Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How To Pray When You Think You Can't by Marci Alborghetti

How to Pray When You Think You Can't
by Marci Alborghetti
Copyright © 2007 Marci Alborghetti
Published by Guideposts Books
153 Pages
Completed 05/30/2018

I was a little hesitant in reading this book, as I have always prayed in a conversational manner. I enjoy the intimacy of prayer as though speaking to my Father, informally, just as I would to my Dad or another respected member of my family. But the author soon put me at ease, as she, too, enjoys that informal prayer.

The author covers those moments when we may not know how to pray for something. Or when circumstances, for instance severe pain, may make it difficult to think clearly enough to pray.

The author takes on a course of Thanksgiving prayer, Psalm prayers, and conversational as well as formal prayer. The author discusses our need and ways to pray not only for ourselves but for others, as well. And she discusses both prayer partners and prayer groups, as well as prayer meetings. 

All in all, I was well pleased with this book, and came away excited to use some of the author's approaches to prayer. And a renewed desire to keep my prayer journal up to date. (I often put in my prayer requests so that I don't forget them, or forget someone I am praying for. But I more than often forget to put in when the prayer has been answered so that I may be certain to do a prayer of Thanksgiving for the answered prayer.)

I highly recommend you read a copy of this book, even if you feel, as I did, that your prayer life is just fine. It opened my eyes to the subtle nuances of prayer, and that closeness we feel when we pray both in need and in Thanksgiving. But mostly, it made me realize the need for prayer with an expectation of answer, in one form or another as God so chooses. And that is something we often forget.

I give this book a BIG thumbs up.
And FIVE stars.
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DISCLAIMER: This book was borrowed from a friend and was under no obligation for review.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Israel's Glorious Future by Dr. Harold A. Sevener

Israel's Glorious Future
The Prophecies & Promises of God Revealed
by Dr. Harold A. Sevener
Copyright © 1999 Chosen People Ministries
Publisher: Chosen People Ministries
88 Pages

This is a very well written work by Dr. Harold A. Sevener. His writing is down to earth and easy to understand and follow. He explains his thoughts and understanding of the Scriptures in great detail and gives compelling reasons why he interprets the Scripture as he does.

This work tells the story of ancient times when God made His covenant between Himself and Man, and between Himself and his chosen people, beginning with Abraham. Well thought out, the writer moves the reader forward through time with a brief history of the Israel people.

Moving surely through the recent past history of the 20th century right up to the coming Tribulation, through the Tribulation and on to the New Jerusalem during the 1,000 year reign. And beyond, to the New Heaven and New Earth. He sources Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah and Revelation for his work, and he has written so that even the most common layman can understand and follow his thought process and interpretations.

I highly recommend this book for all who have a heart for the Jewish peoples with a Messianic vision for their redemption, which is what the publisher is all about.

I give this book a BIG thumbs up!
And I give it FIVE stars!
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DISCLAIMER: This book was from a private library, and as such was under no obligation for review.

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.