DYING TO MEET JESUS

21 01 2020

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This was an interesting book that begins with the near death experience of the author, Randy Kay.  I personally thought it was going to be full of similar stories, but it wasn’t.  He then goes into teaching, which was okay.  The one that stuck in my head was about brokenness.  We need to allow to be broken to get into a closer relationship with Jesus.  If you are not going through anything, we are getting closer to Jesus.  So, yes, I do recommend reading this book.

 

Synopsis: Where is God when my suffering seems never-ending? Can I really find joy in this fallen world? This powerful book confronts these questions with stories of the author’s near-death experience, a daughter’s suicide attempt, mental illness, and numerous other gripping stories that demonstrate not only that God is present when we need him, but that through our trials we can find true intimacy with him.
Author Randy Kay recounts how, as a former devout agnostic, he survived a near-fatal accident while searching for the truth–and when he met the One he sought to disprove, his journey changed from a life of extreme trials into one of genuine joy. In these pages, Kay offers his testimony to show readers how God uses suffering and brokenness to build an intimate and indestructible relationship with him, while breaking down barriers and ushering the reader into an authentic relationship with the Author of love.

 

Randy Kay

 

Randy Kay is the Chief Learning Officer of PACEsetters (http://pacesetters.training), a leader in human development and the first to introduce a validated course on thriving skills. He is also Chairman and CEO of TenorCorp, a diversified strategic development firm.
Randy Kay is an author of six books, and the author of Dying to Meet Jesus, due for release in late 2019 by Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing.
Earlier in his career he served as CEO of a biotech company and a media company, commercial executive with companies like Johnson & Johnson, and chairman or board member for numerous philanthropic organizations.
Since graduating from Northwestern University, Kay has trained over one million persons and has been the leader for over twenty different organizations.

His first book, DAILY KEYS TO SUCCESS, covers every topic related to success – day-by-day – 366 topics brimming with ideas, tools, and tactics for living life to the fullest, and includes the collective experience of generations of success experts through one comprehensive book arranged by calendar day for daily growth. Subsequent books include The Power to Thrive, based on a 30 year multidisciplinary study of exceptional leaders; and, The 22 Most Important Things.
Kay has written for magazines including Forbes, Inc., and the Wall Street Journal, and has been interviewed by various broadcasting channels across the United States.

 

Dying to Meet Jesus became available for sale January 7, 2020.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.





DISCERNMENT

13 12 2019

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This is a very interesting book that needs to be read slowly so you can digest what is being said.  I call this a study book and I have highlighted many areas in here.  To learn to discern the voice of God is very important in the Christian life and Jane Hamon has a way of putting it so you can understand.  One thing that really jumped out at me was a quote she did from James Goll’s book, The Discerner: every follower of Jesus receives the gifts of revelation and discernment and every believer needs to use them.  That alone, right there, could be a sermon.  We need to realize that we can step into that gift whenever it is needed.  There is so much in this book that were eye-openers, that you will need to read to discover them.

 

We are living in such critical times today that it is imperative for believers to learn to use every tool given to us by the Holy Spirit. We are called to be kingdom influencers–to discern the times in which we live, to discern the moves of the Holy Spirit, and to discern angels and demons.
With extensive expertise and personal experience, prophetic leader Jane Hamon takes a deep dive, biblically and practically, into one of the least known and most unused gifts of the Holy Spirit.  This book will help you operate in greater spiritual authority and walk in wisdom as you help build God’s kingdom on earth.

 

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Jane Hamon serves, with her husband Tom, as senior pastor of Vision Church @ Christian International. In their nearly 30 years of ministry together, they have built a thriving local church, traveled to more than 50 nations, and helped to lead Christian International Ministries, founded by Dr. Bill Hamon. A clear prophetic voice and eloquent teacher, Jane Hamon travels extensively ministering at national and international conferences, consulting with leaders, and teaching at Bible colleges. She is frequently featured on a variety of Christian television programs. International School of Theology. Jane makes her home in beautiful Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, where she enjoys fulfilling some of her favorite roles in life as wife, mother, and now “Mimi” to her growing number of grandchildren.

 

Discernment became available November 5, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.





YOUR BATTLES BELONG TO THE LORD

30 08 2019

your-battles-belong-to-the-lord cover    I absolutely loved this book, and I learned so much!  We need to realize who we are fighting, which is not people.  They are just being used.  We need to realize that satan is the culprit behind every evil work.  We also need to know how to win our battles, and that is what Joyce Meyer has endeavored to do.  We also need to know that some battles we do some of the work and God does the rest.  We have our job in resisting the devil.  It’s not all up to God.  As I have always said in my Christian walk – the if/then clause.  You do your part and then God will do His.  This is a must read for all Christians.

 

Conquer your problems with God’s help and know your real enemy.Have you ever felt you tried every solution on earth to solve a problem, but nothing worked? Have you ever wondered where the difficulties you face are coming from? Joyce Meyer has answers.In Your Battles Belong to the Lord, Joyce explains that once you recognize the devil-who is real and active in the world today-as your true enemy and the source of many of your struggles, you can overcome them and live a life of peace, freedom, faith, and victory. When facing life’s battles, there are certain things you must do for yourself, like being diligent to study and apply God’s Word, trusting Him, praying, helping others, and maintaining a confident attitude and a thankful heart. But there are other things only God can do. When you do your part, God does His-and He is always ready and eager to defend and help you. In this fresh approach on spiritual warfare, Joyce focuses not only on the nature and strategies of the enemy, but also on the true character and love of God, who will always lead you to triumph. No matter how difficult your challenges are, because God is on your side, you have all you need to win every battle.

 

joyce-meyer-1    Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce and her husband Dave have four grown children, and live outside St. Louis, Missouri. Her ministry is headquartered near the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, Missouri.

 

The Battles Belong to the Lord comes out for sale September 10, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of the ebook from NetGalley for this review.

 

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UNTIL THE MOUNTAINS FALL

29 07 2019

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I truly enjoyed this book.  The only reason I put this down to a 4-star is because when I got about 75% through, I got mad and didn’t want to continue, but knew I had to.  I did get into the story of Rivkah and Malakhi, but I also got quite upset with her slave master.

 

This is about a young gal, Rivkah, who is recently widowed.  According to the Levitical law, she is to marry her deceased husband’s brother, Malakhi.  He has been smitten with her since age 14, but she still sees him as that boy who teased her throughout childhood.  She is a woman, having been married.  Her father is the head priest of the city, which is a refuge city.  The timing of this book is at the death of Joshua.

 

Rivkah and Malakhi’s cousin decide they are going to run away from their pre-arranged marriages that their fathers had made upon them.  Rivkah, through wrong decisions, ends up a slave for 5 years.  In that time, she gives birth to her husband’s son.  Having been a scribe at the temple for her father, her talents are widely sought.

 

In time Malakhi does find her, but will love ever blossom for her?  While she was gone had she done things she should not have done?  In the meantime, the Arameans are on their way to burn the city down.  What will happen to Rivkah?  Will she let Malakhi save her and her son?  The answers will be revealed when you read this book.

 

Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband’s brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh’s head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.

 

Connilyn Cossette

 

Connilyn Cossette is the CBA-Bestselling, Christy Nominated author of the Out from Egypt Series and the Cities of Refuge Series. When she’s not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible. She delights in discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in the last twenty-plus years, they currently call North Carolina home.

 

Until Mountains Fall became available for sale July 2, 2019.  It is the 3rd book in the Cities of Refuge series.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from NetGalley for this review.

 

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A FAITHFUL GATHERING

18 07 2019

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Once I got into this book I was unable to put it down.  This is also one of my favorite genre to read.  Leslie Gould has a flair of putting a current story along with a historical story all put in one.  This made it very interesting, but at the same time, I had to keep alert, as I had to know which era I was in.

 

This is about Leisel, an aspiring nurse, and her Aenti Suz telling the story of her Grandfather Joe back during WWII.  There are many trials in this book.  Leisel’s boyfriend, who also is a nurse, decides to go into the Air Force.  She is definitely against this.  Then she meets her sister’s surgeon, whom she begins to date.  Which man will she choose?  Will she go on being single?  You will have to read the book to find out!

 

Leisel Bachmann left her Amish roots and beloved sisters to pursue a career in medicine without a second thought. She has an Englisch boyfriend, Nick Jordan, and dreams of a new life–but those dreams come crashing down when her sister Marie is diagnosed with cancer.

Soon nothing is going as she planned–not her state boards, not her first nursing job, and certainly not her relationship with Nick. As she becomes increasingly discouraged, her aunt shares the story of Leisel’s grandfather during World War II and the struggle he faced between returning to Lancaster or being with the woman he loved.

Peace and a vision for the future are difficult to find, and when Nick leaves Pennsylvania for a completely new life, Leisel is faced with impossible choices. Will she stay in Lancaster, close to her family and the traditions of her past? Or learn from her grandfather’s story and embrace a life of love and service in an uncertain future?

 

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Leslie Gould is an award-winning author. Leslie received her master of fine arts in creative writing from Portland State University in 2009 and has taught fiction as an adjunct professor at Multnomah University. She also teaches workshops at public and private schools and at writers’ conferences.

 

A varied work history, from curating a historical museum to editing a bridal magazine, preceded her fiction-writing career. She is also an Army Reserve wife who has supported her husband, Peter, through many years of service, including a deployment to Afghanistan as the commander of a field hospital. Leslie and her husband live in Oregon with their four children.

 

A Faithful Gathering became available for sale February 5, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary ebook from NetGalley for this review.

 

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DELIVERED: EXPERIENCING GOD’S POWER IN YOUR PAIN

12 07 2019

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I absolutely loved this book!  I don’t think I have read anything that has impacted me as much as this has.  Beth Moore has done an awesome job with this.  We all find ourselves in pits at one time or another in our lives.  We get in by someone else putting us in, slipping in, or jumping in.  I see different times in my life where I have been in each of these pits multiple times.  Beth also shows you how to get out of those pits and also how to help others get out.  The big thing that stuck out to me was that when you get out, stay out!  Don’t let anyone put you back in that same pit.  Don’t slide back in.  I think that is the most dangerous spot to be in…right after you get out.  If I could have rated this higher than a 5-star, I would have.  This is a definite must read for everyone!

 

Based on her bestselling book, Get Out of That Pit, Beth Moore delivers a stirring message of sheer hope, utter deliverance, and glorious freedom of God.

 

God is in the deliverance business.  He longs for you to be free, to know the love and presence that are better than life—and the power of His Word that defies all darkness.  In Delivered, Beth Moore shares her own journey out of the pit and the way the poetic expressions of Psalm 40 rewarded her with a new song for her soul—given by her Savior and offered to you here in this soul-stirring book.  You also can be free from the worst life has to offer and learn to take Christ’s mighty arm when he reaches into the depths, and says in a way you can finally hear, Need a hand?

 

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Beth Moore has written many best-selling books and is a dynamic teacher and a prolific Bible-study author whose public speaking engagements take her across the United States to challenge tens of thousands. Beth is focused on teaching women all over the world and is known and respected wherever she goes. She is a dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters and lives in Houston, Texas, where she leads Living Proof Ministries and teaches an adult Sunday school class at her church.

 

Delivered became available for sale March 26, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins for this review.

 

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THE WOMEN WHO MET JESUS

1 07 2019

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This was quite an enjoyable book.  You have different types of writing all together.  You have where Dorothy Valcarcel writes a story of an experience of either her, her family, or a friend that goes with the scripture for that chapter.  You then have a fictionalized version of what could have happened to go with that scripture.  Then you have the devotional that helps you learn how to act/react to similar situations.  At the end of each chapter are questions to ask yourself.  This helps you to dig deep within yourself, but at the same time, to identify with the person Dorothy is talking about in that chapter.  All in all, I recommend this.  I could not go through this quickly, as it made me go deep within myself and want to change, which is the better.

 

Though they seem worlds apart from us, the women of New Testament times had similar heartaches and desires. They too experienced ambition, worry, brokenness, loneliness, and insecurity. They may have wondered how some unusual man from Galilee could possibly understand their needs. And then they met him.
Rather than trivializing their problems or ignoring women, Jesus responded to their deepest needs. He reminded them of their value and transformed their past, present, and future. This engaging book recounts eighteen of their powerful true stories and shows that when a woman encounters Jesus, she cannot help but be changed forever.

 

Dorothy Valcárcel has a 35-year career working with charitable organizations worldwide. That work, along with her own personal struggle to overcome challenging disabilities, is the catalyst for TransformationGarden.com–a global website designed to encourage women in their walk with Jesus. Her daily devotionals are also featured on Crosswalk.com.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for this review.