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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

One Blood by John Perkins

This book is described as "parting words to the church on race." John Perkins, a pioneer in the Civil Rights movement has written his final book as a challenge to the church in America to address the racial divide and tension existing in the country and the church today. He makes the case that there is only one race, the human race, and as humans we were made from one blood and then saved by one blood which is that of Jesus Christ.

The author covers issues of lament and confession followed by forgiveness and prayer. Examples of successful multi-cultural churches are described throughout this book.

There are questions for each chapter which would be helpful to use in a small group setting. The first step in overcoming our division is to listen. This would be a great way to begin with discussing the book with people of various cultures in a group setting. I plan on doing just that in my local church and community.

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

Longing for Motherhood by Chelsea Patterson Sololik

This is an important book addressing the pain and suffering as the result of being unable to bear children. Chelsea Sololik found out at the age of nineteen that she would be unable to bear children. Her journey through the grief and suffering as a result of that condition is at times painfully honest. She openly shares her feelings as she processes what that means as she gives up the desire of bearing her own children.

She offers practical advice to individuals who are experiencing the same pain she has, those who are involved with someone dealing with infertility and finally how the church can minister to those who are suffering.

This book also explores how to grieve unfulfilled desires; how to trust God in the seasons of sorrow; how to fight for and hold on to hope and finally how to find purpose when a traditional mothering role is not an option.

I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with the issue of bearing their own children.
I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for this honest review.   

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.