I have only read a couple of Sharon Jaynes’ books, but with each one I always reach the end with a sense of greater knowledge and deeper understanding of God’s Word. I believe this is the result of Sharon truly listening to God’s voice as she writes. Her newest book, “Enough: Silencing the Lies That Steal Your Confidence” is actually a revised edition of an earlier work, but is a first-time read for me. Published by Harvest House, this book helps answer the question I think all women have asked, “What can you do when you feel you’re just not good enough?” Continue reading
Have you ever considered that your work, no matter what it is, matters very much to God? That in fact, your work is a method God wants to use to speak to you, as well as through you? “Every Job a Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses & Astronauts Tell Us About God” is an insightful new book written by Calgary, Alberta pastor John Van Sloten and published by NavPress that unpacks these questions with great insight and thought-provoking depth.
So what exactly is “Every Job a Parable” about? Well, as John explains, through the pages of this book “you’ll encounter God’s revelation through various vocational parables, as shared with me by the people I interviewed. You’ll learn how a firefighter’s passion is like God’s, how the nature of automotive restoration uniquely reflects the renewing mind of God, how the cultural product of the culinary arts reveals something of the hospitable heart of God, and how a geophysicist’s search for subterranean truth informs humanity’s collective search for God’s truth.” Continue reading
With the first two books in the “Teaville Moral Society” by Melissa Jagears, I came to expect well-written Christian Historical novels that weren’t afraid to tackle tough themes with grace and truth. The third and final novel in the series, “A Chance at Forever”, was released in the spring of 2018 and follows perfectly in step with these expectations.
While “A Chance at Forever” could certainly be a standalone story, it will make the most sense and bring the most enjoyment when read in sequence… After all, revisiting old “friends” from previous stories is always a delight! Continue reading
“Their Faith Challenged an Empire. Their Words Changed the World”. This Easter season, take a journey back in time and witness the powerful, world-shaking story of the early church come to life through a compelling retelling of the journeys of Paul and Luke. “Paul, Apostle of Christ”, a new feature-length movie from Affirm Films starring James Faulkner and Jim Caviezel, is in theaters as of March 23, 2018. Continue reading
Are you familiar with the Bible story of Boaz and Ruth? I’m guessing you probably are. If you are like me, you’ve probably read numerous retellings based on this timeless story of love, grace, and redemption. While many of those retellings are well-done, none can compare with the new version by Jill Eileen Smith, entitled “Redeeming Grace: Ruth’s Story“, published by Revell in 2017. I have only read one other Bible-based novel by this talented author, but it is clear that her writing style and impeccably researched historical details are unrivaled in her genre. Continue reading
“Let Go of Your Insecurities. Take Hold of God’s Promises.” With these words, author Sharon Jaynes invites us on a journey towards greater faith, confidence, and courage. “Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold” was published by BakerBooks in 2016, and will definitely prove to be a treasure trove of truths for many readers.
Because the titles of each chapter are very revealing of the contents, take a look at the truths you will unwrap through the pages of this impacting book: Continue reading
“If God’s love for us is unchanging, then his desire to use change to benefit and bless us is unchanging too. If God’s love for us is unchanging, then his desire to help us accept change and thrive through it is unchanging too. Yes, it’s hard to see that in the early blur and the murky middle. But I can look once again to God’s history with me and see how my testimony brims with proof of his unchanging loving-kindness.”
These words give a peek into the heart and soul of a beautiful, strength-and-hope-filled little book recently released from Revell Publishers, and written by Kristen Strong. “Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You through Life’s Transitions” shares insight into a topic rarely discussed, but experienced by everyone at one time or another. Change often brings stress, disappointment, and fear, but Kristen says it doesn’t have to be this way. What if we started looking at change as an opportunity to grow closer to God, and as a blessing from a loving Father who will work through it alongside us? Continue reading
Title: Everyday Grace: Infusing All Your Relationships with the Love of Jesus
Author: Jessica Thompson
Publishing House/Publication Date: Bethany House/2015
Genres: Christian Living; Inspirational Non-Fiction; Relationships
Number of Pages: 208
You should read this book if… You are searching for wisdom to strengthen the relationships in your life with God-given grace. Continue reading
Title: From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel
Author: Christine Hoover
Publishing House/Publication Date: BakerBooks/2015
Genres: Christian Living; Inspirational Non-Fiction;
Number of Pages: 219
You should read this book if… You have ever felt as this woman did, when she “poured out her… thoughts of despair and worthlessness that had kept her relationally isolated, wracked with guilt, and so sure that she was a deep disappointment to… her God. She could not receive the gifts God offered her – grace, rest, the enjoyment of her children, his strength in her weakness, joy in life – but could only twist them into shame-inducing evidences of her failure. Her sin was so much in view and grace so far out of range that she could only hear condemnation.” (Page 199) Continue reading