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the heroine of my novel,
Ruthe's Secret Roses
Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
how to become a writer
What high school grad would skip her banquet to dash away to help a friend in a crisis? Would you? Ruthe does this right at the beginning of this story. She can be quite daring for a shy, small town girl, when it is for others' sakes. You'll like her spunk! Get "Ruthe's Secret Roses." the softcover at Booklocker.com
A Book I can Highly Recommend
Fearfully & Wonderfully Made
by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancey
published by Zondervan Publishing House
Dr. Paul Brand has spent most of his life focused on helping leprosy patients. The study of
hands has fascinated him, and led him to become a foremost expert and hand surgeon.
Philip Yancey is a writer and editor, who, after meeting Dr. Brand for other interviews, was
privileged to see Dr. Brand's hidden manuscript on the parts of the human body and how they
illustrate spiritual truths, and the way the Body of Christ, also known as the Church, relate to one
Together, with the suggestions of others, they polished this manuscript into the gem that they first
published in 1980. I'd often read praise of it, but didn't get to read the book myself until
just recently when it came into my hands as a small paperback reprinted in Great Britain.
What's important is the wonderful narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed this guided tour of our bodies.
First there are seven chapters on the most basic cells in our body, and how they represent us as
individuals. Some have very specialized purposes and functions, they all have great worth, and must
work in unity to serve the greater whole purpose of our bodies. When they do not, when they form a
mutiny, we have diseases that take our lives.
To be part of our bodies, and not just a blob of jelly, our cells need for some to form bones. Here
again we see some marvelous thinking as God has created those cells to form a firm structure to give
us shape, and the bone cells have just the right hardness and resilience to endure all kinds of hard
work, but to keep growing and replacing themselves, and adapting to breaks and damage, and so on.
We do not realize the glories in our cells and bones, and skin, nor how wonderfully we are balanced
for movement and walking, and accomplishing great feats, - just because all our cells work together
When our cells do not, we have dysfunction, and one can lead to another and yet another, until we
have multiple illnesses.
The most practical application of this profound knowledge, is how the authors illustrate with true
stories of people Dr. Brand has known or met and served as a physician, that the principles which
operate in our human cells, bones and nerves and muscles, also operate in the Church, which is the
Body of Christ.
For a little paperback, this book is so chock full of good points I don't know which to choose for
an example. Well, let me snatch this paragraph to show you;
In exchange for its self-sacrifice, the individual cell can share in what I call the ecstasy of
community. No scientist can yet measure how a sense of security or pleasure is communicated to the
cells of the body, but individual cells certainly participate in our emotional reactions. Hormones
and enzymes bathe them, bringing on a quickened breathing, a trembling of muscles, a flapping in
the stomach. If you look for a pleasure nerve in the human body, you will come away disappointed;
there is none. There are nerves for pain and cold and heat and touch, but no nerve gives a sensation
of pleasure. Pleasure appears to be a by-product of cooperation by many cells. (page 24, Chapter
Or this one on the compliancy of the hand;
Take a clattery hand of bone - such as the hand of a human skeleton on display in a biology
classroom - and wrap it around a hammer. Against such hard surface, the hammer handle will contact
only about four pressure points. Without my compliant skin and its supporting tissues, those four
pressure points would inflame and ulcerate if I pounded the hammer just a few times. But because of
compliancy, my entire skin-covered hand absorbs the impact. (page 133, Chapter 16,
Oh there's so much more! Like the experiment with monkeys and babies which discovered that both
thrive and survive better if there is frequent sympathetic touch on our skin. Like the story of how
he discovered that a man with leprosy had a tremendous grip in his hands, but couldn't feel with
them to do up his sandals. Or the time he had to keep his hand in Mrs. Twig's mouth to staunch the
bleeding of a major artery in the back of her throat, until surgeons could be ready to operate on
her. Many little stories like that, tie the observations of Dr. Brand together and make this book
fascinating reading for the lay person.
It caused me to worship God all over again! It shows up His great creativity and wisdom in the very
details of how He designed us and made us to function within our bodies, and also within the Body of
Christ, the Church universal.
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What kind of things do you say when someone you know is dying of cancer? Or do you stay away? Ruthe was tense as a violin, but she stayed, and prayed, and the right words came to her! Watch how she handles such situations in the book, Ruthe's Secret Roses.