Susan’s Story – Part 1

Cover of "You Don't Have to Move the Washer to Make Toast" by Susan A Rader, religious autobiographyThe following is a highly summarized autobiography written by my mother-in-law, Susan. It is an extremely short version of her book “You Don’t Have to Move the Washer to Make Toast.” Even the book itself is short and summarized, so keep in mind that the story below outlines a few quick snapshots from a long and very interesting life. I will post part 2 soon.

The point of the story is that God still pursues us even in our own rebellion against him. He loves us and continues to show His love even when we hate Him and think He hates us. And all it takes is submission to Him to have hope in our lives. God offers us a free gift, the gift of a relationship with Him, and there is no sense in running from it. Read on to hear my Mom-in-law’s story:

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Picking the TULIP of Calvinism

Photo of a Tuplip, representing the TULIP of CalvinismIn my last post I shared my struggle with Calvinism and my stigmatic impression of its standoffish culture. For the most part, it was a rant, and a rant about what I’ve seen of Calvinism so far.

Alas, being myself an evangelical, I know what it’s like to have your belief system and attitude assumed based off the many. In most cases, based off the many and most vocal who usually do not represent the most reasonable. Therefore I am intellectually bound to give the doctrine of Calvinism a fair trial in my own mind, not pre-judging it based off of emotion and first impression.

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Slow Goes It

Photo of a stop sign with confusing street signsI don’t have a whole lot of regular readers at the moment. But know that if you are one of those few, I highly appreciate you. Starting a blog, let alone a whole website, can be a complicated and intimidating endeavor even for the most technically savvy.

The Bible Booth has only had its new name for some months, but the website itself has been around for a little over a year. Regrettably, it still lacks the boatload of content necessary to quantify a successful business “launch,” however large or small that might be.

And yet it is not quantity of content I wish to focus on, although that is a large goal for and significant factor to the success of a wannabe online startup like this one. I intent for each article to be informative, engaging, helpful, beautiful, and complete. Therefore there is a lot of work that goes into every “post” on this site.

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Crazy Love by Francis Chan: Summary and Review

Digital image of the cover of Crazy Love by Francis ChanGod’s love for us is crazy! And in turn, we should seek to have a crazy kind of love for Him as well. That’s sort of the takeaway from this easy-to-read yet lifestyle-challenging book.

Most Christian living books fall somewhere between the lines of “new believer” and “Bible scholar,” but what’s interesting about Crazy Love is its ability to inspire, encourage, and correct believers at every stage of faith.

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Is Halloween Sinful?

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Every Halloween, searches for this question skyrocket online: Is Halloween Sinful?  Of course, there are many different ways you can phrase it, but the heart of the matter is the same. Can Christians celebrate Halloween in good conscience?

When it comes to Halloween, many Christians think of occult images and practices. But is there a redeeming quality to this allegedly dark holiday? Perhaps it simply comes down to how you choose to interpret and observe this day?

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Christian Halloween Costumes for Adults

Photo of a Biblical king costumeIt’s the time of year again we start to see those familiar articles popping up: is Halloween evil? Can Christians participate in Halloween? Meanwhile here I am googling Christian Halloween costumes for adults.

Of course, I’m going to write one of those articles myself. But for now just let me have my fun. I already looked up some Biblical Halloween costumes for kids, and now it’s time to help out the adults.

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Biblical Halloween Costumes For Kids

Photo of a Biblical Halloween costume for kids - shepherd boy

Halloween, Fall Fellowship Festival, Trunk-Or-Treat, Harvest Hay Rides, Chick-Fil-A dress-up night… These are things the kiddos are gonna need costumes for. What’s better than Biblical Halloween costumes for kids?

If you’re brave or lighthearted enough to join the harmless fun of children’s Halloween costume gatherings AND put a Biblical spin on it, you’re definitely in the right place.

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My Mom-In-Law’s Religious Autobiography

Cover of "You Don't Have to Move the Washer to Make Toast" by Susan A Rader, religious autobiographyEarlier this year my mother-in-law published her life memoir in book form. I’m horrible at keeping the habit of reading (ironic for a blogger, I think,) so I just finished it a few weeks ago.

I gotta say I do have the whole family bias thing, nonetheless I’ll be reviewing the book fairly. It has its pros and cons just like other books, so don’t think I’m playing favorites.

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