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

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From the author that brought you From a Mess to a MiracleClean House, Strong HouseGive It BackPrayers That Bring Change; and Selah

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

 

Adamant by Lisa Bevere June 8, 2018

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Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions

What is truth?

This has become the defining question of our time. But while everyone has an opinion, truth, it seems, is getting harder and harder to find. Perhaps that’s because we are searching for something when we should be looking for someone.

Truth has a name.

More ancient than time and more present than this moment, truth is not a river that changes with the cultural currents, but a rock—immovable, invincible, unshakeable—and the cornerstone of all we are and ever dream to be.

Theologically deep yet intimately accessible. Adamant will be an anchor for your soul in a raging sea of opinions, giving you a clear sense of direction in a wandering world.

My thoughts:

This book shook me, rocked me, made me mad, awakened me.

This book reminded me of how far I have come from being intimate with Jesus. I’m not anymore and it make me said.

As Lisa wrote her words penetrated my heart and awakened things that have been asleep for years now. I was mad because I didn’t like the reflection I saw in the mirror but I know it was necessary. I needed to see all I am forgotten.

So much truth in this book, I will share a bit with you.

Page 131: “We are so afraid of being accused of being judgmental that we have gone mute.” Uh, yes!!

Page 132: “Love without truth is a lie.” Oh my, I could write a whole separate post on this thought.

On page 135 Lisa quotes G.K. Chesterton: “G.K. Chesterton said, ‘Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.’ I fear we’ve chosen to tolerate things that will one day threaten to overwhelm us. We must always be kind and respectful, but the silence of tolerance can quickly morph into endorsement.”

If you want more I highly recommend this book. Wake up with me. Remember the great love our Father has for us and let’s step into the truth that is ours to rise up from.

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

 

Singing the Scriptures: How All Believers Can Experience Breakthrough, Hope and Healing by Julie Meyer May 17, 2018

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Unique, Powerful Way All Believers Can Experience Breakthrough

In the Bible, Moses sang. Miriam sang. So did Deborah, David, Mary, Paul, the angels, and so many more. The Israelites went to war singing; they sang over victories, over happy moments and hard moments. They knew something we’ve lost sight of: When we learn to sing God’s words back to Him, we align the deepest spaces of our hearts with the deepest places of His–and we experience breakthrough. So why do we relegate singing the Word to just worship teams?

Julie Meyer, a Dove-nominated artist and worship leader, has been teaching all believers how to do just this. She shows that you don’t need to know how to read music or even sing in tune. All you need is Scripture and a willingness to engage God in song. As you do, you will see heartache turn into hope, despair into destiny, fear into fearlessness. You stand on the Word, pray it, and even memorize it. Now it’s time to sing it.

My thoughts:

I love this idea, singing the scriptures. I will be honest, I haven’t tried it yet. But Julie shares many stories about how it has worked in her own life and the lives of others.

At the end of each chapter is a prayer, a few questions and then usually it will tell you to go visit her site, click on the chapter you just finished and do the activity. I haven’t had a chance to try any of that yet, but I do plan to.

She stresses that you do not have to be a worship leader or have a beautiful voice to do this. It is all about the Word getting in your heart and mind. If this sounds interesting to you I recommend this book

Visit Julie here.

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

 

Defeating Dementia by Richard Furman, MD, FACS May 10, 2018

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In the fight against dementia, the most powerful player is you.

“While many books have been written about individuals with Alzheimer’s, none has so seamlessly connected the disease biology, the patient experience, and the preventative science as Dr. Furman does so skillfully. Dr. Furman’s work will serve as the definitive guide on preventative measures to decrease one’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s dementia.”–Senator Bill Frist, nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former US Senate majority leader, and chairman of the executive council of Cressey and Company, from the foreword

“I had always thought that there was little one could do to prevent or slow the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. However, in this amazing book, Defeating Dementia, Dr. Richard Furman explains in an easy to understand and detailed way that there are actually things you can be doing right now to decrease your odds of developing Alzheimer’s dementia. This book can change the way you live. It can give you a new hope and practical steps to deal with–and even help prevent–Alzheimer’s.”–Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and founder of Samaritan’s Purse, from the foreword

“Dr. Furman has created a unique book for the public–one that synthesizes decades of research on the prevention and early treatment of dementia into understandable chunks and practical advice. Pairing the science with personal story provides immediacy, underscoring that this advice is not just a good idea, it’s crucial and matters now.”–Dr. Richard Ackermann, director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Mercer University School of Medicine

Dementia. It’s one of the most dreaded conditions we face as we age. Many people claim they would rather be diagnosed with cancer than Alzheimer’s. What many don’t realize is that dementia is not a forgone conclusion as we get older. Our own lifestyle choices and habits can have a significant impact–for good or ill–on our chances of developing the disease.

And that means there’s hope.

Drawing from the latest medical research, Dr. Richard Furman helps you understand dementia and Alzheimer’s and shows you how to make three powerful lifestyle changes that can help decrease the probability of developing this disease. He explains how eating the right foods, exercising, and sustaining an ideal weight can dramatically reduce the likelihood of developing dementia in the first place, and how these habits can even slow the progression of the disease in someone who has already received a diagnosis.

If you or your loved ones are concerned about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, let this book be your guide into a healthy future.

My thoughts:

At first I almost passed up this book. But something made me go back and request to review it.

I’m glad I did.

Dementia is close to my heart because there has been some question whether my own father might have it or not. I don’t know. But this book pulled me in and educated me and taught me there is hope with simple changes in our lifestyle we can slow the process down.

I also learned about the risk factors for dementia. Unfortunately, many older people have these risk factors. I do and I’m not that old yet. But I have always struggled with my cholesterol. I am working at changing and now I have even greater motivation.

The other thing that made this book so interesting to me was how the author dispersed the story of his mother-in-law throughout. This broke up all the science type stuff (which typically bores me) and made the book more personal.

I really liked this book and appreciated the information. If this is a topic that interests or concerns you this book will encourage you.

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.