Who Said Following Jesus Was Supposed to Be Safe?

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Dangerous by Chad Bislow and Ted Kluck

In 2005 Caleb Bislow decided safety was overrated. Realizing there is nowhere on earth beyond the reach of God’s love, he became what might be called an “extreme missionary,” traveling to some of the world’s most dangerous and despised places. From warring tribal villages in Africa to red-light districts in Asia to Guatemalan prisons, Caleb witnessed God’s light break through the darkness again and again.
Are you tired of playing it safe? Filled with unforgettable stories of what can happen when men and women completely surrender to God’s lead, Dangerous will help you see how He can use each of us no matter where in the world we are. 
Includes resources to help you get started on your own adventures.” (Description taken from http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/dangerous/342130)

When we became Christians were we told our lives would be easy? Did Jesus say anything about our lives being safe and comfortable?
I don’t think so.

Our lives are changed,  and we live in a society where we’re safe in our homes, going to our comfortable jobs, and living normal lives. Jesus said we were to go out and make disciple among people. Basically, we’re to spread the good news to everyone, even if it’s dangerous to what we’re thinking, and this is a great book about that.

We need to live bold lives for Christ and Caleb shows us through this books what can really happen if we go forth and just trust in Jesus, and the amazing events that happen along the way and what really happens when we live Dangerous  and sold out lives for Christ. We need to be Jesus with Skin on to our Neighbours, friends, family, even if God calls us to go out to another part of the word, we need to take that step of faith.

There is a time though, that we need to stop reading about things and actually ACTING them out in their lives, even if it’s something simple as helping out in your own community, it’s a step of faith. I know my life won’t be the same after reading it, and I don’t think yours will be the same either.

Caleb Bislow jumped off the “cliff” of safety and security in 2005, and since then has been humbled to advance God’s kingdom on every inhabited continent in the world. He is a sought-after speaker through Kingdom Building Ministries. Caleb and his wife, Jessica, and their three children, call Franklin, Nebraska, their home. Learn more at http://www.unusualsoldiers.com.

Ted Kluck is an award-winning author and freelance writer. He has written eight books, and his work has appeared in such places as ESPN the Magazine and Christianity Today. He’s also the author of the ebook Jeremy Lin: Faith, Joy, and Basketball. His first book won a Christianity Today Book of the Year award. Ted lives in Grand Ledge, Michigan, with his wife and two sons.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 

I am Second Book Review

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Salvation stories of notable and everyday people inspire a revolution of “seconds” and create more radically obedient followers of Christ.

Across the United States and the world, hundreds of thousands of people are proclaiming a new anthem: “I Am Second.” They have come alive to the truth that God has a plan for this world and his glory, a plan that includes allowing everyone who has faith in Jesus to enter a loving relationship with the God of the universe. In I Am Second, readers encounter story after story of notable people throughout culture who have had a radical, life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

Each story in this powerful book is raw and real, dealing with the darkest moments of the human experience. Drugs, addictions, depression, infidelity, pride, abortion, cancer, pornography, marriage, divorce, war—each story shows the redemptive power of the gospel to rescue us in the greatest depths of our human need, even in the secret areas of our lives. Alongside each story, readers are given study group questions and an offer to view related testimonies to find the freedom Christ offers.

(The above description is from Barnes and Noble.)

I like to read as you might have noticed.

Other than all the fiction I’ve read, I like true live stories. The stories of people and what’s happened in their lives, Events that have taken place.

As soon as I read the description for this book, I knew it was a must read for me.

This book is full of stories ranging from every subject, as you read in  the description above, stories, from people across the globe, about how some of them were at the deepest part of their lives, and they realized they needed something. They needed Jesus to do a complete 180 of their life and they were changed. We all need Jesus in our lives, because we’re missing something, we’ve messed up, or we try to fill our lives with worldly things, and it still doesn’t seem like it’s enough, because there’s still something missing.

People can completely connect with true stories. They could be thinking, “I’m the only going through this,” and then they could read this book and even one of the stories they could start to think “That’s exactly what I’m going  through.” Because people can relate to true life stories because it hits home for everyone.

Even the title of the book, I Am Second, it’s a call to action for people to put God first. To put others first before themselves as Jesus did. For us to be second.

If we did that, then how different would this world be? How changed/transformed would everything be if we put this into practice?

Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson

The Way NLT Bible Review

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Today’s 16–30 year olds are looking for connection to something bigger than themselves. They want something that works and is honest, authentic. Something that they can actually experience. Something that gives them hope. The Way offers a way that works. A way that matters. A way that asks them to step up to something important enough—big enough—to live for. It’s a visual, textual, and interactive experience for a generation that has blurred the boundaries of media. It’s an interactive experience for those ready for collaboration, change, and a challenge. The Way connects a restless generation, a generation looking for direction, to Jesus—the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It uses first-person stories, reflections, and questions that bring the Bible to the real world.”

That’s the description that’s used for the Way on Amazon. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It’s a little bit modernized which will get more people connected because it’s something that can be understood easily by them, say, if they have problems reading other versions. Even the stark black and white photograph of the front couch on the cover, other than myself personally liking black and white photography, the couch, or sofa as some might prefer to call it, provides rest and relaxation. Something that fits into the bible perfectly.

Seeing even the qr code on the cover, gets the kids to interact more with it. I myself don’t have a cellphone ,but it does provide the website which I’m guessing is the same information as the qr code. If I did have a cell phone, I would definitely be using it, another way to get the generation to become more interactive with the bible, and even start to engage with the words that are written it in.

Even reading the first-person stories, brings it close to home, for anyone. They could say, “Hey, that’s like me.” and they might get more hope out of it because they can connect with things a lot more easily. I really enjoyed them and they encouraged me, even everything else that was written to help us out by engaging the word more and living our life for Jesus.

We all want to live our life for Jesus a lot more. With the translation and everything else that’s included. This makes such a great bible to have in anyone’s possession. Even though it’s heard toward teens and young adults, I think  anyone of any ages will get something out of it, hopefully a lot of somethings.

Advanced Reader’s Copy of the Bible has been provided courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc
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Unstuck Book Review

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Back to the Bible Leaders Show Readers How to Cultivate a Thriving Walk with Christ When asked about their relationship with God, many believers say the Christian life “isn”t working” or that they want “more than an okay walk.” After conducting extensive survey research on what it takes to grow spiritually, Back to the Bible leaders Cole and Ross offer solid evidence for the power of Bible engagement. But more than statistics, Unstuck gives readers a practical and proven way to encounter Scripture daily, connect with God, and revitalize an otherwise listless faith. This book is part of a strategic ministry plan developed by Back to the Bible, which has been on the air for more than 70 years. Through multimedia products and services, the ministry is walking alongside individuals and churches, helping Christ-followers tap into and live out God”s Word.

Sometimes in life, we all feel stuck in our Christian life. Probably even the best Christ-follwer has their days.  We try to live our lives the way Christ wants us to, but some days,  we might just fail at that. We get Stuck.

Unstuck shows us how to live our lives the Way God wants us to by getting past the stuck moment and getting unstuck whatever was holding our lives down and truly living life that way God intended us to live it. The book has  Honest stories, and real-life examples (taken from the back cover) and honestly I think a lot of people like reading true stories because it’s something they can relate to, and they could take a lot more from it.

Arnie Cole and Michael Ross, the authors of this book, truly put into perspective, the way we need to live our lives for Jesus Christ and not live them for ourselves, our pleasures, our wants. We need to be real with God and we need to be real with ourselves to truly live the way that God wants each and every one of us to live. We need to get into HIS word daily. This book helps us do that if we’re ever feeling stuck.

It’s such an excellent book! I think everyone should read this book. If you’ve been a Christian for many years, or your whole life, to even someone that’s only been a Christian for a few months or a few years, this book is definitely a resource any of us can use to help us have a better relationship with our Creator. We need to stop going through the motions (also taken from the back cover) and get into God’s word, which is what we all should be doing anyways, and God will reveal his life that he has for us. Getting Unstuck might even show us that God wants to do more in our lives than anything that we could have possibly imagined or even dreamed about.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Book Reviews

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I like to read. A Lot.

I just finished R.J. Larson’s Prophet which is such a great book (go read the review, there’s a category for it! I just started Unstuck just a bit before lunch today) Over the last month or so,  I haven’t clued into it now, but book publishers will send out review copies of books to review and post, and create attention for the books. (No, I did not create this blog for book reviews, I didn’t really look into the whole book reviewing for bloggers about Early to Mid May)
So if there’s any  Christian book publishers or Christian Authors that want their books reviewed, you can get in touch with me.

I definitely want to read more.

Prophet by R.J. Larson Book Review

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Ela Roeh of Parne doesn’t understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She’s undignified and bad-tempered, and at age seventeen she’s much too young. In addition, no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as Parne’s elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite’s prophet, Ela knows she will die young.Yet she can’t imagine living without Him. Determined to hear the Infinite’s voice, Ela accepts the sacred vinewood branch and is sent to bring the Infinite’s word to a nation torn apart by war. There she meets a young ambassador determined to bring his own justice for his oppressed people. As they form an unlikely partnership, Ela battles how to balance the leading of her heart with the leading of the Infinite.

R .J Larson is the author of numerous devotionals such as Women’s Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman’s Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons. Prophet marks her debut in the fantasy genre.
To be honest. I probably would have never picked up this book from a bookstore, and brought it home to read since the main character is female, and I’m a guy, not really my thing. Maybe I would have, who knows. Anyways, when I read the description about the book, it definitely intrigued me. I can definitely say that after reading this, it is a fantastic read.
Here we have a girl, Ela, who is just like everyone else, and her Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become his prophet. Now even reading from the information provided on the back cover of the book, She’s only seventeen, so she’s young, and she’s just a normal teenage girl, so she’s definitely wondering why. Reminds me of when God was calling Moses to speak, but Moses was saying he couldn’t speak right, but God still used him.
This is such an amazing read. I definitely enjoyed it from the very start of the first page right down to the end of the very last page. The level of detail in writing and also the description of every little thing was amazing. How the author takes the time to write in detail, describing everything. Even during the first few pages I’m drawn into the main character, Ela like what’s going to happen with such and such an event, like a connection with the character. Seemed like I had a connection with every character that  was in the book.
The book was truly wonderful, sometimes I wished why I had to put it down, well you do need to sleep.The writing style and the words  that were used were fantastic, drawing you into the pages like you’re almost in the places the book is talking about and living the story with the characters. Cheering for them, feeling sad or excited. There was one part of the book I thought I could be added upon, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise for anyone.
You definitely get the sense and relationship with the Old Testament, and places in the book definitely reminded me of Prophets in the bible. It was a great job done with a sense of that.
This is a great book addition to the fantasy genre, and if your interested in anything of that genre, this is definitely something that you should pick up.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

So, I’m Fasting – Day 2

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Well, 2 days into it, and I feel pretty good. At the dinner/Africa Presentation tonight at the church (Which was absolutely amazing. I mean the pastor was telling a story about talking 15 people for dinner and it only costing 35 dollars for everyone which was crazy, but he did that as like a treat thing, but the rest of it was like wow, kind of an eye opener) the pastor had said about we could be eating as much rice and beans as we could eat for the fast and my mom and I have been rationing (so serving sizes, like a serving of beans is a quarter cup and we’ve been eating a cup of rice. We’re also eating brown rice at home so yesterday I wasn’t feeling hungry at all really.) So the beans tonight were fancy, baked beans, beans in sauce, even soya sauce, which we haven’t been using at all.

The fast is ten days, so unless I’m figuring it out wrong in my head it heads a week from tomorrow, but for me and my mom, it’ll be ending breakfast monday morning. why? we’ll my dad wanted to take us out for lunch, which he did. I had a chicken caesar wrap and soup (which had a bit of rice in it!) but that’s why we’re extending it for us till breakfast the next day.

And just with the presentation and that everything, I mean look at how much we have, and than look at what little they have compared to here, but they make the best of it.