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Back Porch Reading

This week I started something new. After realizing I had fallen a bit behind on my book reading schedule; I decided to designate the 1-2 hours before sundown to read outside on our back porch. I have found it is a fantastic way to end the day. Not only is it relaxing, but also it stimulates the creative sectors of my brain.

Overcoming Fear: Eliminating the Bondage of Fear by Creflo Dollar
Last night I finished reading the book “Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith” by Larry Osbourne and began digging deeper into “Overcoming Fear: Eliminating the Bondage of Fear” by my pastor, Dr. Creflo A. Dollar, Jr.  The latter book, I picked up last week at a conference hosted at my local church called the “Grace Institute – A Call to Grace”.  It was my intention to store the book away for a few months and then start reading it then.  However, shortly after getting home from one of the evening sessions, I started to flip through the pages and got hooked.  So, much so I am already 50 pages in!

I began reading “Accidental Pharisees” late last year. I had thought I would be able to breeze through it. Wrong!  This book seriously made me question my motives for serving.  Plus the scriptural references that were provided; helped me to dive more into the bible daily and gain a clearer understanding of God’s love for us. It became especially clear to me that if we do not examine our actions regularly against the word of God, any one of us is capable of becoming an accidental Pharisee.

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Lela Fagan (Jefferson) is the author of the book “Poetry of a Black Girl: The Darkness and the Light” and lead blogger at “Memoirs of a Black Girl”. Lela is an avid reader “A Real Bookworm” of all things in print. She finds joy in sharing socially and blogging about topics that matter the most to her. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Lela now lives in Houston, TX with her husband Oji, an educator and Football Coach. @LelaJefferson - See more at:

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