Overcome: Replacing the Lies That Hold Us Down with the Truths that Set Us Free by: Clayton King

Overcome: Replacing the Lies That Hold Us Down with the Truths That Set Us FreeOvercome: Replacing the Lies That Hold Us Down with the Truths That Set Us Free by Clayton King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5 stars

We are not fighting for victory. We are fighting from victory.

This however, is the mystery of the gospel. The way up is the way down. The way to gain righteousness is to confess your unrighteousness. The way to grow strong is to admit your weakness. The way to become wise is to confess your foolishness. God only fills empty hands, and so only when you are in yourself can you be strong in him. Those who overcome the world are not strong themselves but strong in their confidence in God.

The struggle is real when our desires do not match up with God’s kingdom. King in ten chapters walks the reader in identifying your weakness, the lies you believe and how to replace the lies with the truth.

Getting to Know the Real God-and trusting him with our wounds.
Love and Loneliness – choosing who has authority in our emotional lives
Reaching Out to God – He is our hope when all hope seems lost
Understanding the Purpose of Suffering – God uses our pain to transform us and others.
Love and Intimacy-Understanding God’s design for human sexuality
Fighting Temptation with Faith – and knowing your victory is in Christ
The Pursuit of Happiness – Finding safety, security and satisfaction not in worldly things but in God
Forgive Us Our trespasses- Receiving God’s forgiveness so that we may forgive others
Knocking on the Door to Change – and Trusting God will answer.
Live and Love Again- Allowing the Truth to set you free.

In a conversational tone, King is exposes the lie that keeps a soul in bondage. My favorite is the chapter on Love and Intimacy. He shares when he was asked to talk on sexuality at a high school. A young woman shouted that she could do what ever she wanted with her body and did not see anything wrong with having sex with whomever she pleased. King then told her that in 20 years, he would like to know if she would feel the same way. Chances are he told her that she would feel differently. Chances are he would not have the opportunity to speak with her again in twenty years, but God is not a God of chance. He did speak with her and she regrets her attitude.

With most struggles, we want instant gratification, our rights honored and we do not see the whole picture. Seeing the whole picture of the redemption the kingdom brings, keeps our eyes on the prize and not on ourselves.

A Special Thank You to Baker Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.


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The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege by: Ken Wytsma

The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and PrivilegeThe Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege by Ken Wytsma
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To be good at justice means we realize we are both a part of the solution and part of the problem. Our actions complicate as well as fix the problems we see, which means a whole lot of brokenness in this world results either from us or from systems we are complicit in or benefit from. There is much to be owned and repented of.

A book for it’s time. As a Christian, we must see racism as a gospel issue. To deny racism is to deny the gospel. To put a we vs them is to deny the gospel. To say things are much better than the slave days, is to deny the gospel. Do you see a pattern? What are you doing about racism? It is challenging because we have to have empathy for our brothers and sisters where we have no experience of White supremacy.

In reading this text, you will get a history lesson that has some hard truths. It does not deny the sins of the West. It does not deny the sins of the church. It embraces it and displays the gospel.

Fighting racism is a call to better understand our own humanity and experience diversity. Is there diversity where you work? In your place of worship? In your community? It is diversity where all is represented and unity will grow. Where Martin Luther King’s own words will be a reality. Racism is about being comfortable with others that are like us. To fight racism, we must get uncomfortable and have community with those that are different.

Ken Wystma is passionate about racism of all kinds and you hear his heart among these pages but he is also passionate about the authority of the word. A read that is humbling and spoken with humility. Highly Recommend.

A Special Thank You to InterVarsity Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Witchfinder’s Sister by: Beth Underdown

The Witchfinder's SisterThe Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The number of women my brother Matthew killed, as far as I can reckon it, is one hundred and six. He accomplished it in two of our short English summers, and the months between. One hundred and six women, through Essex, Suffolk, and beyond; that much is certain. But though I know that much, and much else of Matthew, still I cannot quite capture him, just as how when were children and learning to draw, he would move before you were finished; he would turn his face away. In the end, he was not one thing but many, and though I want tell the truth about him now I want to make him more than a shadow on the wall used to scare children. I want to make him more that that and also less; I want to show him as a man who chose to call himself a witchfinder; who deserved every inch of pain that found him, and also the sad wreck of a small boy. For he was both these things, and none could know it him better than the sister who watched him grow.

Based on the man Matthew Hopkins, the author Beth Underdownweaved a tale of a sister that has come back from London to witness her brother’s obsession with finding witches and putting them to death. A manipulative man who used his sister to achieve the evil that consumed him. Told in Alice Hopkins’s voice as her return from London after the death of her husband, she witness her brother’s cat and mouse game among the women in the community. Using the communities fear to play out his agenda. Alice in her own feeble way, tries to outplay her brother but only falls deeper into despair.

The book is written very well with detail to the characters which are many with a great sense of the mind set of the time. The book at times was heavy but the significance at the end gave it an uplifting boot with some irony.

A Special Thank You to Random House and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global by: Andy Johnson

Missions: How the Local Church Goes GlobalMissions: How the Local Church Goes Global by Andy Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We love and honor him not merely by working toward the final he’s given-worshipers from every language, tribe, people, and nation, but also by using the means he has decreed. And he has told us that his global mission will advance through holy lives, faithful prayer, gospel proclamation, and healthy reproducing churches.

The series of the Nine Marks of healthy church is one of missions. What is the leadership like? How is missions used in the church? What role does short-term missions play? What type support should you give your people who proclaim the gospel. The following 7 chapters give a clear indication of what mission is build on.

A Biblical Foundation for Missions
First Things First
Sending and Supporting Well
Getting the House In order
Healthy Missions Partnerships
Reforming Short-Term Missions
Engaging the Nations by Other means

My favorite chapter was reforming short term missions. The damage it can do if not properly addressed to both parties. The one receiving and the one giving. Missions should be well thought out with the gospel in mind as results may vary at any given time. This read is not only for leadership but also for members to know what healthy missions look like. Knowing what healthy missions look, we can be good stewards of any support we give to missions. Missions are a great way to proclaim who God is to unbelievers and believers alike. I highly recommend.

A Special Thank You to Crossway Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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No One Else Like You by: Siska Goeminne

No One Else Like YouNo One Else Like You by Siska Goeminne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

People are fragile. You shouldn’t drop them, because they might fall to pieces. They love a little care; food and drink, but also hugs and sympathy. Or pay them a compliment-that makes them glow inside.

Even though this is under the genre of Christian, it does not speak of God but of embracing each other differences because there is not one like you. The illustrations show beautifully the differences we all have and how being unique brings mankind hope.

A Special Thank You to Westminster John Knox Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Bitter Season (Kovac & Liska #5) by: Tami Hoag

The Bitter Season (Kovac and Liska, #5)The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the heat of passion or rage, there was no forethought. It was an act triggered from a part of the brain where emotion and instinct lived. In other cases, the motivation for murder was built one step, on transgression, one insult at a time, layer by layer, until the mind could make an argument for a violent solution to an untenable situation.

A gripping connect the dots thriller. Not just a few dots but many which even made it more tantalizing. Kovac & Liska have split up-not in a bad way but in different departments. Liska is now working cold cases and Kovac is still doing homicide with a new side kick, the cool hand Luke type.

Since there are to many books on my to read shelf, the beginning of a book determines if I will stay with it, and the beginning was actually 25 years past, a murder of one of their own, Duffy an investigator for sexual crimes was gunned down in front of his house. Liska has been assigned the case. She is a dog with a bone, she does not give up and does not take no for an answer. I love her true grit way of getting answers. She is a single mom working the cold case in order to have more time for her boys. She is very meticulous with getting her questions answered. It always comes down to asking the right questions. Duffy married, with a nine year old daughter and two foster high school daughters in their care. What happened to this family and what is their background? These questions give heart to a terrible tragedy.

Kovac and his new partner have been called to investigate a gruesome murder of a husband and wife in their home. They too discover a family that is extremely dysfunctional as they connect the dots of family torn. The family have adopted two children that now are adults with serious problems and completely different from each other. Charlie who tries to keep the peace with an overbearing father that belittles everyone and a mother that drinks herself to oblivion. Diana that uses sex as a weapon to put it mildly that is bio polar to boot. You never know what you will get with this character.

Evi Burke has a new life. A husband that adores her and a baby girl that is the apple of their eye. Evi works with women who are escaping from the sex traffic trade and when she receives a note with the words I know who you are and I know where you live, she believes it to be related to one of her clients but only to find out that it may be more sinister.

Loved how this all played together and the building of the characters! It kept up last night to finish! Loved it.

A Special Thank You to Penguin Group and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Where are You Hiding, God by: Elisabeth Zartl

Where Are You Hiding, God?Where Are You Hiding, God? by Elisabeth Zartl
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Pantheism is the belief that the Universe (or Nature as the totality of everything) is identical with divinity, or that everything composes an all-encompassing, immanent god. Pantheists thus do not believe in a distinct personal or anthropomorphic god.

That is all I need to say.

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