Tuesday, October 29, 2013
There is undoubtedly one thing that Dr. Billy Graham is known for and that is preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the hope of salvation for all mankind. So, even though he has advanced in years, it is no shock to read through one of his most recent books and find that it centers around the very subject of salvation, and specifically the hope that is found in Jesus Christ.
While telling the story of why Jesus came, what He did on the cross and how anyone can receive Him as the Savior of their own life, the book addresses issues that are prevalent in the day and age in which we live. From chapters entitled "Sin is in" to "There's no hope of happy hour in hell", Dr. Graham is not afraid to tackle issues that many Christian leaders would rather avoid.
This book is also filled with many stories and illustrations. At first, I wasn't sure if it was going to contain only stories without scripture, but it quickly fills with the Biblical basis for salvation and what God's word says about hope. Jesus is our hope of salvation. And as he has done faithfully for decades, Dr. Graham explains how Jesus can be your hope too. He is not afraid to use words like sin and hell, as I mentioned earlier. And he's also not afraid to use words like judgment and repent.
Who should read this book? Anyone who has forgotten quickly what Jesus did for them on the cross. Anyone who has lost hope in a chaotic world. Anyone who is a believer but needs to remember how good God has been to them. And, most of all, anyone who has never entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. I received this book free from the publisher through the http://BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. And I recommend it to those who fit the categories I have listed.
Monday, October 28, 2013
In the current economic and political environment in America today, it could be tempting to assume that there is no other alternative to our situation and that we have to face the inevitable troubles that could result from our excessive debt, taxes and inflation. Others might, on the opposite end, assume that nothing at all is wrong and that the abundance of possessions we are able to accumulate and enjoy are proof that everything is actually ok. However, in Godonomics by Chad Hovind, we can see both by economics and history that there not only is a different way of living, but the way things are does not always guaranteed that they will stay that way and could be the beginning of much more challenging times ahead of us.
This book is a good look at money, American history and political thinking. It does not propose supporting any particular political party. But instead, it exhorts the readers to examine the Biblical principles of wealth and poverty to return to the foundations which God said will cause a nation to prosper. It is a look that most people may normally not take at their money and the assumptions we often make on how it is spent.
Perhaps you have forgotten, or don't remember names is history like John Meynard Keyes, and Adam Smith. Maybe a contemporary name like Allan Greenspan might strike a memory or two. But, the thinking of these and other individuals are challenged in comparison to the Biblical models of financial stewardship and prosperity. This book will challenge you and educate you in many ways.
I received this book for free from "Water Brook/Multnomah Publishing Group" for this review. You can learn a lot from it though at times you may get a little confused by some of the finance lessons and history you may have missed along the way. If you want a preview, Click here to download chapter one of Godonomics. - See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781601424778#sthash.DfqADoem.dpuf.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Many people talk about principles of getting out of debt and obtaining wealth but don't have either a plan to apply these principles or a plan that has been proven to work. The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition has both of these and includes the stories of many people who have tried the plan and made it work. And for each of the sections of the book with the stories of changed lives attached to them, it is not unlikely to conceive that the author could have included hundreds more of these stories that illustrate and prove that what he is saying works in the real world.
The book is not a get rich quick scheme or a pay off your debt tomorrow method of financial achievement. But it is layered with time proven principles that will help you achieve financial freedom. If you are expecting a bunch of sermons you won't find them here. Dave is writing to all audiences who read the book and these principles will work for anyone. To visit a financial planner might cost you a lot of the money that you are trying to protect. But The Total Money Makeover is like having a portable financial planner you can take with you for a fraction of the cost.
I received this book free from the publisher through the http://BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I highly recommend it to anyone who has never had a financial plan, needs help with their current financial situation or simply wants to learn more about how to manage their money. I believe that you'll be glad you read it.