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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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Reinvent: Start Fresh and Love Life! By Beth Jones Book Review



In Reinvent, Beth Jones begins the book by defining the word reinvent and this basically means to change something that make it look new. Beth is a preacher at Valley Family Church and has noticed that many people are struck in life and they are ready to reinvent their lives. In the book, she shared her personal story of her parents divorcing, enduring bullying in school, feeling rejected, overcoming cancer, and how she dealt with her dreams shattered. She also shared how she walked to church and found out who God is and how she suffered persecution from being the first believer in her family. She opened up about how God has reinvented her own life and changed it for the better. 



In the first part of the book, she looked at four reasons to reinvent your life and this included, “the gaps, crossroads, future, and love.” One of my favorite area she looked at was when she discussed gaps and how we need to explore our spiritual fruit in our life. She looked at the parable of the fruitless tree and one of the verses that stands out was found in Luke 13:8. This talks about how Jesus tells a man to leave the fig tree alone for a full year and he is instructed to dig around it and fertilize it. She was encouraged by this parable and she challenged believers to focus on one or two areas that they want to reinvent in their life. She created a list to display and show how some famous people lives changed in one year. Some of these included: Tina Fey, Oprah, Stephen King, Harrison Ford, Martha Stewart, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, and much more. 



In the second part of the book she looked at 4 questions, “what do you want, what do you have, what will you do, and why will you do it.” She explored the whole story about the Maven by going into detail and looking at the four questions. She is recently widowed with two sons and she is in a great debt. She is about forced to sell her sons as slaves to repay the debt owed. Elisha asked her what does she have and all she has is a jar of oil. She is told to go borrow a few empty vessels and come back and shut the door and pour the oil into them. Then she must go sell them to repay the debt and they will have enough to live on the rest. Beth goes back and retells the story in her own words and adds the key words from part one into her recap to explain it to readers. 




I would recommend this awesome book to anyone who is ready to reinvent their life. I immensely liked how open Beth was about her story and I was able to easily to connect to it. I enjoyed reading about how she was able to reinvent her own life and how God has used her since. One of my favorite topics she discussed was the power of renewing your mind with the word of God. I liked how she included scriptures to encourage believers on how to do just that. These verses included topics such as favor, blessing, joy, strength, wisdom, and much more. One of my favorite verses was Isaiah 43:16 and this one discussed how God can make a way where there is no way. I also loved how she looked at the Maven story and I will admit reading her take on the story was a really powerful example. I was able to see how God is able to reinvent everyone’s story, if they will just let Him.




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