Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Intercessory Prayer (By: Dutch Sheets)

Prayer is the most important form of communication because we are speaking directly to God. It is our way to connect instantly with our Savior. There are many different kinds of prayers. Prayer can change your life. Dutch Sheets book Intercessory Prayer helps guide the reader into a healthy, fresh, and motivating prayer life.

Though this book was originally written in 1996, he revamped it and republished it this year. It has previously sold over 600,000 copies and I believe it will sell just as many this time around as well.

Intercessory Prayer will challenge you to become more bold in your prayer life. To come before a Holy God and speak to him with courage and wholeheartedness. Humans have become lazy in their prayers. They make up thousands of excuses as to why they don't pray very often. But, Jesus was fearless with His prayers and His ministry.

Through Jesus' example we gain knowledge and wisdom about how we should be praying. Sheets begins this book by answering many questions about prayers and why we should have a prayer life in the first place. Having a solid foundation in God is just the beginning but the most important part of prayer.

The author goes on to give stories from his life and they bring light to some very important issues. Adding personal experiences gives the reader a better sense of how prayer can change situations and lives. Then adding the "meat" or substance to your prayer life becomes easier.

This book was an easy read and the flow was effortless. It will change the way your pray and think about prayer.

*I was given this book by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Taste And See (John Piper)

John Piper is an amazing teacher, author, and pastor. He has written many books and founded desiringGod.org. I have done reviews of his work before and enjoyed it. His newest book, Taste And See, is a book with 125 daily meditations. I chose to use this for my devotions each morning.

The theme of Taste And See is "Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life". That means trusting God no matter your circumstances and choosing to give God the credit for everything. God is sovereign and supreme. He is ruler over everything. John Piper gives us lessons on how we can appreciate God's authority and delight in His presence.

Each devotion is set up the same. There is a theme for each day and a sub-theme. The lessons are written by John Piper and are about two and a half pages long. They are easy to read and he gives scripture verses to back up his teachings. He uses the Bible to get his points across and is firm in his faith.

This book is hard bound and easy to use. The author helps to solidify your trust and faith in God who rules over everything. He asks hard questions and gives Biblical truth to back up his findings. God loves us so much and sometimes it is hard to feel that love through life's circumstances. But in Psalm 119:103 we read, "How sweet are your words to taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" God wants us to dig deeper into our relationship with Him. This book gives you the tools and understanding to be able to do that.

*I was given this book by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Today's Moment of Truth (Lee Strobel & Mark Mittelberg)

I have written many times about putting God first in your life each day. Having alone time with Christ and seeking out His Word is the most important thing you can do for yourself. That is why I do so many reviews for devotionals. I find them to be very helpful in getting in that time with the Lord.

Apologists Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg have teamed up to bring us a new devotional book called Today's Moment of Truth. It is a collection of 180 encouraging and insightful devotions that they have written themselves. Their main focus is "Why do we believe what we believe?" They use scientific facts, Biblical facts, and historical facts to strengthen your walk with Christ.

Each devotion is set up the same way. There is a main theme such as "Who Has Faith?" Each devotion also includes a scripture reading for that day that correlates with the theme. There is a short message about each theme and they end with "Truth for Today". This part includes some questions to ask yourself about that days theme.

This book is hardbound and very easy to use. There is a ribbon book mark included for your convenience and each theme is located at the front of the book in the contents section. You can easily find a theme that may relate to your life or one that you find intriguing.

No matter where you are in your walk with God, having a daily devotion to deepen your understanding and faith in Him is very important. This particular devotional book will give you more insight about why Christians believe what we believe as well as giving you a firm foundation in Christ. This is one book that the whole family can enjoy together.

*I was given this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*