2014-03-31

Quiet:The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

EXCELLENT BOOK: $2.99 
by Susan Cain

http://amzn.to/1iTPnrM [Kindle version on sale]
[Hardcover from $3.99; also audio.] 

The book that started the Quiet Revolution 

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content

[From one of more than 1400 5-star reviews!] “This is hardly an impartial review. As somebody who has been called at some point or another the gamut of terms associated with introversion, from "shy" (which I don't object) to "anti-social" (which I most certainly consider unfair), I found in Susan Cain's "Quiet," the validation and appreciation many introverts have been searching for.

In "Quiet," Ms. Cain explains the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the 1920s and how it is that today we associate talkative, risk-taking, and action-oriented people with intelligence, beauty, power and success. The Extrovert Ideal is so pervasive that influences our work performance, educational policies, political choices, and even the country's financial health. But the focus of "Quiet" is on exposing the myths and misunderstandings that were born when we as a culture embraced the Extrovert Ideal and turned introversion into a malady to be avoided.

To dispel the misconception that introversion is some kind of sickness or "weirdness", Ms. Cain traces both the biological and cultural basis for introversion and extroversion and their role as evolutionary survival strategies in animals and humans. She interviews scientists who have conducted hundreds of studies to test different theories in an effort to determine how much of our temperament is a result of genetics and/or of our free will.






Free and $.99 Books From Dad Hagin

Good Books by Kenneth E Hagin  

http://bit.ly/KennethEHagin [Dad Hagin’s page]  

Several of Dad Hagin’s short books are free right now, and several more are only $0.99. 

Kenneth Hagin was a true apostle. He was considered the father of the Faith Movement (which took his teachings much farther than he ever took them), and his understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven was remarkable. 

I love his understanding of who we are, and whose we are, and application of that as we walk out our life on earth. 

http://bit.ly/KennethEHagin [Dad Hagin’s page]  

FREE BOOK: A Better Covenant    
http://amzn.to/1mFfNRD [Kindle free; paper from a buck]

This is a little (21-page) booklet is about the covenant that we live under. The Body of Christ has wonderful rights and privileges under the New Covenant because it was established upon better promises.









This minibook explores why people fall under the power of God, citing as evidence Church history records from Bible days to today.





FREE BOOK: Plead Your Case

Joining forces with God the Father through prayer and carrying out His will upon the earth is the covenant right of every New Testament believer!







$0.99 BOOK: Learning to Flow With the Spirit of God

There is a very fine line between real spirituality, and fanaticism and excess. Discover how to yield to the Spirit of God individually and corporately.






$0.90 BOOK: Words.

Yesterday's words shape life today. Discover how the words we speak affect families, health and success.








This minibook explains why salvation, healing, and many other blessings belong to the believer through the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ!









2014-03-30

A Woman Who Trusts God: Finding the Peace You Long For

FREE BOOK: Woman Who Trusts God: Finding the Peace You Long For

http://amzn.to/1dHPMOS [Kindle free; paper available]  

Our lives are filled with in-between times, those times when we are not quite where we would like to be (or where we thought we'd be). Dreams are on hold, prayers seem unanswered, and life can feel hard. And just when we think we have it all together, life happens again! During these times it can be difficult to see God in our situations and trust him with the future.

With empathy and wit, Debbie Alsdorf uses the book of Philippians to encourage women to lean on God, to live one day at a time, to rejoice and not to worry, and to give thanks to God in all circumstances of life. The confidence and peace readers will gain from the perspective presented in this loving book will help them live fully in the moment, in every season of life.

This caught my attention from her bio: “in her thirties, as a young pastor's wife, the Stepford woman crashed and burned. Real life hit and so did depression, discouragement and the stripping away of anything pretty, perfect or polished in her life. She was sure that God could never use her life again.

She began to get real with God about her brokenness and went back to the basics of His Word in order to build a new foundation based solely on His love for her. Step by step she began coming out of the depression, discouragement and fear. Most importantly she began to realize she was God's treasured possession--His woman.


[From a 5-star review]  “Debbie does an excellent job writing as if she was talking to you over coffee. She shares from experience, her struggles and victories. This book guides you through Gods word to find peace. But it also teaches us to trust in the almighty God. Great book for yourself or a bible study group.

Two Hours to Freedom: A Simple and Effective Model for Healing and Deliverance

GOOD $1.99 BOOK: Two Hours to Freedom: A Simple and Effective Model for Healing and Deliverance 

Charles Kraft is a legitimate expert in this field.

http://amzn.to/1lfKhH6 [Kindle $1.99; paper available]  

Many Christians labor under the false notion that because they are saved, past wounds, hurts, and consequences from mistakes are swept away. Yet they continue to be plagued with spiritual and emotional problems. They long for healing while wondering why they are unable to break free.

The answer, says inner healing expert Charles H. Kraft
, is that believers need to seek healing and deliverance as steps beyond salvation. Only when Christians are freed from the bonds of oppression deep inside themselves can they walk with the closeness with Jesus they yearn for.

Using a proven process he has refined through years of successful deliverance ministry, Kraft leads readers step by step to freedom--and ultimately to healing.

[From a 5-star review] This is a provocative book about healing from the inside out. The author recognizes that many believers still have emotional and spiritual issues that follow them throughout life because they never deal with them. And he helps you do just that. Lots of great advice and he takes you through various steps toward healing. The book is well-written and easy to read and very, very helpful.



2014-03-29

It is Finished: Why You Can Quit Religion and Trust in Jesus!

INTERESTING BOOK: It is Finished: Why You Can Quit Religion and Trust in Jesus!  

I’ve learned to respect Blaise’s writing. He gets it.

http://amzn.to/1hLHdhG [Kindle or Paperback] 
[Not free.] 
[Free] 

There is a generation that has come to the end of religion and let go of the pressure to "measure up" in their spiritual journey. They have abandoned the idea of an angry God in the sky who is keeping a list of humanity's rights and wrongs and they are awakening to the picture of pure grace and love found in the Person and life of Jesus Christ.

Their freedom is found in their identity as sons and daughters of the Father who is Perfect Love, and their bliss is anchored in the overwhelming reality of Christ's finished work for all mankind!

[From a 5-star review] Blaise did a wonderful job of keeping the message simple and writing it in a way that it's easy to understand. When you first get ahold of the wonderful message of Grace and the Finished Work of the Cross, many questions come and it's a journey to leave one state of 'being' and transition to another. Blaise answers some questions I had in my own journey, questions I am sure others have asked as well. The Gospel of Grace and God's Goodness truly is like a dream come true. Many think it's too good. We can never think our wonderful God, too good! This will be a great addition to your own library and will answer questions for those on the journey of discovering who they truly are, and more importantly, who Jesus REALLY is!!!  



2014-03-26

Faith and the Twin Forces of Patience


http://amzn.to/OW9JGv [Kindle is free now] 

Do you consider patience as a frustrating process in the Christian life? Have you ever believed God for something, and then felt like you were shoved into a prison called ‘patience’ while you suffered, served your time, until finally God graciously opened His hand to grant your request?

It is time to strip away these misconceptions and take a new look at the powerful combination of faith and these dynamic twin forces of patience in the believer’s life. In fact, the closer we look at the powerful DNA of faith, we will see the double helix of these two forces of patience that give faith its true backbone of strength to overcome.

This book will give you a new perspective on how your faith will manifest God’s reality in your life, and how each force of patience will position you to consistently walk in this victory of faith.


With a strong teaching gift, Timothy Jorgensen ministers internationally with a passion to raise up breakthrough believers of all ages and backgrounds. 

He is a graduate of Spirit Life Bible College in California, and School of the Prophets in Malaysia, and holds ordination through John G. Lake Ministries and is Wisconsin State Director for JGLM. He has spent years ministering in the US, New Zealand, Indonesia, Nepal and Malaysia.




Teach Me To Pray By Andrew Murray

$0.99 BOOK: Teach Me To Pray  
By Andrew Murray  

This is one of the classics, from one of the masters! 

http://amzn.to/1gYDzzT [Kindle: $.99; paper from $.001] 

Contemporary Christians know that God answers prayer and that praying is important, but most also wish their prayer life could be more effective. Murray instructs readers from Scripture and the life of Jesus that prayer is the root and strength of all work for God, that God intends to answer every prayer, and that prayer is meant to be a way of life.

This is a collection of carefully-excerpted devotionals from the writings of Andrew Murray. Bringing together 180 selections from Murray’s writings, it addresses issues like the Holy Spirit, faith, obedience, love, and more. Text is lightly updated for ease of reading, and handsomely packaged for gift-giving.

This a great devotional that will inspire you to pray more and will also teach you things about prayer that you may not have known. It is one of the greatest books on prayer that I have read. It is so good that I will on occasion take it with me just to read sections of it. It has a scripture index in the back that can give you new insights to specific bible verses. It also one of the few books are prayer that combines God's love with prayer.


2014-03-25

Miracles Are for Real: What Happens When Heaven Touches Earth

FREE BOOK: Miracles Are for Real: What Happens When Heaven Touches Earth  

http://amzn.to/1pxPr13 [Kindle free; Paper $1.99]

From the Back Cover
Do you believe miracles still happen?

Definitely, you say, because you or a loved one has experienced a miracle--your sister survived a car accident that should have resulted in death. You received a check for the exact amount needed to cover this month's overdue electric bill, when your bank account was empty.

Or maybe you say, I'm not sure. You've heard stories, but you're skeptical. It seems there are a lot of impostors claiming to perform miracles.

The answer? Absolutely. And while the miraculous stories in this book are evidence of God's working today, that's just the beginning. Pastor and teacher Dr. Jim Garlow and writer Keith Wall carefully examine biblical teaching about miracles and provide honest, trustworthy information that will boost your faith. Whether you need a miracle today or you want to understand how to recognize a true miracle, this is your inspiring guide.


Miracles are for Real had me on the brink of tears one minute and in deep thought the next. The book is brilliantly written, interspersing real, true-life accounts of miracles with commentary on the reality of miracles, how to define them, why miracles take place. For those in the midst of a dark time, looking for a source of hope, this book is a great reminder of God's power and his love and his ability to walk with us through the tough times and move in a miraculous way. It will be impossible not to be inspired reading these examples of miracles, such as one about a child with an obvious brain injury being inexplicably healed! The book is based on clear biblical truths and provides a beautiful and balanced look at miracles. The authors do a great job of advising people from "chasing" after miracles, stating that "we should expect miracles, but they shouldn't be our ultimate goal...Miracles are thrilling, yet they can't compete with the miracle of an authentic life and a focus on always seeking to do the right thing".


FourSeasons of Creative Writing: 1,000 Prompts to Stop Writer's Block

FREE BOOK: FourSeasons of Creative Writing: 1,000 Prompts to Stop Writer's Block  

Recommendation: If you are a writer or if you’re thinking you might want to be, then grab this (it’s FREE right now) and keep it for that day that you need it.  

http://amzn.to/1gmKKqd [Kindle version: free today] 

Writing prompts are questions and hypothetical situations that are able to cure writer's block instantly. This book gives you exactly one thousand idea-generating prompts that focus on the coldest, warmest, toughest and funniest days of the four seasons. These 1,000 prompts work for blogs, scripts, stories, poems, essays, songs and anything else that requires you to stare down writer's block and start writing!

From a 5-star review: While I was expecting prompts more along the lines of a visualization exercise or lists of items for the writer to include in their piece, this approach with open-ended questions offers something a little different. As some other reviewers have suggested, many of the prompts are aimed at school-age writers, but even older writers looking to break out of their comfort zones can benefit from thinking seasonally for a change.


Recommended for anyone struggling with a blank page, in need of some spring, summer, winter or fall motivation to get that pen moving.

2014-03-24

Once Upon a Summer By Janette Oke

FREE BOOK: Once Upon a Summer  

http://amzn.to/1iVNXgQ [Kindle is free; paper from a penny!]  

Josh Jones realizes his family isn't typical, but it's the only life he's ever known. Aunt Lou, Gramps, Uncle Charlie, Grandpa--they all have shaped the young man he has become. But as he grows into manhood, Josh begins to face important questions about life, love, and faith. Three million books sold in the series!

From the Back Cover

Sure, it's unusual to have an eighteen-year-old mother when you're twelve. But when you're an orphan and she's your aunt--and the only mother you've ever known--well, it works out just fine.

That's why I got so riled up when I heard Grandpa and Uncle Charlie talkin' about findin' a fella for Aunt Lou!

You see, somethin' had to be done. I couldn't just sit back and watch our family get broken up. But with Grandpa and Uncle Charlie workin' so hard to marry off Aunt Lou, I really had my job cut out for me. Then that preacher came along, and things got really complicated...

From a 5-star review: This Christian fiction book is a cute story of a boy's love for his unusual family made up of his uncle, grandfather, aunt, great-grandfather and his dog. I especially liked the boy's close relationship with his dog and his relationship with God. I think a boy might enjoy this book since the main character is Josh and it's his story. He shares his feelings with the reader about the things happening in his family and his anger towards God. The aunt finds romance but it was quite humorous how her father and uncle tried to set her up with "acceptable" candidates and the boy and Gramps would intervene. I enjoyed the book for a change of pace. I found it to be uplifting, amusing and an easy read.



2014-03-22

$1.99 BOOK: Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book

$1.99 BOOK: Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book   
By Grumpy Cat           

http://amzn.to/OMDauh [Kindle version is $1.99
Paper version from $1.25] 

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat’s epic feline frown has inspired legions of devoted fans. Celebrating the grouch in everyone, the Grumpy Cat book teaches the fine art of grumpiness and includes enough bad attitude to cast a dark cloud over the whole world. Featuring brand new as well as classic photos, and including grump-inspiring activities and games, Grumpy Cat delivers unmatched, hilarious grumpiness that puts any bad mood in perspective.

“Grumpy Cat’s online fame is undeniable. But cranky Luddite readers who cling sourly to the printed page can discover her charms ...with the arrival of ‘Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book.’ A Web star for our anxious times, Grumpy Cat also is an unofficial mascot for sufferers of bad-attitude resting face, which goes by another name that rhymes with itchy. Clearly, Grumpy Cat is currently our favorite peeved pet.”
-Detroit Free Press

“An innovative concept, featuring unusual images of a feline that’s become an Internet sensation. Subtitled ‘Disgruntled Tips and Activities Designed to Put a Frown On Your Face,’ the slim, colorful book is likely to make you frequently laugh out loud.”
- Lansing State Journal
  
[From a 5-star review] : Someone commented earlier that this was just a compilation of what was already all over the Internet, but that is not true. I thought that's what it might be, and didn't care, but most of what was in the book were things I'd never seen before, and I thought I'd seen them all. In fact, my first thought was that I was happy the owners decided to save some of the best Grumpys for the book.

This book made me laugh out loud many times, so in Grumpy-speak, "It was AWFUL!" So awful, in fact, I'm hoping they decide to write a series. And thanks to the writers or publisher that decided to make it a hardcover. As a bibliophile, I am always appreciative of a good hardcover book as opposed to soft cover or paperback varieties. I am awfully happy to be adding this one to my collection.






2014-03-21

Unbound: Breaking Free of Life's Entanglements Jack Frost

FREE BOOK: Unbound: Breaking Free of Life's Entanglements
Jack Frost (Author), Trisha Frost (Author), Bill Johnson (Foreword)

http://amzn.to/1kQKH6A [Kindle version is free now!]

Believe and trust in love again!

Unbound weaves an uplifting tale of two people who begin their journey held captive by the strongholds and thought patterns that had prevented them from loving each other, their families, and the Father. Their pain begins to outweigh their shame until they seek for help, finding healing for their lives, their family, and for literally thousands of people around the world. Share the true story of how Jack and Trisha Frost apply God’s unconditional love to their lives and it forever changes them and their family.

Learn to:
§         Understand why we experience pain in order to develop a character that causes us to live moral lives.
§         Become more than you can imagine you could ever be.
§         Uncover the old habit patterns of thinking, that have become strongholds in your life and alienate you from intimacy first with Him and then with those you love.
§          
Choose to take a chance to find your destiny through new challenges and discover what it means to live a life unbound from life’s entanglements.

"I recommend this book to hurt people looking to finally get past that which has kept them from moving on and to inspire that overcoming is possible in any circumstance."
      —Randy Clark, Global Awakening

From a 5-star review: Brilliant book!! A must read for anyone wanting to break free from those things in life that prevent us from walking into our God given destinies and all the Father has for us. This is a message of the Father heart of God for His children, it's about walking in freedom and embracing the Fathers love. Anything from Jack and Trisha Frost is going to change your life, just as it has done for me and my wife. Thanks Shiloh Place for changing our lives!!



Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message By Ravi Zacharias

$1.99 BOOK: Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message  

http://amzn.to/1gjpKBI [Kindle is $1.99; paper from $3] 


In a world with so many religions, why Jesus?

We are living in a time when you can believe anything, as long as you do not claim it to be true. In the name of “tolerance,” our postmodern culture embraces everything from Eastern mysticism to New Age spirituality. But as Ravi Zacharias points out, such unquestioning acceptance of all things spiritual is absurd. All religions, plainly and simply, cannot be true.

Jesus Among Other Gods provides the answers to the most fundamental claims about Christianity, such as:

§         Aren’t all religions fundamentally the same?
§         Was Jesus who He claimed to be?
§         Can one study the life of Christ and demonstrate conclusively that He was and is the way, the truth, and the life?

In each chapter, Zacharias considers a unique claim that Jesus made and then contrasts the truth of Jesus with the founders of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism with compelling insight and passionate conviction. In addition to an impressive breadth of reading and study, he shares his personal journey from despair and meaninglessness to his discovery that Jesus is who He said He is.

“In Jesus Among Other Gods, Ravi Zacharias demonstrates that he is one of the most intellectually gifted as well as spiritually sensitive writers of today’s leading apologists for the Christian faith. Zacharias brings alive the unique power of the claims of Jesus about himself and the utter relevance of his message today for the human condition.”

From a 5-star review: Ravi Zacharias is probably the most concise and succinct Christian apologist of our day, and this book is classic Zacharias!

He gives us a clear defense of the Christian message as he tackles some difficult areas of Christian apologetics, such as the problem of suffering in the face of a loving God. His viewpoint is one of a man who is well versed in the ever popular eastern philosophy of his childhood.

A wonderful, wonderful book! Highly recommended!!!



Behind the Mask (Horstberg Saga Volume 1)

FREE BOOK: Behind the Mask (Horstberg Saga Volume 1)   

http://amzn.to/1mkJwPG [Kindle version is free!]  

When You’re Hiding For Your Life, What Do You Live For?

Abbi has the gift of dreams. But her uncanny ability to see glimpses of the future has no apparent purpose or meaning until a dream leads her to a man on the brink of despair and destruction.

Cameron is a man without a name and without a country, framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Long ago forced into exile and believed dead, the passing of years have defaced him of all hope.

The country of Horstberg suffers beneath the weight of tyranny, and only Cameron holds the secret that could see her ruler undone and restore the people to peace and prosperity. While revolution brews and whispers of treason threaten all that is dear to Abbi, she remains unaware of her own ability to answer a nation’s prayers.

Trusting only her heart and the power of her dreams, Abbi gives all that she has to lead Cameron back into a civilized world, where love is real and freedom comes only in facing what hides behind the mask.

Please note that this book contains the entire Volume One of the Horstberg Saga, over 1,080 manuscript pages! Ebook has a fully linked table of contents.

Categories: Christian & Inspirational

 [From a 5-star review]: 5 stars for an amazing reading experience! Another "can't put it down" title!
I loved the characters, the storyline, the way this novel grabbed me and wouldn't let go- my mind was so involved in the story's happenings that I even dreamt about them!

I love the way the author used such decorum and respect with the intimate interaction between the main characters. Even though it's not a religious novel per se, nothing was inappropriate or offensive.

I enjoyed every word, and even learned a few new ones!










2014-03-20

How People Change

FREE BOOK: How People Change   

http://amzn.to/1r0rRxy [Kindle version is free now!]  

A changed heart is the bright promise of the gospel. 

When the Bible talks about the gift of a new heart, it doesn't mean a heart that is immediately perfected, but a heart that is capable of being changed. Jesus' work on the cross targets our hearts, our core desires and motivations, and when our hearts change, our behavior changes. It's amazing to watch people who once seemed stuck in a pattern of words, choices, and behaviors start living in a new way as Christ changes their hearts.

From (one of a hundred) 5-star reviews: It's the unspoken elephant in the room: why aren't professing Christians, by and large, any different than non-Christians? We often struggle and fail at the same sins, have the same divorce rates, and generally don't stand out as being more kind or loving than devoted moral adherants of other religions--- despite our theology that we have been "born again." Ask many, including pastors, the question, and the reply often comes down to some variant of "they aren't trying hard enough" or "they aren't really saved after all."

But the question behind the question is "So, how do people really change--- how does a person who has become a child of God actually become radically more loving, more peaceful, more self-controlled, in a way that isn't mere psychology and that can't be explained or experienced by a non-Christian?"


Few people can give a robust, Biblical, detailed explanation to this fundamental question. Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp can, and do, in this wonderful book. They give us a truly Biblical & congruent theology of how people change, and show us a path to meaningful personal change in our own lives.

Learning to Love: Passion, Compassion and the Essence of the Gospel, by Heidi & Rolland Baker

$1.99 BOOK: Learning to Love: Passion, Compassion and the Essence of the Gospel  

http://amzn.to/1fJZRVR [Kindle version, on sale] 

Missionary Leaders Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Glimpses from Africa 

Continuing where their book Expecting Miracles left off, this narrative draws from the last five years of the life of Iris Ministries. Woven alongside fascinating narrative from Mozambique is teaching from Heidi and Rolland that communicates the distilled wisdom about the heart of the Gospel
from all their years of serving the poor.

More than any of their previous books, this one has the most to say about what Rolland and Heidi have learned about love--whether in Africa or wherever home might be: finding intimacy with Jesus, concentrating on the humble and lowly, being willing to suffer for love's sake, finding God's supply of utterly needed miracles, and walking in the unquenchable joy of the Lord. Every reader will find incredible challenge and refreshment in these pages.


From a 5-star review: Ever wonder what your destiny is? Heidi and Rolland Baker believe that "Wherever you end up and whatever you do, your destiny is this: to be fully possessed by God's presence. To carry his glory. Then...you are His resting place, and all that can be there is life and beauty."

The Bakers are founders of Iris Ministries, and have been missionaries to Mozambique since 1995. They care for over 10,000 children through their ministry, and many more through the Iris network of more than 10,000 churches, Bible school, primary schools and remote outreach programs.

This book is a conversation, sometimes told by Heidi, and sometimes by Rolland, of experiences and truths learned through being filled with God's love and listening to His voice. In Mozambique, one of the most dangerous and poor places in the world to live, lives and even whole villages change because the power of God is demonstrated so mightily. The Bakers believe that God's love is the answer and they live that way. They expect Him to meet needs, big and small. Healings and miraculous provision happen regularly.

The Bakers have learned some important truths that will encourage all of us. People often ask them how and why these things happen with such regularity in Mozambique. "Where does the kind of faith that soars come from? It comes from love, from knowing who Jesus is, from understanding what He thinks of you and realizing who He has made you to be. When you are in love, you have power. When you start to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, you start to get full of God and full of the understanding that whatever He asks of you to do, you can do; that wherever He asks you to go, you can go. You can live on the edge, because even in the darkest places, light is waiting there for you. His love, His light in you and me. Passion: It makes us unstoppable."

The simple message conveyed in this book is "Love God and love the one in front of you." Nothing else matters more than that. Love is action. Ministry is looking to the interests and needs of others, caring more about others than about ourselves. Loving ourselves so that we can love others means we understand how much God loves us, just as we are. He loves who we are right now and who we can become. He sees our hearts.

Interspersed in with incredible faith building stories is encouragement for all of us, no matter where we live and what we do, to fulfill our God-given destiny.

God's love is the starting point for true change and Learning to Love explains it well! Despite the journal format of the book being a little distracting, it is most definitely a recommended read!


I generously received a free copy of Learning to Love from Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review.

2014-03-19

The Prophetic Supernatural Experience

By Matthew Robert Payne, Laurie Hicks, Bjarki Clausen (Illustrator) 

http://amzn.to/1ounBE8 [Kindle version $0.99 today]

Elijah called fire down from heaven, Joseph the Dreamer ranked next to Pharaoh, Samuel anointed King David, Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dreams, Ezekiel breathed on the dry bones, and John the Baptist prepared the way of the Lord.

From the Old Testament to the New Testament and in today's day and age, PROPHETS come and go.

Bearing God's message, bringing His judgments, giving answers to problems, calling things to life, pointing people back to Him.

Prophets . . . called . . . appointed . . . trained . . . ordained.

The Prophetic Supernatural Experience is a groundbreaking resource on biblical prophecy, the prophetic office, and the training of a prophet. God still speaks through His prophets and He wants to equip those called to this gift and ministry through this comprehensive guidebook on moving into this anointing.

Whether you are a seasoned prophet, a prophet in training, a beginner in the prophetic, or a new believer, prophet Matthew Robert Payne and prophetess Laurie Hicks mentor you on how you can respond to God's call in your life and live the life of a prophet. Through The Prophetic Supernatural Experience, you will

Discover your anointing in life
Understand why training is needed for a prophet
Recognize the tools necessary for living out this call
Harness your gift to help the lost
Overcome hindrances to this ministry
Learn about stories of the supernatural

The prophetic office is not limited to only a select few. You can prophesy to a stranger on the streets, through email or chat, or anywhere God leads you. He calls every believer to deliver His message at His opportune time and set people free, heal their body, restore relationships, bless them in every way, and save their soul. The Prophetic Supernatural Experience provides you with biblical principles that will help you to impact lives and imitate Jesus' powerful life here on earth.

From a 5-star review: The Prophetic Supernatural Experience truly is a remarkable book, created by remarkable people. Harvesting all of the wonders of the Bible in respect to prophesy in such a natural, understandable way, the authors, Matthew Robert Payne and Laurie Hicks, methodically introduce and share believable life experiences thrown at them that developed into spiritual revelations leading to the pathway of prophecy. The wealth of information is amazing.

Prophecy is explained in a simple way so that to show this gift is from God. Warm and personal, every chapter comes to life with important information about today's prophets. Blending God's supernatural powers with a pinch of psychological insight, the drama of living to prophesize unfolds. Written so beginners will understand and anyone at all with curiosity will find it worth reading. It's a guide for learning about prophecy and how to deal with it, if you are chosen by God.





2014-03-18

Done: What most religions don't tell you about the Bible

FREE BOOK: Done: What most religions don't tell you about the Bible  
By Cary Schmidt   

http://amzn.to/1os0TwB [Kindle version free] 

You are more than a body; you will live forever somewhere; and God is on a divine rescue mission to make sure your “forever” is safe with Him! If you enjoy being loved; if you enjoy gifts; if you care about where you will spend forever; and if you want to know the true message of the Bible, then you must read this book! Where will you spend forever? You owe this question some investigation...

[From a 5-star review] : This book was recommended to me as I am a new Christian and was a bit lost in Gods word... This book answered so very many of my questions and gave me insight that I didn’t expect. I would recommend this book to anyone who has questions about God and/or Jesus. Not only was is super helpful, it was written using examples that I understood and related to.





Understanding The Book Of Job - Separating What Is True From What Is Truth

$0.99 BOOK: Understanding The Book Of Job - Separating What Is True From What Is Truth  

http://amzn.to/1qQ5yur  [Kindle version] 

It is safe to say at the very least, that the Bible is a fascinating book. A book full of many true tails, even struggles and disappointments, along with much information intended to help people grow and mature in their relationship with God.

After all, it is impossible to have a positive relationship with someone we have not gotten to know and this principal applies to all relationships including one with God. While there are many ways to get to know our Heavenly Father, reading the Bible is one of the most important tools provided for us. However: many shy away from reading the Old Testament for various reasons, and one reason high on most peoples list is due to the "gloom and doom".

However, not reading the Old Testament portion of the Bible is similar to using half of the pieces to a 1000 piece puzzle. We will never see the big picture if we only use half of the pieces included. One of the most misunderstood and misused books of the Bible is the book of Job. Yes, the book of Job is filled with suffering and difficult times in the life of Job and his family and friends. In turn the book of Job has become a favorite among many when it comes to dealing with difficult times in their own life or the lives of others.

This particular take, on the book of Job however, is written to help us understand the lessons than can be learned from Job's life, as well as a better understanding of the character and nature of God Himself, by taking a look at the oldest book in the Bible, from a different angle. When we do so, I believe we will see things we never would have seen without changing the lens we view this incredible story through.












2014-03-17

How To Be Happy Wife Of An Unsaved Husband

By Linda Davis  

http://amzn.to/PIKxnv [Free on Kindle now]   

The Christian wife of an unsaved husband has a special ministry that no one else can fulfill. Linda Davis explains how to minister to your husband while living a rewarding life both spiritually and personally.  

Drawing from personal experience and biblical wisdom, she describes how you can be happy in spite of your circumstances, understand your husband's point of view, witness to your husband without saying a word, release your husband to God, and rely on God's perfect timing for your husband's salvation. This book will benefit any woman who desires a deeper spiritual life for both her husband and herself.


From a 5-star rating: “Wow does this book hit the nail on the head!! I recommend it to every woman that is saved and is struggling because her husband is not. I just gave my copy to a fellow sister a few days ago, but have already decided to buy another copy to keep around for the powerful prayers and insight it contains. The author personally went through years of devastation in her own experiences with her unsaved husband (you'll think she's talking about YOUR marriage!). I'd thank Mrs. Davis for writing this book in person if I could! :D

2014-03-16

Celtic Flames, By Kathie Walters


TIMELY BOOK: Celtic Flames  

http://amzn.to/1hp3Ycl [Kindle: $7. Paper from $.01] 

An Excerpt, in honor of the holiday: 

"As Patrick came near to Dublin, at that time a small village, he prophesied, "This village which is now very small shall hereafter become very eminent. it shall be enlarged in riches and dignity. Neither shall it cease to grow until it has become the principal seat of all the kingdom."

When the people of Dublin, having heard of the great signs and miracles that were done through Patrick, and when they saw that he was coming to that village, they went out to meet him.

At this time, Alphinus was the king over Dublin. He and all the citizens were in great sorrow, for the death of the kings two children. The kings only son, called Eochadh had died a sickness, in his bedroom. The king's daughter, and a sister to the young prince, had just been drowned, in the adjoining river, now known as the Liffey.

She had ventured into the deep part, for the purpose of bathing. Her name was Dublinia, and from her, Dublin is thought to have derived its name. The young lady's body was drawn out of the waters after some considerable search, and laid by her brother's corpse, in order that their funeral rites might be solemnized together.

According to the superstition of the Druids , the tombs were prepared. In the meantime, news was spread over all the city, that "St. Patrick, the powerful reviver of many dead persons" (what a reputation !!), had been seen in the town. For He who burst asunder the gates of death and of hell, smoothed the path for his servant.

The king and the people, who before had said to the Lord, "Depart from us, we will not the knowledge any of thy ways," were so cast down, saddened with grief, that all of their rebellion and all their barbarous rudeness, and all the pride of their idolatry, were utterly subdued. The King had previously rejected the Gospel because he had his druid wizards, who were pretty powerful. And so the king, hearing of St. Patrick's arrival, sent messengers to ask him to come in, where his two children lay dead.

When Patrick came to the room in which the two children were laid, the King asked him if he could do anything. Patrick replied that he could, but if the children were raised then He would do it in the Name of Jesus, and told the King that if God did this for him then He would have to promise to serve his God, the God of the Christians. The King agreed before all those present, that if God restored his children to life, that he and all the citizens would become Christians.

Seeing such a gain of souls, in the sight of the king, his nobles, and all the common people, Patrick raised from death to life those princely children, whose bodily resurrection co-operated much towards the spiritual resurrection of their father, with the rest of his people.

The king and all his subjects, being astonished at this great miracle, turned away from the worship of Druid idols, and they were baptized in the river Liffy.

From that day the King and all the people worshiped God and gave liberally to Patrick, so that he was able to give to the poor in that place and other places and have enough to build churches.


Note: Celtic Flames contains accounts of the ministries of Patrick, Brendan, Columba, Comgall, Brigid, Cuthbert and others.

2014-03-14

Failing Forward: How to Make the Most of Your Mistakes

TWO BUCK BOOK: Failing Forward: How to Make the Most of Your Mistakes  

http://amzn.to/1hkmwu9 [Kindle: $1.99 right now!]

The major difference between achieving people and average people is their perception of and response to failure. John C. Maxwell takes a closer look at failure-and reveals that the secret of moving beyond failure is to use it as a lesson and a stepping-stone. He covers the top reasons people fail and shows how to master fear instead of being mastered by it. Readers will discover that positive benefits can accompany negative experiences-if you have the right attitude. Chock full of action suggestions and real-life stores, Failing Forward is a strategic guide that will help men and women move beyond mistakes to fulfill their potential and achieve success.

Amazon.com Review
The author of 24 books on maximizing personal and leadership potential, John C. Maxwell believes "the difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure." In Failing Forward, he offers inspirational advice for turning the difficulties that inevitably arise in life into stepping stones that help you reach the top. Noting that star performers are often those who aggressively push forward after encountering adversity, Maxwell shows how a variety of well-known and not-so-well-known people have forged ahead despite obstacles that could have derailed them. They include: Mary Kay Ash, who founded her cosmetics firm against enormous odds when the direct-sales company she toiled in for 25 years resisted her continued corporate climb; Truett Cathy, who lost two brothers (and business partners) in an airplane crash and experienced his own serious medical problems before establishing the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain; Greg Horn, who reopened his Kentucky grocery store just 21 days after it suffered $1 million in flood damage; and Beck Weathers, who lost his nose, half of one arm, and the fingers on his other in the infamous 1996 Into Thin Air Mt. Everest tragedy, but now takes a positive message of survival and conquest to audiences around the world. --Howard Rothman

About the Author
John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 19 million books. He is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries. Read his blog at JohnMaxwellOnLeadership.com.

From a 5-star review: Failing Forward is one of the best stallbusting books I have ever read! It focuses on how to handle our emotions when things aren't matching up to our expectations. Dr. Maxwell identifies dozens of stalls that delay progress for those who are experiencing setbacks in their lives.

While most people see setbacks as a negative, Dr. Maxwell points out that there is an important lesson that we can use to accomplish more in the future. Building on that appropriate and valuable perspective, Failing Forward postulates 15 principles that can help you apply the lesson.

Each chapter covers a separate principle and is filled with self-diagnostic questions, as well as heart-warming examples of how people went from apparent failure towards great success.

The work is very consistent with the philosophy of Anthony Robbins. If you are a Robbins fan, you will find this book to be a good complement to Unleash the Power Within.

I strongly recommend that you read this book, and reread it the next time you are feeling sorry for yourself or have a setback. If you care about others, be prepared to loan your copy to the next person who looks morose after having a problem.

Dr. Maxwell also offers a self-diagnostic test on the book's Web site. I took that test and found it helpful to cement my understanding of the book. I recommend that you do this as well.

Unlike most books about self-improvement that are scaled to a level of sophistication, this book should appeal both to those with lots of experience and education as well as those who have yet to develop those perspectives.