Sunday, September 11, 2011

A good starter book...


Spiritual Warfare for Women: Winning the Battle for your Home, Family, and Friends
by Leighann McCoy

The author is upfront with the fact that the book took a different path than her original plan due to the circumstances she was facing as she wrote it.  Although I do believe that these circumstances provided some strong material for the book I think in the end it caused it to be distracting.  I was often left wondering if the book was supposed to be a book to provide tips for others to combat spiritual warfare or if it was biography of her life.  It ended up being a bit of both but would have been better had she focused on one or the other.

This is a book that would be suitable for those new to the Christian faith or for those who are wondering what exactly "Spiritual Warfare" is.  Under the context of being useful for beginners I think this book is wonderful and it would provide a good foundation for the understanding of spiritual warfare. 

And so, even though I do not give the book a rave review, it is certainly a book that I will keep on my bookshelf.  I will use it as a resource for those times when I need a devotional, a refresher on combating spiritual warfare or a quick reference for where to find particular scriptures for certain situations.  The scripture referencing is the blessing of this book, because being in God's Word is what will ultimately combat any spiritual warfare that you encounter.

Disclosure: Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their book reviewers program.

Friday, September 2, 2011

A strong lesson in forgiveness

A Place Called Blessing - Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins
by John Trent, PhD with Annette Smith

This story has an incredible message of forgiveness, which is the obvious lesson of this story.  However, I also saw many more lessons such as humbleness, not being judgemental, kindness, overcoming hopelessness and of course unconditional love.  It is amazing that so many lessons can be drawn from such a short story.  This is an easy reading book, I picked it up one evening after the kids went to bed and finished it in about three hours.  A very well-spent, emotional three hours!

The book ends with a few questions for each chapter.  This would be a great outline for a small group and could provide the basis for starting some healing discussions for those in the group.

The book is a fictional story that fits together with the book by the same author called The Blessing, which i described as "Every child needs the blessing - the gift of unconditional love and approval that comes from one's parents. You'll see your child thrive as you learn about and give the five biblical elements of the blessing."   I think I will add that book to my wish list!

Disclosure: Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their book review bloggers program.

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Imagine is still in my imagination

I was invited to attend the Imagine event in Washington, DC that took place last weekend. I am incredibly disappointed that I was not able to attend. I knew I would not be able to attend Friday evening because that was the first day of preschool for Ben & Carlee so I couldn't miss that!

However, I was considering driving up to Washington Friday night so that I could attend the event on Saturday. Only those plans were disrupted by Mean Irene! I chose to stay home with my family during the hurricane that was headed straight for us. 

Although I was not able to attend I know that there are still many other locatons still to come and I encourage you to attend one of them.  Here is a link to see the many other locations

Thanks to Women of Faith and Booksneeze for providing this opportunity! And all praise goes to God for sparing our family and community.

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