Real by Jamie Snyder Book Review

“Would people know I”m a Christian if they didn’t see me at church?”
This gut-check question was just what Jamie Snyder needed. Like many of us, he sensed his faith had become mechanical rather than meaningful, scheduled rather than passionate. Emboldened, Snyder set out to recapture the sold-out lifestyle of early followers of Jesus.
(Part of description  taken from Chapters.ca)

And, snap, that question in the description is one I think everyone should ask themselves, because it’s the truth. What would people say about me if they didn’t see me at church? Would they say that I’m still a Christian based on how I live my life? It’s an eye opener question because it’s the truth, because it’s real.

Along with everything that Jamie has to say in this, he brings in real life stories, which just bring more authenticity to it, and for me personally, real life stories are the way to go, because they bring more people together and they can relate with everything.

we all want to be 24/7 followers of Jesus, even though a lot of us get busy with everything else that boggles down our lives and gets us busy and a little distracted from what we really should be doing, and through this book, Jamie helps us bring everything around us into focus and that we can see what we need to see a little bit clearly, a little bit more real. Some of the stories in this book are just simply amazing and I want to tell you them all, but that would be ruining the book.

We all need to be 24/7 followers of Jesus, but the important thing is that we also need to be real, and Jamie Helps us along with things that he talks about in his book.

Jamie Snyder writes and preaches to thousands of people every week as pastor of Lakeside Christian Church. He previously served at the country”s fifth largest church, Southeast Christian Church, where Kyle Idleman pastors. Jamie and his wife, Alex, and their two young sons live in Lakeside Park, Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.lakeside.org.

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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.

The Way NLT Bible Review

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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