Non-Fiction

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Welcome to a sore eyed readers book review. I have enjoyed a few non-fiction books on contemporary topics that are thought provoking.

Fatwa-Hunted in America

Pamela Geller

                     

The Qur’an claims that Allah and the God of the Bible is one and the same. It can be politically convenient to hold this view and may appear to promote tolerance. Yet, for true tolerance and effective dialogue, a deeper understanding of one another’s religious claims is imperative. In this book Solomon and Debs draw on Qur’anic scholarship to present a compelling case against this doctrine of ‘sameness’. The characteristics of the God of the Bible are far removed from the Allah presented in the Qur’an. The Lord God of the Bible looks for a loving relationship with humankind whom he created in his image; in full revelation of himself, God became man on earth and dwells by his Holy Spirit in the hearts of all who ask him.

Not the Same God-Sam Solomon                        

The Qur’an claims that Allah and the God of the Bible is one and the same. It can be politically convenient to hold this view and may appear to promote tolerance. Yet, for true tolerance and effective dialogue, a deeper understanding of one another’s religious claims is imperative. In this book Solomon and Debs draw on Qur’anic scholarship to present a compelling case against this doctrine of ‘sameness’. The characteristics of the God of the Bible are far removed from the Allah presented in the Qur’an. The Lord God of the Bible looks for a loving relationship with humankind whom he created in his image; in full revelation of himself, God became man on earth and dwells by his Holy Spirit in the hearts of all who ask him.

The Trump Prophecies

In November of 2016, the world witnessed the impossible. Nearly every household in America was tuned in to the election feeds, and every update pointed to a loss for the Republican Party. But when the map of the states flipped red in the final hour, there were a select few who weren’t surprised. They had always known Trump was going to win. He was chosen for such a time as this. The prophecy had said so.

This prophet, this reserved man of God, was retired firefighter Mark Taylor. The word given by the Holy Spirit was delivered on April 28, 2011 in the middle of the most debilitating sickness a man could ever experience. When the prophecy later fell into the hands of New York Times bestsellers Don and Mary Colbert, God used this new team of passionate individuals to lead the nation into a fervent prayer chain that would accomplish one of the most incredible miracles our country has ever seen.

But Trumps victory was only the beginning…                                                                                  

What is coming next for the most powerful nation on earth today? Mark Taylor has more to say.

In THE TRUMP PROPHECIES readers will discover:

*How the Lord can and will use anyone regardless of education, background, or health to communicate His message to the Church of Christ

*What led to the miracle of the 2016 election, the role of we the people for the will of God in the future, and what the Body of Christ needs to do to keep His blessing on our nation

*How the enemy has utilized techniques of distraction to keep the Body’s focus off of God and onto internal, demoralizing disputes and how this can be overcome

*Astounding, world-altering changes in our US government Mark sees on the horizon

*The positive message of hope and encouragement that points to fresh methods of spreading the Gospel to the lost

The Vanishing American Adult –by Ben Sasse.

I am on the second chapter of this book so I will be posting comments other folks who have read it already and have commented. 

Mike Rowe, creator and host of dirty Jobs gives a review of The Vanishing American Adult.” Couple years ago, somebody told me a senator from Nebraska was tweeting about the essential business of castrating bulls. I didn’t know who Ben Sasse was, but I was intrigued by his use of social media. I’ve since met him, and like him. If you read this book, you will too. It’s excellent. In particular, the ‘Lessons from the Ranch’ section should be required reading for every parent, every child, and every elected official in America. This really is a book for everyone—well, except the bulls.”

 

Many of the coming-of-age rituals that have defined the American experience since the Founding: learning the value of working with your hands, leaving home to start a family, becoming economically self-reliant―are being delayed or skipped altogether. The statistics are daunting: 30% of college students drop out after the first year, and only 4 in 10 graduates. One in three 18-to-34-year-olds live with their parents.

In the Vanishing American Adult, Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can’t grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body―and explains how parents can encourage them.

Our democracy depends on responsible, contributing adults to function properly―without them America falls prey to populist demagogues. A call to arms, The Vanishing American Adult will ignite a much-needed debate about the link between the way we’re raising our children and the future of our country.

 

Mannyr— I am on the second chapter of this book. There are so many topics covered in The Vanishing American Adult. It explains the adolescent behavior we see running rampant.

30 prayers for my current situation by Michele Brown                                                                

I have just finished reading this new book–First impression— it is high energy, written from a heart that has endured much affliction. The book has many facets that are a great and powerful testimony to the life given to prayer and the two-way street, so many folks miss out on in daily life. To use a quote from Michele :” The righteous cry and the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their trouble. Psalm 34:7.   Little by little, I began to cry out my problems to God and thank Him in advance for whatever He was going to do to help me through. That is my new PINCH-POINT reaction. Not frustration, not discouragement or depression, not calling a bunch of people to recite the problem… oh no, I go to the Problem Solver. A thirty day journey building on the relationship she has and you can have. I highly recommend this book.

 

 

 

America The Beautiful by Dr.Ben Carson

Ben Carson America I found this book to be as heart warming as the movie”Gifted Hands.” This is a stirring account based on the values that made America great in the past and warns us that, we should wake up and use our birthrights before we loose them. He challenges us with a thought-provoking question, “Are we willing to abandon those things for the sake of political correctness?” This is an educational,sobering, and inspiring book by a man who walks the walk, and talks the talk of a man of God.

The Marketing of Evil by David Kupelian

marketing of evil The writer opens with both barrels. “Americans have come to tolerate, embrace and even champion many things that would have horrified their parents generation-from easy divorce and unrestricted abortion-on-demand virtually up to the moment of birth, judges banning the Ten Commandments from public places, a national explosion of middle school sex, the slow starvation of the disabled, thousands of homosexuals openly flouting the law and getting “married,” and online porn creating late-night sex addicts in millions of middle -class homes, to extreme body piercing and teaching homosexuality to grade-schoolers.”

Does that mean today’s Americans are inherently more morally confused and depraved than previous generations? Of course not, says veteran journalist David Kupelian. But they have fallen victim to some of the most stunningly brilliant and compelling marketing campaigns in modern history.

In this groundbreaking and meticulously researched book, Kupelian peels back the veil of marketing-induced deception to reveal exactly when, where, how, and especially why Americans bought into the lies that now threaten the future of the country.

Most of us mistakenly believe the “abortion rights” and “gay rights” movements were spontaneous, grassroots uprisings of neglected or persecuted minorities wanting to breathe free. Few people realize America was actually “sold” on abortion thanks to an audacious public relations campaign that relied on fantastic lies and fabrications. Or that the “gay rights” movement-which transformed America’s former view of homosexuals as self-destructive human beings into their current status as victims and cultural heroes-faithfully followed an in-depth, phased plan laid out by professional Harvard-trained marketers.

I highly recommend this eye opening book that is an up-close, modern day look at what is traditionally known as “temptation”–the art and science of making evil look good.

 

After You Believe, Why Christian Character Matters by N.T.Wright

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This book carefully examines Christian character, Christian virtues and the Christian life . Bishop Wright has a unique ability to captivate the reader and bring you into the book with questions/answers that compel you to read more.
After You Believe addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It’s easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now.
N.T. Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don’ts. Nor is it a prescription to “follow your heart” wherever it may lead. Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible’s call for a revolution—a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives.
We are all spiritual seekers, intuitively knowing there is more to life than we suspect. This is a book for anyone who is hoping there is something more while we’re here on Earth. There is. We are being called to join the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to find new purpose and clarity by taking us on an eye-opening journey through key biblical passages that promise to radically alter the work of the church and the direction of our lives.

Author: Judaism Revelation of Moses, or Religion of Men? judaism revof moses
Philip Neal.

There are many books on Judaism most of which fall into one of three categories. First, there are those written by rabbis and Jewish scholars designed to educate the non-Jewish public. They enthusiastically portray Judaism as a wonderful religion, always connecting it to the Old Testament. The inexperienced reader is led to believe that Judaism is indeed the legitimate continuation of the religion of Moses and the prophets. The fact that the Talmud is held as superior to the Scriptures is hidden or understated.

Second, there are numerous books on Judaism written by well-intended Christian authors. Unfortunately, these books typically whitewash the entire subject, leaving the reader to erroneously conclude that Judaism is in fact based on the Old Testament and that Judaism is, of all things, the precursor to Christianity. Touting the virtues of the mythical Judeo-Christian brotherhood, the key flaws and aberrations of Judaism are overlooked. After all, from their perspective, if Jews would only accept Jesus, they would be almost … Christian.

Third, there are a few books (also written by Christians ) that deal unnecessarily harsh with Judaism. While they are not anti-Semitic, they do tend to be unbalanced and condemning. We are to judge righteous judgment (John 7:24), but in a spirit of kindness and mercy. Such books typically dredge up as much dirty laundry on the Jews as possible, but fail to offer significant hope for the future of the Jewish people. And none of the books written even from a Christian perspective succeed at getting to the root of the problem with Judaism which is intensely spiritual in nature.

This book is different. It pulls no punches, but it is fair. The historic origins of the religion are examined along with key examples of its modern-day application. How and why did Judaism develop? What were the major influences? What fundamental ideas and circumstances led to the origin and advancement of the so-called oral law and the Jews subsequent abandonment of the Scriptures as the sole authority in human affairs? How does the practice of Judaism differ from the way of life presented in Scripture and what spiritual harm, if any, is done to those who attempt to live by the Talmudic code of law? Importantly, this book examines Judaism from a spiritual perspective, dealing with the foundational causes of the religion. Moreover, this book holds out hope, showing that the Jews will yet fulfill their God-ordained role in the age to come…

 

On Earth As It Is in Heaven–personal Allegory by Julie Castro.

I enjoyed this well written personal allegory by Ms. Julie Castro. It is a story about growing and a personal struggle in a daily walk with Jesus. The give and take of a relationship with Jesus as well as with people in her daily life. It is a journey of maturation and growth without any hype. It is a fast read as there are 40 chapters, shortened to bring focus and a desire to read through to completion. I think one should consider this book as a picture of hope and perseverance. I recommend it as such. smalljulie

 

 

 

 

 

 

What love is this ?—————Dave Hunt.

I have found this book to be a strong light to expose the erroneous teachings of man as well as the traditions of man. Many have come and gone since this man’s teachings which remain with us today. It has been a very good read for me personally. I highly recommend it. —Mannyr

Many sincere, Bible-believing Christians are Calvinists only by default. Thinking that the only choice is between Calvinism (with its presumed doctrine of eternal security) and Arminianism (with its teaching that salvation can be lost), and confident of Christ’s promise to keep eternally those who believe in Him, they therefore consider themselves to be Calvinists.
It takes only a few simple questions to discover that most Christians are largely unaware of what John Calvin and his early followers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries actually believed and practiced. Nor do they fully understand what most of today’s leading Calvinists believe.

Although there are disputed variations of the Calvinist doctrine, among its chief proponents (whom we quote extensively in context) there is general agreement on certain core beliefs. Many evangelicals who think they are Calvinists will be surprised to learn of Calvin’s belief in salvation through infant baptism and of his grossly un-Christian behavior, at times, as the “Protestant Pope” of Geneva, Switzerland. Most shocking of all, however, is Calvinism’s misrepresentation of God, who “is love.”

It is our prayer that this volume will enable readers to examine more carefully the vital issues involved and to follow God’s holy Word­—not man’s teachings. “The first edition of this book was greeted by fervent opposition and criticism from Calvinists. In this enlarged and revised edition, I have endeavored to respond to the critics.” —Dave Hunt

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There is no Grace without Law.

Beware all purveyors of “Situational ethics.” This book confronts current wide spread lies of lawlessness preached weekly by popular modern-day preachers; “love is all the world needs!” These preachers offer an unbiblical prevailing and accepted message that ever so beautifully pontificates the lies of lawlessness that Jesus and Paul warned us to avoid.

“The fundamental truth: That there is no grace without law. Only when we understand God’s loving restrictions can we fully experience His freedom.”   That quote out to fire up a storm. That is what Pastor Cary k. Gordon writes about in his book entitled: A Storm a Message a Bottle A road map to American Redemption.a storm

I am currently reading this awesome book, i highly recommend it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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