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The Revelation of Grace by Eddie Snipes

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The Revelation of Grace: Founded Upon Grace Series (Book 1) I had seen the term, “hyper-grace,” but I never really knew what it meant. Some people said it was the Gospel and others claimed it was the spawn of the devil. I didn’t know what to believe (or if I should care) so I shrugged it off as just another fad controversy (the kind that sells Christian magazines and books). I didn’t understand hyper-grace until Eddie Snipes offered this explanation: “When this message of God’s grace is preached, people blaspheme God’s promise by saying that if we live by grace alone, we are in sin. This has been labeled as hyper-grace.” The Revelation of Grace explains the truth of God’s grace in terms that are reader friendly (not too technical theologically). The book explains what grace is, how it is given, and why it is complete and sufficient to take care of sin in our lives. The author...

Words that Sting by John Strange

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Bullies. Trolls. Plain old negative folks. We all encounter criticism from others. In our society driven by social media where people have the means to speak their mind, they often do so without regard to anyone else’s feelings. As an author, I’ve struggled with the sting of negative comments on my blog, criticisms of my content, and negative book reviews. I’ve been on the brink of giving up because of it. I know these people are just bullies, but it still hurts. That’s why I sought out a book that would help shape my perspective. Words that Sting: How to handle destructive criticism like Jesus by John Strange offers a series of principles based on how Jesus dealt with his critics—and he had many who were constantly trying to trap him or plot to kill him. The author draws upon Mark 2 and comes up with application points to help us deal with criticism like Jesus. “When we allow our...

Unoffendable by Brant Hansen (@branthansen)

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People often call me a pacifist and maybe I am to some degree, but when Jesus says to turn the other cheek, love your enemies, and pray for those who hurt you, I believe He means for us to do those things. I also believe in seeing the “divine spark” in each person because whether we follow Jesus or not, we were each made in the image of God. As such, I believe we are to love and respect one another. Even with that built into my belief system, I struggled. As an author, I’ve struggled with negative comments and reviews to the point that I began to resent the very people I was writing for. So when I saw a book called Unoffendable, I thought perhaps it would help me find a new perspective. It just so happened I was reading Unoffendable at a time when race issues popped up and the related outrage that always accompanies such things. Social media was full of angry, remarks. These days, it...

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...

The Quitter’s Manual: Finding Rest in a World Gone Berserk by Jeremy Mangerchine

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I was initially intrigued by the title, The Quitter’s Manual: Finding Rest in a World Gone Berserk, and I assumed the book would talk about how to quit our digital habits. In part, it did start on that note, but where the author went from there caught me by surprise and a pleasant one at that. When I first began to realize where this was headed, I asked myself, “What does quitting (as in the title) have to do with rest?” The author soon answered this question as if he had read my mind: What does quitting have to do with rest? Quitting has everything to do with rest, yet it is one of the most difficult things for many humans to do. From the cradle to the grave, you are taught that you must do certain things in order to remain spiritual or grow spiritually. You are told that you must perform and jump through hoops. It is simply not so. You see, you have already been made like...