Book Review for “Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted” by Ron Citlau

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This book offers hope for Christians who believe homosexuality is sin and yet experiences struggles living a life of victory over this sin and having their needs met. It shares the journeys of people who have gone through different paths, including his own, to have needs met, and offers suggestions, solutions, and resources for meeting the needs of these people. It is gentle and humble, and would be a useful resource for churches, leaders and friends seeking to help persons struggling with unwanted same sex attraction. I think everyone interested in this topic would do good to read it. 
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Cross Focus Reviews in exchange for my honest review.
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Review on Marry Wisely, Marry Well by Ernie Baker

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Marriage as one of life’s most long lasting relationships affects quite a bit of the adult to later years of our lives. It is indeed wise and profitable to think carefully before jumping onto the bandwagon. However, the dilemma sometimes comes from our idea of the economic concept called “scarcity” – would the good vegetables be taken by the time I take too long to consider?

This book focuses on how to build up wisdom which is necessary for marrying well to avoid much heartache and complications well later on. I might say there is indeed quite a lot of wisdom here and the author does not give you pet answers, but gives you the tools and methods to evaluate and from the perspective of knowing who God is and how He provides, guides us and gives us wisdom. I love the wisdom found in this pages and would look forward to more books from this author in the future. Recommend those intending to get into marriage in near/far future to read this book and get wisdom from this really biblically-based book which has also been backed with author’s own working experiences both knowing God and in marriage.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Cross Focus Reviews in exchange for my honest review.

Review on Good and Angry by David Powlison

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“…In your anger, do not sin: do not let the sun go down while you are still angry…”

Are you troubled over your anger and wondering if you can still be a good and faithful follower of Christ?

You could do well to read the book Good and Angry by David Powlison.

I like how the author gives us guidelines on how to read/use this book, making the learning interactive and hence applicable and impact-inducing. Guiding questions are asked at end of each chapter to help you reflect after reading about others’ journeys and how the author digests/understands the situation. The language is personable and easy to relate to, perhaps just one suggestion, this book could reach an even higher potential if it has more bible content within. Perhaps in future releases or versions, the author could try adding this in. However, this could be not the author’s intention in the first place, and the book serves well as a view into the author, a fellow believer’s journey in handling anger in relation to his relationship with our Creator God. Read it like a journal and it will do you great solace, inspiration and help.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Cross Focus Reviews in exchange for my honest review.

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Ephesians 6:10-18Good News Translation (GNT)

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. 11 Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. 12 For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. 13 So put on God’s armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy’s attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.

14 So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, 15 and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. 16 At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. 17 And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. 18 Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people.

 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 New International Version (NIV)

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

Matthew 6:26-34New King James Version (NKJV)

26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Philippians 4:6Good News Translation (GNT)

 

 

Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.

 

 

Thanksgiving, Repentance, Praise, Worship

Thanksgiving, Repentance, Praise, Worship

Book review on Jeff Kinley with Dr. Raymond Damadian‘s “Gifted Mind”

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If you have a great idea but are wondering if you are qualified for the job because of your qualifications and experiences, read it!

 

This is a personal story of how Dr. Raymond Damadian invented the MRI, how he went through the whole process of developing the idea into reality, and how he gripped with the fact that he wasn’t awarded the Nobel prize for being the first to discover it – it’s an inspiring story for those who want to achieve great things for God and if you have a great idea but are wondering if you are qualified for the job because of your qualifications and experiences, this is a great book for you in this season of your life. Let God speak to you through it and encourage you. Praise God for Dr. Raymond Damadian and Jeff Kinley for this book!

I would personally give it 5 stars because this story is personally very relevant for me. Thank you Lord!

One liner: If you have a great idea but are wondering if you are qualified for the job because of your qualifications and experiences, read it!

Disclaimer: This book was provided gratis by the publisher and Cross-Focused Reviews in exchange for a fair review. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions are my own.

Review of Evangelicals Adrift: Supplanting Scripture with Sacramentalism by Matthew E. Ferris

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Discussion on Scripture vs Traditions Sacramentalism… The presentation of the book is a little simple, academics will find this book to be useful but the general reader might take some time to get used to the rather academic tone and style.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free of charge. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions are my own.