Monday, May 30, 2011

Good book to start a conversation

How Good is Good Enough deals with the premise that all "good people go to heaven". Most of likely know family, friends, coworkers, etc..., who believe this. A person does not even need to believe there is a God to believe that all good people go to heaven. but what is the definition of good; everybody seems to have their own and that is what Andy Stanley points out in this book.

Starting with the "all good people go to heaven" belief, Mr. Stanley breaks it do to see the problems with this line of reasoning.

The last part of the book exlplins why Mr. Stanley, and we as Christians, believe that good people do not go to heaven, but forgiven people do.

This book is easy to read. I know many churches and individuals give this book to those who are seeking their way to heaven. It is a good starting point if the person you are giving it to can acknowledge there is a God, heaven, and hell. This is not a book trying to convince a person of the existence of God.

I want to be a lioness for the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, April 16, 2011

Lioness Arising by BEVERE, LISA

I was hesitant to read this book, I didn't want a female empowerment book. This is not about empowerment exactly. This is a study of the characteristics of the lioness and how we, as women, should be reflectiong those same characteristics as we follow, not the king of the jungle, but the King of Kings.

Lisa Bevere relates very well how we can be a lioness, how we need to be a lioness for our families, communities, and our world. Very inspirational and motivating. I will read this book again!

One caveat is her rendering of 1 Timothy 3 and a women's role in the Church. I understand what she is trying to communicate, however, I do not think the Scripture quoted backs her up at all. Whenever you read any book and Scripture is referred to, be wise and look the passage up for your own benefit.

I had read reviews of this book long before ever decideing to read it. In one review the writer was upset that Lisa Bevere did not specifically tell the readers what we are to do. In my opinion, the only one to give us our life's mission is the Holy Spirit, no author or any other person has the right to do that. This book, however, inspires you to spend the time needed in prayer to find what God is calling you to do and to get up and do it.

I received this book free of charge from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

Monday, May 16, 2011

90 Days of God's Goodness by Randy Alcorn

This is the first book I have read by Randy Alcorn. I was excited to recieve it because I have heard good things about his books. "90 Days of God's Goodness" is a devotional book reflecting on God's ultimate Goodness in spite of the hardships and trials we go through in life.
I couldn't help comparing this book to another devotional book I have been reading. That particular book is a collection of stories with a short Bible verse tacked on to the end. "90 Days" is not that kind of devotional book. Each section starts off with a good portion of Scripture; just reading this gives you peace in your heart. Following this is a related passage, sometimes from the author's life, most times from others who have faced some sort of adversity in their lives. Romans 8:28 NIV, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." This verse is mention frequently and seems to be the underlying theme of the book. All passages affirm god's goodness and His love for us. the author often reminds us we are never alone in our suffering and to remember the suffering of Christ on our behalf.
This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchnge for a fair and unbiased review.