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Book Review: Educated

Educated, by Tara Westover I have to admit that when I started reading this book that I was a bit concerned about the tack that it was going to take.  I figured that it was a given that the book … Continue reading

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Não Há Perdão Sem Consequências

Yesterday, we had a guest elder give a sermon on the subject of repentance and its role in salvation.  The aspect of the sermon that resonated most with me, and probably with a great deal of the other people who … Continue reading

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Book Review: We Are Mother Abraham

We Are Mother Abraham, by Dr. Deb Waterbury [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Adams PR Group.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] This book may best be viewed as a parable.  The author clearly has … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: The Connection Between The Nephilim And The Giants

Last night while I was at dinner with one of our congregation’s retired pastors [1], I received a request to write about one of the more intriguing mysteries relating to origin in the Bible, that of the pre-flood Nephilim and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Orphans Of The Living

Orphans Of The Living, by Jennifer Toth This particular book gave me the awkward and unpleasant experience of both deep agreement and deep disagreement with the author about a subject of considerable personal relevance.  It is widely acknowledged that the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Growing Up In The Care Of Strangers

Growing Up In The Care Of Strangers:  The Experiences, Insights, And Recommendations Of Eleven Former Foster Kids, by Waln K. Brown & John R. Seita Leo Tolstoy once said in the beginning to Anna Karenina that all happy families are … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blood And Roses

Blood And Roses:  One Family’s Struggle And Triumph During The Tumultuous Wars Of The Roses, by Helen Castor The Paston family has acquired at least some attention as a notable and important part of English medieval history [1] and this … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Royal Affair

A Royal Affair:  George III And His Scandalous Siblings, by Stella Tillyard George III was about as successful a father to his own breed of scandalous children as he was a surrogate father to his siblings and a symbolic father … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lady Catherine, The Earl, And The Real Downton Abbey

Lady Catherine, The Earl, And The Real Downton Abbey, by Fiona Carnarvon This book was written by the current Countess of Carnarvon, who is the wife of a descendant of the mismatched titular pair of this book’s title, and as … Continue reading

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Endogamy Revisited

In a previous essay [1], I explored the phenomenon of pedigree collapse as occurred in one of my family lines.  Having found another spectacular case of this in a different line of my family, where where one Sara Quackenbush had … Continue reading

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