Christy
Bigger than Impossible: Keys to Experiencing the Impossible through God

Bigger than Impossible: Keys to Experiencing the Impossible through God

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

“Unbelief comes from not allowing God to be big enough to be Lord in our lives.”

“[Faith] is the information, divine revelation or instruction we receive from God that will allow us to know God’s plan about a certain matter.”

 


Bigger than Impossible

Keys to Experiencing the Impossible through God

Lydia Chorpening

2013

223 pages

 


 

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

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

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 chapters go into more technical detail than I wanted about scientific names of mono-whatevers and tri-somethings. Perhaps someday I’ll be more educated on these matters, but it was more than I was prepared to take-in right now. So I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. I’m sure it’s useful information to those who can grasp the technical details. Even so, I was able to skim these portions and still get helpful information on each topic covered.

Overall, I’d say it’s worth a read, whether or not you like the science parts. I learned several things, and I’m sure you will, too.

Book Quotes

“The mind is a precious thing. Fasting can give the body time to clear itself of toxic products. Eating things designed for food in their purest form could be great for the mind, just as it has been shown to maintain our joints, our weight and our immune system.”

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

“When asked how much fiber we need, I often give the admittedly earthy answer that we need only to look into our toilets. As insoluble fiber passes through the bowel, it takes fat with it into the stool. Fat floats. So floating stools are a good sign that you have enough fiber.”

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

 


What the Bible Says About Healthy Living

Rex M.D. Russell

2006

282 pages

 

 


 

Christy
Bless and Be Blessed by Peter Lord

Bless and Be Blessed by Peter Lord

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 world would be a better place.

 

Book Quotes

“As we train ourselves to notice the positive things in others and comment on them, we become increasingly conscious of these qualities.”

“The reinforcement of actions or words through repetition and regularity develops a habit.”

“Spirit-filled living causes us to see and love others as Jesus did.”

“When we know how blessed we are now in Jesus, in spite of our past, we are able to see the good in others and call attention to it.”

“The condition of our own heart determines to a large degree what we see in others.”

“Love is communicated in five ways—through quality time, words spoken, gifts given, touch, and service.”

 


Bless and Be Blessed: How Your Words Can Make a Difference

Peter Lord

2004

141 pages

 

 


 

Christy
That They All May Be One by KP Yohannan

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

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 you love one another” (John 13:35, NIV, emphasis mine).

What is disunity except the lack of love? When we recognize the importance that Jesus placed upon loving one another above all else, and we begin to walk in obedience to His command, nothing will be able to hinder us from seeing the kingdom of God come in our generation!

–K.P. Yohannan, That They All May Be One

 


That They All May Be One

K.P. Yohannan

2014

 

 

 


 

 

Christy
God’s Promise of Happiness by Randy Alcorn

God’s Promise of Happiness by Randy Alcorn

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 century, happiness and joy were used interchangeably.”

“Our happiness was bought and paid for by Jesus. But it’s ours only when we take hold of the gift God paid a tremendous price for.”

“First Timothy 1:11 and 6:15 actually speak of the gospel of the ‘happy God’ and the God ‘who is the happy and only sovereign.’”

“If God weren’t happy, living with him forever couldn’t possibly appeal to us.”

“What could be more happy-making than knowing the God of happiness, who grants us eternal life and happiness in Christ?”

“If you’re unhappy, you need to change what you’re thinking and what you’re doing.”

“When I meditate on Christ’s unfathomable love and grace, I lose myself in him, and before I know it, I’m happy. But when I focus on my problems and especially how badly others are treating me (or so I imagine), happiness flies away.”

“The Greek adjective translated ‘great’ here is megas—good news of ‘mega-joy’!”

“Heaven will be deeply appreciated by the disabled, who’ll be liberated from ravaged bodies and minds, and the sick and the elderly, who’ll be free from pains and restrictions. They’ll walk, run, see, and hear—some for the first time.”

 


God’s Promise of Happiness

Randy Alcorn

2015

109 pages

 

 


 

Christy
Seeing Him by KP Yohannan

Seeing Him by KP Yohannan

Just because a book is short doesn’t mean it has no value. This little eBook from K.P. Yohannan contains numerous gems. At a mere 45 pages, Seeing Him contains four chapters on learning to see Jesus in our lives, in our circumstances, and in the people around us. Learn to open the eyes of your heart to see Jesus. Grab this quick read for your lunchbreak or morning devotions.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

But I look back now and thank God for the few months of that “dark night” of my soul. It was during that time that I began to pursue and embrace the Lord again. I began living again and each day loving Him. He was no longer distant and far off, but near and continually before my eyes. I realized then, and still do today, that I have only one need. That need is Jesus.

That truth affects my relationships with the people around me as well. There is nothing that draws me close to someone except that he or she loves Jesus. It used to be that there were a thousand criteria I looked for in a person before I could accept them. I had my measuring scale upon which I weighed everyone. But now there is only one thing that matters: Does he or she love Jesus? No longer does it concern me if they use a different translation of the Bible. No longer does it matter if they subscribe to the doctrinal fine points that I believe. It doesn’t matter if they are conservative or liberal in this or that. It is no longer an issue of dress or speech or anything else. It is only an issue of Jesus.

–K.P. Yohannan, Seeing Him

 


Seeing Him

K.P. Yohannan

2014

45 pages

 


 

Christy
Squeezing Good Out of Bad by James N. Watkins

Squeezing Good Out of Bad by James N. Watkins

For many years I have been a fan of the wit and wisdom of James N. Watkins. He weaves his natural sense of humor into serious subjects with seamless ease. And trust me, his sense of humor is warped like mine! Check out this “stand up” routine Moses could have given with his back against the Red Sea:

“Hey, how’s everybody tonight? Well ‘shofar,’ so good (rim shot). So, how ‘bout that Passover meal? Great menu if you have to be on the lamb (rim shot). Tough room. I’m dying like a firstborn in Egypt (rim shot).”

-James N. Watkins, Squeezing Good Out of Bad

 

Having lived through many “lemons” in life, his words are also rich with the wisdom of personal experience and the compassion that grows out of it.

“But we often ask, “How could a God of love and compassion let one of His children experience such sinful actions?” Perhaps in the same way He let His one and only Son experience such sinful actions. It is only because He knows there is a much greater good . . . “the saving of many lives.””

-James N. Watkins, Squeezing Good Out of Bad

 

Despite his funny chapter titles (below), the contents have significant helpful content for those of us in the puckering problems of life. When life gives you lemons:

  1. Don’t confuse them with hand grenades (Identify the problem)
  2. Check the delivery slip (Determine if it’s your problem)
  3. Sell them on eBay (Profit from the problem)
  4. Paint similey faces on them (Laugh at the problem)
  5. Join a citrus support group (Share your problem)
  6. Use as an all-natural organic astringent (Grow from the problem)
  7. Don’t shoot the delivery driver (Forgive the problem-maker)
  8. Call in the Master Gardener (Take the problem to a higher level)
  9. Grow your own orchard (Live a fruitful life despite—or because of—the problem)
  10. Give off a refreshing fragrance (Live a lemon-fresh life)

I’d encourage you to pucker up for a fun read because we all need to laugh more and find fresh perspective to help us through difficult times. Pick up Squeezing Good Out of Bad at a sweet price right now.

“If I can do something about it, it’s my problem. If I can’t do anything about it, it’s simply a fact of life.”

-James N. Watkins, Squeezing Good Out of Bad

 


Squeezing Good Out of Bad: 10 Ways to Squeeze Good Out of Those Lemon of a Life, Lip Puckering, Time Sucking Situations

James N. Watkins

2016

101 pages

 


 

Christy
Hearing God: For Intimacy, Healing, Creativity, Meditation, and Dream Interpretation

Hearing God by Mark and Patti Virkler

I read the Kindle edition of Hearing God, but it’s really designed to be a workbook. Actually, it’s like an interactive daily devotional, with short readings followed by prompts and space to record your thoughts. Since I’m already familiar with Mark Virkler’s books and courses, I read it straight through without doing the exercises.

Hearing God covers the four keys to hearing God’s voice, how to meditate on God’s voice, and hearing God through your dreams. This is a good introduction to Mark Virkler’s teachings, but someone new to hearing God’s voice would be better served with his full teaching in his book, 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice or his online course.

That said, there are plenty of thought-provoking insights and encouraging words in this brief overview.

 

 


Hearing God: For Intimacy, Healing, Creativity, Meditation, and Dream Interpretation

Mark and Patti Virkler

2014

192 pages

 


 

Christy
When we have failed--what next?

When We Have Failed—What Next?

After some recent failures, both public and private, I picked up When We Have Failed—What Next? to help make sense of my propensity to blow it. K.P. Yohannan gives biblical examples of those who have had very public failures and God brought them back to become great servants of God. The difference in whether one can recover from a failure or not is in one’s willingness to humble themselves after failure. Those who are proud and try to cover up, minimize, or run away from their failure will continue to live that way. Those who humble themselves before God and others to seek forgiveness will eventually develop the humble character of Jesus, marked by compassion for the shortcomings of others.

If you or someone you know has failed (who hasn’t?), then When We Have Failed—What Next? is a short but helpful read.

 

Brief Excerpt

Toward the end of Jacob’s journey, God changed his name, which means “deceiver,” to Israel, meaning “Prince of God.” So, why doesn’t He say, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and … Israel”? How strange! How come He associates His name with a cheat who wasted two decades trying to do things his own way?

Through His name, His very identity, God wants to say to you and me, “I am still the God who makes failures into princes of God. I remain the God who takes broken lives—people with multiple divorces, sick in body because of sin, in prison for decades, labeled as losers, crazy folk nobody wants, outcasts with no hope—and turns them into something beautiful.”

–K.P. Yohannan, When We Have Failed–What Next?

 

Tweetable Quotes

 


When We Have Failed-What Next?

God’s Answer to Our Failures

K.P. Yohannan

2014

80 pages

 


 

Christy
Journey with Jesus by KP Yohannan

Journey with Jesus by K.P. Yohannan

Journey with Jesus provides a glimpse of the life of Christ as the disciples must have experienced His life and teachings. The emphasis remains on the truth that Jesus could do nothing on His own. Jesus sought direction and empowerment from God. We must live in that same humble, dependent relationship to experience the direction and power of God in our lives.

Here’s a brief sample from the text:

Yet even in the familiarity of Bible verses, we still find it difficult to love one another. Why is that? One of the reasons is because we do not want to pay the price. You see, love is always costly.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave … “ (emphasis mine). Gave what? What was the price of God’s love? His Son, Jesus. The cross was the price God paid because of His love for us.

We can ask ourselves the same question: What is the price of our love? Put your name in that verse, “For _____ so loved that he/she gave … “ Gave what? The price of love will differ in form for each one of us, but God will always bring us opportunities to display His love to others. But remember, the price will always be costly—it will always involve saying “no” to self in some way. It could be quietly suffering and not defending yourself. It could be going the extra mile and taking the slack when somebody else didn’t do the job. But whatever it is, God has brought these situations into your life to make you more like His Son, enabling you to display His love through your life.

–K. P. Yohannan, Journey with Jesus

 

K.P. Yohannan is my favorite author. His humility and practical theology provide inspiration and guidance in living out our faith in practical ways today. I highly recommend any of his books. Most of them are short and easy to read, understand, and apply to our lives.

 

Journey with Jesus

K. P. Yohannan

2014

52 pages