Monday, October 24, 2011

The Encounter (Mandy)

Jonathan Rush’s life was in a downward spiral. Even though he was a successful man, something was destroying him from the inside out. What or who could save him? The Encounter by Stephen Arterburn is a gripping story with an incredible lesson to be learned. Written as a fiction book, it is meant to have a deeper meaning - to help the reader think about what unresolved issues in one’s life that could be affecting relationships and keeping one from living the abundant life that God has planned for each one of us.
Using fiction is a great way to capture an audience and effectively get a point across. While some will not pick up a “self-help” book, many will be interested in reading a well written fiction story. After getting the reader’s attention with the story, the author includes a guide for private consideration as well as group discussion and brings the lessons that Jonathan learned down to a personal level for the reader. Arterburn effectively shares his passion for helping people and using his life’s experiences to show others the way. I enjoyed reading this book. It was very easy reading , but it definitely kept my attention to the end.
(The book was given to me by in exchange for my review.)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Our Last Great Hope (Marcus)

Amazing challenge! The author has hit at the very core of the church's greatest need - the need for every Christian to realize their responsibility to spread the message of the Gospel. This book covers everything from evaluating yourself to evaluating the church. Chapter two deals with Awakening the Church. This chapter in itself is worth the book. Quotes like people tend to believe that "salvation is a glorified eternal insurance policy." Or "Time is currency and God holds us accountable for how we spend it." Rev. Ronnie Floyd talks about the urgency of telling the world that Heaven and Hell are real places. There is only One Way to escape the fires of Hell and spend eternity in Heaven. Another chapter deals with living out the Great Commission in our home. Again, Amazing is the word to describe this section of the book. Unbelievable ideas that could transform the family and then spread from there and transform the church. The book ends with realizing that we need to act now. A great book, at times a little intimidating to read as a small church pastor, but at the same time, a great challenge to do better. If we are saved, we are called to fulfill the Great Commission. The book is a great jump start to living that kind of life.

This book was given to me by in exchange for this review.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Love and Respect Experience (Mandy)

The Love and Respect Experience is a devotional book written by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. This is a devotional written for those already familiar with Dr. Eggerichs Love and Respect book and/or marriage conference. It had been awhile since I had read his book, so I was happy to see a quick overview included in the appendix of the book. This book has 52 devotions instead of the typical 365, meant to be read weekly instead of daily. I think this devotional is a wonderful tool for any married or soon to be married couple. The concepts in each weekly reading are a great springboard for discussions to help improve or strengthen any marriage. From the basic concept of understanding the differences between men and woman ( the blues and the pinks) to understanding the importance of having God at the center of your marriage, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs gives couples a great resource that can be used again and again. This devotional book would be great for personal use or as a gift for an engaged couple, newly-weds, or even anniversaries. For those in ministry, it would be a valuable resource to share with those who are having marital problems or just to use in small group studies.
( I received this book from in exchange for my review.)