Joni and Ken by Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada

_225_350_Book_849_cover joniJoni and Ken by Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby is a great book that details the ups and downs of Joni and Ken’s marriage of 30 plus years. It is a very honest account of the struggle and joy of their marriage along with the daily challenge of what being quadriplegic entails. The book is written in a third person format which makes it easy to read. It is also not written chronologically, but rather is written in a journal format with details of what may have occurred during a certain month and year. At the end of the book is advice from Joni on marriage and steps you can take today to improve your marriage that is very biblical. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I really enjoyed reading this book. I did receive a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts are my own.

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Relentless by John Bevere

relentlessThis is a great book to encourage any Christian in a fight to be renewed by the holy spirit and defend against temptations from the devil. I learned so much through this book. I never knew that the holy spirit can intercede on our behalf when we pray to God if our thoughts are unclear. The Holy Spirit can display to God exactly what we need. The author uses the bible over and over to support his ideas on what it takes live relentless in this life for Christ. The author talks about how we are to fight against the devil and avoid temptation. This is a very dense book with many ideas and illustrations. This is a book I have been trying to finish over many months. The book in total is over two hundred pages long. I enjoyed the last half of the book a little more than the first half of the book due to the personal illustrations the author uses to convey his message. He does this a great deal the last half of the book and I found it extremely encouraging. I often kept thinking to myself I want God to do this for me, to show me this, to help me fight that, much like he did for the author.

When God Makes Lemonade by Don Jacobson

_200_360_Book.827.coverlemonThis book is a collection of sixty-eight short stories of how God creates good outcomes and new beginnings from tragic circumstances. The author tells of his own tragic story of while hunting he accidentally shoots himself and is forced to leave a profession he loves as woodsman and starts a new career in the publishing industry. At the time he thought his accident was devastating but his accident is what lead to even a more fulfilling life. The author leaves the rest of the book to tell their own story. After roughly half of the stories the author leaves a short paragraph and adds his own commentary of what God was able to accomplish in spite off tragedy. Often times reading this book I found myself saying here we go again another tragedy and that the book was getting a little depressing, but after each story is God at work trying to show me how he can work for good. This is a great book and even though I am not correctly going through a difficult time in life. I could see this book providing some rest and relief during a trying time in life. I would recommend this book to anyone. I did receive a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

Grace by Max Lucado

_225_350_Book_699_coverGrace by Max Lucado is a good book. It is not my favorite of his books. The book has many blank pages/and empty space between each chapter. That is my only complaint. There are a number of unique real life stories of how Grace has been shown in the last ten years. I would have liked to have seen more biblical examples of where grace was shown throughout the bible.

Lucado touches on all the aspects that involve grace such as guilt, finding rest in God, confession of sin, and why grace is more verb than noun. Lucado explains guilt and how God uses appropriate doses of guilt to awaken us to sin. God shows us grace by doing so. We can find rest in God through the grace he has shown us. It is revealed in the verse, “For by grace you  have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Eph 2:8). When we confess our sin we find grace that deniers can’t. Lucado points out, “If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.” (1 John 1 8:9) God uses grace more as a verb than a noun by stating, To discover grace is to discover God’s utter devotion to you, his stubborn resolve to give you a cleansing, healing, purging love that lifts the wounded back to their feet.”

I enjoyed the book, but I also recently read The Grace of God by Andy Stanley and I like that book more on the subject of grace.

Rudy by Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger

Rudy is the story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger. I remember seeing this movie almost 20 years ago only remembering the basic premise. Rudy dreams of playing football at Notre Dameas a walk on. This isn’t all that unrealistic until you consider Rudy’s small stature and the prestige of the Notre Dame football program. In the last game of his senior season rudy finally gets to dress with the team and gets to play in the last twent seven seconds of the game. In the last twenty seven seconds Rdy tackles the opposing teams quarterback and is carried off the field by his teammates.

The book covers many other aspects beyond what the movie coulds such as Rudy’s upbringing in family as one of fouteen children in Joliet, Illinios. The book goes into great length about his decision to go to college and the many obstacles  he faces to enter Notre Dame. His determination and connections allow him to accomplish his goals at Notre Dame, but Rudy must first attend nearby Holy Cross.

After Notre Dame the book continues to portray Rudy’s determination and ability to get his story made into a major motion picture. After making the movie the book book goes into detail about Rudy’s success as a motivational speaker.It also covers his failure as a real estate investor and as the CEO of a an energy drink company.

This book is so inspirational and an example to us all to see our dreams and then act upon what we want and turn dreams into reality. Rudy’s story reminds me of the Forrest Gump fictional movie in many ways. Only that Rudy’s story is real. Rudy is always in the right place at the right time and Rudy even has a close encounter with Elvis Presley. Rudy makes many statements about his faith in God at many points in the book, and I really liked that. This is a wonderful book that I think anyone would love but especially baby boomers since Rudy himself is a baby boomers and grew up in that time period. I did receive a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts are my own.

Great Day Every Day by Max Lucado

Great Day Every Day by Max Lucado is best summed up by the following quote, ” And if you can stack one good day on another and another, you will link together a good life.” Lucado emphasizes the importance of giving every day a chance by saying, “You no longer have yesterdya, and you do not have tomorrow.

Lucado, shows the reader how Christ used his days on this earth to do great things,  even when things seemednot to work out. Lucado spends a whole chapter on worry and anxiety, and why it is so importnat to live one day at a time. Lucado says deal with worry in these three steps: pray more, want less, and live for today.

Lucado spends a chapter on how to deal with fear. He says, “Don’t be afraisd; just belive. Believe that he can, believe that he cares, believe that he comes. Oh how we need to believe. Fear pillages so much peace from our days.

This is a great short read by Lucado. I have read almost five of his books and really enjoyed thisone. I was not paid to write a positive review and all opinions and thoughts on the book are my own.

The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark Demoss

The Little Red Book of Wisdom is a great read by Mark Demoss an executive at a christian public relations firm in Atlanta, Georgia. I love how the author describes wisdom. He states, “A reader of any age can apply almost any of these principles in a matter of minutes: read a Proverb every day, listen more than you speak, write more letters, tell the truth always. He describes a great a leader as a great servant -and that great service is modest, understated, in speech and action. He discourages twitter and the constant borageof information from our computersand cell phones and to discover what is human around us. The author encourages letter writing and to personally write him and let him know your thoughts on the book or on anything else. He says that personal letters are kept by whoever receives them. He states no one keeps email, but almost everyone will keep a personal letter. I love at the end of the book he shares what one must do to earn salvationand encourages the reader to ask Christ into their heart by asking and praying for him to come into their life. I think I may buy a few extra copies of his book and pass them onto others who can benefit. This was a very solid book and is well worth the purchase.

I did receive a free copy of this book and all thoughts are my own. I did not have to write a positive review.

Our Last Great Hope by Ronnie Floyd

Our Last Great Hope by Ronnie Floydwas written to move us beyond casual and theoretical talk about the Great Commissionand lead us into a great awakening. I have always felt like personally the church could focus more on the great commission. It is Jesus Christ last words on earth. His final instruction on what he wants us to do and accomplish.

I felt like the first few pages of the book were the most powerful. There is a line on page 7 of the book that states, “Life is to be lived for an audience of one. Here’s an encouraging thought: if I can focus utterly and completely on pleasing God, suddenly life becomes very simple.” The author clearly states what our last great hope is and why it lies completely in Jesus Christ, and in no one else, or other means. The path to accept Christ is called good news and that good news can be accepted by anyone. If we have accepted that good news Chist and turning our lives over to him, we are then commissioned to tell others this good news.

The author encourages the reader to realize what our world would be like if the gospel spread, seeds were planted, and souls were won for Christ. The other challenges the reader or christians to consider how they are are spending their time pusuing careers, hobbies, dreams and other personal pursuits and consider the many people wondering about earth trying to figure things out dying of thirst that only our lord and savior can provide.

The book is full of stories personal as well as what the author has learned and studied in a lengthy career. I enjoyed this book and its a book and a topic that all christians must consider until our final breath what are we doing to spread the gospel to those unreached to those who don’t call Jesus there Lord and savior. I did receive a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All reviews and thoughts are my own and I did read the entire book.

You Were Born For This by Bruce Wilkinson

WOW! What a book is what I have to say. Having been a Christian a number of years I have often wondered how God creates miracles without a savior such as Jesus Christ walking the earth. We read in the new testament of how so many people are healed by Jesus. This book doesn’t specifically address physical healing but just as important persaonal miracles that are needed on daily basis. This is such an important topic that is often overlooked. Most people and myself included want God to do something for them or to them. God really needs more of us to deliver miracles to others to meet other peoples needs.

The author definitively explains what situations to look for, as well as, what questions to ask others that God may bring our way to deliver a miracle.The author also uses personal miracles he has delivered to others for God and explains what God can accomplish when we ask to be used. When we focus our efforts to the work of God, God will always bless us and meet our needs. The author gives the following five steps to  clarify the delivery of personal miracles .

  1. Identify the person
  2. Isolate the need
  3. Open the heart
  4. deliver the miracle
  5. Transfer the credit

Throughout the book the author makes use of steps and processes and leading questions to open up an individuals heart so that they may share with you what may be going on in their life that would require a miracle to take place. I learned how God could use me to meet financial needs, discover lost dreams, provide encouragement, and ecourage forgiveness to allow for healing to take place in someone elses life. This is a wonderful book and I enjoyed reading it. It is also great for a small group setting  there are discussion questions in the back. I did receive a free copy of this book from the publisher and all reviews and expressions are my own.

Doing what you wished you had done all along

This year I began a quest to read the bible and understand the words and theology written within these pages that have withstood two thousand years. To not know the bible and to not read the bible shows our heavenly father we don’t care to know more about him. It also shows others that we don’t care about them, the bible, or god. I wished I would have spent more time sooner reading God’s word. Knowing what he wants for my life and spending time in prayer are now critical points in my week. I am trying my hardest to make them daily habits. There are so many situations and biblical characters to learn from. The same issues that existed for God’s people still exist today. I was recently told by a friend that the ten commandments didn’t matter and were meant for people that lived ages ago. My friend wants the bible to fit his lifestyle, but he has it backwards. We are to transform our lives to what is in the holy scritpures. Think about how our world would change if these were obeyed. Christ.

1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6 “You shall not murder.
7 “You shall not commit adultery.
8 “You shall not steal.
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Today is September 23, 2011 and these are the headlines of the www.ajc.com (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Parents charged with starving baby boy

Parents of 5-month old who weighed 6 pounds waive court appearance. 1:42 p.m.

Our country needs God word please read it for yourself show others by doing. When we begin to turn to God we read in the bible that he heals and will hear our prayers. 2 Chronicles 7:14 The ten 15 minutes you spend with God will not be wasted and you won’t regret it. I admit I am now finally doing what I wish I would have been doing all along.