Long Before Luther by Nathan Busenitz

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Long Before Luther, by Nathan Busenitz, attempts to answer the question “Was the Reformation doctrine of justification by faith alone an invention or a recovery?” The author has done very extensive research to give answer to this question. Using quotes from pre-Reformation writers and scripture from the Bible, the author shows us the doctrine held by the Reformers were not new but rather were taken from the Bible and carried down.
This book goes into so much depth that I found myself no able to understand some of it. This book gives a lot of detail about church history as well. The book is broken up into four sections with just 11 chapters and 64 pages. The book give a look into church history, the beliefs of pre-Reformers and Reformers. The book also contains 25 pages of 100 quotes from church history showing salvation by grace alone and the truth that believers are justified through faith in Christ, not by works. This was the part of the book that spoke to me the most.
Due to the extensive quotes, I feel this book is far advanced for the person who wants to learn more about the reformation and church history. I feel this book is meant more for the students, scholars, or theologians. For this reason, I give this book a 4.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishing, this is my honest review.
242 pages
ISBN: 9780802418029
Publisher: Moody Publishers/Masters Seminary Press
Nathan Busenitz is teaches Historical Theology at the Master’s Seminary. He has completed his doctorate in church history focusing on patristic theology.
Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/before-luther-tracing-gospel-christ-reformation/nathan-busenitz/9780802418029/pd/418024
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/long-before-luther-nathan-busenitz/1125898094?ean=9780802418029

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A Prairie Girl’s Faith by Stephen W. Hines

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A Prairie Girl’s Faith, by Stephen W. Hines, is a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The author has done years of research to write this story showing the spiritual and religious upbringing that Laura and her family had. The author has written this book to show us how Laura’s and her family’s faith brought them through all the difficult times in their lives. He explains to the reader that the Ingalls girls more than likely learned their Christian teaching from their mother, in their home, and that their father often played worship and praise songs on his violin. The author shows the importance the Ingalls put on fellowship. The Ingalls moved several times and at points in their lives did not live close to a church, so they had church services in their homes. Charles was also instrumental in helping to bring church services to Walnut Grove and De Smit.

I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about the Ingalls and Wilder families. Just like the author, I have loved the Little House books since I was very young. We have read them to our children and taken our children to De Smit to see where the Ingalls lived. This book gives a very good description of where buildings were in De Smit. I wish I had know that when we visited there. The parts of the book that I enjoyed the most was reading about Laura and Rose’s relationship as well as the friendships Laura had. This book also includes a section that has recipes from the pioneer women. I especially liked the authors notation regarding how they tasted. Anyone who enjoys the Little House stories will learn a lot from also reading this book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books. This is my honest review.

183 pages

ISBN: 9780735289789

Publisher: Waterbrook

Stephen Hines is a recognized authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder and has written several best-selling volumes on her life and is a contributor to http://www.littlehouseontheprairie.com.

This book will be available February 6, 2018. It can be preordered from:

https://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/546731/a-prairie-girls-faith-by-stephen-w-hines/

https://www.christianbook.com/prairie-spiritual-legacy-laura-ingalls-wilder/stephen-hines/9780735289789/pd/289789?event=

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The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron and Elaina Sharp

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The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron and Elaina Sharp, focuses on 32 different women in the bible. It shows us the strength these women had to live in the time that they did. This book also tells us about the men in the women’s lives and how they affected them, such as Tamar and Bathsheba.

The books is suggested to be used as a devotional or a Bible study, but I enjoyed reading it just to learn more about the women in the Bible. I like how the authors used only Bible scripture to give the reader the biography of each woman and then tells of her role in redemption. I also enjoy the little touches of humor the authors write into the book, such as wondering what Elizabeth’s reaction was when Zechariah was not able to speak. I would recommend this book to anyone who longs to learn more about the women in the Bible.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review.

207 pages

ISBN: 9780764219627

Publisher: Bethany House

The authors are both graduates in Master of Theology. Aaron works for Insight for Living ministries and has authored “Everything the Bible Says about Parenting and Children” and “What Does God Say About That?” Elaina owns and operates a small business and writes curriculum for ministries.

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Most-Important-Women-Bible-Remarkable/dp/0764219626

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/the-most-important-women-of-the-bible/384940

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Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life by Mark W. Baker, PhD

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Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life is written by Mark W. Baker, PhD. The book is broken up into eight sections that deal with the key emotions we all have. Each of these sections is broken up into several small, easy to read chapters. Each of the chapters starts with a Bible verse and then the author uses his personal experiences or clients stories to bring across what he is trying to teach the reader. In these chapters the author shows the reader how to deal with these emotions to be able to heal from emotional pain. The author uses his counseling experiences to help the reader to understand and learn how to deal with emotions.

This book is well written and gives a lot of very valuable information, but I personally feel it is not written as a self help book. I feel that this is more a resource for professionals who deal with helping those struggling with problems. The author explains emotions differently that I typically would think. Some examples would be: anger is energy to solve a problem and grief is a way you make room in your heart for future love.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

400 pages

ISBN: 9780800728823

Publisher: Revell

To learn more about the author go to: http://www.drmarkbaker.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/spiritual-wisdom-for-a-happier-life/387030

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spiritual-wisdom-for-a-happier-life-dr-mark-w-baker/1125516176?ean=9780800728823

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Fiercehearted by Holley Gerth

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Fierceheart, by Holley Gerth, is a great book to help us women to understand that we are all the same. We all have fears and struggles and we need to go to God to work through these to become the woman God created us to be.

With forty short chapters, Holly tells us stories of her life and situations she has lived through. Holly writes this book in such a way that it feels like she is in the room visiting with me. Holly helps us to embrace the woman inside of us, living fully and loving bravely. Holly encourages us to never give in, give up or let go. Through her stories we see how Holly embraced live to life a life full of love and faith.

This is a great book. The writing is so real and honest. Each chapter is just a few pages long, making it the perfect length to use as a devotional. By using the discussion questions at the end of the book, this would be great to use as a Bible Study as well.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.

200 pages

ISBN: 9780800722890

Publisher: Revell Publishing

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://holleygerth.com/

Some place to purchase this book are:
https://www.amazon.com/Fiercehearted-Live-Fully-Love-Bravely/dp/0800722892

https://www.christianbook.com/fiercehearted-live-fully-love-bravely/holley-gerth/9780800722890/pd/72289X

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/fiercehearted/347890

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All Saints, by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle

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All Saints, written by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle, is the true story behind the movie. Reverend Spurlock went back to school to be a pastor later in life. The All Saints Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Tennessee was the first church he served after finishing school. The church had suffered through many of it’s members leaving. His responsibility is to take the church of just 25 members and a very large financial commitment and grow the church, make it self supporting and reach out in missions.

Just when the decision is made to sell the church, Reverend Spurlock walks the acreage the church is built on and is given the ideal to use the acreage for gardens to help feed others and sell produce. With the help of the Karen refugees from Burma and others God puts in his life, the church is not sold.

This is an inspiring story. The parts that stand out the most to me is how the people in the All Saints church and the refugees do not want to have separate services. Even though they do not all understand each other, they continue worshiping together and working together to save the church. This story also shows us that God will supply our needs, such as supplying the church with the money to start the gardens, the tractor and the irrigation supplies they needed. This is a good book to read to help get more information that just watching the movie.

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

207 pages

ISBN: 9780764230271

Publisher: Bethany House

Reverend Michael Spurlock served the All Saints Episcopal Church for three years. He is currently serving on clergy staff at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Jeanette Windle is an award-winning author, an investigative journalist and a writers mentor.

Some places this book can be purchased are:

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/all-saints/386620

https://www.amazon.com/All-Saints-Surprising-Refugees-Brought/dp/0764230271

https://www.christianbook.com/saints-surprising-refugees-brought-dying-church/michael-spurlock/9780764230271/pd/230270

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-saints-michael-spurlock/1126894942?ean=9780764230271#/

Hearts of Purpose, by Gail Grace Nordskog

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Gail Grace Nordskog has this very inspiration book that includes the stories of ten women who have followed the calling from God in their lives and helped others in significant ways. Each chapter is written by a different woman and basically give their backgrounds and what they have done.

One of the things that I like the best about Hearts of Purpose is that it shows us that people from all walks of life get called to do God’s work and follow through on it. A couple of women that stand out in my mind are Marilyn Pulis and Nita Hanson. I really enjoyed reading Marilyn’s story of what it was like for her growing up on the farm. She married a pastor and they ministered together, not just in churches but has missionaries in different countries. Nita’s story just pulled at my heart. Her childhood was filled with insecurity. I was encouraged with her story of her Christian walk and the missions trips that she took part in and how it changed her life.

Nita writes of five steps God takes us through, giving us what we need, when we need it.

First, God sees a situation and has compassion for what those involved are going through.

Second. God, brings the situation to our attention.

Third, God tells us to to help with the situation.

Fourth, God tells us to take what we have and use it to help with the situation.

Fifth. God will give us more than we need.

This was a very encouraging book to read. Through reading these women’s stories, the reader will be reaffirmed that God does supply all our needs and that when He puts in our heart to do something, that He will supply what we need to do it. We will be the ones blessed by doing what God asks us to.

This is a hard covered book with thicker than normal pages. The pages have an artistic backgrounds and the colors of the pages change with the chapters. I really liked that this book comes with an attached book mark ribbon. This book would make a very elegant gift.

I received a copy of this book from BookFun and the author. I have written an honest review.

Series: The Call (book 1)

308 pages

ISBN: 9781946497086

Publisher: Nordskog Publishing

Gail Grace Nordskog is the co-publisher at Nordskog Publishing Inc. and has established the Gail Grace Nordskog Collection which include prayer journals and inspirational books, that help bring the reader closer to God and encourage them In their Christian walk. Gail produces and hosts the Hearts of Purpose television show, interviewing men and women in Christian ministries.

Some places you can buy this book are:
https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/product-tag/gail-grace-nordskog/

https://www.christianbook.com/hearts-of-purpose-gail-nordskog/9781946497086/pd/497081#CBD-PD-Publisher-Description

https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Purpose-stories-ordinary-extraordinary/dp/1946497088

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hearts-of-purpose-gail-g-nordskog/1125779673?ean=9781946497086

The Four in One Gospel of Jesus by Nikola Dimitrov

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The Four In One Gospel of Jesus, by Nikola Dimitrov is awesome! This is a compilation of the books Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in what Dimitrov feels is chronological order. This book contains a table of contents listing the 31 chapters, each containing several subtitles for easy searching for topics. The author has also written an introduction explaining how he put the books together and the wording he used. At the end of the book, the author has written a message for those who do not know the Lord. This is great for those searching as well as a great tools for those witnessing to others. The back of the book also contains the family lineage of Jesus, listings of identical scriptures, fulfillment of old testament scripture, and general information. The author points out this book is not a substitute for the Bible.

This book is just amazing! I feel this is a great book for every Christian to have to use as a reference or just for reading to help put the events of the four books in order that they happened. I also feel this is a must have reference book for churches.

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

278 pages

ISBN: 9780990377474

Publisher: Nordskog Publishing

Nikola Dimitrov is a pastor, Bible teacher, preacher and educator in the Body of Christ. Since becoming a Christian he has desired to write this book. To do so, he and his team in Bulgaria and the US spent 10 years researching and studying the most respected Bible encyclopedias, dictionaries,concordances, Bible charts, tables, timelines,online publications,theological works, debates, chronological tables and other attempts at making a similar book.

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-four-in-one-gospel-of-jesus-nikola-d-dimitrov/1125779674?ean=9780990377474

https://www.amazon.com/Four-One-Gospel-Jesus-chronological/dp/0990377474

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/nikola-d-dimitrov/the-four-in-one-gospel-of-jesus-the-story-of-the/7062324.html

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Who Told You That You Were Naked by William E. Combs

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Who Told You That You Were Naked?, by William E. Combs, is an in-depth look at the events around the Garden of Eden. Using Bible verses, the author also gives his interpretation as to some possibilities of what Adam and Eve could have been thinking or going through. The author points out that Paul uses four words to describe Adam’s actions, sin, transgression, trespass and disobedience. Sin, is to do wrong, make a mistake or miss the way. Transgression applies to sin in it’s relationship with the law. Eve was deceived by the serpent, resulting in violating God’s command. Because she was deceived, this was not a premeditated action. Adam made a mistake that violated his relationship with God. Trespass is a wrong course of action, transgression or sin against God. And disobedience is an unwillingness to hear.

I enjoyed reading this book and taking a deeper look at what the circumstances could have been like in the Garden of Eden. I also liked how the author looked at others in the Bible and how the sin past down from Adam and Eve affected them. I especially enjoyed the last chapter of the book, where the author explains that the Bible we are reading in someone’s interpretation of the original version and some words or meanings may not be able to be interpreted the same. The author ends the book with a reminder that as Christians we are to deny ourselves, take up His cross and follow God.

This is not a quick read book, rather it is a book to be read over time. This would be a great book to be used in a bible study. There are ten chapters, each ending with questions to dwell on and think about to gain more from this book and the Bible.

I received a copy of this book from the author through Book Club and I have written my honest review.

223 pages

ISBN: 9781942587682

Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing

The author is a retired Presbyterian minister with a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Told-That-Were-Naked-Reexamination/dp/1942587686

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Friends, Partners & Lovers by Kevin A. Thompson

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Friends, Partners & Lovers, by Kevin A. Thompson, tells the reader what it takes to make a marriage work. It is not just a book for those who are struggling in their marriage, it is also a great resource for any one who is married or going to be married.

The author points out that the number one cause of divorce is that the marriage died because one or both of the spouses neglected to intentionally invest in the marriage. In a healthy marriage both spouses play the roles of friends, partners and lovers. By doing this, we let our spouse know that we will always be by their side, we will always have their back and we let them know someone will always see their soul. Being a good spouse takes time and is demanding. Unless we play all three roles we are failing to give our spouse everything we promise, and everything they deserve.

The author states that healthy marriages do not have less conflict, rather they have more positive interaction. He also states that if both partners are willing, a marriage can radically change. But you can’t change your marriage by trying to change your spouse. You can pray for a change in your spouse, but you must start with a change in yourself. The conclusion of the book gives us eight questions to think about, to see if there are areas in our lives that we need to change.

I enjoyed reading some of the personal things the author puts in the book. The one thing that stands out most in my mind is that he felt he could tell how the marriage will last by how the couple feeds each other the cake at the wedding. I think back at weddings I have been to and seen couples “smash” the cake into their spouse, while other weddings the couple have been so respectful that if they get frosting on their spouse, they take a napkin and clean their spouse’s face. I have not thought of this before, but it makes sense that those who take care with their spouse show more respect and love.

Another thing that is pointed out in this book is that your spouse needs to be your friend. But they cannot be your only friend. You need other friends that you can turn to, that you can talk with about things that your spouse does not care to talk about.

This is a good book for married, or soon to be married people. I really think this book is one that should be recommended at marriage enrichment classes or counseling. There are some points within the book that may offend the reader, as the author goes deep in how we need to treat our spouse and what we need to do to help our marriage. To get the most out of this book, I feel it should be one shared by both spouses, and not just read by one. In my opinion, if only one is going to read the book, it will be the one who is putting in the most work to make a marriage work. And some points in the book may make they sit back and think about things that are not being done in their marriage. As well as things they deserve in their marriage that they are not getting from their spouse. Each chapter ends with “Be Intentional” questions that will make you really sit and think.

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

224 pages

ISBN: 9780800728113

Publisher: Revell Publishing

To read more about the author, go to: http://www.kevinathompson.com/

Some place you can buy this book are:

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/friends-partners-and-lovers/383870

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