Monday, March 24, 2014

Practical Prayer Guide for Married Women

This book is based on the important Biblical premise that “While we don’t have authority over our husbands, we do have authority over the enemy that seeks to harm him.”

Jaynes tells the “why” of intercessory prayer, then gives a practical plan for the “how” of daily prayer on behalf of one’s husband.  This 30-day program of prayer is based on anatomy so it is easy to remember.  Begin at the top to pray for his head, meaning what he thinks about, all the way to his feet, meaning his walk--wherever he goes.

I received a free electronic review copy from MultnomahBooks.

Between Heaven and Earth by Steve Berger

Pastor Steve Berger wrote this book out of his experience as the father of a young man who is already in heaven.  His son’s untimely death in an accident caused Berger to be much more interested in heaven than before.  What is heaven really like? What will we do there?

This balanced book addresses what it means to look forward to eternity while doing our work on earth. His main example is Paul, who best described the experience of longing to be with the Lord, but understanding the Kingdom work he still needed to do on earth.

For a book about heaven, this is very down-to-earth with practical advice for Christians still sojourning on earth. One chapter in particular emphasizes the importance of knowing Scripture.  When we understand God’s Word and His plan, it is harder to stay discouraged and easier to look forward to our eternal home.

I received a free review copy from the publisher, Bethany House.

Knowing God by Name by David Wilkerson

Rather than a scholarly treatment of the names of God, Wilkerson has chosen to write about how the names of God give us heart-knowledge of Him.  God is infinitely multi-faceted, so we need to understand that every time He reveals one of His names in scripture, He is giving us a picture of how He relates to us.

Abraham, friend of God, received many such names.  Wilkerson explains what those names mean to us today.  As Pastor Wilkerson points out, God “revealed these names to His people only as they needed them.”  After all, it means much more to hear from Jehovah Jireh when He is actually engaged in providing for your desperate need!

This is a user-friendly book for all Christians, not just theologians or teachers. 

I received a free electronic copy of this book from Bethany House/Chosen Books for my review.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Overwhelmed by Perry Noble

It is so wonderful to find a book that addresses depression and the Christian.  It is even more impressive that this book is written by a man and a pastor, since Christians are often reluctant to admit struggles with depression. Perry Noble shares his personal stories alongside Bible examples to show that struggling doesn't make you unspiritual or unsaved--it just means you are a human who is saved but still on earth.
Overwhelmed is a good resource for struggling Christians as well as those who counsel, teach, or live with those who have experienced depression or discouragement.
Book is available April 1, 2014.  I received an electronic advance review copy from Tyndale Publishers.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Read an E-Book Week: March 2-8

Chaek out a special catalog of discounted and free e-books at Smashwords especially for RAEW!  This is a great chance to expand your mind with some nonfiction or exercise your imagination with a great novel.  Smashwords offers formats for most any e-reader: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony and pdf or online web reading.