Category Spirituality

I Like Giving

I Like Giving: The Transforming Power of a Generous LifeI Like Giving
By Brad Formsma
Retail Price $14.99
Amazon Price: $11.26

Book Description:

When you choose to live a generous life, you start to change and so does the world around you. Something incredible happens when giving becomes your own idea, not something you do out of duty or obligation.

When you move from awareness to action, miracles happen. As you make giving a lifestyle, you’ll realize you’re not only loving life more, you’re also creating a more generous world— a better world for all of us.

Rich with inspiring stories and practical suggestions, I Like Giving helps you create a lifestyle of generosity. Inside you’ll find:

• Giving—something you get to do, not something you’ve got to do.
• How to raise kids with a sensitivity to others’ needs.
• You don’t have to be a millionaire to make a difference.
• Practical ideas for giving to people around you every day.

I Like Giving is about experiencing the joy of giving. We all have something to give. Giving goes way beyond money or things. It can be a listening ear, a touch, or simply the gift of time. Giving is living.


I would characterize myself as a giver.  I tend to look out for others and it gives me great joy to give to others.  I’ve raised my kids to have the same love of giving with varying success.  Some “took” to it more that others, which leads me to believe that temperament has something to do with it.  So when I saw this book, I just had to read it.  I love how the author uses so many different stories to convey the message of generosity for people of all ages. I also appreciate that some of the stories don’t require spending a single dollar; they just encourage you to pay attention and to act. I have shared many of the ideas in my own family, who are now adults themselves and with my grandkids. This book is a quick and easy read and will change your attitude towards living a generous life and it is inspirational.

~Reviewed by Rosie B.

    God Is Able

    God is AbleGod Is Able
    By Priscilla Shirer
    B & H
    Retail Price $12.99
    Amazon Price: $11.69

    Book Description: 

    Got an IMPOSSIBLE situation? The anxiety it brings can wake you in the middle of a needed night’s sleep and then stalk you in the middle of broad daylight. It can sneak up on you and cast a cloak of fear and concern over your shoulders that you can’t seem to shake no matter how hard you try. It can take you down. Squash all hope. Stop you in your tracks.
    IMPOSSIBLE. IMPENETRABLE. UNCHANGEABLE. Maybe so . . . until God gets involved. No matter the details of your circumstance, His raw power potential and immeasurable ability refuse to cower in the face of any challenge. Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. Not even that thing.
    This is the uplifting, well-reasoned answer from New York Times best-selling author Priscilla Shirer—not a denial of life’s adversities and troubles, but a biblical reminder that God is always up to great things, even when His great things are greater then instant remedies and visible change. He is a God who cares . . . and a God who CAN. Believe it. Experience it. God Is Able.


    While it might not seem possible to build an entire book around two short Bible verses, that is exactly what the author does in this book with Ephesians 3: 20-21.  In a down to earth, upfront way, she lays out God’s Word in a meaningful way. Through the use of humorous as well as serious stories Shirer guides the reader on a journey of understanding that nothing is out of God’s reach. No matter what your particular situation, God knows about it and He is able to bring about a result that is best for you. This book will fire you up and inspire you to be brave and bold in all circumstances, because even if you are weak, God is not.  He is able. Period.

    ~Reviewed by Rosie B.

      Killing Jesus

      Killing Jesus: The Unknown Conspiracy Behind the World's Most Famous ExecutionKilling Jesus
      By Stephen Mansfield
      Worthy Publishing
      Retail Price $22.99
      Amazon Price: $16.22

      Book Description: 

      “The execution of Jesus was a crime born of the streets, the barracks, the enclaves of the privileged, and the smoke-filled back rooms of religious and political power brokers. Its meaning lives in these places still.”

      It is the most fiercely debated murder of all time. Its symbol is worn by billions of people worldwide. Its spiritual meaning is invoked daily in time-honored rituals. In Killing Jesus, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Mansfield masterfully recounts the corrupt trial and grisly execution of Jesus more than two thousand years ago.

      Approaching the story at its most human level, Mansfield uses both secular sources and biblical accounts to bring fresh perspective to the human drama, political intrigue, and criminal network behind the killing of the world’s most famous man.


      Even in an increasing ungodly world, the crucifixion of Jesus goes almost undisputed.  This book brings a fresh look at the death of Christ from an historical perspective.  The author goes into the horrific details of what a crucifixion entails and just what Jesus had to endure.  Along with he also researches the prophecies that were fulfilled, examines the betrayals Jesus faced, and reminds us of the hope we now can have because of His sacrifice.  It was an excellent book giving much background and bringing to life the Easter story.

      ~Reviewed by David H.

        Raw Faith

        Raw Faith: What Happens When God Picks a FightRaw Faith
        By Kasey Van Norman

        Retail Price $14.99
        Amazon Price: $11.09

        Book Description: 

        As a respected Bible teacher, Kasey Van Norman had dedicated her life to sharing God’s Word and encouraging women to trust in God during times of crisis. Then, just as her ministry was poised to explode, Kasey was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that shattered her spirit and rocked her faith to its core. Sick, frightened, and in pain, Kasey suddenly found herself facing the greatest challenge of her life—believing her own message.

        In Raw Faith, Kasey chronicles her courageous battle with cancer, taking readers on a candid and poignant journey of faith and discovery, from the depths of despair through triumphant victory.

        Drawing on a variety of Bible stories and characters, Kasey discovers and distills the singular truth that has existed since time began: while change and uncertainty are inevitable, God is always unchanging, and He is always faithful—even when our circumstances might tempt us to think otherwise.


        Faith is something that is easy to talk about, tell others they should have, and strongly promote to others.  But when life hits you hard, faith is often hard to come by….or it is a process that you have to work through before your faith is made strong.  Author Kasey Van Norman understands this and as a cancer survivor, she shares her story and her faith journey in this book.  As she share her story, you can almost hear her speaking, like she was sitting across from you over a cup of coffee.  Everyone has something in their life that they are battling or have battled and this book helps you work through it and serves as a reminder that we are all a work in progress and that God loves us right where we are.  The book was emotional, that’s for sure and it had a big impact on me.  I highly recommend it.

        ~Reviewed by Allie B.

          Love or Lust?

          Product DetailsLove or Lust?
          Chastity Project
          Retail Price $17.99
          Amazon Price: $17.98

          Book Description:  Why save sex for marriage? Scare tactics, guilt trips, and teen pregnancy rates don’t inspire anyone to love. Discover the difference between love and lust while getting straight answers about dating, relationships, and sexual purity. In this new DVD, filmed before a live audience of hundreds of high school students, Jason and Crystalina present a compelling case for the virtue of chastity. This talk has been delivered to more than one million teens on five continents. Watch as Jason and Crystalina Evert reveal the compelling vision of God’s plan for human sexuality. By addressing the issues that teens struggle with most, such as sexual pressure, pornography, modesty, and starting over, Jason and Crystalina offer encouragement for teens to maintain their purity or begin again if they’ve made mistakes in the past.


          This is a wonderful resource for teens.  Whether you are a Christian youth worker, a teacher, or a parent, if you are involved with teenagers, you will want to get a copy of this dvd. The presenters are a husband and wife team Jason and Crystalina Evert that minister to teens all over the country, promoting chastity. They reach teens where they are by sharing their own stories, warts and all, in a meaningful, entertaining way.  They touch on heavy topics, but in a light way that isn’t scary.  They also reach out to teens that have made mistakes and want to start over.  This is a fantastic resource.

          ~Reviewed by Rosie B.


            by Adam Hamiltion
            Retail Price $14.99
            Amazon Price: $11.43

            Book Description:

            Wesley’s message and his faith continue to speak to 21st-century Christians—calling for a revival of our hearts and souls so that our world might be changed. Join Adam Hamilton for a six-week journey as he travels to England, following the life of John Wesley and exploring his defining characteristics of a Wesleyan Christian. Wesley’s story is our story. It defines our faith and it challenges us to rediscover our spiritual passion.


            This is an excellent introduction to the life of John Wesley as the author takes you on a grand tour of his life and times as well as giving you a glimpse of his theology and work that rocked the world.  While it is not an in depth biography it definitely does a thorough job giving you an overview of the man and what he stood for and giving you plenty of life applications for our own times.  I especially enjoyed the devotional thoughts shared from Wesley’s own pen.  I found this to be an interesting and thought provoking book.  While I am a Wesleyan, I feel that this book would be a good read, not only for Methodists, but Christians of all denominations.

            ~Reviewed by Frank B.

              Simply Open

              Simply Open
              By Greg Paul
              Thomas Nelson
              Retail Price $16.99
              Amazon Price: $12.83

              Book Description:

              The simplest, most transformative prayer you may ever pray—the five senses prayer.This book invites you to a simple practice of prayer and awareness that can turn each ordinary workday into a deepening spiritual journey.No matter where you are or how busy you get, your five senses are always “on,” your mind and heart responsive to what you perceive. These channels of awareness can take you deeper into God’s great mystery if you practice the discipline of submitting them to the One who is closer than you imagine.The beauty of such a contemplative path is that you can follow it anywhere—alone or in company, in quiet meditation or amid the bustle of your craziest day.

              Moment by moment, you invite God to open you up—eyes, ears, nostrils, hands and mouth, heart and mind. And moment by moment, as you open yourself, you’ll find yourself closer to God’s grace-filled and wide-open heart.Simply Open.


              Year ago I read the book “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence.  While I liked it, I felt that since he was a Monk that lived in a more simpler time, this book doesn’t address the difficulty we face in a modern, busy world.  This book by Greg Paul brings us the same principals, but relates it to experiencing God in our busy, everyday world.  This was pivotal book in my spiritual growth. It showed me there was no division between our everyday life and what is sacred. And when are willing to let God open up our eyes and ears, we will perceive the world around us very differently.  If you want to be open to God’s very best for you life, this book is a great place to start.

              ~Reviewed by Dave H.

                Backpacking with the Saints

                Backpacking with the Saints
                By Belden C. Lane
                Retail Price $24.95
                Amazon Price: $19.05

                Book Description:

                Carrying only basic camping equipment and a collection of the world’s great spiritual writings, Belden C. Lane embarks on solitary spiritual treks through the Ozarks and across the American Southwest. For companions, he has only such teachers as Rumi, John of the Cross, Hildegard of Bingen, Dag Hammarskjöld, and Thomas Merton, and as he walks, he engages their writings with the natural wonders he encounters–Bell Mountain Wilderness with Søren Kierkegaard, Moonshine Hollow with Thich Nhat Hanh–demonstrating how being alone in the wild opens a rare view onto one’s interior landscape, and how the saints’ writings reveal the divine in nature.

                The discipline of backpacking, Lane shows, is a metaphor for a spiritual journey. Just as the wilderness offered revelations to the early Desert Christians, backpacking hones crucial spiritual skills: paying attention, traveling light, practicing silence, and exercising wonder. Lane engages the practice not only with a wide range of spiritual writings–Celtic, Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Hindu, and Sufi Muslim–but with the fascination of other lovers of the backcountry, from John Muir and Ed Abbey to Bill Plotkin and Cheryl Strayed. In this intimate and down-to-earth narrative, backpacking is shown to be a spiritual practice that allows the discovery of God amidst the beauty and unexpected terrors of nature. Adoration, Lane suggests, is the most appropriate human response to what we cannot explain, but have nonetheless learned to love.

                An enchanting narrative for Christians of all denominations, Backpacking with the Saints is an inspiring exploration of how solitude, simplicity, and mindfulness are illuminated and encouraged by the discipline of backcountry wandering, and of how the wilderness itself becomes a way of knowing-an ecology of the soul.


                I am rather new to reading the works of Belden Lane, but honestly, I find them intriguing.  The way he relates spirituality to the physical world is quite thought provoking.  As he treks through the wilderness, he shares his spiritual journey with us, encouraging each reader to seek his own quiet place to hear God’s voice.  He does a wonderful job giving insight to the classic works of the faith as he relates them to his journey.  It makes me want to throw a few selected titles in my own backpack and head out to my favorites spots to contemplate life and my place in it.  Very inspiring.

                ~Reviewed by Mike B.

                  The Power of God’s Names

                  The Power of God’s Names
                  By Tony Evans
                  Harvest House Publishing
                  Retail Price $14.99
                  Amazon Price: $11.98

                  Book Description: 

                  In his exciting new book, bestselling author Dr. Tony Evans shows that it’s through the names of God that the nature of God is revealed to us. Who is God in His fullness? How has He expressed His riches and righteousness? How can you trust His goodness? As you get to know the names of God and understand their meaning, God’s character will become real to you in life-changing ways.You will explore the depths of God as

                  • Elohim: The All-Powerful Creator
                  • Jehovah: The Self-Revealing One
                  • Adonai: The Owner of All
                  • Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord Who Provides
                  • El Shaddai: The Almighty Sufficient One
                  • El Elion: The Most High Ruler
                  • Jehovah Nissi: The Lord’s Banner of Victory
                  • Jehovah Shalom: The Lord Our Peace
                  • Jehovah Mekadesh: The Lord Who Sanctifies
                  • Jehovah Rophe: The Lord Who Heals
                  • Jehovah Tsikenu: The Lord My Righteousness
                  • Jehovah Robi: The Lord My Shepherd
                  • Immanuel: God With Us

                  By studying and understanding the characteristics of God as revealed through His names, you will be better equipped to face hardship and victory, loss and provision, and all of the challenges life throws at you.


                  This is a thought provoking book about the importance of knowing the names of God, especially when you are trying deepen your relationship with Him.  So much of our confusion results because we don’t know  who God really is, how He works in our lives.  By studying and learning the names of God you will gain power to stand strong. You’ll find strength for times of trial, comfort for pain, provision for your soul’s deepest needs. And your walk with God will be transformed.  Evans writes in an easy, understandable style that will help you to grasp God’s names and His greatness.

                  ~Reviewed by John C.

                    The Wait

                    Product DetailsThe Wait
                    By DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good
                    Howard Books
                    Retail Price:  $24.99
                    Amazon Price: $15.10

                    Book Description:  Hollywood power couple DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good candidly share about their courtship and marriage, and the key to their success—waiting.

                    President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment and former Sony Pictures executive DeVon Franklin and award-winning actress Meagan Good have learned sometimes all we can do is wait for “the one” to come into our lives. They spent years crossing paths but it wasn’t until they were thrown together while working on the film Jumping the Broom that their storybook romance began.

                    Faced with starting a new relationship and wanting to avoid potentially devastating relationship pitfalls, DeVon and Meagan chose to do something almost unheard of in today’s society—abstain from sex until they were married.

                    In The Wait, DeVon and Meagan share the life-changing message that waiting—rather than rushing a relationship—can help you find the person you’re meant to be with. Filled with candid his-and-hers accounts of the most important moments of their relationship, and practical advice on how waiting for everything—from dating to sex—can transform relationships, allowing you to find a deep connection based on patience, trust, and faith.


                    These authors are role models for today’s singles on why waiting for sex before marriage is the answer to a lasting relationship.  It casts a vision for today’s singles, both young and old.   This book boosts the message that abstinence until marriage is the only way to have a fulfilling, guilt free, disease free, two-become-one we’ve only just begun exciting journey. But honestly, this book isn’t just about abstinence.  It is also about taking things slow and not rushing a relationship in may aspects.  It was a really good, thought provoking read that should be shared.

                    Reviewed by Cara O.