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Grace: Uncovered. Unfiltered. Undeserved. by Rod Parsley December 5, 2018

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SEEK TRUTH IN A GENERATION GIVEN TO EXTREMES

TODAY’S CHURCH IS TORN in their understanding of God’s grace. Some churches measure holiness by the length of hems, cuffs, and other manmade regulations. Other churches use God’s grace as a license to disregard the Bible’s teachings on holy living and, consequently, live a life of rebellion. Neither extreme is biblical.

It’s true that Christians are freed from the rule of law. Yet it is also true that the law is a revelation of God’s will. How can we lead godly lives and also avoid turning moral absolutes into a legalistic system for salvation? In Grace, Rod Parsley uncovers the tension surrounding conversations about grace so that you can:

  • Gain a biblical foundation of God’s true intention for law and grace
  • Live more powerfully by avoiding destructive extremes
  • Adopt principles for Christian living that come from Scripture and the work of the Holy Spirit in your heart
  • Understand moments in church history when these issues threatened to destroy the faith, formed new doctrines and denominations, and more
We aren’t trying to win a debate. We aren’t talking about what we are free to do and what we are free not to do. We are all undeserving. Uncovering the truth about grace means preparing yourself for the presence of God around you. Learn how to govern your ways so the glory of God may reside within you.
My thoughts:
This was actually a pretty quick read but full of wisdom.
I appreciated that authors balanced look at grace, something we all probably need to get a better grasp on, I know I do.
I like how he shared his personal story of one extreme of legalistic grace and then gave examples of the other spectrum.
I also enjoyed the Biblical examples the he shared through the book.
If you want to dive deeper into the grace of God this is an excellent resource.
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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 
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Thirsty for More by Allison Allen October 24, 2018

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God is waiting for you in the desert

We’ve all been there: “dry seasons” when God feels distant and far away. But did you know that during the first three centuries of the church, many men and women purposefully moved into actual deserts to seek God? They understood something that we have missed: the desert is not a place of vast nothingness but a place where we can truly experience God’s provision, restoration, and intimacy.

Through Scripture and personal stories of her own times of waiting and struggle, Allison Allen offers a fresh perspective for those who long to see God in their dry seasons. She shows how God can use these times in our lives to reveal himself to us, to give us rest, to get our attention, to show us our strength, to help us experience his blessings, and more.

My thoughts:

I needed to read this book, it honestly came a perfect time for me. I have been in a desert place. I don’t feel I am fully out of it yet, but I believe my perspective has changed thanks to reading this book.

I have never pictured a desert place as a place I would want to be, or where I can grow. But I see maybe I am growing more than ever before. Things can grow in the desert places.

Allison share’s her own desert experience and how God used that to grow her. I appreciated the back and forth between her own story and practical application.

Visit Allison here.

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

 

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

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SONY DSCBook Title: The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement

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

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 30

Luv’N Lambert Life, September 1

Mary Hake, September 2

Reading is my Super Power, September 2 (Interview)

proud to be an autism mom, September 3

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

Bigreadersite, September 12

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. 

 

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.

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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.

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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.