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Old Testament Journeys of Faith by Norman Grubb

By on Nov 21, 2016 in Book Reviews, Faith & Hope | 0 comments

I picked up this 99-cent eBook because the author had been recommended to me and because I enjoy delving into the lives of Bible heroes. Little did I realize this book would be so much more than Bible biographies. Norman Grubb carefully explores the progress of faith in each person’s life, showing how Job, Joseph, and others grew in their faith toward God. He pointed out the different events that served as turning points in their progression of faith. But he amazingly weaves New Testament principles into each life event, making the truth come alive in relevance for us today. Old Testament Journeys of Faith was 432 pages long, although on my Kindle, it was considerably longer. This isn’t a quick read, but the content is meant to be slowly processed for our own spiritual growth. Yes, there were occasional parts where the author got a little long-winded, but considering these were...

The Power of Not Yet

By on Oct 20, 2016 in Book Reviews, Faith & Hope | 0 comments

God must have prompted me to select this book off my Kindle, because it spoke to my need in the midst of feeling stuck. Parented by a perfectionist, I learned to see things in a pass or fail mindset. In order to gain approval, “pass” (or perfection) was the only option. Later in life, I’ve found that I give up easily because if it’s not perfect, it’s not worth doing. It also means I’ve learned to seek approval, validation, and acceptance through my work. Donna Pisani explained the “not yet” mentality that replaces failure with persistence—Not Yet. That is, I haven’t failed; I just haven’t succeeded yet. She also explains how to see the “not yet” as a thing of merit on its own by changing our perception and goals during a “not yet” period. Waiting is more productive and comfortable when we see it as a growth period, which has value in itself. If you’re feeling stuck or tired of asking...

Breakthrough Healing by Larry Sparks

By on Oct 18, 2016 in Book Reviews, Faith & Hope | 0 comments

It seems like everyone needs to be healed of something. Wouldn’t it be neat if we could pray for other people and they would be healed like in the Bible? According to Larry Sparks, we can. We just need to correct our thinking about supernatural events. I’ve needed healing for multiple things, some for as long as 25 years. Doctors can’t help me. So I’m interested in healing, but I have been confused about differing theologies about healing. This topic is outside my comfort zone so I approached the book with caution. The author made clear distinctions, though, between radical “faith healers” and biblical healing. “Signs and wonders are completely God-focused, while health and wealth is human-focused.” – Larry Sparks, Breakthrough Healing The main point of distinction is that biblical healing is always focused on God. Rather than coming to God for healing, come to God for a deeper...

4 Absurd Decisions God Wants You to Make Today by Caleb Breakey

By on Oct 12, 2016 in Book Reviews, Faith & Hope | 0 comments

This title grabbed me and made me want to read. What kind of absurd decisions could God want me to make? Excellent title! And the content didn’t disappoint, either. I enjoy a book I can read in one sitting and yet Caleb Breakey packed a lot in a small book. I don’t want to give away too much of the content or the four specific points, but the second decision, “Choose Me over _____,” really hit close to home for me. I rely on a relationship with someone more than I rely on God. Just the day before, God had nudged me on this very thing and here it was in the book—a timely reminder from God that He was serious about me putting Him first over this other relationship. God used this book to help me work through an important issue. Let me leave you with these quotes from the book: “You cannot please God without doing faith (James 2:14-26). In fact, your faith is as useful as road kill if you...

Breakthrough Faith: Living a Life Where Anything is Possible

By on Oct 2, 2016 in Book Reviews, Faith & Hope | 0 comments

I’ve always coped with difficult life circumstances by saying, “Well, God either caused it or allowed it so either way that settles it.” Yet, I’ve always been uncomfortable with knowing when to accept something and when to press in through prayer to seek healing. I’ve had trouble reconciling the role of prayer in my life, knowing that God’s going to do whatever He wants. “Lazy theology looks at what’s in front of us and assumes that some boundary or some obstacle is God’s will by default.” – Larry Sparks, Breakthrough Faith So when I began reading Breakthrough Faith, I was in for a bit of a jolt. It rocked my boat and made me reconsider faith, prayer, and life circumstances. Author Larry Sparks weaves through the book the biblical example of the paralytic whose four friends lowered him through the roof (Mark 2). They brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus but couldn’t get to him...