Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Review: Pulling Back the Shades by Slattery and Gresh

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There is a book out currently called, 50 Shades of Grey, that is a damaging book toward one's mind and relationships. I blogged about it here. before but now like with all popular books these days there is a movie coming out about it on Valentine's days of all days...Christian woman, please do not see this movie!

 This book, Pulling Back the Shades, is a book that the authors wrote to counter 50 shades but also to educate Christian women on sexuality God's way. Education is needed on what God says in His word about sex. The church needs to talk about this especially in light of what our current world is offering in the form of entertainment.

Pulling Back the Shades explores reasons why women turn to erotica and how to help with this. There are stories of women who have suffered at the hands of the sin of this stuff and are suffering grave consequences from it. The good news is that any woman can be free from it if she chooses too. The truth is that only intimacy can fill a woman's heart and like porn this false intimacy that is accomplished through books and movies like 50 shades destroys true intimacy. Great and amazing sex that lasts can only be experienced in a pure marriage bed between two biblically married intimate partners. Intimacy is much more than bodies banging together which may be thrilling for a moment but rocking intimacy that lasts and is extraordinary can only be experienced the way the Bible requires otherwise you are robbing your self of God's best for you.

 There are great dangers that occur in your mind, heart, body and soul that do occur when you expose yourself to this. It is hard work to get them out of your mind so you can truly give yourself fully to the one you are married to or will be married to. Trust God's best and stay away from this stuff!

 The book explores the psychological research that has proven this to be true. And it explores why it even matters anyway to God. It is a good and informative book that any Christian should read who knows women who are reading, 50 Shades, or other erotica type books. It will help you talk to them, warn them and counsel them back to the truth. Overall you cannot make people do anything but you can warn and help them avoid things that are not beneficial for them.

 If you have the book, 50 Shades of Grey, they will send you a free copy of Pulling Back the Shades when you trade it in to them. Check out http://www.authenticintimacy.com/ Also, if you just need help they are great to counsel you in this area of sexual intimacy biblically, there is no shame in that. Most of us have been there in this war torn world whether we admit it or not.

 If you would like a free ebook of this, Pulling Back the Shades, I have a few to give away. Just message me or comment.

 You can get a copy on Amazon here as well.

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

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Book Review: Ordinary by Merida

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Overall I found this to be a good book.. It was an easy to read book about how ordinary life, which the majority of us live, is where the extraordinary is. It is true Christianity to live the gospel out  in our day to day interactions.

It was also a call to social action because too many of us in churches have fallen asleep in that area. The best way to share the light of the gospel is by being that neighbor who shows faithful neighbor love and speaks the truth in love to those in need. This book was just a reminder of this. Too often we get focused on doing big things when the most important things are the little things done faithfully.

This book can encourage any believer and remind them of what this life in Christ is really about.

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

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

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Book Review: The Skeletons in God's Closet by Butler

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I was not sure what I was getting into when I decided to review this book but I am so glad I did. The subtitle, The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War, was intriguing to me. There is not much good teaching out there on the topic of hell but this book was gold. It helped me see hell as a mercy of God and see God's love more brightly. It was an informative read and saturated with gospel goodness.

This title would be a good one for all Christians to read. Christians need to be informed about hell, judgment and holy war because they are topics that people like to bring up. The sad thing about these topics are that they make God seem cold for letting them happen but this book shows you the merciful perspective of this. It clears up misconceptions of God and is thoroughly biblical.

This is a book that is helpful to read now and again just to be reminded because this is not a topic that is talked about much in the right way.

You can get a copy of this book from amazon.com here.
I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Book Review: Get Your Joy Back by Wallin

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I adored this book! Any parent with special needs children will be encouraged by this. Any one wanting to understand what life is like for families that live with special needs daily should get this book. It was a breathe of fresh air for me personally because I am struggling currently with my family and child with special needs.

The author has experience with several special needs categories personally and through surveys and helping moms with other needs she can truly relate to any special need. Really no matter what trial you are facing in life through this journey, this book reminds you to keep your focus on Christ as you journey and that we are not alone.

It was a relief to read words that reminded me of my life and feeling of what "normal" looks like. I was relieved to know someone got this! Someone knew what I was going through physically, emotionally and spiritually. The author addresses all of these topics with an easy to read format which is needed for moms who have little time but each paragraph is grace filled and authentic to this struggle but with the hope of finding God in it.

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

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

Monday, December 29, 2014

Top Five Posts of 2014 from Refresh My Soul

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I did not have a strong writing year this year on my personal blog. I did more book reviews than posts. I am not sure why this is except for the busyness of life. I have been contributing articles consistently around the web so it keeps the discipline of writing at work. This year I have contributed to various places including, Comfort in the Midst of Chaos, The End in Mind, The Gospel Coalition, and Life Letter Cafe. Check them all out. I love what all of these ministries do and how they point others to Christ.

The top Five most viewed posts from Refresh My Soul this year are as follows:

1-Disney channel post
I was very passionate about what I saw Disney sneak in a popular show this year. I guess my passion in writing brings in more views or perhaps it was because this was about Disney.
2-So what is wrong with 50 shades of grey anyway?
Again, another passionate post and it is about popular culture. I guess again, that brings in views on a blog.
3-Invisible Illness at Church
I am actually happy this one made the top viewed list, education is key. For my fellow invisible illness friends, this is dedicated to you.
4-Tragedy of being unequally yoked
This was just simply our story and God's grace toward us.
5-On Losing those things dear
Another passionate post about losing my dearest friend. And I can say on this day, I really am okay. God is good.

Top Two honorable mentions:

In Bible Times There was No Processed Food but People Still Got Sick
This post really got me thinking about sickness. Today people think they have all the answers to stop sickness. We crave a fountain of youth while our bodies decay but the truth is Jesus is going to restore all things one day, sin has caused all of this decay and there is no cure but Him. Come Lord Jesus.
The Perfect Facebook Life
This post was just a plea for people to stop being fake.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

My Top Five Books Read of 2014

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Of course I love books so naturally I will leave you with a list of my top five this year. It was very hard to only pick five books but so not to overwhelm you I will leave you with that (including a few honorable mentions). Feel free to ask me at anytime about other books I love and I will gladly share more with you.

A Loving Life by Paul Miller, This book will wreck your life in a good way. By far this is a MUST read, you will be better off for it. I even listened to the audio later this year and it still struck a cord in me that all Christians need to let sink in. Such a good book! Read it. Do. It will be worth it.

When Helping Hurts-This book is also a must read for Christians. It helps clarify and explain what the Bible says about helping those in poverty and hard situations. It helps you examine your thoughts and guides you biblically as how to really help those who are hurting by not hurting them in the process.

God's Great Plan - This is the BEST gospel-centered and gospel picture written for children I have ever read in such an easy format. I LOVE this book and the clarity it brings for children to best understand the big picture of the gospel story overall. The pictures are also wonderfully done. It is a great book I think should be in anyone's collection.

Look and Live - This book was the most worshipful book I have read and it spurned my heart on to worship. Each page dripped God's goodness. Matt Papa is a gifted writer in communicating God's glory for the reader to easily digest and stop and just worship page by page. A GREAT read and a book I will read again to help me remember the goodness of the gospel and God's glory. Get this!

Spiritual Warfare -  This is a great gospel centered view on Spiritual Warfare. I do believe this topic is to often neglected. This title is a good read and another I believe every Christian should have on their book shelf. Not only was it an easy enough read but it is such an important topic for we are in a war that we often forget. This book will help you pray better and have a greater understanding of God as a whole.

Now these are also really good books that I loved and deserve honorable mentions.

United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity by -Trillia Newbell, great gospel-centered book on unity. I really loved this and it is an easy read.

Treasuring Christ When your hands are full by Gloria Furman, great book on motherhood and it will greatly encourage you in the gospel as you parent.

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, Great book on beholding the beauty of Christ through the Word. I do believe it is a must read for every woman believer.

Risky Gospel by Own Strachan, Filled with gospel goodness and challenge.

The Giver Series by Lois Lowry (Not Christian books but the best fiction I have read this year.)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours

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It has been a whirlwind of a year!!! We pray your Christmas is filled with His great blessings!

 
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