“Beautiful Outlaw”, John Eldredge

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“We need Jesus like we need oxygen. He is the missing essence of your existence.”

This wonderfully written book opened my eyes and heart to Jesus. I sensed a real anointing over this book and hope that many people read it as its quite unique (based on my reading experience) of relating Jesus humanity to His divinity.

We can spend a lot of time “being” a Christian, rather than experiencing Jesus. We can so easily forget that Jesus comes to give us life abundantly through intimacy with Him.
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“The Glory Within”, Corey Russell

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This book has enhanced my prayer life.

It is excellent providing a tremendous Biblically-based view of the gifts of the Holy Spirit including the power of speaking in tongues.

Speaking in tongues is often a controversial topic for many Christians. This book removes that controversy and explores the scriptures to provide a solid basis for its importance in the life of a Christian. Paul is a central figure in the book based on the fact he said “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all.” (1 Cor 14:18) and we see how it transformed his life and ministry.

I love the idea that speaking in tongues is like a “secure-line” between us and the Father. Satan and his cronies can’t interpret it. Hence, why it can be so powerful in overcoming persistent sin. Speaking in tongues, like the sword of the spirit is an offensive weapon we can use to strike at our weaknesses and temptations.
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“Walking as Jesus Walked”, Dann Spader

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This is an excellent resource for practically understanding Jesus desire for us to walk as He did.

The study contains tremendous Biblical references and is backed with great insight and interpretation. Spader understands how people learn and providing an acronym Holy Spirit to guide the study was a masterstroke. I know that I will remember the acronym and be able to use it on a daily basis. FYI, the acronym is:
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“Quiet”, Susan Cain

Quiet by Susan Cain

I’m an introvert so found this book fascinating reading for two key reasons:

1. It helped me better understand why I am the way I am. Further, Susan Cain also provides analysis of extroverts as well to provide a balanced approach. I loved the fact Susan didn’t just rely on her own study of individuals rather used many other studies from various perspectives to support her findings. This included studies of the brain, which I particularly enjoyed.

2. It’s practical so I was able to immediately use some of the findings as I met with people and also in relating to my immediate family.
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“Everything”, Mary deMuth

Everything, Mary deMuth

I’ve been grappling with writing this review for a few days now. I’ve been fortunate to be part of Mary’s “Launch Team” for the book and so received an advance copy of the PDF. I’ve been blessed by participating in a closed group on FB with the other 100 or so members of that team.

I so wanted to be praising this book from the rooftops. All the other reviews (at present) are overwhelmingly positive which is fantastic. I worry that I’ve missed something significant.
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“Frantic”, Mike Dellosso

Fast and furious with powerful message!

There are many great elements to this thriller from Mike Dellosso.

1. It’s starts with a bang and never lets up.

2. Marny, the central character is easy to cheer on and you want him to escape his past and save the girl. Esther and William, the two who Marny elects to help, are two excellent characters as well.
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“Not a Fan”, Kyle Idleman

Been a fan too long, but no longer!

This book is powerful, challenging believers to follow in the footsteps of the disciples – be willing to give everything, and that means, everything, up in order to bear the fruits of a sold-out life to Jesus.

I’ve been a fan of Jesus for most of my life but graciously, God pulled me aside a couple of years and said, that’s not enough! He wanted more; He wanted all of me, not just bits of me Read more

“The Beginner’s Guide to the Gift of Prophecy”, Jack Deere

Reinforces the importance of seeking God first!

In this apostolic world we live in, it is so easy for us to seek the spectacular, to seek after the gifting, whether it be healing, prophecy or whatever.

All of these gifts are available to those of us who are born again in the Holy Spirit. Yes, some people will have more defined prophetic and healing ministries via a specific calling, however, we all have the gift, as Peter says in Acts 2 quoting Joel’s prophecy: Read more

“Story Engineering”, Larry Brooks

Glad I’ve read this before embarking on the sequel!

I was one of those novice writers that wrote my first manuscript using the organic drafting method rather than a well-defined plan that Larry Brooks encourages in this excellent guide to writing fiction.

I don’t regret doing that for one minute primarily because it both taught me a lot but also confirmed to me that I had a “story” that could be written. Yes, I’ve worked through 3 significant re-writes and a number of minor edits, having now probably written the best part of 1,000 pages for what will end up being a 350 page novel. Read more

“Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire”, Jim Cymbala

A call to get back to the basics: “Be Saturated in Prayer!”

There are so many good reviews on the site that I don’t need to go to any great length to add my thoughts on this very powerful book.

I was especially moved by the authors’ humility, acknowledgement of God’s awesomeness and the Holy Spirit’s desire to “to do only what He can do!” Read more