Before Commenting on Suicide, Please Know What You’re Talking About

Not knowing what I could possibly say that would be helpful, this is one of the best things I have read so far.  Thank-you Jordan Holmes for providing a professional and compassionate perspective.

Jordan M. Holmes

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I was, like so many, shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Robin William’s suicide; he was one of my favorite actors, and Hook is still one of my favorite movies. But even more shocking were some of the very misinformed reactions and statements I found on my social media feeds. Do you know that really well intentioned and well meaning individuals can sometimes say really unhelpful and silly things? Well, they can; and Christians are no exception.

Depression is a scourge that pushes a person into a prison of false reality, fear and hopelessness. False reality because most of the time, things aren’t as bad as they seem. Fear, because the person is often paralyzed by anxiety about the future. And hopelessness because the person cannot imagine things ever getting better.

This is where Robin Williams found himself on Monday.

And by Monday night, the Facebook and Twitter commentary…

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King David’s Last Words – about Leadership

 

When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God, he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.

2 Samuel 23 – The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has said to me: When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God, he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.

“For does not my house stand so with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire?

But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away, for they cannot be taken with the hand; but the man who touches them arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they are utterly consumed with fire.”

 

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I find it interesting that David’s last words were words of wisdom about leadership.

And interesting reminder of God’s covenant with the Israeli people.

I’m proud that in Canada we have a prime minister does the right things for the right reasons like standing up for Israel.

But these are words of wisdom not just for world leaders but in every small way that we lead others.

We rule justly
We fear God

Simple rules for leadership.

Seeking Allah Finding Jesus – A book review

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I have never done a book review on my blog before but its been a long time since a book has impacted me so deeply.

I have no affiliation with RZIM or Zondervan or anyone related to this book, I simply wanted to read this book since I heard it had been released through RZIM (because I follow them on Twitter ha ha!)

This book gave me insight to the mulsim culture that is completely intertwined with Islam religion.  It is a lovely heart-warming and yet heart-wrenching story of a young man who grew up in a very close-knit loving family and who was taught to love God and to love scripture (the Quran) who searches for the truth.  But his search for the truth is out of love for God and his own Islamic faith.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but in the end, it was a true friendship that led him on the path to finding Jesus.

I have so much love and compassion for Muslims now because of this book and Nabeel’s insight into his culture has also helped me see more clearly into the culture of my own inter-racial marriage.

I think if I met Nabeel in person, I would want to just give him a big hug, for the good sweet son that he is and for the courage it took to step out in faith.

I will be recommending this book to everyone I know.

Seeking Allah Finding Jesus, by Nabeel Qureshi

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I bought it from Chapters/ Indigo in Canada, but it can also be purchased from Amazon and other online sources.

As of July 2014, I was able to access bonus content from RZIM here.

 

from someone who is a fiction lover, and not really into biographies, or true stories, this was one of the best books I have ever read – HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!