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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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The Chamberlain Key

I have to say I was not really sure what to think when I first began the book. I found it very similar to other “bible code” books. I think it is a very interesting concept but I wonder since it has not been used as a prediction method, only as a confirming method if some don’t reach a bit too far to make the connections. That being said, I gave it three stars because I enjoyed learning about the process and I like Timothy Smith’s personal story of faith.

I was given this book by Waterbrook Press for my honest opinion.

 

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Alternating Perspectives of the Same Tragedy, If Only by T.K. Chapin

If Only, by author T.K. Chapin, is a well written story about a family torn apart by a very ugly divorce and the aftermath that follows. This book is written from both the mother’s, Elizabeth and her daughter Lilly’s point of view, with each chapter alternating view points. There are some very tough subjects covered in this book including kidnapping and teenage pregnancy.

However, they are handled well and done with a message of hope and forgiveness.
As with all of the books written by T.K. the characters are well developed and with this one, I never saw the ending coming. My only disappointment was that the book wrapped up very quickly after such good development of the storyline. The book is an easy read and has a strong Christian message throughout.

This book was given to me through the Kindle Scout program by Amazon for my honest opinion.

 

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Treasured Grace By Tracie Peterson

Treasured Grace is the newest novel by Tracie Peterson and is set in the 1840’s when Americans were moving and settling out west. This novel is a little different from many of Tracie’s previous work, there is still a strong message of faith but this story has more violence and takes on a very tough part of our American history.

With that being said, the violence is not overly graphic but along with touching on the trouble between settling Americans and the local Indian tribes, there is also the fact that many of the women in this story are sexually assaulted and raped. As with any of Tracie’s novels, this one has characters that are very well developed and there is a strong story line.

The main character, Grace is a young women moving west with her new missionary husband. This marriage was a marriage of mutual convenience, not a marriage of love. However, on the trip west he comes down with cholera and does not survive.

Grace has been trained by her mother and grandmother in the art of midwifery and the use of natural herbal healing remedies, she is able to use these remedies to help both the locals at the missionary and some of the surrounding local Indians as she and her sisters wait to travel to meet her Uncle. During her stay she meets a trapper, Alex and slowly a romantic relationship begins.

I enjoyed the story even though it tackled a lot of very tough subject matters but it was done using faith and with a Christian message.


This book was given to be by Netgalley 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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The Pattern Artist is an American Dream Story

If you were born in England in the early 1900’s your station in life was already predetermined. However, Annie Wood has it in her mind that she can raise to the level of lady’s maid from her current position of house maid. Annie is a very talented seamstress and is sure that with this talent it will propel her upward in statue. However, shortly after arriving in America she meets two friends that have decided that they will no longer be trapped in the social standings of the Old World, they are in America now and they intend on making their own American dreams come true.

Annie is devastated when she learns that the current lady’s maids are taking credit for sewing talent there by ending her hope of ever rising from her current position and she decides she is ready to leave with her new friends and when a nasty exchange between her and the foot man, Grasston, escalates they decide to make their escape immediately.  

This story follows Annie’s journey as she begins working at Macy’s and then finds her way to Butterick designing clothing patterns. Here she catches the attention of Mrs. Sampson who wants Annie to go into business with her and create their own line of clothing. Then there is the relationship with Sean, will she decided to marry?

This is a nicely done story; there is a good Christian theme and true historical details woven into the story line. My only critique of the story is there were times when Annie could get on my nerves however; this always seemed to be a growing experience in her faith.


This book was given to me in EBook format from NetGalley for my honest review.

 

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