The Prince Warriors (The Prince Warriors #1) by Priscilla Shirer

The Prince Warriors (The Prince Warriors #1)The Prince Warriors by Priscilla Shirer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When you come to Ahoratos, you must put on your armor quickly as possible. You cannot be here without it. You can always find it in the Cave, and you must enter the Cave through the Water; It is the only way in. Do you understand?…The world you live in day to day-that world is but a shadow of the Real World. This is the world where the battles rage, where your real enemy lies.

What a fun adventure to read with your kiddos. A read that together you can discover biblical truths that will encourage faith and the love of God and to others. Four kiddos find themselves in the world of Ahoratos where they learn to wear the armor and how to use it. Where deception is everywhere but the armor helps them to see the truth. It is a place where they discover those that are imprisoned and what it means to be set free.

What is great about this read is how you can apply it to the world of Ahoratos to the world we live in now. A great conversation to have with your kids and to enjoy the love of reading. Looking forward to the next installment.

A Special Thank you to BH Publishing House in supplying a hard copy to review and post an honest review.

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The Promise of Forgiveness by: Marin Thomas

The Promise of ForgivenessThe Promise of Forgiveness by Marin Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Promise of Forgiveness is the promise of releasing your fear to love and be loved again.

Ruby and her daughter Mia are starting over again. Leaving Missouri and making a stop at a small oil town of Unforgiven where her biological father lives. A father she does not know and as far as she is concerned, does not want to know but curiosity has taken hold of her. She has made many bad decisions when it comes to relationship and it is now it is reflecting in her daughter’s life as well. To be quite honest, it should not be surprising…our children can be a reflection of what is going on in our messed up hearts. Ruby’s heart has taken a beating. Not able to trust and not able to commit, she believes herself to be unworthy and unable to have a healthy relationship. However, her father Hank knows he does not deserve her forgiveness but he has taken to his granddaughter’s heart. It is this relationship she witness the heart of her father and starts to see her own heart as well.

The characters came alive for me in this read as Ruby struggles with her fear and her bad choices and how she believed that a healthy relationship was not possible for her. The breaking down of walls and the rebuilding of relationships always speaks to my own heart.

A Special Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Gentle Art of Discipling Women: Nurturing Authentic Faith in Ourselves and Others by: Dana Yeakley

The Gentle Art of Discipling Women: Nurturing Authentic Faith in Ourselves and OthersThe Gentle Art of Discipling Women: Nurturing Authentic Faith in Ourselves and Others by Dana Yeakley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What good is it to meet any other need if the greatest need is not met? As we begin to see people like Jesus sees’ people, we can than take part in the great adventure of laboring with Him. Seeing people like Jesus sees them is our ground zero as we step into discipling.

A great resource for discipling women. This book must be read individually and then I can see it being read together as two women meet. It can create the boundaries of what true discipling is and what it is not. The first part of the book is crucial. We must secure our relationship with God before we can even tackle walking along aside another. The first part deals with that relationship and how we can build our relationship with God thru prayer and bible reading.

The 2nd part of the book deals with the relationship itself. The book directs on what a disciple relationship look like and what it does not look like as well. It gives boundaries that we are not hijacked but we stand firm in the end result of making Jesus known.

This book is a gem of a resource for Women’s ministry and ministry leaders to get a biblical handle of what discipleship looks like first individually and then with others as we make Jesus known.

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

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Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power by John Piper

Living in the Light: Money, Sex and PowerLiving in the Light: Money, Sex and Power by John Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When God’s glory is revealed and treasured most, the power of sinful attraction/desires are broken. The brightness of the sun makes the darkness of sin vanish. So when it comes to our desire, the issue is this: Do we see the glory of God?

Vintage John Piper at the center of Living in the Light is what do we value? What do we treasure? Why money, sex and power? Because in these three areas of living, our hearts are revealed. What we value and what we treasure. Usually Piper can be difficult to read in that you may have to read a paragraph twice or more to get what he is applying. You don’t want to miss the beauty because of misunderstanding or not grasping the glory.

This book is easy to read and to grasp. He starts with definitions and foundations of money, sex and power. In other words, another foundational reality we have to deal with is that money, sex and power are, from the beginning, gifts of God- good gifts of God. And if they sink us, it isn’t because God gave us bad gifts; it’s because something happened inside us to turn gifts of grace into instruments of sin, into altars and incense in the temple of pride. So the first thing we need to do is talk about definitions which lead us to see certain foundational realities that are far deeper-and far bigger than the dangerous icebergs or the floating reassure-islands of money

It gets to the root. We also encounter the dangers of money, sex and power. But the good news is the gospel delivers. It not only delivers but teaches us to enjoy the gifts. In his own words-Definitions and foundations. Dangers and how to defeat them. Potentials and how to deploy them. The 3 D’s- Define, Defeat, Deploy.

Some of the quotes that I found inspiring.
In our ungodliness, we do what ungodliness does-it suppresses the truth that God is to be treasured as supremely glorious and generous. Our sinful nature hates the light of God’s supremacy and runs to the darkness, where we feel supreme.

Sin is any feeling or thought or action that comes form a heart that does not treasure God over all other things. The bottom of sin, the root of all sins, is such a heart-a heart that prefers anything above God; a heart that does not treasure God over everything else, and everyone else.

Before Christ, sin is not an alien power in us. Sin our preference for anything over God. Sin is our disapproval of God. Sin is our exchange of his glory for substitutes. Sin is our suppression of the truth of God. Sin is our heart’s hostility to God. It is who we are to the to bottom of our hearts. Until CHRIST.

We need to know the battle we are in and know how to engage it. It is not a book to be read only once but to be reminded of that battle that is worth the stand. To behold the glory of God and treasure him above all else.

A complimentary review copy was provided to me by Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

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The Passenger by:Lisa Lutz

The PassengerThe Passenger by Lisa Lutz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine how exhausting it is to spend your entire life in performance.

Meet Tanya Dubois, Ameilia Keen, Debra Maze, Emma Lark, Sonia Lubovich, Paige, Jo and Nora Glass – the one thing that they have in common is a woman on the run for 10 years. Your thrust into the life of Tanya whose husband has met an unfortunate death. An accident but since Tanya is running from the past she doesn’t stick around and becomes a person of interest in the death of her husband. While on the run she meets Blue a bar maid that sees thru Tanya and they share a commonality of a past that they are running from. They develop a friendship until another death sends them to part ways and switch identities. You are taken on a ride never knowing what Tanya is running from, why she is running until the very end. As she runs with each new identity, a email conversation between Ryan and Jo is a teaser of who Tanya really is. So another words pay attention.

I found this protagonist interesting and I was hanging on for the ride to know who she really was. In someway I became the passenger of this journey. The ending was a total surprise of Ryan and Jo that will keep thinking about this book for a very long time.

A Special Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Blessing of Humility: Walk Within Your Calling by: Jerry Bridges

The Blessing of Humility: Walk Within Your CallingThe Blessing of Humility: Walk Within Your Calling by Jerry Bridges
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I would say that it is impossible to truly walk in humility without to some degree appropriating the truth of the gospel every day.

Jerry Bridges leaves a legacy of good solid bible teaching. I have been blessed with his teaching and I would strongly recommend all of his books for those that desire to study the word of God. With his recent passing, I was excited to see this book offered on Netgalley and I hope many will desire the blessing of humility that is found in the beatitudes. This is a teaching of the beatitudes and how the beatitudes reflect the humility of the gospel. The beatitudes is how we respond to who God is and how each of the beatitudes build on the other. It is not only how we respond to God and his work, but also to each other. You cannot mourn unless you are poor in spirit and you cannot be meek without morning and so on. Each of the beatitudes are beautifully exalted in this study.

A balanced study of the gospel that shows the good news of the Gospel.

A Special Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines by: David Mathis

Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual DisciplinesHabits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines by David Mathis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Because of grace unmeasured, boundless, free, now our once dead hearts beat and our once lifeless lungs breathe. Only through grace do we believe (Acts 18:27) and only in grace do we receive “repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth (2 Tim. 2:25).

Developing habits of grace come by hearing His voice thru His word and having His ear through prayer. These disciplines though we may know them as head knowledge become difficult to live out because of distractions and life. Our hearts are prone to wonder. David Mathis has a way of communicating these truths that I found myself seeing them as a way to draw myself closer to the heart of God. That is not a duty of a Christian but a joy because of grace. It is only by hearing his voice thru his word and by prayer that the Holy Spirit can work in our hearts.

He clearly teaches that grace sanctifies, justifies and glorifies. How do we practice grace? How do we discover the power of grace? It starts with the desires of the heart. Desiring more of God that leads us to have a contagious grace. I have found when we do have a good understanding and practice of grace, we have humility.

I don’t think we will ever have a thorough understanding of grace however, it is too important not to pursue grace. In the disciplines of reading and praying, the study will strengthen your faith as you value the doctrine of grace.

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

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