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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

This weekly Meme is hosted by Sheila on Book Journey.

What I read last week:

  • Finding True Freedom by Ginny Dent Brandt
  • More Than Conquerors by Kathi Macias

What I’m reading this week:

  • Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul
  • A Celebration of The Simple Life by Wanda E. Brunsetter

What I will read next week:

  • Rebekkah’s Journey by Ann Bell
  • Red Ink by Kathi Macias

So there you have it!  My reading lineup for three weeks!  Head over to Sheila’s blog via the link above to find out what she – and others – are reading!

Also, I had a very kind comment from Kathi Macias on my More Than Conquerors review below.  She would love to hear from you!


For Ginny Dent Brandt, growing up in Washington, DC in th1950’s and 1960’s meant an inside glimpse into how our nation’s capital works.  Ginny went sledding with senators, rolled eggs on the White House lawn, and often went to work with her father, Harry Dent.

Yes, that Harry Dent.  In Ginny Dent Brandt’s book Finding True Freedom:  From the White House to the World, Brandt tells us what it’s like to grow up in Washington, and she tells us about everything her father accomplished during his time there. One of President Nixon’s “Inner Circle”, Dent helped shape Southern Politics as we know it today, and was among those thrust into the limelight during the Watergate Scandal.  The Watergate Scandal devastated not only Harry Dent, but his entire family.

This book isn’t all about Watergate, however, but it does offer a truthful look at how everything really went down.  No, this book isn’t about Watergate, really – it’s about a father and daughter.  Growing up the daughter of an influential Washington, DC assistant and advisor, Ginny learned to rely on her faith and belief in Jesus Christ as her unchanging foundation in life.  Though her father did not immediately care for her faith, he eventually found the heart of Christ as well.  Harry Dent’s newfound love for Jesus Christ, along with his political influence, lead him to the Republic of Romania where he is able to share not only political knowledge, but – more importantly – the message of God’s unyielding love through Jesus Christ.

I grew up with Ginny Brandt as my elementary school guidance counselor.  She helped me through difficult times in my own childhood.  Her mission work with her father in Romania also put her in contact with my childhood Pastor.  I didn’t know the extent of her father’s influence in Washington until I read this book.  Her own experiences in Washington, along with knowledge of what her father accomplished during his time in Washington, offer insights into Washington politics that I had never known about.  This book was a true joy to read!  I got to learn more about Washington, DC, a topic of great interest to me.   I got to learn more about a woman I have admired for years.  I also learned more about my walk with Christ than I have in a long time.  Pick up this books and read it, please!  You will not be disappointed.

Thank you, Mrs. Brandt, for writing this book!  You have touched my life in a special way, and through this book, you are able to touch the lives of countless others.  I feel blessed to call you friend.

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Literature Crusade (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936143097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936143092

_225_350_Book.87.coverEverything they did was to help the people of Afghanistan.  The work Shelter Now accomplished was greatly received by the Afghanistan people – so why did eight Shelter Now workers and their 16 Afghan helpers find themselves arrested and in prison?

In Kabul 24, Ben Pearson and Henry Arnold recount the arrest, interrogation, and trial of these Shelter Now workers in 2001.  These people did nothing but help the Afghan people they loved, and now the Taliban has arrested them for reasons that are never revealed to the prisoners or anyone else.

Yet, somehow, these people find a way to worship the Lord God in spite of their harrowing circumstances.  They sing songs praising Jesus, study scripture, and pray.  They remember that God put them in their predicament to bring glory to Him, and show His might and power.  Through their imprisonment, they remember that God cares and loves them and has not forgotten them.

This book reveals that Christians should look to God and depend on Him no matter what the circumstances.  Believers can look at these people and say, hey – they endured all of this and never lost their faith?  I can, too!  This is the message I received from this book.  This book allowed me to see that truly, through God ALL things are possible.  I highly recommend this book to readers everywhere.  You will see Biblical truths fleshed out in a concrete and profound way.  This is truly an unforgettable book.

**Legal Necessities:  I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson as a part of their BookSneeze program.  Click the button on the right for more information.

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