“A Beautiful Defeat,” Kevin Malarkey

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Jesus, My Library, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Spiritual warfare | 0 comments

My pastor said recently: “the Kingdom of God only prospers through an atmosphere of warfare and violence.” It reminded me of this book that I’ve just finished for the second time in quick succession. This is an excellent practical and Scripture-based guide on how to ‘take up our cross everyday.’ Malarkey starts out exploring why it is so difficult to live a surrendered life and in so doing has a good look at the nature of sin concluding there are three key influencers to why we sin: the world, the flesh and Satan....

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“The Heroic Path,” John Sowers

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014 in My Library, Non-Fiction, Reviews | 0 comments

Sowers explores his sense of manhood through sharing his journey from growing up fatherless whilst examining Jesus’ own journey from being the son of Mary to his coming out as the Son of God. Throughout this marvellous book, I thought Sowers was in my head. Many of the scenes, feelings and thoughts he described I could personally relate to: the sense of not being manly enough and not fitting in with the perceived worldly expectations of men. In that regard, this was such a blessing that I am able to realise I am not alone in such...

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“Spirit Bridge,” James L Rubart

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Fiction, My Library, Reviews, Supernatural suspense, Thriller | 0 comments

Spirit Bridge is the third and final episode in the Well Spring series. And wow, it sure finishes in a mighty way, so much so I’m very sad that it has now ended. I’d suggest all readers read the first two in the series: Soul’s Gate and Memory’s Door, not just because they are fabulous novels but they provide a valuable introduction to this final episode. This one starts where the last one ended, the Warriors Riding hoping to take some time out to rest and convalesce after the battle with Zennon and his demonic warlords. However, the...

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“Extreme Prayer,” Greg Pruett

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in My Library, Non-Fiction, Prayer, Reviews | 0 comments

This short book took a different approach to a lot of prayer books I’ve read. It focuses on the “whatever you ask” passages in the Bible that Jesus promises to answer. By providing specific examples from his own ministry Pruett was able to demonstrate how his prayer life developed over the years where increasingly he was able to relate answers to specific prayers he and his team had prayed. Pruett introduced me to a new prayer acronym: ACTIVE, that is an extension to one many of us know: ACTS. It stands for: A doration C...

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“Can you Drink the Cup?” Henri Nouwen

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Bible Commentary, My Library, Non-Fiction, Reviews | 0 comments

There’s something very soothing about Nouwen’s writing. His humility, wisdom and love for God are always reflected in his words. This small book is no exception. Even though it’s easy to read, it’s important to allow his words and the messages he brings to percolate in your heart, so don’t rush this one. The book reflects on the question Jesus asked James and John who perhaps answered a little too quickly in the affirmative. They were grappling for prominent positions within the disciples ranks and wanted to...

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