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The Searchers by Joseph Loconte

“The Searchers” by Joseph Loconte is an unusual read but very interesting to the seasoned Christian reader. The book is based on Luke Chapter 24’s story commonly known as “The Road to Emmaus”. The author chronicles what could have happened with the two men walking along this road after the crucifixion of Jesus. I’ve fantasized about having access to a Time Machine before, especially after seeing “Back to the Future” when I was a teenager. One of the places I would’ve loved to have used the DeLorean/Time Machine to go would’ve been on the road to Emmaus as this conversation took place. Jesus took the time to explain the scriptures to these two men, all the way back to the beginning of God’s Love Story of Us. This book explores much of the historical information detailed in history but not included in the Holy Scriptures and brings Luke 24 to life by filling in some of the blanks I had in my understanding of this story. Did you know that Jesus went home with these two guys? Did you know that he spent the rest of the day with them and they didn’t recognize Him? Read Luke chapter 24 from the Holy Bible and the follow-up with a copy of “The Searchers” by Joseph Loconte. It will bring this beautiful story to life in a new way and bless your heart!

Mondays With My Old Pastor Book Review

“Mondays With My Old Pastor” is a wonderful memoir written by Jose Luis Navajo, an evangelical preacher from Spain. This book is cram packed with godly wisdom from his “old pastor”, an 83 year old man whom he has adopted as a father figure. Each Monday that is spent with his Old Pastor, the title which is one of love and honor and not a description of age, results in wise Christian counseling and advice in the form of story-parables. The young pastor has come to a point in his ministry that he is discouraged and feels he has made an error in judgement by becoming a preacher.  His Old Pastor comes to him in his dreams with promptings from God, which precipitate these Monday meetings. This book is not only a “how-to” manual for pastors and preachers of how to maintain their faith and enthusiasm for the ministry but also serves as a retreat for all Christians. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are all in a battle which eventually will produce ‘battle fatigue’. The Old Pastor has a series of principals that he has lived by, along with his wife Rachel, throughout their ministry of over 50 years.  These gems of wonderful advice serve as an oasis in the desert we all travel. I highlighted my copy of this book and made notes in the margins as I will use this book as a reference in the future when I need a boost out of my own discouragement. The book was originally written in Spanish and has been translated to English but loses nothing in the translation. I have received a great blessing through this book.  You deserve this blessing as well so get a copy soon and be encouraged again and again!

I received this book through the BookSneeze blogger program free of charge in exchange for my review. This book was published by Thomas Nelson Publishing. These opinions are my own and were not dictated by anyone, any organization or company. See BookSneeze.com for full details on this program.

God Loves Broken People by Sheila Walsh Book Review

“God Loves Broken People” by Sheila Walsh is by far the best book I’ve read in quite a while! She explains how God truly treasures all of us in our ‘broken states’ which is our very nature. I experienced personal healing while reading Sheila’s beautifully expressed examples from Scripture. The Bible is filled with stories of common people like me and you who God has used not in spite of our crushed spirit but because of it. Sheila Walsh refers to Mother Theresa’s life of charity and the selflessness she displayed throughout her career of loving people who were suffering. Walsh described how Mother Theresa confided in letters to her dearest friend which were discovered after her death. She told of her own personal doubts and struggles with the horrors of the poverty and pain she witnessed on a regular basis and why God “allowed” it to continue. She managed to live with her splintered ideals
and minister to those who needed her in spite of them. Sheila Walsh explains that all of us share in this same broken state which is our sin nature. She reaffirms that through Jesus Christ all of us are useable in His service. God never wastes a hurt. This book was provided to me free of charge through “Booksneeze.com” in exchange for my review of this book. This is my personal opinion and I was not influenced nor directed in any way by the publisher or anyone else of what to write in this review.

The Jesus We Missed

The question of whether Jesus ever had a stomache or not inspired Patrick Henry Reardon to write his book “The Jesus We Missed” (Thomas Nelson Publishers.)  Being a devout Christian, the mystery of the life of Jesus Christ has always intrigued me. This book tackles “the missing years” of Jesus’s life that are not commented upon in the Bible. It makes a very interesting read and did NOT offend me with a bunch of sacrilegous innuendo that other works of fiction have suggested. My favorite chapter of this book is devoted to “The Women”, including Mary Magdalene and the Samaritan Woman (at the Well). Jesus is depicted as a warm, gentle, and compassionate man to these ladies, who were second class citizens as women and outcasts from society due to their lifestyles. Ignoring the political incorrectness of His actions, Jesus befriended these ladies and they experienced the Divinity Side of this Man.  You have to read it to get the real impact of the beauty of the moment that brought tears to my eyes and caused me to stop and say a prayer!  Read it soon!    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .

Christians competition for “Holy Roller of the Week”

Amos 5:21 (GNT)  The LORD says, “I hate your religious festivals; I cannot stand them!  22 When you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; I will not accept the animals you have fattened to bring me as offerings.  23 Stop your noisy songs; I do not want to listen to your harps.  24 Instead, let justice flow like a stream, and righteousness like a river that never goes dry.

God isn’t interested in Christians competing to be the “Holy-Roller-of-the-Week”…He wants our love, our devotion, and sincere herats.

Review for “Healing is a Choice” by Steve Arterburn

Steve Arterburn has written a compelling book called “Healing Is a Choice”. Arterburn is a bestselling author and the founder of the “Women of Faith” conferences. He also hosts the TV/radio show “New Life Live” which is nationally known. This is an interesting book about the decisions we make and our need to experience true healing. The book additionally contained workbook sections at the end of the chapters which provided opportunities for me to take a candid look at myself and face issues that I had been ignoring. This book created a journey for me to approach circumstances from my past which had long been left to simmer.

Steve Arterburn shares painful events from his own life. As he belongs to the community of professional counselors, having to take his own teachings and advice to heart was humbling for him. I was able to relate to him on many levels, as his insight brought out the tender areas of my life that needed healing.

This book educated me about 10 decisions that can positively change our lives as well as 10 lies that can prevent us healing if we fall prey to them. I realized through my studying “Healing Is a Choice” that I had denied myself the comfort of connecting with other people because of my fear of rejection or abandonment. I was encouraged to make friends and seek help in my healing experience. Through the risk of allowing myself to be loved again by others, I will heal and use this new-found courage to in turn love others once again.

This book is a resource I will continue to utilize throughout the healing process of the rest of my life. “Healing is a Choice” is definitely a choice read!

I was provided a complimentary copy by BookSneeze. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.combook review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. 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.”

Edward Cullen Versus Jake Ryan

As a child of the 80s I tend to ponder if “puppy love” in my day (ahem) was really as intense as the “Twilight” guys and their gushing counterparts. All I remember is “You hang up first……No! You! I hear you breathing! (excessive giggling….) OK, really now. Hang up! My Mom is yelling….I gotta go! HANG UP!…..)