Is there a purpose to prayer?
Does prayer accomplish anything?
Can prayer change a person, a city, or even the world?
Teacher Dutch Sheets would answer yes to all these questions and explains why in a book titled Authority in Prayer: Praying With Power and Purpose. This book, with lightning on the cover and released in 2015, has a true copyright of 2006, which explains why a lot of the material seems out-of-date. Sheets has a passion for seeing America turn back to God, and in the stories he tells, he believes that’s happening. However, there’s a real disconnect between the time his original material was written and now, as it seems that America is turning more and more away from God on major issues.
Authority in Prayer is not a step-by-step plan to teach you how to pray. The book begins with his explanation of the difference between power and authority in the spiritual realm; this is an extremely interesting concept to consider. He firmly believes in the gift of prophesy, so if you’re not familiar with this gift, you might find that interesting. A good portion of the book consists of stories about people who declared prophesies that were fulfilled, according to Sheets. So much time is spent on this concept that a better title for the book might be Authority to Prophesy.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review.
Have you made a New Year’s Resolution?
If not, Joyce Meyer has some suggestions for how to improve your health. Meyer has prepared 12 “keys” of wellness that are common sense ideas for living a healthy life. Some ideas are new ideas that could improve your life, while others are reminders of things we should all be doing – things that may be difficult to put into practice in daily life.
There are 12 months in a year, so if you’re looking for a way to improve your health this year, you could take Good Health, Good Life‘s “keys” and focus on one for each month of 2015. Good Health, Good Life is a slim, easy-to-read guide with material derived from one of her other books, Look Great, Feel Great.
Meyer isn’t a nutritionist so her tips for eating right are not complicated. However, Good Health, Good Life makes some accurate points about how physical and spiritual wellness are connected. I would recommend this book to the person looking to better her physical and emotional temple who is ready to make small changes.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of Good Health, Good Life from the Publisher, the Hachette Book Group, in exchange for my honest review.
What makes the difference between a life with significance, and a life that is mundane? Is there a connection between the Bible and the problems that face humanity? What does it mean to live life to the fullest?
Matt Heard addresses these questions using thought and feeling in Life With a Capital L. It’s an overview of life where he addresses freedom, the heart, beauty, worship, time, and brokenness. There’s a lot of wisdom packed into these pages, so much so that I was surprised when he referenced himself as “middle-aged”, as I was expecting someone much older having accumulated these life lessons. Heard has taken stories from his journey and assembled them into Life With a Capital L, creating a life manual to provide notes for things you can watch out for, or things that you already know but can be glad to have someone else acknowledge.
On a scale of five stars, I rank this book four out of five, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a thought-provoking, stimulating book.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.