Enter the Ring Book Review

Enter The Ring is a game changer. This book will cover practical and spiritual issues that are currently occurring in your marriage. The wisdom of seasoned believers who are in a marriage that did not always look as healthy or God centered as it currently does in invaluable. D.A. and Elicia are getting in deep and sharing stories that not many people would be open to sharing. They encourage and advice with God centered truth about all real life issues in marriage that are just hard to get through on your own.

We need to hear that we are not alone in the fight. That those who have gone before us have gotten through and over time, found healthy ways and fruitful paths to take in communication, intimacy, decision making, and so much more. I know I benefit immensely from hearing what other couples who don’t have all the answers but have the vulnerability to share the one thing they do have: their stories. Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.Processed with VSCO with m3 preset

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New Year, New…?

It seems that the biggest New Years Resolve among most Christians is typically found in wanting to deepen their relationships with God. We all want a fresh start with him. We want our habits to change so that they will grow us deeper with Him instead of put a wedge between us. The New Year is exciting for all the ways it gives us fresh beginnings. It allows a chance to try again, to start over, to make changes. But it can be even more daunting because of these things as well. The possibility of failure dangles over our heads. We want to make changes, but what if we just end up the same way every year in the past has? We want to try new ways of living intentionally with God, but we are creatures of habit and falling back into the same old patterns seems inevitable.
I get it. It seems hopeless & discouraging at times.

Netflix may trump Bible reading.
Calling a friend for advice & comfort may trump prayer.
Laziness may trump intentional fellowship.
Social media my trump living intentionally.
Pride may trump repentance.
Busyness may trump serving.
Fear may trump courage.

I think the reason picturing our desired relationship with God is so daunting is because we feel as though we need to cultivate a whole new routine and become a new person who enjoys the conventional ways we have been taught of being close to God alone. But what if connecting with God was actually different than we thought it was?

Generally we know three ways to get close to God: Bible reading, prayer, and church going. While these three things are indeed the cornerstone practices of our faith, and we should desire to practice them regularly, God also longs to get close to us in so many other ways. What if the things you enjoyed as an individual could somehow bring you close to Jesus while you participate in them? What if there was a way to truly ENJOY God deeper based on how you were created as an individual?
Some people can’t sit down and read for 3 hours like others can, but they can be out in nature or practice an instrument for that long. Others have a hard time speaking their prayers to God. They get distracted easily and find themselves lost. But they may find in journaling their prayers, they come alive and become focused through written expression. Not everyone is a singer who can join the worship team, but worship can be expressed to God through a million different avenues from painting to planting.
There are so many unexplored ways to connect with Jesus. We are taught a ridged narrative where you have to love to read for hours on end or you’re doing it wrong, or listening to a sermon once a week is what will make spiritual growth happen. These things are simply not true. God made us with a love for learning(in many different styles), for serving, for creating, for adventure, and ultimately, for enjoyment of Him. These things are wasted when we don’t dive deeper into them and use them to get closer to Jesus. Your passions, your interests, they can all glorify and connect you to God.
Just like a close friend, we are meant to look forward to spending time with the God of the universe because we know the conversations and activities we engage in during that time will connect us and grow us. There is a whole world to think up outside of the box. I pray you do!

Long Before Luther

Long Before Luther is the perfect book if you are interested in church history or in giving a response to anyone who argues that Luther’s ideas did not exist before him. This book leads you through the back story of the reformation. And by back story, I mean the gospel. This huge spark that lit a fire in the world in the 1500’s only happened because of what took place 2,000 years ago. The Sola’s are beautiful and well stated reminders, but their origin is in the Word of God. Long Before Luther will make all of these things and more so clear and will broaden the readers understanding. Not only will it bring head knowledge on the authority in which we believe what we do, but it will also deepen your love for a God who loves his children endlessly. Luther is a must read for anyone who wants to dig further into church history and the reformation.I received a copy of Included in Christ from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review.

 

Courage for the Unknown Season Review

Courage for the unknown Season is one of the most heartfelt and refreshing books of wisdom I’ve encountered. Jan Silvious has lived through enough decades to have seen it all. She fills these chapters with practical advice and stories of people she has encountered. Meanwhile, she somehow manages to do it in a way that makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time. Jan explains how at any season of life in which we are encountering changes, there are always things to appreciate and learn from. She highlights the fact that change is not bad, but inevitable. She gives real life and God spoken ways to go through unknown seasons.

Jan’s wit, humor, and joy all tie into the godly wisdom of a woman who has seen so much life and death in her many years and can speak as someone who has come out victorious. There is incredible worth in sitting and listening to the experiences and wisdom of older generations, and that’s just what this book brings. It’s like having coffee with Jan, and all the while growing more capable of walking through what’s ahead. She gives you courage that you, too, can walk through these unknown seasons and come out the other end better and more grateful.

Habits of the Heart

If you’re anything like me, you need fuel for the day. Having a daily devotional is a wonderful tool, but a lot of the time the task of finishing your typical 3 page devo when you’re in a rush is too daunting to even begin. With habits of the heart, I never have the “I didn’t have time” excuse.” when I need a pick me up on my lunch break, or a quiet minute with the lord in my parked car, this is my go to. It may be small, but the weight and depth of it is heavy. Those few words will have me pondering and questioning all day long. It keeps me on the one specific topic and helps me to remember what I learned since it is so focused. One of the best features this book has to offer is it’s ability to keep you on the same subject all week long. Habits are repetition and this allows you to really soak in all you can get out of whatever heart habit needs to grow in you. Habits of the heart is going for lasting change.
You will be amazed at how beautiful it will align with whatever season you are going through. God will use this book as a way to teach you the lessons he wants all his children to learn and it will truly create things in your heart that will benefit your walk with the Lord long after you finish this beautiful little book. I would recommend this to any and everyone on a journey with the Lord.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book. Habits of the Heart.png

The Book of Amazing Stories

the book of amazing storiesWho doesn’t love a good story? One of adventure, intrigue, and world change? There is something about learning the behind the scenes details of what made up the lives of the greatest world changers that really excites us.

The Book of Amazing Stories is a gem. It is full of detail yet concise and to the point, easy enough for an adventurer who can’t stay still or the avid reader who finds adventure within the pages to both enjoy. It is so beautifully written that you will want to keep flipping the pages day after day and learning the stories of our most beloved heroes. You will be so eager to get to the next day and read the next story! This book does not discriminate. It tells the stories of both the sinners and the saints and finds the golden nuggets of truth and wonderful lessons to be learned in all of them. The end of each day comes with an applicable verse that has quickly become my “life verse” for the day I’m in. Dr. Robert is a mastermind at plucking out the best life lesson and summarizing what can be absorbed, giving us a quote to live our lives by. You will quickly see how this book can be read as a devotional, giving you so much to reflect upon throughout the day and live by as you go through your routine. You will take comfort in seeing how these world changers went through many of the same things as us.

The Book Of Amazing Stories will no doubt inspire, captivate, and strikes a chord with something deep inside our human hearts: passion, to make a difference. No matter what age race, or gender, this beloved book will create a flame in you to change the world too.

Anatomy of an Affair By Dave Carder

I adore my husband. He walks in the room and I still can’t understand how attractive he is, to the point where everyone around him pales in comparison. He’s my favorite person to talk to and the only male attention I crave. He makes me laugh the hardest no matter my mood. Cheating on him is the last thing I would ever do. But I genuinely believe everyone feels this way and we become to naive so quickly. We are at our most vulnerable when start to believe it could never be us. The enemy hates marriage and our flesh loves sin. This book made me look at affairs in a totally different light. They are just a few short steps in the wrong direction for everyone. Pastor Dave’s writing made me see real life experiences mixed with real life wisdom on the subject and my eyes have been opened to what to look for, what to avoid, and what I would’ve seen as innocent before I now see with much more clarity and therefore, move with much more caution. I think acknowledging that an affair can happen to even the most committed and loyal person if certain factors are in place really would shock and educate so many people. The engaging questions discussed in this book are ones that make you eager to sit down with your spouse and explore. This book gives a platform for this kind of open communication and growth in a marriage. As a newlywed, reading this book was a precautionary measure that I know will benefit my marriage forever. It also has made me want to share with my married girlfriends and has given me so much more wisdom on the subject. I am thankful for this book!