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Redeeming Ruth, A Family Journey

Has God ever put a calling in your heart? He did for Meadow Merrill, He put a desire in her heart to help African orphans and in Redeeming Ruth, you will see the lengths she and her family will go to make this a reality.
Meadow and her husband Dana are a typical American family. They have two boys, Judah and Gabriel and one on the way, a baby girl they will name Lydia. They had put their desire of helping out African children on the back burner for a time, with Meadow even telling God that if He wants them to help, He will need to bring the child to them.familyfoto2006

Wouldn’t you know, God would answer that request? One day they learn about a baby girl, Ruth, who is in America to see if she can get treatment for her cerebral palsy. She is from Uganda, she is orphaned and currently staying in a foster care/sponsor family while she gets treatment. Meadow and Dana meet Ruth when their friend Theresa, brings Ruth to church one Sunday.

From there you will go on a journey with the Merrill family as they first begin as foster parents, to becoming adoptive parents. The journey is slow and sometimes very painful but you see how they come together as a family, with even Judah and Gabriel donating their savings towards the adoption fees.

You will also see how faithful God is when you are in His will. He moved people and obstacles to help get Ruth the family she needed. Her medical needs were draining on the family emotionally as well as financially but God always provided and the family stuck together.

The Merrill’s story is one of obedience, dedication and pure heart. I found it completely heartbreaking to know that a simple one dollar test could have prevented the development of cerebral palsy in Ruth. I’m sorry to say the story does not end in a happily ever after, and I shed many tears at thought of the heartbreak this family has had to endure but they seem hopefully and from the book you gather that they have grown as Christians, grown as a family and are better off for their experience of knowing Ruth.

I received this book from, Hendrickson Publishers for my honest review.

 

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Make an Impact for Eternity

I have read several books about D.L. Moody but I had never actually read anything that he and preached or written. I really enjoyed, A Life for Christ, it is a really simple book about what a Christian living a Jesus filled life should look like. It’s not preachy or condescending it just shows you how you can make a difference for the kingdom of God, how you can impact lives around you.

When you read his words you see a true love for God and for the lost who need salvation. He shows you how a simple kindness done with the love of Christ as your motivation can change the eternal destiny of not just the person you touched but by those they will go on to meet. All you need to do is what you can do; you don’t need to fill stadiums to make a difference.

I also found it interesting that many during this time period didn’t feel the need to make sure their children were saved, that they would somehow choose to come to Christ when they were grown. What a terrible waste. When you read this book you come away feeling as though even the simplest things you do, when done with the backing of love, can make all the difference in someone’s life.


This book was given to me by Aneko Press for my honest opinion.

 

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Culture by A.W. Tozer

Culture is a collection of A.W. Tozer’s writings that specifically deal with Christians living in a fallen world. This is the fifth book that I have had the privilege to review which is from writings and or sermons of Tozer’s and I would urge any Christian from any type of denomination to take the time and read his insights. You will always learn from his teachings.

This book in particular is a great insight into the church and where she was going wrong, even back during Tozer’s ministry. The church was watering down the Word of God, trying to fit in more and make more people want to come to church. This has been a mistake that we have yet to fully recover from. Many believed that the pageantry was more important than the substance people saw and felt in Church.

I cannot even imagine what A.W. Tozer would think of our current situation and state of many churches in our country, he saw the warning signs during his life time and I think he would be stunned at the demise of our culture. This is such a great read, it is informative and will show you how we, as a society have been in a decline for a long time.

I was given this book by Moody Publishers for my honest opinion and review.

 

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Remember and Return Is A Great Description of This Devotional

Remember and Return is a 31 day daily devotional written by John MacArthur for the purpose of reminding Christians of their first love, Jesus Christ. I found this devotional to be very biblically sound and very informative. Pastor MacArthur does a very good job of explaining scripture and at the end of each teaching session he offers you a daily challenge.

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I think this devotional is a great tool in helping you understand and appreciate the relationship God has set up for us, to be he’s children and Christ’s joint heir. I was however a bit surprised by some of the weighty and complex topics that he chooses to discuss in such a short matter, such as predestination. I think this type of subject needs much more discussion as there are many differing teachings on these types of subjects.

All in all, I think it is a good devotional; it is geared for the Christian that has been a believer for awhile and needs a refresher of God’s love and it delves quite deeply into the subject. I think new Christians can learn a lot but some of it may be a little difficult to understand and fully comprehend.

I was given this book in EBook format by NetGalley for my honest opinion.

 

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Gathering Courage is a Great Testimony

T.A. McMullin is an ordinary person that has lived an extraordinary life because from an early age she learned to “trust God with all her heart,” and “lean not on her own understanding.” This autobiography of her life takes you from birth to present day. Her life started out as being put up for adoption by her birth mother and adopted into a family that ended up treating her more as an outsider than a family member, except for her Grandmother. When the rest of her family treated her with indifference at best and cruelly at worse, her grandmother taught her about love, acceptance and more importantly a strong relationship with God with Jesus as her Savior.

When you read this book you see that because she was faithful to God, God was always faithful to her. During the hardest times in her life, you can see where God sent her a friend that said or did exactly what she needed at that time. Believe me; she had some very rough times in life. In her youth, she was actually sent away to a foster family because at the time little was known about dyslexia and she was labeled as “slow” and an embarrassment to her family because she could not keep up in school. Can you even imagine?

By trusting in God she was able to put herself through college, make life long great friends and excels in life where others may have used their circumstances to muddle through life. I really enjoyed reading this life story; to see how God is faithful when we truly trust him is so encouraging. I must tell you that I had to reread chapter 23 (no spoilers) because I couldn’t see all the words through the tears.

This book will uplift and encourage you in your own personal relationship with God. It is beautiful designed and put together. I am incorporating one of her worship habits; I am making it a point to be thankful for three things per day and letting God know just how thankful I am.

This book was given to me by the author, T.A. McMullin for my honest opinion and review.

 

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Shaken by Tim Tebow is Now Available

If you are a Christian, living out your faith can be difficult at times but try living out your faith with millions of people watching every move you make and see how you do. This is the life that Tim Tebow has, and handling the disappointments in life while the masses wait for your reactions must be extremely difficult. In Shaken, Tebow takes you through some of the most trying professional and a few personal disappointments that he has had to face.

You will learn a lot of the back stories that you may not have heard or known about while he was going through the ups and downs of his professional career. You will also see the genuine heart that he has for others, especially for kids. This book is well done; you can tell it is in his own words and his personal recollection of the events that happened. You’ll also learn what is really important to him and he does a good job trying to get you looking in the right direction and encouraging you to keep moving forward.

When you read the book you will get some of the answers that you have always wondered about, you will be encouraged by his personal interactions that he has with sick children, and his foundation. There is a strong Christian message of hope and of perseverance. If you’re already a Tebow fan you will really enjoy the book, if you’re not, you will be.


This book was given to me by Waterbook for my honest review.

 

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Could “Positive Thinking” be Harmful?

Ever wonder how the message of “positive thinking” crept into the church and its teachings? Did you know that this message has its roots in the occult and mystical cultures? I really had never considered the topic of positive thinking being harmful or how it could permeate a culture and doctrine.

L.L. Martin has taken a look back through history to see how this once thriving movement infiltrated the church and the ramifications. This book is well done, the history lesson you will receive is very interesting, well-sourced and done so you don’t snooze while reading in.

Each chapter has some discussion questions so you could do this as a group study or just use them for yourself to really ponder what is being said. You will learn in this book that there is a thin line between being a positive person and adhering to the “positive thinking” doctrine.

I love the fact that the book uses scripture to help make the point, along with quotes from many of my favorite Christians such as A.W. Tozer, C.S. Lewis, Randy Alcorn and Dietrich Bonheoffer to name a few. I would recommend this book, it lays out the history and the perils of the “positive thinking” movement.

This book was given to me by L.L Martin for my honest opinion.

 

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