I'm inspired to do this month's book reviews today because one of the books corresponds to yesterday's blog post about how to get rid of your desire to sin. So here goes!
Look And Live: Behold The Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory Of Christ by Matt Papa:
I won't go to preaching here, but there's nothing greater than to behold Christ, and this book emphasizes that. It discusses the glory of God and His sovereignty and His power. It talks about how GOD changes you when you simply behold Jesus Christ–when you pursue Jesus Christ–when you focus on Jesus Christ.
Look And Live is written in everyday, conversational language. It contains transparent stories from the author's own experience–both stories of victory and stories of failure. For example, the beginning of the book talks about how Matt Papa was in full-time ministry, but depressed and addicted to pornography. But the book talks about the transformation that happened in Matt Papa's own life when he began to look at Jesus, and live.
If you want something that will inspire you to pursue Jesus, get this book. Click here to purchase “Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ” on Amazon! (Affiliate link.)
I've been studying prophetic ministry for 14 years. And “School Of The Prophets” is the best book on prophetic ministry I've ever read. I'm still digesting it. What I love about this book is that it's fair and balanced. It talks about prophetic ministry in an honest way. It discusses prophetic ministry as being required to operate within the authority and protection of the local church. (This is refreshing, compared to some people who seem to think that just because you have the gift of prophecy, you can do what you want and don't have to be under anybody's authority.)
Some of my favorite topics in “School Of The Prophets” include:
- The difference between the gift of prophecy and the office of a prophet (in the five-fold ministry), and how to function in each;
- How to equip people to use their prophetic gift; and
- The personalities and unique characteristics of prophets.
This book is very encouraging. I feel like it's a great big hug, because, as Kris Vallotton points out, anybody with a prophetic gift can feel like they are a little weird or different or don't fit in, etc. But some of those weird things are simply the gift at work. There's balance; we don't need to be fruits, flakes, and nuts. But there also is a godly uniqueness that goes along with being prophetic, and this book affirms that and teaches how to harness it to accomplish the purposes of God.
School Of The Prophets has a ton of real-life stories and illustrations. It's full of the author's personal experiences from years of ministry as one of the senior leaders at Bethel Church (one of my favorite churches to follow, by the way). It feels like the wisdom of a lifetime on paper. I definitely recommend this book if you're interested in learning about prophetic ministry at all. Click here to get “School of the Prophets: Advanced Training for Prophetic Ministry” on Amazon! (Affiliate link.)
I loved this book. It is FANTASTIC. You all know I have a thing for historical fiction anyway. And this book was funny, fun, and original. It's about Harriet, a “hat girl” who gets fired from her job due to no fault of her own, and the guy whose “incident” she helped with hired her instead… to pretend to be his “lady friend” and help him through the social aspects of negotiating a business deal with an English duke. All the while, mysterious people seem to be chasing Harriet and then a blast from her past pops up. It all ends in a grand, surprising way.
This book really is delicious. I won't tell more details about the plot, but it's got plenty of intrigue, romance, fun, and creativity. The conversation is believable and the characters are well-rounded. I think Ms. Turano did a fantastic job. I'd definitely recommend it for a fun weekend read. 🙂
Note: I received a free copy of each of these books in exchange for an honest review. The free copy didn't influence my opinion about any of them. Also, the Amazon links above are my affiliate links. That means that, if you purchase a book on Amazon using my link, Amazon will pay me a small commission (at no additional cost to you of course). Thanks in advance! And finally, if you enjoy reading legal mumbo-jumbo, you can delight yourself in my disclosure policy here.