Her Armenian grandparents brought her up with stories of how they had been persecuted and exiled. Years later, from the comfort of her home in Paris, Elise saw what was happening to millions of Syrian civilians in the media and felt compelled to take action. A mother of three young children and a successful acupuncturist in Paris, Elise first went to Jordan to one of the largest refugee camps in the world.
She had to talk her way in, but armed with her needles and unflagging determination, she was able to start alleviating the pain of patients. During the next few months, her individual initiative grew into something bigger, and she founded an NGO.
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She had never connected the dots. The trauma she faced was not something she had ever dealt with, because it was just her life. As she told her story she cried, and the room was silent, some of the women gathered around her and held her hand, rubbed her back, and eventually we prayed. As I prayed for her, I felt a moment of hope. Hope for a student I know affected by the trauma of seeing a parent being hauled off by the police, hope that they will find Christ—as this young woman had—and spend their life serving urban youth, hope that healing is possible.
But I also saw the Kingdom in that room, a group of diverse strangers coming before the Lord with the knowledge that He would show up and do something.
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Read more from Candy Gibson. Remember name and email. She must go to the Kingdom on across the Great Sea. In the moment of treachery and anguish, Leinad realizes that she was more then just a counselor and friend. She was his love.
She says that she will not go to the Kingdom across the Great Sea, cannot go there. There is no wrong or detailed romance in the book. She stays with Leinad a few years longer, until there is no other choice, and Leinad must wait to see her until he is also called home. Well, this book may be a bit better than the 3 I'm giving it here. I got the audio book from Audible and it's done I'm not big on audio books with a cast of multiple readers, mood music throughout, sound effects and so on.
A good book and a good narrator make a good read. For me the rest is simply annoying. This is an overtly "allegorical" book, though not in the sense that say Pilgrims Progress Gift Bk is.
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That is a picture of the Christian journey through life told within a Well, this book may be a bit better than the 3 I'm giving it here. That is a picture of the Christian journey through life told within a symbolic story. Here we tell the story in the Bible starting with the picture of human rebellion and how the angelic rebellion of Satan led into the rebellion of humanity. It's usually quite easy to see who the "adapted" characters are.
Not so much for the primary character as he fills several roles.
I like the book and have no problem with the way the story is told. It seems a bit "spare" or sketched out and I think could use more depth. As noted I'm not thrilled with the audio version I bought from Audible.
I don't know if I'll follow it up or not. We'll see. So a very middle of the road 3 stars. Readable and a good story, could use more development as a novel. Sep 29, Anne Hamilton rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy , children , christian. I still haven't warmed to this series. The problem is that I really like a cogent coherent plot, not just things happening. The big failing of allegory is that the plot is always subservient to the moral of the story.
Leinad has morphed again and now is, by turns, a Moses figure, then a Samuel, Elijah, Daniel and finally a Nehemiah. The mystery of his strange appearances in the nick of time are never addressed; if he can be there in dire danger, why can't he be there all the time?
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By portraying the king as basically human - or rather, by not exercising due diligence in pointing out he's an analogy for a spirit - his actions seem inconsistent and aloof. I was told the series was a superb one - but I've yet to be convinced. View 1 comment. Nov 30, Readingtween rated it really liked it. My Review The story starts with Lianad riding towards a battle. A lot of the time when this happens, the book doesn't quite pull it off.
This one did. And it did it well. As I said before, the action in this book is great. Black captures the heat of battle and forms it into words greatly. I've always been a fan of a good sword or lightsaber battle. Kingdom's Hope has many of them. If anything, this book expands the characters of the first book even more. There are new characters that make My Review The story starts with Lianad riding towards a battle.
There are new characters that make big impacts on the story. Again, Mr. Black converts people and places from the bible to a great fantasy story. Nov 15, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: contentment-reading-challenge.
Lienad and Tess are two amazing characters. I loved reading how they stand beside the King, no matter who is against them, and never waver in their trust for them.
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This is my second time through, but each adventure was just as good as the first time. Jul 25, Hannah Rodes rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , favorites. This book was I think waayyyy better then the first. May 31, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: christian. This book and series are very charming and fun, although I must complain about the allegorical 10 Commandments mentioned.
I love Christian allegories in general, but this allegorical book created the "Code" to represent the 10 Commandments, but it has only a couple commands that are similar to the originals in the Bible. I am perfectly fine with authors slightly rewording Scripture in order to make it work within an allegorical world, but the Code is completely different from the 10 This book and series are very charming and fun, although I must complain about the allegorical 10 Commandments mentioned.
I am perfectly fine with authors slightly rewording Scripture in order to make it work within an allegorical world, but the Code is completely different from the 10 Commandments. The Code does not teach bad things; it teaches good things, many of which are referenced elsewhere in the Bible, but that does not excuse the completely inaccurate symbol. Furthermore, the Code commands people to be "compassionate," "merciful," "courageous," "noble," and "humble.
They were not about character traits, but about actions. It is Jesus who switches the focus from outward acts to inward traits, but He has not yet arrived in this allegorical world to change the way we think. The 10 Commandments' purpose was to show to the people that they are impossible to follow perfectly without first being changed within: only Jesus had the ability to live according to them his entire life. We had to first understand problems of only thinking according to unbreakable, inflexible "yes" or "no" laws before we could understand why we needed Jesus and why we needed to change on the inside rather than just outwardly.
We had to try to live by only changing our outward actions and fail before being able to understand the necessity of changing our inward character traits in order to produce the righteous acts described in the 10 Commandments. Sep 04, Ben Russell rated it really liked it Recommends it for: christians and middle grade readers. The second book in Chuck Blacks Kingdom series continues an excellent story. If you like the first book, you'll it definitely enjoy the second. What I like so much about Chuck blacks books is the reminder of why we are here.