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Did Jesus Die For Dogs?

Did Jesus Die For Dogs?: What does the Bible say? by [Steven Boint]

Rev Steven J. Boint helps readers understand the Supreme Being that is God and how humans relate to him in his book, Did Jesus Die For Dogs? In the book the author analyzes different theological narratives and how they have shaped the lives of Christians around the world. The tone of the text is neutral and the author is objective with the points  that he shares. Along the way the reverend uses bible scriptures to help the reader comprehend the creation story, sin and how Christ loves his people.

As a follower of Christ, one is assured of God’s unending love and mercy. The author writes about God’s love and why every creature on earth exists because of his grace. There are multiple lessons on salvation and how broad Christianity is. Did Jesus Die For Dogs? is a a surprisingly thought-provoking book, considering the title. This book enlightens the reader on the role of Christianity and living righteously. The discussions are sober and the author is impartial in his analysis. Rev. Steven Boint has written a short but deep book that explores Christian salvation, and if it applies to dogs.

Pages: 29 | ASIN: B0867FSZY5

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The Diamond Soul: 5 Stepping Stones to Christlike Character – Trailer

Ever wanted to learn more about how to transform your moral character to mimic Christ’s? Have you ever wondered about the meaning of life, the interplay between faith and reason, and the importance of the character traits in shaping one’s destiny? In this self-help book, I will show how to build a Christlike character, which I call the Diamond Soul, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Ever questioned why so many relationships are empty, unfulfilling, and end in disaster? Ever struggled to understand the mysterious connection between two human hearts, which beat in perfect harmony, yet maybe miles apart? Answers to all these questions, and many more, are waiting for you in this inspiring self-help book.

The subject matter of the book is developing a Christlike moral character under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Why do we need divine guidance? First, because we are believers, and second, because we cannot do such a huge task alone. The Diamond Soul is the result of the cooperative yet mysterious work of the Holy Spirit residing in us, and ourselves. We supply in a proactive manner the know-how, the sweat, and the perseverance. The Holy Spirit provides the guidance. The result? You miraculously morph from an everyday believer into a highly moral mighty Warrior in Christ. Your personality type changes profoundly because you’re on your way to finding your God-ordained destiny and meaning in life.

At the same time, I realize that the know-how, processes, and methods necessary to undertake such a massive project can only be based on science. For this reason, I draw on the fields of positive psychology, neuroscience, and human behavior. I use the latest findings regarding the undeniable bond between thoughts, emotions, and conduct. To which I add my personal observations about the role spirituality plays in this extremely complicated and volatile mix.

In The Diamond Soul, 5 Stepping Stones to Christlike Character, I use two metaphors. The first is the image of a beautifully cut, strong, and valuable diamond, to help people visualize their character crafted after Jesus’ own. The second depicts the arduous path up a mountain slope, using stepping stones found along the way, leading to the valuable diamond located on the peak. They cannot exist without another. You cannot reach the diamond on the summit unless you climb the mountain toward it. Conversely, if you climbed any other mountain, your efforts will have been in vain.

This self-help book is based on my experience and struggle in searching proactively for God and developing a moral character aspiring to be like Christ’s. The struggle has transformed my life and made me a better person. The new moral authority, which the Diamond Soul character afforded me, had a tremendous impact on the people around me, be they family members, friends, employees, or business associates.

I believe the book is unique because:

  • It anchors deeply one’s moral character, behavior, and leadership abilities in the Christian faith.
  • It provides a gradual approach to personal development and spiritual growth by building on Christina virtues and time-tested core values.
  • It uniquely blends faith and reason to support the processes and methods advocated in the book.
  • It offers a solid scientific background and proven practical step-by-step instructions on character development, building effective relationships, and becoming a servant leader.

So, dear Christian, build your Diamond Soul character not only for your benefit but for the gain of others and the glory of God. Be fearless – go out there and spread its teachings. Meet your God-ordained destiny to better yourself first, then to improve the world around you―one soul at a time, one group at a time, one organization at a time.

God bless your journey!

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A Visitor to Heaven’S Garden of Blessings

A Visitor to Heaven’S Garden of Blessings by [Joyce M. Englehardt]

Lil and Peter have a daughter, Amy. Debbie and David are the parents of a little girl themselves. The two families don’t know one another, but their daughters–both in comas–have managed to find one another. Lil and Peter, both believers in God’s Word, have never once given up or given in to their fears as they watch and wait for Amy to recover. Debbie and David, on the other hand, don’t find themselves as trusting in the Lord. They watch their daughter, Melisa, and hope for a miracle, but their actions don’t show their faith in it ever happening until, that is, they meet Lil.

A Visitor to Heaven’s Garden of Blessings, by Joyce M. Englehardt, is the touching story of how one couple is led to discover God’s Word through their daughter’s coma and hospital stay. The closeness they develop with another couple, Lil and Peter, opens up a whole new world of faith, hope, and promises of an eternal life. Lil’s vivid dreams of her daughter lead her to understand that Amy’s coma was no accident and actually served a purpose much bigger than any of them could ever have realized.

Englehardt’s entire work is a beautiful testimony of faith, hope, and love. From the beginning to the end, readers are treated to glimpses into Lil’s dreams and the amazing way in which her daughter, Amy, is able to communicate with her about, not only her own feelings, but about Melisa’s as well. The evidence of the miracle is clear each time Lil talks about her dreams. Amy’s ability to communicate with her parents through their dreams is quite amazing and leaves readers with a feeling of hope and renewed faith.

One of the most visually stunning aspects of Englehardt’s writing is her description of the garden itself. The image of blessings being bestowed through the children in the garden is quite breathtaking to behold. I don’t know that I have ever read anything described in such a tender and loving way.

Debbie and David’s curiosity and desire to feel more spiritually connected is obvious, and their questions are genuine. I was reminded of questions I used to ask my grandmother as we had Bible study when I was a little girl. There’s a different level of curiosity when it comes to spirituality, and the author demonstrates it well through Debbie and David.

I was moved by the plight of both families and appreciated the overwhelming focus on developing a relationship with the Lord. Readers who are struggling with their faith or have met with a situation that seems too heavy to bear will welcome Englehardt’s story with open arms.

Pages: 212 | ASIN: B07957BJMV

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Blessed Beyond Measure

Blessed Beyond Measure: Getting back to the Basic of what we were called to be by [K. Denise McQueen]

There are many life lessons to be learned from the Holy Bible and messages readers and believers can apply to their most trying situations. From relationships to remaining faithful believers in Christianity, the Bible can sometimes be difficult to interpret, and some passages have as many interpretations as they have readers. Blessed Beyond Measure, by K. Denise McQueen, is one woman’s work based on scripture and life experience. From being virtuous to having a forgiving spirit, McQueen covers a vast array of life’s dilemmas head-on and with scripture in mind.

Blessed Beyond Measure, by K. Denise McQueen, is filled with quotes from the Bible as well as quotes from inspirational speakers like former President Barack Obama. In each of McQueen’s chapters, she tackles an ethical dilemma or an aspect of relationships based on scripture and adds her own opinions throughout. Though I don’t agree with some of her thoughts on making sure the man is the one making decisions in the household, she does make some valid points about self-worth and being humble.

I was expecting a book rooted in the Bible and focused on general life advice but found this to be more of a text designed to advise women in their relationships. Peppered throughout the book is valuable commentary on self-respect, how to treat others, and how to live a life with purpose. The bulk of the book is centered on the choices one must make in order to begin a romantic relationship and how to maintain a strong marriage.

With a few organizational and grammatical issues aside, I think that Blessed Beyond Measure has strong messages that come from the heart, each of them valuable in different ways and K. Denise McQueen’s passion for life and faith shines through every chapter. This is an inspirational book that motivates readers to live a God first life.

Pages: 90 | ASIN: B07C33V2Z4

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His Gift To Me

His Gift to Me: Poetic Humanities by [King, Vanessa]

Deeply personal and genuine, the poetry within His Gift to Me by Vanessa King is a poetic work of resilience, faith and familial love. Most of the poems are crafted in modernist free verse, for the poet to freely express the will to overcome struggles, powerful thoughts about the state of contemporary society, and feelings of unconditional devotion to God and her daughters.

King’s His Gift to Me speaks to readers of any era and lovers of poetry, especially those who are going through dark times such as abuse, injustice at home or society, isolation, and need a source of pious courage to help them through pain and uncertainty, especially mothers. King’s poetry is by no means passive. She believes in God but commands action from oneself too to improve life.

The messages Vanessa King communicates through her poetry are many and centralized around talking to the reader: That even if you feel that it’s impossible to pull through, with poems like “Why” she wants to remind everyone that everything is possible through perseverance, even dispelling the greatest doubts and challenges. That even when you feel rejected by everyone and life itself seems to be impossible to navigate, she gives with poems like “Come Together” stark reminders that one must always communicate to overcome all odds.

This inspiring collection is for anyone who wants to read a work of strength and love to help during dark times, don’t miss this.

Pages: 58 | ASIN: B079K4NJXK

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The Fields: Our Journey through Medicine, Mission, Life, and Faith

The Fields: Our Journey through Medicine, Mission, Life, and Faith by [Dang, Manh]

Without positivity in this life, one is bound to be completely stumped and unable to keep going. There is so much darkness and sadness around. Amidst all of that though, there is also light and stories of triumph. It is important to concentrate more on these stories of light so that the darkness does not consume us. It is important to remember that the grace of God is always by our sides regardless of current status or position.

In The Fields: Our Journey through Medicine, Mission, Life, and Faith Manh Dang tells stories of his experiences as an oncologist. He is has been at the forefront of darkness for a long time. His faith and positivity despite his experiences are astounding. You can feel the light come forth as you read this book. This book will you teach how to appreciate your position. How to remain positive and hopeful when things are dark and thick.

This book has been written from the heart. The good doctor’s faith and compassion are evident from his choice of words and tone of writing. He writes with so much conviction and concern for the reader. The writer seems like someone you would feel comfortable talking to about your own life without the fear of judgment or condescension. The writer’s qualities that shine through make reading this book that much more important.

The language used in this book stands out. It is not that the vocabulary is complex. It is not that the writer has employed a lot of flair. It is just the brilliant way he has crafted his statements. His mastery of the language and how to manipulate it is exceptional. He seems like the kind of storyteller whose narrations anyone would enjoy. To think that the book is made up of Facebook posts makes it even more astounding.

The Fields is like a soft tender touch. It is reassuring and calming. It is exactly what you need without knowing if you even want it. This book is like an ember floating through the air on a dark night guiding your path. His descriptions and explanations are so vivid that all the intended emotions are triggered.

The point here is to be uplifting to anyone who reads. The Fields is an excellent read especially during a pandemic such as Corona. The writer is just the right amount of sunny in bleak times. He understands that sometimes the darkness can get to you. This is a good book to read and share with friends. It would make for a wonderful book of the week for a club. There is so much to talk about and discuss.

Pages: 372 | ASIN: B081G9Q36C

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The Works of George MacDonald

The Works Online Bookstore: featuring the Scots-English editions, Consuming Fire, and much, much more.

GEORGE MACDONALD (1824-1905), forerunner of the Inklings–Scottish minister, poet, novelist, and imaginative seer– was one of the most beloved Victorian authors throughout Great Britain and the U.S. in the 19th century. He wrote some 50 volumes of novels, poetry, short stories, fantasy, sermons, and essays. His influential body of work placed him alongside his era’s great men of letters and his following was vast. Two decades after his death, his books were pivotal in leading C.S. Lewis to Christianity. He thus became the foundational member of Wheaton’s Wade Center “Seven.”

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Escape Your Fallen Nature

Escape Your Fallen Nature by [Piper, David R.]

As human beings we know what is right and what is wrong. We’ve read scripture and can discern what God requires from us. However, despite this knowledge sometimes we walk into temptations. As if we cannot control our selves. This is called the fallen nature. This book is about how to defeat that fallen nature and challenge oneself to be stronger against this nature no matter how deeply embedded. Only then can we know the true power of God. Only then can we, as human beings, discover true spirituality.

David Piper has provided enough scripture to back up the material in this book. This way the idea of the fallen nature is not just speculation. Providing scripture also provides some sort of direction for the person to begin taking stock. For a person to begin making that change in their own selves. Scripture is the guiding light in this endeavor.

The book has a firm tone, but there is also an understanding that at times one may feel like the fallen nature is more powerful than they are. To this, the author offers understanding and scripture to help one get through it.  His writing is coloured with passion and dedication to his cause.

This book takes the reader through a step by step process that makes it an easy read. The reader is led towards understanding of the fallen nature first. Then they are led towards understanding of the new nature. Through these two steps, one cannot help but audit themselves. They cannot help but see their lives for what it is now and what it could be. David’s enthusiasm for discovering the new nature is almost infectious. Then he takes a detour to backsliding and God’s power to restore. These are two very important points to pass by before really embarking on the journey towards a new nature.

The book is filled with personal reflections and stories about David’s life. This makes the book come alive. It provides the reader with a companion with whom to take the journey and share troubles.

The book is informative, enlightening and evocative. This book would make a great read for someone who has been feeling frustrated in their ability to stay true in their spirituality. For anyone who finds themselves constantly backsliding. For anyone who simply wants to see if their life is headed in the right direction or if they have given their fallen nature too much power.

pages: 284 | ASIN: B07QDPKYM3

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