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Intense, Informative, Insightful and In Defense of America!!!

ONE NATION, UNDER ATTACK by Grant R. Jeffery is a book telling what is happening with the big government liberals (progressives?) in charge.

This book deals heavily with the current debt of over $16,000,000,000,000. Grant Jeffery is a Biblical scholar of eschatology. He looks at the current political situation in both Europe and the United States in regard to the debt of many within the European continent.

The United States is not mentioned in eschatology and Jeffery explains how the decline of America leads to that fact.

This book could be rather difficult for a non-believer to read as it talks of the coming chaos and what it means for each of us in the United States. It is written with the viewpoint of some one who is a pre-millenialist.

I am thankful that I have read the rest of the Story as revealed in Scripture.

Jeffery reveals more of the connections between wealthy liberals and our current government leadership, including President Obama.

I received this book from the publisher. It would be a great read for anyone interesting in eschatology or someone that is a political junkie.

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Mike Glenn and his book “THE GOSPEL OF YES” it written for anyone who’s Christian walk has become hum-drum or just so-so.

Years ago, I came to know Christ and locked into Romans 8:16-17 where God’s Word states that I am a child of the King! A joint heir with Christ! Coming from a background of alcoholism and jail time, I claimed those verses and thought to myself, “If I an a child of the King, what am I doing down here in the gutter?”

Many people, however seem to be living lives where they are hum-drum or just so-so about Christianity. They claim the promises of heaven and eternal life, but struggle with living a life of joy and victory!

This book explains how a person can be transformed by just looking at the GOSPEL OF YES rather than Christianity being a series of no’s.

Mike Glenn gives personal examples and then lists the characters from Scripture that struggled until they realized that God really wanted to say YES!

Abram messed up over and over again. And yet, God, in His grace, gave him a son Isaac and truly made him the father of many nations. In Genesis 12, Abram was promised and then for the next several chapters, he messes up again and again. Sarai stayed with him, (I think my wife would have left) and ultimately told him YES and gave him a son.

Anyone struggling with not having all that Christ has for them needs to read this boo

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I just finished reading “WHEN BAD CHRISTIANS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE” by Dave Burchett. The sub-title is “Where We Have Failed Each Other and How to Reverse the Damage.

What a powerful and honest book regarding a persons Christian walk! An opening quote in the book is by Brennan Manning and it states, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyles. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” That is just leading up to the first chapter!

I have been pastoring small rural churches for about 20 years and I have been hurt more by “Christians” within the walls of the church than I have ever been hurt by unbelievers in the workplace. How painful! Dave relates how he and his family were terribly hurt by church members. How unacceptable is this? The church should be a place…. a safe place for people to come. I learned of a man today who lost his son and when told that someone would pray for him said, “Thanks, but I am not a religious person.” He went on to tell how he had worked with Christians and bent over backwards to get their work done and have never paid him for his labor on their behalf. Now, in his 70’s, he wants nothing to do with church or Christianity.

How do we reverse damage like that? Dave Burchett gives examples in each chapter of how Christians hurt one another and those that are looking at us and follows each example up with at least one method of reversing the damage that has been done.

It boils down to having Christians having their walk match their talk. We talk a good game but our steps really do not match our words. Do we follow Jesus or rules? Do we follow a set of morals or look up to those who seem to try hard to be a Christian? Do we truly believe in Grace?

Much damage is done by unexamined assumptions, words, and actions. Have you been hurt? Have you hurt others? This book is thought provoking and eye opening. I received this book from the publisher.

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I just finished reading the book MAN ALIVE by Patrick Morley. Patrick Morley also wrote THE MAN IN THE MIRROR back in 1989. I had read that book much earlier in my Christian Journey. THE MAN IN THE MIRROR had more impact in my life than the MAN ALIVE book of today.

I think the reason is that in the 22 years since the MIRROR book I have grown and found my true calling as to what God wants me to do. Now married 38 years, 4 kids all college graduates from Christian Colleges and heading into retirement and pastoring a small rural church, I’ve changed over that period of time.

I have a good friend just turning 30 that is involved in a Bible study with a few other 25-30ish men. I think this would be a great book for them to use in their Bible study and will be giving this book to them to use.

The needs of a 30 year old Christian versus a 68 year old Christian are not always the same.

I received this book from the publisher.

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How interesting!!!

I just finished reading THE HARVEST OF GRACE by Cindy Woodsmall. This book is about relationships, trials and twist and turns in the realm of the world of the old order Amish.

This book is the third of a series of Ada’s House Novels. I have not read the other two books but this is not at all hard to get into. The author opens with a “so far” and also give a list of characters in the back of the book so you start with a decent background to understand what is going on.

THE HARVEST OF GRACE provided me with insight that I had not thought of before. I’ve pastored Mennonite churches and have attended an “All Zone Conference” of the Mennonite Disaster Service and have stayed in an “Old Order” home in Canada. I grew up in rural America and understand the difficulties that face farmers and small communities.

At the locations where I pastored, I observed the Patriarchal domination of the “Daed” as the Father works to control every aspect of his operation and every action of his family. The domination comes out in this book in an accurate manner. It was perhaps downplayed just a little from what I have seen.

I truly enjoyed the struggles shown of someone trying to get “into” the Old Order church.

This book is an easy read and is very enjoyable. I will look forward to reading more of Cindy Woodsmall’s books. I received this book from the publisher.

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LOST …… Two Ways

THE FOURTH FISHERMAN by Joe Kissack gives a great insight into how being lost at sea and lost in the midst of having it all can provide a common background in an incredible story.

Joe Kissack had it all. The home, the cars, the finances, the beautiful wife, the trappings of luxury and yet he had nothing. Seeking for the approval of his father, it still was not enough. Five fishermen from various parts of Mexico start off to earn their living in a small fiberglass boat, leaving from the west coast of Mexico.

Joe Kissack had everything a person could want. The fishermen had a boat, a net and a Bible. Joe’s journey was perhaps longer in duration than that of the fishermen. The fisherman’s journey took them thousands of miles after a storm hit and they lost everything but the boat and the Bible. God was with the men in the boat. Joe was seeking for something and that something was God. Lost in the middle of the Pacific ocean or lost in the middle of all that most people strive for, but totally lost. One was hopeful and one had no hope. The fishermen who had nothing held on to hope while the one who had it all had nothing to hold onto.

Ten months at sea with only a Bible. A lifetime in the world with everything the world counts as valuable.

This story draws us into the lives of each of these characters. What is really valuable? What really matters?

This book is excellent. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is caught up in the corporate ladder climbing effort to be rewarded. It is an easy read. I received this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press.

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