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Soul Afterlife

“What happens after we die? Is there a life after death?” These are the questions that have plagued humanity since times immemorial. Unfortunately, most religions, faiths, and cultures try to answer these questions differently, while some stay silent on this. Every human at some point has worried about this, whether with the curiosity of a child or with the wisdom of old age, but no one really knows. Bud Megargee explores this fascinating topic through interviews with those that have experienced brushes with death.

Soul Afterlife: Beyond the Near-Death Experience is Bud Megargee’s journey on an unorthodox quest to find answers to these questions for himself. It seeks to satiate the author’s curiosity about questions of life, death, soul, and reincarnation through the state of being as close to death as one possibly can: Near-Death Experiences or NDE.

In this journey, to seek answers to non-traditional questions that make him question his Catholic schooling, the author seeks out the help of his spiritual guide – Shirlet Enama. Shirlet is a psychic/oracle who lives in the mountains of Berwick, Pennsylvania. The thought-provoking book’s format is light and palatable as it is a mixture of text and interviews, which keep the book interesting. However, sometimes this complex book gets hard to understand due to references to his other books without including footnotes or endnotes to explain to readers.  

Soul Afterlife: Beyond the Near-Death Experience is a compelling work that seeks to answer the question of what happens to the soul when we die. Readers that enjoy personal transformation, spirituality, and self-help books would find this a valuable read. Also, this intriguing book is recommended for anyone who, like many others before us, seeks an answer to the questions about life and death. Even though the book is a companion to Megargee’s previous works, it is still understandable to any beginner, even as a stand-alone work. 

Pages: 233 | ASIN : B085GM3HNP

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Tarnished Crowns a Memoir

Tarnished Crowns a Memoir: The Power of Purpose and Authenticity by [Pamela Rice]

Tarnished Crowns is a memoir by Pamela Ann Rice. She is a former Hollywood actress whose experiences with personal and business relationships in showbiz, predisposed her to torment and suffering. Pam’s friend reintroduced her to God as a refuge. She dedicates her life to Christ and as she grows in spirit, she takes up more evangelistic roles. She constantly exhibits bravery and clarity of mind. Her faith is often tested and just as frequently, God redeems her. She also rehabilitated patients using Christian therapy to heal women who suffered different forms of abuse. In prayer she finds a safe haven.

The memoir Tarnished Crowns, by Pamela Ann Rice is a very immersive read. I like how the author involves her audience on a first-hand experience of her journey to salvation. She is honest about her love for glamour and how much she misses the limelight. On the other hand, she was negatively affected by the fame and its accompanying relationships. The way she talks about the entanglements feeling abusive and empty, coupled with her feelings of over-dependence aids readers to understand why she opted for The Cross as her refuge. This memoir is a major help to anyone who seeks to stay grounded in God.

The way she managed to portray the character of Jesus through her mission work is impressive. Citing her work with a transvestite woman; “Victoria” who had a hard time integrating at the women’s shelter, she portrays Jesus as unconditional. Her work at rehabilitation center brings to light the present challenge of mental health issues. Christian therapy as solution to most of these tribulations is an adoptable and encouraging approach.

Tarnished Crowns a Memoir, by Pamela Ann Rice is emotional, compassionate, and ideal for the Christian woman and those that work with women. Readers that enjoy transformational life stories will also find this book to be unforgettable.

Pages: 217 | ASIN: B09BND2C8K

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Link-Up 2 Lift-Up

Link-Up 2 Lift-Up by educator and author Doreszell Cohen is written from an emic perspective to give a deeper insight into the lives of the descendants of the enslaved Africans in the United States of America. Cohen is a highly qualified educator living in Jacksonville, Florida. After facing institutionalized racism herself, she realized that a significant reason why instances like this still happen is that there is a lack of knowledge not just for people from outside the community but even from within. She went ahead and established an institution called Link-Up 2 Lift-Up Inc. as a helping hand for African Citizens living in the States, who might need assistance to overcome the hurdles of institutionalized racism and even help eliminate it completely.

Link-Up 2 Lift-Up is a “wokebook” intended to eliminate the ignorance about and within the African community. Cohen’s book also aims to help not only eliminate the institutionalized racism but also create a state of pluralism wherein the African community can peacefully and respectfully coexist with the rest of the population of the States.

The book starts with an introduction to the personal story of Cohen, then dives into the beginnings of Link-Up 2 Lift-Up as an institution. Cohen puts all her emotions and thoughts out on the page for readers. There is nothing held back from Cohen’s telling of her story, there are photos, emails, letters, all attesting to the experiences her family has endured. Cohen relies heavily on her faith to get her through some of the hardest moments in her life. When her daughter was brutally stabbed seventeen times she prayed nonstop for her to recover. Those that take comfort in faith will admire how spirituality helps define who Cohen is and impacts the direction of her life.

Link-Up 2 Lift-Up by Doreszell Cohen presents readers with an emic approach to the lives of African Americans and the sheer amount of social impact that Cohen has managed to create. I would recommend this book to anyone who seeks to get a deeper insight into the lives and struggles of the descendants of the enslaved Africans. A cross between a memoir and reference book, readers will see the world through Cohen’s eyes and learn from her experiences.  

Pages: 108 | ASIN : B08KSWYZ3M

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Four Rights The Intersection

Four Rights The Intersection: The Right Man The Right Time The Right Message The Right Agenda: God's Messenger by [Fritz Michel]

Reading the Bible is one thing, understanding it is another. It requires a specific analytical approach as well as God’s grace to see the light between the words. Fritz Michel discusses four points in his illuminating book. The first being the right man who is announced and created for a specific purpose. In a way, we are all the right man. The second point is the right time which is God’s timing. We are all advised to be wary of our own impatience. The third is the right message which the appropriate understand of the word. The fourth is the right agenda which is a divine inspired intention. The author summarizes the kingdom and Christianity in a way that makes it simpler and easier to understand. It is a breakdown of something that has caused an ideological divide between people with different understanding of humanity from God’s perspective.

The author takes his time to highlight different beliefs and myths. Then he goes ahead to confirm or debunk with scripture. His commitment to ensuring appropriate and correct understanding of God is evident through the level of effort he has put into writing this book. One notable element is his discussion of worship. He urges on the importance of worship. There is also an extensive discussion about Satan. His days in heaven before he became the adversary and the actions that led to his banishment. This book provides a wealth of information.

This enlightening spiritual book breaks down the Bible so that average readers can understand it better. It is a study guide of God’s word. It has minced complex biblical chunks into bite sized bits. While I enjoyed the content within this informative spiritual guide, I felt that the structure of the book could have been improved by increasing the font and line spacing to make it easier to read the spiritually enriching content.

That said, this book is an interesting paraphrasing of the Bible. It is an intriguing retelling of the events that have shaped human life for generations. This is a thought-provoking book that will have readers challenge some of their long-held beliefs. It might also reinforce some beliefs readers have but cannot quite explain. This is an interesting piece of literature to discuss with your Christian book club.

Four Rights The Intersection is an informative and illuminating spiritual guide that will leave readers feeling informed and spiritually enriched.

Pages: 164 | ASIN: B098TYGK2Z

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10 Steps to Help You Get on with Your Life

Life is a series of peaks and pits. One day you are down, the next you are up. But then amidst those who leave you and those who love you is life’s interesting journey. Often, when something happens to break us, we have no idea where to start. We want to curl up in a ball and protect ourselves from the world. This book is a step-by-step guide not just for getting through the difficult parts but coming out on the other side stronger and with more wisdom. It is a roadmap to finding God and holding on to God’s grace when you need it most.

Author Mary Dunbar is very realistic about the human condition. She knows that human beings are prone to being angry with God when things start to go bad. She urges the reader to remain steadfast in prayer and frequently consult the word. She is not condescending and is fully understanding on everything life can take you through.

The author also recognizes that prayer may not be enough. She advises on the importance of watching who you relate with. Some people are only meant to be in your life momentarily. Through God’s grace, you can realize that. She also advises readers to do something to accompany the prayers. If you want to get out of the hole, you can pray to get a ladder but you would have to climb out yourself.

The author has created a brief yet insightful and incredibly useful set of lifehacks. Rarely do people mix prayer and proactivity when giving advice. Hers is a full dimensional tutorial on how to overcome the various obstacles that life presents. This inspiring self-help book is written in very simple language that anyone can understand. Her writing is conversational. The author is seeking to help people who often find themselves having trouble moving on from hurt and disappointments.

10 Steps to Help You Get on with Your Life by Mary Dunbar is a motivational and thought-provoking book that is different from the average self-help book. The information is broken up by poems that are entertaining and expressive, providing a well-deserved pause from material that is deeply affective to anyone who reads it. Do not wait for the storm to buy an umbrella. Get your umbrella now and keep it ready for the rainy season. Read this book and pass it along. Share it with someone, let them learn how to overcome too.

Pages: 34 | ASIN : B08XVM11KM

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Freedom: True Freedom Lasts Forever

Freedom: True Freedom Lasts Forever by [Wendy Cohen]

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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iWork4Him

iWork4Him: Change the Way You Think About Your Faith at Work by [Jim Brangenberg, Martha Brangenberg, Ted Hains]

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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The Spiritual Healing

Author Interview
Heidi McKendrick Author Interview

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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Get ready to challenge the way you see God. And the way you think He sees you… Do you feel broken, lost… is your life shattered into a thousand pieces, and you have no idea how to put it all back together? Are you yearning for fresh clay, and a new start? You’re not alone. God is the Great Potter, and through his loving hands, you will discover the secrets of broken pottery, and the strength he has hidden within all of us. In Secrets of Broken Pottery, author Heidi McKendrick strips away the illusions we’ve created around Biblical heroes and presents them in a realistic light, through tales of pitifully broken potteries. This book reaffirms that the Great Potter remains faithful even if we don’t. Heidi has conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars on grace-filled topics of brokenness for NGO organizations, churches, seminaries, and universities. Now, she brings that same passion to readers all around the world. 
None of your broken pieces are wasted! Read Secrets of Broken Pottery, and discover the blessings in your brokenness today! 
The first part of the book introduces broken potteries, reflecting on the reasons for their hurt. Sometimes we break our pottery ourselves, but often, it is by others either accidentally or intentionally. It can also be a force majeure, something that can happen to anyone. The second part tells stories of broken potteries in the Bible. These stories reflect our life struggles and blessings and they celebrate the Great Potter. Every pot is precious, broken or not, the Great Potter never wastes His clay! The third part of explores the twenty secrets of broken potteries for all of us broken containers to reflect on – inviting a spiritual discovery, growth, and healing.  Immersing in these secrets will assist you in ridding yourself of any false images you may have about God. The final part discusses the process of restoration – or as much as is possible on this side of eternity.We all wear scars- but so does the Great Potter. His Light radiates through the cracks of your brokenness.
The main concept of this book conveys the framework of Christian Pastoral Care. It is targeted for Christian potteries broken because of life’s labours and painful blows -many because of their traumatizing experiences in legalistic and spiritually abusive church communities. The message emphasizes the Great Potter’s revulsion of the tarnishing of His name through the abuse perpetrated by so many religious organizations.
Allow the Great Potter to reveal what He sees when He sees you Maybe – you’ve had a wrong impression of Him all along?
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