Protecting The Poor Review

It is ending.

Amanda Tero has spent the last three months celebrating the fact that she finished a trilogy and now the final book is out.

I’ve agreed to give a review of the final books so here it is.

Protecting the Poor

The Characters

Were all cool. I think my favorite was Noel. He inspired his older brother to do what is right and found the courage to step out and save the day.

The Lack of Romance

It didn’t have any, need I say more. I don’t like romance.

The Ending

From the time Noel leaves Abtshire to the epilogue the ending was action packed.

The Villains

They were smart like villains of that type rarely tend to be.

The Rating

***** Five Stars *****

About Amanda
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

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It wouldn’t be a release party without a giveaway! One U.S. Winner will receive the complete paperback Tales of Faith series, and one International Winner will receive the complete eBook series.
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A Fun Reminder

Last night it rained. I wasn’t surprised. I don’t think the rest of the USA is as wet as we are here in Eastern Kansas, but …

We look like spring. Or maybe Ireland. The natives are complaining about the fact that you have to mow, but my brother is more annoyed by the fact that the grass takes until noon to dry off and as soon as five thirty hit the dew is gathering again. The rivers are full, the floodplains are swamps, and the the only color other than green is the determinedly ripening grass.

Where was I going? Oh yeah, to last nights rainstorm. Just as I was considering getting ready for bed the rain that had been threatening all afternoon finally came. We went out to the porch and I decided to go further out. D was concerned that I would get hit by lightning.

But I went out anyway. I ran back and forth carrying five gallon buckets of water over to dump them in the ditch. After they were all empty I went and danced in the front yard ditch before deciding I was a bit tired and should probably head for bed.

It was only after I was in bed that my brain calmed down enough to think about what had happened. D was right. The lightning was pretty intense. Normally I would say it was dangerous to be out there. But several years ago a thought struck me, I was still a beginner swimmer and not at all comfortable in the water.

As a child of God I’m immortal until he calls me home.

That isn’t to say I can go jumping out of airplanes without a parachute. Rather that I won’t get struck by lightning or drown unless God has that in his plans for me.

Jeremiah’s Plans

The most famous verse in Jeremiah is assuredly 29:11. It is such a hopeful verse such an inspiring verse. The NIV gives it as

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

But here is my problem with this verse, it’s about Israel’s exiles. He’s talking about them as a whole, but I’m sure even back then people took it personally. So, no I don’t mind you taking it personally. Just remember Jeremiah was the one who recorded these words. and what was in his future?

Egypt!!!

I have nothing against Egypt. However Jeremiah 42:22 summarizes the whole chapter with the words.

“So now, be sure of this: You will die by the sword, famine and plague in the place where you want to go to settle.”

And what should happen in the very next chapter, but they take Jeremiah and go down to Egypt.  Worst. Kidnapping. Ever.

Maybe the King James Version says it better.

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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

It may not be our role in life to be clearly blessed, but we are for God’s glory and what else matters. Perhaps we will get taken places against our will, as long as we stand firm we will be in his plans.

 

Ten P’s In A Pod

They are Gramsie’s cousins

-My Sister-in-law

A couple of weeks ago I went to visit my oldest brother and while there I read “Ten P’s in a Pod”. It is an interesting read.

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Through out the book, there is the claim “Most unusual family in the world”. Maybe back then they were super unusual, but to me the girls sounded like “girls”. By “girls” I mean they really cared about how they looked. Sure I care about how I look, but not enough to get my hair done in the latest style, or to spend my family’s few dollars on books and magazines.

I felt like someone had edited the book. The family had memorized large portions of the Bible. The Bible was often quoted in the book and most of them had the reference in parentheses at the end. Enough of the verses didn’t though or also had the phrasing “in (book of the Bible)”

I felt like though at least the author wasn’t a hypocrite, the kind of life his family led could easily lead to hypocrisy. They traveled North America singing, encouraging people to read the Bible, quoting the Bible, and the father preached. I think that the family’s habit of all 10 year olds on up being in the Bible at least 2.5 hours stopped them from that fate.

Speaking of reading the Bible for 2.5 hours everyday. I don’t think it is necessary for normal people to read nearly that much. Personally for me most days I’ll get half an hour. For those who teach about the Bible, yes I think 2.5 hours is great, maybe consider more, but for most of us our job is to act out God’s Words and that requires taking our heads out of books, movies, computers, and instead helping others.

 

The Little Books (In The Book Of Books)

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about the Bible being a book of books. I wrote a little about how some of the books are smaller.

Today I’m going to talk about these smaller books.

I love reading them. It makes you sound so accomplished, “I read an entire book of the Bible today”. But in all honesty, except for Philemon and Jonah, I struggle to remember what is in these books. I feel really bad, that I forget what these books are about, but they sort of run together.

Off and on for the last fifteen months though I’ve been working on a slight solution for myself. Every day after reading the sections of the Bible that I’m in, if I have time I’ll read a little book.

Now if I were to change which book I read everyday, it wouldn’t really help. So I don’t. Perhaps I could change which book I read every week. A fortnight would give me more time to become familiar with it. But, what I’ve been doing is changing books every month.

It really helps. I pick up on themes. Words will jump out. Sentences will become clear.

Do you have this trouble? How do you deal with it?

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A Crazy Blog Tour; Part 1 Of 3: Inspirational

Waiting. Does it ever stop?

Is it just me, or is there irony in that question? Let’s admit it, though: sometimes, we’re just waiting for the waiting period to be over.

But usually it doesn’t just stop there. Have you noticed? We’re waiting for graduation so we can stop doing school then we’re waiting for that perfect job to come along. We wait until God brings along a husband for us gals, then we’re waiting for the engagement, then the wedding. Then we wait for the first baby, and wait until said baby is out of diapers, and wait until baby grows up and goes through all the school years and graduates, and wait for baby to find a spouse and get married… the circle never ends. As soon as one waiting period is over, we’re waiting for the next thing.
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I’m a single gal myself. What most people don’t realize is that I’m knocking on 30’s door (nope, not in my teens anymore by a long shot). And in these definitely-less-than-thirty-years, I’ve had my fair share of waiting. Whether it’s an annual event, a nephew to be born, a sister’s wedding, a husband for myself, or the wide-open “just waiting”—it’s all the same. Waiting can easily lead us to impatience and uncertainty. And if we’re not careful, the agony of waiting can lead us to take steps that God is not leading us to take.

Granted, in some instances in life, we are responsible to take action during the waiting period. For example, every time I have a story idea, there is this waiting and anticipating stage for writing, editing, and publishing. But guess what? If I don’t actually crack down and put some work in, I’ll be waiting for it to be ready for publication for years.
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But what about when something is completely out of our control? When the waiting is contingent on someone else? Or if it’s open-ended waiting… and we’re not really sure what we’re waiting for?

Yeah. That’s when it’s extra tough.

Psalm 37 is kind of my go-to Psalm whenever I’m having a rough time waiting or knowing the next step to take. Verse seven says, “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him…”

Instead of “just waiting,” we need to refocus our heart to be “resting and waiting.” What’s the difference? To me, resting in the Lord means putting my entire life in His hands—my past, my present, and my future. It is, in a sense, just another definition of trusting in Jesus Christ. As long as I am focused on the fact that I’m waiting, my eyes are on my circumstances, not on Christ. And when my eyes are off Christ, it opens the door for discontentment, impatience, doubt, and fear to set in.
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Psalm 27:14 encourages us to “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” This thought is reiterated in Psalm 62:5, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” Ultimately, we are waiting on God. When I remind myself that my Savior loves me and has greater plans for me than I could ever imagine, it helps me to trust Him in every waiting period.

Does it get easier? You know, sometimes it does. Is every day easy? No, of course not. But every day in every waiting period offers us the opportunity to grow more in our trust of Jesus Christ. We can choose to heed the exhortations from the Psalms and wait (patiently!) or we can ignore them and fret our days away. Today, I have that choice. Today, you have that choice. How will we live in our waiting period?

 

About the Tour
In anticipation of the release of “Protecting the Poor” (book three in the Tales of Faith series), Amanda is guest posting or being featured on over a dozen blogs each month. Each post is unique to the blog—an inspirational post, an article on the writing craft, an excerpt from one of the Tales of Faith books… you’ll just have to visit each blog to see what comes up. 😉 Amanda will link to each blog on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!

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About Amanda
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

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What do you think, is this a crazy blog tour?

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A Book Of Books

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Everyone agrees that the Bible is a long (deep, confusing, and old) book. What is easy to forget is the reason it is so long, is that it is made up of lots of books. (I think that sentence was convoluted enough, don’t you) How many books is up to debate.

Do you divide the first and seconds into different books? What about the fact that Psalms clearly considers itself to be five books? Some of the books are no longer than a short article. (How big do you suppose Philemon would be if it was printed up? Sexagesimo-quarto, Aka the smallest standard book size at 3 by 2 inches) Would you include the Apocrypha?

Just imagine how much space they would take up if each book was printed like a normal book today. The paper is normally super thin in Bibles. They have medium small margins and the print can get tiny.

A normal book would not just have the content and a cover. They would include a study Bibles author information. Those random blank pages at the ends of the book. An index. We also could expect reviews at the beginning of the book (glowing reviews). I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the books had first chapter from the next book by that author in them as an attempt to get you interested in it.

The Bible would literally take up an entire bookshelf. With the price of a new Barnes and Noble classic costing from $7.95-$13.95 at best you would be looking at spending $405.45 (not including tax or shipping). More realistically I would guess the price to be $758.70 (not including tax or shipping). Aren’t you glad that it is possible to get a Bible for so much less.

But wouldn’t it be so cool in some ways to have a boxed set of the Psalms. Or a Sexagesimo-quarto of Philemon.

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