If you are looking for an in-depth Christian faith book, things don’t get better than Wendy Cohen’s Freedom: True Freedom Lasts Forever. This book goes into the details of living a faith-based life amid great spiritual warfare.
The author takes us through her life starting from her conception. She includes stories about what she remembers about the period before her birth, including the time she spends with God himself. From page to page, she regales us with tales of her intimate relationship with the creator over the years. In some instances, she describes seeing him face to face and witnessing the throne of glory itself. But this book is not all roses and daisies, there is a lot of darkness within it as well. For instance, Wendy talks of being possessed by demons and even taking part in spiritual rituals as a child. Her descriptions are so vivid that it is hard not to empathize with her. Ultimately, this book is about how God healed her from her brokenness and used her life for His glory.
Her experience with trauma and spiritual warfare enables her to empathize with and help other broken souls she meets along the way. Through her healing, she also learns how to forgive and love unconditionally, something that helps her reconcile with her parents and take care of them in their last years. Coupled with consistent prayer, it is this level of understanding that helps bring her parents to Christ even though they were self-proclaimed atheists for most of their lives.
While I was captivated by the content, I feel that it can be a bit heavy for readers who are new to the Christian faith or has no previous knowledge of the occult.
As a Messianic Jew, Wendy brings an authenticity to this book that is hard to replicate. She includes scripture from both old and new testaments and draws parallels in the most uncanny of ways. Clearly, she wanted this book to be as biblically accurate as possible. To build depth, she even shares reflections on her life and how her supernatural experiences built her faith. Further still, she tackles popular Christian questions such as “ Why would a loving God allow cruelty in the world?”
Freedom: True Freedom Lasts Forever is an uplifting book that provides a powerful testament that will inspire readers.
Pages: 354 | ASIN: B08HW12VW4
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We spend the majority of our adult lives in the workplace, dedicated to following instructions and completing projects. Faith is generally not something we dwell on when we are hard at work. Many of us simply don’t think about our faith on the job. However, Jim and Martha Brangenberg and Ted Hains share with readers the importance of keeping faith ever-present in every aspect of our lives–even at our jobs.
Jim and Martha Brangenberg and Ted Hains are the authors of iWork4Him: Change the Way You Think About Your Faith at Work. In this thorough look at the many ways our beliefs and faith impact our work lives, readers will find multiple examples of the ways in which our work relationships can be forever changed by allowing our faith to mesh with our daily activities. From business practices to taking a long hard look at why we work in the first place, the team of authors covers every nook and cranny of the workplace, whatever job it may be.
I was particularly struck by the authors’ examination of work relationships and the way faith plays a role in those day-to-day interactions. When you think about it, those we work alongside are the people we see and relate to most. Falling out with a coworker is difficult, to say the least. The authors’ very clear explanations regarding damaged relationships make it clear to readers that repairing them through faith only improves our work lives and even our relationships in our private lives.
Cover to cover, the Brangenbergs and Hains provide detailed scenarios from their own lives and keep readers invested in their stories while giving them opportunities to relate them to their own lives. Throughout the book, the authors give readers workbook-style sections to reflect and relate. As a teacher and someone who regularly makes notes in the margins of books that I find especially striking, I appreciate the chance to relate the text to my own experiences and to do so in writing.
After the year we have all just experienced, it is wonderful to read about ways to bring our faith into every aspect of our lives–the workplace being one of the most neglected. iWork4Him: Change the Way You Think About Your Faith at Work helps readers see their workplace as a mission field and gives them the tools they need to live out their faith.
Pages: 300 | ASIN: B096MX8QFQ
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Secrets of Broken Pottery challenges readers view of God and how they think he seems them. Why was this an important book for you to write?
Growing up in a legalistic, performance-focused church community distorted my idea of God, the Great Potter, for three decades. Looking back, it is nothing short of a miracle that I never lost not only the Potter but also the broken pieces of my life that scattered when my clay pottery broke. My broken pottery falling into the Great Potter’s loving hands is why I wrote this book. I want to share the secrets I’ve learned about Him and my position as His pottery. No pieces of your brokenness are wasted when the Great Potter collects the fragments and takes them to the Potter’s House.
In the book, God is referred to as a potter. How did the idea for this metaphor come about?
The Bible compares us with clay fashioned by the Great Potter Himself (Isaiah 64:8).
What were some ideas that were important for you to explore in this book?
Secrets of Broken Pottery is about broken lives – broken clay pots, and their spiritual healing. Potteries crushed, shattered, cracked, smashed, crumbled, distorted, fractured, and demolished. Ruinations for every imaginable reason. Within this book, I hope, the reader will learn the Great Potter’s plan – how He holds all His clay together. I hope they will learn about His characteristics; His unconditional love, never-ending grace, and faithfulness to the generations. He will never forsake His potteries and He is always in charge of your restoration and reinstation.This book is not about a prosperity gospel or legalistic performance-focused gospel, and it does not promise that problems and brokenness will disappear if only you have enough faith, or do this and avoid that. Instead, this book is about the Great Potter, our Redeemer, who wants a relationship with His vessels of clay. Secrets of Broken Pottery – finding the blessings and spiritual growth in our brokenness.
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?
The book challenges the reader to reflect and re-consider their image of God, the Great Potter, the way they see Him, and the way they think He sees them. As broken pottery we are not only perfectly safe and loved in the Great Potter’s hands, but also cherished. We are loved with the divine love that surrounds our clay pottery inside and out. We are His most beautiful and precious pottery!
I hope the reader will claim for themselves the following truth:
- Even if I am marred or broken and destroyed, the Great Potter will start all over again¾He will make something new.
- He will launch a good process, and He will never give up on me – He will see it to the end.
- None of my broken pieces go wasted.
- There is strength in broken pottery…
I wish the readers will have the most therapeutic and beautiful process on the Great Potter’s table! I hope they will be fully integrated with His unconditional and unfailing love and never-ending grace!
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Praying is something many do on a daily basis. For some it is second nature and part of their upbringing. Others find themselves wanting to make a habit of praying but find it difficult to do so effectively. For so many, prayer does not come naturally, and they need guidance on how to ask for the things they seek. From asking for patience to finding answers to a trying situation, the way we pray matters. Where we pray is another dilemma many find themselves facing. Whether it be in a church pew, around grandmother’s kitchen table, or beside one’s bed, prayer has the power to change things.
While at the Altar: Becoming a Resilient, Healed, Whole Woman Through the Power of Prayer, by Pamela D. Smith, is a combination of one woman’s life experiences and testimonies and a list of specific prayers for readers to use as a guide. Smith offers readers a glimpse into her personal spiritual story and helps them understand exactly how difficult it can be to find their way to becoming a praying individual. Something we all take for granted others know how to do–Smith explains precisely how much of a struggle it can be to come to rely on prayer.
Generally speaking, I don’t find most inspirational and self-help books to be all that engaging and frankly not all that helpful. While many can be difficult and not so relatable, Smith’s book is the polar opposite. She is genuine, opens her heart to readers, and offers a very real look at what life is like living with anxiety. She willingly offers readers the opportunity to share in her heartache and walk with her as she finds the path to a prayerful life. Her life will inspire readers.
As a reader, I am especially thankful for Smith’s specific prayers throughout the book. Admittedly, I am not always comfortable with the ways or reasons to pray, and Smith gives readers like me exactly what we have been looking for. I appreciate the time and thought Smith has put into her writing. The journal opportunities throughout the reading make her book an interactive and even more useful one.
I recommend While at the Altar to any person who is seeking to make a spiritual move in their life. Smith truly strikes a chord with readers and provides advice across life experiences in a tone all readers will appreciate.
Pages: 120 | ASIN: B08714BS5V
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A remarkable love story that pulls on your heartstrings and leaves you inspired. A page turner that gives a first hand look into the lives of a young couple madly in love and eager to start their lives together, only to have it all halted by a cancer diagnosis. With no clear road map on how to navigate their new normal, James and Anabel proceed into uncharted territory, hand-in-hand, with the love of their families and their faith in God to guide them.
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A God-Centered View of Salvation helps readers understand why their motivation for salvation is essential to receiving forgiveness for their sins. Why was this an important book for you to write?
Protestant Christianity stresses the steps to salvation — what a person must believe in order to be saved. Our motivation for salvation is basically ignored as we witness to others. But since the Holy Bible teaches that God seeks out our motivation and desires correct motivation, which aligns with His will, then seekers must be warned of this and taught about this as they approach God for the forgiveness of their sins. In fact, since God is Holy and cannot condone sin, a selfish motivation for salvation such as seeking to be saved in order to avoid eternal suffering in Hell for our sins leads to God rejecting that person and their remaining unsaved.
What do you feel is a common misconception people have about their relationship with God?
I believe that since we are the ones being saved most people look upon salvation as being for our sake. But God is primary and mankind is of lesser importance than our Creator. Therefore, everything must be first and foremost for His benefit — not ours. At the most basic level our Salvation is primarily for God’s sake so He can defeat Satan in spiritual warfare.
What were some ideas that were important for you to explore in this book?
The awesome, fantastic greatness of God (His preeminence).
The insignificance of mankind who is a created being that belongs to his Creator.
What God expects of us is willing submission to His will even in the act of our salvation. Selfish motivation is idolatry with “self” as the idol. We must humble ourselves before the awesome, almighty God.
That since there are many benefits for God in mankind’s salvation, just as there are benefits for us in our salvation — God’s are primary! We should seek salvation so God gets His rightful due and just trust that He, being a loving God, will bless us with our lesser, secondary benefits in our salvation.
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
That God is sovereign, supreme, and preeminent! To be correctly understood, everything must be theocentric (have God at the core) including our motivation for our salvation. God is primary and everything exists for His sake! Even our salvation is primarily for God’s sake and only secondarily for us to receive our benefits.
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Hypnotherapy Assertions and Affirmations for Christians: Overcoming Our Many Health Issues & Expanding Our Minds is a valuable book for any adult that has ever experienced physical pain or any form of agony. The author talks to people from different backgrounds, giving advice on life and sharing his wisdom gained throughout the years. Dr. Lauren J. Ball is raw, authentic, and one can feel his words directly have an impact immediately after reading. This book is a special kind of self help book. The author does not just give words of encouragement, but also shares tips on how to navigate the treacherous paths in life.
As a reader, you get to connect with the author on a deeper level even before completing the book. Hypnotherapy Assertions and Affirmations for Christians: Overcoming Our Many Health Issues & Expanding Our Minds is your go-to book when you have no one to talk to. When starting the book, the author gives a little introduction of himself, briefly talks about the content in the book and shares with readers how to use the book.
Ever thought of how much power the words you use carry? There is power in what comes from your mouth. One of the major lessons in the book was about affirmations and assertions. Whatever you affirm will come to pass. It is advised that as a human being who is growing and facing challenges, you train your mind to think positive. Make it a habit to have good and positive thoughts. Even as you engage with others, be the one that brings brightness to dark rooms. Whatever you confess will happen. The chapters in Hypnotherapy Assertions and Affirmations for Christians are short and easy to read, but no less impactful.
One thing I appreciate Dr. Lauren J. Ball in his writing is how he reiterates points. The author could talk about a particular subject; explain the topic in detail and still keeps highlighting the important message as you read on. This is important because by repeating what he thinks is crucial, the message gets stuck in the reader’s mind. The author is also practical in his book. He not only talks about surviving the hard times and being closer to God, but also deeply discusses health.
I recommend this book because it contains everything you need to improve your life in practical ways. You will get answers on how to improve your physical health, get closer to God, and how to improve your personal life. This a personal development book that has the potential to change readers lives in more ways than one.
Pages: 148 | ASIN: B07BT3WXZH
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Author Allen M. Steely explains to Christians what it means to be saved in his thought-provoking book A God-Centered View of Salvation. Everyone has their own definition of salvation, depending on how they relate with God and the church. In his book, Allen Steely lays it all out and explains how to do Christianity right, live righteously and get to be God’s chosen child. I like how the author starts the book by asking simple questions which he gives answers to. The author writes extensively and in detail, talking about faith and being a believer. Whether talking about God, human beings or whichever subject, the author uses a unique way of presenting facts and stories that help one relate to the topic being discussed.
A God Centered View of Salvation is a book that will trigger your interest in history. The author talks of different churches in the middle ages, and how change in the church had an impact in today’s ministry. The author talks of the missteps made by old churches and advises Christians today on which path to take. Reading this book was a wonderful experience and makes one have a sense of fulfillment in being a believer. While reading the book, I notice that the author does not move away from the main topic even when he introduces a new subject. This helps the reader focus on the main subject and gets one to fully understand the text being discussed.
The bible is an important book for every Christian. Allen Steely explains the significance of reading the bible often and understanding God’s word. The author also gives tips on how to interpret the teachings in the bible, which was helpful as not many people know how to interpret the scriptures. While talking about salvation and religion as a whole, the author added bible scriptures in between the paragraphs. This was a brilliant idea, by including the bible verses he encourages readers to read the bible more by having the verses as references. Each verse Allen Steely added had a lesson that would assist believers in their journey to salvation.
Apart from the exceptional work the author did with breaking down verses, history lessons and excellent narration, something else stood out in his writing; how honest and rational he was. Allen Steely freely unabashedly lays out his thoughts and is honest with his opinions on different things in life. The author does not sugar coat his opinions and tells it how it is. He also appears to be reasonable and someone whom every believer would want to have a sober discussion with. A God-Centered View of Salvation is enlightening and is useful to both Christians and non-Christians.
Pages: 278 | ASIN: B07PXVZWKS
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