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Growing in Prayer Devotional by Mike Bickle February 13, 2019

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Every believer who sincerely desires an intimate relationship with God must discover the transformational power of prayer. This one-hundred-day devotional, inspired by Mike Bickle’s best-selling book Growing in Prayer, will give readers daily inspiration, knowledge, and guidance to help them cultivate deeper intimacy with God through prayer.
Each day contains a quote on prayer from a classic Christian author, a passage from a chapter in Growing in Prayer for reflection, a Scripture verse or reference, a prayer starter, a suggestion for practical application of the principle being taught, and lines for journaling.

This devotional will help energize a prayer life that has become routine, stale, or nonexistent and will be a welcome resource for believers who desire to grow in prayer.

My thoughts:

Now this is more along the lines of what I was looking for when I wanted something to challenge me to grow in prayer.

I always enjoy Mike Bickle’s perspective and this book is no exception.

Mike’s simple, but meaningful, steps will take you deeper into a more intentional prayer life with God. It will remind you that you can pray at any time and you don’t have to be perfect. Out prayers move angels, how cool is that?

If you want to be more intentional  with your prayer life I encourage you to pick up this book and dive in each day, it only takes as long as you want it to.

Visit Mike here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

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

 

Meeting God Face to Face by Bill Johnson January 30, 2019

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PURSUE A LIFE DEVOTED TO THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Did you know that you have the same access to God the Father that Jesus has? Meeting God Face to Face is a 365-day devotional based on Bill Johnson’s best-selling book Face to Face With God.Each day’s reflection contains a Scripture verse, a short reading, a highlighted point to ponder, and lines for journaling.

Much of the content of this devotional and its companion book, Face to Face With God, was first preached by Bill Johnson in 2002. This message became his whole life—a life devoted to discovering and hosting the presence of God. Pursuing this goal has been costly, but it did not prevent him from making it his sole reason for living.

If you desire to grow in intimacy with God and develop a stronger sense of and appreciation for His presence, this book is for you! Deepen your relationship with God by pursuing His favor and continuing the spiritual journey you started through Face to Face With God.

My thoughts:

This is one of the best devotionals I have read since Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

Bill challenges the reader in a small paragraph to go deeper with God. You start with a passage of scripture the sets your heart ready to hear Bill’s thoughts. It stirred my heart and drew me closer to Jesus.

It ends with a point to reflect on and a place to write your thoughts.

I highly recommend this devotional. If you don’t have a lot of time but want to encounter God’s presence and set the tone for your day, pick up this book.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Renewed by Leigh Powers October 10, 2018

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About the Book

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Book Title: Renewed

Author: Leigh Powers

Genre: Devotional

Release date: November, 2017

Ministry is a privilege, but it can also be a painful experience. Unrealistic expectations, church conflict, forced resignations, and our own struggles with burnout, loneliness, and insecurity can make church feel more like a place of wounding than a place of healing. How can wounded leaders find the courage to reject bitterness and keep loving the church?

Renewed is a forty-day devotional for women in ministry, ministry wives, and lay leaders who have been wounded by their congregations. You are not alone. God sees your pain. He knows your hurts. And he is waiting to bind up your broken heart. This forty-day journey into the healing love of Jesus will help you find the courage to stop hiding and start loving the church again.

 

Click here to purchase your copy!

 

About the Author

Leigh-Powers-300x300Leigh Powers is passionate about helping women find hope and healing in God’s Word. A pastor’s wife and mother of three with fifteen years of full-time ministry experience, she is a freelance writer, Bible study and devotional author, and a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She blogs regularly at www.leighpowers.com. You can usually find her with either a book or knitting needles in her hand—and sometimes both.

 

Guest Post from Leigh

I love ministry life. Several years ago, a young woman from Southeast Asia came to my English as a Second Language class for a year. Her English wasn’t very good, and I had to tug to get a word out of her. She came every week, but I wondered how much she was getting from the Bible stories we did during each class. At the end of the semester, I asked our class to share what they wanted to tell their friends and family when they went home. She looked up at me with big brown eyes. “I want to tell people about Jesus.”

Those are the ministry moments that thrill us. It is a privilege to help people find freedom in Christ, teach God’s word, worship with the congregation, and walk alongside people in their moments of joy or sorrow. On those days I can’t imagine choosing another life. Then there are days that make me want to hang it all up and go work at Wal-Mart. Days when anonymous letters get slipped under the office door. Days when you’re the brunt of gossip, when loneliness is like an ache in your bones, or when you start sending out resumes for new positions because you aren’t sure how much longer you’ll have the one you’ve got.

Ministry can be tough. Over the years I’ve met many women who have experienced the painful side of ministry. Church conflicts, forced resignations, depression, loneliness, feelings of inadequacy, and our own struggles with faith can take a toll. That painful side of ministry can make us start looking for an escape hatch.

I wrote Renewed in the middle of a difficult ministry season. It was a hard season, but it was also a season where Jesus showed up for me in an almost tangible way. At the same time, I was also hearing stories from other ministry wives and women in ministry that sounded all too familiar. I started putting words on the page, hoping that somehow God would use them to bring healing to other women in the same way he had brought healing to me. That outpouring of hurt, healing, and hope eventually became Renewed.

Some of you reading this are nodding along right now because you’ve been there too. You love the church, but you’ve seen how ugly it can be when we get it wrong. You’ve got wounds of your own, and sometimes you wonder if you can ever risk your heart again. If that’s you, I want you to know that there is hope. God has not abandoned you. God sees your hurt, he knows your pain, and he is waiting to bind up your broken spirit. He’s waiting. Turn to him, and may you find your spirit renewed.

Blog Stops

Bibliophile Reviews, October 6

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A Baker’s Perspective, October 7

The Becca Files, October 8

Mary Hake, October 8

Living Life Free In Christ, October 9

Genesis 5020, October 10

A Reader’s Brain, October 11

More Of Him, October 12

proud to be an autism mom, October 12

Godly Book Reviews, October 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 14

Carpe Diem, October 14

Kelly Harrel, October 15

Texas Book-aholic, October 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 17

Bigreadersite, October 17

Janices book reviews, October 18

Real World Bible Study, October 19

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, October 19

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Leigh is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d4ee/renewed-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

I picked up this book because I am involved in ministry at our church and I have been wounded many times. So I thought this might be a good book to pray about those wounds.

Each chapter starts with a real-life experience that the author has experienced. Heartbreaking really and so cruel that way we can often treat people in leadership.

Although, I did find some of the devotions applicable I could see this being more focused on a pastor’s wife. There is a lot about feeling isolated and assumptions being made, which I do see happens a lot with pastor’s wives.

So, even though this book didn’t speak to me personally I can see it touching deeply those with Leigh’s same life experiences.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

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

 

A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada January 13, 2017

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Do you ever wonder why God created you? The Bible spells it out plainly: God created you to showcase His glory—to enjoy it, display it, and demonstrate it every day to all those you encounter.

After nearly 50 years of living as a quadriplegic, and dealing with chronic pain on a daily basis, Joni has learned firsthand the importance of glorifying God through the toughest of situations. Through this devotional, Joni will help you discover how to put God’s glory on display—how to say no to complaining and say yes to daily following God down even the most difficult paths. Along the way, you will find great comfort and encouragement by focusing on the one who longs to lead and guide you every step of the way, every day.

Don’t ever think your life is too ordinary, your world too small, or your work too insignificant. All of it is a stage set for you to glorify God.

My thoughts:

I have thoroughly enjoyed this devotional. Hearing Joni’s faith coming through each page is so encouraging. This would be a quick read for someone who only  has a few minutes but wants to do something.

Each day starts with a short scripture for you to look up (which I think is important to do the looking up on your own) and then a reflection by Joni and then ends with a short prayer.

One of these devotion lead to a wonderful encounter with the Lord, for me. You never know how each reading will prepare you for what you are about to deal with in your day.

If you like Jesus Calling I think you would really enjoy this book.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

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

 

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days by Holley Gerth September 18, 2014

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We all have days that make us want to pull the covers back over our heads and eat a dozen cupcakes.

Thankfully, Jesus said we don’t “live on bread alone”–that includes cupcakes–“but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). What we really need is truth.

If you’re tired, discouraged, or feel a little empty inside, my prayer is that by the end of our time together, you’ll be refreshed and nourished in a way that will sustain you through whatever the future may hold.

Remember, you’re not alone, my friend.

In this uplifting book, Holley Gerth invites you to be filled with the strength, peace, and joy that come from God’s promises. Each of the 52 devotions based on the Psalms will help you remember that God is good and we’re all in this together.

My thoughts:

This is a great little devo that will speak to the heart of many women.

I love how Holley is almost telling a story each day. At the end of each brief thought is a place for you to respond. She has a prayer for you and then blank space where you can write down what is on your heart.

After that is a place where you write down what you feel God is speaking to you followed by scripture for you to read.

If you are looking for something quick but you still want to be in the word and have a meaningful encounter I believe this book does just that.

Visit Holley here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Christianbook.com.

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