Praise is My Weapon

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Praise Is My Weapon by Dan Willis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“”I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.” Psalm 9:2

Life is hard. Even as believers, we are constantly barraged by challenges, sickness, attacks, and tragedies. Loved ones die. Good people get hurt. The faithful are besieged. It is no wonder we are often plagued by questions that plant seeds of doubt in our minds.

And yet, we are not powerless or empty-handed in the battle for our faith. As children of God, we are legal authorities in the kingdom of heaven, charged with taking control of our circumstances and enlarging our territory. And one of our greatest weapons in the war is praise.”

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The Country Road through the Book of Matthew

The Country Road through the Book of MatthewThe Country Road through the Book of Matthew by Mike Lovett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Country Road through the Book of Matthew is just that, a road that travels through the entirety of Matthew with stops along the way where the reader can pause and explore on their own. Desiring to live out Paul’s admonition to Timothy that all scripture is inspired by God and useful to us, Mike keeps the reader on the road in hopes that each day will bring new growth in their relationship with Christ as they read about His birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection.
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Why God Allows Us To Suffer

Answering Christianity's Most Difficult Question-Why God Allows Us to Suffer: The Definitive Solution to the Problem of Pain and the Problem of EvilAnswering Christianity’s Most Difficult Question-Why God Allows Us to Suffer: The Definitive Solution to the Problem of Pain and the Problem of Evil by Kevin Tewes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For thousands of years, believers have struggled to solve a seemingly unanswerable question: How can an all loving, all powerful God permit suffering? For attorney and former US Army office Kevin Tewes hit home while he was at a military hospital in Baghdad, watching physicians treat an Iraqi toddler riddled with shrapnel wounds.

The title to this book, Why God Allows Us To Suffer – Answering Christianity’s Most Difficult Question” is what piqued my interest and my desire to read this book. Haven’t we all wondered why a loving God would allow evil and suffering to exist in this world?
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Friendship with God

A Daily Invitation to Friendship with God: Dreaming With God to Transform Your WorldA Daily Invitation to Friendship with God: Dreaming With God to Transform Your World by Bill Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Your Daily Access to Heaven’s Wisdom, Creativity, Purpose, and Power. When people are in love they dream together. The same is true for your relationship with God. He wants to share the secrets of His heart—His thoughts, plans and purposes—with you. The Maker of Heaven and Earth wants to dream with you!”

A Daily Invitation to Friendship with God by Bill Johnson is a devotional of sorts taken from the writings of his book “Dreaming with God” The book is divided into ten sections that include: Co-Laboring with God, The Creative Edge, The Value of Mystery, The Language of the Spirit, Invading Babylon, The Practical Side of Things, The Spirit of Revelation, Celebrating the Living Word, Redesigning our World and Pulling Tomorrow into Today. Continue reading

Releasing Spiritual Gifts Today

Releasing Spiritual Gifts TodayReleasing Spiritual Gifts Today by James Goll
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“This book isn’t just about discovering our spiritual gifts, or even receiving them-it’s about releasing them! God wants you to experience the great wonder of moving in and through His grace, on a daily basis.

As you read, you’ll first gain an overview of spiritual gifts and be introduced to the way the Holy Spirit moves and operates within them. Then you’ll explore the nine most widely recognized spiritual gifts. These are not the only gifts God gives His children, but they are vital to understand and then activate according to His leading.

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Spoken From the Heart: Choosing Grace

Spoken From the Heart: Choosing GraceSpoken From the Heart: Choosing Grace by Cheri Swalwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Do you know what it means to “choose grace?” Do you ever stop to think about all the times God showers us with His grace? Yes, through unexpected blessings, but more importantly through undeserved salvation.

I’m still trying to grasp the full meaning of the word grace in my everyday life. However, I do know this: It comes in many forms, is seen through a variety of people, and God gives us countless opportunities to pass it on to others throughout our lives.”

Spoken from the Heart – Choosing Grace by Cheri Slawell reads just as the title suggests… from the heart – the heart of the author. Over the course of 32 “lessons” Ms. Slawell shares not just her heart, but also her triumphs, failures, joys and heartbreaks all bundled together in God’s Grace in her life.

The easy style of the author made this book a joy to read. It felt more like sitting across from her, sharing a cup of tea while she relates her stories. A very well done book. Thank you for allowing me to read it.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

*Reviews of this book were posted at the following locations:
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A Transformed Mind

transformed mindA Transformed Mind: Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Life by Tracy Wainwright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The mind is a small part of our body, but has a huge impact. Just like this book – small, yet extremely powerful. If you’re looking to transform your life, this is the perfect place to start. If you don’t believe you have the power to change your thoughts, you will.”

 Note:  This e-book comes out on Thursday (5/5/16) but you can preorder it here: http://www.amazon.com/Transformed-Mind-Change-Your-Thoughts-ebook/dp/B01EK3IAQ8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1461935474&sr=8-2&keywords=tracy+wainwright.

The Transformed Mind – Changing Your Thoughts to Change Your Life by Tracy Wainwright is, as the author says, a small, yet extremely powerful book that was wholly enlightening. Continue reading

Created With Purpose

Created with Purpose: Unlocking Your Dreams and Fulfilling the Desires of Your HeartCreated with Purpose: Unlocking Your Dreams and Fulfilling the Desires of Your Heart by Johannah Clark Leach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Become the Confident, Secure, and Powerful Person God Designed You To Be. Do you live in fear of what others think of you? Do you worry about missing out on what God has for your life? Are you lacking the confidence or courage to pursue the dreams in your heart?

You have been created with a unique purpose and divine destiny on your life. There are dreams in your heart that are just waiting to be released! Unfortunately, so many people let their insecurities and fears hold them back from being the world-changes that God made them to be.”

Created with Purpose by Johannah Clark Leach and Victoria West Henady is a must read. So many of us today wonder why we are here. What is our purpose? Are we doing what we were created to do? What were we created to do?
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Your Story Matters

Your Story MattersYour Story Matters by Emra Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“We all have stories. Our big stories reveal the direction of our lives and all the things that inherently make up who we are, our personalities, skills, beliefs, fears, longings and experiences. But life is filled with our little stories as well. The everyday happenings that slip by almost unnoticed. It is the accumulation of our little stories that form our big story.”

Your Story Matters by Emra Smith is a little book filled with lots of inspiration. Author Emra Smith opens this book by sharing her own difficult and tumultuous young life story. But, in addition to the transitions of her life, there was a miracle of God that would begin to shape not just her story, but that of her entire family. The author readily shares all of her life, not just the good and pretty, but the not so good and ugly sides as well in open and pure honesty. This is after all, her story and it matters. Continue reading

Proverbs Prayers

Proverbs PrayersProverbs Prayers by John Mason
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Experience God’s wisdom as never before and find encouragement, peace, answers, and a better life through this devotional prayer book.

The book of Proverbs is a wellspring of wisdom, offering practical guidance for life and the tools to make good choices, withstand pressure, prioritize relationships, and avoid unnecessary trouble.

Now bestselling author John Mason helps you make that wisdom a part of your inner life. For thirty-one days, he takes you through each chapter of Proverbs, unpacking the wisdom within and providing a heartfelt prayer based on the insights from that chapter. As you read and pray, you’ll discover the principles found in this wisdom-packed book coming alive in your life in ways you may never have imagined.”
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