Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Everyone at one time or another in their life has struggles in various areas that they need to overcome, and Christians are no exception. However, sometimes people struggle in these areas for long periods of time and freedom seems to elude them, no matter how hard they try. Robert Morris' new book, Truly Free, addresses the challenges that face people daily and offers hope and deliverance from the snares that entangle even the most sincere people.
Throughout the book, Pastor Robert, the founder and Pastor of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, shares some of his own battles that he has face throughout the years, and tells of the freedom that he found in the pages of scripture and applying the principles that the scriptures declare. The book discusses many topics, including pride, bitterness, greed, lust, past wounds and the battle in our mind. Everyone will identify with at least one, if not several of the subjects that are mentioned in each chapter. These, combined with the personal experiences he shares from himself and others give practical illustrations of how to be free from these problems.
Deliverance is a valid scriptural subject and Pastor Robert outlines his position quite simply and straightforwardly. However, one area that I feel was weak in the book was the tendency to attribute too many areas to demonic spirits, rather than to works of the flesh. Biblically speaking, while Jesus did address demons often in His ministry, not everything was attributed to the devil. The book perhaps places an over emphasis on demon spirits as opposed to the victory of overcoming the flesh. However, the remedy he offers for these areas is sill good medicine, such as prayer, the word of God and seeking help from others.
I did receive this book for free through the book review program for bloggers, available at www.booklookbloggers.com and the views expressed are my own. I do recommend this resource if you have not yet found the freedom available through the cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus stated that 'you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free'. I trust that this book will be one tool that God uses to bring freedom into your spirit, soul and body.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Dave Ferguson and his brother Jon are the founders and Pastors at Community Christian Church near Chicago. They have many years of ministry experience and have written a new book called "Finding Your Way back to God", which I received for free through the book review program for bloggers that is available at www.bloggingforbooks.com. The views expressed are my own.
The book uses the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 to elaborate the various points it proclaims in it's pages. It is divided into five sections, each with the subject of 'awakening' at the forefront, including awakening to longing, regret, help, love and life. Through some of the scriptures found in the story of the Prodigal Son, and many tales of lives who were altered by the principles discussed in each chapter, the authors weave a tale of self discovery, ending with a life that most people desire, but don't often see. They also include a study guide at the end, with questions for discussion about the topics that are addressed.
Finding Your Way Back to God is probably very good for a non-believer or Christian who feels they have stumbled beyond restoration. And many of the stories in it's pages tell of these type of experiences. For that reason it will be a benefit to many people. I, for one, however, am becoming more and more disturbed by the trend in Christian literature that has become more stories and less scripture. While the authors do use the Prodigal Son as the backdrop of their book, it is not a book based on the Bible. It is a book that contains scriptures to support it's points, similar to the way we might use famous quotes which illustrate what we're trying to say.
I do not desire to criticize anyone, for I think the writing style is very good and they build their points from chapter to chapter well. But, if you're like me and are desiring more Biblical literature, this won't be for you. If you do, however, need to find your way back to God, I hope that you do read this book, that it's simple enough to help you and that you grow in the wisdom and knowledge of God, and in relationship with Jesus Christ, His Son, the Savior of the world who died for your sins and rose again.