Readings of Faith


"...if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing..."

I screamed. Ba'al's statue seems alive.  A path opened through the crowd, and I stood alone before him.  He knew me.  I flung my head back, letting the hood fall, and slowly raised my arm, pointing steadily at his image.  "You," I cried aloud, "are not God!"
Perpetua, a wealthy noblewoman just coming of age in Carthage, discovers Jesus at a time when Christians are being thrown to the beasts in city amphitheaters for sport.  Rejecting the gods of the ancient Roman Empire, she embraces a passionate relationship with Jesus and falls in love with a man who shares her faith.  Together they navigate the treacherous, bloodthirsty waters if the social culture, but every step seems to take them closer to the ultimate sacrifice.
(The above is the description listed on the back cover of the Novel).

If you'd like to read more on Perpetua, below are some notes from the Perpetua book club Bethany Church is doing.  Jennifer Lawrence, and beautiful woman of God and amazing intercessor put these together.  Check out her blog Heartbeat.


Chapters 1-8
Chapters 9-16
Chapters 17-25
Chapters 26-36
Chapters 37-Postscript
Additional Perpetua Information
Molchomor
Polycarp
Online Translations of Perpetua's Journals & Additional Resources

 Young, S. (2004). Jesus Calling. Thomas Nelson
After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to "listen" to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but they were helping her grow closer to God. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages. They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless you with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.
Based on her original Jesus Calling, this version has been adapted in a language and fashion that kids and tweens can relate to their everyday lives.
 
Kyle and I read Elle and Gabe this pretty much every night before bed.  It was a great Christmas present from my parents this year.  When we tell the kids its bedtime they do their bedtime routine then run in to their bedroom yelling "JESUS CALLING!"  It makes us smile.
 
 
 
 
 
Mike Bickle has a 24 part study for the Song of Songs.  I've just started it but it provides some great information and insight.

With that, read the Song of Songs/Solomon. Related Posts on Song of Songs: Happy Valentine's Day

I'm also reading through Isaiah right now.

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Obviously you can pick up the Bible and read anything though