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.





OF FIRE AND LIONS

11 11 2019

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This is a book that kept me glued to it!  This goes through the book of Daniel, but with a human interest twist; what possibly went on behind the scenes.  The main characters are Daniel and Bilili (Abigail).  A lot of this story has to do with Abigail.  We start at the point of the exodus from Jerusalem to Babylon.  Daniel, with his three friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, were princes in Jerusalem.  Abigail, who is also one who is being sent to Babylon, was put into the care of the four princes.  Daniel took it upon himself to protect Abigail, who was just a young girl.  Their love for each other grew from there, but there are many obstacles that keep them apart.  Will they ever get together?  If they do, will they remain loyal to Yahweh?  You will need to read the book to find the answers to these questions and more.

 

Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she’d perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar’s court. Now, as Daniel’s wife and a septuagenarian matriarch, Belili thinks she’s safe and she can live out her days in Babylon without fear–until the night Daniel is escorted to Belshazzar’s palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. The Persian Army invades, and Bellili’s tightly-wound secrets unfurl with the arrival of the conquering army. What will the reign of Darius mean for Daniel, a man who prays to Yahweh alone?
Ultimately, Yahweh’s sovereign hand guides Jerusalem’s captives, and the frightened Hebrew girl is transformed into a confident woman, who realizes her need of the God who conquers both fire and lions.

 

Mesu Andrews

Mesu Andrews is the Christy Award-winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter and numerous other novels, including The Pharaoh’s Daughter, Miriam, Of Fire and Lions and Love Amid the Ashes. Her deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Mesu lives in North Carolina with her husband, Roy, and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.

 

Of Fire and Lions was a finalist for the Christy Award and it became available for sale March 5, 2019.

 

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

 

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FORGED THROUGH FIRE

26 09 2019

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This was a very interesting story about the life of the author, Mark D. McDonough, MD.  All that he went through would have stopped most people, but he kept going on.  At the age of 16, getting terribly burned over about 60% of his body while his mother and youngest brother died in that same house fire.  He had a stroke, lost another brother to suicide.  This is just a taste of what he went through.  But he didn’t quit.  He went on to be not just a doctor, but a plastic surgeon to help restore burned victims like himself.  While he was going through his first surgery, he had a near death experience (NDE).  That bolstered his faith, but it wasn’t enough to keep him from becoming an alcoholic like his father.

 

This is a book not just about what he went through, but how he got through it.  This is a very encouraging story that will help all of us to keep on going…to not quit.

 

When Mark McDonough was a teen, a catastrophic fire claimed the lives of his mother and younger brother. It also left Mark with burns on over 65 percent of his body. During a long and painful recovery, his faltering faith in God was strengthened by a remarkable near-death experience. Inspired to pursue a career as a plastic surgeon to help those who suffer as he has, McDonough has overcome numerous other adversities on his journey, including addiction and a stroke. Now he shares his incredible true story of survival and perseverance to bring hope and healing to those dealing with great physical and emotional pain.

Anyone who has suffered or watched a loved one suffer from a personal trauma, disease, or loss that has tested or stolen their faith and exhausted their emotional resources will find real hope in this redemptive story.

 

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Mark McDonough is a physical therapist, physician, and plastic and reconstructive surgeon.  A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and trained in general, burn, and plastic surgery at the University of South Florida and Vanderbilt University, he has served as an adjunct professor in physical therapy and worked with trauma patients at hospitals in Ohio, Tennessee, and Florida, where he later founded his own practice.

 

Forged Through Fire became available for sale September 3, 2019.

 

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

 

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Stories Jesus Told: The Lost Son Comes Home

2 09 2019

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This was an enjoyable book taken from the parable in the Bible of the Prodigal Son.  It is written in a way that children will be able to understand it.  It also teaches that real love is unconditional – no matter what we have done, the Father will welcome us.  A good life lesson that hopefully the children would remember as they grow up into adults.

 

The parable of the prodigal son comes alive in this picture book. Realistic artwork helps children connect to the characters’ emotions: the prodigal’s discontent, the father’s heartbreak, the brother’s jealous anger, and more as the story unfolds. As children understand these emotions, they begin to grasp God’s unconditional love and forgiveness as demonstrated by the father welcoming his son home.

 

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Tim Ladwig is a published author and an illustrator of children’s books. Some of the published credits of Tim Ladwig include Tonight You Are My Baby: Mary’s Christmas Gift (HarperBlessings), Probity Jones And The Fear Not Angel (Paraclete Poetry), Good King Wenceslas.

 

The Lost Son became available for sale August 7, 2019.

 

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

 

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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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EL HAYYAY

19 07 2019

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EL HAYYAY

The God of My Life

By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life (El Hayyay). Psalm 42:8 NIV
When I saw where I was in the names of God, I understood why the Lord had directed me to keep on the subject of salvation. Why? Because salvation gives us life eternal.
The God of my life. I could not put it into better words than how I feel about my God – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. The triune God. If it wasn’t for Him, I would be 6 feet under now. He pulled me out of the pit and brought me to Him. He showed Himself to me in a way that is beyond words. Is He my life? You bet! Would I trade it away? No way! I know what I was before, and I never want to be focusing on me anymore, for that does not work!
El Hayyay – the God of my life – be very close to me. Open my ears to hear you. Soften my heart to discern your Spirit. Help my eyes to recognize when you are weaving something in my life. Turn my frustration and anger away from people who seem to me to be obstacles in my life, El Hayyay, and help me to know that you are sovereign – that nothing happens to me that doesn’t first pass through your hands. Kings see you and bow down. I pray that I will live each moment in that same spirit of honor and humility before the God who knows what steps I should take, and who guides me.