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Touching Godliness by K.P. Yohannan

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Touching Godliness by K.P. Yohannan My rating: 5 of 5 stars In a culture where people nearly regard belligerence as a virtue, it’s refreshing to hear a quiet, soothing voice remind us that the path to godliness leads through brokenness and submission to authority. K.P. Yohannan has a gentle way of pointing out our human tendency to rebel against authority. He doesn’t point fingers, blame, or condemn. He shows the error of pride and the rich benefits of submission so that you WANT to choose the latter. This is the second time I’ve read this book. I think there was an earlier edition I read some time ago. But I wanted to pick it up to read again because of the political angst going on. I wanted to remind my spirit that submission is always best because it keeps me under the umbrella of God’s protection. Of course, submission isn’t my natural bent. I’m a strong-willed, first-born child,...

Beat God to the Punch: Because Jesus Demands Your Life by Eric Mason

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Beat God to the Punch: Because Jesus Demands Your Life by Eric Mason My rating: 4 of 5 stars Beat God to the Punch is based on the premise that someday every knee will bow to Christ (Philippians 2:9-11), so author Eric Mason suggests we beat God to the punch by submitting our lives to Him in humility so God’s grace can work in and through our lives. We will either bow to Christ willingly now, or we will bow to Christ by force when He returns. Rather than facing judgment, Mason argues it’s more desirable to beat God to the punch and bow to Christ willingly. Chapter One: Crossing Paths with Grace describes grace as a person—God made flesh in Jesus Christ. Chapter Two: Experiencing Grace explains five definitions or facets of grace. Chapter Three: How Grace Works offers an explanation of how the names of Christ are sufficient for our every need. Chapter Four: Grace Recovered describes the...

Destined to Soar by KP Yohannan

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Destined to Soar by K.P. Yohannan My rating: 5 of 5 stars K.P. Yohannan masterfully lifts us up to a higher place where we can gain a new perspective on our troubles and how they fit into God’s plan. He doesn’t offer trite advice that minimizes our trials. Rather, he acknowledges that we will face all kinds of difficulties and yet he shows us how to navigate our difficulties with trust in God that overflows in joy and peace in the midst of trials. Destined to Soar could be used as a devotional book, with 37 short chapters on topics regarding humility, joy, obedience, unity, service, identity, grace, love, peace, and more. The author is a master storyteller and has a grip on Scripture that comes from living it out for many decades. This makes his writing powerful and effective in touching the reader at a point of need and offering healing and perspective. It’s always a joy to read books...

Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous

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Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God’s Everything by Anonymous My rating: 5 of 5 stars Embracing Obscurity, by an anonymous author, tackles the dilemmas and dangers of our self-obsession. According to the author, “Embracing obscurity is not about wiping ourselves from existence but rather, voluntarily, becoming nothing in light of everything God is and has promised us. . . . It’s about making Him, not ourselves, look good.” The author is genuine and transparent in his struggle with this topic. When it first occurred to him, he thought, “Wait . . . embrace obscurity? Who in their right mind would want to do that? And what would that do to my life?” He details his own struggle with social media and the desire to have lots of friends and followers as a measure of worth and the desire to be affirmed for the witty things he posted. Service and obscurity go hand in hand,...

The Road to Reality by KP Yohannan

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The Road to Reality: Coming Home to Jesus from the Unreal World by K.P. Yohannan My rating: 5 of 5 stars In The Road to Reality, K.P. Yohannan suggests we have been living under the fantasy and illusion of counterfeit Christianity and he gives us a wake-up call to bring us back to reality. “The bridges to reality in our spiritual pilgrimage may seem a bit unfamiliar. The road is strange to us. The disciplies of spiritual reality are “lost arts” to most modern Christians. . . . May I challenge you to come along and begin a journey on the road to reality?” –K.P. Yohannan, The Road to Reality The disciplines of spiritual reality include holiness, suffering, sacrifice, spiritual intimacy, stewardship, simplicity, spiritual warfare, submission, obedience, and more. The Road to Reality has been in print for more than two decades. It has earned a place among Christian classics. I’ve...