What We’re Reading and Loving Right Now: The Wormling Series

We started reading The Book of the King by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry last week. It’s the first of a series called The Wormling Series.

301591: The Wormling Series, Volumes 1-5 The Wormling Series, Volumes 1-5
By Jerry B. Jenkins & Chris Fabry / Tyndale House

Owen Reeder would describe himself as nothing special, especially since he’s been told that all his life. Perhaps his only ability is to devour books. But one day, a stranger visits his father’s bookstore and suddenly Owen’s ordinary life spirals out of control and right into a world he didn’t even know existed. Believing he has no special gifts, he finds himself about to be forced into a battle that will affect two worlds: His and the unknown world of the Lowlands! Recommended for ages 10 to 14.

I averaged about 8 chapters a day (the chapters are short) and we’re already finished with the first book. Today we started on the second book of the series, The Sword of the Wormling.

We had an interesting little twist today. I have been calling Patrick when I start reading the story since he’s in South Carolina with Gary, and he listens to me read on the phone. Today he didn’t have a phone because they lost it yesterday. So I started the story, knowing I would have to read it all again to Patrick when he found the phone. The other kids were excited to continue the series where we left off.

Well, I got so sleepy while reading that I was going to quit after Chapter 4. The kids didn’t want to quit, so Anna read from there while I snoozed. Fell right over on the couch and slept for a while (even heard myself snore a couple times).

Anna read 4 more chapters. Now I have to read 8 chapters to Patrick tomorrow. (They found the phone tonight, by the way, PTL). But it’s okay, because I need to get caught up, too!

We are really enjoying these books. If you have kids aged 10-14 or older, you might want to check out this series. All of my kids 10 and up, including my 20-year-old are listening.

It’s an allegory of the gospel message and spiritual warfare. We’ve read several allegories, but this one is fresh and original. I think Jerry B. Jenkins is a very good writer, so I was sure this would be good when I saw it at the library. And I have not been disappointed.

Finding New Strength

David Wilkerson’s son is continuing to post devotions each day that his dad wrote. Some of them are repeats of previous posts. Others will be new things that David had written in many notebooks. I guess David wrote so much that there is more than enough to keep his blog going even though he is no longer among us! I’m sure he’s happy that his son and staff are continuing with this. I’m thankful for it, as it continues to minister to me.

David Wilkerson Today

Finding New Strength

May 18, 2011

How quickly we forget God’s great deliverances in our lives. How easily we take for granted the miracles he performed in our lives. Yet the Bible tells us over and over, “Remember your deliverances.”

We’re so like the disciples. They didn’t understand Christ’s miracles when he supernaturally fed thousands with just a few loaves and fishes. Jesus performed this miracle twice, feeding 5000 people one time and 4000 the next. A few days later, the disciples had dropped these events from memory.

It happened when Jesus warned them about the leaven of the Pharisees. The disciples thought he said this because they’d forgotten to bring bread for their journey. But Christ answered them, “Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?” (Matthew 16:9-10).

According to Mark, Christ was overwhelmed by how quickly his disciples had forgotten. Jesus said, “Perceive ye not yet, neither understand? Have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? And having ears, hear ye not? And do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up?” (Mark 8:17-19).

What do these passages tell us? It’s clear that none of the disciples stopped to consider what was happening as those miraculous feedings took place. Try to picture these men walking among the crowds carrying their baskets, passing out loaves and fishes that multiplied miraculously before their eyes. You’d think those disciples would have fallen on their knees crying, “How is this possible? It’s simply awesome. It’s totally beyond human explanation. Oh, Jesus, you truly are Lord.” I imagine them urging the people they served, “Here, feast on miracle food, sent from glory. Jesus has provided it.”

The disciples saw these miracles with their own eyes yet, somehow, the significance didn’t register with them. They didn’t understand the miracles and likewise, you and I forget God’s miracles in our lives. Yesterday’s deliverances are quickly forgotten amid the crises of today.

Throughout both Testaments, we read, “Remember the powerful arm of the Lord, to perform miracles on your behalf. Remember all your past deliverances.” Consider Moses’ exhortation to Israel after the miracle of the Red Sea: “Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place…” (Exodus 13:3).