Category - Review

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Book Review: Fervent
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Book Review: Unashamed
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Book Review: Looking for Lovely
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Book Review: Audacious
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Book Review: Advent in Narnia

Book Review: Fervent

My first introduction to Priscilla Shirer was her Bible study on Jonah (Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted). I loved it! I was an almost-college-graduate who joined this study with the married women in our church. Each week we gathered together to watch Priscilla’s teaching videos and discuss our homework.

Since then, I have followed Priscilla Shirer on social media but haven’t had the opportunity to participate in another study. So I was absolutely thrilled when I came across her book Fervent.

I eagerly began to read. The book was incredibly timely because my prayer life had been gradually fading and her entire emphasis was prayer. Then, it felt too timely. So I quit.

I walked away from the book. Every chapter was more convicting than the last and I just couldn’t deal.

I moved onto a long string of just-for-fun books. The stress level of adding a foster child to our house caused me to withdraw from my spiritual growth books. I’ve always favored literature and fiction, but I had been carefully selecting at least one spiritual book to read every month or two.

It was time to finish what I had started and put Priscilla’s fervent prayer life into practice. So early August, I picked it up again. And it was every bit as challenging, convicting, and encouraging as it had been the first time.

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Book Review: Unashamed

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When Lecrae Moore watched his son take his first step, he knew it would be followed immediately by a fall. One step. That’s all his son could take. In the process of learning to walk, falling and injury were expected. This is how Lecrae’s faith in God developed also. One step followed by tumbles and stretches of time refusing to get back up.

But today, Lecrae is known for his commitment to his faith and as a hip-hop artist. Among numerous accolades, he is a two-time Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist whose studio albums and mix tapes have sold nearly 2 million copies. His 2014 album, Anomaly, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.

Many of us know the Lecrae who achieved musical success. In his recent autobiography Unashamed, Lecrae recounts the painful years of his life spent for his own glory.

Lecrae writes openly about his rebellious childhood filled with poverty, physical and sexual abuse, drugs, and fights. But through a college Bible study, he came to know a personal relationship with God. It was a shallow faith that he packed full of legalistic rules.

In fact,he threw away his secular CDs and taped the empty cases together into a 5 foot pillar in his room to brag about how great of a Christian he was since he sacrificed so much. Reflecting back, Lecrae calls it “a monument to my own self-righteousness.”

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Book Review: Looking for Lovely

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Annie F. Down’s most recent book, Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments that Matter arrived in my mailbox in an envelope full of sequins. Yes, sequins. I was privileged to be part of the book launch team and join an awesome group of early supporters.

The very first words that Annie pens in her foreword read,

Dear friend, I am changed. I am different. I have never been the Annie I am today, and that’s because God has done something new and miraculous in my life.

What a beautiful opening to her book! Praise the Lord that He has miraculously transformed our sinful hearts into hearts that beat for His glory!

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Book Review: Audacious

 

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“When did you buy that book?”

“I didn’t…”

“Then why did it arrive in the mail today?”

“I have no idea.” I flipped through the pages of Beth Moore’s most recently released book, Audacious, hoping to find a note or explanation for how this book arrived in my mailbox. Nothing. I shrugged off the confusion and moved to excitement because I had heard about this book on Twitter (maybe I won it in a contest?? or a give-away?)

Beth Moore has had one  mission statement that has shaped her ministry: To see women come to know and love Jesus Christ through the study of Scripture.

One of her friends handed her a book that asked these two questions: What is your dream? What is your vision for the future?

After facing these two questions, she added two words To see ALL women come to know and AUDACIOUSLY love Jesus Chris through the study of Scripture.

Those two small words launched this book.

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Book Review: Advent in Narnia

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Welcome to December! The focus of the blog will be a bit different this month. I’m going to highlight how various families keep Christ the center of Christmas this month. You’ll love some of these great ideas, especially if you’re a parent of “littles” looking to start new traditions.

Today, we’ll start our Advent season with a book review on Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season by Heidi Haverkamp. This 96 page book serves as a reader’s companion to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. It consists of four weeks of reflections, each week with 7 days. It even tells you which chapter to read along with in Lewis’ book.

I was searching for a great Christmas book to share with you and stumbled on this one. On the whole, I am a huge fan. It would work great as a family guide. I can see families sitting around the Christmas tree, reading part of Narnia and part of the Reflections every evening.

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