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Book Review | Seasons of Waiting

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Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Dreams are Delayed
by Betsy Childs Howard

Waiting is one thing most Christians have experienced before, and something most of us complain about.  Waiting stretches us.  It tests faith and reveals character.  It shows whether we deep-down trust God or not.  And, it’s usually uncomfortable. I’ve been through my own long waits for provision and fulfilled promises before, so I was excited to read Seasons of Waiting by Betsy Childs Howard.  seasonsofwaiting

Overall, I felt her outlook on waiting offered a new, big-picture perspective.  She argues that what we wait for in the here-and-now illustrates how all of creation longed for a Savior and how we are all still longing for the return of Christ.  This made me realize how my own waiting means far more than just character-building or faith-growing in my own life.  I wait with creation. I wait with all humanity.  It helps me to pray in a new way and tap into a greater longing for God Himself rather than just whatever I’ve been seeking.

After an initial introduction to the greater context of waiting, Howard then offers a series of chapters on specific things many people wait a long time for:  Marriage, Children, Healing, a Home. This section of the book was, to me, okay.  I felt disappointed in the content because those aren’t really how I’m finding myself waiting.  It appears that this book was launched after an article the author wrote for The Gospel Coalition on being, at that time, a single Christian woman.  But when she transferred that to book form, it felt too audience-specific.  Howard does make attempts to broaden the audience in each chapter, reminding us that those waiting for a human husband represent the bride waiting for the return of Christ.  This was mildly helpful, but still left me wanting more.

At only 98 pages, this book ended up far shorter than I expected and didn’t really delve into the greater spiritual lessons on waiting that I wanted.  I didn’t need to read about specific waiting scenarios.  I wanted to follow the journey of those who waited in Scripture.  I wanted to know what to do in the waiting, how to pray in the waiting, how to serve others in the waiting, how to be content in the waiting, and the like.   To me, the book could have replaced the middle content with much deeper lessons on a subject we all need to learn more about since we’ve all been in a season of waiting before (or are in a season like that now). Of course, for others who are waiting for marriage, or children, etc., this book may feel particularly relevant and helpful.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review | The Angel Answer Book

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The Angel Answer Book by Robert Morgan

Angel Answer BookBook Description: Angels have been present since the beginning of time, yet we’re filled with more intrigue and myth than with facts about these heavenly creatures. In this practical Q&A format, bestselling author and pastor Robert J. Morgan uncovers the mystery of angels—in the teachings of the Bible, in their role in relation to Christ, how they impact Christian beliefs, and in personal accounts of our present-day lives. This is an up close and revealing look at what angels do for us as they carry out their purpose in God’s overall plan for His kingdom.

Book Review: Understanding angels is important to the Christian faith. The Angel Answer Book by Robert Morgan presents short answers, based on Biblical research, to the questions we have about these mysterious creatures. The book is very basic in theology and written for easy understanding. It covers all aspects of angelology- from the creation of angels, to their purpose and power. Fallen angels are identified and explained, including the final outcome from the Book of Revelation.

The book cover is beautifully designed and part of a series of books. It makes a nice gift for someone new to faith, or a keepsake gift for someone during difficult times. The angels are a reminder of God’s protection over His people.

My Book Rating: 3/5

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Book Review | Bathsheba by Angela Hunt

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bathsheba angela huntBathsheba by Angela Hunt is a retelling of the Bible story in a fictional perspective. Historical characters are brought into modern storytelling and the author’s imagination. In this fictionalized story, King David’s wife is introduced in her family setting and then brought into the Biblical setting.

If you know the Biblical story, lust and self-indulgence are key components of the message. Author Angela Hunt brings her readers just to the point of physical intimacy, using graphic imagery, and stops. She does not cross the line and keeps her bedroom scene imaginative.

As a theology student I did find the fictional book stretching the imagination beyond the pages of Scripture. It’s entertainment not theological.

Fans of Angela Hunt writing will enjoy the book.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” LifeVerse Books is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC

 

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Book Review | Malestrom by Carolyn Custis James

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malestromMalestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World  by Carolyn Custis James is an intellectual and well-researched examination of culture. She digs into “male power” from a cultural and Biblical perspective.  Chapter topics include:

  • The Father Wound
  • The Rise of Women
  • The Marginalized Man
  • Gender Role Reversal
  • The Manhood of Jesus
  • Liberating Men From the Malestrom

I’m a fan of Carolyn Custis James books, especially The Gospel of Ruth which my pastor recommended reading. The Malestorm book is more challenging and might be difficult to read at times. Her writing style in this book resembles the thesis work of a graduate student rather than entertainment writing typically associated with books.

Book Description

Malestrom builds on and expands previous books by Carolyn Custis James to explore the idea of manhood, a growing issue both in the wider culture and in the church. Until now, the entire discussion has been largely reduced to Western conceptions. Instead, James here shows how our culture’s narrow definitions of manhood are upended when we consider the examples of men in the Bible and Jesus’ gospel. Together, they show a whole new Kingdom way of being male and forging men and women into the Blessed Alliance.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” LifeVerse Books is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

JumpStart Your Leadership | Book Review

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JumpStart Your LeadershipJumpStart Your Leadership by John C. Maxwell is a easy book to read and digest. You can read the entire book in just over one hour, or you can read the daily tips for three consecutive months.The book content was originally published in Maxwell’s The 5 Levels of Leadership book.

As you read the book, it’s obvious this is a summary of another book with larger ideas. This jumpstart concept is divided into 90 ideas. Each idea begins with a short paragraph and is followed by a leadership question for reflection. Here are some of the leadership questions from the book:

  • Write down one positive thing you can honestly say about each person on your team. Then take the time during this next week to compliment each person with it.
  • Consider a candid conversation you have had that did not lead to a positive result. If you could redo the conversation, what might you say differently to emphasize the person’s potential and how you could help them reach it?
  • Are you avoiding a difficult conversation you know a team member needs? Why? What step will you take today to discuss it with them?

These would be good journal prompts for leaders, or agenda items for a team meeting.

The book is similar to a devotional in format and structure, however it’s leadership-based and not faith-based.. Each day begins with a leadership quote, followed by a short paragraph based on Maxwell’s book The 5 Levels of Leadership, and concludes with a journal prompt. It’s very simplistic and easy to use.

While seasoned leaders might find the book too basic, the audience is geared towards newer leaders starting their careers. It’s basic material rather than deep wisdom. There were a few times I wondered if John Maxwell was the author or if the book was written by someone else, perhaps by an editor. For a deeper study, read Maxwell’s entire book The 5 Levels of Leadership and use this as a supplemental action plan.

 

My Amazon Rating 3/5