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Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was, as the title so aptly describes, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, SpyEric Metaxas uses Bonhoeffer’s own words, through letters and the recollections of those around him, to share the depth of Bonhoeffer’s faith and what that would ultimately require of him.  By guiding the reader through Bonhoeffer’s life, Metaxas helps the reader understand that to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, his faith and his political actions were bound together so tightly, it was impossible to separate the two. When his faith required action against the evil sanctioned by the Third Reich, he did not falter or complain, Bonhoeffer simply obeyed the will of God unto death.

The great masquerade of evil has played havoc with all our ethical concepts.  For evil to appear disguised as light, charity, historical necessity or social justice is quite bewildering to anyone brought up on our traditional ethical concepts, while for the Christian who bases his life on the Bible it merely confirms the fundamental wickedness of evil. ~Deitrich Bonhoeffer (Metaxas pg 446)

I highly recommend this book to all Americans as we watch the opening salvos in the Middle East of another attack on the Jew’s right to exist.  Knowing the history of the resistance to the Holocaust during WWII by Christians within Germany may help We The People  avoid complicity through inaction in the American political system.

…the longer the German people tolerate the Nazi regime the greater becomes their responsibility for the crimes which that regime is committing in their name.  ~ Anthony Eden (Metaxas pg 404)

Any Christian who reads this well written biography will be inspired to examine the question, “what do you really believe?”

God Bless America!

Also see:

The UnPatriot Act

Founded On The Rock

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Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado


Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference

Max Lucado, in is usual down to earth style, has  challenged believers to Out Live Your Life.

We are given a choice…an opportunity to make a big difference during a difficult time. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope?

He uses inspiring stories to bring us to the understanding that regular people, like you and me, can be used by God for his purpose.

God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

Max Lucado peppers each chapter with biblical examples and scripture to help the reader grasp the reality that God can and will do extraordinary things through ordinary people.

Each of us has a built in set of assumption that we use to view the world we live in.  Lucado makes the reader face head-on their prejudices with pointed examples and more scripture.

And us? We are still pondering … “God has shown me that He doesn’t think anyone is unclean or unfit.”

This was particularly stinging for me. Even though I try never to judge a book by its cover, we all find ourselves making assumptions about people because of their labels: biker, divorced, fat or homeless. How often are we wrong?

Labels relieve us of responsibility. Pigeonholing permits us to wash our hands and leave.

You will not be able to sit comfortably by after reading Out Live Your Life if you have allowed any part of this book to soak in.

I recommend this book for anyone who has ever wondered “Why am I here?”. For those who are interested, it even has a discussion and action guide at the end.

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Word of Promise Audio New Testament


Listening to The Word of Promise Audio New Testament felt like I was hearing familiar passages again for the first time.  It made the Word alive to me in a way it never has been before.  The sound effects that were a part of this dramatic audio theater presentation added to the experience rather than being a distraction.  Following along in my Bible for a short time, I didn’t find anything changed or left out except for “Jesus said”.  But the actor, Jim Caviezel’s, now familiar voice made it clear who was speaking.  The lineup of gifted artists who also participated in this project included; Marisa Tomei, Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Stacy Keach, Louis Gossett Jr., and many others.  The production quality of this work leaves nothing to be desired.  The 20 disc set comes in a sturdy CD book that is easy to take along or store on the shelf amongst your books.

There are three generations of very real fans of this audio presentation of the New Testament in my family.  It is absolutely engaging.  My 11-year-old son likes it because, “It’s like having someone read it to you. It’s great for people who don’t like to read.  It’s cool.”  My mother-in-law said that it reminded her of what radio was like when she was a kid.  It’s wonderful to be able to fill the house or the car with God’s word.  I can’t recommend The Word of Promise Audio New Testament strongly enough.

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Green by Ted Dekker


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Ted Dekker’s latest installment to The Circle Series, Green, is both the beginning and the end of the tale.  This book leads the reader between two worlds, both in reality and in dreams,  in pursuit of the destiny that awaited Thomas Hunter and his wife Chelise.

This story describes the state of most believers.  A body who revels in the glory of the past, yet powerless today and yearning to drown in God’s great love.  The desperation of those at the Gathering who’d lost their faith opened the door to a beautiful deceiver bent on delivering the disillusioned warriors to their doom.  The painful, putrid scabbing disease was the physical manifestation of when they turned their backs on their relationship with Elyon.  The disease had no effect on those who drowned themselves in the Red Lakes of Elyon.  They died in order to live.

Dekker also brings to life the painful reality of  the chasm that the faithful must cross to reach the lost within their own families.  Thomas and Chelise each must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice in order to save the ones they love.  For Chelise, her father is worth any price to save him.   In order to save Chelise and their son, Thomas is faced with an impossible choice…  So it is this choice that is both the beginning and the end of this tale.

This review comes from the perspective of one who has not yet read the other books.  I recommend Green as the jumping off point into The Circle Series.  I look forward to reading the rest as soon as possible.

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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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