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Book Review: Dreams and Visions–Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World by Tom Doyle

Posted by Julie on December 27, 2012 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Imagine being Muslim and seeing Jesus in a dream.

I love reading books about how people came to know Jesus in a personal way. Some lived in a home where He was welcome, and it was a natural progression for them to ask Jesus to be their Savior. Some lived in that home but wanted nothing to do with Him until something happened and they opened their hearts to a personal relationship with Christ. There are some that had little clue who He was or what He was about until someone shared that life-changing message.

But this is my favorite way of all–a personal encounter with Jesus Himself.

This is a fact the mainstream media doesn’t want you to know, but Tom Doyle shares uplifting testimony after testimony on what I’ve heard for the last five years—Jesus is appearing to people in dreams and visions in countries closed to Christ. And where the government will say God is not welcome, He can’t be stopped.

519m4CYEpOL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_The stories are fascinating, and the author breaks it down by region. A snippet I will share is “Dina’s” story, someone so embedded in the country and their teachings that she would call a Christian show and mock the host. Her job was to take care of those found to be converts to Christ. She wasn’t just tough, she was hardened.

But one call was not only mocking, but desperate. Her mother was quite sick, and they developed a suicide pact. In fact, she scoffed, the were going to do so live on the air during this show. The host said you know, wait a week. Give God a week to change things. She made fun of him, but agreed, emphasizing their suicides would be on the air live, if he dared take her call. He agreed, if she would say a prayer with Him. It was a commitment prayer to Jesus, and she did, believing in a week’s time she’d get the final word.

What happened is miraculous and if only that story were in the book, it would be worth getting just to hear what happened to Dina and her mom. Yet there is so much more. The average American has no idea the persecution that goes on for the sake of Christ. We take our freedoms for granted, and I believe we are heading into days not so far away where even our freedoms will be restricted.

I can’t say enough about this book. Whether you want to make fun of it or cry tears of joy, I challenge you to get your hands on Dreams and Visions–Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World. I believe it will awaken you, too.

What would you do if Jesus appeared to you in a dream? What if He came to you in a vision and told you to follow Him? What if these visions continued for over thirty days? Would you believe? Would you put your trust in him? Would you devote your life to him?

Would you if you were Muslim?

Pastor Tom Doyle has spent eleven years as a  full-time missionary in the Middle East and Central Asia, spreading the word of Jesus Christ. Throughout his journey he has encountered a staggering number of Muslims who were first introduced to Jesus through a vision or dream so powerful that they eventually turned from their lifelong religion of Islam and embraced Christ as their Savior. Despite living in a culture where converting to Christianity can result in execution, these former Muslims have found hope, peace, and inspiration that comes from knowing Christ. Their stories will amaze you. Jesus is reaching out to the Muslims and they are responding. Did you know that Iran has the fastest growing church in the world?

Dreams and Visions is a remarkable collection of stories directly from the world of Islam. Doyle not only relates these stories, but also addresses the questions: Why would God use dreams to reach the Muslim world? Can dreams be trusted? What happens after these dreams or visions occur?

Travel to the heart of the Middle East to meet new believers who have truly been touched by Jesus in the most miraculous way, through their nightly dreams.

I read this book as a promotion from Thomas Nelson Publishers and received it in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase DREAMS AND VISIONS here.

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Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress

Posted by Julie on April 3, 2012 in Book Review, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

One dress. Four women. An amazing destiny.

I’m thrilled to be one of the first stops in Rachel Hauck’s blog tour for her latest release, The Wedding Dress.

Charlotte Malone is getting married. Yet all is not settled in the heart of Birmingham’s chic bridal boutique owner. Charlotte can dress any bride to perfection-except herself. When she discovers a vintage mint-condition wedding gown in a battered old trunk, Charlotte embarks on a passionate journey to discover the women who wore the gown before her.

Emily in 1912. Mary in 1939. And Hillary in 1968. Each woman teaches Charlotte something about love in her own unique way. Woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte’s heritage, the power of faith, and the beauty of finding true love. 

I really enjoyed The Wedding Dress. I felt like I was getting two books in one, and that both were fulfilling reads. Reading Emily, Mary and Hillary’s stories were fascinating looks at how women have gained respect in society for their work, convictions, and choices. I loved reading about the designer of the dress, Taffy Hayes. She was an African American designer that based on skin color, didn’t receive a lot of wedding dress work. Emily bucked the system and caused quite the scandal by insisting Taffy’s dress stay.

But that wasn’t the only fascinating aspect of history. Hillary’s story includes love, loss, and war. Embedding her story into Charlotte’s contemporary, Rachel also delivered a great faith journey for the ladies that had to trust God, whether for the first time or after deep hurts.

Then there is Charlotte’s story. I loved how she insisted the dress was for her to find the bride, no matter how many people insisted it was her dress to wear. Her wounded feelings were real and the conflict in her story was believable. The only part of this book I struggled a little with was the little man in purple. He kind of threw me off, and I think the story could have stood just fine without that element. But still, what a beautiful book. I really enjoyed it, and I think you will, too.

About Rachel Hauck:

Rachel Hauck is the bestselling author of Carol Award winner Sweet Caroline, and RITA Finalist Love Starts With Elle, and of the critically acclaimed fiction collaboration with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans, The Songbird Novels.

She lives in sunny, though sometimes hurricane plagued, central Florida with her husband and their ornery pets.

Visit http://rachelhauck.com for more about Rachel and her books, and to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

What is “true” beauty? Join the conversation at Rachel’s Author Chat Party Event Page. On the eventing of 4/19 we’ll gather to talk about inner and outer beauty and share moments of beauty in our lives.

In the meantime, celebrate with Rachel by entering her True Beauty Giveaway!

One “beautiful” winner will receive:

  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (Treat yourself to a spa day or weekend get-away!)
  • The Wedding Dress (by Rachel Hauck)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 4/18/12. Winner will be announced at Rachel’s “True Beauty” Facebook Party on  4/19. Rachel will be hosting an evening of beauty (inner/outer) chat, fun trivia, laughter, and encouragement – bring your friends! She’ll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club and a live chat with Rachel via Skype.)

So grab a few of your friends and your copy of The Wedding Dress and join Rachel on the evening of April 19th for an evening of fun.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 19!

Please visit the other bloggers signed up for this tour by clicking here.

Purchase The Wedding Dress here.

I received this book from the publisher and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.

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BookSneeze Blogger Review- Sheila Walsh: How to be God’s Little Princess

Posted by Julie on March 15, 2011 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

I’m a book reviewer through Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze blogger program. I love the program because you receive a free book in exchange for an honest review through your blog and a commercial website. I post my reviews on Amazon.

Today I’m reviewing Sheila Walsh’s How to Be God’s Little Princess. I loved her previous book, God’s Little Princess Devotional Bible so this was an easy pick for me.

Sheila gives “royal tips for manners, etiquette, and true beauty.” The book includes jewelry craft ideas, easy to read suggestions on dressing modestly yet being fashionable. Sheila includes lots of fun quizzes that helps your eight year old and up daughter to learn more about how God made her.

Sections include:

How to Dress Like a Princess, How to Wear a Tiara (and other princess necessities), How a Princess Perfects Her Poise, How to be Friends Princess Style, How to Dine with Royal Success, How to Sparkle Like a Princess, How to Have a Rockin’ Royal Party,  How to be Media Wise, How to be a Perfectly Polite Princess, How to be a Princess at Home, How a Princess Sports a Good Attitude, How a Princess Knows She Needs an Inner Beauty Makeover.

I have a princess at home. She loves pink, sparkles, tiaras and singing out her words because life is a song to her. She’s had a hard life in a short amount of time but because of that, she knows she’s God’s girl. I can’t wait to share this book with her. Honestly, I plan to hide this in her Easter basket because the book contains treasures far richer than peanut butter cups.

Sheila Walsh: How to be God's Little Princess

I believe this book is a great one to read with your daughter. There are hands on things to do to grow your relationship with her. There are also ideas she can do with friends. The book is full of Scripture to help navigate your princess through royal choices so she can live like the princess in Christ she truly is.

Book Description

A fun guide book for God’s little princesses.

What does it take to be a princess? Sheila Walsh has some important answers to share for every little girl. This trendy design features black & white line art and a two-color pink and black interior. The art will tie to each how-to topic in the book—how to make the best pink cookies, how to wear a tiara, how to earn money at home, how to care for a royal dog, how to be respectful, how to use good manners, how to help Mom, how to follow Jesus, how to act like a princess when things go terribly wrong, and many more.

To purchase, click here.

Again, I received this book through Booksneeze for free in exchange for an honest review.

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BookSneeze Valentine’s Book Review: Couples Who Pray

Posted by Julie on February 11, 2011 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Uncategorized |

Today bloggers associated with the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze program are sharing Valentine themed reviews. My BookSneeze Valentine’s book review is Couples Who Pray by SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt.

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