Tick-Tock…

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Go ahead & judge this book by it’s cover…you may be thinking “Oh, a book that diminishes the priority of preaching & significant preparation.”

If that is your thought, you are wrong.

In fact, this books weighs the worth of preaching & proper preparation and therefore emphasizes the great importance of it. You will discover that the author implies that because preaching is so vital & the preparation so significant, one must really aim to do it right and do it well.

This book is truly helpful for the pastor who struggles with time management & seems to always be in crunch-time by the end of the week. The author shares from his personal journey of learning how to prepare to preach every week. You will find that the author did not have this figured out for quite a long time & fought every week the challenge of finding the time to get it all in by Sunday.

Therefore, you can trust that the author is writing from experience & from mistakes that he personally learned from. That is exactly what you want in a book that is instructional in nature.

This is a resource for all pastors who are rookies or seasoned, because of the teachability and tools that this book offers to all.

Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

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A Thrilling Tale of the Truth of Faith

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Paul Hathaway is a drop-out. That’s right. He did a year of bible college, but has stronger degrees from the school of persecution & provision. If you do not believe me, please check out his autobiography.

His story is thrilling & convicting. His ministry to smuggle bibles in China & get the Word of God to the darkest Asian places is explained in great detail & drama in this book. He does not hold back but pulls the curtain back so that people can understand the risk of following Jesus & the reward of risky faith.

You will be shocked by what Hathaway endured & you will be saddened by what you’re not experiencing due to your lack of zeal & risk. This journey will ruin your desire for comfort, safety & security.

To understand what I am describing, please check out this book & others by Paul Hattaway.

I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of their Academic & Ministry Blog Review Service. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tozer on Jesus

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Let us look to Jesus, fixing our eyes upon Him. That is what this book will lend you to accomplish. Tozer was a man known for dwelling upon the nature & person of God in Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is no surprise to find that this book dwells upon the riches of the person of Christ.

This book will take you on a journey on the personhood of Jesus Christ & challenge to think about how you might imitate him & depend on Him as the branches rely on the Vine.

Each chapter includes questions for reflection & evaluation as to who Jesus is & where you stand with Him.

I find Tozer to be both refreshing & challenging in his writing benefitting the spiritual growth & integrity of the believer.

Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

A year for the kids

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Nancy Guthrie is a great writer & editor for this piece. This is one of many books I have from her ministry & this one is a home-run.

Let’s be honest, when it comes to prayer, we can sometime be all over the place & no place at all. Therefore, this book is both an arrow & a target in the hands of parents.

You will find yourself wanting to pray more & learning how to pray for your children. This book tackles both the how-to & why of praying so that you are motivated & inspired from within to pray for your children.

This book will serve as a gift to you & a gift to many others. It comes recommended for gift-giving and will serve that purpose for years to come.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. 

 

The Choice

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God’s love beckons the broken to Himself. His love is redeeming, restoring and comes in the form of rescue to those who are lost & hopeless. Those who deem themselves found & hopeful from their own efforts are prideful & unable to discern the power of God’s love.

This book is a memoir on the power of God’s love & how His love is actively engaging the world. You will find yourself as a reader, enveloped in this story & unable to put it down. No matter what the enemy lays as traps, he cannot overpower the love of God & His saving grace.

This is a book you’ll be reading & reading over the course of time.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. 

 

A history of the Pentecostals

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Spirit Empowered Theology is a resource that delves into the spirit of God & how He works and how He manifests Himself in the lives of believers. Just to be up front; this book leans toward the charismatic culture. Therefore, know up front what sort of theology you are opening up in this book.

If you are wanting a theology of the pentecostal movement and it’s history & it’s direction today, this is a book that you can & should discover. Even if you are not of the charismatic culture, this book will help educate you on their convictions & beliefs, which is important to know & understand.

Agreements or disagreements, it does not hurt for us to explore the other side of the coin to understand the why’s & how’s of the pentecostal church. I did not agree with everything in this book, but I learned & had questions answered about the Pentecostal movement & faith.

Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for the copy. I was not required to write a positive review.

Looking Back…

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This is a book written honestly & openly by a pastor who though he had struggles & hurdles, did not allow the joy of ministry & serving the Lord to depart from him.

From the first page to the last page there is both a candidness & a passion vividly revealed in each chapter. This is the sort of book to be read on sabbatical, vacation, or when traveling to a conference or retreat. Upon reading this, I felt like I had a partner who ministry who gets what I experience & wants to share with me some of the secrets to fulfilling your calling as a minister.

But do not allow your ministry to continue on & never read books like this. Do not wait until it is too late to wonder what you should be doing and what you should not be doing.

Will there be some things you may disagree with in this book? Surely, but for the most part these are general convictions that all ministers wrestle with and because of this man’s graciousness, we can listen intentionally to what he has to say to us all.

Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

 

Questions & Answers

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Church membership & church discipline ought to go hand in hand. But often, only one is found to be explored and that is church membership. However, it is lightly explored & glanced over at times.

You would think there would not be 40 questions on such issues, but there are so many questions because of what is at stake. Let’s remember that light and darkness are battling each other and let’s not be surprised if the battle takes place within the church.

For this reason and many others, church membership is a weighty issue, along with discipline. But because it is weighty, it is often ignored & the two become an “anything goes” approach.

This text addresses many concerns of the issue(s) mentioned above and offers both the theological foundation & the practical application for how to handle and address the matters at hand. What this book is for, is churches that are neck-deep in membership issues and for churches that are just starting out and want to get the right footing set in place.

Membership and Discipline is not meant to keep people out of the church. It is designed to keep people in, because the community of faith is what they need, rather than isolation and the lone-ranger mentality.

This book is a tool that will be extremely helpful in planning membership & discipline principles along with helping to solving ongoing problems in older churches.

I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of their Academic & Ministry Blog Review Service. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

The Essentials

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Student Ministry essentials may differ between student pastors and parents across the board. What may have been essential in the last decade perhaps are not essential today.

Unfortunately, there are a ton of ideas and books on how student ministry should be approached & accomplished. Some of the ideas are good, yet some are not so good. Fortunately, this book takes proper aim and what you will find within this book is not a program-based approach, but a strategy for discipleship, leadership, and serving.

If you are desiring to be inspired, challenged, and equipped, then this is a book that is a must-have. If you are looking for an easy approach that gives surface results overnight that only last for a night, then this is not the book or approach for you.

My hope is that your aim is the first approach and that you are ready to dig your heels in and be loyal to see things through so that leadership development and disciple-making takes place.

Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

 

Everything…

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Many pastors are stuck when it comes to Wednesday Night Prayer meetings. In fact, these meetings are still called prayer meetings, but prayer is no longer the priority. What has happened?

Pray About Everything is an anchor for prayer within the church body. This book hits the nail on the head of why the body of people pray together. Thankfully, the author even emphasizes the Wednesday Night gathering opportunity and shares his experience(s).

The author also is rooted in scripture to ensure that prayer is not his own doings, but that of God. For example, in Acts 2, the scripture says that they devoted themselves to the prayers…this implies they surrendered themselves wholeheartedly to the Psalms, the Lord’s Prayer, etc.

The reason they gave themselves to this habit and practice is because they knew their was power in fellowship with God. This belief was rooted in what they witnessed through Peter and the other disciples/apostles.

As the author states to pray about “everything”, he covers so much of what is lacking in prayer and what we ought to be praying over and for. These emphases help the reader to know what direction their prayer life is to be headed toward and rooted in.

Overall, this is a brief but powerful book on a subject that can never be exhausted or perfected. It is simply our lifeline to God and His spirit.

Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for the copy. I was not required to write a positive review.