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Friday, April 6, 2018

Lies Women Believe and The Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

This book is a updated and expanded version of the earlier book  “Lies Women Believe and The Truth That Sets Them Free”  published in 2001 by the same author. This new book addresses some of the current issues facing a new generation of women.  The principles described in this book include identifying the area of spiritual bondage and/or sinful behavior;  identifying the root of the bondage and/or destructive behavior; and then replacing the lie found in the Truth of God’s Word, the Bible.

Lies women believe include lies believed about God, about themselves; about sin; about priorities; about sexuality; about marriage and children; about emotions; and about circumstances. At the end of each chapter are specific lies that women believe followed by the truth found in Scripture confronting each of those lies.

This book would be a valuable tool for a women’s small group study or individual study. It also would be a good tool to use for women who are mentoring other women.

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

Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

This book is a very helpful handbook for those in church leadership who make decisions about giving financial help to their own members and to those outside the church coming to the church for assistance.  The book begins by explaining the basic principles of poverty relief and guides you through the complex nature of poverty.  The purpose is to prepare you see the challenges faced by low income families and to prepare you to walk along with those individuals in humility helping them to transform their lives.

Also included in this book are helpful tools and resources that the church can use as you enter into relationships with low income individuals. Various scenarios are also described to help you to see how the principles presented in this book are applied. An online portal with resources is also included at the end of the book.

This book is an extremely helpful tool to enable churches to respond in a compassionate and godly way to those who are hurting financially.

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

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Patriot Number One by Lauren Hilgers

This is a true account of a Chinese man and his wife who left their Chinese village to seek asylum in the United States. Zhuang Liehong fears that his protests against the corrupt local government will end up with his imprisonment. He and his wife, Little Yan leave their infant son and travel to America. There in Flushing, New York they seek a better life and experience the ups and downs of adjusting to life in a new country along with keeping in touch what is happening in China.

This book shows what it is like for a Chinese immigrant to struggle with a new language, finding a job, and being separated from their loved ones. It is an eye opening look into the lives of those coming to this country seeking a better life. 

This book is published by Crown. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. This will be my last review for Blogging for Books as it is closing. In all I have submitted 151 reviews for this program.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Prayer Wheel by Patton Dodd, Jana Riess, and David Van Biema

The Prayer Wheel is a rediscovered aid to prayer that was used in the Middle Ages. The wheel looks like a target with bands containing a significant Christian text divided into seven phrases aligned like spokes. These spokes radiate from the word "God" which is at the center.

The book is divided into daily readings using the prayer wheel and is divided into four sections: Seven Paths Through the Prayer Wheel; Praying the Wheel for Everyday Life; Praying the Scriptures with the Wheel and The Bands of the Wheel.

Would be helpful for those looking for a more structured guide in their prayer life. This book is published by Convergent Books.

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Way to Brave by Andy McQuitty

Using the example of David facing Goliath, Andy McQuitty shows the reader how to develop a courageous faith in today’s challenging world. Only by relying on God can we become brave enough to live fully and courageously today and face tomorrow without fear.  There are some good reminders throughout the book including the fact that our primary mission on earth is not to engage the culture but to love our neighbor.

Using Scripture and personal illustrations throughout, the book is divided into the sections: God calls us, God anoints us, God breaks us, God tests us and God trains us.  There is much practical help in the book to help guide the reader along the pathway to a courageous soul and to embrace what God is doing in one’s life. Then when one has a Goliath moment in their live they will have the ability and the tools to stand, fight and win.  I found this book helpful in dealing with my own personal battles and would recommend it to others.

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

All Together Different by J. Brian Tucker & John Koessler

In this book, the authors draw from both Scripture and social identity theory to examine how we see ourselves as individuals and how that affects how we relate to others in community. Some issues examined include what part of our identity is fixed and what is alterable; how does sin affect our identity;  how our faith as Christians transforms our identity; and how personal  identity works itself out in church settings.The topics of racial and ethnic differences, gender identity and generational identity are also discussed.

The concluding chapter has helpful suggestions in moving forward in upholding the church’s unity while honoring the individual’s identity.  At the end of each chapter there are questions for reflection and discussion which would make this book a useful resource in a small group setting or for church  leadership teams to use to work through conflicts that arise in the church.  Understanding another person’s perspective and listening is always helpful in resolving conflict no matter what the setting. This book was informative and enlightening in understanding how to maintain one’s identity but also being in community with others.

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

Sunday, March 4, 2018

"When God Made Light" by Matthew Paul Turner & David Catrow

“When God Made Light” is a beautifully illustrated children’s book by the same writer and illustrator of “God Made You.” One of the lines in the beginning of the book says “Now, God made the sun to light up  our days, to cover our planet with life-filled rays.” The illustrations are of two sisters at play enjoying each other and the beauty of creation.  Their creative play in the sunlight and moonlight is simply delightful.

The author encourages the reader or listener to “beam like the sun and glimmer like a star.” This wonderful book is a great addition to any young child’s library and I am looking forward to reading it to my grandchildren.

The publisher is Waterbrook.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.