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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Get on Board Serenity at Sea 2012

Are you a Christian author or aspiring to be one?  Then you'll enjoy this opportunity to cruise at sea and be enriched by the illustrious line up of experienced speakers and inspiring activities planned for you on Serenity at Sea 2012. 
 
Joy Elizabeth Turner is my sister in Christ and author of "Content Right Where I Am". She's put together this exciting cruise for authors - accomplished and aspiring. Check her out!
 
 
Joy E. Turner doesn't want you to miss the blessing...
 
"I am SOOOO looking forward to the Christian Authors Cruise - Serenity at Sea in July! Will you join us? We're going to have an AMAZING time and with this guest list of anointed authors, you won't want to miss the boat! There's still room! Book your cabin TODAY and come sail with us! Joy & Blessings!" 
 
 
July is right around the corner you guys....don't miss out on all the fun and fellowship reserve your cabin now!
 
 
Remember...
pray without ceasing.
Read your Bible everyday and apply it till the Bridegroom comes!
 
Your sister in Christ,
 
MJJaymz

Friday, February 24, 2012

I Am Second - A Review

Author - Dave Sterrett and Doug Bender
A collection of personal accounts with Christ

Excerpt:
"My relationship with my mom was like my relationship with God.  I was going through the motions. I was not completely open and honest with mom or God."  Spoken by Michelle Aguilar

I can't say anything bad about these personal accounts of individual encounters with Christ Jesus. There is a certain standard to which books in the Christian genre must adhere. Whether or not the book fearlessly points to Christ is a big deal in my opinion as a reviewer. The challenge is to reach the sceptic or at least help the believer to face realized or unrealized sin.




All of the stories touched me in some way. But among the most memorable for me were Michelle Aguilar's story of learning trust all over again, Brian "Head" Welch of the rock band Korn and his definition of what true worship is was golden information. How about Michael W. Smith on God's pleasure, and the big event was the duplicity of Pastor Nate Larkins. What a testimony.



These athletes, entertainers - former/present and leaders are exposing some real life challenges that especially help us to see that we should never think of people, ourselves included, more highly than we ought.



Great book and bold concept. I just want to say for the record I Am Second. I am servant and hidden in Christ. This book is off the hook. You should get it!



Line that stood out:
Expressed by Pastor Nate Larkin. (p. 52)
"It never occurred to me that God let me wallow in my addiction to show me that I was not good."


Take away scripture:  (Hebrews 3:15)
While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.



CBM gave I Am Second...... 3 B's
Better
Best
Beyond

The book pointed to Christ throughout. It included real life walkers after the narrow path.  The story tellers were transparent while sharing some real sensitive personal issues. It exposed sin without preaching. It was risky but necessary.



Remember,

pray without ceasing.
Read your Bible every day and apply it till the Bridegroom comes!

Your sister in Christ
MJJaymz




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Get Up And Walk - A Review

Author - Daryl F. Hyun
A Reconciliation novel

Excerpt:
"Get up and walk! That's what I'm saying to myself over and over."  Spoken by Michael Park.



          The title challenges us immediately by speaking to the more resistant part of the reader. Addressing someone in this manner is so powerful. It's a lot like bypassing the superficial and getting right to the part of us that no one ever really confronts.



          I believe everyone of us has a story to tell about how we took our first steps toward accepting reconciliation to Father God through his Son Christ Jesus.  For some, the journey is tumultuous  including a period when we are simply allowing life to happen without much of a fight like our main character Mike.



          Of course the end result is unhappiness due to bondage and eventually spiritual maybe even physical death. Some may not endure addictions or substance abuse but instead they weather troubles in the relationships they hold, no peace. Somehow the narrow path begins at the same place for both - the foot of the cross.





          The main family in the story were of Asian decent but their experience was universal something only helped by the restoration, repentance and forgiveness of God.  We can all relate to the real life experiences depicted in the story.  The vulnerability of the characters especially those in the support group with Mike reminded me of the condition that we are all in without Christ.


Point of Contention:
          It is not an easy task to communicate the message of reconciliation. My main focus is on whether or not the book truly points to Christ.  Throughout the story God is described as the Eternal. This I considered to be a little vague. Any religion can claim that their god is the Eternal. The main characters never really talked about Christ (the only way to Father, God).  I  felt that was a little ambiguous.  In this day and age it is important to be transparent when it comes to glorifying the only wise God.



Line that stood out:

Expressed by Michael Park (p 81 ).
"Get up and walk! That's what I'm saying to myself over and over."





Take away scripture: (Acts 3:7)
And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 



CBM gave Get Up and Walk ...... 1B

This novel, per the jacket, was loosely based on Bible story the Prodigal Son.   It could have pointed to Christ a bit more clearly in my opinion. To me it seemed more of a personal account or more of the inspirational/self help genre because in the end it motivated the reader to stop feeling sorry for himself/herself and do something positive to change their life.  


Better






Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of (Get Up and Walk) as a member of the
Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit dorrancebookstore.com
to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.

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Remember,

pray without ceasing.
Read your Bible every day and apply it till the Bridegroom comes!

Your sister in Christ
MJJaymz