Friday, June 3, 2016

Book Review: Spirit of Truth


 By Marja Verschoor-Meijers

            Mrs. Verschoor-Meijers explores the meaning of the ninth commandment in this, her latest book. She begins each chapter with a Scripture verse; she ends each chapter by leaving us with three thoughts on which to meditate, along with space for the reader to journal his or her thoughts.

            I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to grow in the LORD. The length of this book-95 pages would make a very good study for a small group.

            Marja delves into the nuances of being truthful about what we share with others. She approaches the issues involved with a magnifying glass and sheds light on issues most of the people would only think about in passing. I like the concept of the series of which this book is a part; the whole series is about the Ten Commandments in the 21st century’

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Marja shared this with us. “In my latest book Spirit of Truth I have taken a closer look at three statements by three different people:

•           Pilate, who proclaimed three times that he could not find any fault in Jesus
•           Peter, who said three times in a row that he did not know Jesus and
•           Jesus, who announced three times the coming of the Spirit of truth

Three men, three messages. In Spirit of Truth, I am taking the reader to the courtroom where Jesus stands in front of Pilate, while Peter was outside denying his friendship with Jesus. Pilate confronted Jesus with a direct and desperate question: What is truth? It is one of the most famous questions ever asked in the history of mankind and it still lingers in our courtrooms today. Is it possible to live and speak the truth? Is it possible to stand up for biblical values and principles in a troubled world that has taken a free fall into lawlessness? The letter of the Old Testament Law says ‘do not accuse anyone falsely’, the Spirit says ‘speak truth’. The Holy Spirit will always urge us to change from the inside out. In this book we will take a closer look at Truth, yes, with a capital T, and discover its awesome power and identity.

            Because Marja lives in Europe, her publisher is also in Europe. For those of us who live in the USA and Canada, this volume is available here in E-book form. At   

I received this book from the author in paperback form. All she asked of me was to give an unbiased opinion.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Interview with Marja Verschoor Meijers.

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Marja Verschoor-Meijers

We begin this month of June with getting to know more about author and blogger Marja Verschoor-Meijers. Those who read her blog, Fresh Insights On Ancient Truths, come away with greater thoughts on the issues she discusses.

Let's get started!

Thank you Marja for taking the time to answer some questions for us.

QS:   Please, tell us about yourself.

MVM:Well, I was born and raised in The Netherlands and a life of adventures and traveling took me all over the world; from Norway to Nepal, from Canada to Chile and from Singapore to Switzerland. For many years, we called Southern California our home, where my husband was a mechanic in off road racing and I started writing books.

QS: How long have you been writing?
MVM: As long as I remember, I enjoyed writing… anything, from poetry to short stories to articles and essays, but I started to write my first book back in 2004.

QS:  In what genre do you write?
MVM; Christian non-fiction. My books are mainly Bible studies and tools for spiritual growth.

QS:  Do you have a ‘day job?’
MVM: In the year I turned fifty I started my own business. I offer services in text writing, translation, administrative and project support. I work for various customers.

QS: What have you written before this?
MVM: Spirit of Truth is my sixth book in a series about the Ten Commandments in the 21st century. I have also written several Bible study books in the Dutch language. Several of my books have been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, and Russian.

QS:  Do you write a blog? Please give us the address.
MVM: This past month I celebrated 10 years of blogging. It started with my blog Fresh Insights on Ancient Truths and later I added a Dutch blog, as well as a blog about our non-profit organization Traveling Light. We offer financial support, practical help and spiritual encouragement to ministries in need all over Europe (well, all the way to Kazakhstan) and the Mediterranean.

QS:  Tell us about your family. (Married or single,)

MVM: I have been together with my husband Jan for 30 years, we have no children, but enjoy a big (and growing) family on both sides.

QS: Thank you, Marja. On my next blog entry, I will share a review of Marja's latest book, Spirit of Truth,

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