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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. 

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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.

Grab your copy at Amazon, or your favorite retailer.

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.
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. 
 

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. 

 

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

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About the Book

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.

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.