Browse Month: November 2015

Review – ESV Men’s Devotional Bible

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Bible description

Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man’s heart and life. The goal of the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness.

With 365 theologically rich and gospel-centered devotions drawn directly from the Bible, this all-new resource was created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from over fifty Christian leaders. Introductions orient men to each book of the Bible, exploring its unique contribution to a man’s walk with God. Thoughtful and instructive articles address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart, calling, and a host of other relevant issues for today.

The Men’s Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ, helping them apply the gospel and the truth of God’s Word in their homes, churches, and workplaces.

First impressions

I’ve always heard good things about the ESV version of the Bible, and even I’ve read it online I always wanted to add one to my collection. This is a hardcover edition but still looks cool and elegant in its design.

Special features

– 365 brand-new devotions
– Brand-new book introductions
– 14 brand-new articles
– Dictionary of key terms
– Ribbon marker
– Smyth-sewn binding
– Lifetime guarantee on TruTone edition
– Packaging: slipcase (TruTone), L-card (HC), permanent slipcase (Cloth over Board)

Layout & design

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This version has different editions, but this one is the hardcover one. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good Bible, on the contrary it makes it more durable and perfect to shelf for hardbacks freaks (like me) out there. The font size is clear and easy to read.

Conclusion

While this is not a famous Bible version like NKJV or NLT, it’s recommended by respected teachers as Paul David Trip and Russell Moore. It’s a good option if you’re looking for a gift for this season. Believe me, whoever receives this awesome Bible from you will be thankful and happy.

Review – Live Love Lead by Brian Houston

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Book description

Whether a person is searching for their calling or wholeheartedly pursuing their life’s purpose, LIVE LOVE LEAD will help them navigate a faith path that is all their own and discover unique gifts tailored perfectly for their journey.

How do people experience the best life that God intends for them? The answer lies in understanding that the Christian life is an adventure, and that they only have to follow the greatest Guide who ever walked the path of life–Jesus. In this straightforward book, Brian Houston shows readers the way to live fully, love completely, and lead boldly–the hallmarks of Jesus’ time on earth.

First impressions

I’ve never read a book by Brian Houston, but that doesn’t make him a stranger to me. If you have heard the name of Hillsong, then you have probably heard about Brian Houston, if not, well… where have you been all this time? The cover was also something I noticed when choosing this book, it’s simple, elegant and effective.

Content

When I started to read Live Love Lead, I didn’t know exactly what kind of book I had in my hands. First, it seemed a simple theology/leadership book. The language used by Houston is straight and easy to understand, sometimes way too simple. I started to question myself about choosing this book, since it sounded as many other motivational christian books out there.

After reading a couple of chapters everything changed and there were many deep thoughts and truths explained in a really easy way. That’s when I understood this was Houston’s goal all the time, making a christian book accessible to everyone, not only to church leaders or leadership gurus. Houston uses different Hillsong songs as introductions to each chapter and most of the content of this book comes from his experiences not only from present but also from his past, his beginnings as a pastor and everything else in between.

Live Love Lead is a book about living the way Jesus did. Living, loving and leading no matter the circumstances, no matter the situation. I really liked the way Brian Houston offers solutions, not only based on his experience, but based on God’s Word.

Conclusion

Even if you don’t know who Brian Houston is, I recommend this book to you. It’ll change your perspective on life. It also serves as a great gift (Christmas anyone?) Live Love Lead is a book worth a reading and worth to become a classic. Go to LiveLoveLeadBook.com for more information.

Rating: ★★★★★

Blog Hop Called to Speak on Youth

For the last two weeks I’ve been posting about the book, A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes. It was released on October 16th. Luckily I’m part of her launch team, and I’m excited to write my final post for this launch. This time is my personal post for a blog hop. This blog hop is about encouraging myself and others to speak out for our passions and against injustice.

As a youth pastor I’m surrounded by well youth. I’m part of a multicultural church, so I get the chance to work with youth from different ages but also from different countries/cultures. I’ve doing this for the last five years and its something I know I’m called to do; to speak the truth to a younger generation than mine (I’m 30, is that old? lol)

Its something great and interesting to know the different personalities, the different perspectives on life, the different dreams and visions, boys and girls have for their life. Because they do have dreams and visions and most of them want them to become a reality in their lives. There’s a passion inherent to youth that is like a fuel even through the hardest times.

But something Ive seen during these years is a constant struggle to them. Even if theyre from Mexico or from a distant country in Europe. Its something we all know, something were all used to: ourselves, our very identity.

Our identity is something shaped along your life, by our parents, by our family, culture, experiences and certainly you can almost add anything else to this list. Our conclusions along your life will dictate the way we face life in the present. If were not too sure about who we are, what we have or what we can do, well do average and well be disappointed with the results.

But there are good news, we dont have to live limited by our experiences, or limited by our identity; by the identity that was shaped by bad experiences or sufferings. In fact, we should stop concluding who we are taking into account what we did and start believing who we can be thanks to what Jesus did, that sounds good isnt it?

I know that to those who are not believers, this idea may seem confusing or strange, but that doesnt make it less real and true to those who dare to believe.

When our identity is forged by what Jesus has given us as a gift, then our limitations and sufferings from the past stop being an excuse to live fully in this life. When our identity is not about the way the rest of the world see me or even how I see myself, but the way God sees me, theres no place to insecurity or rejection.

Youth from this generation, doesnt matter if theyre part of a church or not, they need to turn their face to the reality that Jesus came, not only to forgive our sins, which he obviously did, but also to give us the opportunity to be made new.

Its my desire to see a generation of young people confident about themselves, that see themselves made in the image of God, and not made into a fake image from the world around them. I believe that the potential God has put into youth is not there to be wasted or put aside, its there to be spent with the certainty of a new identity given only by Him.

NOTE: Its funny because I was supposed to post my blog hop earlier, but something happened and I couldn’t do it until now. I had a difficult time with someone that went through exactly what I shared with you and I had to be there for him/her. Thank God, everything is o.k. now and Im glad I had this topic in mind, since it was a lot of help to deal with the situation.

What happens when you live longer than you wanted to?

Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she’s being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow.

The Council uses Jude’s Clock-matching invention to force “new-and-improved” Clocks on the public. Those who can’t afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council’s purposes.

Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?

Book Two in the “Out of Time” series.

Read about the first book, A Time to Die, here.

There’s also a giveaway for this launch, don’t forget to check it and participate!

Make sure to check the rest of the posts for this blog hop :)

9.28.15 – Gretchen Engel

9.30.15 – Nadine Brandes

10.01.15 – Jason Joyner

10.05.15 – Gretchen Engel (part 2)

10.06.15 – Tricia Mingerink

10.08.15 – Gretchen Engel (Scriblerians)

10.09.15 – Emilie Hendryx

10.11.15 – Janeen Ippolito

10.12.15 – Zachary D Totah

10.14.15 – Brittany Valentine

10.15.15 – Andrew Swearingen

10.17.15 – Megan Besing

10.19.15 – Angel Roman

10.20.15 – Charles Franklin

10.21.15 – Lisa Godfrees

10.23.15 – Shantelle Hannu

10.27.15 – Natalie Walters

10.29.15 – The Artist Librarian

11.02.15 – Rosalie Valentine

11.17.15 – Amanda Fender