Category Archives: Book Reviews

Reviews of some of the books I’ve read.

Overcoming Fear with the Recipe of Love, Power and Self-Discipline (Book Review)

Overcoming Fear: The Supernatural Strategy to Live in Freedom by Dawna De Silva is a book that brings a different perspective of the struggle many face with fear. The author utilizes a Scripture-based “recipe” for this, 2 Timothy 1:7, which reads,

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (NLT)

The book details different sources of fear in our lives. These can include wrong mindsets, ungodly beliefs, unhealed hurts or demonic influences. Recognizing these “wrong recipes” can help us learn not to allow fear, stress and anxiety to control us, and instead walk in freedom through the power of God’s Spirit as we come to know truth, love and forgiveness. Continue reading

Debunking the Myths About Hearing God (Book Review)

Many of us have confusing ideas regarding what it means to hear from God. We think of audible voices or outlandish experiences. We think we’ll hear Him as obviously as if fireworks had been set off and doubts will not exist when He speaks.

We all know what really happens though: We doubt, we hear subtle things we aren’t sure are God. Meanwhile, another Christian seems to have those fireworks encounters and we feel like something must be wrong with us. Perhaps we just aren’t as spiritual as the people around us. Continue reading

Satisfy My Soul: Book Review and eBook Giveaway!

Satisfy My Soul: A 40-Day Worship Devotional is a book written by worship leaders, singers and musicians from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. Featured worship leaders in this book include Justin Rizzo, Laura Hackett Park, Jon Thurlow and Matt Gilman.

These worshipers spend their days adoring Jesus in worship, studying His Word and seeking to become more like Him in their character and actions. Like all of us, they have experienced challenges in their lives. From the depths of God’s faithfulness to them and their hearts after His, they write these pages.

Though many of the devotions will appeal to worshipers who sing, the writers want all believers to know and experience the power of singing to God and singing His Word over ourselves, and the effect of music on our hearts and on our relationship with God. I am firmly convinced that any believer can be inspired by this book to pursue God more and use the topics within to stir them to behold Jesus and the beauty of who He is.

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Honest Worship: With All We Are (Book Review)

I recently read a new book about worship. The book, Honest Worship by Manuel Luz, is written for more than just worship leaders, singers and musicians; it is for every believer.

Honest Worship provokes us to stay true to the heart of worship and the heart of what it means to be in relationship with God. The book covers topics about worshiping God with the entirety of our lives. It includes our weekly worship services but also branches out into every aspect of our lives. Continue reading

Squashing Religious Hindrances: The Ragamuffin Gospel (Book Review)

Far too often the truth of God’s grace has been polluted with legalism, rules and religion, hindering the children of God from the fullness of a life-giving, intimate relationship with their Creator-Father, from receiving the acceptance and love purchased for them by Christ on Calvary.

I recently read a book that helps fight against this battle which so often hinders one’s relationship with Christ and Father God. This book, The Ragamuffin Gospel by the late Brennan Manning, is a must read book that brings us back to this central truth of the Gospel of grace. Continue reading