Thursday, December 08, 2016

Intercessory Healing by Dutch Sheets

This book was much different than what I expected. I believe in miracles and healing and many things that nature because I trust who God says he is and I have seen too much to deny it. That being said, any Reformed book reviewer would chew this up and spit it out. It's full of the miraculous that the cessasionist would refute. I believe in the miraculous. As I traveled through this book, I saw it as much more of a biography of this man's prayer life than anything else. I think it should be seen as such. God is different with each one of us. I don't really see a need to name personality traits anointings, but to each his own. I don't see a need for things like prayer cloths or other tools, but I also can't say God would refuse to partake in the symbolism. I think it's just important that we remember where our hope and our healing come from. Christ alone.

That being said, I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with how our author preached the gospel relentlessly. He kept the focus on Christ throughout the entire book. I read story after story of prevailing in prayer. I was deeply encouraged by many things he had to say. I greatly appreciated his work to keep us focused on our real enemy. 

We are reminded over and over that our enemy is not flesh and blood in Ephesians 6. We also can rest and be challenged by the fact that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. (2 Cor.10:4) 

Thanks for preaching the gospel, Dutch. Even we who know need to hear it.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Shop Small Today at The Gospel Mom

I make jewelry and art to be able to provide free educational counseling, respite for pastors and those hurt by the church, as well as raise money for adoption. When you shop in my store, you support a community. You are helping fulfill scripture. Thank you for making the choice to pick up artisan handcrafted over mass produced. Here's a coupon code for $5 off in my Etsy store. 
Coupon Code: YALLSHOP

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

365 Morning Pocket Prayers

If you have ever sat on my front porch where I read, you would see why this devotional gave me joy when I took it out of the package. The palm trees spoke peace to me. We can rest because the God who controls the wind and waves also controls our lives. He is utterly sovereign. I read through it's pages and was grateful and humble to be guided through these prayers. The pages have a wide range of topics to meditate on and ask the Lord to deal with. It goes from personal restraint to prayers for pastors, churches, and nations. This would be a great book to have on your bedside table or a coffee table. Pick one up for yourself.

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for graciously providing this book for review.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Gratitude Prayer and Praise Journal

This has been my favorite little coloring book for meditation. I love being able to take the scripture and write a little prayer to Jesus about it. It's a bit smaller so you don't feel like you are coloring all day either. It's great to sit down with my girls and color. We can each share about our pages and what they mean to us. I'm including some of the pages below so you can get an idea of different things in the book. 

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for graciously supplying this book for review.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I read Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

I have said before that I have come to believe that the church is a psychiatric hospital. We are often shocked to find out (via wounding) that the patients are running the place. Over and over we are struck and hurt and left writhing in pain. It takes us by surprise because we are in shock that these Christians could sin against us. The wound is much deeper than if we were hurt in an office job. We were there working for, serving, and trusting the Lord. That is why this book is so necessary. 

I think we all just avoid or sweep things under the rug. Or we blow up or run off. No one is standing there like a sidewalk prophet reminding us to preach the gospel into the deepest, darkest pits of our hurts. This is what Lysa has done for us. She has reminded our hearts to heal, lavish love and grace, and never give up on setting the gospel in the hearts of our abuser (with wisdom and precaution). The words of scripture lavish the heart with hope and healing. The entire book reminds you that even though you were uninvited by man that Christ loves us. He is for us. 

If you are like me and you have been hurt, abandoned, and uninvited by people you have put your trust in, pick up this book. Wallow in the grace of not needing to be right. Learn to extend forgiveness. Follow God's word to hope and healing. Be free from the constraints of anger that bind you to another. Walk in love.

This book was graciously given for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

You are so loved.