April 26, 2012
WORDS 2 GROW BY
Bible Study, book review, christian living, Faith, John MacArthur, Salvation
As a writer of Contemporary Fiction as well as non-fiction and as a servant within the body of Christ I see a lot of confusion in Christiandom. “The Truth About the lordship of Christ” by John MacArthur will assist followers of Jesus in understanding why they believe as well as what should not be believed. The basics of faith are addressed with a substantial amount of scripture to support the information presented. Despite being only 132 pages the discussion on what it means to be a follower of Christ is quite extensive.
I was very pleased to read how John MacArthur addresses the issue of God’s love for all people not just believers in the beginning of the book. I suspect that many will avoid reading this book or take some things out of context primarily because as with many of his teachings “The Truth About the lordship of Christ” is without apology. Often we ignore unpleasantries found in the Bible:
“Committing your life to follow Jesus Christ means you would not only forsake your family; if need be, you’d give your life.” (page 41)
There are so many churches that label themselves as “Christian” that teach: spirituality or deny the deity of Jesus making it easier for people to live lifestyles that do not line up with scripture. By addressing Christian beliefs such as: justification, salvation, sanctification and holiness as well as confession and repentance, “The Truth About the lordship of Christ”, will lead the believer to making personal adjustments in his Christian walk.
I recommend this book.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me by Book Sneeze in exchange for a fair and honest review.
March 12, 2012
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Baby Boomer, Bible Study, Changes, christian life, christian living, divorce, empty nest, life cycles, widow, widower, words2growby
When I saw the title of the book I knew I had to read it! At 52 years old I have been asking myself that question for years. “WHAT’S NEXT? Navigating Transitions to Make the Rest of Your Life Count” by H. Norman Wright is an excellent book about life’s changes. Written with Baby Boomers in mind it helps us work through the major and not so major adaptations we have had to make over the years.
It is a book and a workbook; it is personal and a great source for adult conversation. This book helps us work out the “what if’s” of our lives and the “if I could-a-would-a-should-a” in our minds. We don’t always ask ourselves: “What next?” generally we ask: “Now What!” It is the same except “What Next?” allows you and me to evaluate God’s plan which is always bigger than our finite eyes to see.
The chapters include: “We, the boomers”; “The Second Half of Marriage”; “The Gathering of Losses”’ “You’re Older: Rejoice!” and “The Legacy You’ll Leave” just to name a few. There is much more in this 220 page book (not including the extensive bibliography). It is well worth the price and one you will definitely not want to get from the library.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for a review. I have provided my honest opinion.
February 17, 2012
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bible, Bible Study, book review, christian living, NEW TESTAMENT
Before I write anything I must admit that I am addicted to bibles. I love reading different translations and comparing them with my trusty old New King James. At last count I have at least 10 bibles (hard covers) different translations of course and about three translations on my Kindle and four on my computer. So when I had the opportunity to read a new bible translation I eagerly grabbed it.
Thomas Nelson’s newest bible is called “The Voice” and it is great! After reading the in Preface and viewing a few of the other books I dived into the book of Hebrews. I chose Hebrews because I am currently taking a class on the book of Hebrews and I wanted to know how it would compare not only to what I have read but what my instructor was teaching. This is an excellent translation, it is understandable, it does not take away from the majesty of the King James version and it flows nicely. The comments found were not so complex that if this was your first time reading the bible it would not be over bearing.
Because I received the New Testament translation, the complete book has an expected release date of April 2012, I could not check out Proverbs or any of the Psalms however I looked at my favorite verse Matthew 6:33 and John 1:1-4. What I think The Voice does for the word of God is amplifies His message. In a few months I will have 11 bibles.
I recommend The Voice not only to new believers but those who love the word of God.
I received a complimentary copy of The Voice from Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest review.