Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Saving the Saved by Bryan Loritts REVIEW

Hello everyone!
I am back today to share my thoughts on Saving the Saved by Bryan Loritts. 

This book explains many common mistakes that Christians make: primarily trying to work our way into God's affection, which just leaves us all exhausted. Instead, he proposes ways in which we can live happily in God's performance-free love, while serving him out of love and not duty. He explains the importance of still doing service and good works, but we should be doing them out of a love for God, not because we're trying to earn his favor (because that just won't work). We do these things because of, in response to, God's love.

Serving God will usually require you to make sacrifices in your life, whether that's giving away money and possessions, or simply forgiving a person when they've really hurt you. While it usually seems to go against our nature to do these things, Loritts explains how important it still is, and though it may be uncomfortable or even hurt for a time, with God we need to do it, and he will bring us through it. 

One extremely important message that I took from this is that failure isn't final. There are so many examples from the Bible that Loritts gives that shows us that no matter how bad we mess up, or how many times, God will still love us, and we are able to change and come back to Him. 

Bryan Loritts has a very friendly tone and uses many personal examples to explain a lot of his concepts, which I always appreciate. To me, that type of writing is so much easier to relate to and apply to your own life. It reads like a friend giving you advice and being completely honest, rather than a textbook pointing out your faults and telling you that you need to shape up while pretending that they've never made those mistakes. 

I gave this book 4/5 stars. I really did enjoy it, and I learned a lot from it. It's funny how a book like this can come into your life at the perfect time for your situation- it definitely did for me. I would definitely recommend this book.


*I received a copy of this from the publisher via BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Field Guide for Everyday Mission by Ben Connelly & Bob Roberts, Jr REVIEW

Hello everyone!

Today I am sharing my review for A Field Guide for Everyday Mission: 30 Days and 101 Ways to Demonstrate the Gospel, written by Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts, Jr. 

This book is all about showing how mission is a part of our lives every day. It isn't just something that people do in other countries. If you are a Christian, you are a missionary.

The book is split into 30 sections, to be read over 30 days. Each week has a theme: who, what, when, where, why, and how. These questions are answered and explained throughout the week. The authors give super simple ways to share Jesus with others in our everyday routine. For the most part, the authors focus on how to share the Gospel through love and kindness toward others everyday, while being honest up front about our love for Jesus. They also stress that we personally cannot bring people to Jesus, that rather God uses us to bring them closer, so He can do the work in their hearts. They also stress that they aren't trying to turn us all into preachers, they are simply helping to equip us for the many situations in our lives which can, sometimes surprisingly, be used for missions, using the gifts and skills that we already possess. 

The tone and voice of the book was super friendly and relatable, which always makes a book that much more of a pleasure to read. I found myself chuckling out loud quite a few times. In addition, the book was extremely impactful. Most of the situations that they mentioned can be used for missions are things that I never considered before, but now I see what a wonderful opportunity it is. 

The physical, paperback book that I received is really well put together and of great quality. It is small and can be read quickly (like I did in order to write this review), but it is recommended to be read over the course of six weeks. Honestly, even if I hadn't been reading it for review, I probably would have read it quickly anyways, since I was enjoying reading and learning so much, I was having a difficult time putting the book down.

I gave this book 4/5 stars, and it is something that I definitely recommend to everyone. I'm actually thinking that this is the perfect gift for a friend of mine attending a Bible college and planning a missions trip in the spring.


*I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.