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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Duplicate This!: Showing Your Friends How to Live Like Jesus by Andy Braner

Genre- JUVENILE/NONFICTION / Religion / Christianity / Christian Living

Series- Invert

Published by- Zondervan

Copyrighted- 2008

Number of pages- 272

Age Group- Older Juvenile and Young Adult

Description of book- paperback, list price $12.99, ISBN: 978-0-310-27754-5

Jesus wants us to make disciples of others.  Duplicate This! shows the reader the basics of discipleship and how to make a disciple.

There are many spiritual questions your friends may have and this book will help you be ready.  Some of the topics in the book are:

  • What are the requirements for being a disciple?
  • Can males and females disciple each other
  • Do prayers work?
  • Do we have to go to church?

Sample from the Book!

About the author- Andy Braner speaks at camps and conferences for kids all over the world and is the director of Kanakuk Colorado Kamp

My thoughts- Andy Braner did a great job of combining his stories and life with the knowledge of how to disciple to and with others.  One of the best points that he made was to basically not rant and rave Christianity at the person you are discipling to, it is better to walk the walk.

I enjoyed the chapters on prayer, finding an accountability partner, how to love others as yourself, and needing good Bible studies.  I didn’t agree with his way of giving tithes and his chapter on the Bible was too radical for me.  I think the Bible is something important to learn from and we can really use it in today’s world.

I do think this book has important ideas about discipling that everyone needs to know.  I recommend this book, because it conveys the ideas well, so check out this book and others in the Invert series.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Duplicate This! by Andy Braner for free from Zondervan.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Radical Question/A Radical Idea by David Platt

The Radical Question and A Radical Idea

Genre- Christian Living

Published by- WaterBrook Multnomah

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 126

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- hardback, list price $9.99, ISBN 978-1-60142-489-1

There are two books in one this book. 

The Radical Question  is an introduction to the challenge set forth by David Platt, “What is Jesus worth to you?”

Radical Idea is an introduction to Radical Together, which shows readers that the church is for people not performances or professionals.

Excerpt from this book.

Website for the Book

About the author- David Platt currently lives in Birmingham with his wife and their children.  He is the pastor of the Church at Brook Hills.  He is the author of Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream and Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God.

My thoughts- I have read some of David Platt’s work and I was excited to be able to read this book.  I was disappointed though, because $9.99 is an awful lot of money to pay for a snippet of Radical and Radical Together.  On the other hand, there is just enough written that I wanted to read more.  I wanted to read the whole books.

I learned a lot about how David Platt thinks about how we should minister as Jesus did and how our churches should be for the people and not the weekly performances or worship bands.

I just wish that these two books in one, had been the two whole books (including a workbook).

This book really wasn’t for me as it left me wanting the complete versions and the price is so high.  It might be the right book for you.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Radical Question/A Radical Idea by David Platt for free from the WaterBrook Multnomah “Blogging For Books” program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Call of a Coward: The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife by Marcia Moston

Genre- RELIGION/Christian Life/Spiritual Growth

Published by- Thomas Nelson

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 184

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, list price $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8499-4730-8

Marcia Moston never wanted to go on a foreign mission.  Her husband wanted to go to Guatemala.  She fought against the trip, but she knew that God was leading them and would be there for them.

They lived in a Mayan village and later they went on a mission trip to Vermont.  Marcia Moston learned that God is the same today as he was in the times of Jonah, Gideon, and David- persistent.

Call of a Coward is both humorous and thought-provoking and will show you how God is always with us and how our attitudes can change.

Author- Marcia Moston currently lives in South Carolina with her husband.  They have five grown children.  She is a winner of the 2010 Women of Faith Writing Contest.

My Thoughts- I have often thought about what life would be like if our family were missionaries.  Marcia Moston has helped me see what life as a reluctant missionary is like.  It may be difficult, but as time goes by life gets better.

I enjoyed the detail and how much God was truly involved in the Mostons’ life.  My younger sister went on a trip to Guatemala and to some of the places the Mostons went.  It was neat seeing these places through the eyes of different people.

One thing I would really would have liked to know about in this book are the years they spent in Guatemala and Vermont.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I feel as if I have the knowledge necessary to be a missionary whether it be in another country or in the United States.  Please find a copy today.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Call of a Coward by Marcia Moston for free from the publisher through the BookSneeze Review Bloggers Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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