The MEGA List – Recommendations, Reviews, & Suggestions: Friday November 29th, 2019

Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all well past your turkey daze. We had a great episode planned for yesterday, discussing the Reformed history of the pilgrims. As I went to edit it, the entire folder disappeared from my computer and backup drive. Have I mentioned that I’m not good with technology? I have no idea what happened, but I do know that it might be time to retire this old mac. I apologize for having nothing for posting or dropping yesterday, by the time I finished talking with the help desk guests were nearly on their way and I needed to finish food prep. I surely hope you all had a wonderful time yesterday, if you’re from the United States. Becca and I would love to see your photos of feasting, and to share them on the program. If you’ve got some new babies or grand babies you’d like to show off, send them our way and we’ll make sure they end up getting some spotlight. Whats coming next week? We’re going to be scrambling a bit, since my computer once again deleted so much content. However, for sure you can expect to see Justin Peter’s interview drop.


I have three recommendations for you this week, dear friends. The first is a pastor who I have been particularly blessed by, which our good friend Tom from ExCatholicForChrist shared with me. As a bit of intrigue I’m not actually going to tell you who it is, but if you’ll follow this link, and you’ve followed this blog long enough, you’ll figure it out. Second I have a new blogger I’d like to recommend. Let’s give Melanie Brooke a big Word Press Welcome! Look for a guest post from her soon. Last recommendation was actually recommended to me by the hosts of The Aquila & Pricilla Hour, you know Emily from HeMadeUsAlive. They recommended a podcast entitled Church History Matters, and having listened to it, I can officially add it to my list of favorite podcasts.


Kayliegh and I finally had the chance to watch the new Pilgrims Progress movie together. It’s really great, although there are a few moments where it might be too frightening for younger kiddos. I also never appreciate the idea of making Satan look like a red horned devil, if I’m totally honest. He comes as an angel of light, giving children the wrong impression about him just gives parents a harder time Biblically addressing him. Other then that, it was very well done. I recommend this for families and kiddos over the age of 10, unless your little ones don’t scare easily. There were several points where Kayliegh, 9-years-old, had to leave the room while I fast-forwarded it. Granted, she’s read the book so many times she already new when the frightening moments were coming, so that made it much easier. You can rent, or buy, this movie on most online streaming websites including Amazon and YouTube.


My suggestion for you, dear ones, this weekend is that you each try a new flavor of ice cream. This is something I never do, I get the exact same every time. It’s Kayliegh’s favorite, and since she often tries new kinds that she doesn’t like I have a backup plan already waiting to share with her. This weekend I think I’ll be brave, and really considering it’s going to be below freezing and snowing, not very smart, and try something new. What is your favorite ice cream, and what do you recommend I try? I can’t wait to hear it, and to see your photo’s! If you follow us on social media you can send them there, or via email at As always beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – The Holy Life the Beauty of Christianity

Beloved brethren today’s book I’d like to review for you was written by John Bunyan (1628-1688). You’ll recognize him as the writer of Pilgrims Progress and Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. The Holy Life is a short book, published in 1684 just four years before Bunyan’s death, which expounds upon 2 Timothy 2:19. The style of this book, while not as easy to read or eloquent, is similar to Thomas Watson’s, so it lends itself to organized note taking.

The topic Bunyan addresses here is one dangerously lacking within the discussions of believers today, holiness. Many will, unfortunately, shrug this subject off as ‘legalistic’. That label gets thrown around all too often today, perhaps simply due to a misunderstanding of what legalism actually is. In this book Bunyan never suggests that holiness is a means of salvation, but rather calls believers to a holy life style as means to glorify God, and share the Gospel with onlookers. He decries those who profess the name of Christ, yet have never repented of their sins and put their faith in Him. It was much more evangelistic than I expected, while still stinging with conviction and leading with encouragement to believers.

I would recommend this book to all believers, though it would make a particularly apt gift for elders, leaders, and pastors. Due to the age of this one, it’s in the public domain. This, of course, means it’s free! Also, Librivox has a free audio recording of it as well, which you can find here. Here is the pdf, and paper back, though there does not seem to be a kindle version available, sorry friends. I pray this review has found you all doing well, dear ones, and has blessed you. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

A Book Review Of Around the Wicket Gate

A Book Review Of Around The Wicket Gate by Charles Spurgeon

Around the Wicket Gate by Charles Spurgeon is a Book he wrote addressing those who are nearly saved but for varies, reasons have yet to enter the ‘Wicket Gate’. I adore John Bunyons The Pilgrims Progress, and happily enjoyed Spurgeon’s use of the allegory. Through out the book, he adds little bits of pieces of the characters and adventures, all the while imploring the reader to into the gate.

This book was published in 1890 and is now in the public domain. This means you can either buy a copy for yourself, enjoy a PDF version online, or hear an audible version of it. We travel none stop, so I appreciate the Kindle version of books. However I do have a running list of books I want in my future library, this book is on that list.

A dear, sweet part of this book was when he referenced the ‘technology’ of his time in comparison with their great, great grandparents. The point he was making was that it would be difficult for his grandparents to trust him when it came to little pieces of wood that make fire (matches) or getting on a train or sending telegrams. I thought this was such a beautiful illustration of how we need to trust in the Lord and a neat way to be brought back to his time period.

I recommend this book to everyone who knows someone hanging out ‘around the Wicket Gate’. The simplicity with which he explains the gospel is both profound, and accurate.

A Review of The Pilgrim’s Progress

This is a personal review of the 1678 book The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.

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Have you ever made a rich, creamy alfredo sauce from scratch and then dumped it over your favorite carb? Like tortellini? YUM! You eat a bowl, foil the rest, and the next day it seems like it tastes even better.

I don’t drink so I can’t compare Pilgrims Progress to fine wine, but I LOVE me some homemade alfredo sauce and it certainly gets better over time. That is how the Pilgrims Progress was to me. I don’t think this book is discussed enough, like so many books written long ago it’s been forgotten in most circles. Or the adaptations have been placed over the original…this is like comparing store bought to the real deal, from scratch, alfredo sauce. Please! Don’t get me started…

The Pilgrims Progress was written by a guy named John Bunyan and published way back in 1678 England. It follows a man who is dreaming, and in his dreams, sees the aptly named Christian who is fleeing the wrath to come. He has a heavy burden on his back, which he can’t seem to be rid of. His wife and children think he’s crazy, but he sets off on a pilgrimage anyway. What I love is that after it follows him to the end, it goes back and tells the story of his wife and kids! LOVE it! From beginning to end the depiction of true Christianity is summarized perfectly.

I’m not sure about 1678 Christians, but I can tell you that through the years this book has become precious. Like second-day chicken tortellini, The Pilgrims Progress is rich with age. When I first tried to read it, the adapted version, I was still just playing Christian. I thought reading something like it would help the persona. But I didn’t get through the first chapter.

After getting saved I found the original version and was so greatly blessed by the story I cherished the times I spent reading it with my daughter.IMG_3102 It was like reading my own story, I often checked to make sure it was really written so long ago! How could something is written in the 17th century be so closely linked to a 21st century Christian? I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and if you are a fan of the KJV style you’ll certainly appreciate The Pilgrim’s Progress. Skip the movie, like so frequently is the case, the book is better.


This book is fit for my first book review (which I’ll try to do weekly) as it was the first Christian book I finished after getting saved. Like Johns gospel is often described, The Pilgrim’s Progress is deep enough for an elephant to wade through yet shallow enough for a child to play in.


It’s one of those books you’ll read repeatedly and never get tired of! Plus, it’s on Kindle, seriously? Yeah, I love technology too!

There are several different versions with illustrations, or the updated versions, most a buck or more. Here’s one example from Amazon. As far as book reviews go I doubt I’ll find one so well priced. Did I mention I love technology? I hope you all enjoy a trip through time in this classic!

(BTW I have no affiliations here, I just didn’t want anyone spending $15 at a book store when here it is for a dollar! Yay kindle!)