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Chosen: Appointed for Favor, Destined for Greatness by Michelle McClain-Walters July 31, 2019

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This book will equip you with prophetic insight and divine strategies that will jump-start you on the path toward destiny.

There is a distinction between the called and the chosen, the many and the few. Who are these people? How did they get exclusive access to the favor of God? They are confident and prosperous, generous and joyful. They live in the realm of miracles and the supernatural, as if the very breath of God is on every decision they make in life. One season after the next they are catapulted to new levels in life. All they do is win and trample over challenges, disappointments, and attacks from the enemy, while others still remain at the starting line, awaiting breakthrough.

In her book Michelle McClain-Walters shows readers just what this distinction is and how they can live in the fullness of their identity as God’s chosen ones. Built on the words of Christ in John 15:16—“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you”—and Matthew 22:14—“Many are called but few are chosen”—Chosen is a revelation of the spiritual force behind the life of the next-level believer.

Choose now and declare, “I am chosen!” and watch as the mysteries of heaven are opened to you.

My thoughts:

What an inspiring book. If you long for more direction and purpose in your life and a better understanding of what God has in store for you then read this book.

For some reason, it must have been Holy Spirit, this book touched me deeply, to the point I was crying at times as I realized how small I have made God, how much I have limited Him because of my unbelief.

This book hasn’t released yet but if it sounds like something you would like to read, or maybe even need to read go pre-order it so you can have it as soon as it releases.

Visit Michelle here.

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

 

It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst July 24, 2019

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New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn’t turn out like they expected.

What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.

Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she’s also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:

Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God’s truth.

My thoughts:

What a powerful book. I decided to review this because I heard Lysa speak on the subject of “between two gardens” and found it deeply intriguing.

This book is written from a very vulnerable place in in Lysa’s life. She was in the middle of her marriage falling apart, cancer diagnosis and she didn’t know the end of the story. If you follow Lysa at all you know God has brought her through and healed her marriage, but as she wrote this book she didn’t know what would happen.

I love the illustrations that she uses to teach the reader her points. At the end of each chapters is a place to go deeper. Reflect on what chapter and answer questions about your own journey.

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

 

Here I Am by: Responding When God Calls Your Name by Brittany Rust July 17, 2019

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Step Confidently into Your Calling

Many believers struggle to distinguish between the voice of God and the constant clamor of noise and distractions–chaos that feels both internal and external. Even in quiet times we might hesitate to move forward, uncertain that we have heard His call. And when we do hear, we can be immobilized by fear of failure and our own insecurities. We miss His invitation to fierce faith and active obedience.

Brittany Rust, a vibrant voice for a new generation, teaches you how to hear God and live out the plans He has for you. She will help you flourish in your God-ordained purpose through self-discovery, honesty and pursuing obedience through faith.

It’s time for you to separate the loud, harmful distractions from the quiet whisper of a loving God. He is calling your name. Let Brittany help you respond with confidence: “Here I am!”

My thoughts:

I loved the examples the author used in this book. She starts with old testament examples, moves to new testament and ends with the ultimate “Here I Am,” Jesus.

Honestly, if you read nothing but the last two chapters you will be moved. That is the part that moved me the most. Being reminded about Jesus saying, “Here I Am,” was very powerful and made my heart very tender.

May we read these words and give God our “here I am”. We need to be willing to listen, and we must know His voice in order to know when he calls and then respond when he does.

Visit Brittany here.

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

 

The Power of Music by Michael L. Brown January 16, 2019

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Music can either Connect You to God or Drive You to the Devil.

It is time for Christians to recover the full potential of anointed music—in our assemblies and in society, in our services and on the streets, in studios and in schools. Today’s Jesus revolution may only succeed with the help of Holy Spirit–inspired music and an encounter with God.

After reading this book, you will never again listen to a song the same. Discover how you can use music to release the sounds of heaven and change the world.

My thoughts:

The last two chapters is what I expected the whole book to be like. But after reading those last two chapters I can see why the author choose to wade through all the genres of music and how it has impacted society. So I am glad I didn’t stop reading too soon.

The author does an excellent job of showing the reader how different genres have effected society, and often times, negatively. He challenged the reader, especially if you are a songwriter and/or worship leader to focus on having that same impact for the Church.

I have never called myself a songwriter, but I have written many songs, but only a few for the Church, most are for my students. Why? I think I am afraid that they will be silly, that they will lack depth. But if my source is Jesus and the Word how could that ever be so?

The author has definitely stirred something up in me and challenged me to try to write some songs for the Church, songs with depth and good theology. Although, as a worship leader I do always strive for that in the songs that I pick each Sunday.

I think anyone who enjoys music and would enjoy a walk through history in the music world would benefit from this book.

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. 

 

A Prisoner’s Perspective by Mike Savage January 9, 2019

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The feds called me a criminal mastermind, but that’s not how I see it.

If I were a criminal mastermind, I wouldn’t have been caught and I wouldn’t have been in prison for fifteen years.

Friends often ask, “How were you able to stand fifteen years in a federal prison?”

“All because of God and a woman named Cynthia.”

Federal authorities described Mike Savage as a criminal mastermind capable of bending people to his will. He was that and more. His criminal empire was the subject of a five-year federal investigation that culminated in his indictment on 101 criminal charges that ultimately put him in prison for fifteen years, two months, and twenty-eight days. From Mike’s perspective, he would lose everything in his life, including his beloved wife who had no idea Mike was a criminal.

But God had other plans—for both of them.

A Prisoner’s Perspective: The Redemption of a Criminal Mastermind chronicles how God, through the self-sacrificing love of Mike’s wife Cynthia, moved to save both of them and restore them as the husband and wife He wanted them to be. Mike’s memoir demonstrates that even through violence, separation, poverty, cancer, and death, God’s great self-sacrificial love still changes and restores those lost, even in the dark criminal underworld that had been Mike’s life. It is an example of how God is still at work in this world and how He never gives up on His people.

My thoughts:

What a powerful book. I loved this memoir.

I loved it for a couple of different reasons.

One was the fact that my husband and I used to be in a worship band that traveled to different prisons throughout Michigan and Ohio and ministered to the men. Mike talked about his time arranging for volunteers like I would have been. It brought back so many memories of our time ministering to those men and all the hoops we had to go through just to get into the prisons. I also gained a new perspective of what was going on behind the scenes and what these men were going through.

I also loved how God worked in Mike’s life and Cynthia’s, how Cynthia stayed with Mike even when he continued to doubt her. It reminded me a lot of my husband’s persistence in our marriage when things weren’t good and I was ready to give up.

I highly recommend this book and I don’t often give a non-fiction book five stars but this one gets a strong five star rating from me.

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

 

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

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.

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.