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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,...

4 Absurd Decisions God Wants You to Make Today by Caleb Breakey

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This title grabbed me and made me want to read. What kind of absurd decisions could God want me to make? Excellent title! And the content didn’t disappoint, either. I enjoy a book I can read in one sitting and yet Caleb Breakey packed a lot in a small book. I don’t want to give away too much of the content or the four specific points, but the second decision, “Choose Me over _____,” really hit close to home for me. I rely on a relationship with someone more than I rely on God. Just the day before, God had nudged me on this very thing and here it was in the book—a timely reminder from God that He was serious about me putting Him first over this other relationship. God used this book to help me work through an important issue. Let me leave you with these quotes from the book: “You cannot please God without doing faith (James 2:14-26). In fact, your faith is as useful as road kill if you...

Go Small: Because God Doesn’t Care about Your Status, Size, or Success by Craig Gross

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Go Small: Because God Doesn’t Care About Your Status, Size, or Success by Craig Gross My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I saw this book, I knew I needed to read it because I’ve wrestled with these very issues as a Christian author. There is so much pressure to “build your platform” to the largest number possible. It’s always struck me as contrary to the teachings of the Bible, which emphasize humility rather than self-promotion. The author did not disappoint. I hung on every page and when I finished I felt like I should start over to try to absorb the truth into my spirit better. He takes a candid look at his own desire to do big things for God (after all, he leads a ministry to porn stars and porn addicts) and compares it with the ordinary moments in life where life really happens. God is pleased with us in the ordinary moments. We don’t have to go big to impress God. In fact, as the...

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 Beauty of Christ through Brokenness by KP Yohannan

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The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness K.P. Yohannan 2014 72 pages   The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness by K.P. Yohannan gave me a huge “aha” revelation about the meaning of brokenness. I had always understood brokenness in terms of imperfection, like a cracked pot that was no longer useful until God’s grace filled the gaps to make us useful to Him. Yohannan writes, “By nature we all are the opposite of the one whom He esteems. We are all unbroken. We are as solid as the hardest substance you can find—unbending, self-centered, self-ambitious and never wanting to give in.” This is the starting point from which the author leads the reader downward to a place of submission. I found the following description beautifully moving. In Matthew 11:29-30, we read one of the most beautiful Scripture portions ever recorded. It is the invitation of Christ—“Take My yoke upon you and learn from...