Signs, Wonders and a Baptist Preacher: How Jesus Flipped My World Upside Down by Chad Norris

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“Demonstrating humor, candor, and personal vulnerability, this Southern Baptist preacher offers an entertaining, non-religious look at the Holy Spirit. He shares transparently, recounting his own history of depression and panic attacks until Jesus rescued him and showed him how to do the works of the Father. As Norris explains, “I had no paradigm for that.

Even though Jesus said we will do even greater things than he did, we don”t. Norris”s engaging narrative style lowers readers” defenses and opens their minds to the idea that these “greater things” are more attainable than they think. Because we are loved more than we imagine, says Norris, we are more capable of doing the Father”s works than we have ever considered.” Then he challenges readers to engage with the supernatural.” (Taken from Chapters.ca)

Now what first got me interested in this book was simply just the title. I thought to myself,  this is going to be a very interesting read. Sure enough, it was absolutely amazing.

Jesus said we would do greater things than what he did. He did some pretty amazing things, so for us to think that we can do greater things than what he did, it’s absolutely mind blowing. A lot of the times though, we don’t see people do greater things that what Jesus did? Why’s that? I have no idea.

Maybe people are scared to step out and have everyone think they are weird, but maybe that’s what God wants us to be – weird, peculiar, different from everyone else so we don’t do the same things as everyone else. Maybe than we’ll start to do great things.

Chad does a great job explaining the Holy Spirit. One thing that really works even though it might be hard, are real, true life stories that people can relate too. He opens up sharing some of his stories, and other stories that will make we go woah, that is amazing. That’s what was going through my head as I was reading this book.

In short, if you want to learn how more about the Holy Spirit and how you might start doing great, or even greater things then this would be a very good book to read if it’s a topic that interests you. I’ll describe the book in four words:

Crazy and insanely good.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

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“As a follow up to her two bestselling books, Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, author and blogger Shauna Niequist returns with the perfect read for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table.” (Taken From Chapters.ca)

First off, if anyone’s thinking what I’m doing having a book with the word wine in the title, don’t worry, I’m not drinking nor will I ever.

Secondly, I like food, and I like to eat. This book has both, though I can’t eat the book, though I can eat the food that’s talked about in the book.

Why did I get this book in the first place? When I got the email regarding reviewing this, it said the  book had recipes in it and that’s what drew me to this book. Though I am a guy, some of the stuff, that’s talked about really wasn’t for me.

Another thing that I like are stories, I love to read and this book definitely has stories. Stories about food and cooking and meals and gathering with friends and family for a dinner party or just friends sharing a meal. I like to cook, and I absolutely agree with the author of the book. Food brings everyone together. People can laugh and cry at the table while sharing a meal or  just sit there because the meal was great and they can’t get up because they ate to much.

Life is kind of like cooking. We keep trying new recipes out, or some of the old ones with a new twist to it. We need to try new things with our day to day life or it will become stale like old bread.

I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but am planning on it sometime, just not sure when. Food connects with everyone no matter where you are. It’s like music, being a language that everyone connects with and you don’t have to say anything, food speaks for itself.

This is such a great book. and I had many favourite parts. I had one that I was going to put in here, but I completely forgot what it was, but a new part was brought to  my attention when reading this and it’s something that completely blew my mind away.

Shauna was talking about communion (I just got the book because recipes in it, I didn’t know it would have anything like this in it! exciting) and in referencing the title, I can’t remember the exact words, but she talks about how the bread is what the peasants would eat, and the wine is what the rich would drink. I never thought of it like that before, simply amazing. Basically saying, it doesn’t matter where you come from or what your background is. Anyone can follow Jesus whether you are rich or poor.

There’s Beauty in it, there’s beauty in food and cooking and sharing a meal with people you know, or sharing a meal with people who bring people that you on’t even know. It doesn’t have to be anything difficult at all.

Read this book for yourself and experience it. Spend time making the recipes. Come around the table with friends and family.

This is an Advanced Reader’s copy courtesy of Zondervan for review purposes