Dr. David Brown is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Oak Creek, WI. He holds a Masters Degree in Theology and a PhD in History, specializing in the history of the English Bible. He is also the President of Logos Communication Consortium, a research organization that produces a large variety of materials warning Christians of present dangers in our culture.
In the U.S., the Pilgrims and Puritans had nothing to do with Halloween and its occultic roots. Going back to 1845-’46 there was what’s known as the Irish Potato Famine. A lot of Irish immigrants fled to America and with them came their pagan customs/holidays, one of them being the celebration of Samhain. That resulted in the formation of our modern day holiday known as Halloween.
As this program progressed, Dr. Brown explained the Roman Catholic influence in the formation of this holiday’s name, the origin of Halloween costumes, the Grim Reaper, Jack-o’-lanterns, witches, Dracula, the bonfire, and numerous other aspects of this day that’s recognized as a high, holy day for satanists.
I’ve been watching hurricane Florence since it came off the coast of Africa. I’d like to dedicate this post to the survivors of this horrific hurricane. I’ve been using several weather resources to track and gather information on it, plus news coverage, so I’ll do my best to tell you the most pertinent and what will soon be historical facts.
I’ve been using NOAA, Weather Underground, local news, GOES east image viewer, Physics.org, Ventusky, Fox News, Washington Post, The Weather Channel, and several meterologist’s posts here and there from the internet.
NOAA says: We’ve been asked: “how big is #Florence?” Hard thing to quantify, but here are some numbers… *Area of Tropical Storm force winds currently 300 miles wide *Storm Surge Watches/Warnings stretch along 450 miles of coastline *More than 5″ of rain expected in a 570 mile-long swath
A feature of significant hurricanes is the eyewall replacement cycle. Basically what occurs is that a new eye begins to develop around the old eye. The new eye gradually decreases in diameter and replaces the old eye. With the profound increase in the number of extreme hurricanes the past few years there has been an opportunity to witness several eyewall replacement cycles.
When an eyewall replacement cycle occurs the intensity of the hurricane usually decreases. For example, a CAT 5 hurricane could weaken to a CAT 4 hurricane. The intensity weakens due to the gradual erosion of the inner eyewall. As the outer eyewall contracts and gains organization then the storm will often increase in intensity. Because of eyewall replacement cycles, a hurricane will typically not remain a CAT 5 for a long period of time.
Although an eyewall replacement cycle tends to reduce the category of a hurricane it also spread the hurricane force winds out over a larger area. This can cause a larger region to experience the extreme damage in a hurricane.
The forecast models have extreme difficulty with predicting an eyewall replacement cycle. Replacement cycles will usually happen with intense hurricanes but it is not known exactly when.
Satellite images and photos of FLORENCE, as of September 11, 2018:
Judith Miller is an excellent academic fact finder, and this book really kept my interest.
She researched the history of deep water diving for sponges in Tarpon Springs Florida during the early 1900s, and using that information, she wrote a delightful, suspenseful, insightful story about Zanna, Lucy, and Nicos, 3 people who were involved in the business of sponge diving in 1905, in Florida.
This book was SO good, in fact, that I’m planning on buying as many of her books as I can to add to my personal home library. I also am hoping to let other Christians know about her books, and that they can rest assured that the book has high moral standards and they’ll enjoy the story to the very end.
Zanna Krykos is a lawyer, and back then, that was almost unheard of. Her traditional Greek family was at first against this career, but eventually accepted it. Her best friend, Lucy Penrose, is a doctor, also very rare back then! Lucy’s dad died unexpectedly, but had made her his designated beneficiary of a sponge diving business he was establishing and developing in order to bring more trade into Tarpon Springs.
The story goes on to describe how the business began, and then grew and grew into a healthy commercial trade in the area.
Within this superb story is the story of several people, including Zanna, Nicos Sevdalis and his experienced Greek sponge divers, the Rochester sisters, Bessie, Eugenia, and Viola, and Adelphos Pappas, who was a businessman, and greedy liar, but very good at hiding those flaws.
I was fascinated by all the information about Greek divers, and the early sponge business in Tarpon Springs. You’re in for a great treat and one of the most enjoyable history lessons of your life, when you read this book.
I highly recommend this book for another reason, and that is, Mrs. Miller kept the romance to a minimum, presented the romance in accordance with good values and common sense, in good taste, and will be totally acceptable to anyone with sound Christian values.
I feel comfortable in giving this book a 5 star rating in the genre of Christian historical fiction. It is suitable for clean reading, and definitely an absorbing and captivating story of business and life in Florida’s Tarpon Springs in 1905. I bought this book and am convinced it was worth every dollar spent. Go get a copy, and have some fun reading! Thank you Judith, for writing a wonderful book, using the talents GOD gave you, and making reading fun for us Christians again. Keep writing this way, it’s perfect!
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 31, 2018)
This book was given to me free, by Bethany House, in exchange for an honest review, so, I will say the information about the process of water filtration systems for cities and water chlorination’s history, was well-researched and interesting enough to make me want to find out more about Dr. John Lael. 3 stars for that. She did a good job of telling about the pioneering efforts of male scientists in the area of providing clean water for Americans.
I did like learning as much as was available, about Dr. Leal and his work. God willing, I’m planning to learn more about that. John Laing Leal was a physician and water treatment expert who, in 1908, was responsible for conceiving and implementing the first disinfection of a U.S. drinking water supply using chlorine. (wikipedia)
1 star for the relationship between Nick and Rosalind. It was superficial, IMO, and uninteresting to me, and I found myself skimming past the descriptions of restless, fluttering love between the two, in order to read more about how cities tried several methods of delivering clean water to large cities. He had a bad temper, she was bland, and the story about her brother Gus and his wife was more interesting than the plot around Rosalind and Nick.
The majority of the book was more like a textbook which was fine with me, but I was hoping for more depth about the lives of the characters. One of her best novels was The Rose of Winslow Street, I recommend that.
As for mentions of God, Jesus, or the bible, there was very little of that. I remember one sentence. One reviewer recalled more mentions, but as for this being a truly CHRISTIAN historical fiction book, I’d say it’s shallow at best.
I’m not interested in reading any follow ups to this book. I see by the other reviews I’m not alone.
I received this book mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.
William Henry is a Fine Name is a book you don’t want to miss reading! It’s an excellent account of the intricate workings of the underground railroad, slavery, plantation life, and all seen through the eyes of one 13 year old boy named Robert Glover, son of a woman who had grown up pampered, on a Southern plantation, and a man who was God-fearing and compassionate towards his fellow man.
Robert has a best friend, William Henry, who is a slave, but to Robert, he’s just a friend. They did everything together, until things begin to happen that are a mystery to Robert, but not so to William Henry.
Cathy Gohlke’s first book, such a great book indeed. It’s obvious that she put her heart into this story, with the huge amount of information she collected and put together to tell this tale of the north, the south, slavery, and freedom’s price for many.
The quilt on the clothesline, the pattyrollers, Quakers, Stargazer, Uncle Marcus, Grandfather, Ashland, Pa, Aunt Sassy, the moss on the trees, and the drinking gourd, all are unforgettable pieces of this story that will absorb your attention and keep you reading well into the night.
I highly recommend this book, both as a history lesson from one person’s perspective, and as a book that will get you thinking. There’s suspense, drama, politics, insight, and genuine love. Get yourself a copy and settle in for a great historical fiction read.
Cathy Gohlke truly gives God the glory in this book, by repeatedly referring to our need for Jesus Christ, and His great love for us. This book is a good Christian historical fiction novel for that reason, and for the fact that the romance is very, very subtle, and the history is well-researched. The whole book is profound and penetrating in awareness and understanding of the history of that era, and the heart of man and his important relationship to God.
The story begins with the Titanic, vividly describing the wealth, luxury, and fanfare that went along with the maiden voyage of this vessel.
In Chapter One, you meet Michael Dunnigan, a poor, abused child trying to earn money and doing his best to keep out of the way of his angry, drunken uncle. Then in Chapter Two,you briefly meet Aunt Eleanor, who will become one of the vilest creatures in the story. Her twisted hatred and manipulations of the family will shock you.
Owen is also introduced in Chapter Two, and he has a true Christ-like heart and lives a life that surely pleases the Lord Jesus. The main character, Annie Allen, is the sister of Owen, and she is briefly rescued from the clutches of Aunt Eleanor by him, in hopes of bringing her to America after he has established a gardening business.
This book has so much to offer you, I hope you read it. Like I said, it begins with the Titanic, and takes the reader on through World War One, powerfully described and unforgettable as Mrs. Gohlke vividly describes the horrors of war. You feel as if you’re on the front lines in Verdun, in Northeastern France, alongside the British Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses. The bombing by the Germans, the horrific casualties of the war, was aptly portrayed in this riveting dramatic story.
The lovely relationships and blossoming romances (all rated G) are but a glimpse into the love Mrs. Gohlke must have for her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
I don’t want to give away too much of this story, it’s deep and profound, on so many levels a truly good Christian historical fiction novel. It would be wonderful if a movie was made about this. Simply wonderful!
Thank you, Cathy Gohlke, for using the talents God gave you to write such books that educate, entertain, and make us think about OUR relationship to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, the ONLY Way into Heaven and eternal life. May God richly bless you. Please keep writing, and never give up.
Jesus loves you. Romans 10:8-13, John 3:16-21
File Size: 11475 KB
Print Length: 417 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 20, 2012)