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Review – What If It’s True? by Charles Martin

Book description

What if every single word of this story is absolutely true and I can trust it?

What if the King of the universe is speaking directly to me through the words of His book?

And I believe His Word is true, how should I respond?

This book is the result of that exploration.  With the same depth, sensitivity, and emotion that has made his novels beloved to millions, Martin helps us engage the fundamental principles of our faith in new and inspiring ways.

Writing as our guide, Martin uses a storyteller’s imagination to illuminate key moments of the Scriptures, primarily from the life and ministry of Jesus. In addition, Martin shares key moments from his own journey as a disciple—and bondservant—of Christ and mentor to others. The result is a striking exploration of truth that helps us not just think differently, but live differently. Today.

Book review

Charles Martin is best known for his fiction books, mainly The Mountain Between Us, that even got a movie adaptation.

In this book, he keeps his storyteller instinct to take us by the hand through meaningful Bible passages giving us a different perspective, one that only a novelist like him could give. 

If you’re looking for a historical account or for a work of apologetics, this is not the book for you. This book fits better into historical fiction, although definitely a theological book in its core, one that has been written with a great motivation in mind, as Martin puts it: 
“What if every single word of this story is absolutely true and I can trust it?”

This is one of those books that hopefully will wake up a renewed interest and love for the Word and the Living Word as well.

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – Decoding your dreams by Jennifer LeClaire

Book description

What is God saying to you in your dreams?

Decoding Your Dreams is a beginner’s guide to understanding the true source of our dreams, dream classifications, and even dream symbols. This book answers questions like:

  • Can we control our dreams?
  • I used to dream all the time. Why has my dream life suddenly ceased?
  • Should I pray for the gift of dream interpretation?
  • What does it mean if I see people in my dreams who have already passed away?
  • When do I share a dream I’ve received and when do I keep it to myself?
  • Where does déjà vu fit into the world of dreams?
  • Why should I pay attention to my children’s dreams?

There are dozens of mentions of dreams in the Bible. From Abraham to Joseph, from Daniel all the way to Pontius Pilot’s wife, God has communicated with His people through dreams throughout recorded history.

Why would God choose to speak to us while we sleep? Perhaps it’s because we are too distracted during the day to sit still long enough for Him to share the deep secrets of His heart.

Jennifer LeClaire is convinced God speaks to us in ways that are very personal. At times he may use pictures, memories, impressions, or even a still small voice.

Let Decoding Your Dreams help you embrace your Spirit-inspired dreams!

Review

As someone who dreams a lot I’m always trying to read books related to dreams and their interpretation. Honestly I haven’t heard about Jennifer LeClaire before. I did some research and found nothing wrong with her or her ministry and having James W. Goll to write the foreword for her book gave me the last reason to pick it.

Some of the common doubts we all have when dreaming is the doubt to know not only the meaning of our dream but the source and LeClaire addresses this issue with practical and easy language to help us know.

There are some Bible examples of dream interpretation, most commonly found in the Old Testament which serve as a road map to give us some keys to interpret dreams and the ways God interacts with us through different languages.

One thing that you may find in other books covering this subject is the meaning of some common dreams and its components. I find this useful but at the same time a subject where the final interpretation relies in your personal relationship with God.

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Bible Review: NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Hardcover

Bible description

Encounter the power of the word. Walk in the freedom God intends. Experience the Holy Spirit. For the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way and chancellor of The King’s University, assembled a team of respected, Spirit-led scholars to produce this resource of solid biblical truth. Now in a full-color third edition with new contributors, it is even more dynamic. With over 2 million copies sold, the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible continues to equip God’s people to live in his kingdom, exercise gifts of the spirit, and lay hold of God’s promises.

Review

The NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible is making a great comeback in its third edition. This time there’s content that has been updated as well totally new features that makes this Bible a great addition to your personal library or even a great gift.

Features include:

  • Word Wealth – More than 650 word studies (including over 100 new ones) shed light on key terms, drawing important meaning from the original Greek and Hebrew.
  • Kingdom Dynamics – Dozens of biblical themes are addressed in notes by Spirit-filled preachers, teachers, and writers, including many new contributors for this edition
  • Truth-In-Action – Handy, helpful thematic charts provide practical application from every book of the Bible
  • Praying the Word – 192 guided prayers based on significant passages throughout Scripture
  • Detailed book introductions and outlines help you to learn each book’s historical background and appreciate its teachings
  • Verse-by-verse study notes explain each passage and illuminate your understanding
  • Includes a new full-color design with updated maps and charts, a detailed NKJV concordance, and in-depth articles about the Spirit-filled life
  • Designed with the exclusive Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print® typeface
  • 10-point print size

The feature I liked the most was Praying the Word. Small prompts throughout the Bible that are really useful to start a conversation with God while reading your Bible. 

There are many new contributors to the notes of this third edition, and I’m happy to see people like Mike Bickle, and even latin people like Marcos Witt and Samuel Rodriguez sharing their wisdom on different sections of this Bible.

Some people is making the statement about the Pentecostal view of this Bible, but it shouldn’t be a problem, that is, unless you have a very denominational perspective, which is not my case.

Conclusion

This time I got the hardcover edition and while it feels great it’s definitely different than its genuine leather counterpart.  As a hardcover Bible this one feels heavier but still with enough quality to last. Don’t hesitate to get it for your house or as a gift to a loved one.

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – NKJV, Maxwell Leadership Bible, Third Edition

Bible description

Every believer is a person of influence. In the Maxwell Leadership Bible, leadership expert John C. Maxwell shows you the principles of leadership taught in God’s Word and how to use them. Whether you are an employee, a boss, a parent, or a neighbor, you are a person of influence in your part of the world. Throughout the pages of Scripture, John Maxwell has assembled the time-tested and irrefutable biblical principles of leadership to equip and encourage leaders with his signature approach, including the 21 Laws of Leadership, the 21 Qualities of a Leader, biographical profiles, and hundreds of notes.

Review

Maxwell has a long list of bestsellers on leadership, which you should read, but he’s also been featured in different Bibles, this one being the third edition with Maxwell as the Executive Editor.

This Bible has the NKJV text along many sections included trough each book identified with different colors. There’s the PROFILE in Leadership featuring different characters and their impact in history.

If you’re a follower of Maxwell’s book then you know his 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, which are also mentioned here in hand with key passages for a better understanding.

Features

• Insightful articles revealing the laws and qualities of effective leadership throughout the Bible
• Over 100 biographical profiles and lessons drawn from biblical leaders
• Introductions to the books of the Bible outlining God’s role in the lives of influential men and women
• Hundreds of compelling short articles on mentoring and influence.
• Thorough topical indexes for quick access to Scripture passages and articles addressing leadership issues

Conclusion

I got the hardback edition for review, and it feels definitely better than others hardbacks, it’s sturdy and overall looks better with an updated and exclusive font for a better reading experience.

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – When Through Deep Waters by Rachelle Dekker

Book description

Alicen McCaffrey finally has the life her mother always dreamed for her: beautiful home in Santa Monica, successful husband, adorable daughter. Then tragedy blows her carefully assembled façade to pieces. Worse yet—Alicen feels solely responsible. At rock bottom, she decides to accompany a childhood friend back to Red Lodge, Montana, where they spent summers together as kids.

The peaceful mountain landscape, accented with lush forests and small-town charm, brings back happy memories of time spent with her beloved, eccentric Grandma Josephine. Alicen begins to hope that perhaps things could be different here. Perhaps the oppressive guilt will lift—if only for a moment.

But when Alicen starts hearing voices and seeing mysterious figures near the river in the woods, she begins to fear she’s completely lost her sanity, as it’s rumored her grandmother did. Or might there be more to Red Lodge than meets the eye? Could the voices and visions be real—and her only means of finding the healing she so desperately needs? Or will they prove to be her final undoing?

Review

After reading Rachelle’s past series I was intrigued by her new book, which definitely falls into a completely different category, one that has been masterfully done by her father and now with its own flavor by Rachelle.

Although it may seem confusing at first, the story starts developing better when Alicen moves from her home to Red Lodge, that’s when you need to pay more attention to every detail and when the real action comes.

I’ve read that some people was put down by the “spiritual” treatment of the story and the “ghosts” that are part of it, but if you can see the meaning behind their inclusion you’ll end up more impacted by the overall message of forgiveness.

Conclusion

If you want to read something fresh in the christian book world, When Through Deep Waters is a great choice. If you didn’t like The Choosing series, please give Rachelle’s book a chance, you won’t be disappointed.

Rating 4/5

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible

Description

Encounter the power of the word. Walk in the freedom God intends. Experience the Holy Spirit. For the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way and chancellor of The King’s University, assembled a team of respected, Spirit-led scholars to produce this resource of solid biblical truth. Now in a full-color third edition with new contributors, it is even more dynamic. With over 2 million copies sold, the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible continues to equip God’s people to live in his kingdom, exercise gifts of the spirit, and lay hold of God’s promises.

Review 

The NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible is making a great comeback in its third edition. This time there’s content that has been updated as well totally new features that makes this Bible a great addition to your personal library or even a great gift.

Features include:

  • Word Wealth – More than 650 word studies (including over 100 new ones) shed light on key terms, drawing important meaning from the original Greek and Hebrew.
  • Kingdom Dynamics – Dozens of biblical themes are addressed in notes by Spirit-filled preachers, teachers, and writers, including many new contributors for this edition
  • Truth-In-Action – Handy, helpful thematic charts provide practical application from every book of the Bible
  • Praying the Word – 192 guided prayers based on significant passages throughout Scripture
  • Detailed book introductions and outlines help you to learn each book’s historical background and appreciate its teachings
  • Verse-by-verse study notes explain each passage and illuminate your understanding
  • Includes a new full-color design with updated maps and charts, a detailed NKJV concordance, and in-depth articles about the Spirit-filled life
  • Designed with the exclusive Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print® typeface
  • 10-point print size

The feature I liked the most was Praying the Word. Small prompts throughout the Bible that are really useful to start a conversation with God while reading your Bible. 

There are many new contributors to the notes of this third edition, and I’m happy to see people like Mike Bickle, and even latin people like Marcos Witt and Samuel Rodriguez sharing their wisdom on different sections of this Bible.

Some people is making the statement about the Pentecostal view of this Bible, but it shouldn’t be a problem, that is, unless you have a very denominational perspective, which is not my case.

Conclusion

I got the genuine leather edition and it feels awesome! But there are plenty of different choices for this one. Don’t hesitate to get it for your house or as a gift to a loved one.

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – The Nehemiah Code by O.S. Hawkins

Book description

Who isn’t in need of a new beginning? Bestselling author O. S. Hawkins knows that whether it be broken relationships, integrity missteps, or loss, most of us will spend some or much of the next year trying to restore something. The good news is . . . it’s never too late for a new beginning.

Hawkins, with more than 550,000 books sold, now turns his eye to another biblical hero in The Nehemiah Code. Nehemiah was a civil servant from 2,500 years ago who applied principles found in the Bible for insight during hard times, help to start again, and encouragement to rebuild a life.

Review

This is a small good looking book containing big truths about rebuilding in today’s society.

O.S. Hawkins is well known for writing a series of “codes” inspired  by prominent Bible figures, and this one is no exception. Taking wisdom from the life of Nehemiah, each chapter gives us a glimpse into rebuilding our lives in the middle of difficult situations. Just like Nehemiah did with an entire city.

The book is divided in the following six parts, covering attitudes or actions that can be applied into our own personal situations. 

  • Taking personal responsibility
  • Moving out of your comfort zone
  • Rebuilding team spirit
  • Holding those around you accountable
  • Doing what is right
  • Finishing strong

Rating 4/5

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – Poverty, Riches and Wealth by Kris Valloton

Book description

Overcoming the Never-Enough Mentality to Experience True Kingdom Abundance

Prosperity. It’s one of the most dividing, misused and misunderstood words in the Church. With refreshing honesty, humor and keen insight, bestselling author and teacher Kris Vallotton mines the Scriptures in an eye-opening study of what the Bible really says about money, poverty, riches and wealth. And what he finds is sure to shake up what you thought you knew.

Showing how Kingdom prosperity begins from the inside out, Kris helps you learn to cultivate a mindset of abundance–no matter your circumstances–and begin to experience the wealth of heaven in every area of your life.

Review

I’ve been following Kris Valloton on Facebook for a long time. I really like and appreciate his wisdom and insight in the prophetic. I own another three (unread) books by him, picking this one for review was an obvious choice for me. After finishing Poverty, Riches & Wealth it doesn’t seem that obvious though. 

Let me start by saying that I have no complains about the actual content of this book. Valloton touches important topics on the perception that most Christians have about the money and prosperity. He backs up his teaching with the Word, giving example after example on how we have twisted the Scriptures in order to stay in our confort zone about the lack of resources in our lives.

A common element in Poverty, Riches and Wealth is the inclusion of Valloton’s journey through his life in different business, before he became a full time minister. He uses his experience to teach common misconceptions and mistakes many of us have in order to correct them or avoid them.

Then, what’s the reason of my initial comment? Well, the reason is that while the content is totally useful and practical, Valloton seems to had the wish to cover all the bases and in doing so the book lacks focus and clarity. He goes from talking about cultural background about the poverty mindset in America to explaining tithing, from sharing a really long story about his meeting with the Pope to giving leadership advice.

Conclusion

I’m guessing if you’re familiar with Valloton’s writings, you’ll be happy after reading Poverty, Riches and Wealth. Maybe I need to read more of his books in order to get his way of thinking, or maybe he needs a better editor, that would solve most of the issues with the lack of focus.

Rating: 3/5

I received this book from Chosen Books in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.