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Waking Up: How I Found My Faith by Losing It by Ted Dekker

By on May 3, 2016 in Book Reviews, Grace, Memoir & Testimony | 0 comments

Waking Up How I Found My Faith by Losing It Ted Dekker 2015 27 pages   Author Ted Dekker exposes his struggle for many years to reconcile what he believed about God with the reality he was experiencing. The Bible says God answers prayer, but Dekker felt his prayers were left unanswered. The Bible says to love our enemies, but Christians can’t even get along with each other. The spiritual conflict became a crisis of faith and he began exploring alternative belief systems outside of Christian faith. That’s when he had a spiritual breakthrough. As the NY Times bestselling author sat at his desk one day, he felt God remind him of a simple truth. We are to love others unconditionally. How, then, can we believe God doesn’t love us with the same unconditional love? This is love. This is grace. To know this kind of love and acceptance means we can quit trying to be good enough. As Dekker says,...

Unsucceeding by Kyle Drake

By on Mar 21, 2015 in Book Reviews, Memoir & Testimony, Perspective | 0 comments

Unsucceeding: Waking Up from My American Dream A True Story of Trading Success for Real Life Kyle Drake 2012 150 pages Available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions. I read the Kindle edition.   I’m a little torn as to how to review Unsucceeding: Waking Up From My American Dream. I was grabbed by the title of this book, but I was disappointed to discover it was a biography with no real teaching content. Just because it wasn’t what I expected or what I was looking for doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book. Therein lies my dilemma. Kyle Drake was climbing the corporate ladder and became a vice president of a bank. When his wife gave birth to twins and one had severe health problems, it shook his life enough to make him reconsider what really mattered. Here it is in his own words: I was a church-going, active Christian husband and father striving for “balance” between work and home...

When God Breaks Your Heart by Ed Underwood (@edunderwood)

By on Feb 21, 2015 in Book Reviews, Faith & Hope, Memoir & Testimony, Suffering & Brokenness | 0 comments

When God Breaks Your Heart Choosing Hope in the Midst of Faith-Shattering Circumstances Ed Underwood (@edunderwood) 2008 224 pages Available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle, Audiobook CD, and Audible audio download. Available from Christianbook.com in paperback, ePub, and audiobook download. I read the Kindle edition.       But your need for safety and your fear of surprises will rob your life of the astonishing interventions with which He wants to fill your days. –Ed Underwood, When God Breaks Your Heart, quote from Part II, “The Misery.”   Ed Underwood is a remarkable man, dealing with severe lymphoma causing his skin to fall off, leaving raw, oozing sores reminiscent of the trials of Job. Those of us who have experienced faith-shattering trials know the depth of spiritual trauma ongoing crisis can cause. In his book, When God Breaks Your Heart: Choosing Hope in the Midst of...

Loved Back to Life by Sheila Walsh (@SheilaWalsh)

By on Feb 15, 2015 in Book Reviews, Memoir & Testimony, Mental Health | 0 comments

Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free Sheila Walsh (@SheilaWalsh) NEW! February 2015 217 pages Available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle, Audible audio edition, and MP3 CD Audiobook. Available from Christianbook.com in paperback, ePub, Large Print, Audio CD, and MP3 CD. I read the paperback edition.     Sheila Walsh Found the Courage to Live Free What a beautiful testimony from a beautiful woman! Sheila Walsh reaches down deep to give us a heartbreaking and heartwarming testimony of how her rise to success was masking a deep, debilitating depression. Rather than admitting she had a problem, she threw herself into ministry for every waking hour—a very public, exposed ministry as a singer and then as co-host of The 700 Club. When it finally became too much, she walked away from a promising career and checked herself into a psychiatric hospital, despite critical...

Book Review: Aloof by Tony Kriz (@tonykriz)

By on Jan 24, 2015 in Book Reviews, Christian Living, Memoir & Testimony | 0 comments

Aloof: Figuring Out Life with a God Who Hides Tony Kriz (@tonykriz) Released Jan 2015 228 pages Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Also available from Christianbook.com in paperback or ePub (see bottom of page). I read the paperback version.   Have you struggled with God seeming far away? Are we really meant to meander through life with little or no contact with the God we supposedly follow? In his new book, Aloof: Figuring Out Life with a God Who Hides, author and speaker Tony Kriz takes readers on a journey to explore questions like these. I’d have to say it’s a journey worth taking with Tony. I am proud to say I went to seminary with Tony Kriz. Tony has a unique writing style, which I envy. He calls it a spiritual memoir. He reminisces through a lifetime of spiritual memories and identifies the formative effect they had on his spiritual beliefs. In fact, Tony encourages...