Daily Archives: 02/13/2007

Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Second Genealogy Lesson

On Saturday, my Mom, Nora, and I travelled to Pennsylvania to see Reb, Sara, and Jackson.

It had been a little over 3 weeks since our last visit. He has really grown, now being about a week under 2 months old.

Naturally Grandpop had to give him another genealogy lesson. I told him about my troubles in finding his great great grandparents, Reverdy Lewin Orrell, Sr. and Mary (Martinek) Orrell in the 1930 Maryland census.

I must say, he listened well and was very interested in learning about how to search census records on line. I also told him about the ‘old’ days when you’ll have to go to a library or archives, check everything out by hand, locate the reel containing the enumeration distrcits, load onto the micro-film reader-printer, search for the image, and then waste money (generally 25 cents at a time) trying to print off a census image.

He laughed at that. “Boy, Grandpop, things have changed. Now all you do is log onto Ancestry.com, plug in the name, click the hyperlink to the image and pull it up on the monitor. Then you can print out the entire page, save the entire page to your computer. You can even crop the page to just the section you want. You don’t even have to leave the sofa.”

Finally he wanted to know some more about the research trips Uncle Bob and I have taken over the years. Here is one of the photos I took while telling him a few things that happened on one of those trips.


Prayer – Does It Make Any Difference by Phillip Yancy

PrayerDoesItMakeAnyDifferencePhillipYancy.jpgPrayer – Does It Make Any Difference by Phillip Yancy, has been on my ‘wish list’ for some time. I’ve just ordered it from ChristianBooks.com.

I am building a nice collection of Christian books including various study bibles, bible commentaries, books on various books of the bible (i.e. Matthew), and a few other books. I have a few books on prayer, with Rev. E.M. Bounds collected works at the top of this list.

Here is what the publisher says about this book:

In his most powerful book since What’s So Amazing about Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew, Yancey probes the most fundamental, challenging, perplexing, and deeply rewarding aspect – the very heartbeat – of your relationship with God: prayer. In theory, prayer is the essential human act, a priceless point of contact between you and the God of the universe. In practice however, prayer is often frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? explores the mysterious intersection where you and God meet and relate. Writing as a fellow pilgrim, Yancey explores the questions surrounding prayer that you may wonder about but not know how to express. Above all, Yancey shows you how to pray to a God who sees what lies ahead of you, knows what lies within you, and who invites you into an eternal partnership with Him – through prayer.

I’ll review this book after I read it.

All three customer reviews give it 5 stars out of 5 stars.

The one customer writes:

Yancey here departs from an instructional approach to prayer common to many authors, and focuses instead on a conversational approach with the reader. He begins by identifying our longing to interact with God, and then proceeds to tackle a few of the nagging questions on prayer. Why should I pray? Does it make any difference? Does prayer change God? After sharing his own struggles with these issues, he moves to describing the language of prayer. Again he is not instructional here but conversational, sharing insights he has learned with the reader. His next section addresses the deep heart-rending dilemmas of prayer, such as unanswered prayers in general, and unanswered prayers for healing in particular. He finishes by focusing on the daily habits of prayer in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ. I am a Yancey fan, and this title doesn’t disappoint. For anyone wanting to walk alongside a great author as he shares his heart on prayer, I highly recommend this volume.