Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Messy Grace its for everyone

How to love others without sacrificing convictions. This is the basis of this book. The author was raised by Gay parents so he gives a very insightful perspective in how to deal with, love the Homosexual. The title comes from when we share truth but with grace it gets messy. "To understand messy grace , we have to understand how to love people no matter who they are" and when you deal with people, you'll get messy.

The LGBT community is a group that most Christians try to ignore or avoid,Mr Kaltenbach reminds us that Jesus pursued people whose lives were messy and their hearts were far from God, He met them where they were. Since God demostrated His love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us, why should we expect others to change before they come to Jesus. This book will help the reader better minister to the LGBT community, just as Jesus would if He was on earth today. Of course the best way to do this is through building a relationship that one has already formed. We can't do it with a us vs them mentality after all we accept others as friends and family without approving of their life choices.
The author is Biblically sound in his dealing with this subject. This is a good how to book and it is a book everyone should have on their book shelve. I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for honest review of which is my own. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book Review Bringing Heaven to earth

This book is a quick read, but Biblically it raises reg flags with some of what the authors write, maybe it has something to do with their Progressive Christianity. Foe example on page 33 they say heaven is less a location and more a reality defined by God's will being done and on page 68 "Usually when Christians talk about heaven, the discussion becomes either abstract or exclusionary. The conversion turns to streets of gold and gates of pearl of the talk soon turns to who is in and who is out. I think God will be more generous then any of us image. That's the meaning of mercy none of us deserves it (which is true) yet all of us are in desperate need of it (also true). Keep in mind the sheep and goats story. You might be convinced you're a sheep, and you find out it's better to be a goat. (We don't decide who's a sheep or a goat, God decides that . Matt 25). Also on page 68 the authors write here is what the gospel points us to : the world one day is going to be set right. What Jesus accomplished through His death,burial, and resurrection reverses the curse of the Fall. What the authors leave out is: heaven is for those who have Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, no where do they ever mention that we are sinners and need Jesus to save us, nor can we decide ourselves whether we want to be a sheep or a goat, that Jesus decides this is clear in Matt 25.

A second red flag I see is on page 160 where the author quotes 2 Peter 3: 7-9 and said's it's important to note the fire mentioned by Peter is not a reference to any intentions on God's part to destroy the world. Well I guess the authors should have went on and quoted verses 10, 12, of 2 Peter 3. Theses verses are clear that the world will be destroyed by fire. 3:10-But the days of the Lord will come like a thief and then the heavens will pass away with a roar and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved and the earth and the works that are done will be exposed. vs 12- waiting for and hastening the coming of the Day of the Lord because of which the heavens will be set on FIRE and dissolved and the heavenly bodies will melt away as they BURN. Then the new heaven and the new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.. come down out of heaven from God. Rev 21:1&2. 

There are more red flags but this review is long enough. The authors basis principle is heaven comes to earth every time Christians show compassion, justice, etc. to people . I

Monday, July 14, 2014

An American Ronin Guardian of The Republic

Allen West said "" in Obama's case we've enabled affirmative action to find a home in the nation's highest office" American's fell for the gimmick candidate, disregarding every fact and warning sign in the rush to have "the first African-American president.Mr West said that what wants the reader to take away from the book is a BFO- a blinding flash of the obvious. Read this book to see if he accomplishes his goal. For me this present administration has done the work for him, Mr West just points it out.

Even if you don't agree with Mr West you should also read the book because he reminds us of the beliefs  of our country's founders and all they went through to bring America her independence  from England and Tyranny.

The tropic I think is the best part of the book is how he describes  the history of Black conservatism  which included Booker T Washington verses the progressive socialism of W. E. B Dubois. He gives the facts of how conservatism has done more for blacks then progressives which has actually left them on the 21th  century plantation. 
                                                                                                                                                                 I received this e-book from Crown  Books for a honest review which is my own.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

50's Finances

This book is written in a question and answer format. It is not very in depth but the author list  the references  , the web sites. contact numbers, one would need to follow through with the advise she gives. She does a good job of mentioning all the areas to consider when looking to retirement finances, this is a book to read when you start to seriously approach your retirement age. By reading this book I understand better what is the best time to draw social security, and which age will give the most benefits. 
    There are some sections that would really benefit some one under fifty in the sense of showing them the areas to start investing and the things to consider so that at your retirement age finances won't be a concern. What is very in lighting is the concept of the 4% rule and how its works, for that you will have to read the book.
 So the bottom line is this book is a good one to have on the reference book shelf. I received this book for free from Blogging For Books for this review which is my own.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Enemy Within a review of CRASHING THE CHATTERBOX

If you have ever thought or said any of the following:
     What kind of Dad/Mom are you to do/say such a thing.
      Your are just like your Dad/Mom.
      Whats wrong with me, why can't I ever change, I keep doing this over and over again.
       How have I managed to ruin (pick the occasion) over something so small.
       I'm a failure I can't do anything right.
       or  any negative thought really

  The Chatterbox referred to in this book is "that inner voice that holds the key to all your fears..the voice that hearld's doom, losing, and lack." It also spins  endless tales about the (what if's) awful things that might happen to us as well creating infinite illusions about the terrible way God will respond to us if we fail. This chatterbox is great at leveraging our sins against us.

This book is a MUST have and is very practical in helping the reader learn how to defeat this inner voice of negativity.It is great as both a personal and small group study and  includes a section of discussion questions to help with that. Steven Furtick is very transparent when using  personal examples, his goal is to help us all hear God's voice above all others especially this inner voice.

I received this book for the purpose of this review, which is my own, from Multnomah Books. Get this book and let's defeat the Chatterbox together.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Ten Days Without

This is a book that I just couldn't finish,it has nothing to do with the book it just that every time I went to read it I found my mind wandering. I will wait a couple of months and try again. The concept is a great one be coming like the section of people you want to minister to so as better to understand their life and therefore be better able to help them.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Kingdom is...

Jesus spoke a lot about the Kingdom of God, if you are like me you know it is true, real, and here now, but other then that you have a hard time understanding this Kingdom concept.This book will help you in understanding this kingdom here on earth, how it works, and how you  are apart of it.

To quote the author " When Jesus talked about the kingdom, He never talked about our building it, advancing it. He said the Kingdom is .. He simply invited His followers to see it,embrace it, believe in the unfading reality of it, and join in what the Father was already doing in the world." This book shows us how.

This very practical book is a revised and updated edition which includes a small group conversion guide. So go get this book, THIS BEAUTIFUL MESS but just don't read it, LIVE it.