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Book Review: Fashioned to Reign by Kris Vallotton

Posted by Julie on August 29, 2013 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

As summer fades into the proverbial sunset, I’ve been reading. Today I’m reviewing Fashioned to Reign by Kris Vallotton.

It’s Time for a Revolution

In the Garden, woman was taken out of man to stand by his side and co-reign with him. But Satan’s schemes have robbed women of their rightful identity, disempowering and defacing them. The world aches for God’s original partnership to be brought into balance once more–and it can be.
Join Kris Vallotton for an extraordinary journey of eye-opening insight, including

• God’s true plan and purpose for women
• Jesus’ radical teachings and care for women
• men’s important role in restoring women
• the true meaning of difficult Bible passages about women
• examples of women in leadership as God intended

God fashioned women to reign alongside men. Jesus set women free to be beautiful and powerful. It’s time for us, as daughters and sons of the King, to rule together in glory again. Will you join the revolution?

“We have failed to realize that Jesus founded the women’s liberation movement more than two thousand years ago. Isn’t it high time His Church led the revolution?”–Kris Vallotton

9780800795603Fashioned to Reign is a great premise and I’m all for the revolution Kris Vallotton is believing for. He mixes Scripture with empowering examples of women who made an impact despite the odds against them. Those vignettes include Mother Theresa and Joan of Arc, and there were things I learned from those examples that I had not been aware of prior to reading.

That said, the setup he describes surrounding the Garden of Eden is one I’ve read before, and for me, a stronger impression came from John and Stasi Eldredge’s Captivating. When Vallotton inserts his own examples, I found them distracting. However, when he talks about his wife and her gentle spirit, I realized that perhaps an even better way to tackle this topic would have been either for her to co author with him, or for her to take this book on herself.

I think it’s a good read, but because I already read Captivating, a lot of the information was a repeat. The leadership examples were great and inspiring. For an even better read, I really wish his wife had an active role in this project.

To purchase Fashioned to Reign, click here.

I received this book from Baker Publishing Group 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 |












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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