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PREPARE Living Your Faith in an Increasingly Hostile Culture

As Americans, it’s easy to feel free, but J. Paul Nyquist wants American Christians to be aware of changes to their religious liberty. In his new book, Prepare, he explains why American Christians need to ready themselves for changes to their way of life, and why they need to get ready for religious persecution.

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Why, you may ask, is this necessary, when American Christians are free to worship as we please, where we please, how we please? Nyquist explains that persecution is not just physical harm or death, but it comes in many other forms. With this understanding, persecution is coming for many American Christians. He urges those in America to decide how they will respond to this when it happens. He lays out some responses to persecution and explains how large cultural changes in America have happened.

Overall, Prepare is a well-written, thought-out book. For those paying attention to the issues of religious liberty in society at large, a lot of what the author is saying will make a lot of sense.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Why did Jesus perform miracles?

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Why did Jesus perform miracles?

If your answer includes the idea that performing miracles was Jesus’ way of proving his identity, theologian Brian Onken would challenge you. The idea that Jesus performed miracles to prove his divinity – a concept that Onken refers to as Jesus “pulling His God Card” – is discussed in Onken’s new book More Than His God Card What Jesus Wants You to Know About Him as Revealed In His Miracles. Each chapter of More Than His God Card covers a different miracle that Jesus performed, and Onken uses fresh style to introduce each chapter.

The second Appendix at the back of the book, “Learning to Read Gospel Narratives”, should be read before anything else. If there’s one point that Onken wants to get across, it is that the Bible should be read with an open mind while putting previous ideas aside.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of More Than His God Card from the publisher, Ambassador International, for free in exchange for my honest review.

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Would you marry a stranger?

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Would you marry a stranger?

For most people, the easy and obvious answer to that question is “No!”

But for the couples that are the subject of the new book Betrothed from Olive Press Publishers, that question is a little more complicated than it appears.

Betrothed is a collection of love stories of Christian men and women who found each other and eventually married. But they didn’t arrive at their happily-ever-after by following the typical pattern of dating, getting engaged, and saying “I do.”

These men and women – many who have served with HaYovel, a non-profit that takes volunteers on mission trips to Israel – also rejected the idea of a Christian courtship in lieu of dating. Betrothed explains why they rejected a courtship model in favor of something different.

There were times when I read this book when I thought “That’s weird” or when I didn’t agree with the practices or beliefs of the people profiled. However, I simply couldn’t put this book down. The prevailing spirit of this book is to trust God with matters of the heart. I give this book five out of five stars and recommend it to anyone interested in alternatives to the hook-up culture and also to those interested in Messianic Christianity.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book from Olive Press Publishers  in exchange for my honest review.

Choosing Him All Over Again Book Review

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What are the chances that a separated couple would ever reconcile? Does a separation always have to end in divorce? Does having a relationship with Jesus Christ have anything to do with rebuilding a broken marriage or rebuilding a broken heart?

Juana Mikels takes readers on a very personal journey in Choosing Him All Over Again. “Him” takes on a double meaning as she explains what happened after she left her husband and later experienced a change of heart.

I received a free copy of this book to review, and when it first arrived to me, it didn’t exactly match what I had in mind. However, I couldn’t resist turning the pages, and I kept wondering what would happen next. It wasn’t as climactic as I thought it would be, but it kept my attention, which highly personal, narrative stories like this usually don’t manage to do. And even though this book talks a lot about the plight of those who are in difficult marriages or who are separated, I actually got a lot out of it even though I’m a single-never-been-married person. The overarching theme of what Mikels has to say is very encouraging to women of various relationship statuses.

Overall, I would give Choosing Him All Over Again 4 out of 5 stars, and would recommend this book to any Christian woman who wants a reminder of where her self-worth truly comes from.

FTC Disclosure: I have received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Ambassador International, in exchange for my honest review of the product.

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