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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Love as a Way of Life: Seven Keys to Transforming Every Aspect of Your Life


Love as a Way of Life: Seven Keys to Transforming Every Aspect of Your LifeLove as a Way of Life: Seven Keys to Transforming Every Aspect of Your Life by Gary Chapman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great book to help you understand "how" to love. Gary Chapman covers the seven ways to show love. Which are: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, honesty, and generosity. He also has chapters applying this to marriage, children, and co-workers.

If you want to learn "how" to love I would highly recommend this book.


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First Lady: A Portrait Of Nancy Reagan


First Lady: A Portrait Of Nancy ReaganFirst Lady: A Portrait Of Nancy Reagan by Chris Wallace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I learned a lot about Nancy Reagan in this book. The book was based on an ABC story on Nancy Reagan. The book helped me understand Nancy as a compassionate, warm person. Her husband is my favorite President, but I have not always thought good about Nancy. This book has change my thinking on her. In the book there are many interviews with various people about their view, thoughts, comments on Nancy. The interviews are from both friends, foes, and family. If you enjoy learning more about the personal life of the first family you will enjoy this book.


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork: A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle


Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork: A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy LifestyleQuit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork: A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle by Mike Huckabee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love to read and watch Mike Huckabee.  This book is about losing weight. You may have heard lost a lot of weight when he was Governor of Arkansas. In this book Huckabee gives twelve stops to help you to lose weight. The STOPS are:



STOP Procrastinating
STOP Making Excuses
STOP Sitting on the Couch
STOP Ignoring Signals from Your Body
STOP Listening to Destructive Criticism
STOP Expecting Immediate Success
STOP Whining
STOP Making Exceptions
STOP Storing Provisions for Failure
STOP Fueling with Contaminated Food
STOP Allowing Food to Be a Reward
STOP Neglecting Your Spiritual Health

I enjoyed the book, but most of his writing was common sense. I guess it is always good to be reminded of these things! If you are trying to lose weight this would be a good motivating book!


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Gap Theory: Lucifer's Flood or the Church Compromise?

This is also a booklet but with a little more detail than "The Gap Theory: Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2: Are There Billions of Years between Them?" I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more about the Gap Theory and why it is wrong.

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The Gap Theory: Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, Are there billions and billions between them?

The Gap Theory is the theory that there is a gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 in the Bible which is million of years. Some people use this theory to date the age of the earth of millions of years old. This book explains the theory, where the theory originated, and why this theory does not add up to the Scriptures. This is a small booklet but a good read. If you are interest to learn more about the Gap Theory you will enjoy this book.

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Riven


RivenRiven by Jerry B. Jenkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This an excellent novel. There are two story lines that converge. The first is about a pastor that has pastored several small churches. If you know of someone like this you will relate to him. This pastor is gentle and taken advantage of in most of the churches. He eventually becomes a chaplain at a very secure prison. The other story line involves a young boy that grows up in a single parent home. He has many talents but decides to live the life of crime. Both the pastor and young boy experience the great gift of redemption by the end of the book. The book title is take from the song, "Rock of Ages." The lyrics are below"

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone,
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress,
Helpless, look to Thee for grace:
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

Also one of the many Scripture passages quoted is "Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'”

Another song quoted in the book is the following:


The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

If you enjoy Christian fiction you will love this book. It is long (526 pages) but is excellent!


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Monday, February 13, 2012

Classic Sermons on Prayer


Classic Sermons on PrayerClassic Sermons on Prayer by Warren Wiersbe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is an excellent resource for those looking for a study on "pray." Warren W. Wiersbe has collected 14 sermons on prayer. The sermons are by the following men: Clarence Edward Noble Macartney (1879-1957); Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899); C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892); Frederick W. Robertson (1816-1853); J.H. Jowett (1864-1923); W.M. Clow (1853-1930);  D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1895-1981); R.A. Torrey (1856-1928); Alexander Whyte (1836-1921); Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910); G. Campbell Morgan (1863-1945); A. C. Dixon (1854-1925); G. H. Morrison (1866-1928); and W.E. Sangster (1900-1960). As you can see a wide variety of preachers.

Here is one quote from the sermon by Spurgeon, "If I am called upon to pray in public, I must not dare to use words that are intended to please the ears of my fellow-worshippers, but I must realize that I am speaking to God Himself and that I have business to transact with the great Lord."



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Below are quotes some some of the sermons found in this book:


Clarence Edward Noble Macartney (1879-1957)
“The Word That Conquers God”

The first recorded prayer is a prayer of intercession. Life’s golden altar is the altar of intercession. A person never does a nobler act than when he becomes a priest to others and makes intercession for them. p. 10

Do not fear your solitary moments. God will come closer to you then than any other time.                                                                                                                      p. 13
                                                                                                                              
Do not mourn over the hard and difficult experiences of life, over the touches of providence that, as it were, have thrown your thigh out of joint, for in ways that you know not they have made you strong. Still more is this true of our sorrows and our trials. At first they seem to come upon us with threat and anger, as that mysterious battle came upon Jacob there in the lonely watches of the night on the banks of the Jabbok. But their only purpose is to bless us, change us, to teach us how to pray, to transform our characters. Therefore, when these angels in disguise come upon you, hard though the battle is and desperate the encounter, heavy and labored though the breathing of the soul may be, make sure that you conquer God in them. Make sure that you utter the prayer of struggling Jacob, “I will not let the go except thou bless me.” p. 14

Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899)
“The Prayers Of The Bible”

Our Master’s prayers were short when offered in public; when He was alone with God, He could spend the whole night in communion with His Father. My experience is that those who pray most in their closets generally make short prayers in public. Long prayers are too often not prayers at all, and they weary the people. p. 23

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)
“The Throne of Grace”
                           
The Need for Enlarged Expectations: if it be a throne, it ought to be approached with enlarged expectations. Well does our hymn put it: Thou art coming to a king, large petitions with thee bring. p. 30

If I am called upon to pray in public, I must not dare to use words that are intended to please the ears of my fellow-worshippers, but I just realize that I am speaking to God Himself and that I have business to transact with the great Lord. p. 32

John Henry Jowett (1864-1923)
“Where Our Greatest Battles Are Fought”

Prayer is not always petition, sometimes it is just communion. It is the exquisite ministry of friendship. It is the delicate passage of intimacies; it is the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. p. 54

William M. Clow (1853-1930)
“The Energy of Prayer”

The highest attitude in prayer is not desire nor aspiration nor praise. It is surrender. In surrender we open our whole being to God as a flower opens itself to the sun, and we are filled, up to our measure, with His divine energy. It is because man can be filled with the fullness of God that he has been chosen of God as His instrument in the world. p. 65

Bunyan wrote: Whether to heaven or hell you tend, God will have glory in the end. p. 67

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1895-1981)
“Jesus on Prayer”

Is the terrible sin of praying in public in a manner which suggests a desire to have an effect upon people present rather than to approach God with reverence and godly fear. p. 77

Public prayer should be such that the people who are praying silently and the one who is uttering the words should be no longer conscious of each other, but should be carried on the wings of prayer into the very presence of God. p. 78

Reuben Archer Torrey (1856-1928)
“The Power of Power”

As I said, we do not live in a praying age. We live in an age of hustle and bustle, of man’s efforts and man’s determination, of man’s confidence in himself and in his own power to achieve things, an age of human organization and human machinery, human push and human scheming, and human achievement, which in the things of God means no real achievement at all. p. 89

I believe that the devil stands and looks at the church today and laughs in his sleeve as he sees how its members depend on their own scheming and powers of organization and skillfully devised machinery. “Ha, ha,” he laughs, “you may have your Boy Scouts, your costly church edifices, your multi-thousand-dollar church organs, your brilliant university-bred preachers, your high-priced choirs, your gifted sopranos and altos and tenors and bases, your wonderful quartets, your immense men’s Bible classes, yes, and your Bible conferences, and your Bible institutes, and your special evangelistic services, all you please of them; it does not in the least trouble me, if you will only leave out of them the power of the Lord God Almighty sought and obtained by the earnest, persistent, believing prayer that will not take no for an answer.” p. 89

Prayer can do anything that God can do, and as God can do anything, prayer is omnipotent. No one can stand against the one who knows how to pray and who meets all the conditions of prevailing prayer and who really prays. p. 90

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk [plod right along day after day, which is far harder than running or flying], and not faint.” It is the privilege of every child of God to have the power of God in his service. And the verse just quoted tells us how to obtain it, and that is by “waiting upon the Lord.: Sometimes you will hear people stand up in a meeting, not so frequently perhaps in these days as in former days, and say: “I am trying to serve God in my poor weak way.” Well, if you are trying to serve God in your poor, weak way, quit it; your duty is to serve God in His strong, triumphant way. But you say, “I have no natural ability.” Then get supernatural ability. p. 94

You say, “I have no natural gifts.” Then get supernatural gifts. p. 94

George Campbell Morgan (1863-1945)
“Prayer or Fainting”

Men “ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Interpret your prayer by negation. Prayer is the opposite of fainant. Fainting is a sudden sense of inability and helplessness, the cessation of activity, weariness which is almost, and ultimately is, death. Pray and do not faint. To pray is to have the vision clear, the virtue mighty, the victory assured. To pray is to “mount up with wings as eagles,” to “run and not be weary,” to “walk, and not faint.” p. 128


Amzi Clarence Dixon (1854-1925)
“How To Pray”

There is a profound something about prayer which never lies on the surface. To learn it, one must go to the depths of the soul and climb to the heights of God. The importance of it cannot be overestimated. Luther’s motto gives us the secret of success along all lines: “To have prayed well is to have preached well, to have written well, to have worked well, to have resisted well, to have lived well, and to have died well. Prayer is the key to success. Not to pray is to fail. To pray aright is never to fail. p. 135

It is said of a great general that he expressed his purpose to destroy all his enemies, but when he had captured the opposing army, he forgave them and sent them home to their families. When asked why he did not keep his word, he replied, “I have destroyed all my enemies; they are not my friends.” God would destroy all His enemies by making them His friends by the power of His forgiving love in Jesus Christ. p. 139


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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions


Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the QuestionsEvolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions by Rachel Held Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rachel Held Evans is a gifted writer! She reminds me of Philip Yancy. If you are afraid to think then do not read her book. She grew up in a "fundamental, Bible Believing" Home. Her Dad is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. He teaches at a Christian University. However, Rachel started questioning her beliefs while attending a Christian College. This book details her "evolving" beliefs. Although I disagree with many of her beliefs she caused me to think hard and deep about the beliefs that I do have. She also gave me at least three or four devotional ideas for our church devotional. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is willing to take a look at your spiritual beliefs!


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Monday, February 6, 2012

The Confession


The ConfessionThe Confession by John Grisham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

John Grisham is an excellent story teller. His books are son enjoyable. I do NOT agree with him on the death penalty which this book deals with in a very convincing way. Grisham would like to do away with the death penalty and uses this novel to make a good point. If ou enjoy suspense you will enjoy this book.


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The Family

The Family
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