Monday, May 21, 2018

What is Bill Gates Reading This Summer?

In Bill Gates Notes, the wealthy entrepreneur that we all aspire to be, recently listed his top five books for reading this summer. And they're not exactly what you might think a man with his penchant for wealth would be expected to be reading! I was very amazed by his choices, and getting ready to order each one now!

From his notes, he states the following:

"Leonardo DaVinci by Walter Isaacson
Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I've Loved , by Kate Bowler
Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything, by David Christian
Factfulness, by Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund

I've been reading so much for study lately, that I think I'm going to reward myself with these five books! Each one sounds amazing and I can't wait to lie back in the shade of the porch, with my southern sweet tea and one of these good books to enjoy the afternoon!

Won't you join me?

Thank you, Mr. Gates for a great groups of book ideas for summer reading fun!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Untold Story of the New Testament Church by Frank Viola

The Untold Story of the New Testament Church
by Frank Viola
Copyright © 2004 Frank Viola
Destiny Image Publishing
ISBN: 0-7684-2236-1
189 Pages
Completed 05/20/2018

This is a fantastic telling of the events of the New Testament Church in chronological order, instead of the layout of the written New Testament.

Find the correct layout, and suddenly the events of the New Testament Church following the death of Jesus, and the writing of the New Testament come to life. 

This book puts it all into the order it should be read in. With the background as to why each book was written. Paul's letter's suddenly come alive with their meaning! I've heard many a Christian state that Paul is so contradictory in his writings. Well, suddenly there is no contradiction if you understand to whom he was writing and why he was writing to them!

Learn how each of the Apostle's dies. Learn what the New Testament Church itself was like. How it nearly faced extinction thanks to Nero!

This has been one of the best Bible helps I have read in a L-O-N-G time!

This is an absolute must read for any New Testament scholar, whether that be a layman, or a minister!

I absolutely highly recommend this read!

I also give this a BIG thumbs up!

And FIVE stars!

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DISCLAIMER: This book was a loan from a personal friend and was in now way under obligation for review.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Killing Jesus by Stephen Mansfield

Killing Jesus
The Unknown Conspiracy Behind The World's Most Famous Execution
by Stephen Mansfield
Copyright © 2013 Stephen Mansfield
Worthy Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61795-187-9
255 Pages
 Completed: 05/03/2018

Seriously, before I even begin, I have to tell you this is perhaps the best book I have ever read.

Mansfield is an artist. Truly. His capability of telling a story and projecting you into the scene brought the last days of Christ and the crucifixion to life. I was there! I really was!

I have never been so brutally moved in my 58 years on this earth! And I have read, and studied the crucifixion many times. I thought Mel Gibson's The Passion, was about as close as I would ever come.. But Mansfield is an extraordinarily talented and gifted writer! And he is very humbling. I went to his Facebook page and mentioned how much the book touched me. He was kind enough to personally respond. Do you know how few people actually do that?

He walks us through the Sanhedrin demanding the crucifixion of our Savior. The brutality of the beating he was given. And the scourging. I wept and wept, and can still, days later, weep from it. The piercing pain as the large nails were driven through Christ's wrists and feet. His literal suffocation. Seeing His mother in the crowd watching Him. His gasping for final breaths. His great last effort as He yells "It is finished!".

There is oh so much more here. The hidden agenda behind the crucifixion, which we are only now beginning to understand. The cruelty of those who would rather see a murderer freed than Jesus.

Pilate's lack of desire to do anything but keep the populace happy, and out of his hair, and his symbolic washing of his hands.

You will see, hear, feel, taste, and smell it all. And your heart will break as you see for the first time what it must have been like to have witnessed the horror.

I get more from a really good story teller than I do from a visual. I was overwhelmed with the Passion. But my life has been forever changed by Killing Jesus. And I think that's exactly what Mansfield intended. Lives will be changed by this book. 

I strongly recommend you read Killing Jesus by Stephen Mansfield.

I give this book a BIG thumbs up!

And I give it FIVE stars, the highest I can give!

And you can purchase the book below, just clock the link with the photo of the book.

DISCLAIMER: This book was on loan from a friend and as such was under no obligation for review.

Prayers That Rout Demons by John Eckhardt

Prayers That Rout Demons
Prayers for Defeating Demons and Overthrowing the Power of Darkness
by John Eckhardt
Copyright © John Eckhardt 2007
Charisma House Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-59979-246-0
108 Pages
Completed: 05/05/2018

I was expecting a book that would literally offer me some prayer guidance for my church. Instead, I was given one page that had ANYTHING to do with demons. 

The author decides that all ills in life, no matter what they are, are simply caused by demons. From a flat tire, to an ingrown toenail! And offers a long list of Scriptures to use as prayers. 

I could not take the author seriously. It seemed he simply took a concordance, looked up different problems: Anger; Abuse; etc., and copied down the Scriptures that each of these offered in mentioning! 

Sincerely, my grandson could have given just as much information without even a try. He's 12 years old.

I was very disappointed. The book was promised to offer help and guidance for those who felt that demons were interfering in their lives. Instead, I received nothing more than a concordance with some half-hearted attempts at locating Scriptures. The author did at least write out each Scripture verse, and didn't just list a source. 

I do not recommend it. Use your concordance if you must, don't invest in another, cheaper, poorer version.

I give this a BIG thumbs down.

And I give it a single star as that is as low as you can go.

If you find you really want to check it out, however, here is where you can order a copy:

DISCLAIMER: This book was a private purchase and was under no obligation for review.

Eve by Wm Paul Young

by Wm Paul Young
Copyright © Wm Paul Young
Published by Howard Books
ISBN: 978-1-5011-0142-7
303 Pages
Completed: 04/07/2018

I was loaned this book by a friend who thought I would enjoy it. Unfortunately, I simply could not. It was quite difficult to follow at times, and went against my beliefs as a Christian and what the Scripture teaches us.

Eve is about a young girl named Lilly, who is found nearly dead in a shipping container along a beach, filled with the bodies of dead young girls. We're never given a complete explanation of what happened to her, you simply assume by the hints presented that she was used in a prostitution ring.

Kept in a suspended state while healing, Lilly dreams and sees visions. One is of Eve. Yes, that Eve. Only she wasn't really seeing visions, but mentally transported. 

Lilly becomes a "Watcher", an observer. She observes the moment of creation. Of the earth. Of Adam. And eventually of Eve.

Somehow she is sent back and forth through the NOW to the THEN. Eventually she finds out the Creator calls her Lillith. Yeah, you get it. THAT Lillith.

There are spins on the variation of the story that make absolutely no sense.  I was bored to tears. Literally.

I won't give away any more of the plot. YOU might actually enjoy it. Just know it's not the traditional Adam/Eve/Lillith story we've all heard before. This has twists and turns, mountains and caverns that can get you lost if you don't pay attention.

I read the whole book, as an obligation to a friend who really enjoyed it, and thought I would as well. But unless you're into alternate creationism stories, I don't recommend it.

I give it a Thumbs Down.

I give it a single star, only because that's as low as you can go.

But if you really want to read it, you can find it for sale below.

DISCLAIMER: This book was a loan from a friend and was under no obligation for review.

Strengthening Your Grip by Charles Swindoll

Strengthening Your Grip
How to be Grounded in a Chaotic World
by Charles Swindoll
Copyright © Charles Swindoll
Worthy Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-936034-744
297 Pages
Completed: 03/23/2018

Just as the title insinuates, this is basically a "How-To" manual on how to stay grounded as a Christian in a secular world. A world that is fast becoming more and more secular.  Never has a time needed Christians to more firmly grounded in their faith and belief than now. To keep a "grip" on those truths and promises that God has made for us.

Swindoll, well known minister and teacher, leads into thought provoking spots and scenarios where we know we've all been before. And gives us a guide of how to stay true to our beliefs, even when the chaos is swirling all around us.

I absolutely adored this book. Written in such a way that it wasn't "preachy", but friendly. Like one good friend talking to another. Yu are instantly engaged and ready for more.

I took my time with this book, although a part of me wanted to rip right through it. I wanted to truly absorb this teaching. To make it "stick" with me for the long haul. Life is precious. Life is fun. And it's all too easy to be pulled into what is popular and everyone else is doing if we aren't careful. Swindoll offers you a life preserver to stay afloat for the long haul. Not only that, but he offers you hope and faith that can make this life so wonderful as we anticipate what is to come in the next if we but remain faithful.

I highly recommend this book for all.

I give this book a BIG thumbs up.

And I give it FIVE stars.

You can purchase the book below in various formats.

DISCLAIMER: This book was a personal purchase and therefore was under no obligation for review.

23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Wiese

23 Minutes in Hell
by Bill Wiese
Copyright © 2006 Bill Wiese
Publisher: Charisma House
ISBN: 1-59155-582-8
163 Pages
Completed: 03/17/2018

This is one of those rare books I could not put down reading! Once I started it, I had to finish it!

Wiese takes us on a wild ride! Declared dead, Wiese awakens to himself and spends 23 minutes in Hell. If you are a Christian, this is gonna scare you to death and make you reaffirm your faith in our Savior and send you on the straight and narrow path for Heaven! If you are not a Christian, this is gonna scare you to death and make you want to get born again so that you will miss this place of very real torment and torture!

Wiese writes in vivid clarity and detail of his experience. You are there with him as he is tortured and sees the people in the lake of fire! Never consumed but burning forever!

As a nurse, I have witnessed many deaths in my 30 year career. And I was made aware of how real Hell was with one patient's death in particular. (Perhaps one day I'll tell that story.) So, I had my real "aha" moment a few years back. But if I hadn't then,. I surely would have with Wiese's account!

I strongly urge you to read this book. It can change lives. Read the many reviews on Amazon regarding this book, and you will see what I am talking about! Lives have been changed. Entire FAMILIES have been changed!

I highly recommend this book! I even URGE you to get a copy right away and read it. It's not a long read, and you won't put it down!

I give this book a BIG Thumbs Up.

And I give it the highest star rating of FIVE STARS.

You can purchase the book below.

DISCLAIMER: This book was a private purchase and as such was under no obligation for review.