Category Faith Based Books

Your Blueprint for Life

Product DetailsYour Blueprint for Life
By Michael Kendrick
Retail Price:  22.99

Amazon Price: $13.48

Book Description:   

Your Blueprint for Life gives the strategies readers need to align their passions, gifts, and calling.

As CEO of the Blueprint for Life ministry, Michael Kendrick is devoted to helping others discover God’s purpose for their lives. Your Blueprint for Life guides readers toward a Christ-honoring life—one that brings joy spiritually, financially, relationally, physically, and professionally. With practical guidance for discovering passion, gifts, and callings, YourBlueprint for Life gives readers concrete strategies for achieving the life they were created to lead, such as:

  • Intentionally carve out a specific time each day to hear from God
  • Prune your relational portfolio
  • Step into your children’s world
  • Remember you are a steward of God’s resources, not an owner of your resources

For anyone who has ever wondered why they were put on earth, YourBlueprint for Life not only answers the question, but it also gives readers a solid guide to understanding and achieving God’s vision for their lives.

Review

Author Michael Kendrickempowers readers to truly discover their passion and purpose in life. In this book he walks hand in hand with people to show them they don’t need to settle for just another job.  Along with practical plans for finding meaningful work the book is a great encouragement for those feeling lost or stuck in their current situation.  Whether the job market is booming or slow, Kendrick offers great advice in helping you find a good career match.  It is perfect for people desiring to be more intentional about their quality of life.

~Reviewed by Dave H.

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    Living The Quaker way

    Living The Quaker way
    By Phillip Gulley
    Convergent Books
    Retail Price $14.99
    Amazon Price: $11.24

    Book Description: 

    Philip Gulley invites us into a bracing encounter with the rich truths of Quakerism—a centuries-old spiritual tradition that provides not only a foundation of faith but also vision for making the world more just, loving, and peaceable by our presence.

    In Living the Quaker Way, Gulley shows how Quaker values provide real solutions to many of our most pressing contemporary challenges. We not only come to a deeper appreciation of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality, we see how embracing these virtues will radically transform us and our world.

    Living the Quaker Way includes a 30-day spiritual practice that applies the Quaker tradition of Queries.

    Review

    I love to read Philip Gulley.  I found his fiction to be very readable and interesting so I thought I would give this book a try.  I am glad I did.  His writing style translated to this non-fiction book and I found the it to be easy to read. I learned so much about the Quaker way of life as well as general wisdom that I could apply to my own life.  I highly recommend it!

    ~Reviewed by Allie B.

     

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      you are more than you know

      You are More Than You Know
      By Patsy Clairmont

      Worthy Publishing
      Retail Price $15.99
      Amazon Price: $11.60

      Book Description: 

      FACE YOUR FEARS, GROW STRONGER.  Moving from a fear-based life to faith-based freedom is a journey that takes time and courage. While remaining scared and small can feel comfortable, taking hold of strength and determination opens our eyes to a measure of the Lord’s goodness we’ve never seen.In You Are More Thank You Know, Patsy’s trademark humor spills out as she answers the question she is most often asked — how she overcame her own deliberating fears — and along the way helps readers face their own anxieties, dismay, worries, and despair. Through honest and intimate glimpses in to a heart changed by the power of hope, this book is a guide for the journey to find more of you…and much more of what God has for you.

      Review

      This is a very inspiring book.  It teaches the different ways that fear can manifest in ones life and why one does not have to be subject to fear.  Fear is destructive and we don’t need to let it rule our lives.  While Patsy Clairmont is a hoot, she also uses that humor to bring home points relative to our Christian walk.  She shares her own experiences that make her very real to the reader, making her advice easy to follow.   This is the best book I have ever read concerning fear and  I highly recommend it for those who are plagued or paralyzed by it.

      ~Reviewed by Allie B.

       

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        Redeemed by Grace

        Redeemed by Grace
        By Ramona Trevino and Roxane Salonen
        Ignatius Press
        Retail Price $17.95
        Amazon Price: $15.20

        Book Description: 

        At age eight, Ramona Treviño climbed to the top of a roof and begged God to let her know he was real. After receiving a sign, she made a pact with herself to follow him always. But family difficulties and growing pains made it hard for her to continue on that path.

        Pregnant at 16, she dropped out of high school and entered an abusive marriage, which ended in divorce. Wanting to make a difference and to help girls in similar tough situations, she accepted a job as the manager of a Planned Parenthood facility in Sherman, Texas. Over time, however, Ramona began to grapple with whether she was doing women more harm than good, setting her on a path to seek the truth, no matter where it might lead.

        Realizing she could no longer refer women for abortions or provide them with false assurances of risk-free sex, Ramona took a leap of faith and left the financial security of her job. Her ultimate conversion involved a full return to the Catholic faith of her childhood and a new role as a pro-life advocate and speaker.

        This compelling story tells of Ramona’s struggle to reconcile her identity as a daughter of God with a world that sends conflicting messages concerning the source of our dignity and happiness. It is the honest and heartfelt account of a woman who, with the help of grace, strove to overcome the wounds of her own past while becoming an agent of healing for others.

        Review

        This book was inspirational.  Within its pages the author shares her life…the good, the bad, and the ugly.  She has a way of connecting with the reader and getting directly to the heart of the matter.  She is deeply insightful, helping you to examine your own life and encouraging you to take the steps to living life to its fullest.  This was a powerful, interesting, exciting and life giving book that has helped me to better understand God, his love and grace.

        ~Reviewed by Deb O.

         

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          The Hope of Heaven: Alan M. Hallene Jr.

           

          Product DetailsThe Hope of Heaven: Alan M. Hallene Jr.
          By Alan M. Hallene Jr. and Erin Keeley Marshall
          Thomas Nelson
          Retail Price $19.99
          Amazon Price: $14.94

          Book Description: 

          Sometimes, when the worst becomes reality, God turns theoretical musing into heavenly experience. Al Hallene discovered his college-student son’s body after Alex hanged himself. While Al waited for the authorities to arrive, he had ten minutes alone with his son. During that wrenching time, God gave Al eight visions of heaven, where the father and son would someday reunite. As Al recounts those heartening and healing moments, readers are reminded of the affirming hope that Christians share even while asking the real questions tragedy raises: Will we see our lost loved ones again?  Does God care about our pain? What does this mean for us now?

          Review

          The topic of suicide is almost taboo in Christian circles.  Many believe if you take your own life, you will not go to Heaven.   This makes it very difficult for family members that are left behind, and leaves them virtually without hope.  In this book Al Hallene steps up and shares his experiences when he found his son who had hanged himself.  As we walk with him through this torturous time, we find understanding and hope of a future reunion.  This is a good book for grieving parents.

          ~Reviewed by David H.

           

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            Heartfelt

            Heartfelt
            By Joneal Kirby
            Worthy Publishing
            Retail Price $15.99
            Amazon Price: $11.75

            Book Description: 

            Every woman longs for good conversation, a safe place to be vulnerable, and wisdom from women who are ahead of us on the journey. In previous generations, women lived in close-knit communities and encouraged one another in marriage, parenting, and spirituality. In today’s world, we often feel isolated. Yet our God-given craving for connection remains.

            In Heartfelt, Dr. Joneal Kirby shows us how to embrace the joy of emotional intimacy with other women. Her practical wisdom and personal experience, combined with dozens of real-life stories, equip us to cultivate meaningful relationships with women in all seasons of life.

            You may feel you’ll never move beyond the small talk of church coffee hour. You may wonder if your current friendships will ever reach a new depth. Heartfelt gives you the practical ideas and inspiration you need to change surface-level interactions into deep relationships that can change lives forever.

            Includes prayers, questions for discussion and reflection, and a guide to beginning your own intergenerational small group.

            Review

            In this book the author encourages us to listen to our need for friendships and to find and strengthen those relationships. With a passion borne from an intense belief in the power of friendship, Kirby guides your relationships to new levels of intimacy and trust. You will find great tips on how to deepen friendships and understanding the importance of those friendships in a woman’s life. Engaging, honest, and deeply personal, this book will inspire you to see your desire for friendship not as a burden but as a gift.

            ~Reviewed by Deb S.

             

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              Messages from the Throne of Grace

              Messages from the Throne of Grace
              By Olubukola Akinwunmi
              Creation House
              Retail Price $9.99
              Amazon Price: $7.99

              Book Description: 

              Readers will discover the keys to applying the power of God’s love through 52 brief messages featuring practical concepts for living a life based on the deeper truths of the Bible. These messages bring hidden Christian principles to life with practical aspects of Christian living on issues such as love, planning, success, debts, giving, faith, grace, worship, and righteousness. Messages from the Throne of Grace can be a highly effective tool for advancing the reader’s growth in Christ’s love and the Father’s will for their life.

              Review

              This devotional is great as it is down-to-earth, uplifting and inspiring words for those who want to learn about the deeper truths of the Bible.   It meets absolutely every need and desire for a devotional, a great Biblical reference and things to seriously contemplate and take into your mind, heart, and soul.   There is a devotion for each week, not each day, so you can spend time absorbing all the information and applying to your life before moving on to the next.  I highly recommend it.

              ~Reviewed by David H.

               

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                The Legacy Journey

                The Legacy Journey
                By Dave Ramsey
                Ramsey Press
                Retail Price $22.99
                Amazon Price: $16.55

                Book Description: 

                Dave Ramsey shares Biblical wisdom on the legacy we build with our wealth.What does the Bible really say about money? About wealth? How much does God expect you to give to others? How does wealth affect your friendships, marriage, and children? How much is “enough”?

                There’s a lot of bad information in our culture today about wealth—and the wealthy. Worse, there’s a growing backlash in America against our most successful neighbors, but why? To many, wealth is seen as the natural result of hard work and wise money management. To others, wealth is viewed as the ultimate, inexcusable sin. This has left a lot of godly men and women honestly confused about what to do with the resources God’s put in their hands. God’s ways of handling money caused them to build wealth, but then they’re left feeling guilty about it. Is this what God had in mind?

                In The Legacy JourneyNew York Times bestselling author Dave Ramsey takes you deep into God’s Word, revealing His perspective on wealth, your personal and family legacy, and how He wants to use you to further His kingdom work around the world. You can truly live—and leave—a legacy. The journey starts today.

                Review

                Honestly, I am not a huge Dave Ramsey fan.  I find him very abrasive.  But I have to admit that his teachings about money and debt are spot on and that his life reflects his teachings.  With that said, I found this book to be very intriguing because he does an in depth study of wealth and the responsibilities that come along with it.  While the content isn’t exactly new, it is fresh as He teaches you to spend less than you earn and build wealth so that you can use to you to be his hands and feet in this world.  It was an excellent read.

                ~Reviewed by Dave H.

                 

                 

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                  The Power of God’s Names

                  The Power of God’s Names
                  By Tony Evans
                  Harvest House Publishing
                  Retail Price $14.99
                  Amazon Price: $11.98

                  Book Description: 

                  In his exciting new book, bestselling author Dr. Tony Evans shows that it’s through the names of God that the nature of God is revealed to us. Who is God in His fullness? How has He expressed His riches and righteousness? How can you trust His goodness? As you get to know the names of God and understand their meaning, God’s character will become real to you in life-changing ways.You will explore the depths of God as

                  • Elohim: The All-Powerful Creator
                  • Jehovah: The Self-Revealing One
                  • Adonai: The Owner of All
                  • Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord Who Provides
                  • El Shaddai: The Almighty Sufficient One
                  • El Elion: The Most High Ruler
                  • Jehovah Nissi: The Lord’s Banner of Victory
                  • Jehovah Shalom: The Lord Our Peace
                  • Jehovah Mekadesh: The Lord Who Sanctifies
                  • Jehovah Rophe: The Lord Who Heals
                  • Jehovah Tsikenu: The Lord My Righteousness
                  • Jehovah Robi: The Lord My Shepherd
                  • Immanuel: God With Us

                  By studying and understanding the characteristics of God as revealed through His names, you will be better equipped to face hardship and victory, loss and provision, and all of the challenges life throws at you.

                  Review

                  This is a thought provoking book about the importance of knowing the names of God, especially when you are trying deepen your relationship with Him.  So much of our confusion results because we don’t know  who God really is, how He works in our lives.  By studying and learning the names of God you will gain power to stand strong. You’ll find strength for times of trial, comfort for pain, provision for your soul’s deepest needs. And your walk with God will be transformed.  Evans writes in an easy, understandable style that will help you to grasp God’s names and His greatness.

                  ~Reviewed by John C.

                   

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                    Faith in the Fairway

                    Faith in the Fairway
                    By Ben Crane
                    Harvest House Publishing
                    Retail Price $12.99
                    Amazon Price: $9.61

                    Book Description: 

                    Some of the finest players of the PGA share a year’s worth of brief and personal daily reflections on keeping the faith–both in the high-stakes world of professional sports and in life beyond the greens. Find out how Ben Crane, Lee Janzen, Davis Love III, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, and many more remain spiritually grounded as they prepare for PGA events. Their penetrating insights and practical examples will encourage and inspire you to apply God’s Word to your own life on and off the course. You’ll also hear from some PGA wives as they endeavor to maintain peace and contentment at home while navigating the ups and downs of family life with a top-level competitor.You’ll discover how you too can bring your “A game” to your home, work, and leisure activities–by wrapping them all in your relationship with God.

                    Review

                    Athletes have a passion for sports that makes them unique, viewing life through a competitive lens. The desire to compete and their drive for success can mean seeing friends, family, church, and school as distractions. Usually the first to be sacrificed is their spiritual life. This book will help you to stay on track and put God in his rightful place in your life by sharing devotional insights by Christian players on the PGA tour.  There is a devotion for every day of the year that include a Scripture verse, short commentary, and applications on how to draw you into a closer relationship with God.   Makes a great book for golf enthusiasts or other athletes.

                    ~Reviewed by Dave H.

                     

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