I just finished another awesome book, another one that I wish I could give to every single Christian I know! If you want a great book, please pick this one up. You can get it free for kindle!
In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon
In His Steps is a classic of religious fiction about preacher Henry Maxwell, who asks his congregation to consider "What would Jesus do?" before taking any action for a year.
This simple request produces marked results in the small mid-western town. Formerly silent and passive members of the congregation become emboldened to enthusiastically speak truth and become frank about various situations they face, while confronting what they view as inadequate or wrong in the locality.
Owing to his experience living in and observing individuals throughout late 19th century America, Charles Sheldon created a reasonably accurate vignette of the USA and its people. The setting and characterization helped readers relate easily to the tale and the wrongs which - through conversion - are confronted by various characters. The novel duly became a famous bestseller.
Today, In His Steps is credited for introducing the phrase 'What would Jesus do?' to a much wider audience. Although variations of the rhetorical question had appeared in English and other languages for centuries, it was the colossal popularity of this book that embedded it as a household saying.
I just finished vol. #1 of a new series for me.....I am not sure if you have listed it or not.
It is by Tricia Mingerink titled: Dare
I really like the way she wove Bible stories, principals, the gospel etc. into the story. She also dealt with issues like fear , faith and so on.
I am really really hoping my inter-loan librarian can find all the rest of the series....vol. 2 is titled: Deny.
There is some violence ( kind of medieval times, so swords and knives) but no swearing, sex etc.
There is a budding love story, and a feisty funny younger sister, who tells a wounded young assassin stories about Daniel while he is healing at their manor. ( The Bible and Christianity is being outlawed...thus she tells him just like they are 'just' stories....but the Word, takes it effect anyway).
I'm glad you found a good series you like. I wanted to tell you about a book that is one I wish every Christian would read and re-read. I may have already listed it, I don't remember. But even if I did, it's worth telling about it again. It's one that I really, really, hope that you'll get and read as I know it will help you a lot. It's called:
Trusting God By Jerry Bridges
From the Back Cover Why is it easier to obey God than to trust Him? Because obeying God makes sense to us. In most cases, His laws appear reasonable and wise, and even when we don’t want to obey them, we usually concede that they are good for us. But the circumstances we find ourselves in often defy explanation. When unexpected situations arise that appear unjust, irrational, or even dreadful, we feel confused and frustrated. And before long, we begin to doubt God’s concern for us or His control over our lives.
Adversity is hard to endure and can even be harder to understand. If God were really in control, why would He allow the tragic auto accident or crucial job loss? How could He permit cancer in a loved one or the death of a child? Grappling with His concern for us we ask, “Why is God allowing this?” or “What have I done wrong?”
In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on the topic of God’s sovereignty. What he learned changed his life, and he now shares the fruit of that study with you in Trusting God. As you begin to explore the scope of God’s power over nations, nature, and the detailed lives of individuals, you’ll begin to acknowledge His loving control. And as you come to know Him better, you’ll find yourself trusting Him more completely—even when life hurts.
Here are some of the titles of some of the reviews of this book and I can agree with every one of them:
You MUST read this book if you are hurting
Truly a great book
I walked into this book bound but I walked out free...
This is a great book to help people struggling with questions of why ...
I thank God for this book
Must Read this book, again & again!
A truth all believers need to know
This is an absolute must read book!
One of the best Christian books I've read.
Such a Treasure!
It's not free, but it's one that's very much worth owning so you can read it again and again. The Kindle Price is $8.63 or you can get a hardcover or paperback version very cheap - only a couple of dollars at most if you buy it used.
Buy it when you can, so you can read it over and over again...I'm pretty sure you can get it really cheap if you get it used. yep, I just checked and you can get a hardcover book for a total of $4 which includes shipping and handling. (the book is 1 cent and the shipping is $3.99 LOL)
Strange, my link didn't work so I'm going to post it again:
By the way, I don't know if I already wrote about a series I am reading: the Kingdom Series? by Chuck Black.
I read the first one yesterday. It is a Christian Fantasy but unless someone has no knowledge at all of the Bible, you can see such clear bible symbolism ( starting with the garden of Eden and going thru various prophets etc.)
He also does some fun things with words.
While one of the heroes is a slave to an arrogant king...representing Pharaoh, he warns him of the coming Eminafs ( rearrange then letters and you get famine) LOL
They are: 1) Kingdom's Dawn 2) Kingdom's Hope 3)Kingdom's Edge 4) Kingdom's Call 5) Kingdom's Quest 6) Kingdom's Reign
Sounds fun! I hope you saw my reply to you above...
Oh, just out of curiosity, I counted all the books I have on my kindle the other day. Right now I have 94 books, and 68 apps on it, plus a bunch of documents - didn't count those. On top of that, I have 2,527 books in my bible library that I have on my kindle - the same one I had you download! So as you can see, you don't have to be concerned about running out of room for quite awhile anyway!
The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life by Dustin Willis,and Brandon Clements
When I saw the title of this book it immediately intrigued me. I'm an introvert, so meeting people isn't all that easy for me and others like me. But I still loved the whole idea of it. Plus from my own studies, I knew the idea was completely in line with what the Lord teaches us. In fact, I'd recently been trying to think of a way I could do something like this. My ideas were still very vague, but this book got my attention right away because of that. It's really an easy book to read too, and actually enjoyable as well as informative. The authors include a great deal about their own trials and errors of implementing this in their own homes with their wives and children, some of which can make you laugh out loud or groan in commiseration with them. I can honestly say I enjoyed every part of the book. Personally though, my favorite was the portion on"How Do You Get To the Gospel?" In my entire life, I've never actually heard anyone speak to an unbeliever about the gospel. I've bought books that were supposed to tell you how to do it, but invariably they told all about why you should do it and never said actually what you should say, or rather how to introduce the topic. Even books with titles that would make you think the whole book was just about that, but it never was. This book is different. It does tell you how to introduce the topic to an unbeliever and gives good suggestions as to how to bring it up and make the most impact. This book is worth it's weight in gold for that alone! It's a must read for every Christian that wants to show the world how wonderful our Lord is and how wonderful life can be with Him. I highly recommend it and can't wait to give it to my children and our pastor!
I've been reading a couple of books (fiction) written by a British Author in 1910. His name is Sydney Watson. Two things really got my attention in these books. First that he got 99% or more of it right and second that it was written in 1910, long before Hal Lindsey or any others came along! What I also enjoyed was that although he wrote it as fiction, it was full of scripture showing how he came to his conclusions, and throughout the book, he begged people to get saved NOW because he believed even then that the rapture could occur at any moment. He also showed throughout the book, how history, including what for him was current history, had brought society to this moment of expecting that the Lord should come any moment.
I know that we too have scrutinized our more recent history, as well as some past history and shown how the Lord is putting everything into place even now. What I learned though was that we didn't go back nearly far enough to see just how God had allowed Satan to work things in the world to bring about a culture that accepted things like abortion, homosexuality, and all kinds of perversion, as well as causing so much unrest, hate and violence. Watson shows how all of this was already well into the works by the late 1800's! (and then gives evidence of it). It's truly amazing, at least it was to me.
Although these are the most recent books I've read concerning this, they're not by far the only ones. I've also read a number of commentaries and non fiction books written by pastors from the early to late1800's, one of which I shared part of several years ago. You can still find it on my old blog: The Way To Heaven: or A Help To Christians To Know The True State of Their Souls. The second part of that book, which I never got to post, was about the rapture and how it would happen soon, so it would be wise to be sure of our salvation. As I recall, there was some of that in the first part as well. Most of the ones I've read have been from about 1860 to 1925 and there seem to be a great many pastors who taught a pretrib rapture. It seems as though it was fairly common accepted knowledge among most Christians back then. A love for Israel was also taught and expected among Christians then. Watson's books have also helped open my eyes to way God's Word has been fulfilled that I hadn't noticed before.
There's one thing that I found quite sad about what he wrote. He shows of course how horribly Christians were fooled by Satan so they began walking with the world instead of being separated to God and walking with Christ. We show the same now. The difference is that many of the things he shows, we don't even blink at or consider today. That shows just how desensitized and blinded we've become. I'm mainly talking about morals here, and how they have been slowly and carefully undermined by Satan until eventually everyone, including Christians forgot about them. It shows why people are the way they are today. In fact in some ways I could even consider his books to be prophetic, because without knowing it, when he described how things would be "during the tribulation", he's actually describing how things are right now. That's just how horrible he and many other pastors viewed the way we live today. They felt it was so incredibly sinful that the only time it could possibly happen would be during the tribulation! It makes me feel so very ashamed and also feel that God must surely send Jesus for His beloved Church soon! Like Watson, I can't imagine....I don't want to imagine the world getting any worse with us still here.
If you'd like to read his books, they're: In the Twinkling of an Eye (1910), and The Mark of the Beast (1915) by Sydney Watson. "The desire of the author of "The Mark of the Beast" has been to further "startle" and awaken "careless, ill-taught professing Christians," by giving some faint view of the fate of those professors who will be "left behind" to go through the horrors of The Tribulation."
bystillwaters: Father please watch over the people of Sutherland TX and the First Baptist Church there...
Nov 8, 2017 6:06:54 GMT -5
sw7777: May God increase the harvest as time is running out. May God make us ready to answer peoples questions and may we be ready to guide people to know Christ....sometimes the smallest seed becomes the biggest tree. Amen.
Oct 24, 2017 14:26:18 GMT -5