Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Living the Quaker Way by Philip Gulley

I was taken by surprise as I read through the words on the pages of this book. I really had no concept of what "Living The Quaker Way" meant. I had thoughts of the Amish for some reason or something along those lines. I have to say I honestly got a whole lot out of reading this book! Also, some of the things the author spoke about were things I believe the Lord was already having me lean towards. One of these things was living a simpler life. What I have already begun to do, living a simpler life, was confirmed and further explained to me in this book. Yet it is so much more then that. I love the writing style and heart of the author, Philip Gulley. I loved reading his testimonies he shares to get the point across. Loved reading about the things he wrote such as integrity, seeking truth, and especially equality which seems to be so much missing in our world today. I don't think you would be sorry for reading this but would feel the way that I do...that this is wholesome reading which can and should lead to a better way of living and better character. I recommend this book to you. I received this book for free in exchange for a free book review from Convergent publishing through the www.bloggingforbooks.org book review program. I was not required to write a favorable review.

Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves To One Book by Kenneth Berding

The goal of this book I believe is to get people back to/begin to not just reading the Bible but also to applying it to our lives. There are many things which keeps us from doing this very thing and the author addresses those as well as giving ideas on how to overcome these obstacles and make time for being in the Word. At the end of each chapter are questions for review which are very thought provoking as well as convicting. Towards the end of this book is an appendix titled, “The Easiest Way to Memorize the Bible” What I learned from Dr. John Mitchell. This appendix has some good points in memorization of Scripture which I appreciated reading. This is the kind of literature I need to be reading to encourage me to be in and stay in the Word of God. I received this book for free in exchange for a free book review from the publisher. I was not required to write a favorable review.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Knowing God By Name: Names Of God That Bring Hope And Healing by David Wilkerson

I was taught a whole lot as I read through this book. The learning began right away in the introduction of the book. The author, the late David Wilkerson (1931-2011) advises us as readers concerning the reading of this book and I quote, “As you read this book I urge you to get to know your heavenly Father slowly and purposefully, on a heart-to-heart level. You do not need to memorize all of the hallowed names in their Hebrew forms. For example, do not memorize God's name Jehovah Tsebaioth – simply learn that He is the Lord of Hosts. Get to know the English meanings of His names and remember them.” (end of quote) The author, David Wilkerson, was convinced that we as believers will be able to lead godly lives only by embracing the revelation of God's covenant names. This seems to be the purpose of his writing this book, to teach us all the importance of getting to know God better and to have a closer relationship with Him by getting to know His names and thus His character and nature. I believe that David Wilkerson's purpose in writing this book has clearly been accomplished! Prior to having read this book I have to honestly say that I didn't know or understand the importance of knowing God's names although I have used them during times of praise, worship and prayer. There were other points I could point out just from the introduction! This book is rich and full bodied. . The type of book you can't sit and read for hours on end but instead read it slowly and savor the words written, meditating upon all that has ministered to your spirit man. This book was written as a result of David Wilkerson's time in searching the Scriptures as illuminated by the Holy Spirit. That to me is pretty clear. David Wilkerson discovered that and I quote, “...God revealed His names to His people only as they needed them- in their moments of deepest crisis.” (end of quote) David Wilkerson used scripture throughout his book as a foundation of the truths which were presented. Just a few examples: “Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. “ (Psalm 124:8) “Because he has known my name...I will deliver him.” (Psalm 91:15) “I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the Lord...I was brought low, and He helped me.” (Psalm 116:3-4,6) “Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.” (Isaiah 50:10) David Wilkerson does not go over every single name of God in this book which I was at first disappointed about. After reading the book I came to know that he did not need to go over every single name as he was teaching us the basics in a deep way. Having read this book I am left touched in the deepest part of me. This book was not just meat, bread and potatoes for the spirit...it was also gravy. Rich and full. I totally recommend this book to you. This book is a re-write of the previously written book by David Wilkerson titled, “Hallowed Be Thy Names”. I have no problem reading previously written books as I feel it is the publisher's way of saying, “This one is so good and may have been overlooked. Let's present it again.” It is true in this case. This book is very good and you won't want to overlook it. Lord bless all of you readers! In Jesus name, amen. I received this book for free in exchange for a free book review from Chosen Publishing through their book review program. I was not required to write a favorable review.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Spirit of Python by Jentezen Franklin

I first became aware of Jentezen Franklin while watching him on Christian t.v. It was at the beginning of the year, in January to be specific, and Jentezen was promoting fasting. As I am also a believer in fasting and living a fasted life, watching him share and teach on this subject was very encouraging. I believed at that time that this was what Jentezen's whole message/calling was on. I have also read two of Jentezen's books on fasting and believe it is a wonderful idea to keep a book on fasting by your side as you are practicing fasting. Now this book, The Spirit of Python.” Wow. As soon as I read the title I knew it was for me and that this was the right timing for me to read it. So I got it and I read it. I found this book to be easy to read and understand and HARD to put down. This book was written not just specifically for dealing with the spirit of python but for learning how to protect ourselves from all dealings from satan. You will learn the signs that the spirit of python is in action and what to do about it. You will learn how to create an atmosphere where the evil is not welcome so that in the future there will not be as much need for deliverance but it will be more of a maintaining. Jentezen talks about the power of prayer, faith, and praise and the armor of God in ways that will bring a refreshing to you in these areas. This book has helped me immensely. So much so that I have already bought two more of Jentezen Franklin's books. Reading this book is like adding a new weapon to your arsenal against satan and for the Kingdom of God! I have already been recommending this book to others and I recommend it to you. I received this book for free from Charisma House publishing in exchange for a free book review through the www.thebookteria.com book review program. I was not required to write a favorable review.

Between Heaven and Earth by Steve Berger

The author, Steve Berger, writes about how heaven became intensely personal to himself and his wife Sarah following the passing of their son Josiah. Josiah had died following a one-person car accident which they believe launched him into heaven. Steve writes about how that one moment in time when their son died forever changed them. This book was written extremely well and is Biblically sound. The topic? Heaven. Here is a list of the eleven chapters: 1. A Renewed Heavenly Vision 2. A Passion for Hard-Pressed Living 3. Heaven Is Our Real Home 4. Heaven Is Our Real Hope 5. A Glimpse of Heaven 6. What Will We Do in Heaven? 7. Heaven Is for Healing 8. Having Our Hands in the Harvest 9. The Power of Knowing God's Word 10. The Power of the Holy Spirit 11. The Rewards of Heaven Reading Steve's book, “Between Heaven and Earth” has changed some of my mind sets about how I ought to be living my life while here on the earth. The earth is but a temporal thing, but Heaven...is forever. Reading this book has also freed me up from constantly looking back to my past and life's past regrets knowing they really do not matter. What matters is where I am going and who I belong to...that being...Heaven...and Christ Jesus. I am encouraged having read this book especially in the light of the fact that I, myself, have lost loved ones and believe they too, have gone on to Heaven and are in the arms of our Lord. I recommend this book to you. I received this book for free in exchange for a free book review from Bethany House publishing through their www.bethanyhouse.com book review program. I was not required to write a favorable review.

The Greatest Words Ever Spoken by Steven K. Scott

This is a red-letter edition of all the statements that Jesus has spoken. These statements of Jesus are categorized so you can easily find the topic you are wanting. This is a wonderful companion for your Bible to be used during your studies or else during your time of devotion. I have already used this book to look up a few different topics but am thinking this would really be good to use as a steady devotional and read day by day to learn what Jesus says on a variety of topics. The only thing negative I have to say about it is the front cover. It is thinner then most paperbacks and on my copy the front cover is already bent up. Having said that, I like it and recommend it. I received this book for free in exchange for a free book review from the WaterBrook Press publishing through the www.bloggingforbooks.org book review program. I was not required to write a favorable review.