50 Life Lessons for Grads by Janet Holm McHenry

970460This little book would be a nice gift for graduates to use as a devotional or thought-provoking read. The 50 lessons are life lessons that are simple to learn but take a lifetime to master. Some of the topics speak on: money, relationships, faith, family, and destiny. While small in size, the lessons contained inside are larger than life.

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

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KJV Minister’s Bible from Thomas Nelson

225_350_book-2529-coverThis Bible is designed for ministers in that it has the full edition of the Minister’s Manual from Thomas Nelson. This Manual has liturgical prayers, guides, and aids for ministers to use for various ministry activities. The Manual is placed between the two Testaments with a thumb index for ease of finding the Manual section.

Outside of this specialty, the Bible is a nicely bound KJV Bible with nice maps, a one-year Bible reading plan, and 30 Days with Jesus sheet. The maps are nicely colored and the reading plans are in an easy to read font.

Thus, this Bible would be a nice Bible to use for ministers who perform visitations of all types and for those who perform various ceremonies when called.

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

When We Say Father by Adrian & Steve Rogers

When We Say FatherThe Lord’s Prayer is the most well known prayer in the Bible. Often said as a bedtime prayer, at funerals, weddings, or in times of need many will recite this prayer. However, sometimes the profoundness of this prayer can be lost in rote repetition and artistic products.

Steve Rogers, along with posthumously words of Dr. Adrian Rogers, address the Lord’s Prayer in their book When We Say Father . Highlighting just what is meant and the significance of the words used, each section is explored so that the depth and power of the prayer can be understood. I found this small book to be a concise commentary on the Lord’s Prayer and it should be a good resource for those who desire to buttress their prayer life.

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

The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down by Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.

225_350_book-2481-coverThe Lord’s Prayer is perhaps the most famous prayer in all of Christian history. It is often heard at funerals, weddings, convocations, and many more. Some use it as a guide, some as a daily prayer, and others as a prayer when they don’t know what to pray.

Dr. Albert Mohler Jr. has written an excellent book on how the Lord’s Prayer changed the way people look at God. Prior to this prayer, most people saw God as powerful, awesome, but also non-relational. He is a magnificent being but it was believed that He did not want an intimate relationship with His people.

Christ changed all that when the Lord’s Prayer was uttered. From the very beginning, Our Father, shows that God desires to fellowship with man as a father-son type relationship. Dr. Mohler shows just how powerful of an opening these two word are.

From here, Dr. Mohler expounds on the rest of the prayer and I would like to focus on “lead us not into temptation” at this point. Notice, that it does not say, “give us strength during temptation”. Instead, Dr. Mohler points out that the one praying is asking for wisdom from God to make choices that would not lead into temptation. The one praying is not saying, “God, I am going to do____________. Be with me so that it turns out great.”

On the contrary, the entire focus is on God and the accomplishment of His desire and will. The words “lead us not…” indicate a complete abandonment to our desires as God is the one leading and directing. I missed this so many times reading this prayer that I found Dr. Mohler’s insight a powerful realization of who is calling the shots.

Dr. Mohler has done an excellent work with this book and I highly recommend it.

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

Being a Christian by Dr. Jason K. Allen

Being a Christian coverBeing a Christian.

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.

Whisper by Mark Batterson

cover-whisperMark Batterson has written a book to help those hear the voice of God. Many want to hear God’s voice but are unsure of how God talks to us. Most would list the Bible and prayer but Batterson shows that there are more ways God speaks to His followers. Batterson gives seven ways in which God speaks:

  1. Scripture
  2. Desires
  3. Doors
  4. Dreams
  5. People
  6. Promptings
  7. Pain

As I read this book I was impressed by the level to which Batterson went to demonstrate how God uses the above method to speak to His followers. I must admit that I struggle with desires and dreams as I fear both can be easily misunderstood. Batterson however gives example of what to look for in both and it is something that I will investigate further.

Those aside, this is an interesting read and hopefully will prompt good conversation on how to hear God.

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

Worship by A.W. Tozer

9780802416032Worship is something that can be confusing for some. Many hold the idea that worship involves some sort of musical action. Singing, playing an instrument, or listening to music is worship. This is true in that singing can be a form of worship but it is not the sole form of worship.

In his book, Worship, Tozer shows how true worship should draw the man into a deeper respect and awe of God. Thus worship can be reading the Bible, meditation, prayer, singing, serving, etc. Anything that draws a person into a deeper relationship with God and causes that person to be in reverence of God is worship. This book shows this well and many should read it less they fall into the trap of misunderstanding worship.

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