May 28, 2016

Book Review: Just Like Jesus Devotional


Just Like Jesus Devotional: A Thirty Day Walk with the Savior, by Max Lucado is a thirty-day devotional book, which is an accompaniment to Lucado's book, titled Just Like Jesus: A Heart Like His.  However, it's not necessary to read both books at the same time.

According to the Introduction, the author shares, "What if, for one day, Jesus were to become you?  What if, for twenty-four hours, Jesus wakes up in your bed, walks in your shoes, lives in your house, assumes your schedule?  Your boss becomes his boss, your mother becomes his mother, your pains become his pains.  With one exception, nothing about your life changes....  Only one change occurs.  What if, for one day, Jesus lives your life with his heart?  Your heart gets the day off, and your life is led by the heart of Christ."

Also, in the Introduction, Lucado states, "Let me invite you to join me for the next thirty days.  We will be examining the heart of Jesus together.  Since God's plan is to help us become more and more like his Son, it makes sense that we should spend time getting to know Jesus' heart.  Because God wants to give you a heart like Jesus."

This highly recommended book has thirty chapters spread across thirty days.  Each day includes a scripture verse and devotional text, as well as the following section titles: Thinking, Hearing, Reflecting, and Speaking.

Just Like Jesus Devotional may easily be added to your current personal devotional time, as well as utilized in a small group or Bible study.  This enjoyable book is geared towards various ages, from young adults to older generations.


Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

May 27, 2016

Book Review: Just Like Jesus


Just Like Jesus: A Heart Like His, by Max Lucado is a well-written non-fiction book regarding Christian themes.  There's a devotional (titled Just Like Jesus: A Thirty Day Walk with the Savior), which is an accompaniment to this book.  However, it is not necessary to read both books at the same time.

In the Introduction, the author states, "We want to be just like Jesus.  This seems like an impossible goal until we accept one simple truth: God loves us.  And not only does God love each of us exactly as we are, he wants us, little by little, to become like him....  Because he wants us to have a heart like his."

Also, in the Introduction, Lucado shares, "In fact, that's why I wrote this book--to remind you and me of just how far God will go to transform us into his likeness....  My hope and prayer is that these pages will again encourage you to strive to be like the Savior.  Remember how much you are loved and how much richer life can be with Jesus at your core.  And never forget: God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way.  More than anything, he wants you to be just like Jesus."

This encouraging, yet challenging, book has twelve chapters, as well as a study guide.  The chapters are titled as the following: A Heart Like His, Loving the People You Are Stuck With: A Forgiving Heart, The Touch of God: A Compassionate Heart, Hearing God's Music: A Listening Heart, Being Led by an Unseen Hand: A God-Intoxicated Heart, A Changed Face and a Set of Wings: A Worship-Hungry Heart, Golf Games and Celery Sticks: A Focused Heart, Nothing but the Truth, An Honest Heart, The Greenhouse of the Mind: A Pure Heart, Finding Gold in the Garbage: A Hope-Filled Heart, When Heaven Celebrates: A Rejoicing Heart, Finishing Strong: An Enduring Heart, and Conclusion: Finding Your Eyes on Jesus. 

Just Like Jesus is ideal to read individually or with a small group, especially with the use of the study guide that's located at the end.  This highly recommended book is geared towards various ages, from young adults to older generations.  Remember that "God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way.  He wants you to be...Just Like Jesus." 


Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

May 25, 2016

Book Review: Surviving Your Serengeti


Surviving Your Serengeti: Seven Skills to Master Business and Life, by Stefan Swanepoel is a delightful book, which is considered "a fable of self-discovery."

In the introduction, on page xiii, Swanepoel shares, "Nearly two million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles annually run a 1,000-mile journey filled with hunger, thirst, predators, and exhaustion.  The journey is so incomparably dangerous and massive that it is often rated the  number one natural wonder of the world.  For me, this journey is a parable for success.  It's a window into the very meaning of life that provides a simple way to understand, appreciate, and remember the basic skills that all living beings need to survive and thrive."

As the introduction continues on page xvi, Swanepoel states, "The obstacles that those who live and die on the Serengeti face are, in many ways, no different than the challenges we face at the office or at home every day.  While our trials certainly take place in a different realm, the seven skills that the animals use to overcome their harsh conditions can also help us rise above our own adversities."

This book is divided into nine chapters, as well as an introduction, epilogue (titled as The Following Evening), and a few bonus chapters, including What Animal Am I, African Wildlife Foundation, The Serengeti Plains of East Africa, etc.  The nine chapters are titled as the following: Arrival in Africa, The Enduring Wildebeest, The Strategic Lion, The Enterprising Crocodile, The Efficient Cheetah, The Graceful Giraffe, The Risk-Taking Mongoose, The Communicating Elephant, and Coming Full Circle.

In most of the chapters, there's a special two-part section detailing the skill, which is titled as Summary and Maximizing the Skill.  The majority of the book is a fictionalized fable of a group on travelers in the Serengeti.

In the introduction, on page xvi, the author shares, "It is my hope that this fable will reaffirm that: 1) Everyone can survive his or her own personal Serengeti, no matter the challenges.  2) No journey is ever too long.  3) Nothing is impossible."

This  book is geared towards all ages, from teenagers to older generations...particularly those interested in discovering and/or strengthening skills for business and life.


Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

May 18, 2016

Book Review: A Year with Jesus


A Year with Jesus: Daily Readings and Reflections on Jesus’ Own Words, by R. P. Nettelhorst is a daily devotional book. 

According to the Introduction, on page 16, "We have a wonderful opportunity to get to know Jesus through the Bible.  We can hear directly from him with his own words spoken in a variety of circumstances to a variety of audiences.  Through these words we can learn who Jesus is and what matters most to him....  Spend a year with Jesus.  Listen to his heart as you contemplate his words."

The ten main sections in this book consist of the following topics: love and hate; truth and lies; arrogance and humility; friends and enemies; belief and disbelief; patience and impatience; deserved and undeserved; good and evil; fidelity and treachery; life and death.

These 365 daily devotionals each contain a scripture passage, with the text included in the book, and a devotional to read each day.  Every devotional is marked by day (not date), so you are able to start reading at any time throughout the year.

With one devotional per page, this book may easily be added to your current quiet time or it’s a great way to a start setting aside time each day to spend with God.  A Year with God is an ideal devotional for any age, from teenagers to grandparents.  Enjoy a way to "make His peace your peace." 


Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

May 16, 2016

Book Review: Your 100 Day Prayer


Your 100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God, by John I. Snyder is an interesting and unique devotional book.

According to  page xiii, "This book is intended as a guide to your own 100-day prayer, where you will bring your issue before God every day for this 100-day period.  Each entry begins with a passage from Scripture and ends with a brief preparation for prayer for that day.  After your prayer, you can enter any thoughts, notes, or insights as God reveals them to you in your personal time with him."

This book is divided into sections, including The Power of Persistence, The Silent Heaven, When God Says No, and God of the Last Minute.  There are one hundred devotions...one per day for one hundred days.  Each daily devotional contains a scripture verse, devotional text, a prayer, and space for notes, which is titled Today's Progress.

Each devotional is two pages in length, so this book may easily be added to your current quiet time, or it's a great way to start setting aside time each day to spend with God.  Your 100 Day Prayer is an ideal devotional for any age, from teenagers to older generations, and it's recommended to use in a group setting for prayer accountability and encouragement. 


Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

May 11, 2016

Book Review: Daily Gifts of Grace



Daily Gifts of Grace: Devotions for Each Day of Your Year, by Women of Faith is a daily devotional book, which provides both encouragement and biblical inspiration.
 
According to the Introduction on page 1, "This collection of daily readings expresses 366 ways that daily gift of grace has played out in the lives of the women whose words are shared here....  These Women of Faith speakers and writers have touched thousands of hearts over the years with their powerful presentations in arenas around the country.  But in these pages they share...how God's grace has touched them personally.  We hope their stories and lessons will help you see that same gift in every moment of your day as well."

Each one-page daily devotional contains a scripture verse and text from one of the Women of Faith. The contributing authors include Lana Bateman, Jenna Lucado Bishop, Patsy Clairmont, Mary Graham, Natalie Grant, Lisa Harper, Barbara Johnson, Carol Kent, Marilyn Meberg, Sandi Patty, Lori Robertson, Luci Swindoll, Kim Cash Tate, Joni Eareckson Tada, Donna VanLiere, Sheila Walsh, and Lisa Whelchel.

This delightful book may easily be added to your current quiet time, or it's a great way to start setting aside time each day to spend with God.  Daily Gifts of Grace is geared towards women, from young adults to older generations.


Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

May 6, 2016

Book Review: The Lucado Inspirational Reader


The Lucado Inspirational Reader: Hope and Encouragement for Your Everyday Life, by Max Lucado is an uplifting book, which is a compilation of various quotes and excerpts from Lucado's books.

According to the book's back cover, "For more than twenty-five years you've trusted Max Lucado to walk with you as you ponder these essential truths.  This collection of his very best illustrations, stories, and one-liners guides you through his signature themes and life most important matters."

The themes are divided into twenty-seven themes, and the chapters include the following: The Bible: A Mine to Be Quarried, The Church: God's Family, Comfort: God in the Hurts of Life, Compassion: Love for the Least, Creation: A world Wrapped in Splendor, The Cross, A Triumph of Tenderness, Encouragement: God Cares and Is in Control, Evangelism: Hope for Searching Hearts, Faith: A Crazy Hunch a High Hope, Family: Priceless Treasure, Forgiveness: Kind Received Mercy Given, God's Love: Never Failing Never Ending, Grace: A Gift Beyond All Expectations, Heaven: The Happiness That Lies Ahead, Hope: A Zany Dependence on God, Jesus: Steadfast Savior, Miracles: Mysteries of Majesty, Peace: A Tender Tranquility, Perseverance: Whatever You Do Don't Quit, Prayer: Your Voice Matters in Heaven, Purpose: Ignite the Fire Within, Relationship with God: A Personal Protector and Provider, Salvation: A Heart Cleansed by Christ, Second Chances: Count on God's Kindness, Spiritual Refreshment: Rivers of Living Water, Value to God: He's Crazy About You, and Worship: A Big View of God.

This book may easily be utilized in a group setting (such as Bible studies or family time), as well as in your current personal devotional time or it's a wonderful way to start setting aside time each day to spend focused on God.  The Lucado Inspirational Reader is an ideal book for age, from teenagers to older generations.


Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

May 2, 2016

Book Review: Moments of Truth


Moments of Truth: Unleashing God's Word One Day at a Time, by John MacArthur is an inspirational daily devotional book.

According to the Introduction on page vii, "John MacArthur has been and continues to be a champion for truth as revealed in His Word.  And during the course of his life and ministry, John has written a virtual library of resources for finding and applying God's truth.  This book features excerpts from many of those books, giving you a daily 'moment of truth.'  As you read, may you gain a deeper appreciation for and understanding of God's truth, every day."

There are twelve main sections divided by month and topic, which are the following: January--Beginnings, February--Love, March--The Cross and Easter, April--Growing as a Christian, May--Parenting, June--Marriage,  July--Freedom, America, Leadership, and War, August--The End-Times and Other Important Doctrines, September--Work, October--Sin, Evil, and Temptation, November--Money, Giving, Discipline, and Self-Control, and December--Jesus' Birth and Life.

Each daily devotional contains a scripture verse, excerpt from one of MacArthur's books as the primary devotional text, and a thought-provoking question.

With one devotional per page, this book may easily be added to your current quiet time, or it's a great way to start setting aside time each day to spend with God.  Moments of Truth is an ideal devotional for any age, from teenagers to older generations.


Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.