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Book Review: Seeing the Voice of God by Laura Harris Smith

Posted by Julie on January 21, 2014 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

God is always speaking . . . even when He doesn’t use words.

We live in a post-verbal society that communicates through images–television, smartphones, the Internet–and our Creator longs to communicate with us visually if we’ll live with our eyes wide open.9780800795689

With absorbing insight, Seeing the Voice of God demystifies nighttime dreams and daytime visions, revealing the science behind the supernatural and giving you a biblical foundation for making sense of what you see. You’ll also:

learn to discern if what you see is from God
study the ten most common types of dreams
discover spirit, mind, and medical tips for better dream recall
interpret dream symbols and imagery
review the best iPhone and Android sleep cycle apps

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. I am a vivid dreamer with fantastic recall and when I’ve picked up books on dreams before, I found a lot of it new age’ish or vague. Seeing the Voice of God was comprehensive and Biblical. The author is very upfront that the first and best authority when it comes to dreams is asking God Himself. That really impressed me.

She dissects everything using Scripture and her own experiences. I didn’t plan on reading app suggestions for sleep cycles, and I had no idea the dream dictionary would be as exhaustive as it was.

Of all the dream books out there, I’m most impressed with Seeing the Voice of God. I highly recommend it.

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I received a copy of Seeing the Voice of God from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Letting Go of Your Limitations by Sandie Freed

Posted by Julie on December 18, 2013 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

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Are you tired of trying so hard?

Trying to live the transformed life you’re called to? Trying to access God’s power in order for change to happen?

Instead of trying, let go. Let go of the limitations of “religion,” a place of trying harder, where you never measure up. Step into God’s grace. You’ll be empowered supernaturally beyond your experience.

What’s holding you back?

Ministry leader Dr. Sandie Freed helps you to identify and let go of
· pressure to achieve results
· pride
· reliance on yourself
· efforts to please God on your own
· defeated attitudes
· squelched passions
· a hardened heart
· disappointments
· fear of intimacy with God

In each chapter, Sandie walks with you through a Scripture story illustrating a limitation. She shares her own experiences, directs you in a reflective activity and affirms you with biblical truth. This is your field guide to letting go and finding the place of God’s promised rest, where His supernatural power will be released in your life.

“God is in the restoration business. His desire is to restore us, heal up the brokenhearted and demonstrate Kingdom power as never before.”–Dr. Sandie Freed

 My review:

This is a book I could have used around ten years ago. I so wanted God to work in my life and for my life to impact others, I’d force God’s hand and try to work Him a little faster. You can imagine how well that went.

Letting Go of Your Limitations gives you the tools and more importantly, the Bible verses to lay yourself, your fears, and worries down and trust God to work powerfully in and around you. She uses her own stories and it’s refreshing to know she struggles too. I always love reading about someone in the Bible, and my favorite is probably Paul. I gleaned a lot with her sharing his story.

A lot of this information was a refresher for me, but I still found it to be a good book. I especially recommend that if you struggle as I did years ago, this book can be the vessel to set you free. I know some people find Sandie Freed polarizing, but I find her work Biblical and mostly on spot. I think she can handle you not being sure about her. If that’s you, ask God as you read for His leading. Let Him show you. Afterall, that’s what the book is about. 🙂

To purchase Letting Go of Your Limitations, click here.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Outrageous Courage by Kris and Jason Vallotton

Posted by Julie on June 13, 2013 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

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Dear Reader,

This is the story of one of the most courageous, radically obedient people we know.

Tracy Evans, a physician assistant, has treated rebel guerillas while captive on an Asian island. She’s sipped tea in a Mozambican hut while bullets whistled through the grass walls. She’s cared for 900 HIV-positive orphans.

In these pages you will find not only gripping, unembellished true stories of Tracy’s exploits around the globe, but the more amazing account of what God can do with–and through–one person’s raw faith and obedience.

Tracy’s life has had an unbelievable impact on us, our families and our friends. We pray that you, too, will be inspired to radical obedience, faith adventures and wild trust in God’s power and purpose for your life.

Put on your seatbelt and let the journey begin!

Love in Christ, Kris Vallotton Jason Vallotton

 

I’ll admit, when I agreed to review this book, I wasn’t sure what it was about. I’m familiar with Kris Vallotton’s work, but I didn’t know if it would be his story, a collection of stories, or, in what happened to be the case, a story of an ordinary person on a faith journey with an extraordinary God.

Tracy is not your typical Christian for a lot of reasons. Most of us wouldn’t dare go to the dark corners of the world, it’s easier to send a check. Tracy is all in, living minimal for the world and all out for Him. Her story is packed with adventure after adventure, but she admits she isn’t perfect. Just willing.

If you want a true story that’s just a little different than the usual on fire for God, willing to be called to missions kind of book, Outrageous Courage is for you.

You’ve been warned.

To purchase Outrageous Courage, click here.

I received this from Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Kris Vallotton’s Spirit Wars

Posted by Julie on June 1, 2012 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Yesterday I explained that Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing, sometimes sends me an e-mail asking if I’d like to review their books. Today, I review Kris Vallotton’s Spirit Wars.

Right away you can guess this isn’t light reading, and that it deals with things some might define as charismatic interest. I get that, and I’m okay with that. I know Kris Vallotton is a name that brings immediate reaction, and when I’m called on the carpet about reading books like this, I respond that I follow Kris or Bill Johnson or whoever as much as I follow Beth Moore. Meaning, I read their books. I might not agree with everything, but I don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. I use the Bible as my guide and take what I can use from those books, and leave out the rest. Simply put, I follow Jesus Christ, not man.

That said, I was intrigued to read Spirit Wars. Although I know it’s easy to find spiritual warfare even in burned toast, I am a prayer warrior who can testify I have gone up against things that were not of God, and I called on Christ’s authority and prayed against forces I know were the real deal in spiritual warfare.

 

 

 

 

Spirit Wars is a book where I learned a little, underlined a bit, and agreed with some of the principles and experiences he shares. However, the author seems conflicted. He admits a severe burn out and what it took to get out of that pit. He confesses to taking medication and seems apologetic to even admit it. He talks about Joshua and Nehemiah, but a lot of the book is his own story, which I don’t feel he’s very comfortable in talking about–almost as if there is more for him to deal with, and he’s not there yet.

There are some doctrinal issues that I can’t get on board with, and like I said, I won’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, but I can’t say I agreed with every single thing in the book. I did not.

My opinion is he needed to write either a personal experience kind of book, or a how-to using Joshua and Nehemiah as his guide. Using both didn’t work for me, and it is a shame, because I have enjoyed his other books.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive look at spiritual warfare, I recommend Chuck Pierce’s Time to Defeat the Devil. That’s a book that is dog eared and underlined so much the ink bleeds through the pages. Spirit Wars? Only a few underlines, no dog-eared pages.

Worth reading, but not as the top book on the subject.

You know the battle is raging–but are you fighting the right enemy?

Just as enemies fought Joshua in the Promised Land, and Nehemiah faced opposition as he rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, our enemy will fight us as we approach the spiritual terrain God has promised us. Most Christians retreat at the first sign of conflict because they fail to recognize the true nature of the battle. But you can prevail in freedom and joy.

Sharing his deeply personal story of demonic bondage, torment and ultimate deliverance, pastor and bestselling author Kris Vallotton turns the idea of spiritual warfare as we know it on its head. He reveals the diabolical lies and strategies of the enemy–attacks and traps so subtle and deceptive that we may find our souls and hearts imprisoned without even knowing it.

No more! Now you can win the invisible battle against sin and the enemy. Victory is within your grasp. Will you take hold?

 

Purchase here.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Book Review: Judith MacNutt’s Angels Are for Real

Posted by Julie on May 30, 2012 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Every so often Bethany House sends me an e-mail asking if I would like to read some of the books for review. The books end up being from Chosen, and they are a division of Baker Publishing, as is Bethany, if I read correctly.

Today, I’m able to review Judith MacNutt’s Angels Are for Real.

Angels have been, and will continue to be, a vital part of God’s Kingdom–from creation to Jesus’ birth and ascension to the end of days. Throughout the ages they have been messengers, protectors, healers, comforters and more to the people of God. Sometimes their presence is as subtle as a whisper of wind, other times as visible as the sun.

 

 

In this accessible, comprehensive and encouraging guide, Judith MacNutt pulls back the curtain on these intriguing heavenly beings. She offers insight and many stories of miraculous encounters, revealing what the Bible says about

  • what angels look like
  • what they do
  • why they are important in believers’ lives
  • the heavenly hierarchy
  • what fallen angels are
  • and more

When you begin to grasp the importance of angels to God–and your very own life–you will better understand God’s power and His extraordinary love for you.

I love inspiring stories and the Bible is real to me. So I’m always ready to read stories about angels and their impact on our lives. The author breaks down the different assignments and classes angels have, and I definitely related to guardian angel testimonies. I’ve listened to many missionaries and others who were in peril that did not know each other who all had warrior angel type protection stories. I know because of my Bible reading and personal experiences there is a fallen angel who is out to seek, kill, and destroy. This book explores and explains all of these things in detail and made for an engaging read.

What is a bit of a negative is a lot of the testimonies are marked anonymous and their credit isn’t always given directly to Christ. It’s important to know angels are messengers and they are not God, nor should angels be worshiped. The testimonies, as inspiring as they are, needed a bit of clarification, I believe, in that manner.

The author references Billy Graham and his book on angels and I confess, I need to do the same. Angels Are for Real is a good book and I recommend it. But Billy Graham’s book is great, and I highly suggest you make it a double read and take both of these books on. Angels Are For Real alone leaves me wanting a bit more. Complemented with Billy Graham’s book, it’s a complete read.

Purchase here.

I received Angels are for Real from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Promise of Provision

Posted by Julie on March 1, 2012 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

While most vacationers around me had their blush inducing worldly romances in their beachbag, I had Chosen Published books. I reviewed the first yesterday, and today is Derek Prince’s The Promise of Provision.

Derek Prince was an unfamiliar name to me and turns out, he passed away in 2003. His ministry put this book together based on his works on this topic.

The Secret to Receiving God’s Supernatural Abundance

Our God is a God of abundance. He is not poor, not stingy, not limited. Yet we often feel as if God’s blessings have passed us over, and we find ourselves struggling to have enough.

The problem is, we don’t know how to access God’s provision. We lack the understanding of how to receive it and what to do with it when we do.

With wisdom and depth, respected Bible teacher Derek Prince shows you how to step into your inheritance. He also shows you

• how to break free from a poverty spirit,
• five principles for receiving God’s abundance,
• practical steps and guidelines for creating a life of abundance,
• how you can bless others with His overflow,
• and more!

God wants to bestow His generous Kingdom blessings on you. Start living an abundant life today.

“God longs for you to have fruitfulness in every area of your life. God is a God of abundance. I pray that He will grant that revelation to you as you read.”–Derek Prince

 

In the area where I live, poverty is more than a statistic, it’s an atmosphere. You can feel it around you, and it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ve done a lot of reading, interviewing, praying, and researching why, and this book is a great summary of what I’ve discovered over the years. I’m not saying we treat God like Santa, but we don’t have to live entitled, or believing we will live and die without God’s hand.

This book didn’t have a lot of new information for me, but it was a great reminder of God’s promises. It’s full of Biblical promises and his experiences. It wasn’t my favorite read of vacation, but I enjoyed it. Lots of wisdom, here.

To learn more, click here.



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