Friday, July 22, 2016

In Union in Christ

In his book, Closer Than Close: Awakening to the Freedom of Your Union with Christ, Dave Hickman has written a very personal book.  I have preached on the premise of Hickman's book and wished I had it when I did my series. 

His premise is that we are not just to be in relationship with God, we are to go beyond that and be in union with God.  Hickman explained ~
To be "in" someone and have that someone "in" us isn't just close, it's closer than close --- it's to be in "union" or "Oneness" with that person.
 That's what Hickman is writing about.  It's about how we, the Christ-follower can move beyond the term and feeling of being in relationship with Christ, to being IN union with Christ.  To have Christ in me and me in Christ.

As I read he used terms I greatly appreciated.  I liked his use of the word perichoresis, which I've used many times before.  His chapter on the church was excellent, as well.

Overall, this is a challenging book.  But it was well worth the challenge.  I would recommend this book for those who want to go deeper in their "union" with Christ!

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

A Devotion with Meat

I have appreciated the writings of Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg, so I was looking forward to receiving this devotional book entitled, Today's Moment of Truth: Devotions to Deepen Your Faith in Christ.  I really liked the cover, it would look great on a coffee table, as it has a soft somewhat cushiony cover, with a nice picture on it.

Knowing Lee Strobel is into apologetics, I was looking forward to this because I wanted a devotional which had a little bit more meat on it.  He didn’t disappoint me.  There is a mix of theology and story which helps the theology come alive.  There were 360 devotionals, none are dated, so you can pick it up at any point and start reading. 

Each devotion is 2 pages in length and starts with a scripture and ends with a section called Truth for Today.  I would recommend this book for anyone wanting a devotion which has a little more theology in it, yet, easily understood.

I received a complimentary copy of this book though in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, July 09, 2016


In her book, Grieving the Loss of a Loved One, Kathe Wunnenberg has written an outstanding devotional on loss.  This book captured my attention from the beginning and she never let up.  The stories and illustrations are powerful.  They are practical, relevant and true to life.

She shares scripture and life experiences which will certainly help the person who is grieving to find comfort through his/her faith.

This is the type of book to be given to someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.  There are 12 sections in the book, which are listed below.  Within each section are about 4-6 chapters which are all short in nature.  Overall, there are 52 chapters in the book, which totals about 225 pages.  Below are the Section Headings ~
  1. Denying
  2. Venting
  3. Questioning
  4. Bargaining
  5. Crying
  6. Surrendering
  7. Accepting
  8. Praising
  9. Being
  10. Celebrating
  11. Relating
  12. Living
I highly recommend this book to read individually, then to be passed along as a gift.

Thanks to for the opportunity to read this book - - - in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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Not A Must Read: Silly at Times! But . . .

I thought I would like to read a totally different type of book for a change, so I chose this book through the site.  The authors, Anna Drezen and Todd Dakotah Briscoe wrote How May We Hate You? 

They began to work as traveling concierge's in New York City.  I can only imagine the stories, well, they shared many of their stories.  Some were downright hilarious, others left me yawning.  I am certain there are so many amazing and funny stories, but the book is really all negative.  That's the point of it!  Make fun of the many people who have no respect for others. 

So, they accomplished their task, but I was left wanting a few nice stores along the way.  They came up with a few, but not enough for me to say this is a must read. 

If you like books which are filled with negative stories, crazy demands and questions from people, then this is for you.  On the plus side, it is a fast moving book.  It's easy to skim and would make for a great bathroom book.  Something where you read a short anecdote, then move on.

Overall, I'm not really recommending this to most people who read my blog!  I do appreciate the opportunity to read it, and know the hospitality industry is filled with great people who have ridiculous demands which must be met.

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