Thursday, March 23, 2017

7 Reasons Why You Can Trust The Bible by Erwin W. Lutzer REVIEW


"If the Bible is based on facts, we have hope for our present crisis in religion and morality."

"The Bible is a book of answers, not a book of questions."

"Religion, if it is worth believing, must be based on facts."


7 Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible by Erwin W. Lutzer is a thorough examination of the historical, logical, and scientific proof of the validity of the Bible. No ancient manuscript in history has been doubted or held with as much skepticism as the Bible. For Christians, this book will validate and give you reassurance in your beliefs. Our faith is based on lots of evidence, but it is still faith. For non-Christians, it gives you another perspective to consider will all of the facts and information.

This book is so full of information regarding the validity of the Bible, and the lack of validity of many other popular theories. I had no idea that so much physical or historical evidence existed that proves the Bible. However, Lutzer stresses that the Bible does not provide 100% proof in every case. We still need to be saved by faith, and if there was proof for everything, there would be no faith. However, our faith isn't blind faith, it is faith based in logic. The Bible must be completely accurate when it comes to science and historical events in order for the rest of it to be credible and believable.

Goals for this book:
-those who believe might understand the reasonableness of their faith; we need to be able to defend the faith
-that the most radical skeptic will read the book and be led to study the scriptures, and God will grant them the ability to know and believe 

I absolutely loved reading this book. I learned so much and was so reaffirmed in my faith. I really recommend this book for anyone who enjoyed the God's Not Dead films or Man, Myth, Messiah by Rice Brooks (my review for that is here). It was a little slow starting out, but once it got into the facts I was so intrigued and couldn't put it down. I gave this 5/5 stars, and I absolutely recommend it.

xx
Heidi

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Acceptable Worship by Dr. C.H. Snyder REVIEW


Acceptable Worship by Dr. C.H. Snyder helps readers understand what kind of worship God accepts and what pleases Him. The author's goal was to write a book that would help people understand what the Bible says about worship. The focus of the book is to more from correct understanding to wise and proper obedience. 

God designed man with the need to worship. However, it is important that we choose to worship God and no one/nothing else. In order to give acceptable worship, our actions need to be for the glorification and honoring of God, and not for our own benefit. We should worship God in order to be close to Him, because we are in awe of Him. In good times and in bad, we should always be glorifying God. Not only in church on Sunday, but throughout the rest of the week as well in our everyday lives. Obedience is also an act of true, acceptable worship.

The book is Biblically sound and easy to understand. I really enjoyed reading it, and I feel like I learned a lot from it. I think everyone needs to read this and learn about true worship. I gave this book 3/5 stars. 

xx
Heidi

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

Your Money Map by Howard Dayton REVIEW


Your Money Map: A Proven 7-Step Guide to True Financial Freedom is a guidebook by Howard Dayton instructing us in how we should handle our money and get out of debt: doing it God's way. 

Many people are surprised to learn that there are over 2,350 verses in the Bible that deal with money and possessions. Overall, I believe that the main point is to be faithful to God with your possessions, since we don't actually own anything. We are stewards of everything that God allows us to have. We come into this world with nothing, and we can take nothing with us when we are gone.

Dayton recommends that the reader interact with the book and do the exercises within, rather than just reading the book. He also suggests that the reader do this with another person for support and accountability. It gives all kinds of additional resources for those looking for more information about getting out of debt and being financially responsible. 

The one big problem that I had with this book was the writing style. It was weirdly expository, sounded completely unnatural, and was poorly written, like a really bad infomercial from the 70s. It was really cheesy and hard to take seriously, and sometimes I think it got in the way of the message of the book. However, the content was Biblically accurate and I think would be very helpful for those struggling with debt. I gave it 3/5 stars, and I'd suggest it to those who are trying to pay off debt or going into a big purchase, such as a car or a house. 

You can find more information at compassmoneymap.org, a website created to go along with this book. 

xx
Heidi

*I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.