From the Garden into Eternity Celebrate Lit Book Review and Giveaway

My Thoughts

From the Garden into Eternity by author Pearl Nsiah-Kumi is a short seventy-seven page book that packs so much essential important information between its covers.  This Christian book is about being saved and living the Christian life.  Doesn’t that sound like a book everyone should read?

I enjoyed the author’s style of writing.  It was easy to read and understand.  Her book was well thought, organized, and researched.  I loved all of the biblical references.

Whether a seeker, fledgling or seasoned believer something can be gleaned from this book.  This book sticks to the basics – salvation and living as a Christian.  Sometimes we need to read or hear it again to breathe fresh life into us.

I highly recommend this book to anyone.  Reading it would be good for your soul.  This would be a nice Christmas gift for most anyone, even an older child.  It receives 5 stars from me.  Celebrate Lit provided a copy but these are my own thoughts.

About the Book

Book: From the Garden into Eternity

Author: Pearl Nsiah-Kumi

Genre: Religious-Christian Evangelism

Release Date: June 25, 2018

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From the Garden into Eternity tells of mankind’s fall from God’s grace beginning in the Garden of Eden, all the way through to one’s individual choice: Will eternity be spent in Heaven with God or Hell with Satan?

As a result of sin, mankind suffered a loss of close fellowship with God – but do not fret!  The relationship can be restored in this life right into the next!  God does not, however, force anyone into a relationship with Him.  We are free to choose Him or the alternative: Satan.

This book, fully-supported by Bible verses, helps you determine where you are in this journey called “life”.  Rest assured that God loves you and longs to give you eternal life in Heaven with Him, but you must first repent and place your faith in Jesus Christ.  If you have never taken that step, please don’t wait any longer.  The alternative eternity – which will be by default – will be dreadful.

Call on Jesus today!

Start the relationship that guarantees your eternity in Heaven with God!

 

Click here to get your copy.

 

About the Author

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Pearl Nsiah-Kumi is a retired Registered Nurse; she grew up in Ghana, West Africa. She has lived in the USA for forty years and has three adult children, one son-in-law and four beautiful grandchildren. Pearl has authored two books in the past two years and loves to express her understanding of the Bible through writing articles and poems. Her goal is two-fold: To reach people with the truth of God’s word in inviting them to experience faith in Jesus Christ, and also to encourage Christians to mature in walking faithfully with their God through obedience to Him. In addition to writing, Pearl is also a Volunteer Counselor at a local Crisis Pregnancy Clinic.

More from Pearl

I wrote this book: FROM THE GARDEN INTO ETERNITY, because I felt the need to explain step-by-step how we, people created in the image of God lost our relationship with Him, and how that relationship could be restored. Along with the explanation, I also felt the need to stress the urgency of the restoration of that relationship. Why the urgency? It is urgent, because time is running out for all of us, and if one’s relationship isn’t restored in this life, eternity will be awful. Since no one knows how much time they have left in this life, we each need to respond to God’s love now, so we can have the assurance of a blissful eternity in heaven. Each person has to make a personal decision about their eternity.

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My Devotional Thoughts, November 30 (Author Interview)

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Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess , December 2

Wishful Endings, December 3 (Author Interview)

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All 4 and About Books, December 6 (Author Interview)

Simple Harvest Reads, December 7

Christian Bookshelf Reviews, December 8 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Pearl is giving away the grand prize of an eBook copy of her most recent book, The Proof of Paternity!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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“Faith is for Weak People, Responding to the Top 20 Objections to the Gospel” by Ray Comfort

My Thoughts

This is a 224 page paperback Apologetic book by Ray Comfort that everyone should have in their Christian arsenal.  Church libraries need this, also.  In his book, author Ray Comfort takes the twenty most asked questions or objections to scripture and provides simple, accurate, easy to understand answers.

The writing is straightforward and so easy to understand.  It’s in plain language so anyone will be able to comprehend it.  The frank answers are biblically based and make sense.  This is just the information any Christian needs to answer tough questions.  Seekers would benefit from this book, also.

There are twenty chapters in this book, one for each question.  The author answers them in a comfortable style that is like having a cup of coffee and chatting with a friend.  The answers are so logical.  Author Comfort has done his research and provided a remarkable book to aid in any discussion with non-believers in a non-combatant way.

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The author has interviewed various people and incorporated their answers in this eye opening book.  The answers to all of the questions are eloquently stated.  This book does not want to offend but educate.  Questions range from “If God is supposed to be in control of the world why does it seem so out of control?” and “If God is so loving why won’t Christians let gay people be themselves?” to “ The Bible was written by men. Men make mistakes?” and “ what’s so bad about other religions?”

This phenomenal book begins with a table of contents and then a short introduction. These are followed by its twenty chapters. Each chapter answers one of the questions and at the end has follow-up or study questions or further delving into its topic.  After the twenty chapters are Conclusion, Notes, and information on the author.

I highly recommend recommend this book.  It will be a staple on my bookshelf for future reference.  Everyone should read this amazing book.  Answers to hard questions are tackled and successfully answered in a magnificent way.  It is biblically based and organized in such a way that the information flows from the pages into the readers’ minds and hearts.  Anyone would benefit from reading this book.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.  A copy was provided by the publisher but I was under no obligation to write a review.

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About the Book

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Every day that we interact with the world, we are in a battle. At stake is the eternal destiny of the souls of our friends, family members, and coworkers. It is a battle we wage not only in prayer but also in words. When we are faced with objections to the faith we profess, are we ready to respond?

Apologist and evangelist Ray Comfort has spent his entire career answering objections to the faith, and he wants you to be equipped to do the same. In this practical book, he shows you how to answer 20 objections to Christianity, including questions such as

– What physical proof is there that God even exists?
– Why does a “loving” God threaten eternal torture for not believing in him?
– If there’s an all-powerful God, why is the world so out of control?

Don’t go into battle unarmed. Let Ray Comfort train you to be ready with an answer, not so you can be right, but so you can help bring people from darkness into light.

About the Author

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Ray Comfort is the Founder and CEO of Living Waters and the bestselling author of more than 80 books, including God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life, How to Know God Exists, and The Evidence Bible. He cohosts the award-winning television program “Way of the Master,” airing in almost 200 countries, and is the Executive Producer of “180,” “Evolution vs. God,” “Audacity,” and other films. He is married to Sue and has three grown children, and hasn’t left the house without gospel tracts for decades.

Family, Food, and Aunt Kathleen’s Red Velvet Cake

img_2348Food and family have a way of going together.  When added together they equal fun for my clan.  Holidays, birthdays, new babies we have yet to see, or visits from our beloved out of town members are all valid reasons to have one.  Actually no reason other than we haven’t seen each other in a while is necessary.

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Everyone brings a favorite or specialty dish.  Sometimes even more than one thing is carried in while folks try to guess what it is.  Followed by yums and ooohs, the side or dessert is carried to the kitchen or designated area.  The hosts normally provide the meat, breads, and drinks (coffee, iced tea and lemonade) while the rest of us fill in the other places.  It is so much fun and food!  Our family is blessed.

We always begin by counting off in a circle holding hands.  After grace is said by Dad before he says “amen” we go around the circle again squeezing the person’s hand to our right.  When it gets back to Dad, he says “and all God’s children said…”  That’s when everyone joins in together with a big hearty Amen!  After that the little kids jump and clap like something spectacular has happened.  Actually it has.

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Our family has managed to still lovingly get together long after my grandparents went to Heaven.  They built a strong Christian foundation for their family.  My cousins are as close as siblings.  I know I can count on them for anything and vice versa.  Their children are like nieces and nephews to me and are dearly loved.  I pray for each one of them daily.

 

I am writing this nostalgic post today because I miss my Aunt Kathleen.  She was my Mother’s older sister.  At birthday gatherings and Christmas, Aunt Kathleen she would bring her famous Red Velvet cake to our family gatherings.  It was legendary.  The recipe is below, but as I wrote in my cookbook, “this is often made but never duplicated.”  No one could make it quite like she did.  Today I could use a piece of that cake and a cup of tea with her.  We talked often, and I could use her ear today.  I know she’s waiting in Heaven so we can catch up there later.

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I hope you treasure your family as much as I do mine.  Cherish the days you have with them.  Make memories that will be happy stories to tell your children.  Thank God for the family He has given you.  Each person was especially placed there for you.

Aunt Kathleen’s Red Velvet Cake

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Ingredients: ½ c. shortening
1 ½ c. sugar
2 eggs
2 oz. red food coloring
1 T. cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. salt
2 ¼ c. flour
1 T. vinegar
1 tsp. soda

Directions: For Cake: Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs. In a separate bowl, make a paste with food coloring and cocoa. Put into creamed mixture. Add salt, flour, buttermilk and vanilla alternately. Do not beat hard. Just blend. Lastly, add in soda with vinegar mixed in.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes in two 8 inch pans. Let cool and then split each layer into 2, making 4 layers in all.
For Icing:
¼ c. flour , ¼ tsp. salt, 1 c. milk, 1 c. Crisco, 1 c. sugar, 1tsp. vanilla
In the top of a double boiler, combine flour and salt. Blend a little milk into it before adding remaining milk. Cook over double boiler until thick, stirring constantly. Cool well.
Cream Crisco and sugar until fluffy. Add cooled flour mixture. Mix well. Add vanilla. Spread evenly between layer, on sides, and top of cake. May add coconut if desired.

But, Who is Praying for Me?

Prayer Warriors are constantly praying for someone.  There is so much to lift up to God and it seems so little time.  We intercede for the sick, lost, hurting, and needy.  For the mother whose baby is desperately trying to stay in her womb to grow strong.  For the father trying to work overtime or a second job just to make ends meet.  For the teenager caught in the middle of making some life changing decisions.  For our President and government leaders.  Let’s not forget our family and friends.

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See what I mean?  We have so many people depending and deserving of our prayers.  Years ago my niece, Phoebe, and I were talking about praying.  She was little and not even in school.  A friend had called me and asked if I could pray for her granddaughter.    One thing led to another and I told Phoebe if she listened with her heart instead of her ears she could hear who needed her prayers.  Many times God will tell us.

A couple of weeks later she was excited to tell me she felt her first prayer request.  After dinner the night before she heard her Daddy say that a lady he worked with was going to be out because of surgery.  “I don’t even know her name, Aunt Sissy, but my heart heard for me to pray for her.”  Wonderful!  She did understand what we were discussing.  Right then we stopped everything and prayed for the woman.  Now in her mid-twenties, Phoebe is still a Prayer Warrior.

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On the flip side, I have someone that has been mad at me for over two decades.  I can’t say exactly why, buy I have apologized and shouldered the blame in hopes of reconciling with this friend.  A few times I have tried to have a “peace talk” with her, but it always goes no where.  This last time, I asked how things had been going in her life and told her that I had been praying daily for her and our relationship.  Then I asked if she prayed for me and our relationship, too.  She looked at me as if my hair had just turned turquoise and laughingly said “no, why would I?”

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Out of all the vicious remarks this friend has made, none hurt even a fraction as much as this one did.  I thought everyone prayed for the people they loved.  Maybe that was it, she had stopped loving me.  All I know is that in that moment I felt so lost and alone.  No one was praying for me?  Prayer is the biggest blessing to give someone.

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There are no special words needed.  No super formula.  Just have a heart to heart with your maker.  The Bible tells us in Romans 8:26“…but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

We always have someone praying for us.  No need to fret.  Easy your mind and rest in the Lord.  Oh, and keep praying!

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He Lives!

He is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah! Today is Easter, Resurrection Sunday.   Lent has been finished. Have you prepared your body, mind, and spirit for worshipping our risen Savior? We have talked about why He came, what He did, what He expects of us, and learned many things these past forty days, but the most important thing about Lent is have we prepared ourselves for Easter and worship? Are you ready?  Me, too!

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Churches have all types of Easter services some started on Friday night and go through tonight. One of the most popular is the Sunrise Service. Did you go today?  It is a special time to worship and usually done outdoors.  If not today have you ever worshipped at dawn on Easter watching the sun come up and imaging Jesus Christ rising from the dead? It doesn’t matter when or where we worship, just that we do.

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On Easter morning the women went about their normal routine of checking the tomb for Jesus.  What they found today was quite different.  An angel sat on the huge stone that had been rolled away.

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The Bible says Mary, mother of James, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Salome gathered at the tomb and saw that the large stone had been rolled away from the entrance. An angel was there and said “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as He said would happen.” (Mt. 28:5-6, NLT).

When they looked inside the tomb it was indeed empty. The angel asked them “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you that He would be turned over to sinful men, be crucified, and rise again on the third day!” – Luke 24:6-7

The shroud covering Christ’s body was neatly folded and placed where His body had been.  That is significant because during those times a folded napkin at a table meant the person would return.  He was not finished.  He was returning.  Jesus took the time to send that message to His followers. “I am returning.”   He was not finished yet.

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Jesus had accomplished what was foretold by the prophets. God’s Son was beaten, accused, crucified, placed in a tomb, and He arose on the third day. He had done what He said He would. He conquered sin and death. Our sin debts had been stamped “paid in full” because of our Savior. He gave everything for our salvation, but what have we given in return? Do I give Him my love and devotion? My obedience? Have I submitted my will to His?

Take time this Easter to really worship and think about the great sacrifice Jesus made for you. He didn’t just die on the cross for the disciples and Bible people. We are included in the covenant, too. He died for Cheri, Janice, Joyce, Tom, Donna, Den, Vanessa, Jason, and even me. Yes, He died for us, but He arose. He paid the price so that we may reign in Heaven as heirs of the true King. He died so that we might live. Life after death is real. It is our gift for the taking.  Rejoice! He is alive. Worship Him. He will return as promised. Let’s rejoice, worship, and stay ready.

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Holy Saturday or Easter Eve

Holy Saturday, Easter Eve or Black Saturday is the name given to the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Some Christians recognize Holy Saturday as the day on which Jesus “rested” from His work of providing salvation.   It is the seventh day of Holy Week.  When Jesus died, He called out, “It is finished!” He had completed His job.  Sin had been atoned for and salvation was now available.  Jesus had built a bridge between the Father and us.  We can now go straight to Him and not via priests and holy men.

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This day is traditionally a time of reflection and waiting like Lent.  Jesus’ followers spent this day waiting after his crucifixion on Good Friday.  He had said He would rise from the dead so they would be watching for Him.  Most likely they would be recalling every word He said to them.

It is also the day when Roman governor Pontius Pilate instructed guards to be posted at the tomb to prevent Jesus’ followers from removing the body to claim that He had risen from the dead.  Pilate sealed the tomb, secured it, and posted guards.  No one was getting in.

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How have you felt reading the activities and what happened during the days of Holy Week?  I learned some things when researching for this week’s blog that I did not know before now.   I felt like I was there trailing around after Jesus, too.  At the end of each day my emotions were raw.  How could the people be so callus and blind not to see that Jesus was The Son of God?  How could they beat and torture anyone to that degree, let alone Him?  I was outraged and heartbroken.  I cried heartfelt tears of anguish.

I know the ending.  I also know this was God’s plan, but it still hurts.   For those of us baptized, when we were baptized we died with Christ (going down under water) and arose with Him (rising up again).

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Scripture tells us this in Romans 6:3-11 King James Version (KJV):

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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So, while we await Resurrection Sunday, take a moment to reflect.  Just as we were baptized and died with Jesus, we died to sin.  We should sever the bond sin has over us and sin no more.  After He died for us, it is the least we can do for Him.

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Good Friday

Good Friday or Holy Friday.  Where did that name come from for the awful day our Lord Jesus was falsely accused, condemned, beaten, and crucified? Good? How was that day good? Scholars say the word “good” comes from the Old English “good” meaning holy.   Others argue that the good comes from Jesus sacrificing himself for us. That is the best thing that could ever happen for us.  Jesus paid the ultimate price and we received the ultimate good gift.

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Early Friday morning, Judas realized what he had done and was overcome by guilt. He threw the money on the ground and he hanged himself on a tree, not being able to live with what he had done. Around 9:00 a.m. Jesus was in the midst of being mocked, accused falsely, shamed, and horribly beaten.  Horribly beaten is putting it mildly.  He was whipped and scourged to the point His flesh was torn off.  Some accounts say that His bones were exposed showing white against the bloody red.  Still our precious Lord did not cry out. He endured true to scripture.  Then after a corrupt trial He was sentenced to be crucified, which is one of the most agonizing, painful, and disgraceful deaths of that time or any.

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They placed a crown made out of pointed, sharp thorns on His head and pressed it down. Hard.  The large thorns cut into His head and face.  Can you imagine the pain of just that one act? They mocked Him, spat on Him, and made Him carry His own heavy cross.  The weight was so heavy He stumbled under it.  The soldiers grabbed someone from the crowd to help carry it.

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He was still being tormented. Even as the soldiers hammered the nails in His precious body to the wooden cross, He was being insulted and mocked. Did He respond in kind?  No. Through it all He remained silent.

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His followers were clustered at the foot of the cross. They were mourning, grieving, and suffering. Did Jesus finally say anything? What did Jesus say? He told Mary and John there were now mother and son. He lifted His head and asked: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34, NIV).

He asked for forgiveness for those crucifying and tormenting Him. Then, the soldiers divided His clothes among themselves. They continued to mock Him and baited Him saying if He was truly God’s Son, then save Himself. One of the thieves hanging beside Him asked Jesus to remember him for surely He was God’s Son. Jesus told the thief he would be in Paradise with Jesus.

Around noon it became very dark and gloomy. The sun stopped shinning. Around 2:00 Jesus asked “My God, why have You forsaken Me?” And then Jesus realized to fulfill scripture one more thing must be done, so He said “I am thirsty.” They gave Him some sour wine on a sponge and held it up with a branch. After tasting it, Jesus said “It is finished.” He then said in a loud, clear voice with head lifted “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.”

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Then he died. This was about the ninth hour or 3:00 p.m. This literally shook the world. There was an earthquake, rocks broke, the temple curtains were torn in half, and tombs opened and bodies of Holy people were raised to life.” Wow! Can you imagine being there?

Rather than break his legs as they do at the end, the soldier took a sword and pierced Jesus in the side.  Blood and water gushed out.  They were positive He was dead.  Oh, can you comprehend what His poor mother and followers went through watching that?  The heartbreak?

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Joseph of Arimathea asked for the body of Jesus so that He could be buried in a tomb on his land. Then before 6 p.m. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, took Jesus down from the cross and lay His body in a tomb. The tomb was sealed with a large, heavy stone that took more than one soldier to move. More soldiers were posted to guard overnight.

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Did I take you through the events of Good Friday?   I hope you were able to walk there and envision it. It is unbelievable the pain of that day, isn’t it.  To say Jesus suffered and died is so understated.  Jesus was tortured, beaten, mocked, flogged, had nails driven through his hands and feet, and was bloody almost beyond recognition.  He did this for us. You and me.

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