Friday, March 24, 2017

Fascinating Book!

The Moth Presents - All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown was a fascinating book to read.  This book is a compilation of personal stories which will cause you to think, laugh, cry, be perplexed, along with a wide range of other emotions.

I had not heard of The Moth before now, but am intrigued.  This book is broken into 7 Sections, each with a different focus.  They are as follows ~
  • The Eternal Music of the Spheres
  • Things I've Seen
  • Keeping the Lid On
  • Grace Rushes In
  • Like a Man Does
  • To Face the Fear
  • By Every Claim of Love

There are 45 short stories written by 45 different authors.  These are stories which recount some portion of their life which was a life changing or led to a life changing experience.  The authors share stories about times when they had to risk, have courage, forgive, and more.  There is a great deal of power in many of these stories.

I would recommend this book.  Most chapters are only 6-8 pages in length and are easy reads, yet profound.


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A MUST READ on PRAYER!

In his book, Talking With God: What To Say When You Don't Know How To Pray, by Adam Weber, is a must read.  This is not your typical book of how to's or what prayer is, yet it is exactly that!  This is what makes this book so good.

It's an easy read, it's written in a style which is personal and relational, there are tons of spaces between paragraphs, which helps the book to flow even better.

Weber breaks the book down into 4 sections ~
  1. The God we Talk With
  2. The Way We Pray
  3. How To Pray When . . . 
  4. Only The Beginning
Weber shares personal stories, stories from the past, and helps the reader to understand what he is proposing prayer is.  As he says in the beginning, prayer is . . . Talking With God.  Hence, the title of the book.  He goes on to say, as he looks at his family, prayer is silly, it's random, it can have a sense of comedy and unsteadiness, yet it is honest, it can be short, it's simple.

There are many nuggets in this book which can be underlined to help the reader move forward in their prayer life.

I would highly recommend this book!

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Short Devotional

In his short book, The 100 Most Encouraging Bible Verses, Troy Schmidt has written a book which is designed to give the readers a shot of hope and encouragement along their journey.

The book contains as the title states, 100 verses, which according to Schmidt are the most encouraging passages in the Bible.  Each verse is listed at the top of the page and a one page short devotion follows after that.  

The book works as a quick devotional or when you need a dose or extra dose of encouragement, it's a quick and easy read.





Schmidt uses a variety of translations, which I found a bit unsettling, since I like to stick with one version, however, that does not take away from the theme or message of the devotional.



It's always interesting to read someone else's top 100 encouraging verses, because there are always verses which are left out which I thought should be included.  Overall, this is an easy to read and quick read devotional.  It seems patterned to be somewhat similar to the Our Daily Bread devotional.


In the end, this is a good book to read on those rainy days.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fun Children's Book

When God Made You, by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow, was a fun and interesting children's book to read.  The book is filled with great imagination and lots of rhyming throughout the book.  The book has a great statement to make which cannot be impressed enough from the start - - God created you, each person, with a very specific purpose in mind.  The message of our uniqueness is woven throughout the book.

The book is possibly a little long for a child, or to be read for a child, but the message is excellent.  The illustrations are powerful and bold, which add to the story.

This book is filled with encouragement and hope.  It will be one a child will want read to them over and over.  What better message to hear, than you were specifically chosen by God to be uniquely you.

I recommend this book.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Learning about the Flood (Children's Book)

A Patch on the Peak of Ararat, by Gary Bower is part of the Children's Books in the A Faith that God Built Series.  It is wonderfully illustrated by Barbara Chottiner.  I found the book entertaining as one to read to younger children.  There are rhymes on every page which makes it a little more fun.

As in any children's book, there will be ad-libbing to fill in the blanks in the story.  At times it seemed that some of the words were a little advanced for younger children, and some explanation may need to occur, but overall, this is a fun book, which any child will enjoy, especially looking at the great pictures and gaining a small understanding of the story of the flood. 

I didn't expect this to be a complete theology or explanation of the flood, simply a story that opens the eyes of a child to what happened in one story in the Bible. 

I received this book from Tyndale Press in exchange for an honest review.

Living the Great Life

Jason Mitchell’s book, No Easy Jesus: How the Toughest Choices Lead to the Greatest Life, was a very easy to read and very good book.  He begins by asking some very simple rhetorical questions.  The same questions apply to you and I.  Do we believe in eating right and exercising?  Most of us would say yes.  The same holds true for the question - - about our belief in Jesus.  We know faith is more than simply believing with head knowledge.  We are called to follow Jesus.

Mitchell has broken the book down into 10 chapters - which are calls in our lives to let go of the “good life” and follow Jesus, so we can experience the “great life.”  At times this book hit home because we have all bought into the idea of living the comfortable life.  But Mitchell wants us to move beyond the comfortable . . . and those become the very difficult life choices which create life change.  Living the easy life, the so-called satisfied life is not necessarily the best life.  In fact, it usually is not the best life.

Jesus has promised us we can live the abundant life, but we choose the life of less than, and we become depressed and disappointed life has not turned out better for us.  He uses personal examples and stories to help the reader better identify with him.  He uses additional illustrations and stories to help make his points.

Overall, this is an easy to read book which may help someone move off their comfortable chair, and become invested in life.

I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.

Experiencing the Spirit

What do we do when we want and hope to experience the power of the Holy Spirit, yet, find ourselves and churches void of the Spirit of God?  That’s part of the purpose of this book by Sam Storms, Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in your Life.  I was taken back by the book because I was expecting it to be about all of the Spiritual Gifts, not a focus on the charismatic gifts alone.

Yet, I was not disappointed in the book.  Storms admits the book is geared to those who are theologically sophisticated, yet are yearning and hungry to experience the power of the Holy Spirit.  The book focuses on healing and prophecy more than most other charismatic gifts.  There is a theological and philosophical side to the book, yet, there is practical help for the reader. 

Many people want to experience the power of the Spirit more for their glory, than the glory of Christ, and Storms touches on that in the book, as he explains, sometimes God tells us to be grateful for the gifts you do have, and stop asking for what you do not have.  It is implicit throughout the book that Storms believes it is still possible to receive these spiritual gifts.

He explains the greatest way to experience these gifts is through prayer and fasting, yet again, the reminder if you are not receiving what you have prayed and fasted for, then God has given you an answer and humbly be thankful for the gifts you have received.

Overall, this is a very good book for those who are interested in learning more about the charismatic spiritual gifts.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Angels are Real!

I really appreciated Scot McKnight's book, The Hum of Angels: Listening for the Messengers of God Around us.  This is a grat resource book, which will be used often by me.  There is such a fascination with angels, and most people do not know if angels are real or not, and McKnight answers this question on biblical grounds, saying, "Yes, they are real!"

The book is in four parts, with 23 chapters in the book, each averaging about 8 pages each.  So, it's an easy to read book, which I believe can be used as a devotion as well. 

The 4 parts are as follows ~
1.  In Defense of Angels
2.  God's Loving Presence In Angels
3.  God's Loving Advocacy From Angels, and
4.  God's Loving Transformation Through Angels

My greatest appreciation is that McKnight moves through scripture to prove the reality of angels.  At one point he explained if we don't believe in angels, they how can we believe in the Bible, since the Bible declares angels are real.


He used a great deal of scripture which was very helpful and helped his argument.  Overall, this was an easy to read and excellent book.

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Power Through Weakness!

In their new book, The Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb, Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel have written an excellent and timely book.  The purpose of this book is a call to the church to return to the type and methodology of acquiring power. 

Jesus' way of power is the counter-intuitive way.  By becoming weak, becoming human, He gained power.  It's a call to Christians to turn to God's style of power, not the power of the world. 

The authors question power and authority as they see it in our world, especially in the celebrity pastor culture.  In order to address their questions and concerns, they turned to many leading Christian authors . . . asking about power.

They sought wisdom from the likes of J.I. Packer, Dallas Willard, Marva Dawn, John Perkins, Jean Vanier, James Houston and Eugene Peterson.  They seek to dispel the quick fixes too many people seek in order to acquire power.

They speak about their own struggles, those of colleagues and are refreshing in their approach, without being preachy.  It always comes back as a reminder that we must follow the ways of Jesus, not the ways of the world. 

This was a very informative and at times difficult book to read, but worth the read!

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hope Reclaimed!

I have been skeptical for awhile about faith issues in the White House and thought this would be an excellent book to help me.  In his book, Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House about the Future of Faith in America, Michael Wear has written an excellent book which is very helpful to all people who want to better understand the Obama Administration as it pertains to religion.

Wear has written what I believe to be an unbiased, objective book, for someone who was close to the Obama administration.  He includes stories, humor, and anecdotes.  This book is part memoir / biography and it is also a call to action for Christians.  Wear served President Obama in faith based outreach in the White House and in his Presidential campaign.  Wear describes himself as a Conservative Christian Democrat.  Something I don't think we hear of very often.

Wear sees the convergence of politics and religion and embraces it.  He actually is optimistic about the future.  He is not a black and white thinker, instead he calls for the people, especially Christians to embrace and both / and partnership between the church and government.  It is a different way to look at the church and politics, but one which has merit. 

This was a well written book and helpful to read as well.

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