A Better Way To Know The Bible Better

Core 52 is for spiritual health what CrossFit is for physical fitness. In just fifteen minutes a day, you can master the fifty-two most important verses in the Bible. Most of us want to know the Bible better, but few reach our goal, often because we’re too busy or we don’t know where to start. Core 52 removes both barriers, offering a commonsense solution that fits into our busy lives. Mark E. Moore mentions that eighty percent of people of people who attend church desire to know the Bible better and that sixty percent who aren’t connected with church also want to be better educated in the Bible.

Some of the topics are devoted to Bible history and the events such as the Creation, The Fall, The Crucifixion, and The Resurrection, and other topics focused is concepts such as Love, Worship, Grace, and Humility. With 52 readings, each one has a five-day plan. With 15 minutes, you can increase your Bible knowledge.
 

I recommend Core 52 to anyone who desires to better understand God’s word. Core 52 challenges me to remember memory verses and practical ways to put what I have learned into practice. There is an optional “Overachiever Challenge” which offers me a chance to memorize the top 100 Bible verses. Core 52 is a way to build your Bible IQ and Christian worldview.

I received an advanced copy of this book from Waterbrook and Multnomah in return for an honest review.

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Across The Street and Around The World

Jesus said it plainly: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” How do we live this out in our ordinary lives? The world is changing. More than ever God is bringing people from other countries and cultures into our neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. But we often don’t know how to start building meaningful relationships with them. Author, Jeannie Marie shows us that following Jesus’ final instructions does not have to be impossible or hard as we might imagine

This is a must read for Christians everywhere! The author shares biblical knowledge, personal stories and advice on how to interact and connect with those in our neighborhoods. We should all be following Jesus advice and be the hands and feet and be disciples that go to the end of the earth. As I prepare for a mission trip to Africa, my eyes will be open more so as I have opportunities to interact with non-believers. Go buy yourself a copy of the book.

Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking

In his book Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking, Raleigh Sadler, president and founder of Let My People Go, makes the case that anyone can fight human trafficking by focusing on those who are most often targeted. This book invites the reader to understand their role in the problem of human trafficking, but more importantly, their role in the solution.

Human trafficking can be defined as the exploitation of vulnerability for commercial gain. Using the power of story and candid interviews, Sadler seeks to discover how ordinary people can fight human trafficking by recognizing vulnerability and entering in. Besides sex trafficking, there is also agricultural labor, hospitality and service industries. The book explores the victims and how we can help, but we can’t rush in with a “rescue” complex.

“Sin caused the exploitation of vulnerability-Human traffickers prey on the most vulnerable- the young, prisoners, the homeless, the poor. We who are all vulnerable should be reaching out to those and become their friends. Only then can we change things. The author mentioned that “each of us has gifts and abilities that we can use. I promise you that as we grow where we are planted, we will be able to do much more then if we tried to serve in a way that is not a fit with who we are.”
I wonder how many of us has tried to serve in a way that is not a fit with who we are. We need to remember Jesus knows our plans way before we do, and as vulnerable people, we can empower other vulnerable people, because Christ was mad vulnerable for us.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Heart of A King

“The Heart Of A King” is the first book that I have read from author Jill Eileen Smith. Portions of the book are part of previous e-books, however I don’t feel it is necessary to read those to understand King Solomon.  The author is a master story teller and the reader will be pulled in from page one bringing scripture to life. I love reading biblical historical fiction and King Solomon did not disappoint. I look forward to reading the author’s other books.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of the book mentioned above in the hope that I would review it on my blog. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Truly Inspiring: Reclaim Your Dream. Ignite Your Passion.

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Release Date: September 25, 2018

Publisher:  Waterbrook Multnomah

ISBN: 9780525650300

Genre: Non-Fiction / Christian Living

Imagine when hearing the sound of the morning alarm, instead of groaning or slapping the snooze button, you awaken-mind, heart, and soul- to possibility. Something better. Something more. Imagine waking up each day fueled by a whisper: ‘This is the day.’”

This is the day to say yes to your dreams. In “This Is The Day, sports icon Tim Tebow challenges you to stop putting off until tomorrow what God is calling you to do today. Whether you need to get in shape, change your career, or reach out to someone in need, “This Is The Day” inspires you to not delay but to seek God’s purpose now.

I am not a huge sports fan, but I do remember that Tim Tebow  played football during his time in college and that he was known for writing John 3:16 on his face which intrigued me that someone can really be bold with his faith. In this inspiring  book, readers will be encouraged to move from “pause” to “play” in finding deeper meaning with everyday life and with Jesus.  This is the first book that I have read from Tim Tebow and will be reading his other books.

Although Tim Tebow is passionate about his career with football and baseball, he really wants to be known for his faith in Jesus and how he serve others and God at the same time. He is a role model to many, who loves to encourage others and very humble. He will put others before him  especially when a hurricane landed on the east coast, he decided to stay in Florida to help as many people as he could that were going to be in the path of the storm.

Tim encourages the reader to chase after your dream today.  Choose today to live a life like Jesus. Don’t put off tomorrow what you can accomplish today. Choose today to tell your loved ones that you love them. Live for today, not tomorrow, next week or next month.

There are examples in each chapter of how the reader can apply Tim’s messages to every day life. Each chapter ends with question challenging you about your walk with Christ.  To sum up the book, Tim extends  invitation to those who do not yet know Christ to accept the free gift of a hope-filled life. You may feel Jesus knocking at the door of your soul. Don’t fight it. Open the door and accept His gift of eternal life.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All written opinions are my own.

The Life Giving Leader

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“Christian leaders should be the best leaders in the world because we have the best Leader in the world teaching us.”

“The Life Giving Leader” spoke to me in ways I did not think the book would. I am not a leader in the workforce, although I do lead a team of volunteers. We need to be life giving leaders just like Jesus.

As it turns out, whether I’m a “leader” in the traditional sense or not, I can and absolutely should still lead. I found that this book applied to me and the way I wish to live my life. We are to be confident in our work as we serve others, but remain humble, just like Jesus.

Knowing who you are and embracing your uniqueness, helps you to be an effective leader. God has given each of us passions, talents and gifts and we will live and lead best when we operate out of our uniqueness.

He didn’t create just a part of you for a unique purpose. He created all of you for 100 percent of your purpose.

Tyler Reagin talks about four characteristics of leaders, Sweat, sacrifice, surrender and serve. We should exemplify these four characteristics in the way we live life every day. The author puts a lot of emphasis on teams, that we should put others first, taking the time to know your team members and to value them and most importantly appreciate their unique gifts, are all things we should be practicing in all our relationships.

I enjoyed the book and those who follow Jesus should read it. One does not necessarily need to be part of a team to appreciate this book. I liked that the author used different bible passages showing leadership.

*I received a copy of this book free of charge from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of the LIFE GIVING book launch team.

Before I Saw You

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Before I Saw You is set in the small southern Indiana town of Riverton. The town has seen its share of hardships, but the ravages of heroin use has left it almost without any  hope. The story is told in the first person voice of Jaycee Givens, a girl hanging on by the barest of threads. Jaycee, the main character struggles with. doubt, and always second-guesses herself and God. Her family consists of Sudie, an elderly cemetery custodian, Carla, her boss at the local diner, Gabe, a newcomer to town  and several other community member who stand along side her even in the darkest times. 

I loved the picture of church family that the author paints, grace-filled and mercy-led. Jaycee sees God in action throughout the book. Two of the themes that stood out to me are learning to let go and give things over to God and trusting Him with the many curveballs that life may throw at us.

“Before I saw You” is well written love how the author  weaves grace, mercy, forgiveness and love into the story that leaves the reader feeling blessed throughout the book. I highly recommend Sorrels’ other novels, “How Sweet The Sound” and “Lead Me Home.”

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Tyndale (publisher) in exchange for an honest review. These thoughts and opinions are my own.

Better Together: Discover The Power of Community

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Better Together is a unique book on the foundations of community and why God’s design for humanity was always for us to be together. Rusty George is an introvert who is annoyed by people more than he is amazed by them. I can relate to that kind of believer because I enjoy doing life with fellow believers.

Exercise, Eat right, Share your faith, Produce fruit for God, ever feel like success in life is all about you? And even trying to “die to self” only makes you more self consumed? The author gives us tools to “do life together,” we all need to lean on others in time of need and bring people into our everyday life. Together we connect with God better! Together we heal better! Together we overcome fears, raise families, fight temptations, and bless the world better. There are over one hundred passages in the bible where the words let us are used. We need to encourage each other and serve one another. Jesus found life and mission are better done together, than so should we.

I highly recommend the book if you truly want to walk the life that we all should be doing each day. We are all trapped in a self imposed prison of isolation while we complain about being alone, but the door is locked from inside. We all desire authentic relationships and we need to not let things get in the way.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Mercy, Love, and Forgiveness

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“Where Hope Begins” is about a family that from the outside looks perfect, but yet imperfect once the reader steps inside the book. Are we not imperfect, wanting to be more Christ-like? That is if we have Jesus.
 
The author tackles serious real life issues that happens to couples and people everyday that tug at your emotions and heart. A family dealing with brokenness, a domino affect of a family quickly spiraling out of control from a series of poor decisions and fallout after a tragedy that affects everyone. But……. it is also a story of mercy, love, forgiveness, will challenge your faith and hope. “Where Hope Begins,” is told from Savannah’s point of view and how she handled anger, betrayal and grief. As she dealt with these emotions, I found myself getting pulled into her story. My heart ached for Savannah, the tears flowed. 
 
Make sure you have tissues handy, you will cry, laugh and your heart will be touched. You will feel the raw emotions of each character. I felt like I was having coffee and sitting across the table from Savannah as she tried to make sense of the situation that she was faced with. I highly recommend this book.
 
Romans 8:28 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
 
“I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to pust a review. All opinions in this review are my own.” 
 
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The Heart Between Us

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The Heart Between Us is a heartwarming story of twin sisters, Megan and Crystal. Born with a weak heart, Megan spent her childhood in and out of hospitals in the mean time, her sister Crystal enjoyed her life, played sports and got all the guys. Crystal is the overachiever sister and feels guilty for having a healthy heart. She throws herself in everything within reach and controls everything. Megan tries to do everything right due to the heart transplant and extremely cautious to not over do. Megan meets the heart donor’s parents who give her their daughter’s journal and an unfulfilled bucket list. This book will bring you on a journey of a life time with each character where they rediscover the twin bond and sisterly love. Hope, love, mercy, romantic love, healing, and without God we are nothing. I enjoyed the story and how the author was able successfully weave two sisters who were at odds with each other, but eventually rediscovered each other and put the past behind them. Change is always good, especially if it is good change. This was the first book that I have read by Lindsay Harrel and looking forward to reading her other books.

I received an Advance Reader’s copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

A Raw Look At Sin and Grace

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As a follower of Jesus since 2003, this book was a reminder that we all struggle, but am comforted knowing Jesus seeks my heart and that I do not need to be perfect.

What if you knew all the moments of my past that I am not proud of? What if you really knew me, the messy parts that I’ve hoped to forget and worked hard to conceal? For so long, my greatest fear was what you might think of me if you only knew the whole story.

Jamie Ivey lays everything out on the table, let’s her guard down and shares her stories and struggles. The theme of “If You Only Knew” is that Jesus’ love for us is more powerful than a secret, shameful past or failure. The book is not so much about the author’s story, but of grace, mercy and the transforming power of Jesus Christ. He wants us to come before Him, skeltons and all. He loves us regardless. We are quick to put labels on ourselves and feelings of insecurity. God takes our failures and turns them into testimonies of His faithfulness. We all need to stop hiding from Him and let Him in.

I received the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

The Hidden Enemy

What’s going on in our world? Dr. Youssef, a social and cultural expert, explains in detail the destructive forces tearing our world apart. Agressive secularism is stripping our nation of truth, as many Christians are browbeaten into silence. What can save us from this chilling future? The author shows how we can win the war.

The Hidden Enemy: Aggressive Secularism, Radical Islam and the Fight for Our Future peaked my interest simply because our nation and our people are under attack, religious persecution is on the rise and people are afraid to voice their opinion for fear of offending others. This book was quite an eye-opener.

The author shares his own personal testimony of growing up in Egypt during civil unrest and tensions which have existed between Christians and Muslims. Every Christian should read this book and completely understand that we are slowly losing our freedoms.

“They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” Everyone’s eyes should be on Jesus and no one else.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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