Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 28, 2014

Experience Jesus in a new way

AD 30Rejected and alone, Maviah, the outcast daughter of a Bedouin sheikh, is the only one left to protect her people.  Traveling across the barren desert with two of her father’s warriors, Saba and Judah (a Jew), Maviah must reach Herod with the dagger of Varus, proof that she is who she says she is.

Maviah hears stories of Jesus and seeks Him out hoping that He might save her,.  She is fascinated with the man Jesus as He is not exactly what she expected but later discovers that He is exactly who she needs.  What a wonderful depiction of life in the biblical era.  As brutal as the world is, filled with power, greed, violence and death, the peace Jesus brings makes the bad seem bearable.

Ted Dekker mesmerizes with this unique story of Jesus who cares for the outcast and turns his/her life upside down.  Reading about Jesus from Maviah’s point of view was almost like being right there with Him.  Don’t miss this experience and read A.D. 30.

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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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 27, 2014

Witnessing for Jesus through Story

disciples indeedBobbie Ann Cole is a writer, a teacher and a speaker.  She is passionate about testimony and helping people share their Jesus stories.  She has written her own testimony, “She Does Not Fear the Snow“, charting her spiritual journey to Christianity. Cole has created “Disciples Indeed Workbooks” to inspire others to prepare and share their testimonies.  Book One “Witnessing for Jesus Through Story” consists of five steps, called Modules, that take two hours each to complete.  By putting forth the effort and completing all five modules, you will have your testimony given to you by God in print and ready to share.

The instructions are clear, simple and concise.  One module helps you edit out unnecessary material.  You will be pleasantly surprised at what God has done in and through your life.  After completion, you will have the means to share with others what God has done for you and what He can do in their lives.

For more information, visit disciples-in-deed.com or bobbie@testimonytrain.com.

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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 | October 24, 2014

‘The Lazarus Experiment’ science fiction or suspense? you decide

lazarusIt is the year 2084 and Jonathan has just awakened from what he’s been told was a year-long coma unable to remember his life and finds that when snippets of memories come it isn’t what he thought.  He was in a failing marriage with a murdered mistress and the police think he did it.  When the memories buried deep inside are revealed, will he discover a truth he doesn’t desire?  But he can’t just let things be.

Description from the publisher:  “In Upstate New York in 2084, Dr. Jonathan Kelton, a brilliant scientist left clinically dead in the mysterious explosion of his lab, is rebuilt from surviving bits of his spine and brain by the enigmatic Dr. Oskar Rose. Jonathan tries to start anew with his wife Diane, with whom he was in a faltering marriage, and his seven-year-old son. But he’s shocked to find himself accused of the brutal murder of his former grad student, Mitcha. He must also struggle with strange, glaring gaps in his memory, as he slowly pieces together a dangerous affair between the two of them –even as he worries his secretive doctor’s radical, experimental surgery,the Lazarus Experiment, has left him subject to some form of mind control.He must race a dogged policewoman, who’s convinced he’s guilty from among a list of suspects, to try to find out who murdered Mitcha. But did he ever know? Or is he his own prime suspect? After going to every length to search for the truth –the very thing he believes sustains his own humanity–will he regret it?”

Will the reawakening of his mind be dangerous?  If he learns the shocking truth about his life and his job, will it destroy everything?  With the exception of a few instances of obscene language, “The Lazarus Experiment” is a good read.  Mark DeGasperi grabs the attention making it more suspense that science fiction.  Start this book when you have lots of time because you won’t want to put it down right away.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bostick Communications, 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 | October 24, 2014

‘James the Just’ a study resource for the book of James

jamesA study of the book of James isn’t complete without knowing who James is and the Jewish meanings of the text, but we could say that about all of the books of the Bible. The Messianic commentary, “James the Just”, tries to present an understanding of Scripture where regular commentaries may not–the Jewish concepts behind James’ writings.  The most interesting part of the book is the chapter on the concept of faith and works.  The book offers some helpful information; however, it can be sometimes hard to follow and seems to repeat itself.  Be sure to read this book in conjunction with the book of James and other commentaries.

This book was not as helpful as I had hoped it would be because it was too much work to understand and the author repeated himself.  It wasn’t a true commentary and was just essays on certain topics in the book of James.

Dr. Friedman is the former Academic Dean and Professor of Jewish Studies at King of Kings College in Jerusalem, Israel.  He lectures internationally on biblical topics.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Cross Focused Reviews, a service of Cross Focused Media, LLC, 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 | October 20, 2014

Discover God’s Intentional, Unconditional Love

too lovedGod loves us with an affection that is so deep He isn’t fixated on dos and don’ts.  He just desires our time in His presence. The message Debora Coty wants us to receive from “Too Loved to be Lost” is simply that God loves us without limits.  He isn’t looking for someone who’s only mission is to fulfill or obey a list of dos and do nots.  He wants someone who will seek Him and yearn to spend time in His presence.

In her down-to-earth way, Coty shares her life experiences that are hilarious and refreshing, but also serve as great teaching moments for us.  Each chapter covers an issue that we either have or will experience and ends with a set of questions that can be used in a personal devotional time or a small group discussion.

You will laugh and cry right along with Coty as she shares funny stories and the pain of struggle and waiting.  Her southernisms and womanisms will make you laugh and lift your spirits.  This isn’t just another book trying to get you to laugh at life.  Each chapter also offers a message of hope, wisdom and love.

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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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 14, 2014

Marriage is messy but it can be beautiful

messy loveMarriage is messy because it involves two people who have different ideas living in a world that tells us that we can just discard a marriage that isn’t making us happy or doesn’t fulfill us.  “Messy Beautiful Love” written by Darlene Schacht tells the story of a marriage that’s messy but redeemed by grace.  Schacht opens up her messy marriage and reveals an incredible testimony of grace demonstrating that we can tune out the world and experience a beautiful marriage.

It is encouraging to read a book on marriage by someone who doesn’t offer psychological solutions or preach about how to have a good marriage.  Instead, she opens up about her marriage struggles and shows that even marriages the world says won’t or shouldn’t last, can withstand the temptations and mistakes if we tune out the world and tune into God and are obedient to His Word.  By surrendering our relationship to God, we can experience marriage the way God intended.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Booklook Bloggers, as part of Harper Collins Christian Publishing Blogging 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 | October 13, 2014

Take the turning and walk the unlikely road

the turningFive different people. One voice. A divine encounter.  A challenging message.  Only Davis Bunn could imagine a story so remarkable it might one day happen.  In a supernatural set of circumstances, five unlikely people hear God’s voice and knew their only choice was to obey.  But the powers of darkness are conspiring to squelch any hope the five people and their supporters have of fulfilling their mission.

When God calls, will they take the right path or give in to the enemy’s ploys.  When it comes to being obedient and following the right path, these five people don’t have a remarkable track record, but somewhere along the line, God finds them and gives them a message of hope amid all the negative events happening in the world.

Will their obedience change the world, or will it be a futile attempt to rally the world to fight the evil coming against it?  Davis Bunn kept me turning the page wondering if success would find those who heard the message and obeyed.  Can hope be restored to a world filled with greed and immorality?

Prepare your heart to hear from God–download devotionals and audio teaching at www.TheTurningBook.com.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody 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 | October 13, 2014

Irene Hannon doesn’t disappoint with ‘Deceived’

deceivedWhen a grieving mom thinks she sees her son who supposedly died in a drowning accident, she is convinced more than ever that the accident that claimed the life of her husband and possibly her son was not what what it appeared.  Hiring Connor Sullivan of the reputable PI Firm, Phoenix, Inc., Kate Marshall was on a journey to find the truth and possibly discover love again.  As Connor and Kate come closer to finding the truth, the young boy’s father becomes trapped and will do anything it takes to hold onto the son he worked so hard to get.

“Deceived” is the third book in the Private Justice Series by Irene Hannon.  Once again, Hannon doesn’t disappoint as she keeps readers on the edge of their seats with this heart-stopping story of a grieving widow and mother no one believes when she tells them her husband’s drowning was no accident.  Hannon proves again that she is a master of suspense and romance.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, 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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 8, 2014

A riveting look at the key players of the end times

agentsIn his introduction, Dr. David Jeremiah admits that there are many books that talk about the end times.  In fact, he has written several; however, due to the urgency of the coming days, Dr. Jeremiah was convinced that he needed to explore Revelation through the eye of the major players–the exiled, the martyrs, the 144,000, the two witnesses, the dragon, the beast from the earth, the beast from the sea, the victor, the king and the judge.

Using a fictional storyline, “Agents of the Apocalypse” walks readers through what Scripture tells us will happen.  The format was effective with each chapter including the story and the Scripture from which the story was based.  Once again, Dr. Jeremiah presents truth in a way that draws us in and helps us understand the events of the end times.  He doesn’t instill fear but comforts readers by explaining how to recognize the people depicted in Revelation.  Whether you believe in the Rapture will occur or not, this book will be a helpful resource for the events God has told us through His prophets is coming.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale, 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 | October 8, 2014

Set your church free from spiritual bondage

setting church freeChurches need to be set free from spiritual bondage just like people do.  “Setting Your Church Free” is based on Dr. Neil T. Anderson’s Setting Your Church Free leadership retreat and gives advice and steps on how to prepare and present the event in your church.

The beginning chapters of the book are selling readers on the benefit of correcting leadership problems within the church by using the steps in “Setting Your Church Free”.  If your church is struggling with endless conflicts and you want to find resolution before members started getting frustrated and leave, you and your staff and administration may desire to try the retreat process.

There are several helpful pieces of advice such as questions to ask before listening to gossip and twenty questions you can use to evaluate yourself as a leader based on 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9.  Leaders are genuinely seeking healing for their church and commit to earnestly seek God’s response to conflict, the steps identified in this plan will be effective and work toward church growth.

For more information, visit www.ficm.org or www.discipleshipcounsel.com.  Click here to purchase from Amazon.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, 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.”

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