THE CURATE’S AWAKENING (Hampshire Books 1993 | Bethany House Publishers 1985 , 1876 - first printing)

The Curate’s Awakening by Scottish minister, George MacDonald (1824-1905), is an enjoyable work of fiction, a murder mystery and much more. If you’ve not read MacDonald, you are in for a treat. He is a master storyteller of who C.S. Lewis said these words “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded [George MacDonald] as my master.” I selected this work since it is the first book I read authored by George MacDonald.  Another of his books is At the Back of the Northwind , a well-known and more complex novel. In The Curate’s Awakening we find curate Thomas Wingfold newly established in his first pastorate. As time goes on he is faced with a dilemma, to preach what is expected or to preach from the heart. He isn’t even sure of his own beliefs. It is a journey the reader takes with him. In many ways, the messages found in this book are timeless.  I think you will like  The Curate’s Awakening.

The Christian and SEXual Encounters

I was visiting with a friend my age who told me her story.
You could have knocked me over with a feather.

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Nothing in her life shows that she has a past.
It was different that I expected because today she is a strong woman of faith. As a young woman she was a seeker of spirituality. She looked into New Age ideas and other appealing belief systems. By happenstance through a friend’s encouragement, she visited a church where the gospel of Jesus Christ was shared. This sort of Christianity was new to her. She knew the bible stories from her church-going childhood, but that was formal, not personal. For the first time she heard that Jesus loved her and He could be her Savior. Not really understanding its pull nor why she wanted to move in that direction, she found herself going forward to pray the sinner’s prayer. Her decision that night was the beginning of a new life for her. She started growing in her faith. It was both remarkable and exciting. Newness entered in and the ways of how she was living began to change. But, she had a past. The past involved illicit sexual activity. It wasn’t easy to deal with nor easy to forget.

A Call to Modesty (& Chastity) and the Valuing of Women

I have to be honest here, I’m upset by what’s going on. There are too many strange sexual behaviors being displayed in magazines and on other forms of social media.

At times I feel literally sickened by what’s being put out there.

People touching people where they shouldn’t be touching them. Three nude women embracing while holding a product for sale. It creeps me out how mainstream this is going.