Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish - Book Review

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 Persecuted is a fictional story of a pastor who refuses to give into a political force set on merging all religions to an umbrella organization operated by the Federal Government.  If you keep up with the daily news from around the United States, this story will feel like you are reading about something that is happening right now.  
Based on what could happen if America continues down this path of tolerance for all religions and lifestyles, this story hits a home run.  It is action packed, with everything from a manhunt to blackmail.  It covers the back rooms of Congress to the abuse of power by the President.  It is a great story, well written, and most needed in our day.  
It is a wake-up call to the church.  Satan is on a mission to destroy Christianity and morals in America.  We are not just in a decline, we are in a landslide of decay.  This book shows where things might end up should we keep moving in this direction.  
If you like politics, suspense, murder mysteries, manhunts, and action, you will love this book.  If you love God and America, you will enjoy the story, but you will finish with a sense of regret, sadness, and fear.  The author does a wonderful job of presenting the challenges that we as Christians face in this ever changing secular society we live in.  We need God.  We need revival. 
This is a great story that I hear is actually coming out as a movie in the near future. 


God Bless,

Marcus

Activating the Power of the Cross by Tony Evans - Book Review

   I love reading his books and listening to sermons by Tony Evans.  As I always say, I never agree 100% with anybody.  But I do chew on the meat I find and spit out the bones.  Usually where Tony Evans is concerned, there is a lot of meat to chew on.  Activating the Power of the Cross is a small book that is full of great quotes that are encouraging to the Christian.  
  So for this review, I give you a few nuggets from the book:

   "If we leave out the cross, we are only left with the empty shell called religion."
"We have turned it into an emblem, good luck charm, or decoration rather than leverage the authority and ability that the cross grants.  Essentially, we have made the cross nothing more than a replica to induce guilt rather than what it is - the single greatest affirmation and demonstration of pure love."
"The problem that we face in our modern, contemporary Christian culture is that we have forgotten the purpose, the preeminence, and the power of the cross."
"It is dying to self that gives you the ability to truly live.  Jesus' life in you only comes when you willingly lay down your own life and submit to Him."
"As long as you are living for you, all that the cross has to offer will never be yours."

That is just a sample.  I encourage you to read this book and let it remind you of the true meaning of the cross.  I was given this book by Moody Press
in exchange for my honest review.

God Bless,

Marcus