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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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Mesu Andrews’s-Miriam

Mesu Andrews’s-Miriam

This story’s main character besides the obvious, Moses is Miriam, his sister. The story begins years after the first novel, The Pharaoh’s Daughter; it starts right before Moses returns to Egypt with Miriam being a very prominent figure in the community that is often called upon for her wisdom, knowledge and advice because she is ¬†gifted by God (Yahweh) as a prophetess. However, her line of communicating directly with God is drastically starting to diminish and causing her a great deal of distress.

The story that Mesu Andrews has created is about Miriam’s relationships with God and those she loves and how the changing of her gift is affecting these relationships. It is also about Moses’ return to Egypt and the story of the plagues and the eventual release of the Jewish people. It also sets up the sequel to this book by introducing us to Joshua.

In general, I enjoyed this story, however, not quite as much as Mesu’s first novel. I never really felt a real connection with these characters as much as I did with both of Moses’ mothers (birth and step). She did do a fabulous job of accurately portraying the harness of life during this era and how the plagues would have affected all those living at the time. I look forward to the next book in the series.

This book was given to me by Blogging for Books, for my honest opinion.

 

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Not a Fan of More than a Promise by Ruth Logan Heme

Elle Drake is a divorced famous artist that has recently moved back to her hometown. She has purchased a farm house so she can have peace and work on her art. Little does she know that her new neighbors are going to change her life forever.

Matt, Elle’s neighbor, is a widower with three rambunctious, misdirected boys. His former mother-in-law is a judge in a nearby county and blames Matt for her daughter’s death. She has begun to make Matt’s life miserable and is looking for any excuse to take custody of the boys.

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Elle and Matt reacquaint through a mishap with one of the boys and their relationship starts to grow from there, however, the relationship rapidly excels when Matt’s home catches fire and his mother-in-law shows up at the scene and decides she is going to take custody of the children.

I must say I started out liking the book and characters but by the end, I could no long take Elle. She began as a sympathetic character however by the end of the book I felt like she was a self-centered, self-righteous character. There is a fine line between a strong woman character and a self-righteous know-it-all and unfortunately the line was crossed here. So for that reason, I really did not enjoy the book.

I was given this book by Netgalley for my honest opinion. The publisher is Franciscan Media.

 

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The Lost Truth is a Story of Restoration

What happens when you put a man in an unthinkable position? This is the story of Clay Roberts, a man that in one instant had his entire life turned upside down. Clay goes from a God fearing family to a man struggling just to make it through the day. He has witnessed an unthinkable act of violence and it has wrecked his soul, his life, and his faith.

T.K. Chapin does a great job of writing a story that shows the slow return of his main character to the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. This is the first book in a new series for T.K. and I hope the following books are as well written and developed as The Lost Truth. I especially enjoyed the ending of this book; I did not see that coming at all (no spoilers here). I hope to see what happens with Clay and Katie in the next book.

 

I was given this book in an EBook format by the author T.K. Chapin for my honest review.

 

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What A Life It Was

Whenever you read about D.L. Moody he always comes off as larger than life, and full of the love of Christ, so I really looked forward to learning more about this evangelical icon. Kevin Belmonte has written, D.L. Moody-A Life, and has done a great job of letting your get to know the man and let you see what shaped his views and his faith.

I found the book very interesting and I learned a great many things that I had not previously known about Moody. For example, he had an overwhelming desire to be wealthy and this came from his experiences in childhood while watching his mother struggle after the death of his father. I loved that in the book you are actually able to see his pivot points in his life, like when he realized that it was not how many people you got to come to Sunday school but it was really about the one on one conversion for Christ.

D.L. Moody lived in a very interesting time in America, he lived through the bloodiest war ever fought, he was in the right cities during the explosive growth of America and he knew all the who’s who in America at the time. The impact of Moody’s teaching can still be felt in the evangelical communities he truly loved his calling and when God called him he answered the call with all he had. I think you’ll enjoy the book, you will learn things you didn’t know and understand why he did many of the things he did.

This book was given to me by the publisher, Moody Publishers, for my honest opinion.

 

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Faith Filled, Entertaining & Useful

As a small farm owner I am always looking for ways to utilize what I already have on hand and if I can save money, well now my whole day has been made. I liked The Made-From-Scratch Life by Melissa K. Norris, it is a collection of very helpful time saving, money saving and healthier lifestyle tips and you most certainly don’t need to own a farm to get a lot of useful information. Melissa incorporates her strong faith throughout the book and even though I thought there were a few rough transitions in the first couple chapters the book is an easy read.

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My favorite parts of the book included her recipes. I did not know that it was so easy to make your own apple cider vinegar using apple scraps. I am making a batch as soon as I post my review. I would however like to know where Melissa gets her cheese cloth as she must buy it in bulk and I can only find it in small packages. One gardening tip that I had never heard of was running a line of string above your freshly planted bean seeds to keep the birds from plucking your seedlings (this tip would have been very useful in September).

If you love talking about God, learning some very useful information about being able to sustain yourself and your family then you will really enjoy this book. There are tips for all levels of food preparation and even those who are pretty good at food storage will learn a few things. I have written down all the recipes I intend to use including one for homemade laundry detergent and my new bird deterrent tip.

 

This book was given to me by NetGalley for my opinion, the publisher is Harvest House Publishers.

 

 

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How Do You Reach People? Stories!

If you love history and you the telling of history, you will really enjoy The Storyteller’s Anthology by Douglas Feavel. If you are a Christian and love to hear stories with upstanding characters, good moral values and stories that you yourself can learn and pass on then you will love this book. I was not sure at first if I was going to enjoy the book because there is a large introduction chapter written by Douglas that explains the 6 main criteria for his selections of the 26 characters he chose to tell you about.

As much as I was tempted to just scan the introduction I am glad I read it, knowing why and the full process of his story selection made the stories that much more enjoyable. I found that I knew of many of the stories but did not actually know the names of these upstanding and many times heroic people, for example Irena Sendler, I had seen a movie depicting her but I did not initially recognize the name. I found new stories and people that I had never heard of for example “The Priest Who Adopted a Town.” I had never heard of Pasquale de Nisco but the way he built an entire community should be an example to all of us.

What I really liked about this book is knowing that Douglas Feavel uses these stories to educate the public, including children in the public school system about our Christian roots without needing to be preachy. He uses stories to let children know that there is good and bad and a moral ground they can stand on and that heroes are never found on a movie screen with special effects exploding around them. They are in fact found in everyday people that do the right thing because it is the right thing to do and that our moral code giver, Jesus Christ, loves us.

I was given this book by the publisher, Aneko Press, for my honest opinion.

 

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