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In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh December 16, 2017

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In her long-awaited new book, Sheila Walsh equips women with a practical method for connecting with God’s strength in the midst of struggle. From daily frustrations that can feel like overwhelming obstacles to hard challenges that turn into rock-bottom crises, women will find the means to equip themselves for standing strong with God. Using the spiritual applications of confession, prayer, and meditation on Scripture to form a daily connection to Jesus, women will learn how to experience new joy as a child of God who is fully known, fully loved, and fully accepted.

In In the Middle of the Mess, Walsh reveals the hardened defenses that kept her from allowing God into her deepest hurts and shares how entering into a safe place with God and practicing this daily connection with him have saved her from the devil’s prowling attacks. Though we will never be completely “fixed” on earth, we are continually held by Jesus, whatever our circumstances.

My thoughts:

Wow. I needed to read this book. This is probably the best non-fiction book I read in 2017. I have never read anything by Sheila before but I have heard her speak a few times in Women of Faith conferences and I always enjoyed her.

This book is raw and messy. Sheila gets real with her emotions. I was worried at times that it might become depressing but it really didn’t. She talks about how we need to keep going to Jesus with our stuff, keep confessing. It isn’t one time fix all. It can be, of course. But more often than not we need to keep going to Jesus. He loves that! He wants us to come to him with our junk.

She also talks about the importance of sharing your junk with others (I couldn’t agree more) and having a community of people who you can go to when you are feeling weak.

There is a reflection at the end of each chapter that takes you deeper in your own journey. I can’t recommend this one enough.

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

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Seeing the Supernatural by Jennifer Eivaz November 15, 2017

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Foundational Teaching on Discerning What Is Happening in the Spiritual Realm

For many believers, operating in the gifts of the Spirit has become a normal way of life. Yet there is one often-overlooked, often-misunderstood gift crucial to the well-being of the church: the gift of discerning spirits.

This gift is the powerful supernatural ability to hear and see into the spiritual realm, yet many people who have it may think they are crazy. Finding no help from the church, some have turned to medical doctors and actually been diagnosed with a mental disorder. Jennifer Eivaz, a trusted prophetic voice, has been there, and she offers hope, healing, and practical help. Pulling back the veil, she
· lays a biblical foundation for how this gift works
· helps you discern what you are seeing and hearing
· reveals what is happening in the spiritual realm
· provides insight into the demonic, the angelic, and spiritual happenings
· and more.

The enemy is on the move. More than ever, the church needs people who operate in this powerful gift to expose hidden threats and help lead the church to victory.

My thoughts:

I am always interested in learning more about this subject and I have a desire to be more sensitive to what is going on around me supernaturally. I have read other books similar to this and have enjoyed them. I liked this book as well.

I appreciated how Jennifer talked not only about seeing the negative things but also seeing positive things, like angels. She also discusses picking up on things from other people and things they might carry with them. I really like learning the name of some spirits and their function and how they attack us. This makes it so much easier to come against them, knowing their function and how they try to take us down.

If you find this subject interesting I highly recommend this book.

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

 

A Crazy, Holy Grace and The Remarkable Ordinary by Frederick Buechner November 1, 2017

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When pain is real, why is God silent?

Frederick Buechner has grappled with the nature of pain, grief, and grace ever since his father committed suicide when Buechner was a young boy. He continued that search as a father when his daughter struggled with anorexia. In this essential collection of essays, including one never before published, Frederick Buechner finds that the God who might seem so silent is ever near. He writes about what it means to be a steward of our pain, and about this grace from God that seems arbitrary and yet draws us to his holiness and care. Finally he writes about the magic of memory and how it can close up the old wounds with the memories of past goodnesses and graces from God.

Here now are the best of Buechner’s writings on pain and loss, covering such topics as the power of hidden secrets, loss of a dearly beloved, letting go, resurrection from the ruins, peace, and listening for the quiet voice of God. And he reveals that pain and sorrow can be a treasure—an amazing grace.

Buechner says that loss will come to all of us, but he writes that we are not alone. Crazy and unreal as it may sometimes seem, God’s holy, healing grace is always present and available if we are still enough to receive it.

My thoughts:

Unfortunately, this book was not what I expected it to be. This really seemed more of a memoir and Frederick’s thoughts. And I honestly had trouble following his thoughts. There were times I wasn’t sure if what he was writing was something that actually happened or some kind vision? I normally really like non-fiction that uses a lot of story but this had a bit too much without much purpose for me. I never felt we got to the point. This was definitely not the book for me.

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Your remarkable life is happening right here, right now.

You may not be able to see it–your life may seem predictable and your work insignificant, until you look at your life as Frederick Buechner does.

Based on a series of mostly unpublished lectures, Frederick Buechner reveals how to stop, look, and listen to your life. He reflects on how both art and faith teach us how to pay attention to the remarkableness right in front of us, to watch for the greatness in the ordinary, to use our imaginations to see the greatness in others and to love them well.

As you learn to listen to your life and what God is doing in it, you will uncover the plot of your life’s story and the sacred opportunity to connect with the divine in each moment.

Pay attention, says Buechner. Listen to the call of a bird or the rush of the wind, to the people who flow in and out of your life. The ordinary points you to the extraordinary God who created and loves all of creation, including you. Pay attention to these things as if your life depends upon it. Because, of course, it does.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed how this book started out. Frederick reminds us to enjoy the moments, not coast through live. Pay attention to what is going on around you. In this book we hear a bit more about how Frederick got to where he is now and I enjoyed that background information.

However, I didn’t love this book. I think I have discovered the Frederick’s book just aren’t for me and not my style. I don’t resonate with his writing. But I know many other people probably do.

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

 

The Master’s Mind: The Art of Reshaping Your Thoughts by Lance Hahn October 11, 2017

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God Wants to Help You Overcome Your Greatest Battle of All

What we think and believe determines who we are. If that’s so, then why are we so insecure, defensive, lonely, empty, fearful, depressed, self-absorbed, dysfunctional, angry and confused? We are a mess. But that’s not what God has in mind for us.

In fact, the Master has hope, strength, beauty, joy, love, creativity, freedom, power, peace, patience, goodness, laughter, organization, effectiveness and purpose for us. So, what went wrong?

We lost our identity in our sin. We’ve become unanchored, tossed about on the sea of a million influences, none of which is our Master’s heart or mind. Between the world, the flesh and the devil, we don’t know what to think and therefore our lives are filled with hurt, pain and regret. Someone is running the show in our minds and it’s not us, at least not the real us, nor the real owner.

Jesus is not okay with this. He died to save us from our sins and set us free. He made a way for our souls to be rescued from our enemies. He bought the territory of our minds and planted His flag of holy ground.

It’s time for us to get angry enough to take back control of our minds, to master them and bring them back in alignment with the Master’s will. It’s time to return to The Master’s Mind.

My thoughts:

Yes. Yes. Yes. We need this book. I know I did. So powerful and so true.

If you  have read Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind then you will love this book. I so needed this book, it came into my life at the perfect time. The way Lance talks about shaping our mind to the mind of Christ just really struck me and took me deeper. This was a non-fiction book I made time to read because I need my mind reshaped.

If you struggle with your thought life in any way, if you know you aren’t thinking how Christ designed you to think you must read this book. It’s like taking a breath of fresh air over your thoughts.

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

 

Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore August 23, 2017

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From her first breath of fresh air beyond the pit, it has never been enough for Beth Moore to be free.

This best-selling author and Bible teacher who has opened the riches of Scripture to millions longs for you to be free as well–to know the Love and Presence that are better than life and the power of God’s Word that defies all darkness.

Beth’s journey out of the pit has been heart-rending. But from this and the poetic expressions of Psalm 40 has come the reward: a new song for her soul, given by her Saviour and offered to you in Get Out of That Pit–friend to friend.

My thoughts:

This is an older book but I never read it and this is new edition, I believe.

I have never read a book by Beth Moore but I have done some of her studies and loved them. Her books still carry her unique tone, I found myself chuckling throughout the book with her entertaining stories.

This is a very powerful book. We have all been in a pit and maybe even different ones, ones we have been thrown into by abuse or someone else, ones we jumped right into, I have been in both.

Beth even references Genesis 5020 in her book, love that!

I also appreciate that she has prayers you can pray at the end of the book to help get you out of that pit. Overall, a very powerful book that I think all of us could us.

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

 

Enjoy Your Journey: Find the Treasure Hidden in Everyday by Joyce Meyer July 26, 2017

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer offers a powerful, concise abridgment of Enjoying Where You Are on the Way to Where You Are Going. 

Are you enjoying every day of your life? Or do you tell yourself and others that you will find happiness once you have achieved a specific goal or position? Jesus came so that you might have and enjoy life (John 10:10). In this compact abridgment, Joyce Meyer combines biblical principles with personal experiences to explain how you can enjoy every day on your journey through life. You will learn such lessons as how to make the decision to enjoy life, how to rid yourself of regret, how to experience simplicity in life, how to find joy during times of waiting, and much more! Enjoying life is an attitude of the heart, and you can learn how to enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going.

My thoughts:

Joyce is always so good at reminding me of the truth of what the Bible says.

Do you enjoy life? I know many days I let little things get me down, for no reason. I need a change of heart and mind and this book is a great reminder of that.

A few quotes from the book that stood out of me:

From Chapter 2: “As believers, you and I have available to us the same quality of life that God has. His life is not filled with fear, stress, worry, anxiety or depression. God is not impatient, and He is in no hurry. He takes time to enjoy His creation, the works of His hands.”

How true is that. It didn’t have to take God six days to create everything. He is God, He could have done it in an instant, but he sat back and said, “It is good.” Lesson learned.

Another quote from Chapter 7: ” Believers in Christ should be bubbling over with life. It should be vibrant, alive, active, energized, peaceful and joy-filled.”

Does that sound like most believers you know? Does it even sound like you? That isn’t me most of the time. Truly sad.

Another one from Chapter 11 I am still pondering on: “Ishmael could not be heir with Isaac. The work of the flesh could not share in the work of the Lord.”

If you are looking for a book to give you a little kick in the backside this book will do it for ya!

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

 

Love Leads by Dr. Steve Greene July 12, 2017

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This book will help you see that love and leadership are not mutually exclusive learn that without love, you cannot be an effective leader.

The one action verb most frequently missing from various manifestos on leadership is love. In Love Leads Dr. Steve Greene shares real-life examples, principles, and exhortations of the love of a leader.

You will discover what it looks like to lead with love—is there a process of love? is tough love really love?—and you will view leadership as it’s never been seen before as Dr. Greene dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

The real-life principles in this book are fully supported throughout by the actions of God who “so loved that He gave…,” leading you to see with new insight that the true essence of leadership is love.

My thoughts:

This is a must read for anyone in any type of leadership position. I can apply this book to several areas of my life.

Unfortunately, the majority of leaders in this world aren’t Christians and won’t even pick up this book. But can you imagine how our world would change of leaders lead with love?

For me I looked at this book through the eyes of a mother, worship leader and teacher. If I put into to practice the things in this book many things will look different in my life.

There are many good quotes in this book, here are a few:

“Consistency cannot be faked. It is revealed.”

“If we aren’t struggling with opportunities, projects, or people, it’s possible we have reached a plateau.”

“Without influence a leader will resort to using fear and intimidation as a means to an end.”

“Once leaders are anointed, he opportunity for them is to remain fresh with their calling.”

I highlighted so much more, but that is a taste. If you have leadership in any area of your I highly recommend this book.

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