Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Jesus Club


























From the back of the book:

In this riveting true story, Brian Barcelona recounts how, just a few months after graduation, he responded to God's directive and returned to his high school campus to preach the gospel to the students.  He had no training, no resources and no experience.  Just raw passion and obedience.

This is the true story of how a former atheist turned the world upside down for many high schools.  I found the book to be very interesting and useful.  This is the generation that we need to get into our churches, to make them into our future leaders in the church.  

If one man can turn his obedience to God into a success like this why can't we all?


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

My Heart




What if your world were changed in one heartbeat?  This is what happened to Julie Manning while giving birth to her second child.  During delivery, her heart stopped.  After extensive testing doctors determined that it was not just a one time thing.

This is a first person count from Julie Manning.   Julie invites you in to her world, and through her journals and writings we learn how she turned to God when her world was turned upside down.  How she learned that at any time she could go into cardiac arrest.

This story is very moving, and inspirational.   This book is for anyone who may know someone going through a difficult time, or going through a stormy time in their own lives.

While I was reading this book, it brought back fresh memories of  my storm, when my family almost lost me due when I had emergency brain surgery two years ago.   This book will show you that you can lean on God, that you can put it all in His hands, no matter how big or how small your storm is.

There is also a prayer journal that you can get with the book that will be very helpful to jot down your thoughts and emotions.  This is a very moving and inspiring book,  I feel privileged to be one of the few chosen to review this book.
http://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/products/my-heart

Watch this video: My Heart Video

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Seven Stories That Shape Your Life



The most basic questions everyone faces in life is Why am I here? What is my purpose? Gerard Kelly presents the stories that make up the overall story of God in the world. And here we find our purpose for each of our individual Christian lives. Our purpose is as distinctive as our fingerprint and we will connect with it when we connect with our identity and origin in God. God remembers how he made us and is committed to the fruitfulness and fulfilment of our potential. We discover the importance of finding our place of service and usefulness, knowing that our lives have meaning in the purposes of God.

This book is interesting, the author uses people in the Bible to illustrate his points that we are here for a purpose.  

The title can be misleading, this is not a book of stories, but rather like I stated, the author uses people in the Bible to illustrate our purpose here.  An interesting read,  thought provoking.  Some may consider it a "dry" read; more of an intellectual type book.

Kregel Publishers

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Detours



Have you ever felt stuck, or wondered why you are in one place and not another?  Or ever say why in the world am I here?

Mr. Evans explains to us that detours can often be a good thing, no matter how it makes us feel.  He explains that detours help avoid hazards or bad things that may come.

By using the example of the life of Joseph, He explains that our paths aren't always a to z, but may go c to t to g etc.  I know that in my life, it seems like we have done circles many times and there has always been a very good reason.

We have to look at detours as a training time, a time of lifting up and getting us ready for our next road that we take.

Mr. Evans also answers questions  How can you make the most of the detours God has planned for you?

What is the purpose of a detour?

This is a great book if you feel stuck in place, or just can't see what God has planned for your life right now.

httpsDetours with Tony Evans


I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Beyond Suffering Bible




We all know someone who is dealing with a disability, chronic illness, pain or some other form of suffering.  The Beyond Suffering Bible is the first study Bible to directly address those who suffer and the people who love and care for them. From bestselling author, singer, and radio host Joni Eareckson Tada and the experts at Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability, the Beyond Suffering Bible is filled with thousands of notes and features that invite readers into a conversation about suffering and its place in each person’s life. Each feature has been carefully created to provide readers with valuable information, meaningful encouragement, and challenging applications as they encounter God’s Word.

As I read through Ruth and Philippians, two of my favorite books of the Bible, it was full of notes on how God's word relates to our suffering and to be joyful even when life does get tough.
There are numerous articles such as: Why am I disabled?
                                                            How to be a loving friend to those affected by disability
                                                            Constant distraction - living with chronic pain
are just to name a few.

This Bible is not only lovely to look at and to read through, it is full of practical ways to reach those that are suffering, or for those who are caring for those who are suffering.

How do I know?  I know what it is like to be in the role of the "disabled" In January of 2015 I had to have emergency brain surgery, which I wasn't supposed to survive.  I did, but it cost me part of my vision and some multi-tasking issues etc.  Yes, I was blessed.   

As I read through and use this Bible, it helps to remind me that God has a purpose for what happened and that He will carry me through each day.

This Bible comes with high recommendation and sits on my desk and gets regular use every day.

an excerpt from the Bible:  
“Sometimes fear can cause us to hesitate, but we must remember this: When God orchestrates the events of our lives, understanding is optional, but obedience is always required. God chose Joseph and Mary to be the earthly parents of Jesus, just as he has chosen you to fulfill your responsibilities on the path your life takes, even if you never understand the why—or the how.” (“Mary and Joseph,” p. 1087)

The Beyond Suffering Bible

This Bible comes in hardcover, leather like and soft cover formats that are very attractive.



I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.




Getaway With God

Does the busyness and the pressures of the day make it hard?  Maybe you have considered a retreat but never knew how to find one or what type to go on.
oes it seem hard to find time to sit down with God?


In this book, the author Letitia Suk gives the reader options and guidance to discover retreats.  It not only explains how but why we need retreats.

At first look I thought that this book would be a personal retreat for me to do on my own time, but this is a great guide to find a type of retreat that suits you, as well as a guide in the back on how to find a retreat. 

I found this book to be a great help in realizing how important retreats are, and that they are invaluable for us to spend time alone with God.

Kregel Publishers

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.






Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Newton & Polly A Novel of Amazing Grace




This is a fictional novel, based on the famous John Newton and Polly Catlett.  Most people are familiar with the name John Newton, author of  " Amazing Grace"; one of the most well-known hymns that we sing today.

In this novel we are taken back to the the year 1742 when Polly and John meet for the first time.   We are introduced to each character and taken into their lives and read about the history that came to be.

From their chance meeting, into their relationship and through John's struggles to finally have a relationship with God.

Honestly, this is one of the best novels I have read this year.  It kept me captivated and wanting to read more about each character, drawing me into the lives of these two people.

The author has done thorough research and it shows in her writing.   There is also a reader's guide in the back that one could use this book for a group reading and discussion.

I recommend this book for anyone who likes historical, historical romance or would love to learn more about the man who wrote "Amazing Grace", and how the hymn came to be.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.