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My Story for His Glory

Under and Open Heaven by John E. Johnson March 15, 2017

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Tired of failure?

Frustrated by a confined life?

Starving in the midst of plenty?

In the gospel of John, Jesus talks with people whose struggles we can relate to. They aren’t always straightforward chats, yet they are beautifully applicable to the messiness of life, even life today.

The early believers were facing a world in turmoil and needed a theology to strengthen their souls and steady their nerves. In our similar times of turbulence, we too need to know that the abundant life under the opened heaven John describes is not just conceivable—it’s a promise.

My thoughts:

The author of this book brings up some great points and many different things to consider. I like how he walks through the book of John and examines many of the things we have all become very familiar with and gives things a new spin or deeper understanding.

But for me this book didn’t hold my interest. As I have said in previous reviews non-fiction books really have to grab me in order for me to like them and although this book had a lot of great content it did’t grab me. I found myself easily distracted, thinking about other things and not focusing on the book.

As always, this is my opinions only. It is a good book with good content it just wasn’t for me but I am sure for someone else this book will speak deeply to them.

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

 

No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece March 3, 2017

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If you’ve ever been given empty clichés during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up, or pray it away.

But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be.

 

No More Faking Fine is your invitation to get gut-level honest with God through the life-giving language of lament. Lament, a practice woven throughout Scripture, is a prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes. As author Esther Fleece says, “Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God, and with those around us.”

Esther learned this the hard way, by believing she could shut down painful emotions that haunted her from a broken past she tried to forget on her fast track to success. But in silencing her pain, she robbed herself of the opportunity to be healed. Maybe you’ve done the same.

No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament—to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you’ve kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from careful biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God’s own language to draw closer to Him as He leads us through any darkness into His marvelous light.

My thoughts:

This is an extremely powerful book. It opens with a scene from Esther’s life that will  break your heart.

I so appreciated Esther’s honesty and transparency throughout this book. For me non-fiction books are more powerful when it is linked to personal stories and this book definitely does that.

Something that really resonated with me was from page 30, the first paragraph. Esther writes: “I assumed God had healed my heart, because I couldn’t feel pain anymore. Instead, I had simply mastered suppressing every emotion I ever felt, and I gave God credit for a healing I had never experienced.”

Wow, I have been there and did that for years.

Esther talks about lamenting and the importance of it. I immediately thought of the song Lord, I Need You. I think that is why that song is so powerful, it’s a lament and we don’t have many of those. But that is a song I sing from my gut every time because I do need him.

If you are tired of faking fine and just want to get real with yourself, God and others I highly recommend this one.

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A copy of this book was given to me. 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.

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

 

Cosmic Initiative by Jack R. Taylor February 15, 2017

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ABOUT THE BOOK (272 pages):

Jesus never said “Seek first” about any pursuit or purpose except the kingdom of God.

But the church has essentially abandoned this central message, so that kingdom realities have become lost to us. Our neglect has been costly, because God’s kingdom on earth—His cosmic initiative—has the authority and power to revolutionize our culture. This transformation occurs first within us and then around us, igniting the world with forgiveness, healings, miracles, righteousness, and peace.

The reason most people today do not seek the kingdom is that they have not seen it. Once they truly see it, they seek and follow the remarkable vision they have glimpsed. This is because discovering the kingdom is not just information but an adventure in revelation and transformation.

Well-known speaker and kingdom-seeker Jack Taylor invites us to be reintroduced to the kingdom of God and to experience the recovery of the kingdom gospel—leading to kingdom power, kingdom love, and the greatest kingdom harvest the world has ever seen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jack R. Taylor
is a name that has become synonymous with the Spirit-filled life and the message of the Kingdom of God. After almost seventeen years as pastor of the Castle Hills First Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas, where God moved in revival to usher into the Kingdom over 2000 people in eighteen months, he has pursued an itinerant ministry which has lasted nearly 40 years. Jack Taylor preaches the Kingdom of heaven around the world through his books, recorded messages and speaking engagements. He is president of Dimensions Ministries and the spiritual father to hundreds connected to him through Sonslink, a ministry committed to modeling the Father/Son paradigm. He lives with his wife, Friede, near Melbourne, Florida and is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received an honorary Doctorate in 2011 from St. Thomas Christian College of Jacksonville, Florida.

My thoughts:

I completely agree with everything in this book. It has a great Kingdom message, one we really need to be aware of. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in now, what is in your face and forget that there is so much more going on around us.

Jack outlines everything very well, starting from the beginning and what God’s plan was and how it got all messed up. I know I often forget about forget about the bigger picture and there are so many more things at play then what my eye can see.

With all of the being said, I had a lot of trouble staying focused as I read, it just didn’t pull me in and keep me there. Even though it is a great message, for me the delivery didn’t hold my attention like I wanted (or needed) it to. Of course, that could just be me and someone else will totally get pulled in.

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A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own. 

 

Releasing the Angels of Abundant Harvest by Jennifer LeClaire February 8, 2017

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A timely prophetic Word to receive restoration and provision in 2017. Releasing the Angels of Abundant Harvest will empower you in your everyday life by bringing prophetic insight into topics such as:Avoiding angelic deceptions rising in 2017. Understanding and activating God’s angelsOperating in the laws of the harvest for maximum increase. Understanding demonic obstacles to seeing an abundant harvest. How to partner with angels to see God’s will come to pass

My thoughts:

I was really excited to get my hands on this book and read it. I always find the subject of angels interesting. And Jennifer’s word about angels this year really intrigued me.

I appreciate Jennifer acknowledging that she has struggled with how to handle angels, meaning we never want to elevate them higher than Jesus but they do have their place.

She talked about a lot a great things that will empower you and she expounds upon harvesting what we sow and what does that look like in our everyday lives.

With that being said I didn’t love this book, it was just okay for me, unfortunately. I didn’t walk away feeling all fired up like I was hoping I would. It was a good but it just didn’t live up to what I hoped it would be for me.

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

 

Rooted Together by Jolene Witt February 1, 2017

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What happens when a mother and her 18-year-old daughter drive 3,000 miles from their home in Michigan to climb 250′ trees on the Oregon Coast? A two-week rite of passage that is filled with adventure, truth, hope and discovery! Join Jolene and Cote, as they cross the country together, traveling highways and byways, back roads and dirt roads. Rooted Together is the true story of a mother and daughter who leave it all behind to find what they really need–time! Time to be one-on-one, and heart-to-heart, before life rushes them forward and changes them forever. From the Rockies to the Redwoods; from Yellowstone to the Badlands–this is a tale of adventure that will inspire every mother to take her daughter by the hand and forge a bond that will last a lifetime.

My thoughts:

I love when a book surprises me. And Rooted Together did just that. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I wondered how reading about some else’s journey could be interesting. But I was hooked and didn’t want to stop reading.

I adored reading this mother-daughter journey. Jolene paints such a beautiful picture there where times I had tears in my eyes. I wanted to be where she was, it sounded amazing.

This book will inspire the reader to, hopefully, do something similar. I know it has me thinking about what I can do with my daughter, what great adventure can we go on?

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Watch: Wide-Awake Faith in a World Fast Asleep by Rick James January 25, 2017

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To be asleep is to be oblivious to being oblivious. The danger of sleep is the danger of carbon monoxide: it’s colorless and odorless, and you’re anesthetized before you know it—before you ever hit the floor. And for the follower of Jesus, it’s just as dangerous—because the Christian who is “asleep” is spiritually unreceptive. If anything will be our undoing, sleep will.

In this thoughtful, engaging, challenging book, Rick James dives deep into the New Testament’s teachings on spiritual wakefulness, calling Christ-followers to defy the darkness and remain awake as they await Christ’s return. Because being awake—continually in prayer, watchful for God’s will, expectant of open doors, cautious of sin, desiring to serve, eager to repent, continuously giving thanks, willing to witness, embracing of humility, overflowing with kindness, persevering in obedience—changes everything.

My thoughts:

I loved the description of this book because I couldn’t agree more that our world, particularly our Christian world, is asleep in their faith and we need to live wide away.

This book did approach the subject a bit differently then I anticipated but it was still very well written. I loved James’ tone as writer. He is taking on a very heavy subject but he manages to keep a light, and even fun, tone throughout.

He shares personal stories, which always draws me in and also shares his thoughts and ties them into scripture. This is a very powerful read and with some great thoughts and insights that will challenge you and your faith.

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 by the publisher. All opinions are my own.