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Prayer Warrior

Water of the WordSomething I’m not. But I’m always drawn to it, despite my recalcitrance. 

Here are some resources I’ve found very helpful. They are by Andrew Case, a musician who really does good things. Here is his website: His Magnificence

The .pdf documents below are books for husbands, wives and parents, respectively.

They are primarily scriptural. Meaning they are right out of God’s Word, crafted into prayers.





Electronic Books I’ve Found

This is a list of Ebooks I’ve found from various sites on the Web. You’ll find Amazon, Monergism and several others below. Most are free. Just click on the underlined links to travel to the book or the site with listings. Some sites offer various formats. Kindle uses .MOBI format, .AZW or one that says Kindle Compatible. If you don’t have the Kindle App, select the version for the device you are using on Kindle’s Free Reading App Page. Note: I’ll try to keep this updated, but some listed items may be for limited times only.

Note about Amazon: To search through their vast library of free books, shop in Kindle Store for the author or title or genre you want then sort by price, lowest to highest. You will find a lot of bizarre items, even when being specific about your search, but there are treasures in there. Also, some books may sound good but are not well formatted, which ends up frustrating. Look for “enhanced” versions (usually cost a buck or two) and for multiple free versions so you can try out the one you like. Here is Amazon’s own page on different sites offering a massive feast for your brains: Amazon Free Book Collections.

Here is the Just type in your search terms and you’ll get results. Select “Free Only” so you see the free books they offer. Here’s an example of what that looks like: Free John Murray Books

One place you can go (there you’ll need the converter tool found below) is Free eBooks. They have a great collection of .PDF documents. Something for everyone.

Another is eBooks@Adelaide. They have .mobi format versions.

And another new one: Free Kindle Books

ALSO: Here’s a tool you’ll love. If you can’t use the .mobi format or other ebook files, you can always convert them. Also, if you have a file that you’d like to make into a Kindle .Mobi or other format, you can upload and convert it too! Here are the instructions:

1. Go to this site: convertfiles
AND ALSO (have ‘em both open at the same time)
2. Go to (for example) Monergism:
3. Right click the link for the book you want and copy shortcut.
4. On the Convertfiles site, in the green box, there’s a “download it from” field. Paste your copied shortcut into that field. Or you can upload files from your own computer.
5. On the right of the green box, there’s an output format pulldown. Select .pdf and hit convert.

This will work for almost any file type you want to use. You can make a .pdf of your own documents or whatever you find.


Hot NEW stuff:

Northwestern Theological Seminary Library

The Chapel Library

Bible Research

Puritan Library

Prayers of John Calvin

If you don’t have this one, go get it: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version [Kindle Edition] Yes, it’s free too.

And if you have an iPhone or iPad, you’ll like this one:App Store – ESV Bible

From Monergism (If you don’t know about Monergism, this is a good time to discover the awesomeness that can be found all over the site. LOOK.) Another way to get in on the good deals from Monergism is to create an account and get their emails which get you in on huge discounts and occasional free e-books that don’t make the official list.

Monergism Free E-Books List


Religion (just one section, there’s more)

From Online Library of Liberty (note: these may not stay free forever)

Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and the Ephesians

Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Romans

The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Puritanism and Liberty, being the Army Debates (1647-9) from the Clarke Manuscripts with Supplementary Documents

From Bring the Books website: (This page is dedicated to finding and connecting you to decent books – not all stay free. There are other resources at this site as well. Take a look.)

Free Kindle Book List

A.W. Tozer

The Pursuit of God

G.K. Chesterton



Martin Luther

Free AUDIO BOOK of Martin Luther works from Christian Audio

The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained

Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II Luther on Sin and the Flood

Concerning Christian Liberty

The Bondage of the Will (Annotated) ($0.99)

Works of Martin Luther With Introductions and Notes (Volume I)

Works of Martin Luther With Introductions and Notes (Volume II)

The Smalcald Articles

Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, translated by R. Smith

Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther

A Treatise on Good Works

John Bunyan

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

Works of John Bunyan – Volume 01

Works of John Bunyan – Volume 02

Works of John Bunyan – Volume 03

Works of John Bunyan – Complete

The Pilgrim’s Progress from this world to that which is to come, delivered under the similitude of a dream, by John Bunyan


On Grace and Free Will ($0.99)


Summa Theologica, Part I-II (Pars Prima Secundae) From the Complete American Edition

On That Which Was A Good Time

ImageThe winds of vacation found us far to the North in my Beloved’s old neck of the woods. We rounded a tour of the NorCal Renaissance Faire, apple picking at Gizdich Ranch, visits with old friends and family.

The primary purpose of the trip was to celebrate Molly’s birthday and make Roen’s birthday wish come true (Faire).  As with all our trips, much more happened than the original plan, which makes it well worth the while.

We enjoyed visiting two fantastic churches on Sunday, which reminded me of how important it is to keep the great, world-sized church of Christ in perspective. There are far more Christians out there than our own “personal” collection where we live and worship.

Both churches underscored another thing that’s been on my mind for a little while, too. Local body of Christ. Particularly, the PCA church, Silicon Valley Grace, which is a campus sort of organization with multiple sites, stood out. Up until this weekend, I’ve pretty much poo-pooed multi-site churches as being market-driven or seeker-sensitive. The explanation Grace offered was that they believe in the idea of a local body worshiping in the place where they live and work. So the folks that attended were, at least to my understanding, those who were from the nearby area. Pretty neat. This sort of arrangement offers a solution to be the community of believers who are in personal contact with each other more than just on Sunday and planned get-togethers. Most of all, both churches were no-nonsense, straightforward, “here’s the Gospel” sorts of churches with good folks and no worries about us strangers fitting in.


Fun at the Renaissance.

Other things that went on in my head during this trip were mostly just fun. Fun like just plain fun.

We had fun at the Renaissance, worrying about little but avoiding spending too much money on the awesomeness that was everywhere for sale. We caroused (as much as sober people can carouse), oohed and ahhed all the great artisans’ work and goofed off with the fun folk who walk around the faire with nothing more important than to have fun. We spoiled our girls with treats and keepsakes and it was cool. We flirted with the locals and laughed with the silly actors, merchants and hang-abouts. It was fun.

We had fun picking apples (I had more fun taking pictures of the apple picking) and sorting through a real Antique store. We sat around a wood-fire until the late hours, barbecuing, burning smores and singing silly songs. Nothing more weighty than trying to out-quote each other with lines from books, movies and whatever else we could drum up.


Fun with Pizza!

Dinner at Applebee’s was just fun. Dinner with my folks was just fun. Dinner with Anika’s folks was just fun. Dinner with Anika’s Aunt and Uncle (pipe and wine-glass included) – no worries, just fun.

Dad and I explored a few dozen woodcraft ideas that we’re saving away for that day when we can get together for some real hard labor in the shop. Staves, woodturning, carvings and tons of other stuff await us on that blessed day of sawdust and shavings, should the Lord see fit to tarry. That was great fun.

ImageI had the fun of getting a dumb computer to work right (I always have fun when the computer decides to have problems I can fix). Anika and I had the joy of celebrating our First Daughter’s 17th birthday – and her first as a college kid. We saw happy grandparents with their grandchildren. We saw swimming pools, BBQ, goofy board-games and long talks. We had a good time.


Fun with the Grand Owner of Gizdich Ranch.

Did I say we had fun? Yeah, it was fun. It was good. I’m glad.

Sweet rendition of “Your Song”

Jonathan and Charlotte – Vero Amore (Your Song)

Sweet sounds. These two are neato. And their story is pretty cool too. Britain’s Got Talent grads.

Take a look at what’s going on while they’re singing. It ain’t just whistlin.

Quenarth and The Willows

I haven’t found much worthy re-blogging or linking material for LAH in a long time. Today I stumbled up on a post that opened up a nice little flood of posts that will take some savoring time.

I love Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. Just love it. And here is a very lovely series of meditations on the stories of Moley, Rat, Badger and the fantastic Mr. Toad. If you’ve read the book, you’ll really like this meandering companion. Click the pretty logo below to visit:



Ayn Rand Failed But Not Entirely

objectivistYes, she got too many things wrong in “Atlas Shrugged.” But she tipped the iceberg over, revealing much that needs pondering.

Dagny and Hank got trapped into serving the moochers. Rand said they were wrong for giving of themselves. In reality, they were wrong for giving to those they gave to. Rand failed to notice her characters giving to each other and to those who truly needed. Galt himself gave to the right ones, though that giving was denied throughout the story. He gave and gave and was willing to sacrifice in that giving.

The almighty dollar was and is stupid, but the idea behind finding one’s place and blessing others from that lofty place is the almighty token in its place.

Rand said they built for the building, the self-expression. Yeah, but the only way that story worked out as it did, with its ending in tow, was because they gave in their building. The railway, the steel, all were integral to each other in gift. Of not just material which was easy and disposable, but of self, which is of inestimable value.

This wasn’t even implied in Rand’s writing, but it’s implicit if you look for it. Read it into the book and it’s there.

Love your neighbor as yourself. Ayn Rand almost got it.

This is just a rough, maybe I won’t get back to it, but I had to spew the words before I lose them.

Recent Literary Encounters

I thought I might highlight the additions to my authors. Recent reads and updated comments ensue:
If you want to peruse the Whole List, visit my Literary Sampler.

Bahnsen, Greg L. Postmil Theonomist. Read his Theonomy in Christian Ethics. Hard, repetitive, drowning in factoids. I remain convinced he was working too hard to prove what is still conjecture.
Bradbury, Ray Ray Bradbury (Farenheit) I’m hoping the world ends before this happens. It’s too easy to envision and too frightening and depressing to enjoy reading twice. I like the idea of brass pipes. Thought about making one someday to try it out (tobacco, fools).
Burnett, Frances Hodgson The Secret Garden. Yet another of those turn of the century (still almost 19th C.) novels that really get me. I loved the setting, the good capture of the time and place. And the theories of physiognomy that frequent these sorts of books.
Carey, Jacquelin (Kushiel’s Chosen/Dart/Avatar) I haven’t read #4. I don’t think I will any time soon. Too far off my moral scale. A year ago I would’ve bent the spine, but I’ve changed. But it was good stuff. Some interesting religion and philosophy.
Collins, Suzanne (The Hunger Games) Normally, I should be ashamed to admit reading Teen Pulp. But this isn’t, really. It’s definitely reading for a younger crowd in language, but the plot and the characters, the meaning, definitely reach out to anyone who can read. Good stuff. Ray Bradbury would like it, I think.
Dhar, Mainak Crazy Zombie Stuff. I wouldn’t normally pick this sort of thing up, but I stumbled upon Alice In Deadland and after a page I was hooked. Weird it was, but there was a running thread of philosophy on modern government and economies that always makes for good Sci-Fi. I enjoyed it. Except they killed the Hatter off.
Doyle, Arthur Conan (Elementary) Sherlock is awesome and I love the Good Doctor for his steadfast faithfulness to his intense and quirky friend. I look forward to the surprise appearances of Sherlock’s brother too. “The Final Problem” may be my favorite. I love bittersweet endings when the last man standing has lost something so important that the clouds draw in and he shuffles home in a colder, more silent state than has been described in previous pages.
And then I read The Lost World. What a diversion from Holmes. And it was right up there in quality and plot. I enjoyed this one immensely.
Haggard, H. R. (Allan Quatermain) “I Got It!” The original Indiana Jones, only out of Africa with tons of epic battles and some echoes of Sherlock Holmes tossed in. I love these books from the 19th Century. They are full of rich details and intricate descriptions.
Heinlein, Robert (THE MASTER of Sci-fi and social ideas) Yep, he’s a humanist. He’s not Christian, but his work is entertaining, informative, and one can do much worse. I don’t keep up with most Sci-fi any more, but I’ll stick with Bob. I have yet to discover useless writing from this source. Some of the most influential works include “Time Enough For Love,” “Starship Troopers, (NOT THE MOVIE! LEARN HOW TO READ!)” “Number Of The Beast,” and “Stranger…” Seriously, social studies include a strong dose of Heinlein.
Hugo, Victor Les Miserables. Fantastic book. Detailed, passionate and FAR more intense than the movie or the play. But both performances do a great job of distilling and capturing the book. I almost want to complain about the author’s asides about Waterloo, religion and social commentary, but that stuff, too, is worth reading. This guy knew how to set the stage and draw the reader in.
London, Jack Rough and flowing. Read The Road and The Call of the Wild. Both were really amazing. Totally different books from each other, they were both very much London’s work. Beautiful, in the case of COTW and starkly bright in The Road. Worthwhile.

I’m always thinking more about past reads, returning to old favorites and taking on new works. I can’t claim professional critic status or even well-read, but I love digesting books both old and new. And I can prattle on and on about most of them. Enjoy.

The Salty Old Broad

My latest creation. Pooka Pipe #10, The Salty Old Broad. Named in honor of my favorite aunt. It’s a real fat stubby. Briar and ebonite with carnauba polish. This is the second pipe I’ve made entirely from scratch.








Spring Blessings

It really must be spring now. Many things are fresh, alive, and growing.

I find there are a few beginnings in loved ones and families; and there are some places where some green shoots of peace or joy or mending still need to come up. I hope that happens.
Everyone should be blessed as the green gardens with their roots, stems and leaves quickened with the spring.


Combat For Girls

This is terribly charged and difficult to write in my situation. I’ve been living long enough in this twisted up world to find it very hard to discern the line that is crossed in gender roles. I believe in complementarian ideas about men and women, though I don’t think I’m educated enough in the details that comprise the relationship. I admit that it is the place in which we find ourselves in this era that makes viewing women as truly different from men most difficult. I sure don’t think there’s any age in history (that I’ve read) where the distinct roles of women and men are even close to being as blurred as today. We’ve all grown up in the increasingly concentrated culture of “Why can’t I” or “If I can, why can’t he/she/it/they.”

The key is somewhere in there. If we can realize that the group-think is screwing up our perspective, we may be able to break out of the loop and into a correct view of women in combat (or men as stay-home-mommies or whatever else is opposed to the Bible and history).

I’m not suited to elaborate more. I’m only suited to state my convictions. So I’ll simply link to some relevant posts I’ve read and think lay out most of my beliefs on the subject of women in combat. Or women in the military in general. Take it or leave it.

The Reformed Mind: “Anyone who knows me, knows that I try to have a great respect for women, I believe they are a gift from God to man, I believe they serve a vital–absolutely vital–purpose in God’s design, purpose, and will.  Women have a great role in childrearing, in encouragement, in care, love, emotion; they have a way of balancing out the strengths–and weaknesses–of men (and vice versa).  We each play a special role in this life, women no less than men.”

Denny Burk: “What kind of a society puts its women on the front lines to risk what only men should be called on to risk? In countries ravaged by war, we consider it a tragedy when the battle comes to the backyards of women and children. Why would we thrust our own wives and daughters into that horror? My own instinct is to keep them as far from it as possible. Perhaps this move makes sense with an all volunteer force, but what if the draft is ever reinstituted? Are we really going to be the kind of people who press our wives and daughters to fight in combat?”

Albert Mohler has been talking about this for years.
2004: Women in Combat–A Time for Truth
2005: Women in Combat–An Important Issue?
2009 Quiet Circumvention of Morality — Women in Combat
“From a Christian perspective, the concern about women in combat goes far beyond the pollsters’ questions. If we truly believe that God created men and women for different but complementary roles and shows his glory in the faithfulness of men as primary protectors and women as primary nurturers, the entry of women into combat roles is an open rejection of God’s purpose. As military historians document, every society throughout history has normalized the military service of men. Though women have known combat in isolated cases throughout history, the fact that such cases are rare is the exception that proves the rule. This wisdom is part of general revelation and thus the moral wisdom shared by virtually all cultures.”


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