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God’s Promise of Happiness by Randy Alcorn

By on Nov 23, 2016 in Book Reviews, Christian Living, God and Christ | 0 comments

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...

Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee

By on Oct 1, 2016 in Book Reviews, God and Christ | 0 comments

Jesus Behaving Badly explores the apparent contradictions in the life of Jesus. How can it be that some people view Jesus as a revolutionary and others view Him as a pacifist? Some people view Him as angry and others view him as loving. Some people consider Jesus an environmentalist and other claim He’s an earth scorcher. Some see Jesus through the lens of hellfire preacher and other see a gentle shepherd. Legalist or grace filled, sexist or egalitarian, and on and on. Some people look at one set of Bible passages and come to one conclusion and others gravitate to a different set of Bible passages and come to different conclusions. Mark Strauss has done a masterful job of looking at Jesus from all sides. For each pair of apparent contradictions, he builds a case for one side and then he turns around and lays out a convincing case for the other side. Then, he masterfully paints the...

The God Who Sees You by Tammy Maltby

By on Dec 19, 2015 in Book Reviews, God and Christ, Suffering & Brokenness | 0 comments

The God Who Sees You Look to Him When You Feel Discouraged, Forgotten, or Invisible Tammy Maltby 2012 240 pages   The God Who Sees You begins with the story of Hagar, who fled her abusive slave mistress and fled into the desert where she encountered God. She called Him El-Roi, “The God Who Sees Me.” We all reach points in life where we wonder if God really sees us. Does He see my suffering? Does He see my desperate need? Does He see my invisible heartache? Does He see ME? Tammy Maltby explores the idea of being seen by God and seeing God. She looks at the causes of our blindness that keep us from seeing God—or seeing that God sees us. Beautifully written, backed by Scripture, and tested in her personal experience, the powerful message of The God Who Sees You touches us at our point of need and teaches us to pass this healing message on to others: God sees...

Epic Jesus: The Christ You Never Knew by Frank Viola (@FrankViola)

By on Feb 27, 2015 in Book Reviews, Favorites, God and Christ | 0 comments

Epic Jesus: The Christ You Never Knew Frank Viola (@FrankViola) 2013 26 pages Available from Amazon for Kindle. I read the Kindle edition.   I have a seminary education, but I found Frank Viola’s brief summary of Christ to be powerful and moving. Epic Jesus inspired me to want to take time looking up the many verses he overviews in the text. From beginning to end, from Alpha and Omega, from Eden to Heaven, Frank Viola describes the role of Christ in history, time, and our personal lives. He makes huge, mind-blowing concepts easy to understand (to the extent humanly possible) and he does so in a comfortable narrative style. Epic Jesus is actually a cleaned-up transcription of a speech he gave, which contributes to the conversational tone. It reads as comfortably as the spoken word. The audio version of his presentation is available at http://frankviola.org/2011/11/01/epicjesus/. He also...