Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | September 21, 2016

Destined for love, never uninvited

uninvitedThe enemy wants us to feel rejected and left out so that we never accept God’s love and His truth about us.  No matter who we are, or how popular we think someone else is, everyone goes through the feeling of being less than at least once in their life. We don’t have to remain this way.  We can choose to believe what God says about us and that we will never be left out as long as we have Him.

Lysa Terkeurst knows what it’s like to feel rejected and to be left out.  “Uninvited” is her way of showing us how to deal with these feelings and how to pray to restore our confidence and steady our soul.  God’s love does not reject or uninvite.  He loves us with a love that can never be diminished;.

Lysa’s transparency and vulnerability in this book endears us to her.  She can look back at the moments that tore her apart and see what God was doing.  I’m not sure I could share my moments of feeling rejected by people whether they intended it or not.

At first, I thought I didn’t need this book, but after the first couple of chapters, I realized all women need to read this book. Even if you don’t believe you’ve ever felt rejection, or if you think your pain has healed, you still need the treasures contained within the pages of “Uninvited”.

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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 | September 21, 2016

Re-Introducing Jesus in a Post Christian World

the-truthMany Americans don’t agree on who Jesus is, but they are seeking the “truth”.  The unconvinced population is growing and Will Davis, Jr., in his book, “A Man Who Told Us the Truth”, seeks to talk to non-believers about faith and about the truth of Jesus, the man who told us the truth.

Davis uses his points for pondering not only for those seeking the truth but also to help believers develop answers to questions non-believers often ask or want answers to.

Davis book is a great tool to help describe Jesus to skeptics and seekers.  If you have people in your life who are questioning your faith and looking for the truth.  Davis’ book makes a great gift giving seekers a way to judge for themselves what and Who the Truth is.

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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 | September 21, 2016

‘How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit’

holy-spiritA.W. Tozer teaches plainly about the Holy Spirit and why we should desire Him.  In his book, “How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit”, Tozer asks a question that must be answered: “Do you really want to be filled?”  He encourages us to consider our answer to this question very carefully.  To accept the Holy Spirit means we make Jesus the Lord of our life.  That is a commitment no one should take lightly.

“How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit” is  a collection of Tozer’s sermons given on Sunday evenings, taken down stenographically and reduced to the length of this book.

Even though the book is a short book, a little over 50 pages, the information contained inside should be read carefully.  These classic sermons give us an instruction manual on building a relationship with God as well as information on being filled with the Holy Spirit.

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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 | September 21, 2016

‘More’: moving from activity to intimacy

moreDo you have unmet expectations?  When you became a Christian did you think that life was going to be wonderful only to find that it soon became stale and you just settled for what you thought was normal?

Greg Hawkins realized that we can become so active for God that we forget about intimacy with God.  He wrote “More” to show us how to find the “more” that Jesus offers by surrendering our lives and submitting our will to God.

His book is filled with Scripture-based answers to our questions about living a life of energy and passion for God.

Instead of spoon feeding us the answers, Hawkins uses “Reflect” Scriptures and questions to guide us into finding them for ourselves.  “More” will help you connect your heart, soul and mind to God.

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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 | September 7, 2016

Encounter the deep mysteries of God in ‘The Book of Mysteries’

mysteries.jpgJonathan Cahn caused a national stir with the New York Times best-seller “The Harbinger”. Since then, people have been seeking Cahn out for his prophetic voice and insight into the deep mysteries of God.

In “The Book of Mysteries“, readers meet a traveler who encounters a man known as “the teacher”.  They travel through the desert, gardens and plains and come in contact with a variety of people.

The traveler shares what he learns in 365 entries designed as a devotional for an interesting and unique way to spend time in the presence of God.  Each inspiring “devotional” contains unique teachings along with Scripture verses to read and a mission to help you apply what you learn.

Your daily devotional will never the same again. These thoughtful daily lessons will give you something to ponder all day.  It is a great way to begin the day and a wonderful way to experience your daily time with God.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Charisma House, as part of “The Book of Mysteries” Launch Team. 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 | August 31, 2016

‘Hope Prevails’ for depression

hopeDr. Michelle Bengston, a board-certified neuropsychologist, believed she was prescribing the most effective treatments for her clients who struggled with depression. But then Dr. Bengston experienced debilitating depression and discovered her treatments didn’t work.  Her determination for healing helped her find a solution for her depression.  Encouraged by those who knew her, she has blended her training and personal experience with depression and written “Hope Prevails” to help us understand depression, how it affects us spiritually and what it cannot do.

“Hope Prevails” is a much-needed book on the treatment of depression.  Dr. Bengston has given all who suffer with depression hope of true release–not just a management of symptoms.  Her transparency about her own journey and her struggle to find relief, as well as the positive results in her own life, help us all.

Each encouraging chapter offers steps called “Your Rx” to work through and gain hope for healing.  She also offers a prayer and a recommended playlist of worship songs that helped her work through her depression.

If you or someone you love suffers from depression, give them “Hope Prevails”. It will be one of the most helpful things you can do for them.  Walk with them through the book. Encourage them to do the Rx sections. They will be glad you did.

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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 | August 31, 2016

Pray for the impossible

intercessory prayerWith over 600,000 copies sold, “Intercessory Prayer” by Dutch Sheets is a classic work on how vital our prayers are and how God partners with us through prayer.  Sheets’ work is informative, but his attempts at humor while explaining a chapter’s subject matter began to really get distracting.  Some anecdotes were relevant while it seemed like others needed stretched to reach the topic and took away from the subject of prayer.

The last three chapters were the best when he discusses the substance of prayer, actions and words and the watchman anointing.  I particularly appreciated the word studies and found them very enlightening as they pertain to  intercessory prayer.

Each chapter ends with questions for reflection and are perfect for small group discussion.  The book also has a helpful leader’s guide for discussion.

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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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 31, 2016

Biblical strategies for overcoming the adversary

warfare“Warfare Praying” is an updated version of Mark I. Bubeck’s “Overcoming the Adversary” written over 30 years ago, giving us a contemporary tool to help believers verbalize truth in prayer.  Prayer incorporating spiritual warfare will always be relevant.  Bubeck gives readers a clear guideline for victory in prayer.  He teaches us how to live in Christ, be filled with the Holy Spirit, wear the whole armor of God, how to pray mightily and help others stand strong in the faith.

I found “Warfare Praying” to be informative and helpful.  I especially appreciated the prayers at the end of each chapter, particularly the chapters on the Armor of God.  I also found the “Prayer Patterns for Revival” at the end of the book to be very valuable to our prayer tools.

If you are looking for help with spiritual warfare and prayers, Bubeck’s book is a classic that will always be a significant work.  For more information about Bubeck and his work, visit his website at www.deeperwalkinternational.org.

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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 | August 29, 2016

‘The Things We Knew’ is attention grabber

things we knewLynette Carlisle was 12 years old when her mother died a tragic death.  Her four older siblings grow up and one-by-one move away leaving Lynette to care for their aging father, an alcoholic, who is now showing signs of dementia.  As his health and financial situation grow worse, Lynette begs for her brothers and sister to come home.  Once they arrive, secrets begin to be revealed, and Lynette’s memories of the day her mother died begin to surface putting her in danger.

Nicholas Cooper, a childhood friend of the family, knows more about that day than he is willing to tell, but can the truth he’s held in all these years save Lynette?

Catherine West’s “The Things We Knew” grabbed my interest quickly.  West generates sympathy for Lynette and frustration with her siblings who don’t realize that her memory of her life at home is far different from theirs and her dreams of leaving home and going to college were derailed when their father got sick.  They hold such bitterness toward their father that they don’t show any concern for Lynette’s plight.

Even though West doesn’t offer many surprises, her story is interesting, entertaining and keeps you reading.  Each character has his or her own redemption story demonstrating that there is hope for all of us.

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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 | August 24, 2016

Mixing Shakespeare and the Bible makes a great devotional

Adobe Photoshop PDFCombining the timeless classics of William Shakespeare and the God’s Word (KJV Version), “The Bard and the Bible” takes 365 lines from Shakespeare’s plays and 365 passages of Scripture and mixes them to create an epic devotional.

Fans of Shakespeare will thoroughly enjoy the way Bob Hostetler weaves Scripture with Shakespeare’s work giving us an original and unique devotional that offers insightful wisdom and entertainment for 365 days of the year.

I appreciated Hostetler’s explanations and footnotes and how he tied the Scripture in with the Bard’s famous works. This is a devotional that will definitely be read more than once. There is no doubt in my mind that you will encounter God in a new and exciting way through this inspiring combination. I was surprised by how much wisdom can be found in Shakespeare’s plays and once I saw it next to Scripture, it was amazing. Hostetler’s insight in bringing them together is impressive.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing, as part of its First Look 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.”

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