Tag - book review

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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: Eight Twenty Eight
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Book Review: The End of Me

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: Eight Twenty Eight

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Our love could never be as perfect as His, of course, but as children of God we were able to receive love vertically from Him that we could learn how to extend to each other.

Ian and Larissa Murphy were not that different from my husband and me in college. They were young and in love with both God and each other. They were planning their future together when a car accident caused a severe brain injury to Ian. As Ian lie in the hospital bed, suddenly Larissa’s planning changed from their future marriage to the possible funeral of Ian.

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Book Review: The End of Me

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When I say that The End of Me by Kyle Idleman is worth reading, I mean it. I’ve read 23 books since January (not an easy feat since I work full-time) and this one ranks in the top five.

The End of Me uses Scripture to show how God is most glorified, not despite our weaknesses, but through them. Kyle Idleman interweaves true narratives with Scripture to show how people who have reached the end of themselves have finally returned their eyes to Jesus.

Because I cannot accurately convey my enjoyment in my own words, here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

Brokenness is not trending on Twitter. It’s not written on anyone’s résumé, and it’s no business strategy at all.
We tend to tweak the word sin and substitute mistake or one of those other more innocuous phrases. Sin is “preachy.” It wags its finger at us too much. It meddles. So we talk about unfortunate choices or slipups.

I believe many a man is praying to God to fill him when he is full already with something else. Before we pray that God will fill us, I believe we ought to pray that He would empty us.

When we hear a good zinger in church, we always tend to assume it’s about somebody over in the next pew. We think, “I hope she takes this to heart,” rather than, “Does this fit me?

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