Christian Living Inspiration

I like to read most every type of genre out there….Ok I don’t like blood and gore except in action movies so I don’t read that.  I do like to sleep at night and reading those just doesn’t work for me! As long as I can find something of interest in the summary you can pretty much bet that I will try reading it.  One of the genres I do love to read is Christian mail order brides, so it happens that I also read inspirational for Christian living.  Through Netgalley I received two such books and decided to blog about them together since both have to do with reading the Bible.  One offers insight into the book of Proverbs and the other the chronological reading order of the New Testament. Yes, I do read my Bible as well as all these other books and having some helpful instruction in these areas is always welcomed…it saves my Pastor from hearing question after question… sometimes!

The first of these books is titled: “2 Minutes in the Bible Through Proverbs” by Boyd Bailey.

Publication Date: August 1, 2015 Publisher: Harvest House Publishers 192 pages

Publication Date:
August 1, 2015
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
192 pages

Boyd Baily certainly has created a great reference for Christian living. I like that he used six different Bibles for his quotations instead of remaining with only one Bible and its wording.  A Bible translation is what makes understanding the message easier for people.  I personally drift away from the King James Version because I just can’t understand it as well, but I do know others that thrive with it.  Having the various translations opens the doors of understanding God’s word much easier for the reader.  I was also encouraged by the related readings each section offered.  Not only were there discussions on each topic but a list of four or more related passages within the Bible were provided to further explore.  The topic ranges were vast showing that the Proverb passages were not just taken for their immediate meaning but torn apart and shown how it can apply to daily living today.  For instance, Mr. Baily wrote on Marriage and used his related passages and the Proverb verse to assist diving into this subject.  Then we read about midlife crisis and more passages are brought to our attention.  I like that we were given material that makes us really think about what we’re reading and then we think of our own lives and how it fits.   I really enjoyed this source of meditating on the book of Proverbs and how it relates to our daily lives.

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1TQx7z0

The second book I received was titled,”90 Days Through the New Testament in Chronological Order” by author Ron Rhodes.

Publication Date: September 1, 2015 Publisher: Harvest House Publisher 402 Pages

Publication Date:
September 1, 2015
Publisher:
Harvest House Publisher
402 Pages

Mr. Rhodes begins by giving some background to the New Testament.  He teaches of the number of books held within, the authors, the four books of the gospel and the books that follow them.  He closes his introduction with a look at the book of Revelations. There is a wealth of information contained in these introductions.  After reading Mr. Rhodes’ book I do have a better sense of how difficult it is for an author or scholar to place the events of the Bible in chronological order.  Mr. Rhodes provides and discusses what those difficulties are and how he sees the approach to combat them. What you will find in each chapter is an extensive devotion that will make you think,read and learn.  The chapters have introduction material, overviews, insightful thoughts, chapter themes, application lessons and more.  I felt this was more of Bible study lesson than a daily devotion. There was a lot covered with each day, and very in depth, but given the amount that needed to be discussed regarding the whole New Testament I can understand.  If you really want to learn more about the New Testament than what your basic knowledge may be, I highly suggest this book.  Very informative and well worth the time.

Amazon Link:     http://amzn.to/1VfbRrH

If you are looking for inspirational thoughts either of these or both would be fantastic reads.    One has more depth than the other but each will provide you with a source of meditation and application for daily living. My guess is that there will be a lot of information that you may not have heard before.

I hope you will enjoy these books as much as I did.

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The Blue Jeans Gospel: Experiencing a Real and Comfortable Relationship with Jesus by author Rob Cruver

Publication Date: September 8, 2015 Publisher: River Grove Books  85 pages

Publication Date:
September 8, 2015
Publisher:
River Grove Books
85 pages

Have you ever had to work through something that you just didn’t get no matter how you tried?  Then someone shows you a new way of looking at it and all of a sudden it makes sense?  That is how I felt when I read The Blue Jeans Gospel…it all clicked into place.

Rob Cruver explains in detail and with Biblical examples of what God expects from us and how this will bring us closer to having a more comfortable relationship with God….just as you are when wearing a comfortable pair of blue jeans.    Mr. Cruver breaks down God’s expectations into two areas of life.  First he explains how to live by living as Jesus lived.  Second, he discusses how to serve and have a servant’s heart just as Jesus did.

Rob Cruver breaks down each of these sections in such a clear way that areas that were personally vague for me were broken open with understanding shining through.  I was particularly focused on his discussion on forgiveness and what exactly that act is.  Forgiveness has been described to me in so many different ways I was reeling with the understanding of it. If you forgive did it mean you had to act as if the hurt and pain caused no longer exists? So if you are devastated by the actions of someone and they say they are sorry and you respond with they are forgiven, what happens to that pain? Once you forgive is that the end of the situation?  In The Blue Jeans Gospel, Rob Cruver shows how forgiveness truly works and how it will not only affect the one offering the forgiveness but the one who is asking for it. The amazing clarity this author gave me into this area of confusion will forever be treasured.

How we live, and I mean what we want to feel and project to others, speaks about our character.  Rob Cruver explains how to show ourselves as living our lives according to the example set by Jesus.  Love. Forgiveness. Humility.  Living our lives with these three characteristics as our foundation we will live and grow closer in our relationship with God as HE has asked us.  God’s wishes for us do not end with these three, but continues with living a life of a servant. God asks that we serve HIM and others with love.  The Blue Jeans Gospel is a unique way of looking and understanding what God wants from us.  There will be times as Rob Cruver points out that we will not be comfortable and those jeans will not feel right, but we need to continue wearing and stretching those uncomfortable jeans.

I recommend this book to anyone who is searching for a closer relationship with God and understanding what HE wants us to do.  Rob Cruver has written a book that will open the eyes of many who have had misunderstandings that have kept them from becoming more like Jesus.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review which was my pleasure to provide.

Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/1WcFdbw

15 Verses To Pray For Your Husband by author Elizabeth George

Publication Date: September 1, 2015 Publisher: Harvest Home

Publication Date:
                     September 1, 2015
                            Publisher:
           Harvest House Publishers, Inc

 

The Bible has within its pages a path that we are to follow as husbands and wives and fathers and mothers.  Elizabeth George teaches us what we can do as wives for our husbands as they walk each of these roles.  Her knowledge of the Bible and her own experiences combine to give us this wonderful and insightful direction.

15 Verses to Pray for Your Husband sets before us a task to prayerfully place our husbands before God each day.  Elizabeth George speaks of the various areas that our husbands could use our prayers such as spiritual growth, wisdom, acting with courage; his job and his role as a father.  These areas are just as tough for our husbands as they are for us as wives.  God placed them as the head of our family, a role with much stress and obligations. We can support them by raising them up in prayer and by doing so we keep our focus on them which allows us to have meaningful and blessed relationships.  The author shows us how to use the scriptures in our prayers according to God’s design.

Although, the reasoning with this book is to provide prayer for “husbands”, I truly feel that it could also be used for fathers.  There are many single mothers who may not have the husband role in their lives, but they have the father of their children to consider.  Praying for parental wisdom, spiritual growth, and his role of father would be just as important in this situation.  15 Verses to Pray for Your Husband is a great book to learn how to focus on our husbands and to help them with their roles, but it is also a great resource for prayerfully considering fathers as well.

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