The River by Michael Neale

The River by Michael Neale is a great work of fiction. Michael is a master story teller that has brought one of his works to paper. It is a story of tragic loss, anger, hopelessness, searching, finding and restoration into who this young boy is to become. You will fall in love with the river and the symbolism of God held within. After reading this book I have a longing to spend some time down by the river. To stand in awe of the power, grace and life that it gives.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story.

I received this book from the publisher to give an honest review.

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The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America

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The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America

by Gabe Lyons

The Next Christians will challenge your way of thinking. Some of the things I agree with but some I don’t. I would recommend you to give it a try. If you love books that challenge your thinking, this is one for you. It will open your eyes about a lot of things in this crazy subculture we call Christianity.

Give it a try, I dare you.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review.

Empty Promises book review

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Empty Promises by Pete Wilson
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been discouraged, disappointed or felt like your prayers were not heard. So I guess this book is for everyone.It will help you to see things from the right prospective.
Pete reminds us that we are in a battle and that one way he attacks us is by making us give up on God’s promises.Just because we don’t see immediate results we give up. God doesn’t call us to quit. He calls us to fight. We might not see the results but we must put our trust in God that it is good. His promises are never empty.
 This book was supplied to me from the publisher for an honest review.

Let’s Go On A Wild Goose Chase

Wild Goose Chase By: Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson does a good job explaining what the Holy Spirit is in our lives and how we should live our life through Him. He does a great job making the Bible stories come to life and with great insights. This is something that is life changing. Mark puts things in a very practical way that is easy to understand.

I absolutely loved his first book “In a Pit” this one is a great follow up.

I was given this book by the publisher to read and write my honest review of this book.

I Am A Follower book review

I Am A Follower

The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus

By Leonard Sweet

For as long as I can remember in church leadership we have learned as much as we could about being a GREAT leader. Mr. Sweets book takes us down the road that in many cases it is a waste of time. If we would spend as much time following and serving as leading we would be doing what we are called to do. At first I was a little bent about the concept but the more I thought about it the more I realize that part of myself being a leader is that I don’t like being a follower. Ouch! Then I think about what Jesus calls us to do: FOLLOW HIM.

I am not a huge fan of Leonard Sweet’s writing style but this is worth the read.

I would recommend this book to anyone in leadership. It will challenge your thinking and that is always a great thing.

I was given this book to do an honest book review by the publisher. No compensation was given.

Are You The Fourth Fisherman?

The Fourth Fisherman by Joe Kissack book review.

“How Three Mexican Fisherman Who Came Back From The Dead Changed My Life and Saved My Marriage”

This story is about three fisherman who were lost at sea for nine months in a small boat. It is a great story of survival and faith that changed their life forever. It also changed the authors life in the process of reporting on it. And now I think you will agree it has the potential to change yours as well.

The book is an easy read and one that you don’t want to put down. I read through the book in three days with having a very busy schedule. Any time I had I would pick it up and read it.

You will not be disappointed in reading this one. I think it would appeal more to a male audience than a female but it would encourage anyone who reads it.

Thanks for the great read.

This book was supplied by the publisher for my honest review. No compensation was given.

Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny – Book Review

Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny by Mark Batterson

I was first introduced to Mark Batterson in his book In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day. It was a life changing book for me. When I received this one to review I was not disappointed.

The book is based on the story of King David’s life and relationship with God and how it applies to us. God saw more in David then he ever saw in himself. The same is true for us. Even though we might have blown it before or are now, it’s never to late to be who and do what God intended you to do. He has some great things in store for us.

The book includes a study guide in the back that would work great for a small group study or  for more depth on your own. This is a book I would recommend to my friends.

A complimentary copy of Soulprint by Mark Batterson was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

 

IMAGINE, BELIEVE and PURSUE your dreams

Verla and I were out shopping when we heard a little girl in her most serious voice tell her brother, “I imagined it, so it really did happen.” We both laughed and went on with our day. Then I began to think about what the little girl said and was shocked at this young girl’s wisdom.

As leaders we have to be people with big imaginations. If we can’t imagine how something can look, taste and feel, how can we sell others on our vision? If we can’t create a realistic story to share with others it has no chance of happening.

When we imagine it, we need to believe that it will happen. Belief in our dream and belief in our self is crucial  Don’t sell yourself short. If you can dream it, you can do it.  When we have that mindset the details start to fall in place.

So you have your dream, you believe it can happen, now you need to pursue it. Actively go after it. Don’t wait until the conditions are perfect. That will never happen. Run after your dream! That’s the only way you will achieve it. You are either running towards it or away from it. Which way are you running?

So my challenge is IMAGINE, BELIEVE and PURSUE your dreams.

Thank you little girl for waking up this sleeping giant. I will imagine and it will happen.

Book Review: The God Whom Moses Knew

The God Whom Moses KnewA Novel By J. Roger Nelson, M.D.

This was attempt to help fill in the blanks of the cultural differences that we might not understand. Nelson sites a lot of resources that he draws his conclusions from. Over all I would say he did a good job in helping us understand the culture and time frame better.

I enjoyed it because I love to place myself back into the time the scriptures were written. I wonder what the person might have thought or felt during that time. The book is an easy read and help you to understand the scriptures that it was taken from better.

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Dug Down Deep: Book Review

Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

I was really excited to get this book to review until I read the back cover. It had the dreaded words that bug me down deep (no pun intended). The words: doctrine, theology and orthodoxy. These are some of the most churchy words around. I figured it was going to be so boring and churchy that I didn’t want to read it. But I reluctantly  started to read the book. The more I read it the more I enjoyed it.

Harris has a great way of putting doctrine, theology and orthodoxy into relevant easy to understand terms. He uses personal stories and great illustrations to make his points. It was not boring. In fact it was quite engaging. I usually don’t reread books but this one I am keeping on the self to read again at a later date.

Once you read it I am sure you will recommend this to your friends.

This book was given to me by Blogging For Books to do an unbiased book review.