Thursday, July 28, 2011

Praying for Your Future Husband-by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." -Hebrews 11:1
This book seemed different than other books I've read. This one was refreshing, creative, and very scripture oriented. I liked how the authors, Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer, put their hearts onto the pages for all to read.
This book is separated by the things you should pray about for your future husband. This includes his heart, mind, and soul. It also means that you need to pray for yourself as well as your husband. It gives you back stories from Gunn and Goyer and then gives little testimonials from different people that praying for their future husbands has worked. It also gives a prayer for you to pray for your husband as well as yourself. I find this helpful to give a basis on what exactly to pray about. It also has 52 scriptures (perfect for one per week!) that you can read, study, and pray about. I liked how this has a Bible study feel to it, with the discussion questions and fill in the blanks. I know that some girls from my church has been studying this book over the summer, and it has helped them tremendously. I hope the people that read this book are able to find something about themselves and their many "requirements" for love.

Title: Praying for your Future Husband: Preparing your Heart for His
Authors: Robin Jones Gunn, Tricia Goyer
207 pages
Multnomah Books 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60142-348-1

Saturday, May 14, 2011

"Unleashed: Release the Untamed Faith Within" -by Erwin Raphael McManus

Unleashed; defined as "to allow something to have its full effect." That is definitely what Erwin Raphael McManus' book is all about. As Christians, we have to allow God and believing to have its full effect on our lives. We have to be barbaric Christians.
"If we have responded to the call of Jesus to leave everything and follow Him, then there is a voice within us crying out, "Fight for the heart of your King"(pg. 4)! We need to be able to proclaim the name of Jesus and not be ashamed of the consequences and judgments that will be thrust upon us. We need to love to live and live to love and there is something in us that is just waiting to come out through a raw expression of love. We must hear the barbarian call, form the barbarian tribe, and unleash the barbarian revolt.
We need to pick up our cross daily if we hear the barbarian call. We have to be able to follow the path of uncertainty, mystery, and risk. It is definitely a life-or-death situation if you really, truly follow Christ the way that is intended. Jesus said, "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first." It gives hope to those that give everything to follow Christ. The days that we are here on earth should count; we should not be counting the days. We need to be a witness to those who do not have one. Remember, Christ dined with sinners, not the pure at heart because the sinners are the ones in need of His love.
Everyone called to Christ are to embrace the warrior lifestyle. We must be able to fight for our Lord and our rights. You are not able to meet the Creator of the Universe and go unchanged. Many people believe that if you follow Christ, you will be in a spiritual cage and will not be able to be free. It is totally opposite, though. You will be able to truly be alive through Christ and live the way the is meant for all to live. Your heart and eyes will open wider and your soul will come alive. Traditions and stability should all go away for the barbarian life to really thrive. There is always a challenge and risk in the life of a barbaric Christian.
I very much enjoyed how McManus combined his own life experiences in with this great read. It opened my eyes on how I should be living and I guarantee it will for you too!

TITLE: "Unleashed: Release the Untamed Within"
AUTHOR: Erwin Raphael McManus
Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4002-0254-6

Saturday, April 9, 2011

"I Kissed Dating Goodbye" by Joshua Harris

In Joshua Harris' book, "I Kissed Dating Goodbye," he showed that not dating can be cool! We always assume we need a boyfriend or girlfriend to complete us, when really, we need God. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 says, "For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised." THAT is true love; that Jesus would die for us. We don't need a boyfriend to show us that.
This book describes how we should stay pure and not rush into relationships. Intimacy should be something that is dear to our hearts. We shouldn't flaunt ourselves around like it is nothing that is sacred. Just because you get the guys when you are immodest, it doesn't mean it is the kind of guys you want to attract and the kind of guys that you can be pure with.
We can make mistakes in relationships; that's understandable. We need to avoid those mistakes, though, when we know that it isn't the right thing. Don't rush into any relationship, don't isolate yourself from others while in a relationship, don't forget about your future. It is okay to be "just friends" with someone. We don't always have to think of someone in a romantic way.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It showed me that I don't have to be longing for a relationship with someone. I have God to turn to when I'm down about something, and that's really all that matters.

216 pages
publisher: Multnomah Publishers, Inc.
copyright: 1997, 2003
ISBN: 978-1-59052-135-9