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Review and Giveaway: The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement by Debbie Kitterman September 5, 2018

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About the Book

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Author: Debbie Kitterman

Genre: Non-fiction, spiritual growth, charasmatic

Release date: August 21, 2018

Deepen your relationship with God and embrace a life of encouragement by sharing God’s words with others.

When people think of prophecy, they often think of individuals in the Old Testament or certain personality-driven ministries today. They may think more about the prophet than the message.

But Jesus showed us God’s intention for prophecy by living in two-way communication with the Father and by embracing a lifestyle of encouraging others, changing lives in the process. We can do the same.

Clearing away the confusion about the prophetic gift today, pastor and ministry leader Debbie Kitterman reveals the good news about the gift of prophecy in this practical, powerful book: We are all prophetic because we all have direct access to God. Prophecy is an ordinary part of the Christian life. In fact, it is God’s way for us to encourage and strengthen the Body of Christ.

So open your ears to hear God and break out of your comfort zone to deliver His messages to those who need them most. Act now—His words can’t wait!

 

Click here to purchase your copy!

 

About the Author

Debbie Kitterman is an author, a speaker, and the founder of Dare 2 Hear, a ministry that trains individuals to hear the voice of God. She travels to churches internationally and is the founder and teacher of d2htraining.com, an online course designed to equip the believer in releasing God’s heart. She is also an ordained Foursquare pastor, currently serving with her husband, John, as senior pastor of Restoration Church in Lacey, Washington. Learn more at www.debbiekitterman.com.

 

Guest Post from Debbie

If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer never wavered. As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a wife, a mother, and a writer. As a young elementary age girl, I always had my head in the clouds dreaming up different stories. In fact, every Sunday afternoon after church I would be found with my notebook writing creative short stories and poetry while pretending to watch old westerns or kung-fu movies with my dad.

I always dreamed I would write historical fiction stories with a splash of romance thrown in. I love historical fiction and it blends the two subjects in school that I loved, history and creative writing. However, through life’s circumstances and disappointments in college, I gave up on the writing dream. I let the dreams of one day being a writer slip away. I figured it must have been a little girl dream so I set it aside and moved forward through life.

However, when God has a plan, there is no running from Him. I felt a stirring in my heart to write again after taking a trip to Wyoming and meeting a well-known fiction author. I came home from that trip and started writing only to hit a wall … the dreaded writers block and an uncertainty of what to do. Then the busyness of life took over and I again shelved the dream of writing.

God let me go only so far, and then He began to stir me again. This time, He had other people confirm that yes, indeed it was time I stop running and start writing. I love how God is relentless and patient all at the same time. Never in a million years did I think that I would be an author of non-fiction books. The book “The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others,” shares my journey of faith leading me to a deeper relationship with God. God not only longs to have His children speak to Him, but He longs to speak to us. Real relationships entail two-way conversation.

God longs for His people to use all the gifts He has given them. This gift of prophetic encouragement is for everyone. It is simply sharing Holy Spirit-inspired words of edification, exhortation, and comfort to people as we go about our day-to-day life. Every Christ follower needs to follow the example of Jesus and operate in this profoundly encouraging gift. The Gift of prophetic encouragement breathes life, love and hope into the dry places of our lives.

I invite you to join me on an adventure as we go deeper in our relationships with Jesus and discover how God will use us as a gift of encouragement.

May we all rise to the challenge and dare to hear God today, so we can be a gift of encouragement to others.

Blessings,

Debbie Kitterman

Blog Stops

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Reading is my Super Power, September 2 (Interview)

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Texas Book-aholic, September 4

Genesis 5020, September 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 6

Just the Write Escape, September 6

Janices book reviews, September 7

Bibliophile Reviews, September 8

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 9

Carpe Diem, September 10

A Baker’s Perspective, September 11

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Debbie is giving away

Grand Prize: $50 Amazon card plus a book and an INTENT bracelet inscribed with the words, “Be the Gift”, access to online training

1st place: An INTENT bracelet with the words “Be the Gift” plus book plus access to on line training

2nd place: Book plus access to on line training!!

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/d19f/the-gift-of-prophetic-encouragement-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

Loved this book. So encouraging and full of good insight.

Often times when I read a book like this I feel ill-equipped but Debbie made me feel empowered that this is something I can do.

I loved the Go Deeper sections and the Activation. If you take your time and do these things you will gain a much deeper and meaningful understand of this book.

This is one I highly recommend.

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 my through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

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Desperate Prayers for Desperate Times by John Eckhardt August 8, 2018

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Reveals five elements of Hannah’s breakthrough prayer
  • Empowers readers to get the last word over the enemy
  • Equips readers to find joy and victory in God’s presence and experience the “thousand realm” of blessing

There is powerful breakthrough awaiting people who pray desperate prayers.
Using the prayer of Hannah as a model, Apostle John Eckhardt invites readers to a life of prayer that consistently sees results. Through biblical teaching and practical application, this book takes readers through the five key points of Hannah’s prayer that can help them remain steadfast in prayer.

•      Getting desperate for God to deliver the answer to their prayers
•      Persevering despite torment, harassment, and a broken heart
•      Seeking the presence of God
•      Making a vow to God and keeping it
•      Prophesying and watching new things spring forth

When all options are exhausted and everything we were holding on to has failed, God steps in. He hears our cries and remembers His promises to us. He never turns away the desperate. The dreams and visions God has placed in the hearts of His people will come to pass, when we learn to pray desperate prayers.

My thoughts:

This book will shake your world.

As I started reading, at first I thought this doesn’t really apply to me. I’m not going through anything major in my life. But the more I read the more I realized we should all be desperate for God because we live in a world that desperately needs him.

Sometimes it’s not about what we are going through but about what the world is going through. We can’t give up and think life is going to suck until Jesus returns. Our prayers can make a difference.

For me this book woke me and showed me that I have stopped praying for areas of my life or world because I haven’t seen movement and that isn’t okay.

The end of each chapter has declarations you can make that will be earth shattering.

I don’t often love non-fiction books but this one I loved. We all need to read this.

Visit John 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. 

 

Shift Your Thinking For Success by Dean Del Sesto August 1, 2018

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You’re just a small shift away from success

Success isn’t a place you arrive at after working hard. That’s reaching a goal. Success is found in the character you maintain while you pursue your goals. It’s about who you are and how you project your persona at work, at home, and everywhere else. And all it takes to find success and fulfillment are simple shifts in the way you think.

In this wisdom-packed book, Dean Del Sesto offers 77 brief reflections to help you shift your thought patterns for greater success and personal fulfillment in business and life. He shows how to interrupt the things that aren’t currently working and provides clear alternatives to think, plan, and act differently for better results.

My thoughts:

This is a different book for me to read but I actually enjoyed it. There are so many ways you can apply the principles in this book.

Although there really isn’t any talk about God or Jesus the values presented in this book clearly line-up with the Word.

This book made me think about how I represent myself. Is my word my word or do people think I will say something and then not do it? You knows those people, right? The ones that say, “Hey I want to get together to talk sometime.” And you know it will never happen.

This book addresses issues like that and so much more. If you interact with other people I think anyone can find value in this book.

Visit Dean 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 by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Breaking the Power of Familiar Spirits by Kimberly Daniels July 18, 2018

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Defeat the Unknown Enemy in Your Home
WHETHER YOU’VE INHERITED THEM, welcomed them, befriended them, or paid homage to them, demonic spirits can become so familiar that you don’t notice they’re there. They operate under cover in our everyday lives, giving the enemy access points into our homes.

The truth is, familiar spirits might be the source of the problems you’ve been facing. Many of the reasons people go through battles in their lives are connected to the dark side. You may never experience any dramatic manifestations of the enemy’s influence, but subtle activity can be just as damaging. These familiar spirits could eventually deter you from becoming all that God wants you to be.

Enough is enough. When it comes to the enemy, it’s time to stop hiding him out and start taking him out. Breaking the Power of Familiar Spirits shines light on the evil influences that sneak in through a back door. Discover how the enemy has taken up residence in your home and caused hindrances and havoc in your life. Come against any mind-binding or mind-blinding spirits that try to control your thinking, and defeat them through the power of God.

My thoughts:

This was very interesting. The author talks about a lot of things that we have come to just accept as life. Things I wasn’t even aware that has a root in the demonic.

Something she talked about really has me thinking and I will be praying about this, but it was generational curses or sin. I know there is stuff from my family. I don’t know if I can identify the specific one but it is something I need to give consideration to as I see things rising up in my children as well.

Here is a quote I highlighted from the book, “Truth that comes from God does not just inform you; it makes you free!”

There were some things that maybe I have become desensitized to but I also don’t want to be looking for an evil spirit around every corner. It almost seemed like we need to denounce everything even if we don’t use it or say it in away that really means anything. I understand the authors point but sometimes I think we can become a bit extreme as well. I might be wrong, I guess I really need to pray about these things and be open to what Holy Spirit is telling me.

Visit Kimberly 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 through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

Living a Life You Love by Joyce Meyer July 4, 2018

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You may say that you love your family, your spouse, your church, or the Lord. You may also express love for more temporal things like a good cup of coffee, your home, or a nice dinner at your favorite restaurant. But it is rarer to truly say “I love my life!” 

It’s common to be more frustrated with life than at peace with it, because the daily grind wears you down. Responsibilities and burdens become heavy and rob you of the happiness you’re meant to have as a child of God. But you can be hopeful, learn to rise above your challenges, and be filled with wonder at what God might do every day.

Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer, who has gone from heartache to happiness through Christ, this book is the key to shifting your perspective so that you may also relish every moment and every part of life.

You will learn how to love life fully, in spite of your obstacles, and experience the happiness that is promised to you.

Joyce will explain:
Why you can’t love life unless love is the central theme of it,
Why your attitude affects your life more than any outside circumstances,
How the love, help, and kindness you give away will come back to you immeasurably,
How to look to the future and keep your joy,
And so much more!

God has already blessed you with a life to love–and it’s time to start LIVING A LIFE YOU LOVE.

My thoughts:

Mama Joyce will tell you like it is and she won’t hold back.

This is a practical book with sound advice that is easily applied to our lives.

One big thing that stuck out to me was using the word hate. Like I hate this hot weather. We really need to eliminate that work from our vocabulary. We can state a fact, like it’s so hot but using the word hate so much is really not good for us.

Of course, Joyce had much more advice in her book and ideas on how to better love your life. I plan on implementing many of them and start enjoying life again, somehow I have gotten away from truly enjoying everyday and looking for God in every moment.

Visit Joyce here.

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

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

 

The Spirit-Led Heart by Suzanne Eller June 27, 2018

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A Spirit-Led Heart Can Be a World-Changing Heart

When the early church embraced the help of the Holy Spirit, uncertainty became boldness. Fear became courage. Weakness became strength.

Jesus promised us the same help. Why, then, do we keep trying to do things by ourselves? We try to do big things for God with nothing but our own efforts and a grit to see them through. Eventually, though, we find ourselves sputtering along like an old car, a little empty and a lot uncertain about our faith and purpose.

With warmth and vulnerability about her own journey, bestselling author and Proverbs 31 speaker Suzanne Eller shows that, with the Helper, we are not alone or ill-equipped. In these pages she reveals what the Holy Spirit offers:

· He empowers and guides us when we feel weak or lost.
· He offers confidence and boldness to the meek and comfort to those who hurt.
· He gives counsel and discernment in the face of uncertainty.
· His gifts fill us when we are empty and multiply our meager offerings into something truly miraculous.

The Holy Spirit empowered the apostles and the early church–and he will equip you today with that same help, boldness, and power to live a life of love and faith without borders.

Suzanne (Suzie) Eller is the author of Come with Me Devotional: A Yearlong Adventure in Following Jesus and a popular blogger. Suzie is with Proverbs 31 Ministries as a writer and speaker, and her message is to encourage women to live fully and free in their faith and every aspect of their lives. Suzie and her husband, Richard, live in Arkansas.

My thoughts:

Wow. I don’t say this about a lot of non-fiction books but this book was outstanding.

This book touched a deep part of my heart that has been asleep for a long time. This book challenged me to live the kind of life I know Jesus has called me to live.

I loved the author’s vulnerability in sharing parts of her life and how she has had to quiet herself before the Lord.

If you are looking for a wake up call in your spirit I highly recommend this book.

Visit Suzie 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 by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Girl’s Guide to Conquering Life June 13, 2018

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As you grow up and make your mark on the world, you’re going to run into plenty of situations that require you to be confident and capable. But it’s hard to be either when you don’t know what you’re doing! If you want to have it all together, The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life is your go-to resource. With great illustrations and step-by-step instructions for almost everything a young woman needs to know, this book shows you how to

· introduce yourself
· change a flat tire
· respectfully break up with a guy
· leave a tip
· apply for a job
· ask for a promotion
· behave during a traffic stop
· create a personal budget
· wash your face
· clear a clogged drain
· iron a shirt
· wear a scarf
· shoot a basketball
· and much more

The world needs women of character who don’t wait for others to do what needs to be done. With The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life, you’ll be well on your way to impressing everyone around you with your skill, confidence, and grace under pressure.

Erica Catherman has spent more than twenty years mentoring young women as a coach to middle school, high school, and college students. Committed to raising up the next generation to be kind, confident, and capable, Erica has served as a youth group leader, community volunteer, and advocate for gender equality in sports. She is a certified Yoga Alliance and Group Fitness instructor.

Jonathan Catherman is the author of the bestselling The Manual to Manhood and The Manual to Middle School and speaks worldwide about the principles and strengths that empower greatness in children, teens, and young adults.

The Cathermans live in North Carolina, where they work together to raise their family, which includes teenagers and a couple of big dogs. Learn more at http://www.TheCathermans.com.

My thoughts:

As soon as I opened the package this book came in my daughter snatched it out of my hands. A day later she said this book is already helping me.

Okay, good enough for me.

But I figured I should read it to so I can honestly give my opinion.

For a young girl I think this book will be extremely helpful. It covers many topics.

I was only disappointed in the fact that it didn’t cover sex or faith.

Even though this is a book from a Christian publisher there really wasn’t anything about being a Christian in it. Not that there is anything wrong with it. The purpose of the book is to guide girls and that it does and give some good advice.

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

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