This Biblical fiction served as a teaser, so to say, to intrigue me back to the Bible and history of the Israel nation. I have read the Old Testament a handful of times, and always walked away from the books of the prophets with some confusion and apathy. What Lynn Austin does is bring life and characters who walk through the exile and return to Jerusalem. Although her characters are mostly fictional, she does add historically correct prophets, kings and rulers into the stories to give them historical accuracy. As you read the book, you begin to understand why God was so adamant about His people not serving lesser gods and mixing with non Jewish people of the day. Insight after insight was born while I read this book.
As we wind down the week and prepare for the weekend, I have a birth quote for you!
“The family is born in the delivery room.” -Johnny Lind, M.D.
Here I am, days before my daughter was born; days before my family was born. As I look back on my growing family, this quote remains so true. God talks about marriage and the union of the husband and wife as two becoming one. They are of one flesh and one body. Marriage is a holy union in which I highly respect, but it’s in the delivery room that the family is born.
As a reader, I was instantly drawn to the author because he’s from a rural town in Nebraska, and by all appearances is just a normal guy with the courage to do anything. Caleb Bislow grew up with an adventurous father, and a wide open prairie to explore and expand his adventure. He writes this autobiography of sorts to detail how his life became so wild. He takes risks for the Gospel that no one else is willing to take by traveling to places and people groups that are ‘dangerous.’ At the end of the book, you will feel as if you know Caleb well.
The main content of this book focuses on his most thrilling testimonies of sharing the Gospel. Peppered throughout the stories though, he coaches the reader by sharing how he makes decisions and a priority checklist. He also gives practical advice as to how to get involved with each of the people groups he shares about just in case one of them grips your heart. He cautions that to be a missionary, you do need to have some more formal training, but also encourages the reader that he is an ordinary guy obeying the directions from the Holy Spirit and that anyone can share the Gospel of Jesus in the off limit places.
I personally love reading biographies and so this book fit right into that genre. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 18.
In the book, Fashioned to Reign, the author goes through a very slow process of dissecting Adam and Eve’s relationship and the timeline and happenings in the Garden of Eden. Before doing so, he states, “this Genesis story I am about to tell is the way I imagined Adam recounting it.” And the chapter follows with a lot of details that he interjects into the story, that quite simply aren’t in the Bible. Although it was interesting to read and imagine, I had to continue to remind myself of fact vs. fiction. A lot of the details were far reaching and by all accounts could be wrong. Given that, it was a nice fictional recount of the story of Adam and Eve.
This book tackles the topic of hearing God’s voice. Not audibly per say, but in that gut level instinctive way. The author covers basic habits to discipline yourself. She then goes on to discuss every Biblical story in which the main character speaks to God and vise versa. Dissecting their circumstances and attitudes to coach the reader into listening and obeying. It has taken me awhile to really finish this book. It’s not a ‘page turner’ at all, more like a slow roasted hunk of meat. The content is good, but I have had a hard time sticking with the author at times.
This book is the third in a series of adventures by the college professor and archeologist, Jack Hawthorne. As Jack searches for the bones of Elisha in the first book, I was left with a sense of wonder as the book came to a conclusion. Delighted that Don Hoesel has continued to write more in the series, I will be a forever fan of his work. He keep as the reader on their toes as the twists and turns of the plot unfold. You will begin to grow a genuine sense of concern for Jack and his wife, Epsy, as they traverse the globe protecting and searching for the bones once again. They both have a lot more skin in the game in the third book. You will not be disappointed with the ending!
This is a very self-directed book, meaning you have to find your own motivation to fill in the blanks and lead your own prayer times. I do believe that praying the Scriptures of the Bible are powerful, and a very positive thing to do as a follower of Jesus, but I personally had a hard time finding the gusto to do it. This book is probably not for beginners, but for a more disciplined, season saint. Someone who already spends time in concentrated prayer would benefit from this book. There is a short devotional, (paragraph) in the beginning of each chapter, followed by a set of blank lines to fill in your prayer, ending with a scripture for reference. I think I needed more structure overall.
”We recently moved into a new city which means new water, and let me tell you, I can taste the chlorine. YUCK Brushing my teeth has become an exercise in trying not to gag and I can smell the chlorine when I wash the dishes; it’s like being at the pool. After my Berkey gets done with this water, it is chlorine free and I am so thankful for it’s mighty filtration system.”
I read this book within a few days, as it is only 121 pages. The author, Betty Malz, relays stories from people that she’s gathered about angels. About 60% of the book, the author discusses the theological points and Biblical thoughts regarding angels. This was a bit on the dry side for me, and intertwined were the actual stories of angel encounters. Those were the fun parts.
The author also shares here testimony briefly in the beginning of the book about her own stories about Heaven. She was clinically dead for 20 some minutes and experienced Heaven before coming back alive while in the hospital. The topics themselves, and stories are very interesting if you can waddle through the theological points throughout the book.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for this review by Chosen Books.