What do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? Andrew and Rachel Wilson grappled with this question after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism. Refreshingly honest, this book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds. Sharing personal stories from their lives and encouragement rooted in the truth of God’s Word, Andrew and Rachel highlight lessons they’ve learned related to fighting for joy and thriving in the midst of trials—ultimately pointing readers to Christ, the One who promises to make all things new.
The book starts out with transparency as Rachel shares their vacation experience. With each mishap and missed injury or worse, Rachel reminds herself to breathe. With that honesty, I’m captivated and I join her and her husband as they share their story. They have two children with special needs. They use their own stories, great visuals (I love explaining their situation is like receiving an orange for dessert when everyone else gets chocolate,) Scripture and thoughts that provoke the reader beyond the last page.
They are upfront that although their story is about their children, the book is for anyone looking for hope, and I believe that. It was easy to partner with their story and find the hope to cling to. When they admitted this is the book they needed, I agree with them. When our daughter was first diagnosed with special needs, I saw a lot of academic type books, but none that addressed the million thoughts I had racing in every direction at all times. Although I’m a few years past that time, I still found the book refreshing. I felt less alone.
I absolutely recommend THE LIFE WE NEVER EXPECTED. In fact, I have one to give away (please remember if you comment, leave an email where I can reach you.) Please tell me why you should have this book. I’ll pick a winner July 5th.
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Inspired by the Kendrick Brothers’ new movie, War Room, this exciting new resource from the #1 best-selling author team behind The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men is designed to help anyone learn how to become a powerful person of prayer. The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life. Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles, not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level.
The Battle Plan for Prayer reminds me a lot of The Love Dare, the book inspired by the movie, Fireproof. The Battle Plan starts with the basics and each day, as they suggest reading a chapter at a time daily, gets more intense. By the end of the book the reader is armed with Biblical definitions of prayer, Scripture, examples and then strategies for specific prayer events.
What I found especially helpful were the Appendix at the end. They are full of resources to turn to time and time again. The entire book was well done and a must have for any family hungry to turn or return to prayer as part of their lifestyle.
The Battle Plan is part of the resources available to all ages in conjunction with the upcoming movie, The War Room. Please check my reading page to see my other reviews.
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“Eat Like Jesus” offers a simple, scientific, and comprehensive Bible-based dining theology, examining and explaining what the Bible teaches about food and eating.
Drawing heavily from the Bible texts, “Eat Like Jesus” puts food-related topics such as veganism, kosher diets, cleansing rituals, and animal physiology (including diet, hygiene, diseases, etc.) into proper perspective, harmonizing New Testament accounts of Jesus, Peter, and Paul with Old Testament teachings of Moses.
“Eat Like Jesus” uniquely reveals why the first law in the Garden of Eden was dietary, why Noah took extra pairs of certain animal species into the Ark, what kind of animals did Peter saw in his vision, and what Jesus really meant as he “called all foods clean”.
Eat Like Jesus is a book dedicated to the Scriptures and what they say about food. From clean and unclean to Moses to the Garden of Eden, Andrew L. Hoy is passionate about going through the Scriptures and offering a look at Kosher Christianity.
I was impressed with the research that went into this book. It is full of Biblical history and different translations. One of the charts explains different verses and looks at it from a Kosher Christianity vs a Dispensational Christianity perspective.
It’s so well researched and presented I found this to be more of an academic book than one a casual reader interested in a Biblical based diet might be. I think if someone is looking for a bottom line of what foods they should and should not eat based on Kosher Christianity, they might be frustrated to find the information they are looking for. However, for a Bible student hungry for a book full of God’s Word and thoughts on food, this is a perfect read.
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To know that I belong to Jesus Christ.
To know that God chose me before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.
To know that I am adopted into His family and nothing or no one can take me away from Him.
To know that I am redeemed from my sin and rescued from hell.
To know that Jesus took my sin and gave me His righteousness. I am a new creation. His Spirit lives in me.
To know He has forgiven every sin I ever have and ever will commit.
To know I am loved. I am loved exactly as I am. He knows everything about me, every thought, every motive, and every secret thing and yet He still loves me and always will.
If only I had the words to express thanks for a love like that. All that alone would be overwhelming blessing.
But along with such spiritual blessings, God has blessed me with:
An amazing husband who loves me and supports me even when I am not very lovable.
A wonderful son who has grown into a man I am proud of and who is not afraid to tell me how much he loves me.
Family members I love and who love me. Whom I can count on. Who would be there for me any time I need it
Phenomenal friends, who love me, care about me, pray for me, inspire me and support me. Friends who believe the best about me. And God keeps adding to them!
A church that I am so excited to be a part of! A church where the truth is taught, where we are encouraged to give to and serve others, a church where I can worship God in unity with others.
A job that helps provide yet gives me freedom to do things I need to do. A job with variety that allows me to be a part of the lives of children and young people.
God’s Holy Word! His word that plants truth into my heart and mind. His word that gives comfort, encouragement, correction, conviction when needed, wisdom, strength and power to resist the enemy. His word is an incredible gift. A priceless gift.
Prayer! Another priceless gift. To be able to talk to the Creator of the universe! To be able to come to a Holy, Perfect, All-powerful God and talk to Him without an appointment, anytime, anywhere! Wow! That is unbelievable! He is unbelievable! I love Him so much!
Father, Thank you for your unspeakable gifts! I am blessed beyond measure. I really feel speechless when I truly think about what you have done for me and what you have given me. Every. Single. Thing. In my life and about me is a gift from you. Grace. Thank you for your amazing grace. If only I had the words. Please look into my heart and know how grateful I am. I love you Father.
Revelation 5:9; Ephesians 1:3-14; I Peter 1:18-19; John 3:16-18; John 5:24; Romans 4:7-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17,21; Psalm 139; Psalm 103:12; Jeremiah 3:13; Hebrews 4:12-13, 16; 2 Timothy 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Philippians 4:6; Ephesians 6:18-19; Colossians 4:2; Hebrews 10:24-25; James 1:16-17