Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen

nothing-to-prove-book-3dMany Christian try so hard to be the ideal Christian. They look at certain way, talk a certain, and believe that opening up their faults shows that God is powerless in their lives. This performance-based Christianity has caused some to feel like a failure and believe that they are not good enough to be used by God.

Jennie Allen understand this for she has, and is still, battling the pressure to be the idea Christian. In her book, Nothing to Prove, Allen writes of the struggles she has faced trying to act as if she has it all-together. Yet, inside she feels that she is drowning in deluge of believing she is a failure, no one will accept her, and God cannot use such a person as her.

Part personal recollections, part guidance, and part inspirational, Nothing to Prove gives insight for those who struggle with trying to prove their worth to others and God. Allen petitions her readers to let go of such thoughts and embrace the grace of God. God is not concerned about your performance; He loves you. He wants you to find your worth from Him; not the expectations of others.

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

The Power of Significance by John C. Maxwell

71c55b11a511f4417e4ba194127f2773People want to live their lives with significance. They want to know they made a difference and lived with purpose. Sadly, not many would describe their lives as having purpose and most may admit that they do not live their lives with any sense of direction.

Leadership expert John Maxwell has written a small book titled The Power of Significance. This book, a condensed version of Intentional Living, seeks to aid the reader in finding their purpose and from this revelation, begin to live a life of significance.

Maxwell first starts by getting the ready to recognize that live a life of meaning requires starting to live with intentionality. Do not wander through life with no purpose, no goal; no reason. Rather, Maxwell challenges his readers to see the life they want and begin to make the changes necessary to see this life become reality.

The remainder of the book acts as a guide showing how to find one’s purpose and put small practices to grow and mature. As maturity is realized, purpose becomes clearer and significance begins to blossom.

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

No Limits by John C. Maxwell

ee8e68948f0b2f69451e5a1347e3c4a7Are you struggling with the idea that you can do more but just cannot seem to do more? Many strive for more but just cannot seem to find the energy to do so.

John Maxwell, in his book No Limits, discuss three areas to increase capacity in a person’s life. By doing so, a person could achieve more and be more fulfilled in life. The three areas deal with removing what limits a person’s capacity, developing the capacities that already exist, and doing things that maximize a person’s capacity.

Capacity has an idea of being limited. A battery can only hold so much charge. A glass can only hold so much water. Maxwell counters that people have unknown capacities and this book sets out to show each person how to tap into unknown capacity.

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

 

A Time for Confidence by Stephen J. Nichols

tim04bp_200x1000It seems that Christianity in America is under harsh attack. When it was once understood to be American was almost assuredly to be Bible-believing Christian, such time has passed. To be Christian in America today is to rid oneself of the shackles of “archaic teachings” for the enlightenment of social equality.

Such attacks has caused many to lose confidence. The Bible is attacked and many have felt the social backlash of being seen as “intolerant” or “hater” or “uneducated”. How is a Christian to remain confident in the truth during these difficult times?

Stephen J. Nichols has written a much needed book for times such as these. A Time for Confidence is a call to remain firm and not given into social pressures. Nichols lays out that Christians can be confident in: God, the Bible, Christ, the Gospel, and hope.

My giving stories of Christians in past times who stood firm on the solid foundation of the Bible, Nichols parallels their stories with current times to show that God has not failed them and He will not fail us. His Word is forever, Christ has given us peace and power, and the Gospel still changes lives.

Christians must rest in these confidences even when the dark skies of social judgment begin to thunder words to change our ways.

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

Do All Lives Matter? by Wayne Gordon & John M. Perkins

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#AllLivesMatter

These hashtags have used by many to call attention to an issue. This issue is has its roots in American history. This issue at one time threatened to divide our nation. This issue simply stated is this: all peoples should be treated equally.

Sadly, this is not the case. The color of skin has been a method by which people are judged and then treated. Pigmentation causes prejudice to show itself in some people. A skin tone is seen to be the factor that gives license to malign, mistreat, and injure someone.

In their book, Do All Lives Matter?, Wayne Gordon and John M. Perkins look into the issues of race relations, the recent history of race-related tragedies, and how to reconcile a shattered relationship between dark skin and light skin.

I found this people to be an insight and engaging. The book is open about the distrust that exists. It also gives hope that the shackles of racism can be unlocked and freedom to see each other as a brother or sister is available. We need to work towards it; one life at a time.

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

Detours by Dr. Tony Evans

bookLife rarely goes the way we desire. Often times we are taken aback by circumstances and events that can catch us off guard. It is in these moments that a person is faced with a decision: how do I respond?

In his book, Detours, Dr. Tony Evans writes about how the unpredictableness of life, when understood properly, can be a catalyst to growth. This is not easy. Often times  see detours as an inconvenience, a problem, or in some situations a failure. It does not have to be this way.

To first understand detours and how to use them properly we must first come to the knowledge that God has a destiny for us. Dr. Evans shows how the each of us are on a path but that path does not mean that it is a straight line. Detours are mold us into the person God desires us to be.

Dr. Evans explains the use of detours in each of the 16 chapters of his book. From the pain of detours to the pleasure of detours to the path of detours, Dr. Evans gives insightful wisdom on how to apply detours.

Dr. Evans uses the example of Joseph in the Bible. Joseph was given a dream in which he would one day rule over his household. However, things did not go the way Joseph anticipated. He was sold into slavery, accused of sexual assault falsely, thrown into prison, and while in prision given hope of being released only to have been forgotten for some time. When would God fulfill His promise? Had He abandoned Joseph?

Joseph could have easily been defeated and bitter towards God. Yet, God used these detours to make Joseph into the man that would one day be the second-in-command over the entire nation of Egypt. Dr. Evans shows the detours that God placed in Joseph’s life and parallels them to the detours that God will place in our life to make us into the individual He has called us to be.

This book will not be an easy read for some people because some take detours as a sign of failure or have taken a detour and have not returned to their road of destiny. Yet, those who read this book will benefit from it beyond words. I submit that whoever is blessed by this book will return to read it over and over again as each new detour presents itself.

God is refining us daily and He sometimes uses detours to do it.

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

60 Days of Happiness by Randy Alcorn

978-1-4964-2000-8Happiness. It is something that many seek and do so in various ways. Yet, when it seems to be found it flees. King Solomon wrote this “I have seen everything that is done under the sun. Look at it! It’s all pointless. [It’s like] trying to catch the wind.” (God’s Word Translation)

Many feel this way about happiness. Randy Alcorn understands this and has written a 60-day devotional to encourage Christians that happiness can be found and it can last. The error is that it is sought…in the wrong places.

Thus his devotional sets out to remind Christians that Christ offers everlasting happiness. By finding our happiness in Him, and not material possessions or intangible successes, our search for happiness can end.

Each devotional is designed to refocus a Christian on Christ. By using personal and non-personal stories to drive each truth deeper, and then a prayer to summarize, each day is intent on making Christ the source of happiness.

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