Monthly Archives: September 2009

Book Review: What Difference Do It Make?


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By: Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent

When Ron Hall and Denver Moore set out to share Deborah’s enormous faith and love for the homeless in Same Kind of Different as Me, the preceding book, they couldn’t imagine what impact that would have on the many readers.  What Difference Do It Make? is filled with the stories of the many people who were touched and inspired by it.  As word of mouth spread about their first book, Ron and Denver traveled around the country encouraging people to get involved because one person can indeed make a difference.  Eventually, Ron and Denver had many stories of people who were led to do extraordinary things after reading about Deborah Hall.

What Difference Do It Make? is a collection of some of those amazing ways that ordinary people reached out to the homeless.  It is also the story of Ron’s journey through the unimaginable grief of a man who lost his beloved wife.  Denver shares the story of how he ended up homeless and hopeless in a down to earth manner.  Peppered throughout Ron and Denver’s journey, is the fruit that Deborah’s unconditional love bore as she lived her faith in action for the homeless.  This book will dispel any doubt that God moves in America today.  I highly recommend reading this book.

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Book Review – Jesus Calling by Sarah Young


Jesus Calling coverSarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Devotions for Every Day of the Year has been such a blessing to me as I read through it.  In it is the gift of her time spent quietly sitting in God’s presence and then writing about it in her prayer journal.  The depth of intimacy shared on these pages draw the reader in to seek His presence.

I have been uplifted, encouraged, emboldened and comforted by my own journey through these pages.  At times, I have spent the entire rest of the day, in the midst of my own busyness, contemplating the message that touched me.

Each day is presented as a direct message from Jesus.  The scripture references keep it Biblical and let the reader dig deeper if they want even more.  I know you will want more and more as you delve into this rich encounter with Jesus.  I have found Jesus on these pages.  I highly recommend this daily devotional as a wonderful way to get drawn deeper into your faith.

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Book Review: Fearless by Max Lucado


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In his new book Fearless, Max Lucado systematically takes on every form fear takes in our world today.  Though the pages are filled with the very real worries ordinary people face this book is all about the hope we find as followers of Christ.

Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him.  A great storm arose on the lake so that waves covered the boat. (Matt 8:23-24 NCV)

In his down to earth style, Max vocalizes the thoughts running through the minds of many who finally realize that being a follower of Christ doesn’t guarantee a life without turmoil.

Wouldn’t you hope for a more chipper second sentence, a happier consequence of obedience?

There are storms in this life, that is a given, but the message that Jesus doesn’t want us to be afraid is clear.  Max Lucado uses biblical passages to give substance to Jesus’ message to “fear not.”

Real courage embraces the twin realities of current difficulty and ultimate triumph.  Yes, life stinks.  But, it won’t forever.  As one of my friends likes to say, “Everything will work out in the end.  If its not working out, its not the end.”

Having Christ’s perspective gives that solid rock on which to build a life of freedom from the gloom that can easily overtake and paralyze its victims.  The circumstances we all face today can make even the bravest of us all succumb to fear.  It’s nice to know that Jesus is with us every step of the way.  I strongly recommend to everyone, whether or not you live in fear, to let the light of hope shine through the pages of Fearless.

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