Saturday, April 13, 2019

Book Review - The Book of Signs


ABOUT THIS BOOK:

“The end times.” “The apocalypse.” “The day of judgment.” Terms such as these are both fascinating and frightening for any student of God’s Word. They point to key questions people have wrestled with for centuries, including:

What does the Bible tell us about the future?
How much can we understand about biblical prophecy and its application in our lives?
What signs and signals will precede the end of everything as we know it?
Which of those signs and signals have already come to pass, which are we experiencing now, and which are still to come?
In this landmark collection, bestselling author Dr. David Jeremiah offers answers to these questions and much more. Drawing from decades of experience as one of the world’s most-respected Bible teachers, Dr. Jeremiah has updated content from previously published works in additional to writing new material on a wide variety of subjects.

The result is a truly epic and authoritative guide to biblical prophecy—a must-have resource for Christians seeking to navigate the uncertainties of the present and embrace God’s promises for the future.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. David Jeremiah serves as senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. He is the founder and host of Turning Point, a ministry committed to providing Christians with sound Bible teaching relevant to today's changing times through radio and television, the Internet, live events, and resource materials and books. A bestselling author, Dr. Jeremiah has written more than forty books, including Agents of Babylon, Agents of the Apocalypse, Captured by Grace, Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World, What in the World Is Going On?, The Coming Economic Armageddon, God Loves You: He Always Has--He Always Will, and What Are You Afraid Of?. Dr. Jeremiah's commitment to teaching the complete Word of God continues to make him a sought-after speaker and writer. His passion for reaching the lost and encouraging believers in their faith is demonstrated through his faithful communication of biblical truths. A dedicated family man, Dr. Jeremiah and his wife, Donna, have four grown children and twelve grandchildren. Connect with Dr. Jeremiah on Facebook @drdavidjeremiah, Twitter @davidjeremiah, and on his website davidjeremiah.org

MY REVIEW:

This is an excellent book by Dr. Jeremiah about the end times. He goes into the prophesies that God gives us in the Bible and explains them in such wonderful detail but in a way that is totally understandable.

This is an extensive volume that made clear so many of the speculations we have about the end times. He also brings current events into focus and helps us to understand how they point to God's prophesies. I found this very interesting as I enjoy having current events - political, weather, and more - brought more into focus from a Biblical point of view.

He explains the rapture, resurrection, and what will happen when Jesus returns. He explains how different countries will play a part in the end times and I really learned a lot. He shares the signs of what to look for in Jesus' returning and what signs have already taken place.

I enjoyed this book so much. It was really hard to even put down and I highlighted extensively throughout the book. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand the prophetic parts of the Bible that refer to the coming of the Lord. I give this book 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by BookLookBloggers.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Far Side of the Sea


ABOUT THE BOOK:

In 1918 England, Lieutenant Colin Mabry spends his days decoding messages for MI8 after suffering injuries at the front. When he receives an urgent summons by carrier pigeon from Jewel Reyer--a woman who saved his life and whom he believed to be dead--he can only hope he'll regain the courage he lost on the front lines as he's driven back into war-torn France.

But Jewel isn't the one waiting for him in Paris. Instead, it is a stranger who claims to be her half sister, Johanna, who works at a dovecote for French Army Intelligence. She found Jewel's diary and believes her sister is alive and in the custody of a German agent. With spies everywhere, Colin is at first skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust grows.

That trust is quickly put to the test, however, when their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot and their search for answers quickly turns into a battle for their lives.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. She is a Carol Award winner and a RITA and Christy Award finalist and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Find her online at www.katebreslin.com.

MY REVIEW:

I have enjoyed all the books by Kate Breslin and this book is no exception!

This book is set in war torn Europe during WWI and it is about a woman, Johanna, who is trying to find her family. In her journey's, she meets an old friend of her sisters, Colin. Immediately, we see the sparks flying as they navigate this difficult season of life for both of them.

I really loved the mystery and suspense woven through this novel. It kept me intrigued throughout and I was anxious to see what would happen next. There are a lot of twists and turns to this story that keep the reader guessing.

I also enjoyed the historical facts that the author wove into this story. I could tell that there was a lot of research done for this story and I really enjoyed the information about how the carrier pigeon was used in war.

My favorite part of this book is how beautifully the faith of these people is woven through. Kate Breslin always does this in her book and I just love how she makes faith such an integral part of her books. I enjoyed this book so much and give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Bethany House.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie

Monday, April 8, 2019

Book Review - Freedom, The Gutsy Pursuit of Breakthrough and the Life Beyond It


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Brokenness. We wear it like a badge, proudly showing off the shattered pieces of our lives--while still fighting the same desperate battles. But brokenness was never meant to be the destination. Or your identity. It was meant to be the catalyst for breakthrough.

In Freedom! Jennifer Renee Watson helps you take your eyes off the idol of brokenness and experience the God of breakthrough. Throughout this powerfully vulnerable book, she shows how breakthrough is hope moving forward, even when life hurts. Jennifer offers practical, uncomplicated ways to:

· stop feeling shame and emptiness
· discard the victim mentality
· experience lasting restoration in your story and your soul
· battle for your freedom with truth your soul needs, reflective questions, and gutsy prayers

It's okay to not be okay for a little while. But Jesus has a plan to see your scars become success stories that reflect His glory to the people around you.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer Renee Watson is a contributing writer for The Mighty, She Believes, and Sonoma Christian Home and has guest blogged for (in)courage, Her Green Room (for ministry wives), Guideposts, Scary Mommy, For Every Mom, and Holley Gerth's popular Coffee for Your Heart. She co-founded Broken Girl Ministries in 2011 to help women find the same healing she found in Christ. She has spoken at churches and events, and she's led prayer retreats centered on biblical teaching and prayer. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children in Northwest Arkansas. Learn more at www.jenniferreneewatson.com.

MY REVIEW:

I feel like this book is something God brought into my life at the exact moment I needed it. I have been living in my brokenness for too long - holding on to the hurts that I've allowed to define me.

This book is full of encouragement and reminders of God's love. Because it was such an important read for me and I wanted to get as much out of it as I could, I did not read this book fast but savored it and highlighted so many things. It's definitely a book that can guide you out of your broken state and into freedom in Christ.

Renee doesn't speak down to us from some lofty place, but speaks to us as a friend or sister as she shares her own story. I loved how she was so open and honest about her own journey as it encouraged me. Sharing her own wisdom from where she's been plus the Biblical wisdom of God, she sets us on a path to freedom from the hurtful brokenness in our own life.

I truly enjoyed this book so much and gained so much from it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to move forward and live their lives in freedom! I give this book 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Bethany House.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Devotedly, The Personal Letters and Love Story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Their paths to God’s purpose led them together.

Many know the heroic story of Jim Elliot’s violent death in 1956, killed along with four other missionaries by a primitive Ecuadorian tribe they were seeking to reach. Many also know the prolific legacy of Elisabeth Elliot, whose inspiring influence on generations of believers through print, broadcast, and personal testimony continues to resonate, even after her own death in 2015.

What many don’t know is the remarkable story of how these two stalwart personalities—single-mindedly devoted to pursuing God’s will for their young lives, certain their future callings would require them to sacrifice forever the blessings of marriage—found their hearts intertwined. Their paths to God’s purpose led them together.

Now, for the first time, their only child—daughter Valerie Elliot Shepard—unseals never-before-published letters and private journals that capture in first-person intimacy the attraction, struggle, drama, and devotion that became a most unlikely love story.

Riveting for old and young alike, this moving account of their personal lives shines as a gold mine of lived-out truth, hard-fought purity, and an insider’s view on two beloved Christian figures.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born February 27th, 1955 in Shell Mera, Ecuador, Valerie was the only daughter of missionary parents, Elisabeth and Jim Elliot. They were missionaries to the Quichua Indians of the Amazon jungle. In January 1956, while attempting to reach the Waodani Indians (a primitive and savage stone-age tribe) with 4 other missionaries, Jim was speared to death. Elisabeth and Valerie continued to live with the Quichuas until miraculously they were invited to live with the Waodani tribe that had killed Jim. They lived with these Indians for 2 years in safety and contentment, as Elisabeth and another missionary, Rachel Saint, learned to speak the language and translated the story of Jesus to them. Most of them accepted the truth and said they would not kill anymore, and have not since that time.

Elisabeth decided in 1963 to move to the States in order for Valerie to receive an American education, and they lived in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In 1968, Elisabeth married Addison Leitch, a professor of theology and Presbyterian minister. Valerie attended and graduated from Wheaton College in 1976 with a BA in English Literature. She married Walter Shepard shortly after that and moved to live with him in Louisiana.

Valerie has spent 36 years being a pastor’s wife, raising 8 children, homeschooling, and teaching Bible studies.

Valerie and Walter’s ministry has been one of hospitality, leading prayer meetings, and learning to live in God’s grace with joy. She has spoken at many retreats for women and has shared some of the radio ministry, called “Gateway to Joy,” with her mother, on Back to the Bible Broadcasting Network. Valerie loves to teach, and was part of the team with her husband in Kinshasa. Walter and Valerie’s desire, ever since they were first married, was to go to the mission field, and Africa was always part of that dream. God opened the door for them to move to Kinshasa, DRC, in August, 2005, and they stayed until June 2008. Because of health reasons, they decided not to go back, but God moved them into a different American mission field- planting a church!

MY REVIEW:

I really didn't know a lot about the relationship between Elizabeth Elliot and Jim Elliot. I was intrigued by this book and that it would go into their courtship and marriage. It's always so revealing when we read the letters of others.

They wrote eloquently of their love of God and of each other. They were torn between staying single and of their growing love for one another. There was a lot of back and forth for them as they knew they wanted to be missionaries and share the Gospel with others. They struggled with this dilemma for quite a while.

There are wonderful photos throughout the book and I really enjoyed that. It's so nice to see the people that you are reading about, their family, and friends. There is poetry that they wrote and since they used the pro-nouns thee, thy, and thou, it took me a bit to really get an understanding of these writings, but as I kept reading, it became easier. They were totally worth the effort as so much of their writings, even as young people, focused on their adoration and love for God.

These letters show real people struggling with real-life situations and emotions. As time has gone on, there has been the tendency to put these people up on a pedestal but that is not really fair. They faced the same issues and struggles that many of us do.

I really enjoyed this book. I felt like I came away understanding why they chose the life they did and how much they truly loved each other and God. It was a lovely book and I highly recommend it.

*This book was provided to me by B&H/LifeWay. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie

Book Review - A Cloud By Day, A Fire By Night by A. W. Tozer


ABOUT THE BOOK:

How can I know God's will for me, personally? It's a question that haunts us all at times--maybe when we're looking for the right job, thinking about moving to a new city, or deciding whether or not to get married. At every stage we have difficult decisions to make, and we long for God's direction and His warm reassurance that we're heading the right way.

A Cloud by Day, a Fire by Night captures A.W. Tozer's teaching on the will of God. Taken from sermons he preached just before he left his successful church in Chicago, the title comes from the story of God leading His people out of Egypt and into the promised land.

Tozer was no stranger to facing difficult decisions. His wisdom and biblical insight will help guide you in decisions of your own and reassure you of God's presence every step of the way.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) was a self-taught theologian, pastor, and writer whose powerful words continue to grip the intellect and stir the soul of today's believer. He authored more than forty books. The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy are considered modern devotional classics. Get Tozer information and quotes at www.twitter.com/TozerAW.

MY REVIEW:

This is such an encouraging book as it reminds us that God has a will for our life. It also encourages us not to give up when the hard times come but to trust God to see us through.

Pastor Tozer compares the 40 year wandering of the Israelites to the hard times we face in our life. He reminds us that there is no hardship in our life that God cannot handle. He reminds us that God is bigger than that.

This is not a "how-to" book on how to find out the will of God's life. He reminds us that it's a journey of God growing us to bring us to the ministry He has planned out for us. One of my favorite quotes from the book:

“If we let God lead us and give up on our own wisdom, He will lead us on a path that we never imagined we would be on.”

This is an easy to read, encouraging book that is really a must for all Christians who are looking to grow in our faith. I loved that the 23 chapters had so much godly wisdom and the praise of a hymn or a quote at the end of the chapter, was a perfect reminder to praise God in all things. This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.

*This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie