Hope for American Evangelicals by Matthew Bennett

Hope for American Evangelicals by Matthew Bennett

Hope for American Evangelicals by Matthew Bennett

Inspect the American evangelical church through the eyes of a missionary

Hope for American Evangelicals: A Missionary Perspective on Restoring Our Broken House by Matthew Bennett is a timely message. Inspired by missionary Leslie Newbigin, this book examines the modern church through the eyes and wisdom of a missionary. It’s a unique perspective to see the modern church from this view. 

Bennett writes with clarity that is easy to understand. He effectively uses the metaphor of a home to elaborate the message. I found the book intriguing and helpful to the modern challenges happening inside churches today. The author has a good understanding of church weakness and how to address these issues based on the Leslie Newbigin method. 

I found the book relevant and interesting. It would be useful for a college textbook, missionary course, or church administration course.

Book Description

Is the American evangelical house in order? Or is it in need of a remodel? Or—even worse—should we sell the house altogether and look for another home?

In Hope for American Evangelicals​, professor, and former missionary Matthew Bennett inspects the American evangelical home. Perhaps, like him, you love evangelical doctrine, love the community in which you’ve been spiritually nurtured, and want to see it again become a thriving, hospitable environment for guests. But perhaps, also like Bennett, you think the home needs some touching up before this can be true.

In this book, with insights from Lesslie Newbigin, Bennett helps readers inspect the American evangelical house through the eyes of a missionary. As you join him on the tour, you’ll learn about:

  • American evangelicalism’s neighborhood: how we can contextualize the gospel in our communities
  • Our dining room: ethnic diversity as proof of the gospel’s truth
  • Our living room: the connection between our theology and the actual lives we live
  • Our bedroom: sexual idolatry in the church
  • Our yard: the difference between a manicured ministry and a missional ministry
  • Our address: the relationship between our heavenly citizenship and our national citizenship

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley.

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The Awe of God by John Bevere

The Awe of God by John Bevere

The Awe of God by John Bevere

Holy Fear is not a topic you’ll hear much about these days

The Awe of God: The Astounding Way a Healthy Fear of God Transforms Your Life by John Bevere is a very good book on the topic of holiness. The book has a surprising opening. Rather than explore the positive attributes of King Solomon, the author looks at his weakness and faults. Unexpected negativity, before the author has earned my trust as a reader, is a unique writing structure.  As I continued beyond chapter one, I looked for a bigger story. And then I enjoyed this book!

Bevere is on a journey to discover and teach about holy fear. And he wisely teaches about the huge difference between the “spirit of fear” and the “fear of the Lord.” That is an interesting topic for a book. He does a good job convincing the reader about the fear of God. I found his illustrations and personal stories very helpful in understanding his message.

Each chapter ends with a Bible verse passage, a key point, a question to ponder, and a prayer. I enjoyed seeing the Greek and Hebrew definitions in addition to many Bible passages. This would be a good study book for small group discussions. It is especially helpful for pastors and ministry leaders, as a warning about the consequences when we fear people more than God. That’s a book worth reading!

Book Description

Do you long for an intimate relationship with your Creator, but He seems elusive? Perhaps it is because something utterly essential is missing—the fear of the Lord. Don’t let this frighten you. Fearing God is very different than being afraid of God. It’s the key to everything.

Holy Fear is not a topic you’ll hear much about these days. But if you want to build a faith that stands strong through troubled times, you cannot afford to ignore this book.

In The Awe of God, John Bevere invites you to take a fresh look at what it means to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. This healthy, holy, and largely forgotten virtue is the uncommon path to a more fulfilled and fruitful life. In this book you will see why godly fear is the foundation of:

  • Wisdom, understanding, and knowledge
  • Foresight, clarity, and divine direction
  • Maturity and conformity to the image of Jesus Christ
  • Building an eternal legacy
  • Confidence, fearlessness, and security
  • Freedom from the fear of man as all lesser fears are eclipsed

If you look at the men and women in Scripture, the ones who lived and finish well all have one thing in common: they are marked by holy fear.

The Awe of God was designed to be read slowly and intentionally. At the end of each of the 42 chapters are five tools to help you deepen your understanding and apply what the Spirit of God is teaching you. Experience the intimate relationship with God that you have always longed for by unlocking this countercultural message.

This book references paraphrased Bibles such as The Amplified and The Message Translation. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and purchased a copy for my library.

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A Praying Church by Paul E. Miller

A Praying Church by Paul E. Miller

A Praying Church by Paul E. Miller

When believers gather and pray together, powerful things happen

A Praying Church: Becoming a People of Hope in a Discouraging World by Paul E. Miller is an encouragement for pastors and church leaders. And it will be useful for small groups and church members. The book is an encouragement for anyone who desires an improved prayer life. I found the concept of “prayer resisting” helpful to understanding.

Miller admits that not many have the luxury of praying for an hour and a half each morning. He wisely encourages readers to cultivate prayer habits over time. Everything begins with prayer.  “I have no interest in doing anything that hasn’t been prayed for and prayed over,” he explains. By example and his testimony, he encourages the reader to pursue prayer.

This book quotes The Message Translation. Scripture quotations marked AT are the author’s translation. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley.

Book Description

Paul Miller, Bestselling Author of A Praying Life, on the Transforming Power of Praying Together

In our current culture, the church and prayer are often dismissed as irrelevant. But when believers gather and pray together, powerful things happen: the Spirit equips the saints for ministry, the helpless are met with help, and believers experience the joy of being led by the Spirit of Jesus. In this ebook, Paul E. Miller, bestselling author of A Praying Life, casts a vision for a return to the simple yet life-changing practice of praying together.

Through personal stories and biblical examples, Miller teaches the whywhat, and how of praying together. Readers will learn how praying with other Christians can transform their communities into beacons of hope and be given practical strategies—such as finding a prayer partner and prioritizing a structured prayer time—to implement these changes in their own church.

  • Ideal for Group Study: Small groups, Sunday school classes, and others will find helpful strategies to think through and discuss
  • Engaging and Personal: Features real life stories, word pictures, and charts to help readers understand the content 
  • “A Word to Pastors”: Miller closes several chapters with thoughtful reflections specifically for church leaders
  • Foreword by Dane C. Ortlund: Author of the bestselling book, Gentle and Lowly, who praises A Praying Church, calling it “winsome and compelling”

 

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Choose Your Story Change Your Life by Kindra Hall

Choose Your Story Change Your Life by Kindra Hall

Choose Your Story Change Your Life by Kindra Hall

Take complete control of your self-stories and create the life you’ve always dreamed you’d have

Choose Your Story, Change Your Life: Silence Your Inner Critic and Rewrite Your Life from the Inside Out by Kindra Hall is written by a popular keynote speaker. Step by step, readers are drawn into a transformation experience. Storytelling is a popular theme in leadership courses today. I found the writing easy to follow and the book ideas very positive. The author includes many stories to elaborate on the overall message of change. I enjoyed her writing so much, after reading this book I purchased her first book Stories That Stick!

This book continues the message of similar books such as Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Daniel Amen, and Rewriting Your Emotional Script by Becky Harling. Similarly, the message is based on changing how we tell our stories from within.

Book Description

The things we tell ourselves affect how well or poorly our path in life goes. It’s time to flip the script on the internal stories you tell yourself and live life on your terms.

Most of the “self-stories” you tell yourself—the kind of person you say you are and the things you are capable of—are invisible to you because they have become such a part of your everyday mental routine that you don’t even recognize they exist.

Yet, these self-stories influence everything you do, everything you say, and everything you are.

Choose Your Story, Change Your Life will help you take complete control of your self-stories and create the life you’ve always dreamed you’d have. Author Kindra Hall offers up a new window into your psychology, one that travels the distance from the frontiers of neuroscience to the deep inner workings of your thoughts and feelings.

In Choose Your Story, Change Your Life, Kindra will help you:

  • Uncover the truth of how you have created the life you have;
  • Challenge everything you think you know about how your life has been built;
  • Uncover the clear steps you can take to create the life you want;
  • Take control of your self-story to become the author of who you are; and
  • Live your life in a way you never have before.

This eye-opening, but the applicable journey will transform you from a passive listener of these limiting, unconscious thoughts to the definitive author of who you are and everything you want to be.

Changing your life is as simple as choosing better stories to tell yourself. If you can change your story, you can change your life.

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Restore My Soul by Janice McWilliams

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Restore My Soul by Janice McWilliams

Taking better care of yourself

Restore My Soul: Reimagining Self-Care for a Sustainable Life by Janice McWilliams is written by a therapist and spiritual director. Taking better care of yourself is a key theme in the book. She writes, “an unhealthy soul will exhaust you far, far more than a restored one.“ This book guides the reader toward restoration. She helps her readers reimagine self-care. I was immediately confused because I do not follow Enneagram theories and the “repressed-centers” theory.

Ms. McWilliams grabbed my attention again with the “flaws in Barbie-style” self-care. I appreciate her many Scripture references about taking care of yourself. Her writing style is authoritative.

The author tells interesting stories from her therapy chair while respecting each patient. She demonstrates compassion for people who need soul care.

Book Description

How is your self-care? These soul-restoring practices lead to a rich, satisfying life.

Have you tried self-care but found that you still feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and are struggling emotionally? The most effective efforts aren’t desperate last-ditch attempts but practiced daily—moment by moment and hour by hour.

Janice McWilliams, a therapist and spiritual director, uses the life of Jesus as her model to help her clients achieve new levels of peace and fulfillment. In Restore My Soul, Janice shares her practical counseling insight to help you understand and practice the essential skills to

  • manage your thoughts,
  • live well with your emotions,
  • establish soul-restoring rhythms, and
  • live a fulfilling life.

With these practices, you’ll become increasingly comfortable and confident in working through your inner experiences in real time. Instead of burning out, you can follow the lead of Jesus toward a sustainable, fulfilling life.

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Write for Life by Julia Cameron

Write for Life by Julia Cameron

“Writing, after all, is not meant to be torture.” Julia Cameron

Write for Life: Creative Tools for Every Writer (A 6-Week Artist’s Way Program) by Julia Cameron is an essential book for writers. In this six-week method, writers discover coaching and assistance for their art. Write for Life is an invitation to begin, stick with, and finish your project. Weekly themes are organized by chapters:

WEEK ONE: Priming the Pump

WEEK TWO: Begin Where You Are

WEEK THREE: Trust Your Process

WEEK FOUR: Resist Your Resistance

WEEK FIVE: Dismantle Your Perfectionist

WEEK SIX: Celebrate Your Achievement

After four decades, artist Julia Cameron continues to write three morning pages. She encourages her readers to push beyond their writer’s block and discover true creativity. She describes her morning pages as a “telegram to the universe.” Since she first started the practice of writing three morning pages, Ms. Cameron has published more than forty books. Her method of unleashing creativity works!

What I liked most about this book is the structure of building routines and overcoming roadblocks to writing. I found the author’s expertise and understanding helpful for my journey.

“Too often, when we sit down to write, we reject our initial idea. We rack our brains for something better. But long experience has shown me that my first idea is often my best idea. Writing, after all, is not meant to be torture.” -Julia Cameron, Write For Life

Book Description

A 6-Week Artist’s Way Program

Julia Cameron has been teaching the world about creativity since her seminal book, The Artist’s Way, first broke open the conversation around art.

Now, in Write for Life, she turns to one of the subjects closest to her heart: the art and practice of writing.

Over the course of six weeks, Cameron carefully guides readers step by step through the creative process. This latest guide in the Artist’s Way Series:

– Introduces a new tool and expands on powerful tried and true methods.

– Gently guides readers through many common creative issues — from procrastinating and getting started, to dealing with doubt, deadlines, and “crazymakers.”

– Will help you reach your goals, whether your project is a novel, poetry, screenplay, standup, or songwriting.

With the learned experience of a lifetime of writing, Cameron gives readers practical tools to start, pursue, and finish their writing projects. Write for Life is an essential read for writers who have completed The Artist’s Way and are looking to continue their creative journey or new writers who are just putting pen to paper.

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