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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Whisper by Mark Batterson

Product DetailsMark Batterson has done a masterful job of describing how God speaks to His people today. Through Scripture and personal stories and illustrations, he explains seven love languages that God uses to speak to an individual. These include Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Prompting and Pain. He explains each of these languages in this very readable and informative book.

I would highly recommend this for anyone seeking to hear God’s voice and to understand His leading in their lives. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Immeasurable by Skye Jethani

So many times in church ministry, the thought is that bigger is better.  Whether it is a worship service or an outreach event, the more people involved or the more money that is raised determines whether the service or event has been a success. Instead of focusing on doing the work or ministry, Skye Jethani asks ministry leaders to take a step back and ask “Are we doing the right work?”

Although, the book is mainly for pastors, I found many of the questions raised in the book pertaining to anyone involved in leading within the church.  The book can be read  a chapter at a time with time used to reflect on the questions posed at the end of each chapter. Chapter titles included Ambition, Effectiveness, Wastefulness, Enemies, Brevity, Celebrity, Technology, Justice and Consumers to name a few.  Topics examined include how American consumerism has affected whether or not we commit to a local church; why reading is an essential discipline of ministry; and is effectiveness a measure of success or an idol.

This book is a valuable resource to anyone who in actively involved in ministry and provides much food for thought and reflection.

I received this book from Moody Publishers for this honest review. 

Long Before Luther by Nathan Busenitz

The author of this book poses the question,"Was the Reformation understanding of justification through faith alone an invention or a recovery?" Author Nathan Busenitz first takes a look at the church history in documents dating from before Augustine. He then examines what Augustine has to say about justification and finally takes a look at the church after Augustine.

This book is based on documents which are duly quoted and noted in this historical survey. The conclusion of the book is that the Reformation understanding of justification was not a theological innovation never before anticipated in church history. The doctrine of justification or sola fide is anchored in God's Word and it is also affirmed throughout church history. It was not a new concept created at the time of the Reformation.

This book is for those seriously interested in  theology, church history and/or the Reformation, I received this book from Moody Publishers for this review.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

Product DetailsThis is a heartbreaking true story of a former captive of the Islamic State. Nadia and her family belonged to the Yazidi community in the village of Kocho, in northern Iraq. This peaceful community got along well with their Muslim neighbors until ISIS captured their town. Everyone in the small village was either captured or killed. Nadia was taken captive along with other female family members and all were sold as sex slaves within the ISIS network.

Although she was repeatedly raped and beaten, Nadia manages to escape. She is able to tell her story to the United Nations and to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her courage and strength are an inspiration. The story opens the reader's eyes to the brutality of ISIS and also gives an understanding of the Yadizi people and their religion.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Prairie Girl's Faith by Stephen W. Hines

Product DetailsLaura Ingalls Wilder is well known for her "Little House on the Prairie" series of books. What is not well known is what her spiritual life was like. The author attempts to cast some light on Laura's spiritual life as she was growing up in her pioneer family as well as in her later life.

While not going into a great deal of detail, examples of the hymns the Wilder family would have sung and a history of the churches they attended are described. There are also recollections of people who knew her personally during her later years.

It makes for interesting reading for those who are fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Nourished by Lia Huber

Product DetailsThis memoir is one of food, faith and enduring love. And it also includes recipes which adds an extra bonus to reading this book. Lia Huber's quest to be nourished takes many twists and turns along the way beginning in Corfu, winding through Mexico. Costa Rico, and other inviting places. Along the way she discovers new foods and tastes which she describes so well to the reader.

Not only is Lia looking for physical nourishment, but she finds she is also looking to fill a void she feels both spiritually and emotionally. Along the way she becomes a Christian and her spiritual journey is interwoven through her story. Faced with a number of physical challenges, she learns the art of enjoying simple food and finding hope and healing as a result.

Her journey is one in which she discovers her calling to be nourished and to nourish others.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Monday, October 30, 2017

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs

Product DetailsThe book of Proverbs is filled with wisdom. Author, Liz Curtis Higgs, takes selected verses from the book of Proverbs. Her intent is not to give you a list of do's and don't, but instead to show you how good God is.

The book is organized into 31 chapters, which makes it ideal to read one chapter a day on the given day of the month. At the end of each chapter is "One Minute, One Step" which is a short exercise for you to do to apply the spiritual truth found in that chapter. Also, there is a study guide in the back of the book which could be used to aid in the discussion of the book in a small group setting.

I have yet to read a book by Liz Curtis Higgs that I did not enjoy and gain some spiritual insight from. She is open in sharing her own struggles in life as she delves into the truth from the book of Proverbs. I would highly recommend this book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.