Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Book Review: Proverbs Commentary by Kidner

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My family and I have been reading through the Proverbs this new year and as much as I love the book of Proverbs alone, a commentary is quite helpful for aiding in the deeper study of the Word. I really like Derek Kidner and his commentaries. This particular commentary is not difficult to read for the regular layperson. It is easy to look up a particular section of a Proverb because of the straightforward layout. It's definitely a good tool to have for enhancing your biblical studies. And as always, Kidner points you to the deeper meaning in Christ or the Bible as a whole.

I received a copy of this book at no charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon.com here. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Book Review: Idols of a Mother's Heart by Fox

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Wisdom in practical living is how I would categorize this book. This author will consistently point you to Christ in her writings. This book is no different. However, the focus is for mother's and how we often live with idols in our heart. We all struggle with idol making but motherhood brings a unique set of idols to the table. With grace, the author helps the reader try to discover what those are and then replace them with truth. 

This book has questions at the end of each chapter that would help with group discussion. You can read it alone but I recommend you grab a group of moms and really sit and think about what idols you are embracing often without even knowing. In community you can help one another see these and support one another in the process of letting them go. Plus, who doesn't need support and encouragement on the journey of motherhood?

I recommend this book as edifying for mothers. It will bless you. You can get a copy from Amazon.com here.

I received a copy of this book at no charge for the purpose of an honest review.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Book Review: Suffering by Tripp

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This book is an incredible comfort to the suffering soul. Paul Tripp understands suffering in a way that is helpful to any fellow sufferer. He does have the ability to comfort those who are in distress with the comfort he has received from God. He does this through his skill with words in this book.

In many ways, I felt like he was speaking insight into my own personal season of suffering. It was extremely helpful and most importantly always pointed me back to hope in Christ alone.

This book is a staple for the church. Everyone will suffer in some way at some time in their life, therefore everyone needs to read this book.

This book is also beneficial to study together as a group. It has questions to ponder at the end of each chapter. Since community is a huge part of healing for the sufferer, a group study would be great for this book.

I received a copy of this book at no charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book on Amazon.com here.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Book Review: Unexpected Blessings by Peoples

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When you receive a life-altering diagnosis, it changes everything. Grief hits. You must get to the place where you accept your normal. It is not an easy process. And the waves of grief may continue to hit your entire life but as you hope in Christ and trust His plans for your life more and more the challenges become opportunities for growth and in that growth you see what a blessing it is that your life has actually become.

Unexpected Blessings unpacks all of what I typed above and so much more. It is a must read for parents of special needs children or friends of those with special needs. It is grace-filled, packed with wisdom and Scripturally sound.

This book would be a great tool to use with a group. It is also fine to read it alone. Either way, it will bring growth and a desire to worship God to your life. This book is a great encouragement for your journey. It is worth taking the time to read.

You can get a copy of this book at Amazon here.

I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher for the sake of an honest review.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Book Review: Aching Joy by Hague

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 This book was gold. I highly recommend it. It is about having dreams, expectations, and prayers that are too high for our situations. When I say prayers that are too high I am not saying God cannot work miracles and healings. He still does that today. However, often he also chooses to say no or not yet when we pray for things. This book takes you on a journey through that land of waiting.

Reading it you will be challenged. You will understand how to adjust your view of trials. You will see God more clearly as a good Father who does take care of us even in the desperately hard times.

Much of the journey in this book was about a father and his son with autism, however, it can be applicable to most any life that is dealing with disappointment.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon here.
I received a copy of this book at no charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Book Review: Better than Eden by Guthrie

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This book was fantastic. Maybe it's because there are just certain times in your life when you are in a certain place that a book really speaks to you? I have no idea but this one lands in my top ten of all time favorite books and for you, that means I strongly urge you to pick it up and read it.

This book not only takes a great look at the overarching story of the Bible but it focuses a lot on restoration. I haven't heard much taught on this topic so this book was intriguing but sound. It encouraged me to worship God as I viewed Him more fully. When the big picture of restoration is more fully known your worship for God and His goodness increases.

This book helped me grow in the Lord and in sanctification. I do recommend it for all Christians to read because we need the hope of what is to come. We live in hard times and often lose the focus of what is to come. This book helps you focus and run your race with endurance.

I received a copy of this book at no charge from the publisher for the sake of review.

You can get a copy of this book at Amazon.com here.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Pretense

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Pretense is a mind prison. It's the hiding behind the costuming of the mask. Many live there. Some by choice and some unassumingly. For some it's a false sense of protection and others it's ignorance. The hiding behind the costuming of the mask creates a person who is more like a wall of stone than human.

The authentic life breaks them free, removing the mask, but people are afraid. Someone needs to take that first step so they know how to obtain liberty.

For now, the majority remain imprisoned. It's more comfortable to sit in the dark damp place behind the mask. Though the smell is murky it's just too familiar; dare I say comfortable? Light seems to be too much; too overwhelming. Familiar seems safe, why take the risk?

The one with hope looks longingly at the brightness knowing there is something beautiful, something more, but unless the mask comes off, they remain in the cell. The memory of beauty quickly fades.

Community is key to freedom. Genuine people helping each other along the journey to perfect freedom but that's exactly the problem, it takes brave faith and that step of faith takes risk.

Yet, we can look to our Savior. The One who left perfection and entered into a broken world. He came to us; mask free. Dear friend let us be brave because we "keep our eyes on Jesus, the source of and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" Hebrews 12:2, CSB.

Be brave friend. Lay down that mask because your eyes are on the perfect One. There is no longer need to fear others for it is He that we live for alone and He made you uniquely special the way you are, quirks and all. Live fully for Him. Lay down that mask. Befriend people without masks and help those who are ready to shed theirs by walking alongside them and pointing them to Jesus.
 
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