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A Fierce Love: One Woman’s Courageous Journey to Save Her Marriage by Shauna Shanks May 24, 2017

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Love is easy to give when you are getting it back. Are we still called to God’s plan of how to love when we are getting none in return? Shauna Shanks’s brave journey through obedience reveals the outcome of when we dare to follow God’s ludicrous outline for love as described in 1 Corinthians 13.

Wrecked with news of her husband’s affair and his request for a divorce, Shauna finds herself urgently faced with a decision. Does she give up and divorce her husband and move on, or does she try to fight for her marriage? The former choice seems to contradict God’s plan for how to love, such as “love never gives up,” “love is patient,” and “love is kind.”

Taking God at His word and assuming the love chapter was really meant to be followed literally word by word, she not only finds herself falling in love with her spouse again, but also falling in love with Jesus, which changes everything.

First Corinthians 13 presents an audacious, illogical, and irrational context of how to love, meant to be applied to every marital context not just the fairytale marriage. If God’s instructions seem illogical and audacious, you might just expect the same kind of results in return!

This book is not air-brushed. It was written in the midst of the author’s deepest trauma, and she purposefully did not edit out her mistakes and failures during that season. This book will resonate with women who do not feel like the picture-perfect Christian woman with the fairytale life and marriage.

A Fierce Love is the story of a train wreck and reaching out to God not in the calm but in the chaos and finding hope for the future.

My thoughts:

Crazy stuff. This book could have been written by my husband about me. This is totally our story but written from the wife’s perspective.

It’s very interesting to read this and fee like I am in my husbands head and what he was going through while he fought to save me and my marriage. It has made me remember so much. At first it was a bit uncomfortable to read but then I turned it around to my life now and God reminding me that I need to be loving my husband like this.

Shauna references 1 Corinthians 13 a lot in this book. At first I dismissed her thoughts as this is such a familiar verse, it doesn’t do anything for me. How crazy. It’s the word of God, it can do anything.

So I read it and was brought to tears as I saw this as a reflection of the love I am supposed to have for my husband and I stink at it. I have been praying parts of this verse into my life and over my husband. I can’t remember it all so I chose to remember the things I really need to focus on right now, like love is patient and kind, it is not easily irritable or resentful.

If you have ever thought your marriage is over, or maybe you do think it is over, be inspired and challenged by this book and remember that God can restore.

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

 

The Lifestyle of a Watchman by James W. Goll May 17, 2017

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Unique, Powerful Call to the Front Lines of Prayer

From bestselling author James W. Goll, a strategic prophetic leader in global intercessory prayer, comes an in-depth journey into the heart of what it means to be a “watchman on the wall.” Designed for serious worshipers and intercessors, this unique 21-day journey will help you move to the front lines of prayer–becoming more alert to the presence of God and praying his will with confidence.

With reflection questions, devotional prayers, and practical application, this book will help you
· discern the specific spiritual atmosphere around you
· discover the strategies of God for certain times
· pray more effectively for others
· understand how to intercede for current events

Walking in the lifestyle of a watchman means that you can be the sentinel that God is calling his mature intercessors to be. Learn to partner with the strategies of heaven and step boldly into your calling.

My thoughts:

Do you feel called to pray for more. Maybe for things you aren’t even sure what exactly?

This book will challenge you to take that next step. I always find James books inspiring and pushing me to hunger for  more of God. This book stays true to that.

I love how he uses Biblical examples of people who had a life of prayer, starting with Abraham. Not only does he uses Biblical examples but he also uses examples of people who aren’t in the Bible.

Each chapter is a short (not super short) read that you can easily do in about 10 minutes or less.

If you are looking for more in your prayer life and are feeling a call to be in prayer then I recommend this book.

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

 

The Breaker Anointing by Barbara J. Yoder May 3, 2017

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Landmark Text Now Revised and Expanded for a New Generation

We all face hard times and obstacles in life–whether physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, creatively, or relationally. Yet we have a God who is with us and for us. A God who, as Micah 2:13 says, is a “Breaker” who goes before us.

Now revised and expanded, this new edition of Barbara Yoder’s best-selling book will help you discover that the same God who led Moses and broke open the way for his people is leading the church today–and he will break open any way or route he has ordained for us to go through.

Yet he does not do it alone. You are part of the breakthrough. Every believer filled with the Spirit has access to God’s breaker anointing. We can move forward, therefore, with faith, confidence, and bold, courageous action. He is waiting for us to step out and change our lives, cities, and nations. God the Breaker goes before us–and where he goes, nothing can hold us back.

My thoughts:

Do you want breakthrough? Are there things that are still clinging to your life that you don’t want there? Then this book is for you.

Barbara shares so much in this book I can’t touch on it all. One thing that struck home with me is the fact that she is from Michigan and shared some breakthrough she had been praying for in the city of Detroit, which I am very familiar with and have heard and seen the changes that have taken place in that city.

We settle for so much and we shouldn’t. Areas that need to change we need to be praying into. God is the Breaker.

I highlighted a few things that made me think. One was: “Godly worship will always enthrone God and dethrone Satan.” Yes, I totally agree with this.

Another thing I highlighted: “Almost always when we are being led into new territory or exploits, we will encounter warfare right at the threshold. This seems to be the place where the greatest concentration of demonic forces congregates to oppose forward progress and attempts to halt our crossing over.”

I see this with new believers, sometimes things will start happening to them to stop them deepening their relationship with Jesus. They will be full of excuses why that can’t do things.

If you want a book to encourage you to take the next step  in areas of your life this book will take you there.

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

 

Under and Open Heaven by John E. Johnson March 15, 2017

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Tired of failure?

Frustrated by a confined life?

Starving in the midst of plenty?

In the gospel of John, Jesus talks with people whose struggles we can relate to. They aren’t always straightforward chats, yet they are beautifully applicable to the messiness of life, even life today.

The early believers were facing a world in turmoil and needed a theology to strengthen their souls and steady their nerves. In our similar times of turbulence, we too need to know that the abundant life under the opened heaven John describes is not just conceivable—it’s a promise.

My thoughts:

The author of this book brings up some great points and many different things to consider. I like how he walks through the book of John and examines many of the things we have all become very familiar with and gives things a new spin or deeper understanding.

But for me this book didn’t hold my interest. As I have said in previous reviews non-fiction books really have to grab me in order for me to like them and although this book had a lot of great content it did’t grab me. I found myself easily distracted, thinking about other things and not focusing on the book.

As always, this is my opinions only. It is a good book with good content it just wasn’t for me but I am sure for someone else this book will speak deeply to them.

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

 

No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece March 3, 2017

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If you’ve ever been given empty clichés during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up, or pray it away.

But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be.

 

No More Faking Fine is your invitation to get gut-level honest with God through the life-giving language of lament. Lament, a practice woven throughout Scripture, is a prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes. As author Esther Fleece says, “Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God, and with those around us.”

Esther learned this the hard way, by believing she could shut down painful emotions that haunted her from a broken past she tried to forget on her fast track to success. But in silencing her pain, she robbed herself of the opportunity to be healed. Maybe you’ve done the same.

No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament—to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you’ve kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from careful biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God’s own language to draw closer to Him as He leads us through any darkness into His marvelous light.

My thoughts:

This is an extremely powerful book. It opens with a scene from Esther’s life that will  break your heart.

I so appreciated Esther’s honesty and transparency throughout this book. For me non-fiction books are more powerful when it is linked to personal stories and this book definitely does that.

Something that really resonated with me was from page 30, the first paragraph. Esther writes: “I assumed God had healed my heart, because I couldn’t feel pain anymore. Instead, I had simply mastered suppressing every emotion I ever felt, and I gave God credit for a healing I had never experienced.”

Wow, I have been there and did that for years.

Esther talks about lamenting and the importance of it. I immediately thought of the song Lord, I Need You. I think that is why that song is so powerful, it’s a lament and we don’t have many of those. But that is a song I sing from my gut every time because I do need him.

If you are tired of faking fine and just want to get real with yourself, God and others I highly recommend this one.

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

 

Destined to Win by Kris Vallotton February 24, 2017

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Kris Vallotton walks Christians through the profound process of discovering their true identity and experiencing the wonder of their kingdom purposes.

Christians are often told that they were born with a purpose that reaches beyond their human strivings, but most are not sure how to break past the daily struggles holding them back, much less how to fully step into their callings.

As a pastor and the cofounder of the Bethel School of Ministry, Kris Vallotton has been teaching Christians all over the world how to walk in wholeness and purpose for more than seventeen years. In Destined to Win, he passes on the lessons that will help readers discover who they really are, overcome destructive behaviors, and become equipped for their kingdom purposes.

Confronting the challenges that limit Christians—such as living shackled by past pain, fear, and unforgiveness—Vallotton offers practical solutions to the of­ten-complex problems that undermine their destinies and derail their purposes. With personal stories and biblical teaching, Destined to Win combines practical wisdom and profound revelation to unlock the latent potential present in each person.

My thoughts:

Kris knows how to put his passion into his books. This is the second book I have read by him and I enjoyed both very much.

He does a great job of sharing personal stories and sharing from the Word. For me that is what draws me into a non-fiction book.

I loved hearing about how he met Bill Johnson. That was an amazing story and his obedience is something that should inspire us all.

He reminds us that when we know who we are we will live as if we are destined to win because we are. We just need to grab a hold of that truth. Reading this book will stir you up and spur you to greater living through Jesus Christ.

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

 

Cosmic Initiative by Jack R. Taylor February 15, 2017

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ABOUT THE BOOK (272 pages):

Jesus never said “Seek first” about any pursuit or purpose except the kingdom of God.

But the church has essentially abandoned this central message, so that kingdom realities have become lost to us. Our neglect has been costly, because God’s kingdom on earth—His cosmic initiative—has the authority and power to revolutionize our culture. This transformation occurs first within us and then around us, igniting the world with forgiveness, healings, miracles, righteousness, and peace.

The reason most people today do not seek the kingdom is that they have not seen it. Once they truly see it, they seek and follow the remarkable vision they have glimpsed. This is because discovering the kingdom is not just information but an adventure in revelation and transformation.

Well-known speaker and kingdom-seeker Jack Taylor invites us to be reintroduced to the kingdom of God and to experience the recovery of the kingdom gospel—leading to kingdom power, kingdom love, and the greatest kingdom harvest the world has ever seen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jack R. Taylor
is a name that has become synonymous with the Spirit-filled life and the message of the Kingdom of God. After almost seventeen years as pastor of the Castle Hills First Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas, where God moved in revival to usher into the Kingdom over 2000 people in eighteen months, he has pursued an itinerant ministry which has lasted nearly 40 years. Jack Taylor preaches the Kingdom of heaven around the world through his books, recorded messages and speaking engagements. He is president of Dimensions Ministries and the spiritual father to hundreds connected to him through Sonslink, a ministry committed to modeling the Father/Son paradigm. He lives with his wife, Friede, near Melbourne, Florida and is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received an honorary Doctorate in 2011 from St. Thomas Christian College of Jacksonville, Florida.

My thoughts:

I completely agree with everything in this book. It has a great Kingdom message, one we really need to be aware of. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in now, what is in your face and forget that there is so much more going on around us.

Jack outlines everything very well, starting from the beginning and what God’s plan was and how it got all messed up. I know I often forget about forget about the bigger picture and there are so many more things at play then what my eye can see.

With all of the being said, I had a lot of trouble staying focused as I read, it just didn’t pull me in and keep me there. Even though it is a great message, for me the delivery didn’t hold my attention like I wanted (or needed) it to. Of course, that could just be me and someone else will totally get pulled in.

Visit Jack here.

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A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own.