Posted by: icecreamgram | October 18, 2017

Wingtown Parson´s Linen Duster

Lookee what I found in my “stuff”! A book written in 1903! A short story that shares a pastor´s heart for the people God has called him to minister to. And the sacrifices this pastor – and his family – make to reach these folks. Written in “very old” English, I nevertheless found it so interesting and challenging. Am I as dedicated as this young pastor? If you can find it, I highly recommend this book – it will challenge you and remind you why God has put you where you are – to be His witness of course!

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Posted by: icecreamgram | October 17, 2017

A Train near Magdeburg

What do you do if you are a reluctant soldier, having been shot at, seen your friends killed, and can no longer even remember what your own mother looks like?

As a combat soldier fighting your way across Europe, what is the plan when you come across a Holocaust train full of suffering humanity that shocks you to your core, even after you think you have seen it all? And what happens when you get to meet the survivors face to face, two generations later?


~ ‘After I got home I cried a lot. My parents couldn’t understand why I couldn’t sleep at times.’-Walter ‘Babe’ Gantz, US Army medic
In this book, the true story behind an iconic photograph taken at the liberation of a DEATH TRAIN deep in the heart of Nazi Germany—brought to life by the history teacher who discovered it, and went on to reunite HUNDREDS of Holocaust survivors with the actual American soldiers who saved them! 


~ ‘I grew up and spent all my years being angry. This means I don’t have to be angry anymore.’-Paul Arato, Holocaust Survivor 


~THE HOLOCAUST was a watershed event in history. Drawing on never-before published eye-witness accounts, survivor testimony and memoirs, wartime reports and letters, Matthew Rozell takes us on his journey to uncover the stories behind the incredible 1945 liberation photographs taken by the soldiers who were there. He weaves together a chronology of the Holocaust as it unfolds across Europe and goes to the authentic sites of the Holocaust to retrace the steps of the survivors and the American soldiers who freed them. His mission culminates in joyful reunions on three continents, seven decades later. Rozell offers his unique perspective on the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations, and the impact that one person, a teacher, can make.


~ ‘I survived because of many miracles. But for me to actually meet, shake hands, hug, and cry together with my liberators—the ‘angels of life’ who literally gave me back my life—was just beyond imagination.’-Leslie Meisels, Holocaust Survivor 


-Featuring testimony from 15 American liberators and over 30 Holocaust survivors

Posted by: icecreamgram | September 29, 2017

He Still Moves Stones

People with questions. The Bible is absolutely full of them. A crook on a cross. A wild man in a cemetery. A five-time divorcée. A despondent cripple. A grieving sister. A father at the end of his rope. Why are these portraits in the Bible? So we can look back in amazement at what Jesus did? No … these aren’t just Sunday school stories. They are historic moments in which a real God met real pain so we could answer the question. “Does God care when I hurt?” On every page of this powerfully moving book, New York Times best-selling author Max Lucado reminds us that the God who spoke to Moses at the burning bush still speaks to you today. The God who forgave King David still offers you forgiveness. The God who helped men and women in ages past still comes into your world, and he comes to do what you can’t, to move the stone away so you can see his answer.

Posted by: icecreamgram | September 18, 2017

Castaway kid

One man’s search for hope and home.

Abandoned by his parents when he was just three years old, Rob Mitchell began his journey as one of the last “lifers” in an American orphanage. As Rob’s loneliness and rage grew, his hope shrank. Would he ever find a real family or a place to call home? Heartbreaking, heartwarming, and ultimately triumphant, this true story shows how, with faith, every person can leave the past behind and forge healthier, happier relationships.

Now, Rob’s story has been turned into a compelling audiobook narrated by Paul Rothery. Listeners will be encouraged to find hope in every situation as they follow Rob through his life journey.

I encourage you to read this book, read it to your children, read it with and to anyone who will listen! It’s a beautiful testimony of how one man’s search resulted in HOPE and HOME!

Posted by: icecreamgram | July 30, 2017

Song of the Nightingale

Song of the Nightingale is the true story of Helen Berhane, held captive for over two years in appalling conditions in her native Eritrea. Her crime? Sharing her faith in Jesus, and refusing, even though horrendously tortured, to deny him. Helen says, ‘I want to give a message to those of you who are Christians and live in the free world: You must not take your freedom for granted. If I could sing in prison, imagine what you can do for God’s glory with your freedom.’  A sobering, painful, heart-rending account of true faith in the face of evil, this book makes for uncomfortable and yet inspirational reading. A real challenge for the church in the West.

Posted by: icecreamgram | July 22, 2017

The Pastor´s Wife

In 1949, when Soviet propaganda was asserting that free Christian worship was being tolerated behind the Iron Curtain, the Communists arrested Pastor Richard Wurmbrand in Romania for secret Christian activities. The Pastor’s Wife is Sabina Wurmbrand’s true story of her efforts to get her husband released, her subsequent imprisonment and, above all, her unceasing efforts to help build a Christian Underground Church in restricted areas around the world.
For the truth is that the Communists to this day cannot tolerate genuine Christianity, and are still executing or imprisoning underground Christians. This is the urgent message of The Pastor’s Wife.

Posted by: icecreamgram | July 18, 2017

Angels Walking

Do we ever encounter angels in our walk on this earth? It´s an interesting question, one we really don´t know how to answer! But, Karen Kingsbury writes of a POSSIBLE scenario in which angels are just doing their job for the King of Kings!! Fascinating and very believable!

When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on. A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer’s who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks. A team of Angels Walking take on the mission to restore hope for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia. Can such small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? And can the words of a stranger rekindle lost love? Every journey begins with a step. It is time for the mission to begin…

Posted by: icecreamgram | July 14, 2017

Three HEARTBREAKING books for you

This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games–games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an “it.”

“The Lost Boy” is the harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy’s journey through the foster-care system in search of a family to love. This is Dave Pelzer’s long-awaited sequel to “A Child Called “It”. The Lost Boy” is Pelzer’s story–a moving sequel and inspirational read for all. It helped me understand just a little better the horrible struggle many children go through to find themselves and to find a loving home and family.

“All those years you tried your best to break me, and I’m still here. One day you’ll see, I’m going to make something of myself.” These words were Dave Pelzer’s declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave’s father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine. This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to–and nearly did. The more than two million readers of Pelzer’s New York Times and international bestselling memoirs know that he lived to tell his courageous story. With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection into acceptance.

Don´t read any of these books unless you´re prepared to be horrified beyond belief at the cruelty of one person toward another. Be prepared for joy as you realize how Dave overcame his horrific childhood and is spending his life helping in the healing of others. He is truly an inspiration.

Posted by: icecreamgram | July 13, 2017

Until Tuesday

A heartwarming dog story like no other: Tuesday, a lovable golden retriever, changes a former soldier’s life forever.
A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalván never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home from combat, however, his physical wounds and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. He wondered if he would ever recover. Then Luis met Tuesday, a sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived among prisoners and at a home for troubled boys, and he found it difficult to trust in or connect with a human being–until Luis. Until Tuesday is the story of how two wounded warriors, who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other. It is a story about war and peace, injury and recovery, psychological wounds and spiritual restoration. But more than that, it is a story about the love between a man and dog, and how, together, they healed each other’s souls.

Jenna Miscavige Will was raised to obey. As the niece of the Church of Scientology´s leader David Miscavige, she grew up at the center of this highly controversial and powerful organization. But at twenty-one, Jenna made a daring break, risking everything she had ever known and loved to leave Scientology once and for all. Now she speaks out about her life, the Church, and her dramatic escape, going deep inside a religion that, for decades, has been the subject of fierce debate and speculation worldwide.

Some of the beliefs and practices of Scientology are hard to believe – you mean people actually BELIEVE these things?? Jenna was separated from her parents for prolonged periods, as a small child she worked harder than most adults do, she had no personal freedom, her every move in life was controlled, her parents were forced into jobs that completely separated them from each other, to name a very few. This book is at once captivating and disturbing, an eye-opening exploration of the limits of religion and the lengths to which one woman went to break free.

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