Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Supernatural Courage by Mickey Robinson July 8, 2020

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Courage Is God’s Secret Weapon for Your Victory

Our world is full of fear: fear of death, public speaking, flying, drowning, failure, rejection, enclosed places and countless more. Satan uses fear to steal joy, kill opportunity and destroy hope.

God has an antidote: supernatural courage.

Our favorite Bible heroes achieved results greater than their natural abilities because of bravery that came only from God. Followers of Jesus throughout history have experienced the Holy Spirit coming upon them to achieve supernatural outcomes. In Supernatural Courage, Robinson uses biblical examples, interviews and testimonies, along with Bible promises, prayers and activations, to impart spiritual bravery for strength–so you can live a life beyond what your natural abilities can accomplish.

These pages will help activate supernatural courage in you so that you can be strengthened by hope–and then persevere through overwhelming challenges, stand against intimidation, believe for the impossible, forgive amid injustice, use spiritual gifts for spiritual victories and finish the race God has given you.

Whether you need a little or a lot of courage, the Holy Spirit is ready to empower you with spiritual bravery today.

Disclaimer: A few weeks ago I watched American Gospel on Netflix. This has, and continues, to change my faith and is bringing my focus back to the Word and the Gospel. Unfortunately, I signed up to review several books by authors I don’t necessarily agree with any longer. In fairness, I am still trying to read them for gold, but now I am seeing a lot of things I never would have saw before that I no longer agree with or I am questioning. I think it’s only fair that I tell you that and the bias I am coming from.  

My thoughts:

Mickey has a very powerful testimony in how God healed him. It is hard to refute someone’s personal story. He also shares many other stories of people who had powerful encounters with the Lord.

He shared a part of his story that really confused me. Someone who was not a believer sat next to him when he was in the hospital, Mickey says…”I could feel energy flowing from him into me.” This person was not a believer. I find it concerning that a believer would think it was a positive thing to feel some sort of “energy” from an unbeliever. If the person doesn’t know Christ how could the “energy” be good? I believe there could still be an energy but that would come from a new age way of thinking, not Jesus. As a believer I wouldn’t want to feel that from someone who doesn’t know Jesus. Just my thoughts.

There is a pretty big emphasis on getting gifts and that is the only way we can be fulfilled in Christ and do what Jesus wants, that makes us a “true disciple.” All I can say living that way has left me angry at God and frustrated with my lack of manifestation. I don’t think that is what makes someone a true disciple. A true disciple is someone who sees their sin and looks to the power of the cross for forgiveness and fulfillment.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Warfare Prayers for Women by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock June 24, 2020

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Unleash Your Victory against the Plans of the Enemy

Satan strives to weaken and defeat God’s people by stirring up strife, disrupting relationships and crushing women with fear, anxiety, anger and insecurity. In this unrelenting war, God equips you with strength to stand confidently through focused, biblically based prayer–the heart of spiritual warfare.

Written by two veteran prayer warriors and mentors, Warfare Prayers for Women will guide you to victory in the most challenging areas of your life.

The book contains prayers, Scriptures and declarations for
• repelling attacks on home and family
• navigating life’s milestones
• breaking through hindrances to your connection with God
• shining the Gospel light into communities and nations

Learn to stand in prayer and watch change happen!

My thoughts:

There are a lot of good prayers in here. They are pretty specific so some of them I didn’t read because they simply didn’t apply to me, like being single.

Other prayers were extremely timely, like prayer for our nation, community, church. This is definitely a season to be praying for those things.

Each prayer is followed by two scriptures that applied to the prayer focus.

I wouldn’t say I loved this resource but it was good. If you are looking for something to focus your prayers your might want to use this. I could see it being something you turn to when you are at a loss as to what to pray and this could give you guidance.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

They Shall Expel Demons by Derek Prince May 27, 2020

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What are demons? How do they gain entry? Do Christians ever need deliverance from demons?

If you are struggling with problems that never seem to go away, has it occurred to you that demons might be at work?

In this practical, comprehensive handbook on deliverance, author and Bible expositor Derek Prince addresses the fears and misconceptions often associated with the subject of demons. He describes nine characteristic activities of demons, seven ways demons gain access to people’s lives and nine steps leading you to deliverance.

By sharing his own struggles with unseen forces, he encourages believers to become equipped to take action against these evil beings. He exposes their characteristics, activities and entry points and offers solid, down-to-earth advice on how to receive and minister deliverance–and how to remain free.

This expanded edition of the classic work features a brand-new study course for groups or individuals. Each chapter includes review questions, life application questions, a memory verse and a faith response.

Derek Prince (1915-2003) was the author of more than 80 books and 600 audio and 110 video teachings, many of which have been published in more than 100 languages. He founded Derek Prince Ministries International, and his daily radio broadcast, Derek Prince Legacy Radio, still reaches listeners around the world. Learn more at http://www.derekprince.org.

My thoughts:

So I wasn’t sure what to think of this book at first. At the beginning I started to think the author believed everything bad was a demon and left out the fact that we have free well and the flesh plays a part in a lot of our bad choices. But as I continued reading the author does acknowledge this fact and that we need to be careful.

The other extreme is to ignore the work of the enemy all together, and that isn’t good either. I think many Christians live in that place and don’t realize a lot things they deal with really is the enemy at work in or around us.

I also liked that the author stated he didn’t believe Christians could be possessed by a demon but could be influenced by one, and to me that made sense.

This actually was a very interesting book and I think I would like to go through it again and really take a look at some areas in my own life that I have struggled with and don’t seem to be making any head way. Maybe there is more at work then I realize.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Secrets of the Happy Soul by Katie Orr May 20, 2020

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Experience the Deep Delight You Were Made For

How do some people do it? They rise above the circumstances and distractions of life and remain consistently happy. For the rest of us, the pursuit of lasting happiness can be exhausting. No matter how much we try, dissatisfaction and discouragement inevitably return.

But what if there is another way? A true path to happiness that is far better than chasing an elusive ideal? In Secrets of the Happy Soul, Katie Orr shares six clear ways to nurture the Happy Soul already within us. Through key teachings from the book of Psalms, you will learn how to
· seek God in everyday moments
· grow your resolve to follow His way
· cultivate a growing love for God’s Word
· develop a deep-rooted relationship with God
· be confident in God’s will for your life
· surrender to the Lord and experience daily delights found in His presence

Uncover the secrets of the Happy Soul and experience the satisfying, fruitful life you crave.

“What I love most about this book is that the secrets Katie reveals are not simply steps to rehearse or goals to reach for. Katie digs much deeper to show us how the secrets of a Happy oul are the unlimited riches already deposited in every Christ follower, and she unpacks how to work them out in our everyday lives.”–JEANNIE CUNNION, author of Mom Set Free

Katie Orr
 is passionate about helping women enjoy God daily. As a conference speaker, prolific author, and online Bible coach, she provides biblical teaching and relevant resources to help women jump-start their journey toward walking with Jesus. Katie and her pastor-husband have three children and serve together in the local church. Learn more at http://www.katieorr.me.

My thoughts:

I almost didn’t pick up this book to review because anything the tells me I can have a happy soul seems “new age-y” to me. But the cover looked so pretty I couldn’t resist. So I grabbed it and I’m glad I did.

This was a very good book with some practical answers. I never realized how many verses in the Bible use the word happy. I have always thought of happiness as a temporary feeling and joy as something I should really  attain to. But there are many verses that say we will be happy. Interesting.

So many good things to highlight in this book. On page 56 the author says. “Our actions ought to point others to see God’s greatness, not our own.”

The other thing she wrote that profoundly impacted me was on p. 66, (she is referencing when we read out Bible): “‘What does this teach me about who God is?’ This the primary purpose of the Bible: to specifically reveal to us the character of God.”

These are just a few of the insightful things Katie talks about in her book, but it is full of nuggets of truth and wisdom.

Visit Katie here.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Mind of God by Bill Johnson May 13, 2020

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Demonstrate the Heart and Passion of God to the World around You

One reality is evident in today’s world: Our culture is broken and in desperate need of hope. How do believers answer the world’s cries for help in a way that reflects God’s heart of compassion?

According to pastor and bestselling author Bill Johnson, we simply embrace two realities: God’s wisdom and His power. By coupling keen biblical insight with extensive experience of seeing God’s hand at work, Johnson offers keys to unlocking the greatest impact on your life, your family, your community, your world.

When you grasp the long-term strategy of God’s wisdom and the immediacy of His miracle-working power, you can live with significance in the here and now, with eternal impact.

My thoughts:

I always get excited when I see a new Bill Johnson book because when I hear him speak I always sense his humbleness and wisdom and I want to hear what he has to say. But, in the past, when I have read his books I have trouble focusing.

So I approached this one differently. I started reading this book a few weeks before the review, instead of the week before and I took the time to underline things that struck me. I normally try to avoid that because I like to pass my books on to others but I wanted to really absorb this book. And I am glad I did.

Although I might not agree with everything Bill Johnson says, there are many nuggets of gold within these pages and I have something underlined from, almost, every chapter.

I love his heart for the city, meaning he believes the Church should be having a profound impact on the cities in which we live. I pray for the school I teach in and my students but I don’t usually think in the bigger picture.

Overall, a good read with a lot to reflect on.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Dying to Meet Jesus by Randy Kay March 18, 2020

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Be Prepared to Meet the Author of Love

A child in trouble . . . financial stress . . . broken relationships . . . Is it possible to find God’s heart when barriers seem to stand in the way?

We all face difficult times when we struggle just to keep looking up. For author Randy Kay, the challenge was extreme: He died. But at that juncture he met God and was restored to a life of joy he had never thought possible.

Kay had spent most of his adult years as a devout agnostic. Then one day, after an accident that ended his life, he met the One he had sought to disprove. From that time, though many challenges lay ahead, his sense of emptiness was transformed into genuine joy.

Through his own and many other riveting stories, Kay demonstrates not only that God is present when we need Him, but that our trials can actually lead us to true intimacy with the One who loves us beyond all measure.

My thoughts:

I’ll be honest, I am always a bit skeptical of books from someone who claimed to die and meet Jesus, not because I don’t believe it could happen but because so many stories have come out on this subject.

What I liked about this book was that the author really didn’t focus on that subject. He talked about his overall relationship with Jesus, that moment of dying is part of his story but not the only part.

One chapter in particular spoke to my heart during this time of uncertainty. This chapter dealt with why bad things happen, what can we learn from it? So many words of wisdom and I was writing down quote left and right in my journal.

Basically, this is a book that will challenge you to grow in your faith, to use the good and the bad that comes into our lives to glorify God.

Visit Randy here.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Discernment by Jane Hamon December 27, 2019

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You Can Hold the Strategic Advantage in Every Spiritual Battle!

We are living in such critical times that it is imperative for every believer to discern the guiding voice of the Holy Spirit. He longs to help you walk with prophetic insight into His good plans–even as He alerts you to hidden schemes of darkness.

With expertise born of personal experience and keen biblical insight, prophetic leader Jane Hamon takes a deep dive, biblically and practically, into this empowering gift of the Holy Spirit. She helps you navigate life with victory as you learn to
· discern the presence of God
· discern the times
· discern angels and demons
· discern hidden motives in others
· discern how to pray more effectively
· discern your next course of action
· and more!

God is speaking to you. Learn to operate in greater spiritual authority and walk in wisdom as you help build His Kingdom on earth.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. So much good stuff in here and it kept my interest.

I honestly am not sure why some non-fiction books captivate me and others I can barely concentrate. Thankfully I could fully concentrate on this book.

I appreciate the author being real with some of her skepticism of things she witnessed. I definitely struggle at times with this. She also addresses people having a religious spirit and I see that often which stifles the Holy Spirit.

Overall, if you are looking for greater discernment in the Spirit I highly recommend this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Here I Am by: Responding When God Calls Your Name by Brittany Rust July 17, 2019

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Step Confidently into Your Calling

Many believers struggle to distinguish between the voice of God and the constant clamor of noise and distractions–chaos that feels both internal and external. Even in quiet times we might hesitate to move forward, uncertain that we have heard His call. And when we do hear, we can be immobilized by fear of failure and our own insecurities. We miss His invitation to fierce faith and active obedience.

Brittany Rust, a vibrant voice for a new generation, teaches you how to hear God and live out the plans He has for you. She will help you flourish in your God-ordained purpose through self-discovery, honesty and pursuing obedience through faith.

It’s time for you to separate the loud, harmful distractions from the quiet whisper of a loving God. He is calling your name. Let Brittany help you respond with confidence: “Here I am!”

My thoughts:

I loved the examples the author used in this book. She starts with old testament examples, moves to new testament and ends with the ultimate “Here I Am,” Jesus.

Honestly, if you read nothing but the last two chapters you will be moved. That is the part that moved me the most. Being reminded about Jesus saying, “Here I Am,” was very powerful and made my heart very tender.

May we read these words and give God our “here I am”. We need to be willing to listen, and we must know His voice in order to know when he calls and then respond when he does.

Visit Brittany here.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review: The Lifestyle of a Prophet by James W. Goll June 10, 2013

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The Lifestyle of a Prophet

A 21-day Journey to Embracing Your Calling

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James W. Goll

From the back cover:

“If your heart says, ‘Not my will, but Yours be done,’ you will receive much as you read these pages.”–James W. Goll

Join respected prophetic leader James W. Goll for an incredible journey into the heart of the prophetic calling. This unique, hands-on 21-day guide will help you develop the intimacy with God essential to hearing His voice clearly. Reflection questions, devotional prayers and practical applications will help you proclaim His words faithfully–and step boldly into your calling.

My Thoughts:

I was really excited to read this book because I am very curious about those who have been called to be a prophet (yes, I believe there are still prophets among us today). I think I was expecting this book to be a guide to help direct those who are curious and possibly interested in pursuing that calling. So I had my expectation and the book was something different.

I felt the book really talked to those who have already been called not to those seeking so I was a bit let down. But, had I not gone into the book with that expectation it might have been a more enjoyable reading experience.

Regardless of how you feel about prophecy this really could be a great book to use as a devotional and draw you closer to the arms of Jesus. The readings aren’t very long and at the end of each chapter are questions for you to ponder or discuss.

I did latch on to a couple of great insights, one being this from page 45: “Worship is a prophetic action that releases the spirit opposite to the boastful pride of life.” And “Extravagant praise is a key that unlocks His presence within us.” Love that!

Depending on what you are looking for this might be the book for you.

If you want to grab your own copy stop by your local bookstore or you order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or the publisher.

You can visit James’ website by clicking here.

A copy of this book was given to me by Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review.