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Why Am I Not Healed? (When God Promised) by Glen Berteau Book Review

In Why Am I Not Healed, Glen Berteau explored the topic of healing and how we can receive a miracle. Glen has had his own health issues where he needed God help in getting healed. He experienced four sickness that almost cost him his life. He has coronary artery disease and five stents in his arteries. He explored how he had to go through his own testing seasons and how God gave him healing when he had a pulmonary embolism blood clot in his lungs. It was later discovered it was caused from mold found in his office. God instructed and guided him into peaching the word of God while he was still sick. After a few weeks, God healed him and he was able to breath normal again. He opened up about how wants to forgive our sins and how we can receive our healing when we also get our lives right spiritually. He explained that fear and bitterness can cause something wrong in our spirit and unforgiveness and break us down physically. He shared how speaking the word of God and learning them is like taking medication for our overall health. 

In back of the book, he opened up about how a scary death experience. He had a cardiac arrest and died. He included preceptive from his wife and children on what they learned when their father died and how God was able to save his life and become a miracle. They all wrote how they learned he was dying and how they began to pray and seek God during it. It was revealed that only 1% end up recovering from going through a cardiac arrest. He also shared how he didn’t have kidney failure or memory problems afterwards. 

I would recommend his awesome book to anyone who is ready to seek healing and they are pondering how they can believe God’s word and find their miracle. I liked how he shared how we need to run our race and how he opened up about how God promised him that he would become a minister and thousands would be saved. He shared how God didn’t tell him at the time about how he would have multiple near death experiences, his daughter would have rheumatoid arthritis and be handicap at 16, and his sister would die from ovarian cancer at 33. He revealed that if God did tell us what we would experience on our journey many of us may say never mind, we don’t want it. I really enjoyed how he included a special section of the book on scriptures and what to declare over our lives about healing. I also liked how he explored 17 hindrances to our healings and why people don’t get healed. I loved how in depth he went in looking at the reasons our healing may be held back. I liked how he covered how he received his healing and what he learned from God during all of the experiences. 

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Praying for America: 40 Inspiring Stories and Prayers for Our Nation By Dr. Robert Jeffress Book Review

In Praying for America, Robert Jeffress explored how to pray for America and how we as a nation we have forgotten God, and how we need to turn back to God. He explained how we have lost the love of loving God, ourselves, and we have stopped loving our neighbors. He revealed the truth in Psalms 9:17 that the nations that don’t believe and love God will perish. He explored the history of Abraham Lincoln and in 1863, he issued a National Day of Prayer and fasting after Fredericksburg during the Civil War. Lincoln believed that event was the result of America’s sins and how they have forgotten God. In the book, he explored the topics of: God’s will, religious freedom, our president and leaders, troops, law enforcement, debt problems, education, pure sexuality, fatherless children, our jobs, and much more. Each chapter contained a story from history, a prayer, and a scripture verse. 

One of my favorite chapters was the chapter on the voiceless. Robert shared the story of Gianna and how in 1976 she was conceived by a teenage mother and her boyfriend. Her mother decided to have an abortion and he described the procedure that normally happens. Gianna ended up surviving at 29 weeks was born and weighed 2.75 pounds. The abortionist wasn’t there yet and the nurse had her transferred to the hospital. She did suffer a lack of oxygen and she developed cerebral palsy. She was placed in emergency foster care and Penny ended up raising her and praying over her life. She was able to learn to walk without the use of a walker or leg braces and she ran two marathons. He shared how in America we murder an average of three thousand babies and thousands more are killed with oral contraceptives. He encouraged readers to pray for our leaders and for us to become the voice for the voiceless and to reach out to pregnant mothers and help them. 

I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is ready to pray for America and that should be everyone in this nation. As we all know, we are still struggling with covid-19 and protests and injustice going on in our nation. I also liked how he dealt with the topic of corrupt cops and he made a point that we need to dealt with the on a case by case basic, same as if it was a bad pastor or parent. He also shared how we need to pray for them and to obey law enforcement and only to disobey them if they are causing us to do something sinful. I believe this book was written for a time as this to where we can all learn to humble ourselves and pray. I immensely loved how he covered a number of topics from our leaders to our own family and our community. I loved how he included countless stories in the book and he taught readers history and what we can take away from it and how to pray and change it for the future. 

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10 Prayers Secrets: Supernatural Power for Your Breakthrough By Hakeem Collins Book Review

In 10 Prayers Secrets, Hakeem Collins explored the topic of prayer and how prayer can change things and how we can release our faith. The book is divided into two parts first he discussed ten secrets found in prayer and then the second part contained a 30-day devotional. Some of the secrets included, “discover your passion, anticipate your breakthrough, practice Jesus’ prayer model, be a friend of God, forgive, unleashing chain-breaking praise”, and much more. He begins the book by exploring how to discover your passion and God’s plan for your life. He explains how we need to have passion to pursue our purpose in life. We can all become like children in prayer and believe and have childlike faith. Another area, he explored was waiting on God’s timing and he looked at the story of Habakkuk and how he had to wait on God and he kept asking for help and God answered that the vision would come to pass at the appointed time and it won’t be late. Hakeem shared countless scriptures about patience and how not be anxious about the future or present. We need to pray and give everything to God and to give thanksgiving. 

I would recommend this awesome book to anyone who is ready to go deeper in their prayer life and they are looking for a new devotional book. I liked how the book was inbound in a leather cover and it’s a smaller style book, which makes it easier to carry around. I immensely liked how Hakeem looked at ten secrets we can learn about prayer and how we can pray to receive our breakthrough and how to overcome what could be hindering our prayers from being answered. I liked how each devotional contained a scripture verse, a short story, reflection questions, prayer declarations based on scriptures, a prayer, scripture study, and activation. One of my favorite days discussed expecting the unexpected and walking in faith and believing that God can do the impossible in our lives. If you’re looking for a prayer book, then read this amazing book! 

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Victory Over the Darkness: Realize the Power of Your Identity in Christ by Neil T. Anderson Book Review

Victory Over the Darkness is back with an updated edition of his classic book. In this book, Neil explored the power of darkness, how we can renew our minds, and discover who we are in Christ. He begins the book by sharing how he didn’t know if his wife was going to live or die and they struggled with this for 15 months. She was sick and no doctor could determine what was wrong. Medical bills were piling up and it cost them their house. They had to depend on God’s help during this crisis. During this, he founded Freedom in Christ Ministries. He learned that God is the only one who can free people and that people don’t know who they are in Christ. People are struggling with many different things and they don’t even begin to comprehend that they are a child of God. In the book, he looked at the creation and Adam and Eve and the fall. He looked at all of the negative effects that they suffered because of them choosing to sin. Jesus came to give us life with Him and to have eternal life. In the meantime, we will all face satan’s temptations and he has come to steal and kill and destroy our lives. Neil has included a special “Who I Am in Christ” chart filled with scriptures to remind readers who they are. There is 34 total scripture references and statements. Some of these included, we are God’s child, friend, brought with a price, redeemed and forgiven, free from condemnation, salt and light of the earth, God’s temple, seated with Christ in the heavenly realm, and much more. And he encouraged believers to believe what the Bible tells us who we are and to live free and not bound in chains of addictions. 

I would recommend this awesome book to anyone who is ready to find true freedom from satan’s power and they are ready to discover who they are in Christ. I immensely liked how he included countless scriptures about what the Bible has declared about us. I really enjoyed the chapter on winning the battle in our minds and how we can truly renew our minds. He shared how a habit only takes six weeks to form and then it becomes a stronghold on our lives. I liked how Neil shared how we can renew our minds and break the power of strongholds on our lives. We can choose to believe the lies of satan or we can choose to believe what God has declared over us. I liked how he instructed believers on how we can break the power of satan’s lie and the way to do this is to expose his lies with the truth found in God’s written Word. This is the first time I have read this book and it’s one that believers need to get and to dive into who they are in Christ. If people would, I believe we would see an increase of unconditional love and the love of Christ would overflow into every area of people’s life and people would receive and walk in freedom. 

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The Pursuit of God: The Definitive Classic By A.W. Tozer Edited by James L. Snyder Book Review

In The Pursuit of God, James L. Snyder has helped reedit a book by A.W. Tozer. He begins the book by sharing how his own life was changed by reading this book when he was fifteen years old. He admits he loved to read novels and didn’t care for Christian books. A woman introduced the book to him and kept asking him how he liked it. Eventually, he did read the book because she wouldn’t stop asking how he liked it. He shared how he reread the book many times and even did an essay on it for school. He met someone who knew Dr. Tozer personally and he took notes from them and he listened to his audio teaching and read all his books. He went on to write a book proposal and now this is the book. This book contains some background of A.W. Tozer life story and his book of The Pursuit of God. 

The book talks about how we are supposed to pursue God. He explained how many of us are in religious complexity and we are looking for other things to fill our soul and satisfy our hearts and they never do fill us up. Christ wants us to long after him and to get to know Him completely. He shared how we pursue God because He decided to pursue and love us first. At the end of our lives, all we will need is God. He explained the truths found in looking at Abraham’s life and the promises of God. He had Isaac at an old age and God told him to offer his own son’s life up as a sacrifice. God stopped him from doing that. He wanted to remove the importance he felt of having his son. He wanted Abraham to worship Him alone and to let Him be the center of his life. Tozer explained how we must also give up our loved ones and believe that God came to save. We must also turn over our talents and gifts that God have instilled in us. We are blessed in our processing of having nothing. Throughout the book, readers will learn about the different key lessons we can find in pursuing God and knowing Christ. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a theologian book and it was written many years ago- nearly seventy years. Readers can still benefit from this preacher’s teaching and they will be able to recognize how Tozer’s life was changed and how he hopes generations lives will also change after reading this book and growing in their relationship with Christ. I immensely enjoyed how in this new edition Snyder looked at the background of Tozer life and how he came to know Christ and how his life was changed and how he loved his alone time with God. This was the first time I have ever read this book and I enjoyed learning about how God is trying to actively pursue us and how God can truly satisfy our souls. There is ton of lessons and scriptures describing the power of God’s word and how we can know Christ enclosed in this book. 

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The Abundance Mind-Set: Success Starts Here by Joel Osteen Book Review

In the Abundance Mind-Set, Joel Osteen has written a brand-new book on how to change our thoughts and to think positive things. He begins the book by asking readers what the vision for their lives is and where do they see themselves in the future and their families. He reminded readers of the importance of what the scriptures declares about our thoughts and as a man thinks of himself so he is. He encouraged readers to picture good things and have an abundance mind-set and to see themselves accomplishing their dreams, overcoming obstacles, addictions, seeing their families restored, seeing themselves blessed, and seeing themselves married and having children. He looked at the Israelites and how they lived in slavery and in the land of barely enough and they had to journey all the way into the promised land. This land contained milk and honey and it was always flowing and they had plenty. They eventually arrived in their abundance, but they had to face many challenges before they got there. 

In the book, he shared many stories from people he met over the years and how God was able to exceed their expectations and they walked into abundance. One of the stories was from a single mother of three children who immigrated from Europe. She applied for a job as a secretary at a university and she had a lot of competition. The interviewer was very rough and wasn’t friendly and she was afraid she might not be able to pass the 5-minute typing test. But through it, she believed in God’s power. When the bell went off at the same time, the phone rang and the lady conducting the test got distracted. She was tempted to stop but the lady who was conducting the test told her to keep going that wasn’t her bell. She ended up typing another five minutes and she got the job. One touch of God’s favor allowed her to pass the typing test. She was able to send all of her three kids to the college for free. 

I would recommend this awesome book to anyone who is ready to change their thoughts and they want to have an abundance mindset. The book is a shorter book by Joel Osteen and it only contains 5 chapters. This book was made in a smaller book where readers can take it with them anywhere, they go. It would make an excellent devotional reading and this book is meant to be read over and over again where readers can learn to change their thoughts daily. I immensely enjoyed the chapter on, “Turn Up the Power” because this one discussed how important it is to keep God first in our lives and how he will put a commanded blessing on our lives. Joel Osteen shared how we need to remind ourselves positive things and to have faith that God can make our dreams come to pass. He explained the power of the magnet and how we can apply this concept to our lives. We have to focus on the positive and believe that God is attracting good things for our lives. He shared how we need to be believing healing is coming for us, favor is headed our way, abundance is looking for us, the right person is trying to find us. We don’t need to focus on the wrong things such as bad things are going to occur, we will never get married, our finances will never improve, we won’t ever get well, and our dreams won’t come to pass. I liked how Joel Osteen encouraged believers to seek God and let the blessings seek after us and we don’t have to be exhausted and frustrated and catch after them. If readers will apply the principles and the lessons, included in this book, we would see a rise of positive, abundance thinking. 

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Healing Family Relationships: A Guide to Peace and Reconciliation by Rob Reinow Book Review

In Healing Family Relationships, Rob Reinow explored the wounds that exist in our families and how we can obtain healing. In the book, some of the topics he discussed was, “forgiveness, prayer, repentance, listening, acceptance, spiritual warfare, boundaries, patience, healing through the generations, and much more”. In the book, he opened up about his own family issues. He admits his relationship with his father wasn’t the best. His mother was his father’s fourth wife. His father was his father’s second wife. They ended up divorcing when he was a teenager due to his father infidelity. He revealed in the book how God was able to transform his father and their relationship later in the book. He started the book by exploring the topic of forgiveness and how he was able to forgive his father. He described it as a three phases process. The first step is learning that forgiveness is a choice we can make and he instructed readers to write all our hurts down and then burn them and release the hurt. The second he encouraged readers to follow the scripture and to forgive from the heart and to pray. He was open about having to deal with his angry and hurt. It took him six years in being in phase two. The third is reconciliation between our us and the person who hurt us and try and live peacefully, if we can. He reminded readers we can’t control our family members and how they treat us but we can seek and try and find healing. He also shared personal stories from his marriage, parenting seven children, and his ministry. One common thing is any relationship there is always things we have to heal from in order to live a fulfilled and fruitful life. 

I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is struggling in their family relationships. The book is geared to just family relationships but the principles can also be applied to other relationships. I immensely enjoyed how open he was in sharing his own struggles and how he has had to heal from his own wounds in order to help himself and in turn also to reach out and help others through their own pains. I believe this book has the potential to help marriages and to help relationships between parents and children. We all go through things that over time and build up and cause strive and conflict in marriages and families. One of my favorite chapters was about repentance and how to ask forgiveness from a family member when we are the one who caused harm. If you’re seeking a book to heal your family, then read this book maybe even together! 

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The Power of the Decree: Releasing the Authority of God's Word through Declaration by Patricia King Book Review

In the Power of the Decree, Patricia King has written a book about how to speak out and decree scriptures over our lives. She shared how she came to know Christ and also how Dr. Oral Roberts influenced her life by teaching her about how when God’s word declared something and how we need to believe it. In the book, she revealed how she taught her son to declare the word of God when he was in the second grade. He was struggling in school and he was calling himself stupid. She recorded a night tape and it covered topics on Jesus is His strength, he is God’s child, he has Godly wisdom, highly favored, and much more. It was a full hour and they played it over their son every night. Eventually, it started to expel the darkness and the lies. She teaches readers how to separate the facts and the promises that we can decree over our lives. She shared how to decree out loud the promises found in scriptures and how we need to speak life giving words. The book is divided into two parts: the first explained what a decree is and the second is written in the style of devotions. Some of the topics included, “identified with Christ, blessing, favor, victory, wisdom, health and healing, family and children, business, workplace, ministry”, and much more. Each chapter enclosed questions to ponder and a decree to say out loud. She also included success stories in the book. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is ready to take back their lives from satan schemes and they are ready to speak the word of God out loud. I liked how many different topics she discussed and it contained many scriptures. I immensely like how she shared who our identity is in Christ and the power that can be obtained when we realize who we truly are. I liked how she discussed favor and how we can be free from rejection when we decree the words of Christ. She shared a story about how a boy was rejected at school and experienced bullying and how he was suicidal at a young age. She recommended that the parents decree over their son and to use visual photos of him being happy all over the house and post positive lifegiving words and eventually he was able to make friends and his life was changed greatly. Rejection lost its sting and the power of God’s word helped to declare and decree favor. This book is a book that is meant to be reread when readers are experiencing with certain issues we should be declaring and decreeing the word of God over our lives each and every day. 

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Unshackled: Breaking the Strongholds of Your Past to Receive Complete Deliverance by Kathy DeGraw Book Review

In Unshackled, Kathy DeGraw has written a book about deliverance and how to find true freedom from strongholds that are holding you back from the life Christ died for you to have. She begins the book by sharing a prophetic word that Jesus put on her heart to tell His people. In it, she shared how God wants us to have abundant joy and she explored how we can obtain freedom and deliverance. She begins each chapter with an assessment to assist readers in finding out how much they are struggling in an area. Each chapter contained a section called, “walking out your deliverance”. In it, she had scripture verses about the topic, spirits to discern and cast out, prayer of activation, and declarations to speak out. She covered ten strongholds such as, “fear, pride, anger, rejection, victim and poverty mentalities, addictions”, and much more.

One of the first topics, she explored was fear and how fear can come into our lives. Fear is able to enter our lives through generational curses, soul ties, trauma, accidents, and near-death experiences. They can in turn become strongholds of fear over our lives and keep us from living our lives the way Christ intended. She encouraged readers to deal with the fear strongholds now where they don’t get past down until future generations. The way for freedom is seeking inner healing and letting Him change our mind, behaviors, and habits. She explained to readers they have to learn from God’s word who they are in Christ and we need to plead the blood of Christ over our lives and our children. She opened up about some of her own fears such as her fear of dying in a car accident and she would always think something was wrong with her car. She learned how to release the fear over her life and trust God to protect her. 

I would recommend this awesome book on anyone who is ready to be free and they are tried of strongholds controlling their lives. This book has the potential to assist readers into releasing the chains of strongholds that is holding them back from life. Most of us have dealt with fear, pride, anger, rejection, and addictions and we all long live a joyful and free life. I immensely enjoyed how she explored many different topics and how she included tons of scriptures to help readers into breaking strongholds. I also liked how she shared prayers and declarations that readers can say out loud over their life to combat the power and schemes of satan. This is a book meant for readers to keep close by and speak out declarations and scriptures whenever they are dealing with certain issues.  I truly believe if readers will take the time to declare over their lives and speak out, and believe that God will help them overcome their strongholds we would see a big change in their lives and even in the entire world!

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Leadership by the Good Book: Timeless Principles for Making an Eternal Impact by David L. Steward and Brandon K. Mann Book Review

In Leadership by the Good Book, David and Brandon has written a book about everything we can learn from the Bible and how it can be applied to leadership. David founded the World Wide Technology (WWT) in 1990 and throughout the book he will explained how he build the company. It has made $12 billion in revenues and this company is the largest African American owned business in the world. The business is ranked one of the highest places to work for on Fortune and Glassdoor. It started with just five employees and has grown into thousands. He takes a different approach to his business and he decided for his company to become his ministry. He explained how they formed a Bible study in their office and they explored topics on how to apply God’s work on teamwork, leadership, and customer service. Brandon revealed how he served as the first executive director as the Biblical Business Training and this nonprofit ministry serves in reaching out and teaching God’s word and showing how to apply it to work. They also revealed how they met and how they formed a partnership together. In the book, some of the topics they covered was, “serve, love, imagine, invest, risk, trust”, and much more. Another helpful thing they shared was the “Leadership Flywheel”. They have created an equation that they use for helping other to develop their business and leadership. These included learn, live, lead, and legacy. Each chapter included discussion questions and a prayer. 

One of my favorite topics was how as a company they personally serve others and give back to the community. They have even created a day of giving back. They pay their employees to work elsewhere and let them make a positive difference in their community. He explained how they try as a company to help their employees if they are going through a difficult time such as a financial problem, paying for a funeral, making a tuition payment, and helping pay a medical expense. In the book, they also showed research from America’s Research Group and they found out “61% of Americans trust a company who is active in a community.” They also looked at examples in scriptures and what we can learn about giving. One of the ones they explored was the passage of the Good Samaritan and we can apply a lot of this story to business and how we should conduct our lives. 

I would this life changing book to anyone who is ready to learn more about leadership and they are wondering what God’s word has to say about it. I enjoyed how in depth they both went into the topics and how they described how they operate their own business and how they strive to make a difference in their employees lives and customers. I haven’t heard of this company before reading this book. I was deeply impressed with the WWT and how it is run and operated. I connected with how many positive features they give to their employees and I wish every company would do more of showing appreciation to their employees. I appreciated how open David was in opening up about his past and the challenges he faced in starting a business and how he also overcame racism and how God lead him into becoming a leader. I immensely believe if readers will take notes and if leaders will try and lead like Jesus would and apply the principles found in the Bible, we will see many positive changes in companies and the lives of employees. 

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The Jeremiah Study Bible: Psalms and Proverbs by Dr. David Jeremiah Book Review

The Jeremiah Study Bible is enclosed in a gray leather bound book covering Psalms and Proverbs. Psalms was written by King David and Proverbs was written by Solomon. Jeremiah uses the English Standard Version of the Bible in this book. He begins the book by writing a welcome letter to readers. He describes his background of his father being a pastor and his mother helping to live it out in their home. When his father passed, he was gifted sermon notes and his Bibles. Dr. David Jeremiah has been in ministry for over 40 years. Before each book, he included introductions to assist readers in learning the background of how they were written and the timeframe. He also breaks it down until “what it says, what it means, and what it means for you”. He encouraged readers to read, medicate, explore the themes in the books, and join a Bible study to dig in deeper. Throughout the book, it contained sidebars such as, “picture this, historically speaking, fyi, tough questions, and reflection”. It also has essentials of the Christian throughout the book and footnotes on helping readers to understand what they are reading. There are many encouraging scriptures in these two books of the Bible. They both cover themes such as, joy coming in the morning, the steadfast love of God, God is our deliverer, worshiping our Creator, the value of discovering wisdom, speaking life giving words, the woman who fears God, and much more. This is also some special online resources and this includes videos, audio, and additional reading material.  

I would recommend this amazing study Bible to anyone who is ready to grow in their relationship with Christ and they are ready to seek wisdom. I immensely like how Dr. David Jeremiah included special introductions and he went into details about what all this means for us and how we can apply daily to our everyday lives. Psalms and Proverbs is probably one of the two biggest books of the Bible people look for when they are seeking wisdom for their circumstances and they both provide comfort and encouragement. I liked how he included helpful footnotes to explain certain key points of scriptures. I enjoyed reading the verses and obtaining the wisdom we can learn from each page. I liked how the book was a nice size and it’s easy to carry around. If you’re looking for a new study Bible on these chapters, then read this book! 

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Colossians: A Biblical Study Practical Insights for Everyday Christian Living by Joyce Meyer Book Review

Joyce Meyer has written a brand-new Biblical study on the book of Colossians. It was written by Paul while he was in prison and he wrote it in a style of a letter to the Colossians. In this book, he discussed the importance of putting God first in your life. Joyce shared how the first chapter of the book contains 12 keys on how we can grow spiritually. These included living in the will of God, being thankful, living in faith, holding on to hope, rejoicing in suffering, and how we have everything we need in Christ, and much more. In the book, she explained to readers on how they can find out if they are living in the will of God and the difficult people facing in figuring out what they are called to do. One of the critical points she makes is that people need to be courageous and they need to step out and try and not to live in fear. And if they realize that they aren’t living in the will of God, then they can take a step back and try something else. She explained her own past with trying the church’s nursery, street evangelism, and a secretary to her pastor. She didn’t find her true fulfillment and calling until she began to teach people God’s Word. Another key area, she looked at was when Paul recommended the power of thanksgiving and how we need to thank God when we pray. We always need to be thanking God for everything He has given to us. 

I would recommend this awesome book to anyone who is looking for a new study book. I immensely enjoyed how in-depth Joyce Meyer went into the book of Colossians. She explained the scope of each chapter broken down until everyday language where readers can understand. I also liked how she included other verses from the Bible to explore the topics of Colossians in the greater focus of the Bible. I love how she also went into details about exploring the image of God and how we have been saved from the darkness. One of my favorite chapters was the one on knowing who you are in Christ and she broke down scriptures for us to medicate on. These topics included, being strengthen in Christ, being rescued from darkness and evil forces, being thankful, being complete in Him, being chosen in Christ. I truly believe if believers would study and speak life over their lives and they would see their lives improve and change. This book has the potential to greatly influence and help readers to grow in their relationship with Christ. 

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Shifting Shadows: How a New York Drug Lord Found Freedom in the Last Place He Expected by Herman Mendoza Book Review

In Shifting Shadows, Herman Mendoza has written his brand-new autobiography and in it, he revealed his background of growing up in Queens, New York. He shared how he had a trouble childhood and how he had a loving family. But he still fell into peer pressure and how he joined different gangs. He struggled with drugs and selling them and living the tough lifestyle. He opened up about how witnessed one his gang leader at the time was shot and killed. He shared this was the first taste of him seeing a violent crime. He also revealed how his first charge was grand larceny and he was arrested. His parents sent him to stay with his grandparents' in the Dominican Republic. He shared his experiences and how old habits die hard and how he still got busted there and was eventually sent back to New York. He met his future wife, Alexander and he explained how they fell in love. He goes into detail about how they struggled with making ends meet after their first child. He eventually began a cocaine selling business with his brothers. He describes how this changed him and affected his marriage. He even is open about how he had multiple mistresses. One of them became pregnant at the same time his wife was pregnant. He opened up about how he was caught many times and eventually was sentenced with a number of years in jail. He decided he wanted to commit suicide but he was rescued and told about God. He even began preaching and influencing others in the jail. Towards the end of the book, he revealed how his life dramatically changed and how was able to lead his wife to Christ. After he was released, he became an associate pastor at Promise Ministries International and was a leader at Powerhouse Kids.

I would recommend this awesome book to anyone who enjoys reading a memoir. I read this book in about two days. It is a very fast page turner and as I was reading it, I kept wanting to learn how it ended. This is the first time I had heard of Herman’s story and I appreciated the transparent way he explained his crazy drug and gang stories. He was very open and didn’t hold back in being honest about his challenges and the mistakes he made in life and in his marriage. I immensely believe readers will be able to relate and they will be inspired about how God was able to change Herman’s life and his family. And in turn, he was also able to help other people to come to know Christ. It was amazing to read how he dramatically change his life around and I loved the ideas he had of helping people in jail and the story of how he became to do full-time ministry. If you’re ready to read an inspiration story about how God can turn anything around, then read this book!

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Revival Rising: Embracing His Transformation Fire by Kim Meeder Book Review

In Revival Rising, Kim Meeder explained how there needs to be a revival rising up inside us and in our hearts. She going into detail about how Jesus died for us and He came to break the bondage of sin off of our lives. She describes how the world is dying without hope and we are called to be the light and to reach others. Revival begins inside of us and when we experience the true love and presence of Jesus this love should overflow and be on display to a dying world. In the book, she looked at, reawakening your heart, restoring your soul, renewing your mind, and much more. She first starts the book off by exploring the power of real love and how he expects us to truly love others. She shared one story about how she was called to love a man she met at a gas station and she felt the Holy Spirit telling her to make this guy laugh and how she would always talk to him after that day. She explains the power of letting the outpouring love of Christ and how it can greatly change someone’s life by just letting it flow through you. She encouraged readers to look for ways to connect with others and to see the unseen and possibly even leading them to Christ in the process. 

In the book, she also looked at the power of your testimony and how it can encourage and help others. She opened up about her own life story and how she grew up believing her mother was beautiful and how she wanted to be just like her. She also describes her dad as being a superhero and he loved to have an adventure. One day, at age nine her whole world changed her dad’s best friend came and picked her up and her two older sisters from school. She reveals the drive to her grandparents' house and how her grandmother told them what happened. Her father murdered his wife and took his own life and she never imagined her father bring capable of murder. She remembers running from the house and she cried out to Jesus. She explained she didn’t know Jesus and wasn’t raised in church. She explained how during this time, Jesus love and hope filled her life. She explored the verse Revelation 12:10-11 and this one talks about salvation and how in the end Jesus defeats satan by the blood of the Lamb and their testimony. She stated how as believers we should all be ready to give a testimony to help others to get free and to break the power of satan off their lives. 

I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is ready to ignite a fire inside them and to have a revival in their hearts. God is always with us and we can all be transformed in our hearts, minds, and spirit. I immensely loved the many stories she told about loving others and how she was able to reach out to others in need. One of my favorite stories was a story about a boating accident and how God was with her during the event and how He helped her and this story is a remarkable story about living for God’s will. I also liked the chapter about her testimony and how she shared it with others and how it changed other people’s lives. Each chapter had a statement, scripture, and a special prayer to encourage readers in igniting their hearts in a revival. This book is perfectly released during this virus season and I truly feel like God is trying to stir up a revival in all believers and there is no time like the present to let the believers reach out to the lost and hurting. 

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Broken Roads: Returning to My Amish Father by Ira Wagler Book Review

In Broken Roads, Ira Wagler has written a follow up book to his first book. This one opens up about the Amish lifestyle and goes into details about his desire to leave. He was born the ninth child of eleven children. His parents were David and Ida Wagler and they was raised in Daviess County, Indiana. His parents moved their family out to smaller communities. His father helped start Pathway Publisher with a few of his friends. They wrote on historical subjects and articles related to the Amish community. Ira shared how he felt they were all less than truthful and try to appear like they were perfect people. In the book, he shared why he decided to leave at 26 and travel down a broken road. He ran away from marrying an Amish girl, Sarah and his father warned him that he would pay for it. He left and decided to pursue and get his GED and how he made his way into Vincennes University. He goes into detail about his life in college and even how he wound up at Bob Jones University. He eventually entered law school and revealed how the Amish community doesn’t really use any lawyers because they don’t sue. 

In the book, he opened up about how he met his wife, Ellen and how they struggled in their marriage. He shared how broken their marriage was and everything that played into the fallen out and the decision to get divorced. He shared how his childhood friend ended up dating Ellen later for about a year and how that affected him. He shared how he later was able to forgive his friend and how he even joined a Bible study with him. He also opened up about how he wrote his first book and how it sold a great number of books. He also shared how he returned to his father and what their relationship was like after leaving the Amish. He also got personal in sharing out his mother pasted and then years later his father pasted. He opened up about what their funerals was like. 

I would recommend this amazing book to anyone who is wondering about the Amish lifestyle and they are curious on how someone was able to leave it. I immensely liked how honest Ira was in revealing the painful past and going through a divorce. I haven’t read his first book but I was able to still follow along with his life story. I also liked how he explained how his father relationship changed over the years and how God was able to turn it around. The book had a few God teachable moments throughout the book but it was more of an autobiography of his life. It didn’t include tons of scriptures. But I still believe readers will be able to connect and learn from the book. 

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