Paul was the tenderhearted outcast, everywhere, except for his mother, sister and Brenda’s brother, to a point.

Someone’s Son is the heart-wrenching story of a wayward son and his mother’s unquenchable, unending love for him.  His lifestyle brought out the worst in him through his behaviors and attitudes.  She fought for him with a tenacity that never seemed to end.

The heartbreak of watching a son self-destruct right before your eyes is not a pretty sight.  Brenda held nothing back.  Her emotions and despair sit clearly on the pages.  She describes the good and the ugly about her son.  My heart was breaking just reading about her endless, futile efforts to bring Ronal Paul back, despite all her good intentions.  She definitely brought out the mothering side of me.  This is a very touching, moving story.

Brenda wrote this book as a memoir of her son and to reach out to others suffering with family members who have addictions and other maladies. She doesn’t want us to dwell on the ugly side of Ronal Paul’s life.  She came to realize that nothing she did in her own efforts brought Ronal Paul back to the young caring man she once remembered until she turned her own life over to the Lord and surrendered to His will. This is what she wants the world to know– that lives can change with God in control.  Her book is a book of hope and restoration, just maybe not the way she envisioned it.  This is usually true for most of us.

I would recommend this book for those who do and those who don’t have these issues in their lives.  It is helpful in learning how to empathize and bear one another’s burdens, pray, and be there for each other, especially family.  It shows the undying love of a mother for her son and the undying love of God for His children.  She is the first to acknowledge that her book is not a ‘how-to,’ but rather more a ‘hot-not-to.’  I don’t totally agree with her assessment.

This is also a book about choices—how those choices affect us and those around us.  We do reap what we sow, but we also have a merciful God who can redeem our poor choices.

This book was provided by Tina from The Blog Tour Spot in exchange for my honest review.

Review: “And Then Came Life” by Glenn Greenstein and Robert Parrish

“And Then Came Life” by Glenn Greenstein and Robert Parrish

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card authors are:

Glenn Greenstein and Robert Parrish

and the book: And Then Came Life (based on a true story)

American Book Publishing (August 5, 2010)

***Special thanks to Robert Parrish for sending me a review copy.***

Warning: A very graphic book.

Book Blurb:

David was always different from his brothers.  Born and raised in the midst of South Florida’s musical scene, he was marked as a “sissy” and mocked by the neighborhood boys, including his brothers.

Introduced to Miami’s gay nightlife, drugs, and reckless sexual escapades, he wonders if this is where he truly belongs, here in the arms of faceless strangers.  As David wanders from one shadowy scene to another, stacking shame upon shame, he chooses to ignore the concerns of his estranged family and a mysterious, but comforting Voice.  Does this heavenly voice truly care?

Is David, finally plagued by disease, destroying his life forever?  Based on true events, David’s story is one of misadventure, selfish exploration, disappointment, and ongoing scandal, but throughout its entirety, redeeming hope…a Divine hope for life’s fresh beginning in a moment of surrender and choice.

My Review:

David felt “different” for as long as he could remember.  His parents, especially his mother, recognized it, but were too caught up in drugs and alcohol themselves to really give him the love and affection he desired, thus driving David into the arms of other men to find the love and acceptance he craved.  Through his Grandma’s involvement, he went to church and gave his life to Jesus at a young age.  She moved away and that influence was tossed aside.

Always striving for affection and love, David delved into the Miami gay nightlife, going to and throwing extravagant parties and orgies.  Yet throughout all this time, he found neither longtime love or affection.  Interestingly, he would hear a Voice, telling him to go another direction, being told ‘I love you.’  But David ignored the Voice, as he didn’t want to be told what to do.

And Then Came Life is intense and sometimes very graphic.  It shows the inattentiveness of the parents’ input into a child’s life because of their own selfishness, affecting the child disastrously.   It displays the ‘give and take’ of bodily gratification, leaving one empty and lost.  Most importantly, the book shows the consequences of choosing to ignore the guiding Voice, which, to me, is the voice of the Holy Spirit.  It’s a choice of wanting to do things one’s own way and not wanting to be told what to do or obeying and living a life of true love.

Will David eventually come to the end of himself?  Surrender to the Voice?  Or continue in the ways of emptiness of bodily gratification?  After all, he’s now 28 years old, which is getting old in the gay community.

I was grieved throughout the story, not only because of his lifestyle choices and subsequent emptiness, but because of the lack of parental attentiveness due to drugs,alcohol, and social shame.  I was also encouraged by the Voice David heard.

Last of all, I want the readers to know that this is based on true events, so they can know there is redeeming hope.

***Special thanks to Robert Parrish for sending me a review copy.***


“And Then Came Life” by Glenn Greenstein and Robert Parrish

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card authors are:

and the book:

And Then Came Life (based on a true story)

American Book Publishing (August 5, 2010)

***Special thanks to Robert Parrish for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Glenn Greenstein is an ordained minister speaking in churches, homeless shelters and at Christian businessmen meetings. There he proclaims Heaven’s hope through the love of Jesus Christ by overcoming addictions, homosexuality, and recovery of wounded spirits. Glenn also provides hair artistry in North Carolina and Florida. He and his wife, Elaine, are the proud parents of a Down Syndrome son who was graduated from high school with honors.

Robert Parrish writes fiction, biofiction, advertising, marketing and training materials, in southwest Missouri. His first Christian romance novel, Without Spot or Wrinkle, appeared in 2001 and is now an ebook on http://biofiction.wordpress.com. Robert and his wife, Alicia, enjoy traveling and visiting their three grandchildren.

Visit the authors’ website.

Product Details:

List Price: $22.00
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: American Book Publishing (August 5, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589826337
ISBN-13: 978-1589826335

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

Chapter 1, “The Chase”

“Hi there, good-lookin’.”

Ruth laughed, tossing her long blonde hair over her bare shoulders. She was used to men making passes at her. After all, the Pussycat Club was well-known for its companionship opportunities. Right at the lower end of the footpath leading to Daytona Beach’s famed boardwalk, it was a volatile trysting place for sailors and their girls enjoying sparkling moonlight and pounding surf.

“Says you. At this club, band members can’t fraternize with employees. It’s the rule.” Always with new bands, someone had to explain the rules again and again.

“Yeah, but you know what they say about rules being made just to be broken. So how about bringing me a whiskey on the house?” Maybe because he was one of the best bass players in northeast Florida, Lee was more confident than other band members. Maybe the electric tingle of chasing yet another beauty propelled his advance. Maybe the trim black tuxedo and white ruffled shirt buoyed his self-assuredness.

“Another rule,” Ruth laughed again, “no house drinks for the band.” Her white teeth sparkled in the dim cigar and cigarette smoke.

“So why don’t you buy me one?”

“Me? I work here so other people can party. Let one of them buy you the whiskey.”

“But you’re the prettiest doll here. If you’ll buy now, I’ll buy dinner after the show. Deal?” Deal was Lee’s newest catch word. It made him sound like the music mogul he so desperately was expected to become.

* * *

Mogul or not, ‘deal’ worked for Ruth. When the club closed at two, she and Lee headed for Jimmie’s, the after-hours cabaret favored by the town’s most bodacious night prowlers.

“Who’s there?” the bouncer demanded at Lee’s knock on the steel door.

“Lee…Lee Goldberg and Ruth…from the Pussycat Club.”

“Ruth who?”

“Ruth, uh…?”

“McAllister,” Ruth supplied.

“Well, all right. Come in fast.” The steel door opened just enough to allow the pair inside, and then clicked shut quietly, menacingly, its four bolts sliding back into place in seconds.

“Hey, Fuzzy!” Lee waved at a fellow band leader as he and Ruth were shown to their table. Other musicians whistled at Ruth while two of the Beach’s best-known pot dealers greeted Lee from their favorite corner table.

“You know a lot of people here,” Ruth exclaimed as they were seated.

“Just some of the boys. Daytona Beach is a pretty good-sized town, but music guys are pretty tight. Sometimes I’m playing their bands, other times I’m leading a band. Depends on the gig.”

“What’ll ya have?” the bouncer-turned-waiter insisted.

“Whiskey for me, Black. Ruth?”

“I’d like a gin and tonic, please. Twist, not a squeeze.”

“Comin’ up.”

“So tell me about yourself, Ruth.” Lee leaned forward. “How long have you been at the Pussycat? A while, I’d guess, since you know all the rules about fraternizing and house drinks not for the band.” Usually getting a girl to talk about herself helped her relax, helped lower her defenses.

Ruth’s silvery laugh turned heads at other tables, making patrons smile with her. “I’ve been there about two years. Good tips. Better than cashiering on the boardwalk, but I work there, too. Helps raise my son and keeps my mother in scotch. I’m just glad she doesn’t drink Black Label like you do.”

“Black is better, smoother. So how old is your son and where’s his father?”

“Don’t be pushy,” Ruth said, giggling. “We’ve got the rest of the night to get to know each other.” Attention from handsome men was to be savored and made to last as long as possible.

“Really?” Lee leaned back. If he played his cards right… “Well, okay, so let me begin again…how old is your son?”

“Ross Thomas McAllister is ten and way too smart for his own good.”

“That’s quite a name for a young man. Maybe he’ll grow up to be a general or a politician someday.”

“Ross for his father, Thomas for my brother. In Ross’ mind, he’s already grown up. Man of the house, I guess, with two women around, so he has a lot of responsibility.”

“If I’m not moving too fast now, what happened to Ross’ father?”

“He didn’t have what it takes to be a parent and not much of what it takes to be a husband, either. There was way too much alcohol and too many beatings for Ross and me. He couldn’t hold a job, either. One night we had another fight and he just left. That was seven or eight years ago and we haven’t seen or heard from him since. Good riddance. Anyway, Mama moved in with us to help with the bills. Between her dress shop and me slinging drinks at the Pussycat, we’ve managed.”

“Here ya go.” The bouncer-waiter plopped icy glasses onto the table. “On your tab, Lee?”

“Sure, and another round in ten…fifteen minutes? Here.” Lee shoved a fiver into the bouncer-waiter’s fist, getting a quick smile in return.

“Here’s mud in your eye.” Lee touched his glass to Ruth’s and took a long drink. “Ah, good stuff! That first gulp is always the best.”

Ruth sipped her gin and tonic. “My turn to ask the questions. How’d you end up here in Daytona?”

“Why not? It’s a good party town that needs good bands and the Pussycat looks good on any musician’s resume. If you play that club for a few weeks or months, you can likely break into the Miami scene.”

“Miami? Why there? It’s dirty, it’s hot and it’s crowded.”

“Yeah, maybe, but its hotel circuit pays better ‘n here. Better weed, too.”

“Okay, okay,” Ruth laughed. “Later on Miami. How’d you learn to play the bass so well?”

Lee smiled at the compliment. Tonight was going to turn out all right, after all. “Played some in school, joined the Army and played fulltime in their band. Got out a few years ago and been playing jazz clubs here and in Orlando.”

Later Ruth would wish she’d never met Lee, but tonight was for fun, for romance, for affection. A little flirting, a few more drinks, and soon it would be daylight and time to go home to sleep away the mistakes.

* * *

“Ruth, you’re seeing too much of that Lee guy.” Isabell was in one of her moods.

“Oh, Mother, we’re just having fun.”

“Serious fun, if you ask me. It’s not right for Ross that you work every night ‘til two in the morning, then party ‘til sunrise.”

“You want me to bring Lee to the house, make him part of the family?”

“No, don’t ever do that. He’s not the kind of influence your father and I tried to be to you kids.”

“Yeah, some influence. Maybe if you and Daddy had had more ‘influence,’ as you call it, I wouldn’t have gotten pregnant with Ross.”

“Shush, he’ll hear you. All I’m saying is you and this Lee are headed for the same trouble as before. Worse yet, he’s Jewish and you know what the Good Book says about that.”

“Mother! Lee is a fine, gifted musician. He could probably lead bands in New York or Hollywood if he wanted to, but he likes me and he wants to stay here in Daytona Beach or maybe go to Miami.”

“You’d better not move to Miami, girl. That’s a sinful city down there and no place for you and Ross. Besides, the doctors who know how to treat your legs are right here in town.”

“Some fine job they’ve done. I can’t even walk without braces, one kneecap is fused and the other’s totally gone. How many times did that one guy have to re-break my legs? Six? Seven? Ten? And you call him a doctor? Horse doctor, maybe. You don’t know half the pain I suffered, or any of my pain living with braces. I can’t dance. I can’t roller skate anymore. Now I have to wear slacks or long skirts just to hide my ugliness. I’m ugly, so ugly no man will ever want me again.”

Ruth sobbed so hard her shoulders shook, tears splashing onto her cotton skirt.

“Baby…Ruth…please don’t cry, honey. You know I love you, and your son loves you very much. He always asks ‘when is Mommy coming home?’”

* * *

The next afternoon Lee came to the house, reassuring Ross and Isabell he truly cared for their mother and daughter. Sure, they partied at Jimmie’s or other after-hours clubs when the Pussycat closed, but it was just good times they were seeking, a little letting off steam after the stress of playing in the band and serving up drinks for other folks.

Isabell found herself unexpectedly charmed. “Why don’t you and Ruth come to the house after closing instead of spending all your money at those clubs?” she said. “We’re not strangers to music and booze and it would be good for Ross to have Ruth here and safer for you, too. You wouldn’t have to risk driving home with all that alcohol on your breath.”

Within two weeks Lee was spending every night at Ruth and Isabell’s place.

My Review:

Will follow later as the book arrived late.