Friday, 17 February 2017

Book Review - The Next Target Nikki Arana

Name of the Book:                                        The Next Target
Author:                                                           Nikki Arana
Personal Quality Rating:                              5

[The Personal Quality Rating is a score that I have given to the book on a scale of 0 to 5 based on my personal liking / disliking of the book.  0 is bad and 5 is great!]

Summary:

A gripping Christian Novella, which kicks off with a brutal killing of a young converted Muslim girl.  This was an honour killing.  The murderous Islamic tradition of family members killing one of their own for bringing dishonour to the family name.  Austia Donatelli recently widowed runs a Career Center to help Muslim people adjust to the American culture.  She employees a guy with the name of Zaki ben Hassan.  After she employed him she feels uncomfortable with his presence and tries to fire him.  He stays and the plot thickens. 
Austia is constantly on her guard and watchful off Zaki, she just cannot trust him.  She is unaware of the dangerous people all around her and she makes the mistake of trusting a really deceptive and dangerous man.  The plot thickens and she tries to help a lady escape from her brutal barbering husband.  There are a number of characters in the story which makes this story exceptionally interesting.  The culture of the Muslims and the way they behave is described exceptionally well. 
I like Austia but thought she was a little na├»ve and did not go with her gut.  This of course made the story actually seem real at times.  The intrigue and cunningness of some of the characters made me sit up and pay attention to the next couple of events. 
The story takes you on an adventure you would not usually experience in life.  The best part is the ending and I really enjoyed it because you don’t see this coming.  I would say this was so unforeseen.

Social / Historical Content

I guess the story is truly based on two different religions and how the two come into contact with each other.  The most interesting part of the story is how the Christians work and help the Muslims and the conversions of Muslims into Christianity.  I think that the writer could have been a Muslim because of her vast knowledge of their customs and rituals.  Converting to Christianity which makes me envy her for her courage and writing style.
The story is well written and it is easy to fall in love with Austia.  Her innocence and her loving-kindness and her trusting most people, and her constant struggle with her own gut feelings.  Zaki is a surprise and you will see when you read this story, o my goodness.  Excellent!

Writing Style

The writing style to my thinking is that the author has the ability to keep her readers engaged and interested in what the next move in the story would be.  I found the book interesting and easy to read.  My thinking is that the story depicts both common place and evocation. 
The plot thickens each time a new character comes into play and it is clear the writer knows what she wants to tell her readers.  I believe that she is a Christian and has a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus.
The knowledge and understanding of the Muslim community is revealed in this story telling and I learned so much of these people. 
If you are a Christian and would like to know more about the Muslim Religion this story will reveal so much to you.  I enjoyed the read tremendously and I have a new perspective concerning the Muslims and as a Christian see them in a different light.

My thoughts

When I stated to read the book I was thinking it would be based on a murder and then how the murder would be solved; involving the Muslim girl making it a hate crime.  I didn’t anticipate the two major religions to come into play so seriously.  As I continued my read I found that I learned so much about the Muslim community and the best part is how the writer gets the Word of God out to the Muslims. 

As a Christian I would recommend the book and I believe you too will enjoy the story.  I was surprised at the ending because I didn’t anticipate it.  But then with God all things are possible.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

#Questions

Hello World

It's another Thursday and I was hoping that I can call on you for some inspirational topics to discuss on my program which is Aired on Thursday 12h00 midday South African time.

If you want me to talk about something that is of interest to you, let me know.  You can react on my link http://www.rainbowgr.com/hello drop me an email, O I will love to hear from you.

Epos - translates to Email
Naam - translates to Name
Onderwerp - translates to topic
Boodskap - translates to message

It will be great to see what will interest you.

thank you,

Cheers

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Focusing on my future with the #Lord #Jesus #Christ of #Nazareth


“You… grant him [power to calm himself and find] peace in the days of adversity.”  Psalm 94: 13 AMP

As I read these words it is my heart’s desire to center all my energy and time on the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  I have come to a place in my life that I need to find peace of mind, I sometimes get the feeling of being tired and overwhelmed and lose sight of the Words God has put in my heart.  I know that I am the righteousness of God in Christ but sometimes I forget.

I want to come into God’s presence as He is my Father with the anointing blood of Jesus covering all my sins and iniquities making me presentable and acceptable to the Father.  I know God has called me by name and that I am His. 

Today I want to encourage you as well as myself the listen to the voice of God, and delight ourselves in God because we know His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  We know that nothing is too heavy for us to bear or too difficult to deal with.


Help me take note of all the blessings You have for me and help me Lord to see and appreciate You loving kindness in my hour of adversity.  Help me Lord Jesus Amen

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine #Jesus #Christ of #Nazareth


Jeremiah 31:3
'I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love, I have drawn you to Myself.'

What an awesome God we serve, the Father was thinking of you today, when you thought no one cares about me.  God sent you a special Valentine Card, which reads “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.  With unfailing love, I have drawn you to Myself.”

This is the most beautiful and wonderful Valentines card ever, the Father God loves us so much He refers to it “as an everlasting love.”  Reminding us too that He loves us with an “unfailing love”  what does He do “drawing you to Myself.”

If you didn’t get Valentine's card today, here is one especially for you for the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  You are precious and God Loves you with an everlasting and unfailing love.

As I meditate on these beautiful words today I do want to encourage you to stay focused on the Lord.  Don’t be afraid and do not lose hope, the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth loves you and you may call on Him anytime you wish.


My prayer for you today is this:  Abba Father, thank You, Lord, for this encouraging Valentines card, we receive it in the Holy Name of Your Only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  We love and adore You Lord with all our hearts and minds.  Amen

Monday, 13 February 2017

What motivates you? #Courage #Strength #Fear #Prayer #God’s #Word


Psalm 27: 1 KJV
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

I have been focusing on learning more about the LORD Jesus Christ of Nazareth and what backs the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth Name.   I must tell you I will stand on His name and fear no more.  I am entitled to so much more but because I have allowed fear and doubt into my life I find myself in an awkward position. 

The thing is we need to learn to confess what God’s word #Bible teaches us, but because we allow other people to impart into our lives we don’t find out for ourselves.  We accept people's point of view and what they believe and almost always suck it up as “truths.” Are you facing a difficult time, are you feeling fearful, because you have the lack of finances, you fear unemployment, perhaps you fear being rejected.  Come and see how King David dealt with fear.

Kind David taught me a great lesson and I am going to keep this in mind going forward.  Fear was knocking at the door of his mind and he said: “whom shall I fear?”  In the very same sentence he asks “of whom shall I be afraid?”  Turning his mind back to God he said “my heart shall not fear” and then confession “in this will I be confident.”  Kind David must have sat down and meditated a while and decided to deal with fear head on. 

King David prayed and said “One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”

Still mediating and speaking to the LORD; King David prayed “teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.  Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breath out cruelty.”


King David ends his prayer “Wait on the LORD; be of good courage and he sahll strenghten thine heart:  wait, I say, on the LORD.” We can come in good courage and strenght knowing God will help our efforts.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

A love affair #Jesus #Christ


Proverbs 31: 30
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”


How is your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth these days?  Would you say the minute you open your eyes in the morning the Lord Jesus Christ is on your mind?  Or when you wake up the first thing you think on is a nice hot cup of coffee?

In the beginning when you just became a born again Christian where you thinking of the Lord in the early hours of the morning? 

Today I want to encourage you to rekindle your “love affair with the Lord Jesus.”  Start doing the things you did in the beginning.  I wanted to know everything about the Lord Jesus; I made it my business to read my Bible when and where I could.  I sat in my car during lunchtime reading page after page.  I then made it my business to learn as much as I could about the Lord Jesus.

At night before I went to bed regardless of the time I would first go and read a chapter or two, writing my thoughts and prayers in my Journal.

While we study God’s word we are renewing our minds, our souls are growing spiritually and the Holy Spirit is revealing new truths to us.


Today, be encouraged, rekindle your love affair with the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  You are a blessing,  my beloved.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

I crave for You #Lord #Jesus #Christ


John 15:5  (KJV)
“I am the vine, ye are the branches:  He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:  for without me ye can do nothing.”

John 1: 14 – 18 (KJV)
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, [and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father,] full of grace and truth.  John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, this was he of whom I spoke, He that cometh after me is preferred before me:  for he was before me.  And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  No man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Today I want to encourage you to turn back to the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  We seem to forget the full power we have in the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  What we do not realize is that God the Father sent the Lord Jesus Christ to die on a cross for our sins.  The Father loved us some much that He sent His only begotten son the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth to die on the cross for each one of us.

Today I want to remind you that we need the Lord Jesus Christ each and every minute in our lives.  We need the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth to accomplish what He wants in our own lives.

As you think and focus on the Lord Jesus Christ you can start by praising His name, giving Him glory and calling Him back into Your lives.


What I like to do is write and speak my mind on my laptop, I sit down and think about the Lord Jesus, and I confess all the things I feel is keeping me away from Him.  I also go and speak to the Lord about what I am facing and my difficulties.  My prayer is that the Lord Jesus is changing me one day at a time.