Wednesday, September 12, 2018

"You Say" by Lauren Daigle

"You Say" is a song that talks about who God says we are. Often we believe lies that say we are not enough, or we're worthless. However, that's not how God sees us. He says we are loved, He uses our weakness to make us strong, when we don't think we belong, He says we are His. Believe what Yeshua says about you- not what the world says.

I keep fighting voices in my head that say I'm not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and low? 
Remind me once again just who I am because I need to know

You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And You say I am held when I am falling short
And when I don't belong, oh You say I am Yours
And I believe, oh I believe
What you say of me
I believe

The only thing that matters is everything You think of me
In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity, o-ooh

Taking all I have and now I'm laying it at Your feet
You have every failure God, You have every victory, o-ooh



This song is by Lauren Daigle, but I liked this version better, so I posted this one. ;)

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Lord, Help Me Know You by Shane Walsh


About the book:


 "Are you ready to know Him?

For many Christians today, faithfully serving the Lord feels more like a burden than a blessing. They attend church regularly and do everything they are "supposed" to do, yet they struggle with the same issues and sins for years and never really mature in Christ. They try their best to serve God, but often times, the walk proves too burdensome and they leave the body of Christ altogether. 

The simple truth is that many Christians never take the right first step with Christ. Sometimes, we focus so quickly on doing Christian things that we miss the purest intent of a walk with Christ; simply coming to know Him. After all, how can you love someone you don't know, and how can you fully give yourself to serving someone you don't love?

This book tells the story of one such journey. It is the inspiring story of one man's pursuit to know Christ, and Christ's faithful response to his prayer, "Lord help me know You." It is a story of redemption, restoration, and revelation. 

Through this story you will see that Christ desires to personally reveal Himself to all of us. You will find the key to a life of faithful service for Him and how to truly carry your cross with gladness. You will understand why Jesus says, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light."

If you are one of those Christians struggling to faithfully serve the Lord, this book will demonstrate one thing to you - He wants you to know Him more than He wants you to serve Him."

Review


This book was so good. I needed to hear what was in this book, at this time. It was so awesome! The truth in it was so inspiring and refreshing!

God's always there, to hold you, comfort you, teach you, and guide you. God wants you to know Him personally, as your best friend, more than He wants you to serve Him.

Lord Help Me Know You encouraged me, and challenged me in my walk with Christ. I totally recommend this book for anyone to read. It was incredible!

About the author:


"Shane's story is not unlike many Christians today. Growing up in church, he was taught that God was kind, loving, and always protected His children, but at a young age, tragic circumstances would wound Shane's heart beyond repair. He ran from God as fast as he could, but through some incredible experiences, God proved Himself faithful, and at 28 Shane had a personal encounter with the Lord that changed his life forever. He would come to know Christ, not through what he was taught, but by experiencing Him first hand. Since that time, Shane has been passionately committed to reaching others like himself who have known about God, but who have never known God. This book is the inspiring story of his pursuit to know Christ and Christ's faithful response to his prayer, "Lord, help me know You." It is a story of redemption, restoration, and revelation. This story might possibly change your entire perspective on the Christian life."

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Thief, The Damsel, & The Dragon Book Review


Synopsis


"...the dragon shalt thou trample under feet." Psalms 91:13

Edward Prosner is going to steal from the small town mayor of Fall Springs, North Carolina. He's got a flawless plan of action and is determined to return honor and justice to his father's good name. The problem he faces? He needs a date for the mayor's dinner party.

Lucy Levitt is a huge romantic at heart, but with her family's ranch and part-time job, she has no time for dating. She believes God will place her soulmate in her life when the time is right. When the new man in town asks her out, how can she say no?

The first date seemed ordinary enough, but they begin to realize that they can't fight their dragons alone.

My Review


The Thief, The Damsel, & The Dragon was a wonderful book! I discovered Angela's writing through another blog I follow, and I was interested once I began looking at her blog. :)

I really liked Lucy and how her and her family interacted. Lucy was sweet, but strong inside.

Edward had interesting struggles to deal with. He wanted to restore his father's good name. However through trying to accomplish that, he lies and steals. Ed comes to the realization that he needs a Savior, and needs forgiveness.

This is a story of trusting God, even when it seems the dragons in your life are going to overwhelm you. So often there can be giants in our lives, which could also be called dragons. The main theme of the book is that God won't let you fight your dragons alone- He's always with you.

The little bit of romance that was in the book was sweet, too. I really enjoyed this book, and can hardly wait for Angela's next book! ;)

Favorite quotes from the book:

"...God fights for us when we can't fight anymore." - Lucy

"God's with us... and He won't let us fight our dragons alone." - Ed

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Lydia: A Story of Philippi by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole



Synopsis


Weak, fallible, and sometimes contentious, they were just ordinary people. Could the Lord actually use them?

Lydia was only the first of many converts to the Christian faith in Philippi. The new religion attracted quite an assortment of individuals--slaves, masters, Jews, Gentiles, wealthy, and penniless. Yet the believers were supposed to be unified in Christ--equal--no matter their class, gender, and race.

Easier said than done! Those in the volatile first-century Greco-Roman society sometimes got along better with the new believers than they did with each other. Driven by personality conflicts and misguided ambition, heated quarrels splintered the group into warring factions. Only God could salvage this wreckage. 

Trudy J. Morgan Cole's skillful touch transforms the New Testament narrative of Lydia and the people of Philippi into a vibrant story of challenges and triumphs. You know, of course, the dual problem and solution to their irreconcilable situation: "Let this mind be in you, which is also in Christ Jesus..."

Review


It was fascinating to learn about the first-century Christians in a novel setting!

Lydia was a widow merchant who sold purple cloth. Her only son and child, Epaphroditus, was expected to take over his mother's dye shop, but his real dream was to travel and preach the gospel. He does end up traveling and preaching the gospel at the end of the book. 

Euodia was a young slave girl who was possessed by demons and then was freed in the name of Jesus. She was so passionate and fiery about Jesus and her faith in Him.

Reading about Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke in a novel was really interesting. Paul was very serious. Luke was quiet, but a deep thinker. 

Clement was the lead guard at the jail, his wife's name is Syntyche. They believed in false gods until they discovered Jesus Christ.

Some of the book was Biblically based, from Acts 16 and the book of Philippians. I really liked reading the stories in a novel!

The church in Philippi did have problems, disagreements and arguments, (like every church) however I liked the way that it was handled in the book. Paul asked them to put their differences aside, and love one another- even if they didn't always see eye to eye.

This book is about first-century Christians, learning how to become like Jesus Christ and how to love and get along with one another. It's a story of how God can use everyone- poor, rich, slaves, doctors, and common people to do His work. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

"God Only Knows" by For King and Country

The message in this song is something I think a lot of us need to hear. "God Only Knows" is a song about how even if others don't know what you're going through, there is One that does know what you're going through. God knows. God knows the real you. God loves you and cares about you so much. He alone knows what you're going through. When nobody else understands, He does. I hope you remember that whenever you go through something difficult, Jesus understands. Here's the lyrics:

Wide awake while the world is sound asleepin' 
Too afraid of what might show up while your dreamin'
Nobody, nobody, nobody sees you
Nobody, nobody, nobody would believe you
Every day you try to pick up all the pieces 
All the memories, they somehow never leave you
Nobody, nobody, nobody sees you
Nobody, nobody, nobody would believe you

God only knows what you've been through
God only knows what they say about you
God only knows how it's killing you
But there's a kind of love only God knows
God only knows what you've been through 
God only knows what they say about you
God only knows the real you
But there's a kind of love that only God knows

There's a kind of love that
There's a kind of love

You keep a cover over every single secret
So afraid if someone saw them they would leave
Somebody, somebody, somebody sees you
Somebody, somebody, somebody will never leave you

God only knows where to find you
God only knows how to break through
God only knows the real you
But there's a kind of love that God only knows



Saturday, August 18, 2018

A Question of Honor Book Review


Synopsis


A man. A child. A war. 

When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met.

David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable-forgive.  He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater. 

A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country-but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives.

Will he choose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? 

A standard of Honor. 

My Review


This book is the first book of Jesseca Wheaton's Questions of War Series. This book was incredible!!! The faith that was woven throughout the whole book was wonderful. The struggles the characters had were so real. I loved the theme of forgiveness.

Joyanna was so sweet and adorable. Or shall I say feisty? ;) In some ways, Joyanna reminds me of myself as a little girl. Her child-like faith was really special. 

David. He is steady, usually calm, and more on the quiet side. David's story is a story of forgiveness. He struggled to forgive, and to let go of the anger and hatred he had in his heart. With God's help, he is able to forgive.

Micah and Gil were a lot a like. Gil teased almost all the time. Micah was more serious, but he did have a sense of humor. I enjoyed reading their stories, even though Gil's was heartbreaking.

Lily and Elaine were really sweet too. Lily was such a strong young woman, even after everything that happened. Her strength and forgiveness towards those who hurt her was beautiful.

I loved the relationship between Gil and David. They were best friends, and did everything together. It was fun to read the scenes between those two. ;)

This book was very well written. I love the way Jesseca Wheaton writes. She is such a talented author, and you all should check her books out! 5/5 stars!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Zion Chronicles Series Review

This is a book series I read this summer, and loved them! I thought I'd do a post on the whole series because the books are basically one continuous story.


   

About the books:


The Zion Chronicles series covers the events surrounding Israel's statehood in 1948. Each book vividly portrays the intense struggle of the Jewish people in the aftermath of the Holocaust and the forces, within and without, which engulf the Middle East in conflict and controversy even today. 

Will there ever be peace in Zion?  The Jewish people wonder as they stream into the British Mandate of Palestine after the devastation of World War II. What has happened to God's promises to their nation? 

Review 


I loved this book series! I really enjoy reading books from this time frame. 

I enjoyed the setting of the book series. It is set in Israel, 1947-1948. Learning about Israel becoming a nation was awesome! 

Ellie was a fun character. She grew up in a wealthy family, sheltered from the world until she moved to Jerusalem as a photojournalist. As Ellie sees what is going on in Jerusalem, she has to examine her own heart and discover who God is and what matters most in life. She's probably my favorite character. She seemed to almost always be in the middle of the action, taking pictures of the event. :)

Moshe. Well, at first I wasn't sure what to think of him. ;) However, as I got to know him in the book, he was a character I really enjoyed. His willingness to give his life for his people was amazing. 

Yacov, a little Jewish boy, with his dog Shaul, were really sweet. Yacov was so brave, and Shaul was so smart and protective of Yacov. I savored their side of the story. :)

Rachel, a girl rescued from a Nazis concentration camp, her story was heartbreaking. She had so much inner hurt and anger to deal with. She needed healing. Through her Messiah, Yeshua, she finds that healing.

David was probably one of my favorite characters. He had an inner struggle to figure out if his life had any meaning. He discovers that his life has meaning- in God. I liked seeing how he grew in his faith and life purpose throughout the whole series. 

Overall, this book series was fascinating! There were many characters and sub-plots, which was intriguing. God was evident in this book, which is something I really appreciate in a book. 

I give this book series 5/5 stars!