Saturday, September 2, 2017

His Last Words, By Kim Erickson- Book Review

About the book:
""Imagine knowing you only have several more hours to live. Picture the faces of your loved ones gathered around you. Allow the emotions to rise up in your heart.
What would you say?\
John 13–17 records Jesus’ last words to the disciples before His death, revealing what was most important to Him. When we study those words and prayers today, we enter deep into the heart of Jesus and come away changed: overwhelmed by the love of God, inspired to follow Him, and empowered to spread the gospel.
His Last Words is an 7-week Bible study that plumbs the depths of Jesus’ final teachings to the disciples. It features:
A verse-by-verse study of John 13–17 and portions of John 18–21
Five lessons each week, one set aside for reflection and prayer
Discussion questions for small groups
Two weeks for review, reflection, and application
and more
Jesus’ last words are words of eternal life—powerful and full of love. If you’ve been longing for more intimacy in your relationship with God, more meaning in your life, and more boldness in your witness, His Last Words will draw you into just what you need: the Word of God.

His Last Words is an interesting study, something I actually never really put thought into. Intended as a group study for women (though can easily be used as a personal study), His Last Words is divided into a seven-week study, with small sections to read and reflect upon each day. Each chapter begins with a walk through a passage, verse by verse and then follows with thoughts and a number of questions that make you stop and think about your own life and how the Scriptures applies. 
I personally found this study to be easy to understand (not overwhelming), nicely written and overall and enjoyable study to help strengthen my understanding on the importance of the days leading up to the cross. 
I received this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions expressed are my own.
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Adorned By Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth- Book Review

About the book:
""New from bestselling author Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
Known for her wisdom, warmth, and knowledge of Scripture, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has encouraged millions through her books, radio programs, and conferences. Now she’s back with a legacy work on Titus 2 and its powerful vision for women:
Woman to woman. Older to younger. Day to day. Life to life.
This is God’s beautiful plan.
The Titus 2 model of older women living out the gospel alongside younger women is vital for us all to thrive. It is mutually strengthening, glorifies God, and makes His truth believable to our world.
Imagine older women investing themselves in the lives of younger women, blessing whole families and churches. Imagine young wives, moms, and singles gaining wisdom and encouragement from women who’ve been there and have found God’s ways to be true and good. Imagine all women—from older women to young girls—living out His transforming gospel together, growing the entire body of Christ to be more beautiful.
This is Christian community as God designed it. Read this book and take your relationships to new depths, that your life might find its fullest meaning as you adorn the gospel of Christ.""

Using Titus 2, where the older women are told to teach the younger women, Nancy illustrates just how important it is. 
As with all her books, Nancy does a wonderful job bringing to life what living out the gospel together looks like.
We're not suppose to go at it alone. Mentoring is an important part of the Christian women's life. Whether as a mentor or being mentored, these relationships help strengthen our Christian walk. Using her own experiences to show how important it is, Nancy encourages the older women to invest their time into younger women, and encourages the younger women to embrace the wisdom from the older. 
Not only is this book well written,  but the subject of intergenerational mentoring is a subject I've rarely seen but is highly needed in the Christian community. 
This isn't a light reading, but rather a Scripture saturated study. I highly recommend this book!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions expressed are my own.
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Act Like Men, By James MacDonald-Book Review

About the book:
"As goes the man, so goes the family-the church-the nation-and sadly, it's not going well. Every statistic, from porn to paternity, from divorce to detention rates, shouts with astounding clarity: "Men are in trouble!"
Men are struggling not to slip superficial, self-indulgent secularism when so man on every side are rinning in the direction. The need is urgent and the time is now for real revival in the hearts of men. If you are seeking a path forward-an action to get some traction in a better direction-Act Like Men is that path. I believe men want to be challenged and stretched, tested to the limits of who we are. That's how God designed us."
First off, obviously, I'm not the target demographic for this book. But I love psychology and reading books out of my demographic, I find it fascinating. That said, I also love James MacDonald's teaching.
The Introduction of the book is a great reminder how men and women differ, -from the book (among other things), "men don't read".
Now, I don't want to go into to much review because I feel coming from a women it might be taken like, "yes, men need to change, man up. Men are the problem." know? Yes, men need to start acting like men...But, women also need to start acting like ladies. Both biblical standards. With that said;
James MacDonald does a great job at getting the point across, "keeping it simple". With 5 sections, 40 chapters (a 40 day devotional, the chapters are short (but not stupid short)) and at the end of each chapter are questions for reflection followed by a prayer. 
In closing, using humor and situations (I think) every man can relate to, Act Like Men, will guide you towards biblical manhood. An excellent read, both on your own or in a small group...I hope to get my dad, brothers and (God willing) husband to read this book.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Seated with Christ, By Heather Holleman-Book Review

About the book:
"Many of us live half alive. We compare, compete, self-analyze, and self-promote in our endless, busy pursuit of perfection. Seated with Christ heralds a new kind of living. If it's true what Scripture says, that we are treasured by God and give a place at His table, then all we need to do is to take our seats. Heather Holleman shows us how. Joyfully sharing her journey to seated living, she invites us to walk out on the fight for acceptance, stop comparing ourselves to others, and leap free from cycles of shame. She tells of confidence that lets us celebrate the seats of others and be perfectly content with our own. Take your seat and love-simply, freely, fully-because of Jesus, for Jesus and in love with Jesus. Quit trying: be free."

This book came to me at the perfect time. Struggling with self-worth has always been an issue for me. "I'm a nobody. I'll never be enough."
Literally in the first chapter on the first and second page, Heather Holleman described what I was going through, (Paraphrasing) 
"I knew Jesus, I loved Jesus. I worshiped and served Him...I studied my bible, prayed, went to church, shared my faith...but something was life was more about me. I wanted importance and recognition. I wanted love. I wanted something...(Ephesians 2:6) I was not living as one who had a seat at the table. I lived as one fighting for a seat at the table."
The Holy Spirit convicted me, giving me many epiphanies as I read this book. Showing me where I wasn't letting go and letting God...really showing me how I had an earthly view. 
I especially loved the Four Hard but Great Questions chapter, with the questions being; 1. Is Jesus better than anything? 2. Will I live the live God asks me to? 3. Is there anything in my life that doesn't please God? 4. Am I available to be Gods spokesperson?
All in all, a good read!
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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