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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...

If a Fourth Grader Can Write a Book Review, So Can You!

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After asking for volunteers to read and review my book, Sweeter Than Chocolate, I found a common theme among responses. Those who declined a free copy of my book seemed to think writing a review would be too difficult. With that in mind, I’ve assembled some tips for writing a review. There’s even a PDF version at the bottom of the post for you to save for later use.   Me? Write a Book Review? If a fourth grader can write a book review, so can you! Just in case you haven’t written a book review since the fourth grade, I have assembled a few tips for your convenience. I hope a little guidance might help you feel more comfortable saying “yes!” to my request for a book review. Keep it short. Aim for 100-450 words. I know you can write 100 words! Mention any relevant experience you have on the topic or genre. For example, “I’ve read hundreds of fantasy fiction books and this one...

Five Charities for Book Lovers

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I’ve talked to several people recently who are downsizing and having to get rid of books or they must thin out a collection of books to make room for new ones, perhaps Christmas gifts. Book lovers face this common problem. It can be difficult to part with books, but there’s one thing I’ve found that makes it easier. Whenever possible, I donate books to people or organizations that will use them for advancing the Kingdom of God. Here are five places to repurpose your books: Bible Senders BibleSenders.org How many Bibles do you have? If you’re like most Christians, the answer is “a bunch” or even “too many to count.” I once stacked my Bibles and the stack was nearly as tall as I am. That’s when I started cutting back. Since then, I’ve sent multiple boxes of Bibles to Bible Senders. Bible Senders accepts requests for Bibles from around the world and the number of requests vastly out...

Meet Indie Author Stephen B. Bagley

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Indie Author Day October 8, 2016 For Indie Author Day I wanted to introduce you to an indie author I admire.   Meet Stephen B. Bagley I’m proud to have as my friend, Stephen B. Bagley from Ada, Oklahoma. Stephen is the most successful indie author I know so I wanted to surprise him by featuring him for Indie Author Day. Stephen is successfully carving a niche out for himself as publisher at Many Rivers Harbor, a micro-publisher working with only a few authors. Stephen is a delightful, fun guy. I miss the days when we used to tweet late at night and he’d make up stories about himself like how the judge issued a restraining order to keep him away from the coffee shop—at least I think he was making up those stories. Ha! Stephen’s humor has entertained me for many years now, but that’s not to say he doesn’t take things seriously. He has a sensitive, spiritual side, too. The thing I admire...

Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary by J.D. Greear

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Gospel Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary J.D. Greear 2013 288 pages   One day I was brushing my teeth and had one of those thoughts so clear it had to come from God: There is no such thing as failure because it is covered by grace. This made me start seeking out books on grace so I could saturate my mind with the message of grace. I began reading Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary and found some truly thought-provoking ideas that will continue to have a profound impact on me spiritually. The author, J.D. Greear, begins by explaining the general misconceptions we have of the gospel: “For many evangelicals the gospel has functioned solely as the entry rite into Christianity; it is the prayer we pray to begin our relationship with Jesus; the diving board off of which we jump into the pool of Christianity. After we get into the pool,...