Jesus Is For You: Stories of God’s Relentless Love
by Judah Smith
4 of 5 Stars
I adore coffee table books but I’ve grown fairly picky with them as I’ve grown my collection. This book is perfect for any person of faith. It’s a very quick read if you sit down with it. I think it’s much more enjoyable to pick it up and read one or two of the stories at a time and really think about them for a while. This book also makes an excellent gift for the holidays for any Christians in your life. It’s a beautiful book, filled with lots of photography on glossy paper. This is the perfect encouragement for anyone going through a rough patch. It helped me with some anxiety of my own and I’m looking forward to passing it on to a friend!
What Would Jesus Post?: Seven Principles Christians Should Follow in Social Media
by Brian D. Wassom
4 of 5 Stars
I have a love – hate relationship with social media so when I saw this available to review I was really curious though a little nervous. A lot of Christian nonfiction has this tendency to go way over my head. I’m happy to announce that this book didn’t do that at all. Perhaps it’s due to the progression in my faith but I’m giving more credit to the author. I was able to understand all of the scripture references and how they related to each principle as he explained them. The best part about this book is the fact that the author does not vilify social media. Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest are not the enemy, nor are they evil or even necessarily sinful to use. I loved walking away from this quick read with a lot of food for thought. I highly recommend this to any Christians who regularly use social media, it’s an eye opener for sure!
The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible
by Troy Schmidt
4 of 5 Stars
Even though I consider myself a Christian, I’m easily overwhelmed by trying to understand the Bible. Most Christian literature goes over my head and I often end up feeling more confused. This combination makes me a little hesitant to pick up books that just list scripture because I read it and I feel like I’m missing something. This book is the answer for that because it explains each scripture. I see this book almost as a 100 day devotional that you could read daily and really let sink in. I also think this would make a great gift. My only small complaint is that I wish it was a little.. fancier? I feel almost guilty griping over something so shallow about a book like this. It’s wonderful but I’d probably keep it out on display more if it were ‘prettier’ or if it included some artwork or photography inside the book rather than just black and white text. Even though it’s on the simpler side design wise, this would make a great gift for family or friends.
The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life: What Will Change, What Won’t, and Why It Matters
by Alex Early
5 of 5 Stars
I was cautiously hopeful with this book and perhaps that’s part of the reason I ended up loving it as much as I did. I didn’t head in with high expectations. What I appreciated most is the fact that not only was it not preachy, but it touched on quite a few of the questions I’ve always had in my faith but was unsure how or even whom to ask. For such a little and compact book a lot of topics are covered fairly in depth. Baptism, tithing, sin, church membership, and more are all touched on in the different chapters. Unlike some other books I’ve read, this was written in a way that I could easily understand. For example, the story of Job was gone over in such a way that I was able to understand it on a whole new level. This inspired me to grab my bible and actually read it again! I’ve found very little Christian literature that has gotten me motivated the same way this book did. My initial plan was to read this and then pass it on to someone else
My initial plan for this book was to read this and then pass it on to someone else to enjoy. After having finished it I think it’s found an official spot on my bookshelf as I hope to reread it at some point in the future. I highly recommend this to any new believers looking to delve into this genre. It would also make a great choice for a small group or book club as each chapter comes with a set of questions that would lend themselves really well to discussion.
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