Friday, February 17, 2012

Our Favorite Sins

"Our Favorite Sins" by Todd Hunter is an interesting and original way of addressing sin. Hunter focuses on showing us how much of our behavior is in fact sin and getting to the root of these sin issues. This book isn't written to condemn but rather to help us overcome and defeat these sins once and for all. Most of the sins addressed in this book are things considered "socially acceptable," for example, procrastination, over-eating, and media addiction. I recommend everyone reads this books....and especially those who don't think they have a sin issue.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Healing Your Church Hurt

If you are or have been an involved member in a church, you most likely have experienced "church hurt." Healing Your Church Hurt provides a way out from the hurt and bitterness in a rather direct, but loving manner. Throughout the book the author provides various exercises to work through that pave the way to the following steps and eventually to healing and finally wholeness. The sum of this book in a nutshell states that you can be free from the hurt and pain that comes through the hands of fellow Christians. The reality is we live in an imperfect world with imperfect people and attend imperfect churches. That means, there is potential for hurt and offense within the church. The entire book is a quick read. That said it is full of deeper processes that, if the reader wants to experience healing, needs to take the time to process, do some soul searching and some work, but it is guided by solid biblical principles and is explained in clear language. 

Family Shepherds by Voddie Baucham Jr

Voddie Baucham's "Family Shepherds" gives a good amount of really good material for fathers who want to lead their families in a biblical manner. Voddie makes no apology for highlighting the unique calling of men as leaders in the home, a stance that is drawn directly from the Bible although it is also rarely addressed even in the church.  In a society that continues to devalue men and tell them how unimportant they are, I appreciate Voddie’s call in this book for men to be leaders in their home. Voddie does a great job at simply laying out what the role of a man is in regards to his wife and spouse. Founded in the Biblical view of the family is where it all begins. For this reason alone, this book should be a must read for all men in the church, even those without a family.

Friday, February 10, 2012

From the Heart of A Woman Love Letters to My Lord

I really enjoyed this collection of writings by Sylvia Hensel. These are personal writings Sylvia wrote during her private Bible reading time. She writes her prayers, thoughts, responses to the Holy Spirit in such a personal manner to her Lord. It is truly edifying to read her thoughts on various topics. Her writings inspire me to become more intimate with my Heavenly Husband, opening up in a personal way.

I recommend this book to any women, married or single, who desires a closer relationship with Jesus.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

From Blah To Awe

From Blah to Awe is a book written for teenage girls from Max Lucado's daughter, Jenna. The goal of this book is to shake you up a little". ' Jenna's passion for the reader to understand how BIG God is and not to settle for lifeless faith is evident from the first pages. The author brings up questions so that you can see where you have put a distance between yourself and God. This book was written in a nice conversational manner and Jenna includes several a personal journal in the book so you can record your answers to the questions she asks in this book. This is a great book for teenage girls and even young adults. 

Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson publishers and Book Sneeze for letting me review this book. This is my honest review; I was not required to write a positive one.