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Holy Spirit Made Me Do It: A Christian's Guide to Spiritual Etiquette
by Laurie L Webb
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Laurie Webb has, in Holy Spirit Made Me Do It: A Christian's Guide to Spiritual Etiquette, laid out an orderly and comprehensive study of what Holy Spirit is and is not. She equips the Body of Christ with scriptural evidence and solid teaching relating to how this subject has been misunderstood and misappropriated in worship services. She has a refreshing way of using biblical passages and word study to educate the reader about Holy Spirit's ministry and mandate from Christ. Her references to the original Greek language word meanings and context in scripture further the reader's overall study experience. I especially liked the section dealing with etiquette within the church body. Opinions differ among the various Christian denominations with regards to Holy Spirit's ministry today. However, one thing is certain - Holy Spirit has not changed, as Jesus Himself is unchanging. (Hebrews 13:8)
Laurie has two sections of study questions that pertain to the book's subject matter. This would make an excellent self or group study on Holy Spirit. She covers spiritual maturity, unity, submission to authority, and excellence with regards to Christians that gather together to worship. Her book edifies believers and teaches with clarity how you as an individual can effectively live out the Great Commission while being led by the Spirit. Using the Apostle Paul's teaching and scripture references from both the Old & New Testaments, Laurie lays out a solid lesson on this controversial subject. She has done a masterful job of presenting biblical truth, and I recommend reading her book if you want an introduction to or a refresher course on knowing, relying upon, and submitting to Holy Spirit in your life.
Author of Mission Possible
I just finished your book. I couldn’t put it down until I read every word. I have to tell you that you have brought home to the Christian world a powerful reminder of the way things were and in many places still are and how they must be. Your emphasis on who the person of the Holy Spirit is should be an eye opener to all Christians. To those seeking their home of understanding, truth and healing, your book brings into focus the needs not being met by the Christian church. Your book is worth reading over and over again as a constant reminder of the proper etiquette all spirit-filled believers should conduct themselves with, setting the example before the lost and new Christians and, more importantly, being able to address the hurts, battles and needs of our brothers and sisters in each church setting. It is the continual ministry to the body that helps the body stay strong and ready to do battle against the enemy.
I pray that your book sells over and over again and never stops selling. Every believer in Christ needs a copy of this book. Thank you for taking the time, listening to Holy Spirit and allowing Him to guide you through each page that you have so wonderfully written.
OW Graham, Administrative Pastor, North Pointe Church, Macon, GA
Laurie L. Webb’s “Holy Spirit Made Me Do It: A Christian’s Guide To Spiritual Etiquette – What Is It and How Do I Achieve It?” is an eye-opening read about a subject that is taught way too infrequently. What began, by the author’s admission, to be a handbook for teaching this subject at Spirit Life School of Ministry, has evolved into a compact and concise non-fiction work that should be given to every Christian to read.
I laughed and cried and learned the valuable Biblical principles of spiritual etiquette – a subject that I never contemplated before. In fact, that is precisely what made me request this book for review and I am infinitely grateful that I did so. Being a child in the Catholic church, a teen and adult in the more charismatic Assemblies of God, a visitor to the Methodist and Lutheran denominations, and now calling a Baptist church “home”, I believe that I have a very well-rounded and diverse Christian background. But I never really thought about how we encounter the Holy Spirit during communal worship until recently. So, this book has found me at the perfect time. Knowing that the Holy Spirit won’t compete with Himself is one crucial lesson I will take away from this reading experience. Another is that it’s not about emotions, and I am hoping that lesson will help me to discern what is really stifling the Spirit within me.
This is a thoughtful read about a subject that every Christian should be aware of in order to fulfill Christ’s prayer that we, the Christian church, be unified.
In my group on LinkedIn called Christian Authors, Editors, Publishers, and Bloggers, I met a lovely lady named Laurie Webb. She has always been upbeat and has stimulated some pretty good discussions. The purpose of our group is to help motivate excellent Christian writing and to encourage each other in our writing.
Laurie gave me this book to review and it is a hum-dinger. Who ever thought we as Christians would need to be taught Spiriual Etiquette? In these latter days’ daze we need it more than ever.
Recognizing the work of the Holy Spirit, understanding who He really is, and then utilizing the gifts manifested by the Holy Spirit are essential to the Christian lifestyle. Without those critical factors, we do not have what it takes to survive this sojourn.
I have been preaching for years that unity of the body is essential for our Spiritual health. Regardless of our views on doctrine issues, we must be unified in minds with one Spirit, not uniformity of souls and thoughts. Laurie tells us in her book that this is a picture of harmony within the body. Yes! That is so true. She also notes that the Holy Spirit told her that a picture of harmony is a well-oiled machine, a smooth transference, working together as one such as a fluid relay team. It takes the whole team to get the job done. What excellent word pictures.
This is not a book you can skim through in an afternoon. There are lots of hard kernels and lots of profound thoughts. There are some excellent points to discuss, too. This book is small but it packs a punch that the Body of Christ should take on the chin as a timely wake up call to perfection. We should all want as much of the Holy Spirit as we can hold, and to never quench His holy work within and around us.
This would be an excellent study book for discipleship training, or for a Sunday School class. Frankly, I do not agree with everything I read, but that does not mean that we should throw out the baby with the bath water. We should glean all the good stuff and study the things that we don’t agree with to see how those things can be understood with godly understanding, and reconciled with what we understand of scripture.
There are great truths in this little bombshell. It is well worth the money and I do recommend it.
**** four stars for worth of study.
Gina Burgess, http://uponreflectionblog.blogspot.com/2010_01_01_archive.html
I read this book a couple of weeks ago and I was truly blessed and encouraged, after reading a book with some sound teaching on the subject of He, the holy spirit. I love the real life examples Laurie uses throughout the book. Most of us who have been around, in, or simply passing through the congregation of church folks, for more than just a little while, have experienced or witnessed at least one of these scenarios. I simply want to go on record as saying, I believe this is a teaching that the church has definite need of in the day that we are living. I am so glad that Laurie was graced to write such an informative, empowering and easy to read book, and that I was able to partake of its goodness.
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Teach the Word Ministries
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The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven
by Kevin and Alex Malarkey
In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered an horrific car accident. The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex—and medically speaking, it was unlikely that he could survive. “I think Alex has gone to be with Jesus,” a friend told the stricken dad. But two months later, Alex awoke from a coma with an incredible story to share. Of events at the accident scene and in the hospital while he was unconscious. Of the angels that took him through the gates of heaven itself. Of the unearthly music that sounded just terrible to a six-year-old. And, most amazing of all . . . Of meeting and talking to Jesus. The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven is the true story of an ordinary boy’s most extraordinary journey. As you see heaven and earth through Alex’s eyes, you’ll come away with new insights on miracles, life beyond this world, and the power of a father’s love.
The story of a six year old boy who after suffering an internal decapitation in a MVA, went to heaven while being revived and during a two month coma and returned to life to tell about it.
The book begins with Alex and his Dad (Kevin) going to church and having a horrific car accident on the way home. Kevin was found several feet away from the car while Alex was found in the back seat of the car, still strapped in with his head laying oddly to the side. Through many divine appointments, it seemed God had placed His people all along the route to pray for Alex. From the first bystander to the paramedics on the Life Flight, to doctors and nurses who cared for him, a steady stream of God’s army praying for Alex’s miraculous recovery.
The story is told from Kevin’s and Alex’s point of view – with side stories from paramedics, Pastors, friends and family telling their spiritual experiences with Alex. Alex has had many experiences in Heaven, had conversations with God, interacts almost daily with angels and has seen Satan and multiple demons. He understands the spiritual realm better than most Biblical scholars. He is unafraid to die because he knows what is awaiting him. He relays some of what he has experienced but withholds other information because God didn’t give him permission to share everything.
If you have ever questioned the existence of heaven, angels and demons, and God’s love for you, this book is a must read. It is a true story, told from the viewpoint of a man and his son, who experienced something so tragic but yet so profound. Alex continues to astound and amaze those who know him – not just because he survived the unsurvive-able – but because he has a profound understanding of all things spiritual. He operates in the prophetic while never wanting attention focused on him. He continuously points to His God and will introduce you to Him if given the chance.
Alex is a truly amazing boy, but how much more amazing is the God who performs the miracles chronicled here. This story is not a story about a boy who survived an accident but a story of God’s amazing love for His children!
Healing a Broken Marriage
by Deborah Ross
Betrayal, rejection, anger, and confusion are just some of the words describing the anguish author Deborah Ross felt when her upside down marriage eventually hit rock bottom as Satan hurled his final and most lethal blow - adultery.
Follow Deborah's story to learn how your marriage can be saved as Deborah shares biblical truths through her personal journey of faith, forgiveness, and a wonderful future with the husband of her dreams. god wants your family whole! Healing a Broken Marriage is a lifeline to help you find answers to some of your most secret questions about real and raw marital hardships. Be encouraged knowing that Love Never Fails!
In this book, Deborah Ross has laid out her life’s story for all to read. She was brutally honest about the state of her marriage and the disappointment that abounded. But through her hell on Earth account, she brings encouragement and hope that if one stands believing and unwavering for her spouse’s salvation that she (he) can triumph.
Her story was heartbreaking but real. One wonders, how she withstood the attacks of the enemy. But she stood strong and came out triumphant. Her husband is now a devoted Christian and family man. She states that what God did for her – He will do for you!
I recommend this book for anyone, experiencing a broken marriage – be it due to adultery, addictions, finances, or being unequally yoked – yet has vowed to honor your wedding vows “’til death do us part”. You will be greatly encouraged and armed for battle!
Made to Crave
by Lysa TerKeurst
Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman's desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. The reality is we were made to crave.
Craving isn't a bad thing.
But we must realize God created us to crave more of him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. If you are struggling with unhealthy eating habits, you can break the 'I'll start again Monday' cycle, and start feeling good about yourself today. Learn to stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale. Discover that your weight loss struggle isn't a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. You can reach your healthy weight goal — and grow closer to God in the process.
I decided to read this book after hearing Lysa TerKeurst on K-Love radio talking about her battle with weight and eating healthy. She stated that she discovered, she craved food more than God. That made me think - what other things have people placed first in their lives - things they crave more than relationship with God.
Although I don't necessarily have an issue with food, I read this book to aid me in my 21 Day "non" fast! I titled it "Made to Crave - 21 Days to Reloationship". I had decided to not fast in the ordinary sense of the word, as I've done many times before, but to focus on building relationship with my Father God! There were things in my life that had taken center stage. I decided to put those things in their proper place and make God first again!
Lysa's book helped me see and understand that putting God first puts everything else in proper perspective. She is very honest in this book about her battle with food and the underlying issues she has. She talks about her straight-forward plan to put her craving for food in line with God's Word.
By reading this book, she hopes you will begin craving God more than you crave anything else in your life - including food!
Secrets From Beyond the Grave
by Perry Stone
The Bible teaches us that when our earthly journey ends, our eternal journey is only beginning. But what will life be like after death? Are there clues that tell us more about the unseen worlds of departed souls? In "Secrets From Beyond the Grave", Perry Stone brings his unique blend of Bible knowledge, prophecy, and spiritual insight to the topic of heaven and hell.
“Secrets From Beyond the Grave” is not, by any means, a casual read. Perry Stone shares concepts on Heaven and Hell that are more than just thoughts or opinions. They are deeply researched ideas that he supports with scripture.
Christians believe that we will spend eternity in either heaven or hell. Yet, most of us have many questions about eternity. If you have any questions on this subject, they are surely to be answered in these pages. Perry Stone gives his learned opinions of where heaven and hell are, who will go to each, what will be known by the occupants and what we will look like.
I, personally, don’t know if all of his opinions are right but it gives me plenty to consider and study. I also believe Stone to be a knowledgeable Bible scholar who has spent many hours in the Word of God. This book should be read slowly and intently with the purpose of meditating on the concepts presented here. This would be great for a group study or as a text for a course in a Bible School. “Secrets From Beyond the Grave” is definitely worth the time and effort to study. Again, this is not an easy read but is chock full of good information.
Mission Possible is a unique book in the Christian marketplace. It addresses a subject that is often overlooked and misunderstood. It is a candid look at Deborah’s struggles and quest to reach her husband for Christ. It is written as she lived it.
I just finished a book by my new friend Deborah McCarragher that guides the reader through the battle for your lost spouse. She has used her personal experience as a tool to help others who are experiencing the same.
This book helps you believe with great faith for your spouse’s salvation. It encourages you to stay the course while allowing God room to convict and woo your spouse as only He can.
There is a section after each chapter called “Seek and Find” which guides you to different passages in the Bible that lead and direct you through each stage of the battle. I love this because it allows the reader to participate and discover for themselves Biblical principles that strengthen your resolve to stand in the face of battle.
Deborah has put on paper what many wives and husbands alike need to hear in regards to not just believing for your spouse’s salvation but how to battle for it victoriously. Thank you Deborah for a great resource for those facing the challenge!
Lessons From the Sticker Patch
by Shari England
In Lessons From the Sticker Patch, new author and my new friend, Shari England brings inspiration and encouragement through the delightful collision of real life and real faith . Her vivid accounts from childhood through parenthood will cause you to revisit wonderful memories of your own, while laying a foundation of truth and wisdom found only in God's Word.
The title of this book caught my attention because I, too, grew up in a rural area where sticker patches were common. The most dreaded of all were the sand spurs. They could attach from every angle to bare feet, shoe strings, or pants legs and then the unpleasant task of removing them left pricked and bloodied fingers. Much like life!
We’ve all had those situations that left us pricked and bloodied. We sometimes question why we must continue enduring those unpleasant experiences. After all, I’m a Christian. Shouldn’t I be exempt from those situations? Shari does a great job of bringing this to light. She mixes childhood memories with Biblical truths as no other.
The stories brought back memories of my own. It was an enjoyable read that mixed life with life lessons.
The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin
by Stephen Mansfield and David A. Holland
From the moment she joined John McCain on the Republican ticket in 2008, Sarah Palin has stirred a firestorm of emotion rarely seen in American politics. These passions arise from critical fault lines she exposes in our country, fissures that reveal much about who we are and where we are heading as a nation.
"The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin" gives you a look inside Sarah Palin's spiritual self. Her spiritual history and upbringing were laid out for those of us to view and to determine if she is a person we can trust with this countries future. She has a strong background of small-town values; right is right no matter who opposes it, the constitution is a covenant with the people it governs, politics should not overcome the right of the people - morals! She stands up for what she believes and she truly believes it is her God-given calling to pursue community service, on whatever scale it is offered. I do believe that Sarah Palin is worthy to represent the people of the USA, in some capacity or another. I hate that she feels that she has to downplay her spiritual beliefs in order to prevent attacks from the media and other political wannabes. The country that we live in has come a far cry from what our founding fathers envisioned. It is a shame that a country that was founded on Christianity now attacks, ridicules, and makes light of those who confess Christianity as their belief system. I do beleive that Mansfield and Holland gave some good advice in the chapter "Seven Things Sarah Palin Needs to Know". As strong as she seems to be, she needs to strengthen herself in certain areas before she places herself in the firing line of national politics again. Overall, a very good, informative read.
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Everyone's Guide to Demons & Spiritual Warfare
by Ron Phillips
We are not powerless against evil. But to survive in our would today, we must know our real enemies and be fully aware of the resources and weapons we have to fight against them. This is your basic training manual for understanding the war between good and evil and how to fight it.
When I began reading “Demons & Spiritual Warfare”, my first thought was “sheesh, Ron Phillips is smart!” Then the next thought was, “every single Christian needs to read this!” This book is chock full of information, details, and wisdom. I am reading it for the second time and have already began finding details that I didn’t ingest the first go round. I have a feeling if I read it a third time, the same thing will happen again.
Ron Phillips has brought to light many details that have been misunderstood by the greater majority of Christians concerning who Satan is, the fall of Satan and his followers, and the consequential effect on this earth. Satan does not live in hell at the moment, he is ruling on this earth seeking those who he can take to hell with him. His fall caused a cataclysmic destruction of earth. God has since recreated earth and placed man here to have dominion. Satan, as the serpent, took that dominion away from man through the fall of Adam and Eve. Now man has to retake back everything Satan has stolen. The good news is that the victory has already been won; we just have to enforce it.
The battle between good and evil was settled on the cross. Satan lost! Jesus made a public show of Satan and his followers. But until the judgment, Satan is going about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. To put it lightly, Satan was not a good loser. He is determined to steal as many of God’s creations, man, as he can. He vows to take as many of God’s children to hell as he can as payback for his defeat. Satan was not pleased that God created man and has given man the opportunity to rule and reign with Christ. When we make the decision to be followers of Christ, we become joint-heirs and we sit with Him in the heavenlies. That places us above the prince and principalities of the air, making Satan our footstool. He is beneath our feet!
We, as Christian, have to take the authority given to us by God Himself and enforce the victory against the enemy. We have all power and authority needed to do just that. We just have to walk in it and exercise it. Satan doesn’t want us to know that he is already defeated. He wants us to bow and cower in fear to him and his demonic spirits that attempt to derail us everyday. Ron Phillips has done an excellent job explaining the power and tools available to us as King’s Kids. He has step by step instructions on recognizing and defeating the enemy daily. He has listed the weapons the enemy uses to distract, oppress, and ultimately destroy believers. We must be wise and recognize Satan for what he is – a usurper and trespasser on God’s earth. We must remember to focus on Christ and not on the power of the enemy. “Strong man that he is, he has been dispossessed by one stronger! Satan and the forces of hell are on a short leash since Calvary. We are not fighting for victory but rather from victory. The bottom line of spiritual warfare is applying and enforcing the victory of the cross and upon the enemy.” We must remember “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8) “The scripture teaches us that Satan has been stripped of his right, power, and authority over all those who have bowed at the foot of the cross and received the precious blood of Christ as atonement for their sin.” The blood left Satan powerless. We must understand and operate from that knowledge. We can’t, as believers, believe the lies of the devil but we must believe the truth of the Word of God. Satan has no right to buffet us with difficulties or to steal our joy! He has no right to attack our children or our finances. We must stop backing up as he attempts to destroy us and we must move forward with the whole armor of God and offensively attack him and his powerless subordinates. The victory is won!
Our authority comes from Jesus Christ. Everything that is under His feet is also under the believer’s feet. We must come to the realization that Satan will try to destroy us or at the very least neutralize us. But we don’t have to sit back and take it; we have all power and authority to stop him in his tracks. We must arm for victory. Ron Phillips explains each part of the armor of God and how to utilize it. God has provided every tool we need in order to win the battle. We must use what is available to us by the blood of the Lamb. We have the tools, we must wield them.
This is a very in depth body of work. Ron Phillips has brought together the history, the devices of Satan, and the strategy used to destroy God’s family. He has also given us the wisdom needed to fight the good battle and win. Victory has already been won, we just have to enforce it!
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Hope in Transition
A practical guide to finding Hope in Transition. Trevor has mapped out the steps of finding hope despite your circumstances. Transition is a hard process and Trevor speaks from experience in detailing his journey, while giving the reader hope in theirs. Not just a man's opinion but written straight from the heart of one who has lived it, put it into practice, and came out victorious! This book is for anyone who is seeking hope in their battle. Hope in Transition reminds us that "God is good, He is in a good mood. and is on our side". Thanks Trevor for that word!
Transition is a word with a love-hate relationship. We love to get past it but hate the process. Transition means change and most people, me included, don’t like change. Change is uncomfortable. Change is scary. Change is stressful. Why? Because we know what to expect where we are but we don’t know what is around the corner of transition and thus cannot be prepared for it. We don’t like surprises in life, generally. Those of us who like to be in control have a harder time during transition because we have to give up control in order for it to happen. We can’t control what we don’t understand and I’ve yet to understand the transition process while it is happening.
What we can control is Hope. We can place our hope in the right place. We can hope in transition if we allow our hope to bring “strength, joy and peace, unfailing love, endurance, and rest”. Trevor states that if “we don’t have hope, our mind is open to all kinds of spiritual attacks.” “Hope is only as valuable as that which you have hope in.” What a powerful statement. Consider where you have placed your hope. Is it a place that is safe? Strong? Unfailing? If not, you are headed for hopelessness.
There is only one place that warrants our trust. That is placing our hope in Jesus Christ. The Word of God states many times why our Savior is the sure place to put our hope. Trevor footnotes a lot in this book so that we, as the readers, can go to the Word and look it up for ourselves. He doesn’t want us to take his word for it but to see what the Word of God has to say about it. I, for one, am thankful for this because I, also, would rather a reader see for him/herself what God has to say about a subject than what my opinion is. He quotes many scripture that simply tells us to “Put our hope in God”. Trevor goes through great pains to state his point of where our hope should be placed. Read through that chapter slowly and let the truths sink into your spirit. Once it has been planted, there will be no doubt.
Transition is a difficult place. Anyone who says differently is lying. But once you realize that you can hope in transition and then follow the steps outlined in “Hope in Transition” you can overcome the despair and grasp the process. Trevor states that “Hope accepts the circumstances”. No, the circumstances may not be the best but once you’ve accepted it, you can then put your weapon of choice to work for you. Prayer rescues. Prayer is not some mamby-pamby mumbling that most people do but prayer is powerful warfare that takes the word of the Lord and puts it into practice. Prayer is getting the battle plan from the most high and putting it into action! Prayer is a powerful tool to defeat the enemy! And the great thing about prayer is that when two or more agree in that which they ask, it will be done!!
Hope avoids bitterness is a topic that I believe most Christians need to understand. In this chapter, Trevor points out that forgiveness and living unoffended at the Father are two important keys to avoiding bitterness. Unforgiveness blocks so many from achieving their purpose. There are many Christians that are holding unforgivenss in their heart and are not even aware of it. If you feel like you are at a roadblock, ask Father if you are holding unforgiveness against another. If so, he will help you release it so you can get back on track. Trevor does a great job discussing this roadblock.
There are ways that Trevor suggests we strengthen ourselves while going through hard times. He states that praise and joy, the word, waiting on God, and praying in the spirit are all tools that strengthen us.
He goes on to discuss how we “listen for the Lord”. God is speaking but are you in the position to hear Him? He gives us steps to position ourselves to “hear”.
Another key to maintaining hope in transition is to focus on the promises of God rather than on the pain of the present. God has promises in His Word, He has spoken promises to you, and He has confirmed them through other people. Put your hope there. Place your hope in the Word of the Lord not the present circumstance. God knows what He is doing, He knows where He is going, and He knows what needs to be accomplished in order for you to achieve those promises.
Contentment in transition is a powerful tool. Contentment comes from hope and is active. Being content in what the Word of God says about your situation and resignation is two different things. Resignation is giving up. Contentment is acting on the Word of God while living through the circumstances. Acting on the Word of God refocuses your attention to the promise not the pain.
The battle for hope is a spiritual battle. Fighting builds character. It allows you to take part in the process of victory. The key to victory is to remember that the battle has already been won. We just have to go through the process and stand on the Word of God. Don’t give up or God’s will will not be done. God needs His people to act and pray His will into being.
Your hope is only because of whose you are and who you are. Where do have your identity? Satan asks, “Just who do you think you are?” Tell him! “I am God’s child. I am Christ’s friend. I am united with the Lord and I am one spirit with Him.” Once you understand your identity – you will have hope.
Hope gives and hope gives back. Don’t forget to pay it forward. The lessons you’ve learned, the strength you’ve gained, the victories you’ve won, and the wisdom you’ve garnered from transition is to be shared with others so that they can, in turn, have hope in transition.
Trevor Lund does just that. He very specifically and in detail mapped out the journey for you. He has given you the tried and true experiences that he has personally gained throughout his transition process. This is not a man’s opinion but his experiences. As a five-fold ministry teacher, I so appreciate the step by step outline of “Hope in Transition”. This book could easily become a teaching tool for others.
My favorite line in the book which he repeats multiple times is “God is good, and He’s in a good mood and is on your side.” Thank you Trevor for this outstanding teaching. Transition is a tough place to be but we can always “Hope in Transition”!
Connecting Peace, Purpose & Prosperity
by Rob Severson
A practical and faith-based approach to finding success in life by addressing the issues of control, faith, and keeping the doors open to opportunity. Written with candor and humor directly addressing the author's daughters and granddaughters, this is also for anyone making their career start, or for those who are embarking on life-changing turns towards a better future.
Enjoyed it very much. I love the format - Basically, a letter written to Rob’s children and grandchildren with nuggets of wisdom to guide them by. Every parent of grandparent should do this. It will be a treasure for years to come.
The 3 key touch points are right on! For those of us who like to control our lives, the first key is a powerful reminder of “Who” is really in charge and the fact that we have to let go and let God! Things flow so much better when we relinquish control to God, plus it takes the responsibility from us and places it where it should be. Very freeing, actually to "get" this concept. Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t take responsibility for our actions! Simply put, if we control our actions, the results are our responsibility but if God controls our actions, then He is responsible for the results!
Accept and offer forgiveness is key to releasing God's bountiful blessings our way. Unforgiveness is a cancer in the spirit man. It blocks peace, blessings, and purpose! Holding unforgiveness is "like taking poison and hoping your enemy will die" (Joyce Meyer). So true - we must let it go, it is only costing us our peace and purpose and usually has no effect on the one in which you are holding it against. Silly when you really think about it.
Being others-centered - get focus off of self. We must reach out and love as Jesus did. If Jesus can love us, we most certainly can love others. Love is an action word. Put feet on it and help those who are struggling!
I love that Rob put personal experiences in this "letter". It allows the reader to see that he’s lived through it and have become wiser for it. He is not just spouting off empty words of wisdom but tried and true solutions. It also lets us know that even though in the past we may not have applied our God-given talents and gifts, that doesn't mean He took them away. It is never too late to apply those gifts and to achieve your purpose. We may have "fiddle-farted" part of our life away but we can pick up the pieces and start where we are. God is just waiting on you to make the first step! Isn't that an awesome thing? God never left us, He was always there. We just need to turn back to Him and move forward with God as our guide.
Great practical advice with personal experiences sprinkled throughout! Loved it! Rob’s children and grandchildren will hold on to this for the rest of their lives. And the readers across the country will appreciate his candor and wisdom as it makes for great advice and a good read!
by Stacy Hostler
Worship music at its best! Stacy's debut album is unbelievable. It is a must have for your Christian CD collection.
I usually don't review CDs but I thought this one warranted a review. Stacy has done a remarkable job displaying her heart for worship. Her talent is unquestionable, but what one is probably curious about is the quality of the songs and the recording. After all, this is her first!
I can honestly say that this is one of the best worship CDs I have ever experienced. I say "experienced" rather than "listened to" because each song is just that: a worship experience. She pours out her heart to Father God in every song. She puts it all out there! She doesn't hold back. This sounds more like you are listening to her heart rather than her voice because every song resonates within your own heart.
The song Something More states, "I want something different, I want something more". Does this sound like your heart? She goes on to tell God, "pick me up, hold me close". As you are listening to this song, it quickly becomes your prayer.
In another song, This Place, her hearts cry is "there's a place I long to be where there's only You and me where I can sit at Your feet and worship you...Oh, take me, take me to this place, I pray ". As you can see, the songs are very intimate conversations between Stacy and Father. This CD will take you to a level of worship you likely haven't experienced before.
I could quote every song from this CD to prove my point but why don't you get it and experience it yourself?
by Sarah Palin
In this eagerly anticipated memoir, Palin paints an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her lifelong love; her decision to enter politics; the importance of faith and family; and the unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother. She also opens up for the first time about the 2008 presidential race, providing a rare, mom's-eye view of high-stakes national politics- from patriots dedicated to "Country first" to slick politicos bent on winning at any cost.
Going Rogue" traces one ordinary citizen's extraordinary journey and imparts Palin's vision of a way forward for America and her unfailing hope in the greatest nation on earth.
After reading this book, I am truly disgusted with politics in America. No wonder, good honest people refuse to run for office. Sarah Palin unloads all of the political crap that goes on behind closed doors. She blows the doors off of party politics and sets the record straight about what really happened during the McCain - Palin campaign.
She was highly respectful of John McCain and spoke highly of the Reagan Presidency. She opened my eyes to what is what in the political landscape where you can only believe about 95% of what the campaign strategists spin on the opposing candidates. She ended this book with an open ended question...will she run in 2012? It sure looks like she is setting herself and the country up for it. Only this time, we already have the politicians playbook and can focus on the real issues at hand. At this moment, I would vote for her. She certainly gained my respect. But we will see what else is in store for USA. Overall, a good informative read. I highly recommend for any American voter.
The Rock Harbor Series
by Colleen Coble
Set in the untamed beauty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Rock Harbor Series pulls readers into the life of Bree Nichols and her courageous search and rescue dog, Samson. Each novel builds upon the previous one yet stands on its own.
Great Christian fiction series for those who don't want all of the immoral subject matter that so often destroys a good read. I suggest this series to anyone who just wants a good clean read that is also so enjoyable.
The Marriage You've Always Wanted
by Gary Chapman
Respected marriage counselor Gary Chapman, author of the New York Times bestseller The Five Love Languages
Why won't they change?
Why do we always fight about chores?
Why should we have to work at sex?
Dr. Chapman delivers advice on all the "big issues": money, communication, decision making, in-laws, and much more. looks at the key issues that will help you build the marriage you've always wanted, answering such real-life questions as...
I used this text for a course at SLSM called "Marriage". It hits all the big issues of marriage. I suggest this to anyone who wants to improve their marriage.