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Bigger than Impossible: Keys to Experiencing the Impossible through God

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Bigger Than Impossible is a great title. The gist of the book’s message was that we won’t know God is bigger than impossible situations if we never put ourselves in impossible situations. She talked about rebuilding efforts after hurricane Katrina, going to the Philippines as a missionary (she had never even flown before), and her husband’s battle with advanced Parkinson’s disease. These are impossible situations where she has seen God work. However, the author talked most about her childhood, which seems to have been traumatic for her. She was raised in a strict fundamentalist family, but has since come to know the grace of God. She hasn’t quite broken free of a works mentality, though. For instance, she repeatedly refers to our need to “manifest the required works.” And she has a very negative view of the future. At the time of this writing, the Kindle version is free. Book Quotes...

What the Bible Says About Healthy Living by Rex M.D. Russell

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Rex Russell’s book, What the Bible Says about Healthy Living, explores what the Bible says about healthy diet and compares it with modern science. The research upholds the wisdom of biblical advice so the author encourages us to heed the dietary laws, not in a legalistic obedience, but as a way to honor our Creator with our bodies. I was most interested in the extensive section on fasting. Because I’m on medication, I’m not able to go without food so fasting never seemed like an option to me. The author explained four types of fasting: normal fast, absolute fast, partial fast, and rotational fast. The latter two are options that don’t require complete abstinence from food, but focus on abstaining from particular types of food or rotating abstinence from different foods. I learned a lot from his teaching, especially about the health (and mental health) benefits of fasting. Many of his...

Bless and Be Blessed by Peter Lord

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Sometimes it’s difficult or awkward to praise people. And yet, as Christians, we ought to be fountains of blessings to others. Bless and Be Blessed by Peter Lord provides helpful training in how to bless others, whether it’s family, friends, coworkers, or the weary clerk at the checkout line. Not only does the author provide a biblical basis for blessings, he also provides practical steps to help you think through what you might say (if it doesn’t come naturally to you). The book also contains numerous exercises or challenges to get you to begin actually blessing other people and not just thinking about it. Peter Lord describes the power of blessings, both in the Bible and in real-life examples. A simple word of blessing can change the direction of someone’s life, melt a hardened heart, and help change a person from the inside out. If every Christian read Bless and Be Blessed, the...

That They All May Be One by K.P. Yohannan

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The writings of K.P. Yohannan always resonate with my heart. I can read them over and over and still find gems of truth I need to make real in my life. That They All May Be One is a short book on conflict among Christians. The world is watching how we treat them and how we treat each other. Christians have a reputation for killing their wounded and today’s social and political climate has made people more combative than ever. The answer is love. When we love people we don’t like, it demonstrates Christ’s control over our lives. It doesn’t matter whether we agree with someone; we are still to express the love of Christ to him or her. This message is needed now more than ever and I encourage Christians to read That They All May Be One.   Book Quote To prepare them for the enormous task ahead, He simply left this powerful statement: “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if...

God’s Promise of Happiness by Randy Alcorn

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God’s Promise of Happiness, by Randy Alcorn, is based on the author’s larger work, Happiness. Still, this little book provides some thought-provoking content revealing our common misconceptions about happiness, holiness, and God. In an easy to follow question and answer format, this booklet tackles some intriguing questions. Do happiness and joy mean the same thing? Is God happy or stern? Do happiness and blessing mean the same thing? (I’m not sure I agree with him on this one.) Plus, the book is loaded with Scripture to correspond to each answer. It was a delightful read that made me think. Grab a copy while it’s free (at the time of posting, anyway). Book Quotes “There are more than 2,700 passages in the Bible containing words such as joy, happiness, gladness, merriment, pleasure, cheer, laughter, delight, jubilation, feasting, exultation, and celebration.” “Until the twentieth...