Monday, October 10, 2011

J.J. Thor's Butterfly on the Moon

A Butterfly on the Moon: Faith is Your Power by L.L. Thor takes readers on a sentimental journey, illuminating all aspects of the human experience through her poetry.  Whether you are a fan of poetry or a Christian, A Butterfly on the Moon offers poems and messages that will resonate with readers, touching on universal themes that will captivate hearts and minds.

Thor’s poetry began as a “self-help solution” to “a multitude of personal problems;” she was encouraged to write and to share her story as she received feedback from others.  Her collection offers powerful messages on forgiveness, the Lord’s forgiving nature, hatred, faith, and the protection of God, among other stirring themes.  The words of the poetry are as moving as the themes themselves, beautifully composed to share her message.  Her messages of faith are particularly moving; “I believe that He lives in me,/ And I through Him/ The light in my eyes is bright now;/ No longer yearning or dim.”  Thor’s poems offer valuable lessons to carry with us through life, urging us to remember that “God does not give up” and to be “empowered by the word of God” when we are thinking of giving up, reminding us that no matter how comforting a sentimental journey may be, it can also be blinding; “Sentimental Journeys sometimes can be/ hazardous to our health,/ God has blessed us; and a Sentimental Journey can blind us, and keep us from/ seeing the true value of our wealth.”

Ultimately, Thor reminds readers that God gives us strength through our journeys, that “God is Love; God is Strength; God is Hope, Grace, and Mercy.”  This evocative collection is certain to become a treasured part of every reader’s library for the inspiration that can be drawn from both the words and their beauty. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Ben Zehabe's The Meaning of Hebrew Letters

Hebrew is called “the holy language,” given to man as a gift from God. The Jonah Project’s The Meaning of Hebrew Letters, written by Michael Ben Zehabe, the author of A Commentary on Jonah and Semitic Tales: Accidental Hebrew for Christians, illuminates the meaning and lessons of each of the 22 letters that comprise the Hebrew alphabet.

Zehabe reminds readers of the majesty of Hebrew, “the method that God chose for mankind to speak to Him, and Him to them,” the language of Adam and the passengers on the ark.” Learning Hebrew is an important facet of one’s spiritual journey and Zehabe is the ultimate guide, walking readers through the entire alphabet and explicating the “hidden personality” of each letter, its rich history, its special meaning, and its numeric meaning. Each letter that comprises the Hebrew alphabet has a complex meaning; for example, the letter “bet” means “in” when used as a prefix and many of the words that begin with “bet” convey an “inside/outside” concept within their definitions like “bawkak,” which means to pour out or empty and “botsraw,” which means a sheep enclosure.

The Meaning of Hebrew Letters has a multi-level instruction style similar to that of the Bible, accommodating both the very young and the very educated reader simultaneously; some information is appropriate for young readers and other information is better left for reading as an adult. Zehabe urges each reader to read this book at his/her own level, “relax,” and “think of this book as a banquet from which you are free to choose (or not choose) whatever pleases your taste. Whether you are new to the study of Hebrew, looking to enhance your understanding of Hebrew, or trying to teach Hebrew to your children, The Meaning of Hebrew Letters is an important part of any Hebrew student’s library.