The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words, by Matt Lewis
I highly recommend this book, it is an easy read and you won’t want to put it down. The story is intriguing and the references compelling. I look forward to reading the other books in The Coffee House Chronicles, including: “Did the resurrection happen…Really?” and “Who is Jesus…Really?”
As the publishers write, “these are short, easily devoured novellas aimed at answering prevalent spiritual questions of faith, and then answers these questions with truth through relationships and dialogue in each story.”
This is one of the Coffee House Chronicles of apologetics. This book is based on the story of Nick, a young Christian college man who attended church as a youngster and now that he is on his own in college is exposed to many questions he never learned in youth group or from the pulpit. Nick takes a religion class from a religious studies professor who is, “refuting everything Nick has learned… and brings up questions he never had before.”
- Did Christianity borrow from pagan mythology?
- Are there mistakes in the Bible?
- When was the New Testament actually written?
- What about the “other” gospels?
I was given the opportunity to attend a 3 day workshop using this book. I purchased the book from Amazon on my own and attended the workshop through the College and Career ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, through a ministry I volunteered in.
The workshop covered the various types of Strengths that a person has, instead of focusing on improve on your weaknesses. This book and the workshop taught us how to see other’s strengths and how to accomplish the same goal by using each person on the teams gifts or strengths, instead of trying to change the person; and if the particular gift was needed to accomplish a certain goal that we may need to find another person that already has the strength instead of trying to wait until someone can get up to speed to learn the task even though it is not a natural strength that God has given them.
This is an easy to read book and there is an online test that you can take; please note that the ebook version may not have the code that you need to enter online to take the test to see what your top five strengths are. The retail price for this book is $24.95, best price was at Amazon.
This book helped me during a time of career transition, which is also how the College and Career workshop was set up to help those in transition from various careers, in and out of full time ministry. I recommend this book and the online test. If you are able to find someone who is doing the workshop based on the book, I suggest that for in depth focus on the subject.
A Book Review of “My Life is Not My Own” – by Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ
Here’s an excerpt from when I first began reading the book.
“…the book by Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) founder Bill Bright called, “My Life Is Not My Own.” Dr. Bright talks about how we are to be “slaves to God.” Which can be a hard pill to swallow in our American cultural understanding of what it means to be a slave. However the scripture says in Romans 6:22 that “we have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” Verse 16 says that were slaves to sin, obeying what the master of that sin was – whether it was a person, job, habit – whatever, we did whatever the master of that sin was. We are to be slaves to Christ who is our ‘go between”‘to God.”
It’s interesting to note that as I read just the beginnings of this book that is opened by letters from Dr. Bright’s wife Vonette, their two sons who are in ministry, and the present president of CCC – even as Dr. Bright spoke to the ministry workers and interviewers and basically everyone he came into contact with – he would say that he never had any problems. When Dr. Bright explained what he meant by this statement, which baffled many; he stated that as a slave to God, only God has all the problems, as his slave we didn’t have to worry about the problem, we just had to be obedient, as God would figure out all the details of how he wanted to orchestrate the issues of the problems and tell or guide us (his slaves) to complete the tasks at hand.
To acknowledge that my life is truly not my own, if I choose to serve Christ and surrender all to Him. I should have no worries and leave all of those pesky problems and thoughts of how things can be done and should be done, by Him, I cannot do them alone and until I realize all of this, I will continue to go through life stressing over all the issues that come before me. I pray that the Lord will help me go through life and know that it is not “I” but His will be done.
Copyright 2012 @mlehua
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as a gift for volunteering on Vonette Bright’s Christmas card and gifts mailout at Campus Crusade for Christ 2010. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I have attended New Hope Christian Fellowship for many years and the author, Pastor Wayne Cordeiro has written many books and made them available for all to enjoy. Often times if we were lucky as I was attending a workshop at a conference, we were given a copy of his book for free.
There aren’t too many books that have a long lasting effect as this book has been on revitalizing my commitment to daily journaling my devotions. I find that when I write my devos by handwriting vs. on the wordprocessor on my computer I edit my writing and don’t get the best affect for my spiritual life. All I need is a pen, notebook, my Bible and a reading plan. See this site for more info on How to Journal Your Devotions.
In times where we are always looking toward others to do what we need to do with Christ first, our personal quiet time will be changed when we seek Christ first as it says in Mt 6:33. Often we look at our religious leaders, authors, speakers, parents, friends etc to mentor us – we first need to look at Our Divine Mentor, to lead, guide, teach and offer the many things that we may fail toward others but He will always respond when we seek him.
I highly recommend this book. It will change the way you hear, seek, and pray to the Father and to find life’s answers is to have that time with the Lord and journal what the Lord is saying and teaching you on a daily basis.
This is an awesome little book, but don’t let the title fool you; it is jam packed with stories of the author’s life and the life lessons he has learned. The author, Mark DeMoss invites you into his world through the various stages of his life and how his relationship with Christ and his family have impacted him.