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

By on May 19, 2016 in Book Reviews, Favorites, Grace | 0 comments

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,...

It Is Finished: Why you can quit religion and trust in Jesus by Blaise Foret

By on May 12, 2016 in Book Reviews, Favorites, Grace | 0 comments

It is Finished Why you can quit religion and trust in Jesus Blaise Foret 2014 170 pages   I put off reading It Is Finished for a long time. It was lost on my Kindle among a hundred other unread titles. But it turned out to be a hidden gem. This book challenged my thinking, poked at spiritually sore spots, and prompted a shift in my spiritual life. I loved his writing style. He’s easy to read and slightly irreverent, saying things like “Jesus was an interesting dude” or “Jesus threw a keg party.” I found phrases like that amusing and refreshing because that’s the kind of casual talk Jesus would have used. From cover to cover, the book was about God’s grace. It delved into many misconceptions taught by churches today and he offered explanations from scripture to show the errors in modern thinking. Occasionally, the author said things that took me back a bit, but as he unfolded the truth...

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,...

You Aren’t Worthless by Kristin Spencer

By on May 3, 2016 in Book Reviews, Mental Health | 0 comments

You Aren’t Worthless Unlock the Truth to Godly Confidence Kristin Spencer 2015 162 pages   “I am a beautiful and unique creation of His, crafted to do the things He planned for my life, if I should choose to follow Him.” –Kristin Spencer, You Aren’t Worthless In You Aren’t Worthless, Kristin Spencer addresses the almost universal quest for self-worth, self-confidence, or self-esteem. She explains what the Bible has to say and points out where cultural teaching, even within the church, does not line up with the Word of God. The author explains that low self-esteem is really a manifestation of pride. Instead of tackling our low self-esteem, she builds a case for developing honest humility (not false humility) and godly confidence. The book provided some well-thought-out points and the author wasn’t afraid to state the truth, even if it might not be popular. It’s worth a read,...

Hope Stands by Samuel Kee

By on May 3, 2016 in Book Reviews, Faith & Hope, Favorites | 0 comments

Hope Stands Ten Reasons Why You Must Not Give Up Samuel Kee 2010 182 pages   Samuel Kee was preparing to speak at a youth retreat when he felt a burden to speak on suicide. He prepared his message and the day before the event, the youth pastor called to tell him one of the students in the group had just committed suicide. Understandably, his message struck a nerve. He told the kids “they are never without hope so long as one person is standing up for them.” That person is Jesus. Because Jesus is standing up for us, we are never without hope. Kee began sharing this message other places and experiencing the same results. His message, based on the resurrection as told in John 20-21, is “Hope Stands.” “When Jesus Christ stood up from the grave on the third day, he released a power to all those who would follow him. The resurrection releases us from the emotional conditions that trap us....