Grace is Greater by Kyle Idleman

9780801019418The grace of God is something that is very difficult to understand. On the one hand, we appreciate it. On the other hand, because we do not understand it we may find it difficult to accept it from God and extend it to others.

In his book, Grace is Greater, Kyle Idleman gives a understanding of what Grace is from the Bible and then explains why it is so necessary in the life of a Christian. Often people exclude themselves from certain types of roles because they feel they are unworthy based on past mistakes.

Idleman shows that the grace of God can overcome any past mistakes and as a result no one should be considered unqualified if God has asked himi/her to do something.

He then points out that grace is greater our own personal lives. We should extend grace when we want to take vengeance on somebody, or if somebody injured us. God has given us so much grace that he has made the relationship between himself and us possible. Why should we not extend grace to others?

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

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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.

 

Seeing Jesus by Nancy Guthrie

416000The Old Testament has stories of men and women who were used by God to accomplish His will. Flawed as they were, God saw fit to call them to Himself to be agents of His plan. These men and women are used as examples to us to show that God can use anyone He sees fit to use.

However, there is also another person in the Old Testament that may appear if one only looks to find him. Who is this person? Jesus.

By focusing on Jesus and comparing Him to various Scriptural passages, Nancy Guthrie wants her reads to see Christ throughout the Old Testament. She hopes this will cause one to see the Old Testament from another viewpoint and draw her reads closer to Jesus. Whether that be prophecy, parallelisms, or just point out the need for a Savior, Jesus can be found in the Old Testament and Guthrie would like to show where.

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

Open by David Gregory

978-1-4964-1396-3Imagine finding a note that instructs you to go through the next open door. By so doing, you are transported to ancient Israel to have a personal encounter with…Jesus. What would you do? What would you say to Him?

David Gregory, in his latest book Open, takes the reader on an amazing story of how to find trust peace and love. This narrative guides the reader through ups and downs and brings a culminating ending onto one person: Jesus.

I found this story to be engaging and deep. I am familiar with Gregory’s other works and this one is equal to those. Get a copy for yourself and maybe a second to loan out. It is so good you may not get your loan copy back.

Click here for a PDF excerpt.

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

The Rewired Brain by Dr. Ski Chilton

rewiredbrain5.jpgWouldn’t it be nice to be able to control your thoughts and behaviors?  Sadly there are times when it would be nice to be able to control your thoughts as your mind tends to play tricks on you or, in some cases, becomes your worst enemy.

Why is that? In his book, The Rewired Brain, Dr. Ski Chilton goes into the science of what happens to the brain as it begins to have experiences and thoughts and emotions. He uses his  pharmacology and physiology training to give the reader a better understanding of what happens when certain thoughts occur.

He then parallels this to scripture, for he is a Christian, and shows why words are so powerful. He goes into how the Bible mentions over and over mentions again the power of the tongue. By changing the words that we say both externally and internally to ourselves we have the ability to change our thoughts and Behaviors.

I found this book to be really interesting read. I will admit I felt that they were times that the science was relied upon a little too much. However, I think that has more to do with my misunderstandings of just how wonderful the brain is and how masterfully created it was by God. Thus, a great book on how changing your thoughts can change your life.

I receive a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books in exchange my honest review

A.D. 33 by Ted Dekker

Wow!

First, let me state that I am a HUGE Ted Dekker reader. If Dekker wrote it, I want to read it. This was no exception when given the opportunity to review his latest book A.D. 33.

From the very first page I was captured by the story of Maviah, the Bedouin queen. Her desire to follow the teachings of Yeshua but also not abandon her heritage and people was a powerful struggle throughout. Such drama was riveting and had my attention on every page.

Take a journey with Dekker and Maviah in the ancient Middle East in this thriller of a story. You may just come away changed.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hachette Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

Stronger by Clayton King

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

How does God make someone stronger? By using weakness.

II Corinthians 12:9a reads, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (ESV)

Clayton King tells of how God used some very difficult times in his life to show forth His power. In moments of weakness and humility God moved in his life and gave him strength when King needed it the most.

This book explores what it is to suffer and be brought low and how God intervenes in such moments. This is not a feel-good book but rather draws the reader to focus on God and call out to Him when you are at your least.