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“This is one book everyone needs to read to understand what we are going through and what is yet to come.” Is well stated of this book. Dr. Jeremiah does a great job of putting on the front burner what the writers of the New Testament repeated through out their writings. Be sober and be alert, and as Jesus said, be aware of the seasons as to His coming, and do not let it catch you as a theft in the night. The book is not only reminding of the coming of Christ, the coming battle of Armageddon, but he does a wonderful job of detail the truth about the condition of America, and it coming destruction. Only a fool refuses to look at the fact about this country and it coming demise, and even more a fool is the one who looks at the signs and refuse to believe and act on them. This country and its people are bankrupt, both financially and spiritually. We are drunk on pride, greed and self satisfaction. We are fat with excess and so drunk with pride we can see ourselves and our true condition.

The first chapter zeros in on America and was for me the pivotal chapter, reforming my long time believes that this nation will collapse. The rest of the book was a great refresher course on the end time, a welcomed one. We must keep our senses sharp and remember both the coming of our Lord comes nearer every day and can bee any day. And all will be found as one side or the other of the story of the 10 virgins, ether prepared and looking for His return, or not and left behind. This book a reminder of that.

Get this book and read it, but read it with a open mind, understanding that it is biblical, open you bible right next to it and read all the scripture from cover to cover dealing with the end times, the seconded coming of Jesus and ask yourself if you are prepared. Look at the bible signs and look around you at the world and ask yourself, “could this not be the day of our Lord?” And you cannot help but say yes, it could be.

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book from Hachette Book Group in exchange for my HONEST review. The opinions in this review are solely mine.

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This is Joyce’s follow-up to her best-selling “Battlefield of the Mind”, that gives us “specific insights and strategies to help us build powerful mind-sets in a 12-Week Plan to Win the Battle of the Mind. In the book she explains the battle for our minds, make you aware of what’s at stake in the battle and why it is important to get in the battle to win. She does a great job of arming you with a well laid out plan for winning the battle, she gives scriptures and ask questions to get you thinking, explaining your thought life.

Some people may say “I have heard all this before” and they are right, as I too have heard the subject of this book talked about in many books over the years. But here is the deal, like the scriptures tell us, renewing our minds is a Daily event. We are in a battle for our minds, a war against our flesh and the ways of the world. Every thing we see and hear every day is fighting for our thought life, against the Spirit, the mind of Christ. We need to be renewing our mind, putting on the mind of Christ daily. And we need to read books like this one on a regularly to not only reminds us we are in a battle for our thought life, but to give us a battle plan for our minds. And she does give us a new strategy to keep our minds renewed. After all the word is change every year in how it seeks to win the battle for our minds, to keep us captives in it’s ways, so we need to keep renewing our battle paln to win the war.

This book is not only a good read, but one every Christian should read and use it as the ground work of how to renew your mind. How to do battle in the battlefield of your mind and Whether you admit it or not there is a battle for your mind and the ememy never stops coming after your mind, you dont win once and its over, every day it starts again.

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book from Hachette Book Group in exchange for my HONEST review. The opinions in this review are solely mine.

51ma-qyg1lL“The Kingdom Life” edited by Alan Andrews with several authors contributing to it, explores the practical theology of spiritual formation. The book brakes down  spiritual formation into two parts, process and theological. The books begins with the seven process elements and three theological elements.

The book does not go into great detail on all the steps for spiritual formation, and I would have liked for it to have more steps/examples than those given. I for one like to have more that the destination given to to, I like a good road map to get to the destination.

Several parts do overlap, but over all it is a good overview of discipleship and spiritual formation. A good recommended for a new Christian as well as for mature Christian to keep your mind refreshed and on keep on track with your spiritual formation.

Your life will truly be changed as you apply the truths of this book to your life. Put into practice what it says, it is a worthy read that you will benefit from no matter where you are in your walk with Christ. Here is a quote from page 119 that I like.

The spiritual heart can be strengthened, it’s passions made greater. Can we imagine that by engaging God in the way He recommends in Scripture, we can have a passionate spiritual heart that directs our transformation? That it would keep the internal and external in balance? That would bring congruency to all of life? It is crucial to understand that one does not arrive at such a state by wishing and hoping.”

That is what the book is about, knowing, applying, doing.

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4179d7gNg5LFaithbook of Jesus is a A one-year devotion written by Renee Johnson who is passionate about discipleship, especially for those who are 20-something, her own generation. The book is not written to be a bible study, or a theological based teaching of the bible but rather a 20-something woman sharing her walk with Christ. Seeking to inspire others to seek a closer relationship with God.

She is simply being honest in sharing what she learned in her daily walk, her seeking of God in her daily devotions. Renee is eager to connect with others in their faith journey with God.

I have followed Renee for a couple of years on twitter and can tell you she is sincere in her desire to inspire others to seek the Lord and connect with God daily. She has a great passion to see other draw close to God. She has a real life filled with up’s and downs and is very honest in her sharing of relationship with God.

If you are a 20-something you can get some inspiration from reading this book, see a real persons dealing with life with God. Each day is a day from her life and the issues and struggles she was encountering and how she heard God in the mist of them.

Two unique feature is at the bottom of each page Renee shares others one sentence contribution to the subject or verse. And she ask her readers to interact with her and others on her website, to enter into the conservation of the days devotion, to add their voice to the conversation, what God is saying to them.

Renee has a wonderful personality and love for others, and for a first time writer in her 20’s she has done a great job. If you are in the targeted age group of this book and are seeking a daily devotional, pick up a copy.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

9781400200924Charles Stanley in his book, How to Reach Your Full Potential for God, sets out to give us a blueprint for those who want to live a life of purpose, God’s purpose that is, to find and live out that purpose, to live a life at full potential in Christ. Stanley has written an encouraging, biblically sound book. He says we must step out in faith and trust the principles and promises of God found in the Bible. And he is right, in this world filled with self help gurus everywhere, everyone clambering to tell us what life is about, who we are and not are, what our life purpose is to be. We need to keep ourselves firmly planted in God’s purpose for us, hold on to the potential we have in Him.

It is good for a book like this to come along, yes one can be critical and say “Oh No another self help book”. But if we do not get a constant flow of reminders to keep us centered on Gods truths, we can as Paul says “even the elect can be persuaded” to something else. Stanley encourages us to not settle for the ordinary life, the life the world offers us, that is less than what God has for us. He teaches to seek out the extraordinary purpose that only God can give us.

Stanley sets out seven points to live by: Seek being God’s best, not settling for less, pursuing potential, a clean heart, a clear mind, using our gifts, a healthy body, right relationships, a balanced schedule and taking God-approved risks. Points that everyone could use for living life.

This book was good timing for me, I had lost my purpose in life recently due to circumstances in my life, so this book was perfect timing. So I do highly recommend this book, you will get something out of it, what depends on where you are in life. It could be life changing things or just minor course correction for you life, and that makes it worth reading.

career comback I was giving a copy of the book to review, although it is written for women the advice and principle apply to both sexes when it comes to career hunting in today’s economy. Two chapters are strictly for women when it comes to dress and presenting yourself, the rest are up to date advice on job hunting. She especially zeros in on the ‘”older” the over 40 crowed. She gives very good advice for “botoxing” your resume, updating it make your resume younger. In today’s job corporate world age discrimination is alive and well, and anyone who tells you different is under 35.

Anyone who is in the hunt for a new job, career, like myself will find her advice informative and helpful, women will get more out of the book than men. It’s not the new how to do manual, that has all you need to know. Or the one formula to get a new job, but you will get a lot of her book, especially if you have been out of the job hunting market for awhile, and even more so if you are in the 40 and over crowed.

So ladies if you are in need, looking for some fresh incite on job hunting and to freshen up you resume and want to make it anti-age proof, this book is worth a read.

language of love & respect Usually when I am sent a book to review I get through it within a week to ten days. This book was different. It has taken me three weeks to get through. It’s hard book to read, it struggled to keep my interest is just seam to go on and on, repeating points a hundred different ways. This book could have edit down to half of its 355 pages and till might have been too long.

Dr. Emerson has some good information and points, but it seen to never get concisely to what he point was in a timely manner, they are well berried. Just about everything he shared I was glad to see I already new bout relationships and women, it just would have been nice to see a fresh perspective, a more clear concise application of them.

If someone is complete in the dark when it comes to communication with the other sex you can gain some understanding from this book, you will just have a hard time wadding through his page after page of reputation of examples of what he saying.

I would recommend his book Love & Respect over this one a much better read, it’s not that you will not find some diamonds in this one, it’s that it’s just like dinging in the diamond mines with a ice pick to find them, going to take you long and painful amount of time to get to them.

fearless How can you grow your faith to go beyond the fear? Is the question that Max’s book is all about. "Lets be numbered among those who hear a different voice, God’s. Enough of these shouts of despair, wails of doom." Max writes. In this world we live in today with a failing economic system, high unemployment, AIDS, swine flu. foreclosures, a failing government, wars and terrorism to name a few things. Fear is king. One only has to just watch or go to one of the town hall meetings on health care, and see how fear is driving people to a state of anger. The timing of the release of this book is impeccable, our world is facing a multitude of critical situations like is has never faced before at one time.

 

 

He writes:
"We expect to find Jesus in morning devotionals, church suppers, and meditation. We never expect to see him in a bear market, pink slip, lawsuit, foreclosure or war. We never expect to see Him in a storm. But it is in storms that he does His finest work, for it is in storms the He has our keenest attention."

"And Jesus wants them to know (speaking of the disciples): they will never face the future without His help, Nor do you. you have a travel companion."

So many today live a life dominated  by fear, and it does not have to be the set in the corner and cower at the world kind. But a fear that cause you to live a life not centered on and dependent on God. To seek and find security in the things of this world like riches to be your security. The type of fear that will cause you to make decision for yourself based on fear rather than faith, God.
Max has done it again. He has taken a subject that is on everyone’s mind these days, fear, and with his writing ability and gifted insight has addressed it from the viewpoint of faith.

If you are looking to build you life on a firm foundation, some words of wisdom, and to put to rest any of the fears you may be experiencing, I strongly recommend you read this book.

This is an encouraging book that I would recommend to anyone who struggles with fear and even if you do not, because like the Eagles song: ‘In a New York Minute’, everything can change in a moment.

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the love revolution jm This is a great book, a must read for every Christian and really everyone. This subject is one I am most passionate about! There are over 2000 scriptures where God is speaking about the poor, needy and orphans, this is the one issue most on God’s heart. And therefore it should be the priority for His people, the poor are the ones most dear to the heart of God and should be for His people also.

The book is about getting it, understanding the heart of God, aliening our hearts with His, understanding our responsibility to the poor and needy. Moving from a selfish life, a self centered life, to one of love for others. Having our hearts break over the things that break God’s heart.
At this books core is the story of author, Joyce Meyer and how she finely got what God says about our duty to the poor and needy, how she was changed and how her ministry changed also when she got hold of Gods passion for the poor and needy. This book is about her encouraging others to get that same passion, to get Gods heart for the needy, and take action as she did. To understand our calling to take care of the poor and needy, do something, to act on what God said, to walk the talk as they say.

Ted Kennedy was asked once how he could have such an obsession with the condition of the poor being he grew up with privilege, so much wealth. Kennedy replied with a question; asking reporter if he had never read the bible?.He got it. And it dictated his life, his work, the focus of all most every bill he authored in the senate (I’m no fan of Kennedy’s political stance, but admired his passion for the poor and social justice.). This is what Joyce wants for her readers, that just as it took hold of her and her life, for it to take hold of her readers and change them.

In Matthew 25 Jesus said He will separates the sheep from the goats of those who call Him Lord, and says to the sheep, that being the ones that have fed the hungry, clothed the naked, given drink to the thirsty, and visited those in prison, visited the sick. Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: But He said woe to the goats those who did none of these things. This is an issue God does not take lightly, this book is about being found a sheep in Jesus’ story.