Great Possibilities

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Most bookstores have an apt supply of books on marriage and a shortage of books on singleness. Conferences are held nationwide on marriage and family, but there is a void of conferences on singleness.

However, in the Bible, there are numerous people who were never married yet served God faithfully and discovered great purpose in their singleness. There are numerous benefits to both marriage and singleness, but it boils down to perspective and calling.

If one is married, that person has a spouse to come home to on a daily basis and also experience life together in vast ways. However, if one is single, they are not obligated to another person, but to God and have the freedom to serve in ways that a married person simply cannot.

This book is a great tool that explores singleness in all of it’s aspects and give readers inspiration, motivation and grace to enjoy singleness and find purpose in doing so. I would place this book in the hands of both young and old who find themselves single and willing to contemplate what that may mean for their adulthood.

Finally, a book that is for those who are seeking and wrestling with the calling and/or season of singleness.

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.

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The Missing Ingredient

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If you leave out one of the main ingredients in a recipe, the outcome of the dish will be incomplete and severely disappointing. Similarly, there is something missing in many gospel conversations, witnessing opportunities, and debate-like discussions and that is grace.

Recently, I was in attendance at a conference where Sean McDowell spoke. His presentation was in the character of an atheist and he fielded questions from the audience of Christians. The audience bombarded him with questions and scenarios of debate that were full of truth, but lacked one thing, grace.

As the presentation went further, it became obvious that the Christians were getting frustrated, annoyed and out of control, yet Sean, in character remained composed and listened while never raising his voice during counter questions to the audience.

At the conclusion, his point was that the millennial and the lost generation is not willing to listen to truth, because they do not see grace in the believer’s lives, nor do they hear it. They hear truth, but they don’t see a Christ-like example speaking this truth. This was an eye-opening experience that rebuked a lot in the audience, very gently.

This book is a tool that explains why and how grace must accompany truth, if we want to make an impact. The first portion of the book lays a foundation for grace and truth and the second portion of the book provides examples, inspiration and encouragement to exhibit both grace and truth together as individuals, and as a local congregation functioning as the body of Christ.

This book is timely & necessary for both yesterday’s and today’s generation to read and heed.

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

Worship

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Another one does NOT bite the dust. Yes, A.W. Tozer’s newest collection of devotional thoughts is here to stay.

In this classic collection of insights, readers will quickly understand what worship is what worship is not. Along with that, they will see who it is that is vastly worthy of true worship.

This edition focuses on worship and gives clarity on the heart of worship and the object of worship. What the aim is of this book is not to strictly instruct or educate someone on worship, but to move them to obedience in worship so that worship is achieved.

Otherwise, all one will have is more knowledge that puffs up and disallows worship to even occur.

Tozer’s insights though from the past are ever-relevant today and will challenge readers in ways that new books have yet to do.

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

Round after Round

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Marriage is a blessing but it is a bout, that is for sure. Upon entering a covenant with God and each other, a couple enters the fight of a lifetime. That fight is not against one another or God, but against the enemy that hates the idea of marriage and family. He most assuredly wants to steal, kill and destroy that which God joins together for His glory.

The Horton’s have allowed readers to peer into their fight for a gospel-saturated marriage. What readers will find is a couple that has been through it round after round and experienced redemption & recovery from some of the enemies toughest blows.

It is a gripping read as you see that marriage is no game but a battle and anyone is susceptible to the enemies tactics. However, to see a couple rally in the midst of the battle and following and seek God’s redemption is a wake-up call to all couples.

This book address the spiritual battle that bleeds over into the physical attributes of marriage that revolve around intimacy, finances, and more.

Here is a book that is for you as you are preparing for marriage, in marriage or trying to redeem your marriage.

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

Clear Glimpse

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Have you ever wondered what exactly are the marks of a church that reflects its’ Head – Jesus Christ?

This brief book is part of a larger series from Joe Thorn on the church. Although this book is brief, it is very clear within the 5 subjects discussed. They are: The Word, The Ordinances, The Leadership, The Grace, The Mission.

Understandably, studying about the church can be an overwhelming task, but not so with this book. If you are seeking an introduction to the clear purpose of the church, then do not hesitate to grab this book as a helpful guide & introduction to better understanding the body of Christ.

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

Redeem & Recover

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Marriage requires work to thrive & not just survive. Fortunately, God gave marriage to His creation as a picture of His love for the world. Unfortunately, the enemy has his aim upon marriages because of the threat that marriage is to the darkness. Therefore, couples can expect their marriage to have challenges and fronts from the enemy of truth.

This book addresses with practicality & theology why you should and can protect your marriage from temptation, deception and destruction. This book unveils the story of a marriage that suffered severe heartbreak without losing hope, after all.

This book passes the test of “been there, done that” therefore, giving it credibility to readers who question whether or not a suffered marriage can survive through darkness.

I would suggest this read for couples and for counselors who are in the trenches with couples that are in the midst of the battle for redeeming a broken marriage.

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.

Unimaginable

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You are the light of the world….

This is who Jesus is & what His followers become. The reason we are light, is because darkness exists & it cannot overcome the light. Without the light, darkness would rule & reign, yet because of the light, darkness cannot overcome.

To imagine a world with no light is to imagine a world with no Christ and no Christians.

What this book provides is a look into what Christianity is for the world that God so loved & created. What readers will see up-close is the impact of the Kingdom upon the world & how God is continually at work for the good of the world.

This is an encouraging read that exudes hope for those who think that the decaying of the world means doom for believers. What if it were the opposite? Give this book a read & see what God has been doing since the work of redemption began in the Garden.

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

From beginning to end…

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The enemy known as Satan is lurking to deceive & destroy. But the destroying comes by way of small deceptions. Take for example, marriages, which are a union that glorifies God. We should not be surprised that Satan attacks marriages early and often.

This book is a tool that can be used to guard & prevent against the attacks that the enemy is bringing into marriages.

What you will find in this book is very helpful understandings of why & how affairs begin to take place. The deceiving begins in small doses that attract interest & curiosity which breeds sinfulness & brings forth death, if not guarded against.

This book is going to be around for quite some time on the shelves of counselors, pastors, teachers, and hopefully men & women of all lengths of marriages, as well as those who are single & preparing for marriage.

The worst mistake is to tell yourself, that will never happen to me. So prepare yourself & be ready.

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

Why & How some leave Mormonism

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Religions can be a tricky subject & this book does a great job of differing between Christianity & Mormonism. There are a slew of books out regarding mormonism from the perspectives of Christians with most being former mormons. Some of those books are good with great understanding of the reason for changing. However, there are some books out there just to undermind Mormonism without full explanation of differences & reasoning.

But, this book…presents a transparent understanding of mormonism & Christianity and why Mormonism seems positive & attractive, but why Christianity became the authors’ claim.

The authors’ give reasons why they left mormonism but also how they arrived at the desire to leave. This is really a gripping read to see the thought process & conviction during the journey of these 4 scholars.

If you are going to read a story about Christianity differing from mormonism and the entire journey of arriving at Christianity while once being a mormon, this is the resource to dive into.

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.

 

Power Required

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Preach, preacher!

Well, that’s easier said than done…

However, there is a way to get it done & this book is a tool that will help develop preachers in their study & preparation for preaching.

Keep in mind, this is a new & updated version of the original Power in the Pulpit. This new version has some things in the appendices that are helpful all around.

The book is formed in both theoretical information & practical application. Therefore, this resource is complete in both helping the preacher understand why and how. Unfortunately, many books on preaching are only about how or why, not both. But these authors understand the burden of preaching & the blessing of preaching and why each one goes hand in hand.

You will find this book to be a great upgrade from the original & one that preachers will lean on for the days to come!

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