Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 11, 2014

Hearing God’s voice above all others

Crash the ChatterboxThe voice you listen to will determine your future.  This is true on several levels, but how do we block out the non-essential voices rolling around in our head to hear God’s voice?  Scripture tells us that God’s voice is a still, small voice.  God doesn’t scream and yell and He isn’t going to compete with anyone or anything.

Steven Furtick offers valuable insight into how to “Crash the Chatterbox”, expose and silence the lies of the enemy and embrace the life God has planned for you.  The enemy will do anything to distract us from claiming our freedom in Christ.  Furtick has two other books to his credit, “Sun Stand Still” and “Greater“. Along with “Crashing the Chatterbox”, Furtick’s books are timely and relevant to what believers experience today.  He is open about his own weaknesses and how the advice he offers in his book has helped him in his own walk.  If you have heard Furtick speak, you will recognize his voice in his books.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Blogging for Books, as part of Waterbrook Multnomah‘s Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 2, 2014

Four cups, four promises

Four CupsAccording to Chris Hodges, the four cups of wine detailed in the Passover Seder represent the four promises God offers to every believer.  In this short, easy-to-read book, “Four Cups”, Hodges attempts to help readers move forward in their faith walk.  “Four Cups” is biblical and straightforward.  The book doesn’t go into much depth but is good for starting a small group discussion.  It is a perfect book and study for the Easter season.

“Four Cups” is thought-provoking and worth the read.  The final portion of the book is a model for church leaders based on the  Church of the Highlands where Hodges serves as the founding and senior pastor.

Side Note:  As of 4/2/14, Hodges’ previous book, “Fresh Air” is a free Kindle offering at Amazon.com.

Click here to purchase “Four Cups” from Amazon.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | March 31, 2014

Because you were made for more–a review of “Restless”

RestlessDo you have the feeling you are missing something?  Are you longing for more out of life, or do you have dreams that are yearning to be fulfilled?  Joseph had a dream.  When his immaturity go the best of him, it set off a string of events that led to both suffering and blessing.  His suffering produced the very thing he had dreamed about.

“Restless” takes the story of Joseph and shows how everything he suffered and all of his gifts and relationships were the threads that fit into God’s greater story.  What would happen if we believed this was the way God worked in our lives?  Jennie Allen gives us permission to hold on to our dreams and encourages us to dream our dreams and follow through with what God is showing us through them.

Allen is encouraging and uplifting.  She is passionate about her calling and wants others to be passionate about theirs.  I recently had the privilege of reviewing her Bible study, “Restless“, which condenses the book down to its basic premise, and the book is a wonderful companion to the study as it expounds on her message of living our God-given dreams.

 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BookSneeze, as part of Thomas Nelson‘s Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | March 31, 2014

Grow a wildfire faith that will endure anything

unquenchable“True wildfire faith means having strength, endurance, and a solid abiding trust in God–in darkness and in light, in pain and wellness, in sadness and laughter.  It is recognizing that today, no matter where I am or what my circumstances may be, because I am the image bearer of Jesus Christ, the ground I’m standing on a holy ground.”

Carol Kent knows what it means to struggle with faith issues.  Her only child is serving a life sentence for murder.  (Click here to read Kent’s blog).  She has had to draw near to God to find the faith to endure the turn her life took when her son opened fire on his wife’s ex-husband.  Kent uses her life experiences to show how God is faithful even in the trying times.  Through her book, “Unquenchable”, we learn how to abide in the power of God so that the flame in our heart will burn bright as an example to others.

“Unquenchable” is encouraging and inspiring and shows that even in the midst of our pain, we can glow in the warmth of God’s fire in our heart.  Kent has written several books about her faith and trust in the Lord.  By using her son’s actions as a catalyst for her faith and trust in God, she shows us how, even in the midst of the hardest things we face, we can also enjoy this type of faith no matter what.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Booksneeze,  as part of Thomas Nelson‘s Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | March 31, 2014

Returning to Kosher Christianity

eatlikejesus“Kosher Christianity” is a term Andrew Hoy uses in “Eat Like Jesus” to “describe a new future or potential reality” and refers to a “non-dispensational view of the Christian faith and approach to Bible interpretation.”

Because we live by grace and not law, we often don’t think about the reasons for some of the food restrictions God imposed on His people.  Most of the forbidden animals for consumption would have caused illness or potential problems in the future.  Even the Pharisees defined cleanliness in a way outside of God’s intentions.  God has a purpose for all of His commands.  They keep us safe under His wing and healthy in order to serve Him.  He doesn’t arbitrarily give a command for a whim.  He knows what is good for us and our bodies because He created us and everything we eat.

If you are interested in a Kosher lifestyle, “Eat Like Jesus” is on of several books which offers reasons and guidelines to follow in order to make decisions about your diet.  This is the first book I have read on this topic, so I can’t compare it to others.  Other reviewers have said that Hoy’s books contains big words and terminology that may be difficult to understand, and this is true.  “Eat Like Jesus” does not contain a diet plan or recipes.  If you are looking for them, you will have to look elsewhere.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | March 20, 2014

‘The Making of a Prophet’ valuable for all ministry and gifts

ProphetHave you heard the call to prophetic ministry?  Jennifer LeClaire is a leading prophetic voice, news editor for Charisma magazine and writes “The Plumb Line”, a popular column in Charisma.  She is the author of “The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Jezebel”. Her new book, “The Making of a Prophet”, guides readers from the initial calling through maturity.

Having followed Jennifer LeClaire on Facebook and reading her blog, I have come to respect her and know that she is honest, open and trustworthy.  She is transparent and holds herself accountable to the proper authorities.  Her book is insightful not just for those called into prophetic ministry but also anyone who has heard their calling from God.  We are all called to serve God in specific ways and are given talents and gifts for which we are responsible to use to the glory and honor of God.  Although all gifting is not the same, they all hold value in the Kingdom of God.  Jennifer’s book offers valuable insights and wisdom for all gifts by helping readers overcome the fear of man and the desire to seek man’s approval over God’s.  LeClaire helps us check our motives and pursue God.

“The Making of a Prophet” is a valuable resource to keep in your library.  Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

For the past 20 years, this past wrong has tortured those complicit in a young man’s death.  A prank gone horribly wrong causes Kate to spend her life trying to atone for it by helping the less fortunate.  She keeps a book of her good deeds hoping one day she will make up for her transgressions.

Jake is haunted by nightmares that keep him awake at night leaving him exhausted and weak.  As the town sheriff, his past and his behavior make the town think he is a coward.  Taylor convinces himself that everyone is living in a dream world and lives in seclusion and fear.  When Taylor finds mysterious footprints leading from Happy Hollow, he believes redemption is at hand.

This is a story of redemption and forgiveness that will keep you wondering.  At times, the story makes little sense–is it a dream?  Is it real?  Do we convince ourselves our lives are a dream so our sins cannot be held against us?

In “the devil walks in Mattingly”, Billy Coffey’s story of shame and fear teaches several lessons.  Our actions have consequences–sometimes eternal consequences.  Our actions affect not only ourselves but those around us and sometimes follow the next generation.  We have no control over how others will react to our actions.  No amount of good work will compensate for the bad deeds we have committed.  Not until we meet our shame and face our fear with the act of repentance will we receive forgiveness and find redemption.

Coffey’s books are going to be at the top of my reading list from now on.  This is a great story filled with valuable lessons, suspense and redemptive grace.

Billy Coffey is celebrating his new book, The Devil Walks in Mattingly, with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Devil Walks in Mattingly by Billy Coffey

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 5th. Winner will be announced April  7th on Billy’s blog. Watch Billy give the backstory of the book here.

 

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Billy’s blog on April 7th to see if you won.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Father Son and otherAs many books as there are about the Holy Spirit, we should know more about this member of the Trinity, but it seems like the more we learn the more there is to know.  Jeff Kennedy’s “Father, Son and the Other One” was written to show that the Holy Spirit is more than just doctrine.  He is a Living Being we can all experience in our lives as we accept Christ and yearn for the power of the Spirit to manifest in our lives so that we can be productive members of God’s church.  We need to get to know Him in order to take advantage of His presence and power.

“Father, Son and the Other One” is divided into three parts.  Part one defines who the Spirit is and why we should get to know Him.  Part two reveals what the Spirit’s mission is and what He is doing on Earth today.  Part three teaches us how to embrace the Spirit in our lives.  It was tempting to skip ahead to part three, but Kennedy’s insights are relevant and pertinent to our understanding of the Spirit and why we should desire His presence in our lives.  The Holy Spirit was not God’s afterthought, but is a part of God’s plan for our lives.

Kennedy’s book is transforming and empowering and makes the Spirit real.  It is one of the best books on the Holy Spirit that I have seen published lately.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Booketeria, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | March 19, 2014

If you are restless, this new DVD study may put you on a new path

Jennie_restlessAre you feeling restless believing that there is more to the Christian life than you are living?  Do you have dreams you want to pursue, but your fear and insecurity are holding you back?  There is a new DVD-based small group study that addresses these feelings using the life of Joseph, the Old Testament dreamer whose dreams were put on hold while God developed his character, prepared his heart and brought forth the circumstances in his life that would fulfill the dreams God had given  him.

In her new 8-week study, Jennie Allen teaches that our restlessness could be a longing for more of God and shows how Joseph’s life is an example of how we are to act and prepare in our restless times.  She takes his passions, relationships, and sufferings and show how they fit into God’s story and how ours do, too.

Allen’s presentation is more on a personal level than most video studies.  She is not speaking to a large group and encourages audience participation.  It is more like the filming of a Sunday school class or Bible study session.  I previously reviewed “Chase” and was not particularly impressed; however, this was a great improvement and I enjoyed it and took away lots of valuable information.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Shelton Interactive, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Real WomenI’ve always been intimidated by the Proverbs 31 Woman.  She’s talented, wise, frugal, industrious, ambitious, and has more energy than a two year old, which is why she fascinates me so much.  Women are told they need to be like her, they will never measure up or they aren’t meant to try.

Lisa Troyer and Dawn Yoder are two women who seek the Lord and have a heart for leading women to become Christian leaders.  Their book, “Real Women Leading with Proverbs 31 Values”, highlights ten values of the Proverbs 31 women that women leaders need to possess.   The book also includes examples of other biblical women who have these same values.  Unlike the impossible task of being the Proverbs 31 woman, everyone can harness these values and learn to lead well.  Women can learn how to understand people, offer forgiveness, be responsible, have a noble attitude, resolve conflict, operate with restraint, deal honestly with others, plan well, be generous and influence those around them.  Through the examples of notable biblical women, including the woman at the well, Martha, Ruth, Mary of Bethany, and Esther, as well as those barely mentioned, Troyer and Yoder demonstrate the skills of leadership we all must possess in order to lead wisely and well.

If you lead women in Bible Study, ministry or in your career, this is a must-have book to read and keep in your library for future reference.

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Real Women Leading: With Proverbs 31 Values is a must-have leadership resource for today’s Christian woman. Lisa Troyer and Dawn Yoder are celebrating the release of their book with an iPad Mini giveaway and a Facebook “Leading with Values” author chat event on March 20th.

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One winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • Real Women Leading by Lisa Troyer and Dawn Yoder

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 20th. Winner will be announced at “Leading with Values” Facebook Party on March 20th. Connect with Lisa and Dawn for an encouraging discussion on how we can lead (at home and in the workplace) effectively and with biblical values. Win prizes, connect with other leaders, and be inspired.

 
So grab your copy of Real Women Leading and join Lisa and Dawn on the evening of March 20th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 20th!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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