Spiritual Warfare, Personal Growth, and Effective Prayer

img_0116Things are not always what they seem. I’ve known this for many years. In my younger years I was living blind to the depth of the spiritual world. I was 14 when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. But, no one taught me about the things of the spirit. No one taught me about the Holy Spirit. No one mentored me. I thank God for a brave history teacher in my Jr. High. I don’t remember how we came to be discussing the topic after class, all I remember is that this history teacher put the Biblical history and the secular history together and suddenly all those Bible stories became real, historical events for me. They were no longer just stories that I had been hearing in church since I was very young. The following summer I attend a church camp, only the second and last I ever went to during my childhood and youth. I went forward at the alter call one night and accepted Jesus. That night the girls in my cabin thought I was nuts I was filled with a holy laughter. The joy that I felt kept me laughing well into the night. I don’t think I’ve laughed like that since. But I do remember it well. At my home church the following Sunday I was baptized by immersion. For the time that we lived there I attended faithfully. Then we moved to another town, I went to a small church across the street from where I lived until I got a job in which I worked on Sunday mornings. From then on I slowly fell into a sinful lifestyle. From age 15-25 my spiritual growth was negative and in a downward spiral. I had no one to mentor me and did not know that I needed someone, or that I needed to be reading the Word of God. Then at age 25, pregnant and unmarried I was invited to attend church. I went.  I had never stopped believing. I had been told by doctors while I was married to my first husband that I would never have children. Then in the midst of my sinful rebellion I had a vision from God telling me I was pregnant. Even before it was late enough to know and I never prayed harder for it to be true. I wanted a boy, but, I asked God that if I had a girl that she would look a lot like me. God said yes to that and my daughter, who was my miracle baby, does look a lot like me. But God did me one better, he gave her some phenotypical traits that I always wished I had. Skin that tans, and that silly little mole that was, during my childhood, considered a ‘beauty mark.’ I didn’t ask for those but God gave them to her anyway just to make it clear that she was the answer to my prayers and a gift from Him to me. Evidence that there is a spiritual realm and I can talk to God and He does pay attention and does perform miracles even today. Still I was living blind and no one was teaching me about the power of the Holy Spirit. No one was teaching me that the Holy Spirit is a person just like God the Father – Yahweh, and Jesus the Son – Yeshua. I had no clear idea. I had faith. Not long after my daughter was born the man who would become my husband decided that she needed a father and he was it. He moved in with me, without any discussion it just happened. We began raising our daughter. Times got really tough for us financially. We were mostly stuck at home because we didn’t have the money to go anywhere. I rode a bicycle all the way across town to attend my part-time college classes. The only place we took the car was to church on Sunday morning. Had it not been for his grandmother we would have had it a lot harder. She brought groceries every time she went grocery shopping she’d get a few things for us. When we all had a cold she brought us cold medicine. His grand parents were really the only family support we had. During that time we spent our days reading the Bible aloud to each other from front cover to back. Caring for our baby who was starting to crawl then began walking during that dark time in our lives. We were committed to making it work. We really did love each other and our child. Reading the Bible convicted us that what God wanted us to do was to get married and stop living together ‘in sin’ as we had been. Once we made up our minds that is what God wanted for us the funds were there. It doesn’t take much to get married but it does have some cost associated with it. The new semester started and I picked up my financial aid for the semester and there was a small grant check for the previous part-time semester that was unexpected and not budgeted. We took that money, got our license, paid for the required blood tests, got a wedding band. It was the last one in stock of a discontinued style, just what I wanted, and fit me perfectly and the jewelry shop sales person was the young man who had first introduced us – is that evidence of God’s hand at work or what? The father of that same friend was a minister and attended the same church we were attending, though not the minister of that church. We asked him to perform the wedding and that we just wanted it to be small with family and friends. He did ask if he could invite a few people from church. We agreed. The entire congregation showed up that following Saturday evening for the wedding. Our daughter had just turned one a couple weeks before the wedding. Financially things began to look up not too much later. For awhile at the end of that semester and in the summer we were physically apart. He went to Texas to find work. He ended up in Big Spring, TX and we moved there. We rode the oil boom of the early 1980’s until it went bust. Just as it was going bust we had our second baby. The generous people of the church we were attending pitched in and paid the hospital bill for that birth. I can never thank that congregation enough. The pastor and his wife refurbished a nice old dresser for our daughter. She used that dresser until she left home to go to college. Still, in all these years I had not been taught about the power of the Holy Spirit. My faith was there, it was pretty well established though I was not a mature Christian by any means, though I had grown some over the prior 4 years or so. Eventually the financial collapse of the oil field drove us  back to where family was and where I had been going to college. With a preschooler and an infant I started back to college and for awhile we lived in his grandparents basement. Ultimately his dad purchased a small mobile home that we fixed up. They were in Mexico church planting so didn’t see what we bought until they came back to the US. At that point they bought us a bigger mobile home. We learned we were going to have a 3rd child when the second was only six months old. So when he was born I took a summer off from school but was back in school in the fall to finish my last semester.  After graduation I discovered once again we were going to have another child. During that pregnancy I got a temporary job out at the military base. The baby developed bilateral cataracts by the time he was six weeks old and by two months he had surgery and my employer was kind enough to allow me the daily morning visits to the eye surgeon with out docking my pay. As a temporary I did not accumulate leave so technically could not take paid time off. I met the doctor a half hour before his office opened and showed up about an hour late for work. God blessed me with empathetic and helpful supervisors. Still I did not know about the power of the Holy Spirit. When that job was at the end of it’s one year term there was a federal hiring freeze and my position was not renewed. I collected unemployment and my husband was self employed for awhile. About the time my unemployment benefits were running out I was offered a job with the government in Tucson, AZ. We moved there in January of 1987. It was in Tucson that I began to learn about the Holy Spirit.

Before we moved to Arizona a friend of my husbands that he’d known since childhood had needed help and we helped. He had cleaned out his parents garage and had given me a book that I didn’t pay much attention to. About two years after we moved to Tucson, one Sunday afternoon I picked up this little book, My Name is Legion by Glenna Henderson. It was a quick read about this woman’s deliverance from demons. Well, that little book made the demons afflicting me very uncomfortable. Had they not made their presence known by getting a little uncomfortable and fidgety I probably would have just tossed it aside as an interesting read but not taken it seriously. But they made themselves known and I took it seriously and thus began a period of searching for me and how to rid myself of the demons that were afflicting me.  I read my Bible more and I acquired as many books about demonic activity and deliverance as I could. Still,I was only beginning to get a glimpse of the power of the Holy Spirit. I was not really aware that it would take the power of the Holy Spirit to deliver me from the demonic affliction. I do not think I was possessed but there was one in particular that was hanging on. I even realized when I had let it in and what it was. The spirit of fear that had been afflicting me since before I ever met my husband. I had been practicing a relaxation technique and the ugly face of the demon entered my mind at the point where the relaxation was at my head and I was supposed to push all the tension out of the top of my head. It scared me so badly that I never again attempted that relaxation technique. For years after that though I would have these uneasy feelings of impending doom for no apparent reason. It was a spirit of fear that had tried to possess me but had not been able to do more than attach itself to me as a freeloader hanging on waiting for an opportunity that I never gave it. See in general I am fearless. Even during threatening events I do not fear, I trust God, even when my faith was still immature. I trust God like a small child trusts a parent.

Eventually that spirit of fear was cast off and I’ve never had that problem since. It took a woman with the gift and her prayer partner praying over me to banish that evil demon but they did. Instead of just sweeping the house clean leaving an empty house for the demon and his brothers to come back to I delved deeply into reading and studying my Bible. Filling my heart and mind with the Word of God prevents the demons from returning. This growth spurt lasted for several years. But, as many times happens, life begins to get busy or we stop being diligent and time with God gets put to the side and spiritual growth becomes stagnant. I never stopped believing, never stopped praying, but my scripture reading was only sporadic and I was not studying the Word in prayer for teaching and hiding the Word in my heart. I was not regularly putting on the full armor of God.

That changed again a few months ago and I began to study and pray more frequently, but, I had not set aside a specific time daily. I finally decided on a specific time, but, had not an organized plan for Bible study. I was randomly looking up verses on topics of interest that day. Then one day I read verses that brought into question the controversial issue of when the ‘rapture’ will take place. I know, the word rapture isn’t in scripture. The idea though of Jesus coming and snatching away His people is in scripture. I knew that I couldn’t just find all the references to end times prophesy. I began on January 1, 2017 a reading plan offered by Bible Gateway online. The plan isn’t like many that take part of the Old Testament and part of the New Testament reading straight through each on an annual plan. The plan is a yearly plan, but, as of 2/28/17 I’m  almost halfway through the year in my reading.

Praying before I read for understanding, reading, meditating upon a verse for the day, and finally talking with Yahweh, loosely following an outline that reflects the elements of the prayer Jesus gave his disciples, commonly called the Lord’s Prayer, although personally I would consider His prayer in the garden before he was arrested and crucified to be the Lord’s prayer and the one He gave his disciples as the disciples guide to prayer, or the Disciples’ prayer. I got a little side tracked there.

This regular schedule and organized plan has helped me gain more understanding, opening my eyes to spiritual things and opening my heart and mind to hear the still small voice of God speaking understanding into my spirit. I have a long way to go and will be growing in my walk with God for the rest of my life. It does feel good, satisfying even, to be back into the Word and having quiet time alone with my Lord everyday. He is working on me in some areas and eventually, with His help, I will be able to more fully examine my own heart and motives and recognize that which is unacceptable to God so that it can be purged from my actions, beliefs, or feelings, whatever it may be.

I encourage everyone to delve into the Word of God daily and begin hiding more scripture in your heart. You will be better equipped for what lies ahead historically and spiritually. Taking the time to read and pray is getting fully suited up with the full armor of God.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

On-line resources links:

http://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.e-sword.net/

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Book Review: Child of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves Book 1) by Andy Peloquin

child-of-the-night-guild-by-andy-peloquin-coverChild of the Night Guild by Andy Peloquin is the first book in the Queen of Thieves series. Set in the same world as his The Last Bucelarii series, the story is about a girl who is sold into the Night Guild to pay a debt.  This dark fantasy captivated me even though in my minds eye the girl’s maturity was beyond her age in my reality.  I kept reminding myself that in her world anything could be possible including intellectual maturity beyond one’s chronological age. I was in full sympathy with the main character and all that she experienced. Many of the things she endures will be hard to read for people who have undergone any kind of abuse or trauma. The ‘training’ to deprogram the initiates into the Night Guild is torture and the methods used could be a shadow of those used to deprogram victims of human trafficking of today.  The bullying and abuse are at times extreme. But humans are capable of the most heinous of acts against others and the author captures this, as well as the resiliency of the human spirit.  Child of the Night Guild is not for the faint of heart. 

Through sheer determination and a will to survive, Illiana moves up in House Hawk, those thieves of the guild who rule the roof tops. I like the way the author interspersed the current events taking place with her memories of events leading up to her being sold to the Night Guild.  Scenes in the main plot sparked memories in the main character of her early childhood. By the time I was about two-thirds of the way into the book I had learned her back story, not too much at a time and not too little.

The plot and characters are both well developed. An enjoyable tale and one that I am sure I will enjoy the rest of the series. If you like a dark fantasy that captures the human spirit in the darkest of times, then you will enjoy this tale.  I recommend for older teens and adults, the subject matter may be a little too dark for most younger teens.

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Child-Night-Guild-Queen-Thieves-ebook/dp/B01N1TC3VW

http://www.amazon.com/Andy-Peloquin/e/B00J9008MC

www.andypeloquin.com

http://www.facebook.com/andrew.peloquin.1

 

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Book Review: A Raven’s Touch (A Raven Wing Series book 1) by Linda Bloodworth

a-ravens-touch-by-linda-bloodworth-coverA Ravens Touch, book one of The Raven Wings series is a paranormal coming of age story. The plot was a good one and the cliff hanger ending occurred at just the right scene to make a reader want to pick up the next book to find out what happens.

Set in a small town right out of the mid 20th century two teen age girls dealing with high school bullies are eagerly anticipating graduation. A series of tragic event throughout the book thrust them into adulthood and a paranormal world for with they are not prepared. With distinct Catholic overtones throughout the plot, the heroine relies upon her religious beliefs to see her through the toughest of situations.

I did enjoy the story line but found that I was not drawn into the characters as much as I wanted. Written in first person the heroine told me all about what was going on instead of showing of the emotions, feelings, and setting as she experienced them. There were also a few instances where it seemed the technology was anachronistic. In a place where there are jukeboxes at every table in the soda shop or diner and land line telephones at home, there are also cell phones and social media.  I found references to songs from decades past instead of currently popular music. Certainly it is possible that a young person of today would like the music of her parents generation, but would the target audience actually get the references? I found that these things confused the time setting for the story.

I do want to read the rest of the series as it is released. The story itself is a good one and I want to know what happens next and how the heroine completes the task she was chosen to do. It is my hope that the author will improve in the area of showing me what the heroine goes through in the next book because it is sure to be a harrowing adventure.

Recommended for any reader age, though, older adults may not enjoy the youthfulness of the story as much as teens and young adults will.

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Ravens-Touch-Raven-Wing-Book-ebook/dp/B01A7R7GZW

http://www.facebook.com/LindaBloodworthWriter

@LindaBloodworth

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LindaBloodworth

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8289417.Linda_Bloodworth

 

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New Release! Do You Believe in Legend (Stars of Heros Book 2) by Ani Manjikian

Do You Believe in  Legend?

By Ani Manjikian

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Legend isn’t about people. It’s about pursuing a dream or higher ideal. About believing in something impossible and transforming the belief into reality through faith and hard work. The future is a legend written and unwritten.

Jeffery R. Mason
Do You Believe in Legend?

About the Story

Jo Mason believes that creativity, spontaneity, and faith exist as definable words, but not actionable items. Negative consequences always follow the rare positive outcomes. It seems her destiny is surviving a chaotic world she can’t control. That is until a man from the future falls into her lap, both literally and figuratively. Jo hopes he can give her some answers. There is only one slight problem… He doesn’t remember anything about himself or his life and what he does, doesn’t help.

About the Author

ani-manjikian-profile-picBorn and raised in Southern California, the diagnosis of hydrocephalus at birth should have killed Ani, or worse, left her blank to the world. Her strength of spirit, parents’ love, and a miracle all combined to overcome that prognosis within nine months. From this almost impossible beginning, she has developed into all-around person with the technical knowledge and analytical mind of a programmer, creative and detailed orientation of a writer/editor, and aesthetic instincts of a designer/photographer.

Her writing career started when a friend in Cyprus made her promise to stop throwing away her writings because she thought they weren’t good enough. After returning to the States, she set out to finish a single horse story and get it published. However, the book, like the writer, needed time to mature.

While perfecting her craft, Ani graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Industrial Arts and worked several jobs from retail sales to human resources project management. Her innate ability to learn new computer programs with minimal instruction and need to be creative led to her current long-term stint as a web designer and developer.

Editor Comments

Over the past few months I’ve helped Ani Manjikian to edit her newest release, Do You Believe in Legend?  It has been an interesting and learning experience for me as well as the author. When I read the first book in her series, Spirit of the Lone Horse, I was unaware it was a science fiction story until reading a little way into the book. I was delighted and loved the story. It was among the first few books for which I wrote a review on Amazon and I rated it with high praises.

Memory fails me whether I offered or Ani asked if I would help with reading and editing Do You Believe in Legend?  the second book of the Stars of Heros series.  In either case it was an honor to be a part of the process. The first read through was a simple copy edit with an eye for grammar and typographical errors.  Subsequent edits involved suggestions on plot holes, realistic relationships, and human behavior.  Questions arose about some elements or events that seemed ambiguous or confusing, which helped Ani refine the insight and details so readers would not get lost, confused, or bogged down in historical details.  I believe this second book in the Stars of Heros series shows the increasing skill level of Ani as a story teller.  This second book in the series is even better than the first – and I still love book one – Spirit of the Lone Horse.

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

Author links

http://lonehorsespirit.com

lonehorsespirit.com

facebook.com/lonehorsespirit

facebook.com/starsofheros

twitter.com/lonehorseend

plus.google.com/+animanjikian

http://www.amazon.com/Believe-Legend-Stars-Heros-Book-ebook/dp/B01N5G2T1R

 

 

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NEW RELEASE!!! Blood Brothers (Blood Trilogy Book Two) by Julie Nichols

 

Hi!
I’d like to announce the release of Blood Brothers. This is the 2nd book in the Blood Trilogy. We have already followed the characters – K34GEN, Gabriel, Lyssa, and GH05T from book one, Blood Ties, but it seems their trials are not over yet.
blood-brothers-1Gabriel is pure lycan and was caged by Dr. Keller at Solgen Labs. Dr. Keller is a genetic scientist who used Gabriel’s lycan DNA to create the perfect soldier by splicing his genes with a human. K34GEN was Solgen’s top hunter…but then Keller realized he could improve the enhancements he’d given the human and created GH05T. She was faster and stronger than K34GEN, with a few added enhancements, and it meant K34GEN was no longer the top dog. The former hunter, K34GEN teamed up with Gabriel and together they attempted to bring down Solgen Labs.
The story continues in Blood Brothers

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When you’ve been a “guest” of Solgen Labs, brothers from another mother takes on a whole new meaning. Keagen and Gabriel thought they were experts on all Solgen’s dirty little secrets. Until they met Ghost and found the deceit and conspiracy goes more than bone-deep; it goes right down to their spliced and enhanced DNA.

Need a sneaky peek?

blood-brothers-2“Your room’s better than mine.” Keagen pushed the door open wider as he edged his way into Ghost’s quarters. “I guess it’s a girl thing.” He snickered.
“Hey, if you want the pink duvet, take it,” Ghost quipped.
Keagen casually scanned the room while closing the space between them. He noticed the furrows congregating along Ghost’s forehead and blew out a weighty breath.
“I know what’s going on in there.” He pressed the tip of a finger to Ghost’s temple. The possibility she might be right and he should tell Gabriel about his condition was on his mind constantly, but finding the courage to admit he was imperfect wasn’t something he could do easily. He’d never concerned himself with the worries of others previously but seeing Ghost’s agitated expression bothered him. The realization that he could end up like K44 gnawed at him like a dog with a bone, and it was highly probable that this rabid dog would need putting out of its misery. Fear wasn’t in his vocabulary. There had never been anything he was afraid of…until now.
Ghost grabbed his finger and with pleading eyes stared at Keagen. She felt his pain. The possibility not only his body, but also his brain, might betray him was stinging—lacing him with more poison on an already infected wound. She wished he would listen to her and willingly let Lyra and Gabriel help, but the stubborn mask he wore wasn’t about to come off anytime soon.
They turned simultaneously to the sound of a knock on the door followed by Lyra’s soft voice.
“I’m sorry to disturb you. I know you’ve had a long journey, but Michaels wants to brief you on the current situation with K44.”
“It’s okay. We’re ready,” Ghost replied.
She released Keagen’s finger and moved toward the door, but Keagen halted her departure with a firm grasp of her arm. He pulled her close and let his mouth rest against her neck.
“I will tell Gabriel and Lyra about my problems…I promise.”
Ghost shrugged her shoulders. “It’s your business. I get that. I’m sure I’d feel the same, but it doesn’t mean I can’t worry about you.”
She smiled tentatively and headed out the door with Keagen following.
“Where’s Gabe?” Keagen directed his question to Lyra, who was already striding down the corridor.
She called over her shoulder and smiled. “He’s in recovery.”
Keagen charged forward and grabbed her arm, spinning her around. “From what?”
“The procedure.” She frowned. “Didn’t he tell you he’d agreed to give us the samples we need to help K44?”
“No, he didn’t.” Keagen scowled. “He said he wasn’t going to allow anyone else to experiment on him. What changed his mind?”
“You did,” Lyra replied and continued on to Michaels’ office after pulling her arm free and leaving Keagen standing with his mouth gaping.
Ghost sucked in a deep breath and braced. She approached Keagen from behind and stopped suddenly as he whirled around to face her. His furious expression greeted her.
“You told him…didn’t you?”
Ghost lowered her eyes. Before she could open her mouth to apologize, Keagen turned and followed Lyra to the operations room. Her eyes fell shut as she sucked in another large breath. She knew she’d fucked up. Her heart told her to chase after him and make him understand why she’d told Gabriel, but she knew he wouldn’t be interested. While something inside her said it was for the best, she felt guilty because she’d broken his trust.

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My Favorite Reads in 2016

img_0116I’m a couple days later this year than last in posting my favorite reads from last year. I’ve been contemplating the books I read in 2016 and there were just so many good books by some really fantastic authors. It was hard to pick three. Thank all of you wonderful indie authors out there for providing me with such a great year of reading. If I could have counted the ones I beta read or worked on editing I would have exceeded my Goodreads annual goal by several. But, I fell short just one book in my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2016. I’ve decided not to set a goal this year. I’ll read what I read and be satisfied that I’m well entertained. So now let me get to the point of this post, my three top reads for the past year.

ludwika-by-christoph-fischer-coverI had a difficult time picking just one of Christoph Fischer’s books as I read his Three Nations Trilogy as well as the one I’ve picked. All his books are well written. The main character in Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle to Survive in Nazi Germany by Christoph Fischer is based on real woman, Ludwika Geirz. The author wrote this fictionalized account of her life during WWII based on the information available on the actual woman whose family is searching for descendants of her relatives over 80 years after WWII. His portrayal of the hardships and emotional devastation of war is exceptionally well done. I grieved with Ludwika, was fearful for her and her family and friends in times of danger, felt her confusion, and loneliness. A well written historical fiction that incorporates historical events of WWII and the personal information available about the real Ludwika Geirz during this time in history. I truly enjoyed the book and for historical fiction lovers, WWII history buffs, and those who generally love good human interest stories then I highly recommend this book.

http://www.amazon.com/Ludwika-Polish-Struggle-Survive-Germany-ebook/dp/B018UTHX7A

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One Night in Tehran by Luana Ehrlich coverAnother book that has remained with me could be called Christian literature because the main character is a new Christian. This aspect of the book doesn’t overwhelm the plot though its impact on the character’s development is significant. The book isn’t preachy at all. The authors insight into how a new Christian reacts to the old life and the problems that arise and have to be overcome are realistic. One Night In Tehran by Luana Ehrlich is the first of her Titus Ray series. Titus Ray is a CIA operative who had been working in Iran when his cover was blown and had sneak out of the country. I see that she has published the next two books in the series and after reading this one I was determined to get the next books because her story was intriguing, interesting, and well written as though the author may have some personal insight into the world of international spies. Highly recommend for those who enjoy spy novels and those who love a well written Christian Spy Thriller.

http://www.amazon.com/One-Night-Tehran-Titus-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00MKK5HEM

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the Dragon Dreamer by J. S. Burke coverNow to one the most surprising favorites which is actually two books in a series and could not be separated. The Dragon Dreamer series by by J. S Burke including Dragon Dreamer (Book 1) and Dragon Lightening (Book 2)   is a great children’s fantasy series. dragon-lightening-by-j-s-burke-coverEven as a grandma I truly enjoyed these books.  The educational value and the quality of writing make me think that they should be in elementary school libraries and classrooms.  Ms. Burke imparts solid moral and ethical values in a subtle and unoffensive manner that anyone regardless of their beliefs can embrace. The lessons on accepting diversity,  different political systems and leadership styles, trade agreements and peace treaties, compassion, love, friendship, with a little science thrown in as well are all embedded in a fantastic fantasy with dragons and octopi. The lessons are at the elementary level but are presented in a way that only an adult realizes just how educational the stories really are. They give children an understandable foundation preparing them for more complex lessons in social studies, government, civics and sociology they will encounter in their higher education.

http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Dreamer-J-S-Burke-ebook/dp/B00K9DHTU2

http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Lightning-Dreamer-Book-ebook/dp/B01MA1ZOJ6

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

Links to my favorite reads 2016 original reviews on this blog:

peachysinsights.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/book-review-ludwika-by-christoph-fischer/

peachysinsights.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/book-review-one-night-in-tehran-by-luana-ehrlich/

peachysinsights.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/book-review-dragon-dreamer-by-j-s-burke/

peachysinsights.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/book-review-dragon-lightening-by-j-s-burke/

 

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What is the Mandela Effect and is it Real?

img_0116I admit that I have too much time on my hands or that I waste my time watching tin foil hat kind of things instead of doing the things I probably should be doing. But, I’m retired and if I can’t spend my time doing what I want with it then what good is retirement, right?

So, somewhere in all the various weird things I watch on YouTube or read on the internet the subject of the Mandela Effect (ME) came to my attention. The premise is that some people remember Nelson Mandela dieing in prison and others remember that he did not die and remember his release. Thus the hypothesis that there have been changes made to our reality. Let me say here and now, I do not believe in the Mandela Effect. So many things that people point to as ‘proof’ of the ME are just hearsay, faulty memory, or down right lies promulgated by those who want attention. I think there may be some who are experiencing some type of personality disorder that is creating false memories and they cannot distinguish the difference between reality and what they think they remember.

But I do have some opinions. Here I go again, expressing myself, but that is the reason this blog was originally started.

For the most part the erroneous memories are explainable. I think there may be some who are experiencing some type of personality disorder that is creating false memories and they cannot distinguish the difference between reality and what they think they remember. Whether this is an organic illness or a spiritual matter is something that I cannot determine. I was reading the comments on one of the YouTube channels and there was one person who seemed to believe that he/she had experienced a traumatic event in their life. The following commentary then went of to describe a myriad of different memories including one that included his/her own death. That was an extreme case that I think was either from brain injury, mental disorder, or an out and out lie for the attention seeking.

My daughter happens to be taken in by the false memory related to the Berenstein/Berenstain ME supposed proof. She thinks she remembers it as Berenstein Bears. But I distinctly remember a day when they were little that I looked at one of the books and realized that I had misread the title and it wasn’t spelled at all the way I had assumed. The thought was something to the effect of, “Wow, I’ve been misspelling it all along. How interesting that the brain overlooks little things based on a preconceived assumptions.”

The number of images and memes that are on the internet to prove this phenomenon is vast. Logos abound from Tidy Cats cat litter to the Ford logo with the pigtail. I didn’t have any indoor cats so the cat litter was not my concern but it seems to me that when I watched TV the litter was promoted to accommodate several cats so it just makes sense to me that the brand would be Tidy Cats, however, many people think it was just Tidy Cat and has been changed. So many more examples of faulty memory or the attempt to confuse people into believing that ME is a real phenomenon.

Honestly, if someone were able to cross into another dimension and make changes, why in the world would they bother with such menial things as logos? Change the course of world history, solve the worlds problems, do something that is a game changer. Not some piddly little thing that has no real impact on humanity as a whole. Really? If you can’t make big changes why bother?

There is adequate study on the brain and memory that recognizes people have faulty memories because they do not take in details until pointed out and when false information is presented it impacts their perception of their actual memories and overwrites them. One such study conducted by Elizabeth Loftus was on the “misinformation effect.”  Essentially, subsequent misinformation alters the subjects actual memory. Eyewitness testimony is known to be inaccurate. Several witnesses of a single event will all be somewhat different. What our brain does when we try to recreate an event from memory is construct from prior experience and other inputs, such as the person asking about the event using leading questions. So, when we are viewing all these supposed ‘proofs’ of the ME our memories are easily manipulated into thinking we remember it one way when in fact the original memory either did not lay down a complete memory track or we simply were not paying close enough attention to take in the detail purported to be changed.  In any event, all these pictures people are seeing comparing real and false images are confusing the brains of those who think they remember the incorrect image.

Jesus told us to not be deceived.  Several scriptures admonish us not to be deceived. Those are actually addressed to spiritual matters. There is a verse however that refers to impostors deceiving and being deceived.

2 Timothy 3:12-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 Evil people and impostors will become worse, deceiving and being deceived.

This verse may not be directly related to the topic of this blog post, but it is apropos none the less. There will be many things that appear to deceive many, even the elect of God if that is possible. So, don’t believe everything you hear or see. Look up! For our redemption draws near. There are many lying signs and wonders already occurring and we are to be prepared for the return of Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah.

Blessings and don’t be deceived,

Grandma Peachy

http://personal.kent.edu/~mzaragoz/publications/Zaragoza%20chapter%204%20Garry%20Hayne.pdf

http://learnmem.cshlp.org/content/12/4/361.full
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Loftus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misinformation_effect
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyewitness_testimony
http://study.com/academy/lesson/the-misinformation-effect-and-eyewitness-accounts.html
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