A Birth with Great Calling

You Were Born For This by Bruce Wilkinson is a how-to book written in a very straightforward manner. Anyone who knows Bruce Wilkinson knows that he writes wonderful how-to books. He wrote The Prayer of Jabez which outlined how-to pray for miracles and blessings within your own life. Now he has written a how-to manual on how to be the receptacle that God uses to perform miracles and blessings for others. I had never gave much thought to the process required for God to use me as a partner in bestowing a blessing on someone else. However, after reading this book, I can actually visualize times that He used me as well as times when I missed the calling.

In the book of Esther, her uncle was the vehicle that God used to remind her that she had been born for a very important calling. Esther had been born for such as time as this – a time to bless her people by saving their lives. Although many of us would prefer to live a quiet and righteous life, it may be that God is calling one of you because “you were born for this!” If you have wondered about moments that seemed to be charged with heavenly wonder, then read this book. You will be inspired and changed by this how-to book!

I received this book free for review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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Restored

Have you ever asked yourself why some things happen to you and not others? Or maybe why some people are more blessed than you? The simplicity of Adam Hamilton answering the question “Why?” is answered with more depth in Jud Wilhite’s book Torn: Trusting God When Life Leaves You in Pieces. I had received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as an advance reading copy and I believe that it was divine providence that led to my receipt of this book. I had faced some devastating circumstances in my life and had been searching for the answer to my why. What I found in this book was that I had been asking the wrong question. I should have been asking “who?”

Who should I have been turning toward? Who knows me better than anyone and knows that I am a survivor? Who should I trust even is this darkness? Using Scripture, Jud illustrates God’s answers to our most painful questions. He shows practical ways to apply Scripture when we feel as if the darkness is going to overtake us. I finished this book with a much deeper faith in God and myself. I gained a deeper relationship with the One that I should always trust to watch over me, support me, and heal me.

I received this book free for review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Heart Check

Andy Stanley has authored many books, but the first one that I read was The Grace of God. I really liked the book. His way of explanation and expounding on the subject of grace was easy to understand. I added his name to my list of authors to read. I just finished Enemies of the Heart which had been previously published as It Came From Within and all I can say is Wow! In this current world many are subject to the emotional devastation of the four destructive forces that he discusses – guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy.

Andy digs deep into the foray of emotional destruction along with the whys and what-fors of relational entanglements. There is much to learn from this book. This should be a nightstand book or even a coffee table book! He does not just explain the negative side of those four emotional forces but also shows what the opposite side will bring to your life. He says, “Confess, forgive, give, celebrate. These are the habits that will change everything. Once these four routines define the rhythm of your heart, life will be noticeably different. Why? Because these habits empower you to settle your outstanding debts with others, God, and even yourself. Removing the debt-to-debtor dynamic from a relationship paves the way to better communication, understanding, and openness.”

I received this book free for review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Just Jesus and Me

Devotionals are a way to dig into the
Bible in short readings.  Most devotionals feature a Scripture to
read and then the authors expounding of the Scripture.  Some even
feature a small prayer to close out your devotion time.  R. P.
Nettelhorst has written a devotional that is based on various topics
throughout the Bible.  It is set up as if Jesus were to advise you,
the reader, on topics that you might need to discuss with Him.

A Year with Jesus: Daily Readings
and Reflections on Jesus’ Own Words

gave me readings that I could utilize when a concern appeared before
my mind and heart.  Instead of just reading a chronological selection
of readings starting at Day 1 or January 1, this book features the
chronological headings, but also allowed me to choose to read based
on a topic such as Fasting or Repentence.  The book is divided into
sections entitled “Love and Hate,” “Truths and Lies,”
“Arrogance and Humility,” “Friends and Enemies,” “Belief
and Disbelief,” “Patience and Impatience,” “Deserved and
Undeserved,”  “Good and Evil,” “Fidelity and Treachery,”
and “Life and Death.”

We
live in a world that always portrays the either/or scenario or good
vs. evil.  It was nice to read a devotional that fits in with that
line of thinking but also shows the way of Truth and Light against
the backdrop of the way of Darkness.  I enjoyed this book and plan on
reading it again as a reflection book to encourage myself to dig
deeper into my relationship with God.

I
received this book free for review from booksneeze.com.

 

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