Monday, November 25, 2013
I have to say God moves in mysterious and marvelous ways! I had been going through several weeks of spiritual attack when I posted a review and went to choose a new book. There on the page was this one - a new release, new to the book review list staring me in the face. It was as if God had placed in front of me just the thing I needed at just that moment. The spiritual attacks I was facing were being waged by the enemy through church members, some of whom were my "friends". Though I this was not a new experience in the ministry it was none the less devastating to me personally. Perry Stone has written an excellent book about dealing with betrayals and false friendships. I loved his illustrations of goats and sheep and the way he unfolded the scripture. I had never thought about the verses in scripture about goats and sheep quite the way he presented them. Mainly because I am honestly ignorant about the character and tendencies of both animals. I was utterly amazed. My copy of this book is dog-eared and marked up. I have loaned it to others in the ministry and will most certainly need to buy additional copies. I think that those new in the ministry need a copy in hand. I would have avoided a lot of personal hurt feelings and been able to walk more in peace with the goats in the church had I had this information 12 years ago! My only complaint - and it is a VERY minor one is that it seemed at times that Perry Stone was defending himself. I realize that he has been under scrutiny and attack over the past year but I do not feel that he needed to defend his stance. Although I am a member of a very traditional and conservative Baptist denomination my husband and I have always enjoyed Perry Stone's teaching and books. These parts in the book are minimal but are there. Anyone in ministry will benefit from this book. Thanks to Booketeria for this review copy.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I am always interested in finding another great CD of praise music to play in the mornings. Something that will bring an atmosphere of praise as we begin our day. I enjoyed this CD - although it I would not rate it as one of my favorites. The reason being that on some of the songs I found it difficult to understand the words; because of this it was difficult to sing a long - which our 6 children and myself like to do. I would recommend this CD - as over all it is a great CD filled with uplifting music! I loved to read the lyrics and enjoyed it. Thanks to B&B Media for the review copy
Thursday, November 14, 2013
This is one of those books that leaves your perspective forever changed!! I walked away from reading this one feeling nothing short of awe at the revelation of the great sacrifices made to secure for me a bible in my own language. Although I had studied some of these martyrs and missionaries this book brought about a whole new appreciation for their work and heart. I really appreciated the author's use of scripture to show that we are called into suffering just as Jesus. I would recommend this book for the home school family that has a class on missions or church history. I have already told our 7th grader it is required reading and that she will do a report on each of the three men studied in this book with other resources. She will also be required to write a paper detailing how this book impacted her life and thought about missional works and sacrificial living. Thanks to Crossway for this review copy.
Love! Love! Love! These little books! They are just the right size for little hands to hold on to. Just the right size to fit in a small book bag or a purse. Colorful enough to catch a child's attention and keep them entertained and interested. Volume 5 is 20 questions about Space and Astronomy. My kids loved this. What little boy does not like to learn trivia and be able to pass it along to his friends? The authors fielded all sorts of questions regarding stars, planets, time (how did the measurement of a week come to be), and a number of other things. They did so each time by responding with scripture and then evidence to support the scripture. These books are a great addition to any believers library and will help a child see the fact that scripture is absolutely the truth. Volume 6 is 22 questions about Babel and the Ice Age. I loved this because we already own the book Tower of Babel - both the kid version and the "big people" version. The questions were great. Again the authors answered each question with scripture and science and historical documentations. Thanks to MasterBooks for these wonderful review copies.
Richard E Simmons did an excellent job in this book. I think it needs to be in the hands of every school teacher (whether home school, private, or public)and be studied by teachers and students alike. If you are looking for a great book that shows the validity of the bible beyond a doubt this is the one. Simmons has expertly exposed the truth of the scriptures in contrast to the untruth that is in this world. I think this book equips believers to stand against the world views that are pushed upon us. This book is equal to much of what Ken Ham has published. Only it covers extensive topics. Apologetics in a tiny book. I enjoyed that he was not biased - he showed many different view points, siting the work and using quotes from the different people. He then went to other historical records to prove the bible as well as biblical text. Often the very people disputing something - in the end came to agree with the very thing they were disputing. I would highly recommend this book to church leaders, teachers, and those wishing to polish up on their argument that the bible is absolutely the truth! Thanks to B&B for this review copy.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
This one is hard for me to write a review on. I am not sure that I completely agree with every point that this author makes - or his application of scripture. I have decided that this is a book that needs to be read with prayer. I first agreed to review it because of the subject and being in ministry thought this book could be beneficial. It is filled with a ton of information about the enemy's strategy to strangle the life out of a believer. However, I have to say that I believe every believer has the right to speak the truth of God's word to others. In fact I believe that is a responsibility of believers to do just that. However, it is a must for leaders in ministry to speak this truth - they are required by the very word of God to do just this. However, over all I think this is a great book on spiritual warfare and would be a good resource for this section in a library. I enjoyed how he had the book broken down into three easy to read sections. This made the book easy to study and even easier to go back and reference a section. Thanks to the publisher for this review copy.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Always inspiring, always convicting, always pointing the reader or the listener to God. AW Tozer lived his life pursuing God with all he had. His faithful and persistent pursuit of truth led him to preach and write of the mysteries of God. I am amazed at the prophetic words this man spoke and wrote over 50 years ago. Still today they resonate within the hearts of believers, and they cause the Christian to hunger after God in new ways. His message of 50 years ago still applies today - proving that God's Word is a living Word and surpasses the standards of time. If you are looking for something fresh for the new year. IF you are looking for a devotional that will challenge and inspire you - one that will push you to the edge and beyond of your comfort zone - one that will cause you to seek the presence and person of God himself then this is the one for you. As I scanned the entire book and set down to study what I could before this review was to go out I was amazed. Tozer is an author that speaks to a Christians heart. I have often read his works and imagined what it must have been like to sit in his church and hear these words echo off the walls of that sanctuary. To see the people begin to move in the pews and to feel the Holy Spirit press down and move people to action. Yes, Tozer is that type of man. A student of the Word who pursued God with a passion that would be intoxicating to be around. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this devotional and be changed - to experience God in a new and wonderful way. Thanks to Regal for this review copy.