Thursday, June 29, 2017

Peace in the Face of Cancer - a book review

Peace in the Face of Cancer by Lynn Eib, is a beautiful little book filled with the promise of hope for those walking through the valley of cancer. I received a review copy from Tyndale House Publishers and was excited to read it. Since I'm a breast cancer survivor, the title intrigued me. I was not disappointed. 

The author, Lynn Eib, begins the book with a quote from one of my favorite authors, Maya Angelou. The quote says "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do it with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." What a great sentiment and oh, how it spoke to me as I am in the process of learning to thrive after a cancer diagnosis. 

As a cancer survivor Ms. Eib takes time to share personal issues in her book. She candidly discusses her thoughts and fears but encourages the reader to rely on faith to combat those fears. She also shares personal stories from her life and includes the stories of others who've experienced cancer. I enjoyed reading all of them and found her book to be uplifting and even humorous at times. 

Peace in the Face of Cancer is an excellent book. It speaks not only to those who are going through or have gone through cancer, but it also makes sure to provide comfort for those who've been given a diagnosis of being incurable. I found Ms. Eib's writing style casual and comfortable. Her book is easy to read and very enjoyable. 

It's my pleasure to give a big thumb's up to Ms. Eib for a job well done on writing this beautiful book. It would be my first recommendation for anyone recently diagnosed with cancer and would be a wonderful reference for those who've already traveled that road. The title of the book is accurate. Ms. Eib did inspire peace in her book by providing biblical truths, heartfelt words, and personal experience. 

I'd like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not encouraged to write a positive review but I am happy to provide that on this work. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What DO THE AMISH BELIEVE? The Doctrine of the Plain People Compared to Scripture - A book review

I was excited to receive a copy of What Do the Amish Believe? from Aneko Press. I've always had an interest in learning about the Amish and Mennonite cultures and this book promised to give me a clear understanding. What I didn't expect was a better understanding of Scripture. I've been a Christian for 52 years. I also have two seminary degrees, but as I read the book, I learned a few things!

One of the things I learned was about the history of the Amish culture. I hadn't studied that before and was intrigued to learn of the origin of the religion. Reading about the extensive persecutions during the time of the early years of the Amish faith saddened me but made me realize a dedicated faith comes with consequences.

I liked how the book presented various topics and then gave the Amish perspective on each. After the Amish beliefs were shared, a biblical view was given. As I read each viewpoint, I realized there wasn't a lot of difference between the beliefs of the Amish and the beliefs of my faith, Christianity. I wasn't surprised to learn the Amish peoples were more focused on works but their religion seemed to have solid doctrine that was biblically based and that put my mind at ease.  Included at the end of each chapter, a prayer was included. These prayers were powerful and filled with desires that all followers of Christ should utter.

Topics covered in the book included:

  1. God
  2. Jesus Christ
  3. The Holy Spirit
  4. The Bible
  5. The Church
  6. Angels, Demons and Satan
  7. Humanity
  8. Sin and Salvation
  9. The End Times
I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand the Amish culture but it would also be beneficial to those wanting to understand more about Christian doctrine. A clear and concise presentation of Scripture gives the reader understanding of the Bible in ways they may have never learned. 

I'd like to thank Aneko Press for allowing the opportunity to review this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not encouraged to give a positive review, however it is my pleasure to do so. 

This book will be released on July 1, 2017. To purchase your copy of What Do the Amish Believe click here. You may also read a PDF version of the Ebook at the same site. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Life for Christ - Dwight L. Moody (a book review)

In the first chapter of his book, A Life for Christ, What the Normal Christian Life Should Look Like, Pastor Moody gives us a short description of the biblical event of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. I was touched by a statement Dwight L. Moody made in the first chapter. He says, " But the Lord wants His children to learn this lesson: They have something to do towards raising the spiritually dead. The disciples not only had to take away the stone, but after Christ raised Lazarus they were told to also loose him and let him go." I've read the story of Jesus raising Lazarus many times in my life and I've never thought about the point Pastor Moody brought up. Jesus could have immediately rolled the stone away and called Lazarus forth, but instead, he asked the disciples to move the stone. He wanted them to take an active part in the process. Dwight L. Moody wants us to realize we not only have an active part to play in reaching others for Christ, but we have a responsibility.

Throughout the book, Mr. Moody explains our obligations as followers of Christ. All Christians should desire the lost to be rescued and brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In order to reach the lost for Christ, believers need to be willing to make every effort using whatever means possible to accomplish this goal. He admonishes us not to get caught up in doing things the way they've always been done. He encourages us to reach out in faith and allow God to work through us. According to Dr. Moody, "God must prepare the ground and He must give the increase."

A Life for Christ is filled with truths a seasoned believer already knows and many of us take for granted such as:

We are to operate out of love.
We are to want to see everyone come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
We should always be willing to share the gospel.
We should esteem ourselves lowly and have a humble spirit.

But in addition to these truths, Mr. Moody wants the normal Christian to understand more fully our role as believers. He says, "If we want to be wise in winning souls and to be vessels for the Master's use, we must get rid of the accursed spirit of self-seeking." He intimates our motives must be right and our motives should only stem from a heart filled with love.

This book is a must read for all Christians. Dr. Moody is a well known and respected man of God. He is wise and has much to teach those of us who are fearful of partaking in the soul winning aspect of Christianity. I recommend this book highly and know it will bless those who read it.

Thank you to Aneko Press for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book. I was not encouraged to give a favorable review but it is my pleasure to do so.