Thursday, August 3, 2017

First Line Friday: Bible Stories



Happy First Line Friday! I missed out on last week because E and I were traveling to visit family Friday and I am one of those "last-minute packers". But I am excited to share this week's words from a gem I found via BookBub, a steal at $1.99 recently. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, it is back to its regular price. But I recommend taking a look at it anyway and I am super psyched to start this one.

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My first line is (actually a paragraph) from the introduction:

"A generation ago, public discourse was littered with biblical references. Someone who endured painful circumstances without giving in to resignation and despair was said to have "the patience of Job". Someone who demonstrated an uncanny ability to see the true nature of things was said to have "the wisdom of Solomon." Great stories like David and Goliath, Daniel in the lion's den and Balaam's talking donkey were mentioned in stories and songs - both religious and popular. Everyone was at least somewhat familiar with them. But that isn't the case anymore."

While I do somewhat disagree with the last two sentences - I don't think the situation is anywhere near as dire as made out to be - I am excited to start this devotional and see where it takes me.

Let me know what you think of the line, and/or leave a line of your own. Then, visit my fellow First-Liners to see what they have this week. We have several new members who have joined in the recent weeks, make sure you check them out!

If you want to join in on First Line Friday, let Carrie know!

Happy Reading!

Sarah

20 comments:

  1. London. May 1914. Rosemary Gresham may have been a thief but she was a thief who preferred to work in broad daylight. From A Name Unknown by Roseanna White! Loving this book. Can’t get enough Roseanna!

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Paula. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Congrats on 'scoring' that book Sarah! Wow, what a cover. You could see that one across the store at a bookshop!

    have a great weekend~

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    1. Hi Debra, isn't it beautiful?! I was so surprised when I won. Thanks for coming by!

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  3. Happy Friday! This looks like a great read!

    Here is mine:

    “I never meant for any of it to happen.”
    The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce

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    1. Hi Rebecca, thanks for coming by. I am excited to get started on it. Have a great weekend!

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  4. November 12, 2011

    This is for them. This is for the magic. This is for every little dreamer in the room. A Season to Dance - Patricia Beal

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    1. Happy Friday Caryl, thank you for sharing your line today!

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  5. Hey Sarah! This sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing! This week on my blog I'm sharing the first line from "To Wager Her Heart". I really enjoyed reading it. Wonderful story line, and lots of history! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Hi Trisha, thank you! I am excited to start it, it has daily devotionals and studies about each of the stories. I just have to be patient and stick to the one-a-day thing. Thank you also for sharing about your line. Happy Friday!

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  6. I love book deals! And this looks like a great book! Happy Friday!

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    1. Oh gosh, BookBub will be the death of me! or at least the reason I have to declare bankruptcy!

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  7. Sounds like it could be a good read!

    So... now that I have a bookshelf within reach of my desk, I'm grabbing one I hope to read this year.
    "Romulus White stood motionless in the crowded ballroom, staring at a woman he'd once longed for more than his next breath of air."
    - From this Moment, by Elizabeth Camden

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    1. I am looking forward to really starting it on Sunday! I have never really done devotionals before. In the past I have read too many that make it seem like the author is peaking FOR God, which is a no-go for me. It would be fun to do in a year-round small group with my church, I am thinking.

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  8. I do think a lot of people have little or no biblical knowledge. My mother (who isn't a Christian) was shocked a couple of years back to find my nieces didn't know the significance of Hot Cross Buns at Easter. They knew all about the Easter Bunny, but nothing about Jesus or the cross.

    I'm sharing the first line from The Space Between Words on my website. I hope you stop by and check it out.

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    1. I was thinking more in terms of Biblical phrases, especially ones likes the author mentioned, ie 'wisdom of Solomon', or some of these. Definitely not all, there are some I even did not realize at first were from the Bible

      http://unlockingthebible.org/common-english-sayings-bible/

      Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

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  9. What a neat devotional!! I can't wait to hear what you think of it.

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    1. I thought so too, it will be a challenge but I am looking forward to it. You can always get a copy and join me! :)

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  10. Sounds like an interesting book! Here's mine from Misty Beller's The Lady and the Mountain Man "Are you going to poison her the way you killed your last wife?"

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  11. My first line:
    “I inspected the knife in my hand.” ~ Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
    Happy Reading!
    Dinh@Arlene's Book Club

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