Thirsty for More by Allison Allen

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Thirsty for More, by Allison Allen, is a powerful book that shows the readers that everyone goes through “dry times” where we wonder where God is or how He left something happen. It is through theses times that we see how God is there to help us through and help us grow. The author uses her personal experiences to give insight into how we can find God during those times and experience his blessing. She shows the reader how God uses these times in our lives to give us rest as well as strengthen us.

This is not a quick read book, but rather a book that is better read a little at a time and thought about. The chapters end with “Reflections” that contain a Bible passage and additional thoughts on the chapter topic. I enjoyed reading this book. I especially enjoyed how the author used her personal experiences to help the reader see that they can grown during hard times. I think this would be a good choice for a Bible study.

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

205 pages

ISBN: 9780800728205

My rating 4.5

The author is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, a former Broadway performer and a current Bible teacher and speaker.

This book can be purchased at:

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Praying God’s Promises by Linda Evans Sheperd

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The Scriptures tell us that when we pray the will of God, he delights to answer our prayers.”

Praying God’s Promises, by Linda Evan Sheperd, covers a wide range of types of prayers a person may have. With over 20 different topics, this book is a good book to have as a reference book or for those times when it is hard to know what to pray. Some of the topics include faith, hope, children, comfort, healing, relationships and salvation. The chapters contain personal stories, prayers and bible verses that go along with the theme of the chapter. The book focuses on helping the reader understand the promises of God to His people as stated in the bible.

While I did not agree with the use of some of the bible verses, this is a nice book to have for those times when it is hard to pray. I also feel the author used to many different bible translations. Even though there are times reading in different translations is a good thing, I would have preferred if the author had used just a few different popular versions. This would make a good book to use for a bible study.

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

242 pages

ISBN: 9780800723897

My Rating – 4 stars

The author is a international speaker and author of over 30 books. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at: https://www.sheppro.com/

This book can be purchased at:

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How To Be a Perfect Christian by The Babylon Bee

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How To Be a Perfect Christian by The Babylon Bee is Christian humor that will make the reader sit back and really wonder. While it is written as satire, some of the topics the author touches on will cause the reader to take a second look at themselves. This is not a book to sit down and read all in one sitting. But rather to be read and thought about. This book gives “tips” on topics such as choosing the right church, worshiping correctly, how to volunteer or take part in a potluck as well as sharing on social media.

I have to confess, I have never heard of The Babylon Bee. And I do not generally read humor or satire. I also take my Christian life very serious. But this is a good book. The authors touch on sensitive topics in a humorous way that would make using this as a group discussion book rather fun. I would honestly recommend this book to my friends who enjoy reading humorous writings.

This 208 page hard covered book is published by Multnomah Publishing. I received a copy of this book as part of the Launch Team. I was not required to write a review.

208 pages

ISBN: 9780735291522

The official Babylon Bee website is: https://babylonbee.com/

Some places this book can be ordered are:

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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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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:
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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:

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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:
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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:

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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:

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Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren

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My passionate prayer is that every pastor’s wife will get to read this book, because it could save your life, marriage, family, and ministry from a lot of unnecessary pain. And it can help make the rest of your life, the best of your life.” – RICK WARREN

Sacred Privilege, by Kay Warren, is written mainly for pastor’s wives. It gives encouragement, and tips for other wives in ministry. She goes into detail explaining how as a pastor’s wife, you will lose your privacy, you will be criticized, there will be complaints and conflicts. With these she tells the reader to leave it to God. She explains not to get caught up in trying to please every body.

The author explains that you will not be in ministry very long before you realize you have said yes to God in a way that will challenge every part of you. The author explains you need to accept who you are and know that be open to change. She also explains that you need to take care of yourself and your needs. And if there are children involved in the family, you need to help them . Ministry couples raising children have the normal stress of raising children. But they also have the additional stress of know everyone in their congregation will be watching them as they raise their children as well as what their children do.

I found this to be a very interesting book to read. I am not a minister’s wife, nor am I a minister’s daughter. I do, however, have family members in the ministry field and this book helped me to see the stress and sacrifices that minister wives deal with. I appreciate how the author uses her life experiences to help other wives. I think this book should be recommended reading for spouses of those in training for ministry as well as for family and close friends.

I received this book from Revell Publishing. I have written an honest review.

272 Pages

ISBN: 9780800728168

Publisher: Revell Publishing

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

Some place to purchase this book are:

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