Internet highlights – w/c 9th December 2018

15 12 2018

How people would end The Simpsons.

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The Hiding Place – by Corrie Ten Boom

13 12 2018

Having read God’s Smuggler and loved it so much, I felt inclined to continue down the Dutch Christian Missionary Autobiographical route, and was not disappointed!

Corrie is in her 50s for most of the book, and lives in a house in Haarlem in Holland with her sister and father, which has a watch repair shop at the front which they run. They are a Christian family, so technically aren’t at risk from the Nazis during World War Two, that is, until they start helping and hiding Jews who are at great risk indeed.

The book follows their story as they go from helping a little, to adjusting the structure of their home to include a hidden room to use during raids. Unfortunately they do get caught for some of their activity, and so the second half of the book follows Corrie as she is taken from prison to concentration camp with her sister – it’s pretty harrowing, but so important to realise what so many went through. Corrie and Betsie were incredibly faithful though – they managed to smuggle a bible in with them and led daily worship services with all the women they shared rooms with. Betsie’s faith is particularly inspiring and challenging. These are better women than I could even dream of being!





Internet highlights – w/c 2nd December 2018

8 12 2018

Moments of joy from The Office US.

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Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Advert Runners Up 2018

7 12 2018

A selection of this year’s Christmas adverts that were good, that were maybe warm and fuzzy, but not strong enough to make the top five – in no particular order…

McDonalds

Intu

Vodafone

John Lewis

Asda

As an added bonus, this isn’t really a Christmas advert, but absolutely superb, possibly better than all of the above. Every year, when John Lewis release their Christmas advert, a man in the USA with the twitter handle @johnlewis is completely overwhelmed with responses (John Lewis’ actual twitter handles is @jlandpartners, used to be @johnlewisretail or something like that), so this year, Twitter worked with him to make this





Internet highlights – w/c 25th November 2018

1 12 2018

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Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Adverts 2018

30 11 2018

It’s back! Advent starts tomorrow and I think all the major companies have released their Christmas adverts now, so here are my top five for this year! (Next week I’ll share five that didn’t quite make the list…)

Sainsburys (mostly for Plug Boy!)

KFC

Waitrose (it was a tough call between the below and this one)

Aldi (Other entries this year here, here and here!)

Lidl





God’s Smuggler – by Brother Andrew

24 11 2018

Two weeks ago we had a guest speaker at church from Open Doors who talked about their work with the persecuted church around the world. He recommended this book, which has been on my shelf for several years, and so that evening when I finished my previous book, I picked this one up, and I’m so glad I did!

Brother Andrew tells his story from childhood in the Netherlands during WW2, travelling to Indonesia and training as a Commando, returning to Holland and finding work, before training as a missionary and starting to take Bibles out to Eastern Europe and beyond the Iron Curtain.

The thing that stands out most about this book is just how incredibly God meets his needs as he works to spread the Gospel, from meeting his termly costs precisely at just the right time as he trained, to how He made “seeing eyes blind” as he crossed borders with stacks of Bibles in his car and the guards just didn’t see them – it’s amazing!

The book was originally published in the late 60s, but this edition comes with an interview with Brother Andrew from around the turn of the Millennium covering some of the work done since then, with movement into Islamic countries as well as just the growth the organisation has seen in its work.

Really a powerful book, challenging, uplifting, and thoroughly thoroughly worth a read!