Book Review- Five Traits of a Christ Follower

Five Traits of a Christ-Follower is edited by Doug Nuenke, with writing contributions from many Christian leaders, speakers, ministers, and theologians.  The book is slightly larger than pocket-sized with just over 70 pages.  The theme of this book hinges on a simple spiritual truth of becoming a Christian in action by emphasizing prayer, witnessing, fellowship, and the Word of God, all with Christ at the center.  If you have been grappling with how to live out the Christian life more fully, this short book lays out practical ways in which you can become a better disciple yourself, while also making other disciples for Christ.

This book takes you through five traits of someone who can truly say they follow Christ.  These five traits are: walking with Jesus, knowing and living the scriptures, participating in community, engaging with those who don’t know Christ, and reproducing spiritual generations.  Each trait in the book has selections from various Christian leaders who share a Bible verse and a personal story or example of how to live out that specific trait.  At the end of each short devotion, are questions pertaining to how you see yourself in light of these traits, and also questions that will challenge the way you live life going forward.

I enjoyed the simplicity of this read.  This book would be well suited to give to someone who is a new believer in Christ, or anyone who wants to live a more fully abandoned life of surrender to the Lord and His discipleship training.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Tyndale Publishing House in exchange for a review. 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Everything you always Wanted to know about Heaven by Randy Alcorn

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Everhything you always wanted to know about Heaven

Author: Randy Alcorn

ISBN:  978-1-4143-9941-6

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing, Everything you always wanted to know about Heaven by Randy Alcorn. The book comes in a soft leather-like binding,with beautiful imprinting on the cover. The book itself is compact, easy reading with just over 250 small pages. The bulk of the book is written in a question/answer format which spans the scope of questions that are frequently asked about what heaven is like based on the Bible. Alcorn answers each question concisely, yet thoroughly, giving the reader the feeling that they have benefited from years of Alcorn’s detailed research on scripture topics.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is that the understanding and answers imparted to the reader make you feel as though you are having a conversation with a Pastor where you can ask as many questions as you can think of on a the topic of heaven, but where you don’t have to take his word for it, but rather it is outlined for you in scripture. By the close of the novel, it seems as though every question you can think of has been answered, and now all that is left is to make your declaration for Christ sure! Alcorn delivers, by drawing the reader to Jesus and His redemption for mankind on the cross. Alcorn pairs salvation in this closing section with a few topics where he lists scriptures that can be meditated on concerning fear over dying as well other staple topics that are often brought up by believers and unbelievers alike.

This book would be a great small resource to have on hand to answer questions concerning heaven quickly and efficiently. It would also be beneficial for scripture mediation on the glories of heaven and the hope that awaits every believer. As a gift to give, this would be perfect for someone who has not yet come to the Christian faith but has many questions, or even a brother or sister in Christ who would like some additional comfort and help in their study concerning heaven.

I enjoyed reading this book, and I know it will touch the hearts of others as it has my own.

*I received a complimentary copy of Everything you always wanted to know about Heaven by Randy Alcorn from Tyndale Publishing House, in exchange for my earnest review.

Book Review: Raw Faith

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Author:  Kasey Van Norman

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014

Kasey Van Norman’s book, Raw Faith, will allow you a glimpse into the life of a woman who comes up against a critical health crisis that pushes her to examine her faith.  On the onset Kasey Van Norman lives an ideal life.  She has a family, a ministry, and is in a “good” place, then comes the diagnosis of cancer which leaves her shaken up and forces her to evaluate her true beliefs and challenges her to face the issue of trusting God in an uncertain hour in her life. 

Van Norman’s book is full of personal insights and precious private moments taken from her own journaling as she battled through  cancer.  She is blunt and honest, sharing her feelings concerning the physical toll and the mental and spiritual effect of chemotherapy and the road to recovery.  Van Norman’s writing style is personal, yet, she is also a storyteller, weaving her journey and emotions with Biblical examples of people who went through adversity and saw God move on their behalf.  I appreciated that Van Norman does not mince words and leads the reader to examine their own faith in God as well as calling the reader to look at their own heart  attitude towards the things of God.  This leads to some challenging moments where the author teaches us what examining ourselves looks like.  Sin is dangerous and Van Norman is sure to make plain mankind’s shortfalls and our need of a Savior. 

This book would be great for anyone who is struggling in their faith.  Someone who has struggled in their walk with the Lord because of a physical illness would be blessed by this honest look at a woman’s journey that led to true surrender to Christ.  Raw Faith helps us to see that sometimes we find ourselves in a situation that leads to great transformation.  God will indeed use what the enemy of our soul meant for evil, to bring about good.  Raw Faith delivers some of the  “good” that comes when we trust God in every circumstance. 

 

 

*I received a complimentary copy of Raw Faith from Tyndale Publishing House in exchange for my honest review.

Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414364784