Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Journey to Victorious Praying by Bill Thrasher | Review

"When our heart ceases to pray, we are not praying."
-Bill Thrasher

A Journey to Victorious Praying by Bill Thrasher was written to give readers a revival and reawakening in their prayer lives. You know that your prayer life has died when you pray without expectancy of any outcome, and I feel safe in saying that we all eventually reach that point. When this happens, we have to ask, "Why pray?" That is where this book comes in. We need to let the Holy Spirit move us, and guide and empower us in prayer. True prayer starts with God and the prayer burden He places on our heart. Also, it is thanksgiving (not just prayer and supplication) that truly brings us to peace. Finally, do not forget to share your real concerns, burdens, and desires with God. He already knows all of them, but getting them out in the open with God will lighten our burden.

The book is split into sections for daily reading, perfect for those who want to focus on smaller sections at a time, or do not have much time for reading throughout the day. I thought this book was so full of great information and ideas, so I highly recommend journaling along with reading this book. There is also a section at the end of the book with questions and chapter reviews for you to journal about and reflect. At the end, there is also an appendix with selected prayers from Scripture and ideas to stimulate prayer. 

This book teaches how to strengthen your prayer life, and how to avoid things that will kill it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to strengthen an already healthy prayer life, and for those who need to bring their prayer life back to life. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

*I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review as a part of their blogger program. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NIV True Images Bible | Review

The NIV True Images Bible is a Bible for teen girls. It is full of extra content designed to help teen girls with stuff like body image, decision making, friendships, and sex, more. 

This Bible starts with helpful information for the reader about reading the Bible, whether they are very familiar with the Bible, or if this is the first time they've picked one up. The back of the book has guides for reading, study ideas, and Christianity basics. Included throughout are 52 profiles of women in the Bible, topic guides, "love notes" from God and space for reflection. Each book begins with the author, date, setting, verses to remember, themes to consider, and life lessons. This Bible relates the stories within to things a teen girl might experience.

I would recommend this Bible for pre-teens (rather than teenagers) who have never read the Bible before, as the content is geared toward a younger audience. The physical Bible itself is very nice. It is a sturdy hardcover with a beautiful dust jacket and cover. Overall I would give this Bible 4/5 stars.

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Essential Guide to Prayer by Dutch Sheets | Review

"God dwells where there is prayer."

This book by Dutch Sheets, originally published as The Beginner's Guide to Intercessory Prayer, is all about the power and importance of intercessory prayer, praying for one another. Sheets stresses that we pray for others as part of the service Jesus has called us to, and also as a way of finding peace and getting closer to God. Prayer is how we maintain a relationship with love, so we should pray with the intention of building a loving relationship with Him, and everything in life flows from that relationship. Relationships based on love are the relationships that last. Most importantly, God works miracles through us on earth. However, we need to pray and allow God to use us to make it happen. We are God's link to activity on earth. Finally, we must always remember to persevere. Intercession is a marathon, not a sprint.

It was really interesting reading about intercessory prayer. I have read many books on prayer, but this was the only one I have read that is fully devoted to intercessory prayer, rather than just a chapter or section on the subject. Each chapter ended with questions to make sure you understood and to review the content of the chapter. There were tons of examples in each chapter to explain and illustrate each point. Overall, I thought it was very well written. It's a short book, so I was able to read through it quickly, but it was still full of very useful and impactful information. The tone of writing as well was very entertaining. Dutch Sheets told stories very well, and often had me laughing out loud at his jokes and humor. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is specifically interested in learning more about intercessory prayer. Overall, I gave this book 3/5 stars.

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.