There are many books that symbolize the ultimate romance, the love of God for humanity. In our relationship with others, we experience good and evil. God uses both to bring us closer to him. Does the book you’re reading speak to you in a special way? Leave me a comment or a prayer request.
The following devotionals are based on the parables in some of my favorite books, and stories of people like me. In an English ballroom or chained to a burning ship deck surrounded by pirates, these characters help build my faith. Conflicting problems stand between them and their dreams. Like me, they need God-sized solutions. Like me, they need to know more about the Creator of the universe and how to serve Him better.
“When we read for escape or entertainment, if we listen, we will see beyond the story to the parable beneath”
Peggy Purser Freeman
In these well-crafted books, God pulls me closer. If I lean in and listen, He whispers to me. Sometimes He laughs with me. Always He reminds me of His love and carries me down the path where joy waits. Reading Christian fiction doesn’t replace my Bible study. Nothing can replace God’s Word. It’s amazing how often a Sunday School lesson or a study offers the same truth as the book I’m reading. When this type of coincidence happens, I thank God for the author and ask God to bless them.
To my readers, my prayer is that you have asked Jesus into your heart, and you are filled with His peace.
For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 (AMP)
I challenge you to find your favorite power passage quoted in this devotional book. Post it on my website, (http://PeggyPurserFreeman.com), telling how it empowered your life. Include a link to your review of this book on Amazon or on Good Reads (https://www.goodreads.com) and you will be entered in our Power Passage Prize drawing.
February 12, 1899, the temperature dipped to a record-setting 23 BELOW zero.
Celebrate at the Swisher County Library
Celebrate Your Story on the Coldest Day in Texas
Author Peggy Purser Freeman will read a brief section of her book The Coldest Day in Texas (TCU Press) and share tips on how to pass down your family stories on February 13, 2023, at 4 pm at the Swisher County Library.
Join Peggy in celebrating the Coldest Day in Texas which took place on the twelfth of February 1899 when Swisher County recorded the coldest temperature in Texas history – 23 degrees below zero. After a presentation on how she used the book Windmilling-a History of Swisher County, Peggy will lead a workshop on recording your personal history.
Remember life when you were a kid? What did grandpa do? How far did you walk to school? The stories you recall will someday be the ones your children want to hear. Don’t wait! Save them before they are forgotten. Family History can easily be lost.
“I believe the everyday stories of our lives are a testimony, a treasure for your descendants,” Peggy explained. “Yes, they will love it. Just imagine if you had a letter from your great, great, great grandmother telling you about her joys, sorrows, and faith. Or how she sawed a limb off a tree, sitting on the wrong end, while her sister laughed. Some of us actually did those crazy things and put them in a book named Cruisin’ Thru Life – Dip Street and Other Miracles. From emails to recordings, scribbles on scraps of paper to a published book, we’ll investigate different ways to share your story.”
Those who had respect for the Lord talked with one another. And the Lord heard them. A list of people and what they did was written in a book in front of him. It included the names of those who respected the Lord and honored him. Malachi 3:16