Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | May 27, 2016

‘The Blessing of Humility’

humilityHumility is the foundational virtue in the Christian life, and Jerry Bridges discusses the Beatitudes as a pattern for humility in action.  While we are incapable of living a holy life pleasing to God, we can, by mourning our sin and thirsting after righteousness, discover a blessing in humility.

Jerry Bridges passed away earlier this year, but he has left behind a legacy of faith through his books and teachings.  His life was lived in faith and humility.  His latest and final book is one of his best.  Bridges offers a look into humility that gives us a true understanding of this virtue and how we can and should practice it in our Christian walk.

Perfect for individual and small group studies, “The Blessing of Humility” will be a tremendous help and guide for anyone interested in living the best life they can for Christ.

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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 | May 23, 2016

Are you looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places?

longing“The Longing In Me” takes us on a journey into the biblical story of King David and shows us how our longings and desires can have us going around in circles if we aren’t looking for fulfillment in God.  Sheila Walsh, author, talks openly about her struggles and trials and how she has learned that her longings, if not centered on God and godly things, can lead her into sin and emptiness.

Each chapter discusses a different longing that women have at one time or another.  She talks about how we can fulfill our longings when we search and find the heart of God.

Oh, how this book spoke volumes into my heart.  Sheila may not be going through the same things you are, but her book will reach into your soul and draw out the things that have been struggling to reach the surface.  You may not even know you have certain longings, but deep down inside they are waiting to come out.  When they do, “The Longing in Me” will help you see them for what they are.

Walsh’s honesty and openness about her struggles encourages us in our own.  Her willingness to show her vulnerability helps those of us who are longing for control when what we need is dependence on God.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Booklook Bloggers, 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 | May 23, 2016

A modern twist to an ancient mystery

progenyElizabeth Bathory, a Hungarian Countess, was reviled as the world’s worst female serial killer and also known as “the Blood Countess”. Tosca Lee gives her story a modern twist in “The Progeny”, a fictional story of Emily Jacobs, one of Elizabeth’s descendants, also one of the progeny who has special giftings that the hunters will kill to destroy them all.  Emily erases her memory, reads a note to herself telling her not to find out who she was, and then finds herself drawn back into her previous life by those who are trying to kill her and others like her.

This remarkable story is filled with romance, intrigue, suspense and drama.  Lee takes us from the past to the present at an incredible speed.  Before you know it, you’ve finished the book.  Every page is an adventure, and you will be drawn in to Emily’s situation hoping everything is going to work out and she will remain safe.

This was my first experience reading a Tosca Lee novel, but it definitely won’t be my last.  If you enjoy fiction based on real life mysteries, this will capture your attention.  This is a thick book but a quick read because you won’t want to stop until it’s over.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., as part of its 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 | May 23, 2016

A guide to effective and powerful prayer

Prayer warriorElizabeth Alves is the founder and president of Increase International (formerly Intercessors International), a ministry that train and equip Kingdom people.

Prayer has always been and will continue to be an important tool in the Believer’s life.  Most of us struggle to begin with and need some guidance on how to pray.  There are lots of great books available on prayer.  One of them is “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves.

Alves leaves nothing out.  She discusses various aspects of prayer, including the purpose of prayer, types of prayer, a prayer guide, how to apply the Armor of God and daily prayer.  She also discusses praying in the Spirit and fasting.

You will not want to be without this book in your library and in your daily prayer life.  The daily prayers and how to apply the Armor of God are very helpful and I am grateful Ms. Alves included them in her book.  Whether you are a new believer or a seasoned intercessor, you need to read this book and transform your prayer life.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Chosen, 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 | May 13, 2016

‘Sister Dear’ Interesting plot, slow to end

sister dearAllie Marshall was convicted of a crime she didn’t commit.  After a decade, she is released on parole and determined to find the real killer of Coach Boyd Thomas.  Her daughter, now 15, has been raised by Allie’s sister, Emma, and is reluctant to see her mother who everyone in town believes is guilty.

Allie can’t give up searching for the truth even though she is warned by the sheriff to leave things alone.  Meanwhile, her sister is manipulating people and events so she can adopt Allie’s daughter.

No matter how hard I tried I could not find an ounce of sympathy for Allie. None of the characters in Laura McNeill’s “Sister Dear” were very likable to me, and I did not really care whether or not the ending was favorable to Allie or her family.

The book starts out slowly.  Eventually, the plot gets you hooked. After I got hooked in the story, I just wanted to know how it ended and cared nothing about what happened in between.

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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 | May 9, 2016

Experiencing the Holy Spirit in everyday life

heavenlySarah Bowling grew up in a home with a televangelist and a charismatic pastor.  Even so, she had to come to her own understanding of faith and the Person of the Holy Spirit.  Bowling, in “Heavenly Help”, describes her own journey of faith and her exploration into what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit.

As a former skeptic herself, Bowling approaches her explanation with that in mind.  Using personal stories and an allegorical friendship, she is able to draw readers into a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit and show how He can transform your life.

Written for both new and mature Believers, “Heavenly Help” is very helpful in gaining an understanding of the Person and work of the Holy Spirit.  The allegorical story at the end of each chapter demonstrates how the Holy Spirit works as a friend, advisor, helper, etc.

If you struggle with an understanding of how the Holy Spirit works in your life, you will find Bowling’s book informative and helpful.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Chosen, 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 | May 9, 2016

Inspiring coloring book for kids

ColoringCreated by award-winning artist, Missy Jay, “Jesus Inspires Me” is part of the Graham Blanchard family of books which teach young children about Jesus and God.

This inspiring coloring book is full of artwork that can be colored and decorated and includes Scripture verses that teach children about God’s Word and His promises.  The Scripture is short enough for even the youngest child to memorize.  There are even places to create your own artwork and designs.

It is not only an activity to keep kids busy and creative, but it is also a way for kids to connect with their Creator in a special way.  If your child enjoys creating colorful pictures, they will be inspired by Missy Jay’s artwork.  Other activities will help them gain knowledge about Scripture and help them start memorizing passages just right for their age.

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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 | May 9, 2016

Increase your faith

FaithFaith is difficult sometimes. We are insecure creatures. We have worries. We want things fixed now. Having enough faith to wait is what we want, but our fears can sometimes get the better of us.

Often it takes a fresh perspective to see what we are missing out on because of our fear.

“I’d hazard a guess that most believers don’t really want to venture out of the land of in-between. Given the choice, they wouldn’t go back to the Egypt of their life before Christ, but at the same time, they don’t really want to get their shoes messy and step into the unknown, unabridged faith of Promised Land living.” _p.13 “Take Hold of the Faith You Long For” by Sharon Jaynes

Sharon Jaynes walks you through a journey from insecure faith to a faith that allows you to take hold and never look back.  Our fears will be left behind in the Promised Land of faith.  She assures us that God will be there cheering us on and holding us up.  We won’t have to worry any more.

“Take Hold of the Faith You Long For” encourages us to take leaps of faith, not steps.  Jaynes pushes us to face our what ifs head-0n and grab a hold of God’s promises and not let go.  This is also a great group book study for women who want to increase their faith and grab hold of God.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Sharon Jaynes “Take Hold” Launch Team and Blog Tour. 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 | May 3, 2016

How to live for Jesus in normal everyday life

saturateChurch is not just a once-a-week activity. Nor is ministry only what pastors do.  If all Christians were to love for Jesus every day, our world would look much differently.  Jeff Vanderstelt challenges Christians to share the good news with others and make disciples as directed by Christ.  In “Saturate”, Vanderstelt makes the case for living by saturating ourselves with the gospel in order to share it with others.

The “Saturate Field Guide”, a companion to Vanderstelt’s book, is an intensive eight-weekField Guide study to help disciples of Jesus saturate themselves with the Gospel so they can live a life filled with Jesus in order to share the good news of Christ with the people around them.

Instead of asking “are we making disciples?”, we should be asking ourselves “are we discipling people to Jesus or away from Him?”  The Field Guide is designed as a group study with six days of homework between sessions.  Each day will potentially take close to an hour to complete depending on whether or not you want to go into the “for extra study” questions.

Personally, I love the challenge of becoming a saturated disciple and think this is a great way to evaluate yourself and become more committed to being a better disciple.  However, this is only for people who are committed.  If participants don’t do the homework, or do it half-heartedly, it won’t be beneficial to the group.

Saturate’s mission is the promote a Gospel Salvation Movement in North America.  Visit the website at www.saturatetheworld.com to learn more about their vision and to check out their resources to equip people to be disciples.

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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 | May 3, 2016

Connecting the Spiritual Disciplines to Life

Holiness“Habits For Our Holiness” is a book about spiritual disciplines offering more than just definitions and Scripture references.  Philip Nation shows us how our practice of the disciplines can have an impact on our community and in our mission.

Most of us know what the disciplines are and may practice some or all of them.  Most of the time we practice them to benefit ourselves because a lot of books only offer the personal benefits.  Nation’s book inspires you to pursue the spiritual disciplines in order to benefit the church and community.

Reading “Habits For Our Holiness” will convict you, inspire you and motivate you.  Practicing the spiritual disciplines is a lifelong endeavor and helps you become more like Christ.  Nations has offered a practical guide to the spiritual disciplines that you will read and study more than once.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from PR by the Book, 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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