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Book Review: Fire by James Levesque

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From the Back Cover

Get Set on Fire for God!

As the world slips into greater darkness, wandering more and more from biblical truth, the need for spiritual awakening becomes ever more critical. And as pastor and speaker James Levesque reveals, God is about to set the world ablaze.

In these enlightening pages, you will find twelve biblical principles to lift your faith–and ignite the fire inside you! Here is an exhortation to action, a challenge that will empower and inspire you to help carry the torch of revival. As your heart answers the call, you will find your life being activated for signs, wonders and miracles to reach your community–and the world.

My Review

I was very excited to read Fire by James Levesque for review. The introduction is long and it gets the reader for the fire that only the Holy Spirit brings. The author then covers 12 principles.  Principle 1 “Learning to Receive” explains what the Fire of God is and how to keep it burning. Principle 2 “Living in Pursuit of His Presence” explains how the constant hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness is pivotal in the days ahead and even the days that we are now facing. James Levesque compared the spiritual walk to a marathon runner and how we must be prepared if we are to achieve victory in our lives. Principle 3 “Walking in Boldness” explains how to live a life of boldness following the example that Jesus demonstrated. My favorite quote is “When Jesus came to this earth, He was sent to show us a better way. He was not sent to be God parading around in all /His glory, but to show us what is possible for all men who have a new-birth experience.” This point is so powerful. Our world would be a different place if more people would understand how Jesus walked while He was on earth. Principle 4 “Walking in Supernatural Courage” explains through scripture references the difference between boldness and courage. Principle 5 “Learning to Dream Again” explains how dreamers stand out and make a way for the dream to not die. Principle 6 “Living with Holy Spirit Increase” explains how our faith and not confusing our confession allows a way for the Lord’s increase. Principle 7 “Living Surrendered” explains how the requirements that God has for our lives has not changed over the years despite the culture.  Principle 8 “Living a Life That Worships” explains how worship changes our focus point from our situations to God. Principle 9 “Never Forgetting the Purpose” explains how being alive today is critical to the move of God in our nation. Principle 10 “Activating Your Spiritual Senses” explains how our desire opens the door to our spiritual senses. Principle 11 ” Shaping Your Life with Encounters” explains what we need to do for encounters to increase in our lives. Principle 12 “Believing Outpouring Can Continue” explains how we are vessels for the Master’s use and how we keep our vessel clean and undefined allows us to be used more.

I enjoyed this book. I greatly encourage anyone to read this book who wants to understand more of how the Holy Spirit is moving today.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House/Chosen Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: Becoming a next level prophet by Jennifer LeClaire

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Description

How to Mature in Your Prophetic Anointing

If you know your calling as a prophet of the living God, then you probably know many of the challenges that come with the gift. Prophets are not made in an instant. The inner strength and vital character you need come only through a “making” process of growing in the ways of God.

In Becoming a Next-Level Prophet, author, speaker and apostolic prophet Jennifer LeClaire encourages and challenges you to sharpen your prophetic edge. She offers specific ways for you to mature in your anointing and to steward the gifts with which God has entrusted you, enabling you to point more people to Jesus. As spiritual warfare increases and the world is desperate for the clear voice of God, it is crucial that His prophets rise up with power and maturity. Accept the challenge to grow into all God has called you to be.

My Review:

I decided to review Becoming a Next Level Prophet by Jennifer LeClaire because the subject really interests me. I also wanted to give the author a second chance because I read another book by Jennifer LeClaire and I really did not like it. This book is the opposite. She has so many good points and explains the ups and downs of being a prophet. I wish I had this book when I was discovering my spiritual giftings and learning about how the body of Christ operates. This book will certainly help anyone mature in their prophetic anointing. Jennifer LeClaire explains in detail several key aspects of a prophets life such as obedience, willingness, humility, selflessness, prayer, warfare, holiness, faithfulness and accountability.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about their prophetic gifting and how the body of Christ operates. This is a valuable resource that I wish I had years ago.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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The Unsaved Christian: Reaching Cultural Christianity with the Gospel by Dean Inserra

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From the Back Cover

How do you share your faith with people who call themselves Christians but don’t know Christ?

You want your friends and family to follow Jesus whole-heartedly, but broaching the topic of true conversion can feel intimidating and confusing. That’s why we often just leave cultural Christians alone, hoping someday they’ll get serious about Jesus on their own. But the truth is cultural Christians are just as lost as their atheist counterparts and we need a game plan for reaching them.

Dean Inserra used to be a cultural Christian, too. Today he leads a thriving church in the Bible Belt of America. He will:

  • teach you how to identify and fully understand different types of cultural Christians
  • offer appropriate starting points that lead to deeper conversation
  • help you lovingly and confidently preach the gospel to the cultural Christians in your life

Cultural Christianity is a huge mission field in desperate need of laborers. Learn how your church can get equipped to gather in the harvest!

My Review

This was a surprisingly hard read for me. It took several attempts to get into. with that said its a good book that explains the dangers of cultural Christianity that is so prevalent in America. My favorite chapter is “Bridging the Gap: Challenging Cultural Christian Beliefs.” In that chapter, Dean Inserra explains answers to many subtopics such as “Start with the God of the Bible, The God of the Bible is Holy, God’s holiness means serious business, If God is holy what are we?, Good people go to Heaven? and conversating with cultural Christians.” Each chapter starts with a story from the authors experience and then dives into several aspects of understanding cultural Christians. Each chapter ends with several questions for discussion and reflection. I am thankful that the author covered why raised hands and sinner’s prayers don’t necessarily indicate salvation and how we need to point people to Jesus not to Heaven.

I recommend this book for anyone in America trying to understand the true God verses the god of our culture.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review from the publisher through the Moody Blogger Review Program. http://www.mpnewsroom.com/content/blogger-review-program I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith by Laurie Polich Short

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From Back Cover:

Many of us have our “go to” verses. The ones we memorize, post on social media, and hang on our walls. But sometimes we need a fresh word or promise for the season we find ourselves in–something that ignites our faith in the face of fear, doubt, loneliness, insecurity, or overwhelming circumstances.

In this powerful, accessible new book, author and speaker Laurie Short mines the Scriptures, revealing insights and promises from 40 verses we often overlook. Digging in to these “in between” verses, she unearths fresh wisdom, guidance, and encouragement that will help you seek and experience God in new, dynamic ways.

From trusting God’s timing, to not worrying about the future, to holding on to faith when things look dark, the hidden insights found in these verses will help you navigate the challenges that cross your path, breathe new life into your weary soul, and ignite your faith once again.

My Review:

40 verses to Ignite Your Faith is not your typical devotional. The author takes verses that are often overlooked and shows the reader that there is meat in all of God’s word not just in the well known go to verses. Most devotionals are focused on well known sections of the Bible that everyone can relate to but 40 verses to Ignite Your Faith shows 40 verses that are just a easy to relate to. Each devotional is about three pages long and covers a variety of topics like The Subtle Insertion of Doubt, Moving Ahead of God’s Timing, Hearing God’s Voice, The Decisions before the Decision, The Story Within the Story, The Writing om Our Hearts, Running Away from God, When Circumstances Bring Doubt and The God Who Weeps. Each devotional consists of a story and has a memorable quote from the devotion like “If we never give God the things we have, we will never know what God could have done with them”. At the end of each devotional there are a set of three reflection questions.

I loved 40 verses to Ignite Your Faith by Laurie Poloch Short. I loved how it brought to light how much is right in front of us that we overlook. My favorite and most inspiring quote from this book is “Be careful when you think ‘Someone should do something’ It may end up being you” I highly recommend this book to all readers.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: Pathways From Providence to Purpose by Tony Evans

From the inside dust cover:

The power of Providence:

My hope for this book is that in reading it, you will learn to discover the power of Providence in the midst of your personal pain, fear, gain, loss, and even love. What’s more, I want you to discover the very personal nature of God as He maneuvers humanity along multiple pathways, intersecting each of us in His intended aim.

My review:

Tony Evans book Pathways: From Providence to Purpose is about how personal struggles and experiences through life get us to the destiny that God has planned for us. The book captivated me on the first page and I could not put the book down from that point on. Tony Evans uses stories that we all know and can relate to and weaves in many stores that I didn’t know but I found myself explaining these stories to others. One of my favorite quotes is found on page 69 ” Because once you understand the providence of God, you’ll know that God is in the details all the more.” This book is full of stories of people’s lives and how their destiny effected everyone around them.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves history and learning through other people’s lives.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BH/Lifeway Bloggers program. https://www.bhbloggers.com/ I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: loving your spouse when you feel like walking away by Gary Chapman

 

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Product Description

What to do when you feel like giving up

When you said, “I do,” you entered marriage with high hopes, dreaming it would be supremely happy.

You never intended it to be miserable.

Millions of couples are struggling in desperate marriages. But the story doesn’t have to end there. Dr. Gary Chapman writes, “I believe that in every troubled marriage, one or both partners can take positive steps that have the potential for changing the emotional climate in their marriage.”

Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away, the revised and updated edition of the award-winning Desparate Marriages, teaches you how to:

  • Recognize and reject the myths that hold you captive
  • Better understand your spouse’s behavior
  • Take responsibility for your own thoughts, feelings, and actions
  • Make choices that can have a lasting, positive impact on you and your spouse

An experienced marriage and family counselor, Gary Chapman speaks to those whose spouse is any of the following:

  • Irresponsible
  • A workaholic
  • Controlling
  • Uncommunicative
  • Verbally abusive
  • Physically abusive
  • Sexually abusive
  • Unfaithful
  • Addicted to alcohol or drugs
  • Depressed

Marriage has the same potential to be miserable as it does to be blissful. Read Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away to learn how you can turn things around.

My Review:

I decided to review Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away by Gary Chapman in hopes to help some of my friends who are having difficult times in their marriages. Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away addresses many issues like spouses who are irresponsible, a workaholic, depressed, controlling, verbally abusive, physically abusive, sexually abusive, uncommunicative, unfaithful and addicted to alcohol or drugs. Each chapter focuses on one of the above mentioned issues but focuses more on the issue than the solution. Most solutions are just seek counseling. There are a few insightful points through the book and the stories help the reader relate to other people going through similar situations.

I would recommend this book to anyone in a marriage with the understanding that I’m unsure if the subtitle “Real Help for desperate Hearts in Difficult Marriages” is accurate because this book rehashes the issues instead of offering much help.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review from the publisher through the Moody Blogger Review Program. http://www.mpnewsroom.com/content/blogger-review-program I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: Decoding Your Dreams by Jennifer LeClaire

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Book Description

What is God saying to you in your dreams?

Decoding Your Dreams provides an in-depth explanation of the true source of our dreams, dream classifications, and even dream symbols.

There are dozens of mentions of dreams in the Bible. From Abraham to Joseph, from Daniel all the way to Pontius Pilot’s wife, God has communicated with His people through dreams throughout recorded history.

Why would God choose to speak to us while we sleep?

Perhaps it’s because we are too distracted during the day to sit still long enough for Him to share the deep secrets of His heart.

Jennifer LeClaire is convinced God speaks to us in ways that are very personal. At times he may use pictures, memories, impressions, or even a still small voice.

Let Decoding Your Dreams help you embrace your Spirit-inspired dreams!

My Review

I was excited to review Decoding Your Dreams by Jennifer LeClaire but when I began reading it I was very disappointed and almost disgusted at how the author related to the reader. This book has more of a worldview than a biblical view on dream interpretation. In the introduction, the author says “You are the best interpreter for your dreams– you know best how you relate to God and hoe He relates to you” The title of the first chapter is “God Speaks Through Dreams” I think that the person talking would be the best person to ask about what is said and therefore God would be the best interpreter of dreams. In . In the first chapter, she explains a dream and then says “I’m not spiritually dense, so I understood the overarching meaning of the dream.” Dense means stupid. So what if you don’t understand dreams? Does that mean that you are stupid because you don’t understand dreams? Why would you write a book to help people understand what the Lord may be saying to you while you’re sleep if anyone who doesn’t understand dreams is dense? In Chapter two, The Biblical World of Biblical dreams, the author explains the importance to “understand what the Bible says about the dream world so you can avoid New Age pitfalls and get on the same page with God about what He’s saying to you in the supernatural realm.” But on the contrary, the author then covers cultural dreams in chapter 6 using a world view standard when many of the topics have biblical insights that the author could have mentioned. She continues the chapter explaining the difference between dreams, visions and trances. In chapter 3 she explains the scientific evidence of the negative effects that happen when people are not allowed to dream like tension, anxiety, depression, lack of concentration, eight gain and a hallucinations. Chapter 4 the author explains different types of common dreams. Chapter 5 has a short dictionary of codes. I really like that each term is backed by scripture. Chapter 6 I did not like because it is a world view of the terms instead of God’s view of the terms. Romans 12:2 says ”  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” The rest of the book has questions answered, examples of dreams and activations.
I have several serious issues with this book.  Either we trust God for interpretation or we do not and look to the world. It is not wise to go back and forth between God and the world while warning about doing so at the same time. There are many more reliable books about biblical dream interpretation like Dr Joe Ibojie, Ira Milligan, James Goll, Adam F. Thompson, Adrian Beale, John Paul Jackson and Herman Riffel. I would only suggest Decoding Your Dreams by Jennifer LeClaire if you have read these other authors and are using this book as part of your Biblical dream book library.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”