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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...

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...

Seeing Him by KP Yohannan

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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...