When God Says Go by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

This particular book9781683225553__58145-1534005505 is really interesting in that it uses scripture hotels told in a more fictional narrative where the author is intend on showing how responding to God’s call doesn’t necessarily mean things will be easy. Sometimes responding to God’s call is doing sound in a makes absolutely no sense in the moment. Other times responding to God’s call is stepping out in faith and acting for his glory.

This book was really a good read for me at the present moment because I’m in a situation where God has said to me go and I am on sure exactly how things are going to work out. So as I was reading this book a lot of it hit home and I’m sure there are a lot of people who are going through similar situations where God has asked to do something that makes no sense. This book will be a great comfort to those individuals and also for those who are having decisions coming up and aren’t entirely sure what to do and just to save encouragement to put their faith in God and act according to his word and will.

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Making God Smile by Kim Taylor Henry


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This devotional challenges the reader to live the fruit of the Spirit and to do so one day at at time. The daily reads are short and are broken into sections based on the fruits of the Spirit. Each read has a Scripture passage, a thought, and concludes witha prayer.

At first I enjoyed the material but soon began to desire some more depth of thought. Thus, this devotional is good for a new-to-Christ person but those more seasoned may be finding this book lacking.

*I received a review copy of this book from the publisher and the review is my own, honest assessment.

50 Core Truths of the Christ Faith by Gregg Allison

9780801019128This book is a really nice guide to understanding theology but not in a very technical or Heavy level. Dr. Allison has done well to list the major components that will make up once theology and give excellent scriptural and argumentative resources so that the individual reading this will have a firm grasp of scripture and what it teaches. While there are some things here that I mean I completely agree with I also understand that Dr. Allison is presenting information as best he sees it and this resource with that make a great tool for those who are developing our theology but also want a basic understanding of a lot of the teachings of most theological camps will give.

Worldview Bible (CSB)

image-764x1024This unique Bible has articles and aids written with the intent of developing a Biblical worldview for the reader. Each of the articles addresses how the Bible interacts with various societal thoughts and how a Christian should engage these thoughts.

I appreciate some of the content creators in this Bible as I have heard them in seminar or podcasts. This strengthens my support of this Bible for accurate and relevant content for living a Christian life in a hostile world.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest evaluation.

Being a Christian by Dr. Jason K. Allen

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Many people have an idea of what a Christian should be. There is a standard of what a Christian should do and not do. However, does this line up with what the Bible teaches? Also, should a Christian’s faith affect all areas of life?

In his book, Being a Christian: How Jesus Redeems All of Life, Dr. Jason K. Allen points out that Jesus came to redeem all areas of life for His glory. Areas such as family, work, church, time, money, and others. Rather than believe that Jesus came to solely give eternal life, Dr. Allen shows that Jesus came to give abundant life in all its facets.

The area that I really enjoyed was the area of the mind. Dr. Allen points out that there has been a shift towards the emotional aspects of Christianity but that the mind should not be ignored. Rather the mind should draw one closer to Christ in the heart which is an emotional response.

I really appreciated this as I often struggle to show emotion but am an avid reader and learner. I recognized the need to take it one step further and let me mind become redeemed and connect with my heart in my relationship with Jesus.

While the material in this book is not new, per se, the style of Dr. Allen has a connectivity that others may not have. Thus, this book should be a great resource for all those who use it and perhaps use it often.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio

225_350_book-2313-coverIt is perhaps one of the most well known stories of the Bible. A shepherd boy named David goes up against a giant, Goliath, and defeats him with no weapons of war but tools of shepherds. It has inspired many and is used when a seemingly victory by a superior team is thwarted by their opponent.

Using this story, Louie Giglio, in his book Goliath Must Fall, writes on why the giants that try to prevent us from being victorious must fall. Giglio shows that God is more powerful than anything that would hinder our victory. He then points out that certain traits must also fall in order for us to be victorious.

Anger, pride, and fear are some of the giants that must be defeated or else we will struggle to be fully used of God with such weight holding us back. One particular giant is the giant of comfort

Often people will fail to take action because they are comfortable enough where they are. I see this in my own life and appreciated that comfort can be a god if it is not understood. Giglio really pointed out the dangers of being so comfortable that we fail to see giants attacking us on other fronts. Then…wham! We are the ones falling and not the giant.

This book is a great challenge to point out the areas of life that can hinder spiritual growth and maturity. I can see how many could benefit from reading this work and making a habit of reading it on a regular basis.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray

SurrenderRarely do I come across a book that has such value that it impacts from the first few pages of reading. Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray is one of those books. The depth and richness of the challenges set forth by Murray are of such caliber that every Christian should read this book and could you benefit from making it a yearly habit.

Murray sets forth the premise that Christians are living life without the power and grace of God because they are not fully surrendered to him; absolutely surrendered is the term he borrows.

Starting with the example of King Ahab in I Kings 20, with particular attention to verse four, Murray shows the heart of absolute surrender. King Ahab is being attacked and his response to the demands of the invaders is “All that I have and all that I own are yours” (my paraphrase).

Murray challenges Christian to take this approach in their relationship with Jesus Christ. From this challenge, Murray then gives examples of the benefits and blessings of being absolutely surrendered to Christ and calls all Christians to seek such a life.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.