A Struggle Between Faith & Doubt

Dr. Warren, a practicing a brain surgeon and an Iraq War veteran struggles with his faith when things don’t go as planned. Where God is when faced with patients who have brain cancer. We know that God is a mighty healer, but what happens when those who are faced with health trials are not healed. Why are others at peace, but some lose faith? One might wonder where God is when the diagnose comes in and it is not good.

Whether one is facing an illness, an injury, bankruptcy, divorce or tribulations, what you’re about to face will provide a greater opportunity for gain or loss than anything else you will experience in your lifetime.

The book was more than a memoir, it was about how one balances faith and the reality of a fatal disease. In the struggle between faith and doubt, the things we think we know often cause the most trouble.

A tough subject to discuss, life and death, for those who have a relationship with Jesus still struggle, but at the end of the day we know He is always with us and will never forsake us.

I received a copy of “I’ve Seen the End of You” from the publisher, Waterbrook & Multnomah in exchange for my honest opinion.

God’s Hostage: A True Story of Persecution, Imprisonment, and Perservance

What would you do for Jesus? How far would you go to share your faith? Persecution of Christians in on the rise throughout the world, churches are bombed or burned, believers are imprisoned or harassed even to the point that trying to share the gospel is illegal. I finished the book in one day and highly recommend God’s Hostage.
“God’s Hostage,” a true story of persecution, imprisonment, and perseverance is a true story of a pastor and his wife serving as missionaries in Turkey. In 1993 Andrew Brunson and his wife moved to Turkey, the largest unevangelized country in the world, through some difficulties and threats they were successful in planting new churches in a place where many people had never met a Christian.
They were arrested in 2016, Turkey released Norine, who stayed in the country, Andrew was imprisoned for 735 days. He was discouraged, at times felt that God abandoned him, broken, heart wrenching, but in the end a light in a very dark world. I found it quite upsetting that countries use innocent people for political purposes. At the end of the day, God is in control, He is always with us. He will bring us through the darkest of days.
I received a copy of the book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest opinion.

Don’t Lose Hope: Gospel Hope for the Discouraged Soul

How do we not lose heart in a world of natural disasters, war, famine, broken relationships and broken dreams? “Don’t Lose Heart” Gospel Hope for the Discouraged Soul is encouraging. The author separates the book into two sections, the first is How to fight for sight and includes what to do when you feel overwhelmed, defeated and worthless. Part is: How to defeat despair: What to do when the past paralyzes you, when the present disappoints you and what to do when the future scares you. The author backs up the chapters with pertinent bible verses.

Put yourself on the path of grace where you will hear the word of Christ, and link arms with others who will run the race with you. The picture of Hebrews 12 fits with the popular African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.” Let’s fight together, run together and finish together. We are not meant to do life on our own, we are to do life with our church and community.

I received a copy of the book from Baker Books in exchange for my honest opinion.

Love Changes Everything

This is the purpose of humanity, that we would allow God to make his ultimate point to the world through our lives if we stay obedient to him. We all crave a love that doesn’t fade and doesn’t fail-even when we do. The author used the book of Hosea to show the depth of love that God has for us and demonstrate what true love is. God’s love is not a feeling, but solid truth, His love never fails. We should learn how to live from love and not for love. Hosea’s love for Gomer was unconditional even after he brought her back from a sinful life.

I have a renewed perspective on how greatly I am loved by the One who is love.  Love Changes Everything shows the love of God in a new way, despite our faults, our failures and our sins God still loves us just like he loved Hosea and Gomer.

I received a copy of the book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest opinion.

Jesus In Me

Discover how to better love and rely on the person of the Holy Spirit. Often, we overlook the third person of the trinity- the Holy Spirit. The author breaks down how we can experience the Holy Spirit as a constant companion. To often we reject what we do not understand. When Anne’s husband passed away, she found comfort from the Holy Spirit, as a counselor, helper and intercessor. The book reinforced that the Holy Spirit is with me every day through thick or thin.

Chapter 22 “His Purity Is Beautiful In Us” spoke to me in several ways. One of the responsibilities of the Spirit is to make us holy as He is holy. Our responsibility is to cooperate with Him if we truly want to experience purity. How often does the Holy Spirit talk to us about forgiveness and we sometimes do not listen? When He says we need to forgive, we need to forgive.

Hebrews 4:15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testing’s we do, yet he did not sin. I think every Christian needs to read “Jesus In Me.” The book deserves a 10/10.

I received an ARC from the publisher Waterbrook & Multnomah in exchange for an honest opinion.

Forty Days with the Lord’s Prayer

We are familiar with the Lord’s Prayer, but how often do we take the time to mediate on each of the verses?  Deep down in every human being is a fundamental awareness of God and a desire for divine help in turbulent times. “May It Be So: Forty Days with the Lord’s Prayer” is a prayer guide that combines words and art to help give the reader a further understanding allowing God to speak into our hearts.

I finished the book in one sitting and was challenged by the prayers and the pause and reflect at the end of each chapter. This book would be a great resource for the new Christian.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher, WaterBrook & MultNomah in exchange for an honest opinion.

Good vs. Evil

The Girl Behind the Red Rope was the first book that I read from the author. I am not sure what I expected and was conflicted. The theme of the book is darkness versus light- we as Christians are the light of the world and darkness can not exist in the light. In a world where the boundaries are clear and punishments are severe, a young woman risks everything to break free from the system of fear and control to find freedom and love. If we have a relationship with Jesus, we have salvation and hope not fear. I thought of the red rope and what it symbolizes for those who might be on the wrong side. Are you willing to choose love over fear?

I received a copy of the book from Revell publisher in exchange for an honest opinion.

As The Light Fades

“As The Light Fades” is the second book in the Nantucket series written by Catherine West. I enjoy all the author’s books; she takes real life struggles and puts words to them. As the Light Fades focused on domestic violence and bullying teenagers. A story about mercy, forgiveness, and grace, I was pulled into the story from page one. I recommend the book, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and dive in.

I received a copy of the book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest opinion.

Shift Your Thinking For A Deeper Faith

“Shift your thinking for a deeper faith: 99 ways to strengthen your relationship with God, others, and yourself” is the first book that I have read by the author, Dean Del Sesto.  Each chapter can be read independently or read from chapter one.  The author starts each chapter with a Bible verse and ends with a question to get the reader thinking about how to apply  The author mentioned that the book can be read out of order or in the traditional sense.

It’s ironic that we trust God for our eternity but often question whether he’ll handle the day to day issues we contend with in our life. “Shift your thinking for a deeper faith: 99 ways to strengthen your relationship with God,” others and yourself” is more of a devotional to improve our walk with God and relationships. The author encourages us to shift our thinking and starts each chapter with a bible verse and ends with a thought-provoking question.

I have a hard time reading just one chapter a day but enjoyed the challenge of each question. The new believer would benefit from reading “Shift your Thinking.”

I received the book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

A Glitter of Gold

Glitter of Gold is the second book in the Georgia Coast romance series. The book takes place in historic Savannah where Anne Norris is looking for a fresh start. Anne has a pirate tour business which is not attracting tourists and is struggling to pay the rent on her apartment. While taking a walk on the beach she discovers evidence of a shipwreck. Carter Hale, a local museum director is fascinated with the shipwreck and the discovery could open the door to his dream job.

Anne will have to work with Carter, but can she trust him? They go on a journey of discovering where the artifact came from as well as learning about themselves. Glitter of Gold is full of mystery, suspense, romance and treasure hunting. The author weaves throughout the story how forgiveness and God’s grace abound and drew me in from the first page. I loved reading the journal entries and learning about family secrets. I can’t wait for the final book in the series. If you love reading about historical fiction you will enjoy the book.

I received a copy of the book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.

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.

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.