Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pray for Me: Finding Faith in a Crisis by Rick Hamlin

Pray for Me: Finding Faith in a Crisis

In a crisis, all you can do is trust. You have to surrender, and surrender is at the heart of prayer.

When Rick Hamlin was rushed to the ER, he was immediately admitted to the ICU. No quick diagnosis was made, and for two weeks the doctors struggled to keep his body alive as Rick struggled to keep his faith alive. PRAY FOR ME is the story of one man's spiritual odyssey to learn how to pray in a new way as healing slowly came and a medical crisis became a spiritual opportunity--a chance for him to learn he was being called to something new, to be born anew. In the end the doctors were never able to diagnose the cause of his illness, but Rick is convinced that the healing came through prayer.

My Thoughts:

This is one of those rare books where you are left in awe after finishing the book. What Rick Hamlin has been through and how God has shaped his life is incredible. While it wasn't an easy road and he had to walk through a battle, God showed up and did the impossible. The books is mainly about while we face tragedies or difficult circumstances and we don't know how it's going to turn out, we have a God who we can completely rely on, who knows how it's going to turn out. He has us in the palm of his hand. This book is inspiring, it will help you put your life into perspective and it may just help you slow down a bit from the busyness of your life. I give this book a 4/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
Sometimes I think I must be nuts because for me writing is a way to relax. Sure, I get anxious about it and I'm pretty critical of what I write, wondering if I can ever fix it. But then, when the words come and I'm in a grove, I'm not going to be critical of anything. Until the next morning!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Unshakeable Trust: Find the Joy of Trusting God at All Times, in All Things by Joyce Meyer

Unshakeable Trust: Find the Joy of Trusting God at All Times, in All Things

In her new book, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer explores a life lived in complete and total dependence on God. Drawing on her own experiences and inspiration from the Word of God, Joyce makes the case that in every area of your life--spiritually, relationally, emotionally, financially--you can trust that God has your very best in store. 

With each new chapter, Joyce unveils a sovereign and trustworthy God who longs to be in a relationship with his people, and inspires you to tear down the walls of self-reliance. This book will both equip and encourage, as you learn how to "trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." 

Regardless of your past pain, your present circumstances, or your future uncertainty, when you learn to trust God each day, you'll experience the joy-filled life Jesus came to give you. Others may have let you down . . . but God never will!

My Thoughts:
"Unshakeable Trust" by Joyce Meyer's hits a topic that can be very sensitive and near or dear to our heart. It touches on trust, which once that is lost, it can be damaging and hard to repair. Violation of trust is hard to mend with those you love, including friends and family because we are all humans who don't want people to let us down. Thankfully, we can and should put our entire trust in the Lord because he is completely faithful to us. He will never let us down! 
Joyce reminds us that God is the person we should put our trust in and not man. We are fallen people who are broken without a savior. With a savior we are still broken, but we will break someone's trust because we aren't perfect and won't be until Christ returns. However, we should trust God. It is a honor and something we should do without fear, rejection stress or anxiety because he cares for us. He wants us to come to him. He doesn't want us to be independent of him or to rely on ourself, but to rely on him completely. The human side of us and the difficulties we have experienced on earth, will teach us to rely on our own way, emotions and experiences, but God's word teaches us something different. I encourage you to grab ahold of this book if you have issues of trust or even have difficulty giving up control over your life. Giving God the reigns over your life allows him to do the impossible. 
This book has allowed me to grow and depend on him more. It has taught me to seek his word and know that he has my back. I should not be independent of him, but I should really seek his face is all matters. I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
Joyce Meyer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. Her more than 100 books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through faith in Christ. Bestsellers include Living Beyond Your Feelings; Power Thoughts; Battlefield of the Mind; and The Confident Woman. 

Joyce Meyer's broadcast Enjoying Everyday Life® airs daily on hundreds of television networks and radio stations worldwide. She travels extensively, holding conferences throughout the year, speaking to thousands around the world. Joyce teaches on a number of topics with a particular focus on the mind, mouth, moods and attitudes. Her candid communication style allows her to share openly and practically about her experiences so others can apply what she has learned to their lives.

Her latest book, SEIZE THE DAY, is in bookstores everywhere. BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND BIBLE releases January 2017.

Hachette Book Group has sold over 30 million copies of Joyce Meyer's books.

Friday, October 20, 2017

A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star: Rwendigo Tales

A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star
A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star: Rwendigo Tales (New Growth Press, September 2017)
Follow along with thirteen-year-old Kusiima in the third book of J.A. Myhre’s The Rwendigo Tales. 
Just thirteen years old, Kusiima has no time for school, sports, or hanging out with the other boys in his African village. With no father or mother to take care of him, he works long hours to support his grandmother and sickly baby sister. Then one day, Kusiima’s life suddenly changes when he travels into a nearby protected forest. In the forest, Kusiima is presented with many choices, all with uncertain outcomes. Should he go along with illegal logging? Help to save an endangered baby gorilla? Follow a donkey to who knows where?
With each choice, Kusiima has to make yet another decision about what is right in front of him. As he does, he meets a mysterious doctor who holds the key to his past and his future. In the end, Kusiima is faced with the hardest choice of all. Can he forgive a great wrong and heal a broken relationship?
Readers of all ages won’t want to put down this exciting book that addresses current realities like AIDS, malnutrition, and environmental destruction, all set in a richly detailed African adventure story. Following along as Kusiima makes his decisions, readers will find themselves considering their own choices and growing in empathy for others. This action-packed tale of a boy, his sister, and an orphaned gorilla is also a clear call to give up bitterness and forgive deep hurts, restoring broken lives and relationships.

My Thoughts:
An adventures story set in the jungle will have you captivated from the first chapter until the story ends. I found myself wondering if I would make the same decisions and Kusiima and I couldn't believe some of the choices he had to make. I was in awe and I also felt deeply privileged to read such an amazing book. I enjoyed that this book was a quick read and it appealed to my heart very much. I think young Tweens and teens would like this book. The illustrations added character to the book. I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars. Give this book a read. I think you will enjoy it. Thank you to the publishers for a copy. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:
J.A. MyhreJ. A. Myhre serves as a doctor with Serge in East Africa where she has worked for over two decades. She is passionate about health care for the poor, training local doctors and nurses, promoting childhood nutrition and development, and being the hands of Jesus in the hardest places. She is married to her best friend and colleague Scott, and together they have raised four children for whom many of her stories were written as Christmas presents.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Total Christmas Makeover: 31 Devotions to Celebrate with Purpose

Total Christmas Makeover
Total Christmas Makeover: 31 Devotions to Celebrate with Purpose(Abingdon Press, October 2017)
Give your Christmas a makeover with this practical approach to help your family learn what it means to truly celebrate their Savior.
In the bustle of the Christmas season, it can be easy to get swept up in all of the things to do. But it’s important to pause and remember that our priority should be to spend time celebrating Christ’s birth and not forget to invite Jesus to his own party.
Christmas is far more than a celebration of an event from long ago or a modern holiday centered around shopping. Mindfully take time to listen to how God continues to speak through the Christmas story as the Gospel narratives centered around the birth of Jesus provide encouragement and revelation concerning the love of God and his wisdom for us today.
In Total Christmas Makeover, author and Bible teacher Melissa Spoelstra provides a practical approach for you and your family to turn your attention toward God’s grace day-by-day as you prepare for Christmas. This 31-day devotional presents key scriptures, ideas to implement with each reading, and questions for reflection to guide you in rediscovering rituals, relationship, and rest to connect you more deeply with Christ this holiday season.

My Thoughts:
With 31 days of reflection, questions and putting Christmas into perspective " Total Christmas Makeover" is the perfect book to take the hustle and bustle of Christmas and help us all put the pause button on Christmas. Rather than focusing on what we didn't do or what we're missing, we instead focus on being, being more intentional about what we are doing and focus on being more intentional with our time, family, friends and attitude. I love thinking about how I'm going to do Christmas differently this year and I how I am going to change my celebrations to a more slower pace. I love the idea of pausing and I love the reflection in each of the days. This book is the perfect book for Christmas for me to throw in my purse to take with me each day to find the true meaning of Christmas and not to get distracted. If you are looking for a slower and more meaningful Christmas that is focused on Christ, I recommend that you pick up this book! I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
Melissa SpoelstraMelissa Spoelstra is a popular women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, and writer who is madly in love with Jesus and passionate about helping women of all ages to seek Christ and know Him more intimately through serious Bible study. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Theology and enjoys teaching God's Word to diverse groups and churches within the body of Christ. She is the author of the "First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree," "Joseph: The Journey to Forgiveness," and "Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World Bible" studies and "Total Family Makeover: 8 Steps to Making Disciples at Home" book. She lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her pastor husband and four kids.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life: How Your 8 Key Emotions Can Work for You by Mark W. Baker

Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life: How Your 8 Key Emotions Can Work for You 

"Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life" is a book that tells deep truth about ourselves even when our circumstances are horrible. While we cannot change circumstances and we feel real human emotions, we must lean on the truth. Our emotions will lie to us, but the truth will always set us free. I love how this book is such a practical tool for anyone in the helping profession through stories, model, practical illustrations and opportunities to utilize reflective listening, the reader can learn how to better interact with people. This book will help you manage your emotions and it will help you, help others when they are going through difficult situations. The chapters are small and easy to digest, which doesn't make this book super wordy or hard to understand, which I love. Anyone can read this book, but as a Licensed Social Worker, I love this book. I really like the section on fear and that resonated with me a lot when I was reading the 9 key emotions. Overall, this is a book I will keep on my shelf and read from time to time. I give this book 4.5/5 stars. Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy. A favorable review was not required.