Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rediscovering Discipleship by Gallaty


 I loved this book because it is centered on Jesus and greatly practical in application. I often take for granted that a word like discipleship can mean many things to many people. This book defines the true meaning of biblical discipleship based on the example of Jesus. It is a very interesting and helpful read.

Being in a discipleship group myself, because of the encouragement from my pastors and reading Growing up by the author, I have experienced the fruit and blessing of discipleship groups first hand. I have been praying about facilitating our group in a better way and this book has helped answer that prayer. Every Christian would do well to read it and consider how to apply it to their life as a Christian and disciple-maker.

I highly recommend this book to others in the church. It is very important that we learn how to disciple and be discipled in order to grow in our walk with Christ which should be the main goal in our walks.

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

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

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Book Review: The Call to Joy and Pain by Fernando


I really enjoyed this book. One may think joy cannot be found in pain but this book helps work you through that process by exploring Colossians and the life of Paul and Jesus. It also walks you through contemporary examples of people walking this kind of lifestyle out. It is encouraging to be surrounded by "a great cloud of witnesses" while reading this book.

The art of walking worthy of your calling takes encouragement. This book helps you in that. It is written in such a way where you could read one selection a day and just ponder it. Each selection is like a gospel saturated devotional that is good for any person. All who read this should come away encouraged in Christ.

I came away encouraged in my walk with Christ knowing suffering is just part of it but in that suffering is growth not only for me but also those that God has placed in my life to watch. We are made to live in community and it is important to suffer together for His glory as much as it is important to celebrate victories together for His glory.

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

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Book Review: Called for Life by Brantly


This book detailed the account of Dr. Brantly and his family during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. It is very interesting and answers questions that the reader may have about this very international event.

What is inspiring about this book is that Dr. Brantly appeared to trust the Lord through this entire ordeal, whether it was from faithfully serving others who were ill or persevering through his own illness, his trust seemed to hold strong because he knew that it was a stronger arm that held him; the arm of God.

I like that this book helps the reader understand the conditions in Africa and the cultural challenges to treating specific illnesses. Honestly, if they had the equipment and resources we had in America, those illnesses would not spread as badly.

I came away in awe of the sovereignty of God and a desire to help others. There are a lot of whys to why do some live here or there or live or die? These questions we grapple with under His sovereignty and goodness. The important part is that those of us who are able and have access to needed aid need to stand up and use those resources to help others for His glory. Because of His love we can love others.

This is a good read and you can get a copy from Amazon here.

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

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Book Review: Gospel Conversations: How to Care Like Christ


 This is a great book that I think all Christians would benefit in reading. We all need to know how to care for others more like Christ. This book walks you through how to do this in counseling relationships with people.

 It is an excellent and detailed overview to help lay people fulfill this role for the church. The book is set up to help you go through this as a group, which I highly recommend. It gives you soul searching questions that apply to each section that will aid you in knowing pitfalls and areas to address before counseling others. This is an important step in counseling others.

Lay people are proven to be the most successful help to those in distress with in the church body. The problem is that too many are not properly trained. This resource is a good start for that.

This book also includes helpful form examples for a more formalized counseling ministry if you desired to start that up within your church.

Loosely stated, counseling can mean many things to many people. This book takes some time to explain them all. It is beneficial to know your people and know what is best for them.

I am currently training and completing coursework in Biblical Counseling at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. This book has reminded me of all that I am learning. It really is a needed resource for the body of Christ. I hope you check it out.

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

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

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Book Review: Writers to Read by Wilson


This was an excellent read. Not only did I learn things about some writers with whom I am already familiar but also learned about some new authors I am now excited to read. This book is a great addition to your bookshelf because it expands your knowledge by taking the time to explore the minds and examples of others who excel at their craft. 

Each chapter covered a different writer, included a short biography, and gave detail about the things they wrote. At the end of each chapter there was a section that stated, "if you cannot read anything else, then read these books by this author." I have made a wish list of these recommended books and cannot wait to get started.

If you are a writer, it is wise to read other writers. It works as a type of mentoring. You can only improve your craft by studying others. This book is a good place to start. I definitely recommend it.

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

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

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Book Review: Bathsheba by Hunt

I am more of a non-fiction reader than a fiction reader but part of that comes from a fear of imagination. This currently plagues my thoughts. We, who are redeemed, have what C.S. Lewis called a baptized imagination, and in imagination, good things can happen. Books like this help me break free from whatever fear holds me back. First, this is for what I am most thankful.

Second, honestly, after the first few chapters, I felt extremely uncomfortable like a rat trapped in a maze trying to find an impossible escape, yet I kept with this book until the last page and about a fourth of the way in, I was deeply hooked. This exposed things in my heart that I needed to deal with which in turn helped me worship God more fully.

The book itself is a wonderful historical fiction that exams the life of Bathsheba. It goes right along with Scriptural history and traces Bathsheba's life filling in probabilities of the imagination for a woman of that time period. The writing is beautiful and the story is told through the eyes of Bathsheba and the prophet Nathan, both real characters of the Bible itself.

After my personal hangups, which again have nothing to do with the author, I found myself drawn in and really enjoying this book. The author has also written on on the life of Esther and when time permits, I plan to read as well. Again, I am thankful for this book. I think it was well done. If you are looking for some quality fiction, this is a good choice. If you know the Bible you may know that this book would include real, hard issues so I recommend it for mature high schoolers and above.

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

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

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book Review: The Story of God's Love for You by Jones


This is such a great book! I just about absorbed it all in one day. It is simply the Jesus Story Book Bible in a new format for teens or adults. It kept me smiling because I just love how it reminds you over and over of God's great love for you through Christ and what Christ did for us in and through that love. My children love the children's book so much and now I am glad there is a format available for adults! Also, it is a storybook bible so it would be beneficial to pass it out to anyone who was curious about God and His love.

One of the great things I like about this book is that each story points to Jesus. It keeps your eyes moving toward Jesus and what He has done. It is beautifully written, non-intimidating for the new Christian reader but developed enough for the oldest of Christians. I cannot even give you good enough words to describe how well done I think this project is! I think it would benefit everyone to have a copy. You will not be sorry!

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon.com on October 9th here.

You can check out the author's webpage here.

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