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Stories for His Glory

Winning the War Within by Jason Vallotton with Kris Vallotton July 1, 2020

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Most people go through life trying not to get hit. We work hard to avoid conflict and even daydream about a “whole new world”–instead of learning how to confront the conflict within and create a world worth living.

After walking out of his own prison of crushing heartbreak, Jason Vallotton shares his story as a poignant, evocative illustration of God’s grace and healing. With a contribution from his father, bestselling author Kris Vallotton, Jason will teach you how to work through pain and turn the darkest of days into your greatest victories.

If it seems incomprehensible that good could ever come from the broken places, it’s time to discover that God will not only heal your wounds but use the healing process to restore your shattered dreams. Let Him help you fulfill the longings of your heart.

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:

Jason Vallotton has a powerful testimony of how God worked in his life after his marriage ended. He knows heartache and pain and he knows he must rely on Jesus to get him through.

I can see where a lot of people might read this book and find comfort and even walk toward healing.

In the chapter entitled “The Power of Forgiveness” Jason wrote something I agree with: “Compassion literally activates true forgiveness, therefore releasing you from the emotional and spiritual bondage of unforgiveness.”

I agree with that completely. Once I saw my abuser with compassion instead of hate it was much easier to extend forgiveness to him.

But the deeper I got into the book the more I cringed with the self-reliance this book promotes instead of God-reliance. He talked about walking a woman through healing and telling her to say, “I love myself.” Yikes!! Don’t we need to know God loves us before we can even begin to love ourselves? I can say I love myself but until I know that God loves me nothing much will change. Then he has her says, “I forgive myself.” Shouldn’t we be focused on God forgiving us before we work on forgiving ourselves? If I don’t get that God forgives me how could I ever forgive myself.

In a later chapter he tells the reader to pay attention to your feelings and take personality tests…really? My feelings change depending on the day, minute and time of the month. I don’t think I should pay too much attention to those.

I could share more that I take issue with but then I feel like I am being mean. A month ago I probably would have eaten this book up but now my heart has changed and I think getting more grounded in a Biblical foundation and I don’t feel like this book does that. My opinion only.

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


Destined to Win by Kris Vallotton February 24, 2017

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Kris Vallotton walks Christians through the profound process of discovering their true identity and experiencing the wonder of their kingdom purposes.

Christians are often told that they were born with a purpose that reaches beyond their human strivings, but most are not sure how to break past the daily struggles holding them back, much less how to fully step into their callings.

As a pastor and the cofounder of the Bethel School of Ministry, Kris Vallotton has been teaching Christians all over the world how to walk in wholeness and purpose for more than seventeen years. In Destined to Win, he passes on the lessons that will help readers discover who they really are, overcome destructive behaviors, and become equipped for their kingdom purposes.

Confronting the challenges that limit Christians—such as living shackled by past pain, fear, and unforgiveness—Vallotton offers practical solutions to the of­ten-complex problems that undermine their destinies and derail their purposes. With personal stories and biblical teaching, Destined to Win combines practical wisdom and profound revelation to unlock the latent potential present in each person.

My thoughts:

Kris knows how to put his passion into his books. This is the second book I have read by him and I enjoyed both very much.

He does a great job of sharing personal stories and sharing from the Word. For me that is what draws me into a non-fiction book.

I loved hearing about how he met Bill Johnson. That was an amazing story and his obedience is something that should inspire us all.

He reminds us that when we know who we are we will live as if we are destined to win because we are. We just need to grab a hold of that truth. Reading this book will stir you up and spur you to greater living through Jesus Christ.

Visit Kris here.

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


Fashioned to Reign by Kris Vallotton August 17, 2016

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It’s Time for a Revolution
In the Garden, woman was taken out of man to stand by his side and co-reign with him. But Satan’s schemes have robbed women and men of their rightful identities, marring and disempowering them. The world aches for God’s original partnership to be brought into balance once more–and it can be.

Join Kris Vallotton for an extraordinary journey of eye-opening insight, including
· God’s true plan and purpose for women
· Jesus’ radical teachings and care for women
· Men’s important role in restoring women
· The true interpretation of difficult Bible passages about women
· Examples of women in leadership as God intended

God fashioned women to reign alongside men. Jesus set us free to be our true selves. It’s time for all of us, as daughters and sons of the King, to rule together.

Will you join the revolution?

My thoughts:

I’ve had this book for a year and I finally got around to reading it. I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I was worried I might totally disagree with Kris, but as I read I saw more and more how what he said could be true. Maybe I haven’t given myself enough credit all these years. Maybe my husband and I were more equal than I thought in which case that could change a lot of what I thought I had to wait for him to do.

Kris offers some interesting thoughts, things that will challenge all you have been taught if you have grown up in the church. Whether you agree or disagree with Kris it’s definitely something to think about.

One thing I have always thought and Kris seemed to agree with is the enemy’s envy of women, he is jealous of our beauty and is constantly trying to steal it. I think that is why you see so many women struggle with their weight and self-image. The lies of the enemy.

Anyway, if you’ve been toying with this book it will be worth a read.

Visit Kris here.

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