GodRunner by Will Hart

 

GodRunner

Everyone is called to something, somewhere.

GodRunner is a non-fiction book written by missionary Will Hart.  Will tells his story of coming to the Lord and about his missionary work.  Will was the son of hippies.  His mother became saved from listening to the radio.  She was filled by the Holy Spirit and the family thought she had gone crazy.  Even though his father was at times scared of the situation, he decided the family would follow her.  When Will was a senior in high school, he became saved and decided to be a missionary instead of going to college.  This is a book of places he’s been, people he has saved, as well as his family life.

Some of the points he makes in this book are to go out and do what the Spirt wants you to do.  You do not have to leave the country, you can be used by God right where you are, in what ever you are doing.  We are to take every opportunity God gives us to work with others.  God created us in love and he will never stop loving us.  God is seeking us and pursuing us.  He seeks us when we are least expecting it and sometimes that makes us uncomfortable.  But sometimes God has to take us to our lowest point to restore us and rediret us.

While this book is not what I expected, it is very well written and  has  good points in it.  I especially liked the parts in the book where the author talks about his young life and his mother’s personality.    I typically do not read auto-biographies, and at times it felt that this is what the book is.  I did however, think he did a good job of describing what a missionary family’s life it like.  While not going into detail, he did show the sacrifices the entire family had to make. I am giving this book a 4, only because of the auto-biography feel.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network.  I have chosen to write this honest review.

183 Pages

ISBN: 9781629117737

Publisher: Whitaker House

To learn more about the author and his ministry go to: http://www.hartministries.com/

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Reflections With God by Linda Seger, Th.D.

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Reflections With God While Waiting to Be Healed is written by Linda Seger, Th.D. Linda developed a movement disorder and later breast cancer. Through the Promises for healing in the Bible, through prayer, daily therapy and the best doctors in the world, she improved but was not healed. She turned further to God, exploring where He is and who He is while waiting to be healed. This is a book of her journey along with very helpful information for anyone who is going through illness or injury.

She gives the reader very good information regarding what they may be going through and their walk through their condition. She explains that when we develop a condition that our life will change. Instead of having time for going to events we enjoy, we may now be spending that time with medical visits. She explains the need to reach out to others for help. We may now notice the people we look to raise us up are not the people we look to during a health condition. We look to people who will give us a smile, compassion and caring. We are to call on our spiritual community during a time of need. Even though we may be tempted to blame God for our situation, we are to look to Him to help us through our journey.

I really appreciate this book and the good advice the author has given from experience with her heal walk. I like that she points out that our life may take on a new normal. Our new normal may be therapies that take up our time or learning to do simple things in a new way. But good can come out of tragedy. Our illness may lead us to do something for others.

I received a copy of this book from BookClub Network and I have written an honest review.

144 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1942557708

Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing

Beyond Suffering Bible NLT by Joni and Friends, Inc

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I received a request to read and review this Bible.  At first I ignored it wondering how I would read and review a whole Bible.  But when I reread the email the night after sitting in the hospital another day with my very ill son, I knew I had to read it.    But when I got it, I found that it was written more along what I had to deal with.  At the end of the Bible portion of the book are articles written by various people.  One of the first I read was “The Constant Distraction”.  I felt I was reading my story!  Having suffered an injury over 15 years ago, I have lived with constant pain and had to learn how to manage the fine line of what I can do for how long and how often and still be able to live a fairly normal life.  Other articles that really spoke to me were “How to Be a Loving Friend to Those Affected by Disability” and “Becoming a Welcoming Church”.

The Bible is the New Living Translation, which is very easy to read and  understand.  It contains a users guide to help the reader use the Bible.  It also includes ten reading plans that are broken up into five  to 7  readings.  The reading plans make the Bible a very good choice for small group Bible Studies.   I really enjoyed “Growing Spiritually Through Suffering” and Praising God Through Suffering”.

The books of the Bible start out with a short over view of the book, who wrote it, when and it’s purpose.  The over view also lists the suffering and disability themes in the books.  Through out the books are Connection Points to help the reader understand specific verses.  There are also profiles of the authors and people in the  Bible books and additional writing within the books to read more in depth.

I am so glad I decided to accept this book from Tyndale Publishing.  It has replaced the Bible I have used for years.  It is so easy to read and understand.  I really like the additional readings and Connection Points added to the books.  I have found myself rethinking what I have read several times.  And I enjoy the background of the Biblical people that is in the Profiles.  I especially enjoyed reading Joni Eareckson Tada’s story.  She gives so much encouragement to so many people just by how she has moved past her disabilities.

This Bible is not just for the person living with illness or injuries, it is for anyone who knows someone struggling with illness or injuries. We all know someone that struggles with these and this Bible is great for the caregiver, support person and friends as well.  I feel this would be a great addition to any church Bible Study ministry, to reach out and show they care.

If I could find one negative to say about this specific edition of this Bible, it would be that the pages are so thin. Turning the pages is a little hard when laying down.  I am afraid they might rip.  But this Bible is available in other formats.

Thank you to Tyndale Publishing for allowing me to read and use this Bible, this is my honest review.

1696 pages

ISBN:  978-1414395586

Publisher:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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8 Steps to Achieve Your Destiny by Samuel R. Chand

29885734.jpgUsing a wealth of examples gleaned from today’s top organizations, Dr. Samuel R. Chand lays a solid foundation to prepare today’s leaders for the unavoidable difficulties. Whether you run a corporation, a non-profit organization, or a church, 8 Steps to Achieve Your Destiny will provide insight into eight issues every leader must face.”

In this book the author writes about the importance of the people you work with That those you have worked with in the past are not the ones that will be good for your future. He talks about the importance of having positive people, people who will help you grow and those that will grow with you.

He writes about the places our future will take us. As humans we cling to the familiar, but with God’s help we strive for the unfamiliar. It is in the unfamiliar that we learn to trust God and have faith in him. To have growth we must walk in the unfamiliar. The author points that for some people that being left in the familiar too long will lead them to becoming bored and restless. These gifted visionaries need to move on.

Each time we respond to a new possibility, new doors open for us. Our attitude and thinking changes. He also walks us through the importance of personal preparedness for growth. But not everything about growth is easy. There will be pain, there will be criticism from others.

When I was asked to read this book, I did not realize that it would become a book that would help me with my “growth”. As a volunteer of many different programs, most in the leadership capacity, I have had to step back and take a look at what direction my future holds. This book has been very helpful during this time. As I step away from programs that I have been with for a long time or those that are very near and dear to my heart, I have felt extreme pain. But through this book I have come to realize this is the way it should be. That to have stayed in those positions I would have grown frustrated. The hardest thing for me when moving forward has been leaving the people what I have worked with. And with this book, I see that is also normal That I will now be involved with a whole new group of people who will help me grow even more.

I really was helped a lot by reading this book. It helped reaffirm to me that the changes I am making in my volunteer life are doors that God are closing and opening for me. Some of them not always what I thought would happen. If you are in a leadership position and are feeling frustrated, bored and felling there is something else out there for you, this is a must read book!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Book Club Network. This is my honest review.

167 pages

ISBN: 9781629117348

Publisher: Whitaker House

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Alive in the Spirit by A. W. Tozer

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Nothing is more beautiful than a Spirit-filled church displaying the marvelous harmony of the Holy Spirit in its midst.”

Alive in the Spirit, written by A. W. Tozer, is a book compiled and edited by James L. Snyder. A. W. Tozer was a self taught theologian authoring more than 40 books. After his death in 1963, his estate gave Reverend James L Snyder the rights to produce new books from over 400 never-before-published audiotapes. This is one of the books Snyder has compiled and edited from those tapes.

Using scripture to support his writings, Tozer believed that our churches were in need of revival. He felt that we have become Christians that go about doing God’s work without having the Holy Spirit. He points out in history that when a revival took place, God scrapped everything and started a new.

He felt that many Christians were satisfied with just being saved. That being saved meant they would go to Heaven so they could sit back and relax. He felt people were satisfied with what they have and that churches are satisfied with numbers, programs and methods but without the Holy Spirit. Tozer felt if we were to be the church God wants, that we would be so filled with the Holy Spirit that it would flow out of us

Tozer offers us some deep questions to ponder, “Where does the Holy Spirit fit into our churches? Is He the foundation of our ministry or have we replaced Him with our programs and entertainment. We will never get anywhere without allowing the Holy Spirit to bring us into a relationship with Jesus. For the Holy Spirit to work without our lives, we need to surrender to him and allow Him to work in our lives. The Holy Spirit transforms and changes us, making us holy inside. When the Holy Spirit comes, we will have the power to do everything God has called us to do.

This book will cause you to stop and think about where you are at in your spiritual walk. It will encourage you to want more in your Christian life. It will also may you stop and think about the Christian activities that you take part in. Are you just going through life, or are you growing in your Spiritual life? This is a wonderful book to help you sit back and think about your life and what may be missing or needing maturing. I really enjoyed reading this book. It made me stop and think about many things, including where to go from here to get where I want to be in my walk with God. I would recommend this book to every Christian no matter where they are in their Christian life.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany Publishing and this is my honest review.

192 Pages

ISBN: 9780764218071

Publisher: Bethany House

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The New Believers Guide to the Christian Life by Alex Early

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As a new believer, you may have questions about what to expect. You wonder how to please God, or what will happen is you mess up. But being a Christian isn’t about what you do. It’s about who you are: a child of God. And God loves his children unconditionally. Through his overwhelming love, he changes us from the inside out.”

Alex Early has written this book to help new believes in Christ in their Christian walk. He attempts to answer some of the questions new believer have as well as give them understanding and direction in their new life. The book contains nine chapters that cover topics such as being a child of God, prayer, baptism, being part of a church and money.

The author points out that as a Christian you have already made some important decisions, you believe that God exists and that Jesus has the power to take care of your greatest fears, and take away your guilt and shame. He also points out that God wants all of us, not part of us. He saved us to have a relationship with Him, not to use us.

The author also teaches about prayer. He spends time teaching about the Lords Prayer as well as touching on how we should pray. He are to turn to God first and foremost to pray, to pour out our troubles and complain. He also points out that as time goes on we may become distracted and our prayer life may become boring. This is normal, Christians sometimes goes through a period where they feel God is distant. When this happens we need to remember that this is because of us, not God, God is not boring and has our best interest in mind.

The author also touches on church membership and it’s role in Christian maturity. I thought his chapter on church membership was especially refreshing. So often we attend the church we grew up in, or have been attending for years, even if it is nor leading us in our walk with God. The author points out that we are to find a church that exalts Jesus, one that teaches the beliefs we believe in. We are not to look for a church because we like the gimmicks, such as their music or social activities.

I think this is a really good book, not just for new believers but long term ones as well. Some of the information in this book may be a little overwhelming for a new believer, but a good refresher for a person who has been a Christian for some time. Each of the chapters end with questions to consider. This is not a book for quick reading, but rather a book to sit and think about. The author uses a lot of Bible verses and quotations from other writers to bring his information to the reader. I think this would be a good book to pass on to new believers, or someone struggling with their Christian walk.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany Publishing and I have written an honest review.

172 pages

ISBN: 9780764218361

Publisher: Bethany House

Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

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Really Bad Girls of the Bible covers the stories of 8 less than perfect women of the bible. The women covered in this book are lesser known women of the bible. Liz Curtis Higgs has written another great book that teaches us about the women in the bible and gives us an in site into what their lives were like. The author starts each chapter with a modern day story that ties into the Bible time story. The author also witnesses to the reader by including bits and pieces of her life prior to becoming a Christian.

The women introduced in this book are the Medium of En Dor, Jael, The Adulteress, Athaliah, Bathsheba, Herodias, Tamar the Widow, and The Bleeding Woman. Many of these stories were familiar to me, but the way the author wrote their story, it felt like I was learning about them all over again. I love the story of Deborah that is written in Judges, Liz has brought out the character of Jael in this book. The strength and courage it must have taken her to kill Sisera, after he had fallen asleep, with a tent peg and a hammer. Liz has also shown a different side to the story of Bathsheba. What would you do, the man who has authority over your husband has commanded you to come to him. I really had never thought of Bathsheba’s story like this. Another of my favorite stories of women of the old testament is that of Tamar. Having read the story many times, I now look at it differently. The author has pointed out the customs of the times and how Tamar was wronged by her husbands and father-in-law.

This is a great book to read to understand the women in the old testament. The book also includes a discussion and study guide that makes is a great choice to use for a bible study.

To read more about the book, to read about the author and read the first chapter of the book go to: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/79797/really-bad-girls-of-the-bible-by-liz-curtis-higgs/

I received a copy of the book from Blogging for Books and I have written an honest review.

304 pages

ISBN-10: 1601428618

ISBN-13: 978-1601428615

Publisher: WaterBrook

 

Ruined: A Memoir by Ruth Everhart

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Ruined is a memoir written by Ruth Everhart. About twenty years ago as a college senior, Ruth was living with 4 other girls in a house when 2 men entered their home. The two armed men broke into their home and held them all hostage while they took turns raping the girls at gunpoint. This book is the accounting of what happened to Ruth and the other girls following that cold November Sunday night. The girls moved out the the house and moved in with family or friends. They eventually found another place to live together where they felt more secure. They would gather together and share their feelings, trying to understand why this happened to them.

The story also takes us through the legal aspects following what happened. Having to go through the hours of police interviews. And when the suspect is finally found, the emotions Ruth went through waiting for the trial. She basically put her life on hold until the trial was over.

Having been raised in a strong Christian family, Ruth begins struggling with why her, where was God, and why did God allow this to happen. Ruth feels she is ruined, not just physically, but also in God’s eyes. She starts having relationships that are not healthy.

This is a powerful story! I found it hard to read due to the violence that was relived though out the story. This is not a story for everyone to read due to the violence and language. This is also disclosed by the publisher as the beginning of the book.

I admire the author for writing this story. This book is not just the story of what happened to Ruth and her roommates, but is also the story of their strength. When Ruth could have easily continue on a downward spiral with her relationships she chose to work through issues and get her Christian life back in order. Ruth is not just an author, she went on to school and became a pastor. She is also a blogger and speaker focusing on spiritually related topics like pilgrimage and sexual violence.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing and I have written an honest review.

336 pages

ISBN-10: 1496413164

ISBN-13: 978-1496413161

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

The Power of Right Thinking by Kerry Kirkwood

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The Power of Right Thinking, written by Kerry Kirkwood, is a book that helps the reader change their way of thinking. With the use of Bible verses, the author provides tools to learn how to renew you mind by using the Bible. As well as how to tell the difference between God’s voice and the devil’s voice. And finally to meditate on God’s promises. With the use of this book we can get out thoughts aligned with God’s and let the Holy Spirit change our way of thinking . The author points out that God says things to build us up yet Satan wants us to be toxic with thoughts of hopelessness and suspicion. We can know if our thoughts come from God, as those thoughts will give us peace and hope. We are trained to be skeptical and think bad things will happen. It is work to change our thoughts to more positive thought.

The author also points out that changing our thoughts can also affect our health. Health conditions can be caused by stress and anger issues. Toxic thoughts can turn off genes that fight diseases. Our negative thoughts can actually make us sick. When we acknowledge how powerful our thoughts can be we open up new possibilities. We can actually change our physical conditions.

There are so many important issues in this book. This is not a quick read book, it is a book to be read a little at a time, allowing time to think on what the author has written and how it can be incorporated into your thought process. It actually took me several weeks to read through this book with allowing myself time to think and ponder on what is written. I especially thought the author’s suggestion to take just a few seconds to focus on our thought process was very helpful. By doing this I have been able to see that during tough situations, my thoughts tend to be very negative. By realizing this I am more likely to turn the situations over to God.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club network. This is my honest opinion of the book.

224 pages

ISBN-10: 0768409500

ISBN-13: 978-0768409505

Publisher: Destiny Image

Faith – Joseph’s Story by Sandra Lea Hardage

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Faith – Joseph’s Story is a book and bible study written by Sandra Lea Hardage.  In the first 67 pages of the book, Joseph tells us his story.  He takes us from his early life living with his father and brothers though being sold to slave owners then to Potiphar.  He continues his story with his time in prison and being given the gift of understanding dreams and eventually being second  in charge of Egypt, where he is reconnected with his family.

The rest of the book is made up of the bible study, which focuses a lot on the book of Genesis and includes a leaders guide..  The bible study explains the ancestors of Joseph, as well as the spiritual beliefs.

Joseph tells us “I was now thirty yeas old. My abilities and my faith had grown along with my knowledge that YHWY is the giver of all things.  In one day. I had gone from being a prisoner/slave to being second in command of Egypt.  I had been a shepherd, a slave, a convict, and now a ruler.  I also learned not to feel too proud of myself because God gives everything – and takes it away.

I love this little story!  It is the perfect length to read to refresh the memory of Joseph’s life.  I like that the book also includes a bible study that goes along with the story.  I also appreciate the author including the steps to becoming a Christian.

The part in the story that stands out the most to me, is that Joseph never gave up.  He accepted the things that happened to him and allowed them to make him a stronger person.He trusted God, no matter what situation he was in.

This is a great book/bible study that could be used for a group study as well as for an individual study from high school age and adults.  The study is divided into 15 individual studies based on the story as well as Jacobs ancestors. There are many bible verses to reference as well.  This study is one that will not only help you learn more about Joseph, but will also help you strengthen your faith in God as well.

Sandra Hardage is from Arkansas.  She is an educator, Bible teacher and founder of the only ministry, My Journey of Faith.  To learn more about her  visit: http://sandrahardage.com/meet-sandra-hardage/

I received a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

206 page

ISBN-10: 1462727832

ISBN-13: 978-1462727834

Publisher: CrossBooks