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Hope of Nations: Standing Strong in a Post-Truth Post-Christian World by John S. Dickerson Book Review






In Hope of Nations, John S. Dickerson is a research journalist and a pastor. He has written this book to explore what’s going on in the world and what is our hope for the future. He shared that the Post-Truth movement is rising and ideologies are changing and the millennial's will be more than the baby boomers. In the next election, they will have the most votes for the first time ever. He also shared that in thirty he believes China and India will be above the United States economies. He stated that that Christianity will be the second fastest ideology in the next thirty years. He opens in the book by sharing a story about The Folsom Street Fair in California. This event shows openly bondage sex that include public masturbation along with whips and chains. There is even minors that attend the event. There was even a two year old seen at the event and the parents said it was their decision to allow their child to attend the event. He also explored the Five Forces and nine Christian trends that is coming our way and how we can still survive in the future.



I would recommend this awesome book on the future to anyone who is a Christian and they want to be prepared for where the world is heading and what we can do about it. I was shocked to learn about this openly sexual acts festival. I haven’t ever heard about such an event and I was surprised to read about it. It’s heartbreaking to see how some parents aren’t even concerned about the message it’s sending to their children. I think one of the most important Christian trends was the first one about being rooted and grounded in Christian scriptures and this will help us to thrive in the mist of the chaos and confusion. This book shows that this book is important and we need to be a witness for Christ now more than ever. If you’re looking a new book on finding hope for the future, then read this book!




"I received this book free from the publisher through the Handlebar Marketing book review bloggers program."




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Walk on: From Pee Wee Dropout to the NFL Sidelines--My Unlikely Story of Football, Purpose, and Following an Amazing God by Ben Malcolmsom Book Review





In Walk On, Ben Malcolmsom opens up about how he discovered his purpose and how God used him in unexpected ways. Ben was a journalist for the USC school newspaper, The Daily Trojan. He decided to secretly join the walk on try out for the Southern California Trojans football team to get a firsthand story about the experience of trying out. He hasn’t played football since he was ten years old. He was determined to never to play football again because he hated it. He also weighed only about 165 pounds at the time and wasn’t a big guy. He was only going to be trying out just for the story. But God had other plans. He was picked to be on the team partly because he was a fast runner and he believed that Coach Peter Carroll was playing a prank on him by selecting him to be a walk on player. It wasn’t a prank he did make the team and he made the roster for wide receiver. He was picked on and laughed at by a few of his teammates when they discovered he was a reporter. Throughout the book, he shared about how he loved to be a counselor at Deerfoot which was a wilderness camp for boys. He opened up about how his faith became real for him when he was a freshman. His faith helped him to be a witness for Christ on the football team even while encountering setbacks and challenges. He injured his shoulder again and was kicked off of the team. He had to choose to preserve and fight for his spot back on the team. Readers will strongly be encouraged and their faith will be strength by reading about how Ben found his purpose and how God used him. 



I would recommend this amazing book to anyone who enjoys reading a story about adversity and overcoming the odds despite the fact that the odds are against you. I haven’t ever heard of Ben’s story prior to reading this book. I connected with the fact that he was a new reporter and was considered to be unqualified to be a football player. But he found his way amazing placed on a football team. I loved how he included special thoughts and scriptures at the end of all the chapters. He had great takeaways about being on the sidelines and still believing that God has a hope and a future for you. I really enjoyed reading this book about his journey through his news writing career and how everything lined up the way it was supposed to. If you’re a looking for a great summer read, then read this book!





“I received an advance book copy free from the Waterbrook Multnomah and was a member of the Walk on Launch team.”         




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Poverty, Riches, and Wealth: Moving From a Life of Lack into True Kingdom Abundance By Kris Vallotton Book Review






In Poverty, Riches, and Wealth, Kris Vallotton discussed the topic of prosperity and how many believers are suffering from limitation and they don’t believe they will ever rise above their current level in life. He opened up about how in his own life he lost his father at a young age and they had to rely on social welfare programs to get by and they were poor. Later in life, he and his wife also owned nine businesses and he would warn his children about the dangers of wealth and he still struggled with his poverty mindset. They eventually became pastors at Bethel Church and they were being financially blessed and he admitted to struggling with feeling like people were judging them for how they were being blessed. He shared that someone helped pay off his house. He wrote this book to guide readers in tapping into the Kingdom’s wealth. This includes believing in the impossible and believing God is able to exceptional things, and believing that God will give you the resources to help bless others. 




I would recommend this amazing book to anyone who is ready to move out of a spirit of lack and they are ready to believe for better things. I liked how the book went over how God sees us and how we are His son or daughter and we are seated next to Him at His table. He also shared how we need to ask for forgiveness and receive His forgiveness. Vallotton looked at how we see ourselves affects our view on poverty and prosperity. He also explored how we have to have the capacity to receive our blessings and he uses the story of the three men who all received different amounts of talents and how two of them invested and one man buried his money. He shared that the faithfully was blessed and they prospered. If you’re looking for a new book about prosperity, then read this book!  




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