Wounded by God’s People ~ Book Review

by Dawn Oaks on July 24, 2014

I recently received a copy of Wounded by God’s People written by Anne Graham Lotz and published by Zondervan.  It is a 237 page hardbound book from the daughter of one of the most esteemed modern day evangelists, Billy Graham.

Wounded by God’s People by Anne Graham Lotz

As Christians, when we are hurt by the world we naturally run to the church as a refuge and strength.  After all the church is supposed to be a place of healing and restoration.  But what do we do when the wounds are inflicted by God’s people?  Where do we turn?  How do we heal?

Anne Graham Lotz takes us on a journey through her own hurts at the hands of God’s people.  She shares that healing and forgiveness in the arms of God.  Prior to reading this book, it had never crossed my mind that one of the most reknowned evangelists of our day and his family had endured deep wounds from the fiery darts of the church.  The reality is that the evil inside the church can be just as much an equal opportunity employer as the world outside the church.

Ms. Lotz uses the Biblical example of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar to guide the reader on the journey.  Prior to reading this book, if someone mentioned Abraham my thoughts would go to his being the Father of the God’s Chosen People or to his remarkable faith when God asked him to go up the mount to sacrifice Isaac.  I must admit that I had never seen Abraham as a man that did the wounding.  In my mind, he led people to faith rather than being a stumbling block to one’s faith.  However, when we take a moment to look at the situation through the eyes of Hagar, we see a wounder of the heart rather than a man after God’s own heart.

Mrs. Lotz does not leave us in the pain, but shows how God can faithfully bring healing, forgiveness, and restoration.  She demonstrates how whether the wounds come at the hands of the world or God’s people that His grace is sufficient to heal.

I received my copy of Wounded by God’s People providentially just weeks before enduring a very painful time brought about by wounds inflicted by God’s people.  Mrs. Lotz’s transparencies and observations from Scripture revealed that I was not alone in my pain.  Just as scripture promises, we will not endure anything in this life that is not already common to man.  Wounded by God’s People allows the reader to know that this road of pain and desolation has been walked by others and there is another side, but the only way to reach it is to walk through the pain with God.  For when we are wounded by God’s people, we are not wounded by God.  The church does hurt.  The church fails its people and its God in not loving as Christ loved.  Our testimony reflects on one whose name we bear, but I am thankful that as Mrs. Lotz demonstrates in this book that the church’s wounds do not have the power to limit God’s healing and grace.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Soapmaking on the Farm

by Dawn Oaks on July 23, 2014

There are times in life that we do things based on an interest or passion.  Other times, it is out of necessity.  And yet others, start as a matter of necessity and then become a passion.  That is the case with soapmaking here at the Double O Farms.  Our youngest child had terrible environmental allergies, which included all fragrances in cleaners, shampoo, soap, and laundry detergent.  Fabric softener was completely out of the question.  We found many natural alternatives that were ready made and some that we started making ourselves.

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Bar soap was something that we just had a hard time finding that did not cause a reaction in him.  I started doing some research and came across wonderful milk based soap recipes.  Now milk was something we did have and something that he did not react to.  We then started experimenting with natural oils and pure essential oils to make soaps that cleaned and smelled great.

The next step in our soap making process was a journey in learning how to pair different ingredients and essential oils so that the soap became an even bigger benefit to our family.  Because of our son’s allergies and also our growing desire to minimize our contact with synthetic chemical blends, we came up with a soap we call Mosquito Run.  It has a blend of citronella and eucalyptus essential oils that act as a natural bug repellent.  When just using this soap for bathing, enough of the essential oil is left on your skin that bugs just have no interest in bothering you.  Our family just loves to brag that in the years that we have kept this soap on hand and in the shower, we have not had to use any other bug repellent product or experienced the pesky and sometimes dangerous bites of these little critters.

Another soap that we are featuring at this time is our facial scrub.  This soap has ground organic oatmeal that helps to really clean those pores and exfoliate them.  The luxurious natural oils then come alongside and moisturize your skin so it is silky soft.

Another wonderful benefit of this milk based soap recipe is that the soap is naturally cured for 3 weeks prior to being available for purchase.  This curing process does reduce some of the lathering, but the benefit is that there is less soap scum residue in your tub or shower.  You wouldn’t just love less time cleaning the bathroom while enjoying more time outside with the family playing and picnicking without the fear of insect bites.

We have not yet added our line of soaps to the shopping page on our site, but you can always contact us for availability or request a specific scent or blend.  Each bar currently retails for $2 and does not include the cost of shipping.

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Learning in the Summer

July 22, 2014

Learning takes a different look around the farm in the summer months.  There is a lot of hands-on learning as we all do a lot of work outside in our gardens and expanding fencing. We have also been busy raising extra meat chickens while the weather is more favorable.  Raising chickens is not only an […]

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GIVEAWAY – Trident Case for your iPad

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This past Spring we received a Trident Case for our iPad mini.  To be honest, it has never been taken off our device since then.  The protection it affords our iPad mini allows me to rest at ease that the whole family can use our device without worrying that it will be broken. To read […]

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WriteShop Review for Your Reluctant Writer

July 11, 2014

When I talk with homeschool moms, many of them share how they just do not feel able to effectively teach writing to their children.  Some cite that they are not good writers themselves.  Some are weery from the battle of getting their reluctant writer to fill that white sheet of paper with creative and wonderful […]

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Moving Beyond the Page ~ Product Review

July 10, 2014

Over the years, I have found our homeschooling style changing more and more to a literature rich, unit study approach.  I was excited when we were offered the opportunity to review two of products from Moving Beyond the Page.  Because he seems to be the highest utilizer of unit studies in our home, our 14 […]

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Great Deals on Your Next Set of Curriculum

July 9, 2014

After homeschooling for 9 years and doing product reviews of curriculum for 5, it is time to clear off the bookshelves and allow room for growth as our children grow.  We would love to make some of our favorites blessings for you and your family.  Many of the items below are greatly reduced from regular […]

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Experiencing History Through Music – A Great Independence Day Addition

July 5, 2014

One of the names in the homeschool industry that always seems to be synonymous with quality is Diana Waring.  Diana has recently released a new three volume series called, Experiencing History Through Music.  Our family has had a chance to review some pre-release copies and would like to share a bit about what we found. […]

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Naturally Cultured Sauerkraut

June 28, 2014

There is a lot of talk today about the importance of probiotics.  And they really are important.  Many of us have problems with digestion, because our foods are highly processed and the enzymes needed to metabolize food are destroyed.  Our bodies are also depleted of these healthy microbes from the over use of antibiotics and […]

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Go Science Series 2 DVDs ~ Product Review

June 27, 2014

Our family does not school all summer long, but it is nice to be able to incorporate some learning on those rainy days or times when you hear, “Mom, I’m bored.  There’s nothing to do.” Enter from stage left, the Go Science Series 2 DVDs from Library and Educational Services.  I love these DVDs, our […]

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