Monday, July 5, 2010

America's God and Country by William J. Federer

Title: America's God and Country
Author: William J. Federer
Year: 1996
Softcover: 845 pages (also available in hardback)
Publisher: Fame Publishing, Inc.
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1880563053
ISBN-13: 978-1880563052
Study Level: Reference
Audience: Everyone
After using this wonderful reference again for the millionth time, and since we are all patriotic minded at the moment, I thought I would feature this gem to encourage you to make it part of your reference collection. I purchased this title back in 1996 when it was first published and it has proven to be a vital part of my editorial arsenal.

Those of us familiar with American history, and the principles our country was founded upon, are well aware of the numerous references to God, Christianity and the Bible scattered throughout the written annals of our existence. However, these references to the above subjects are so numerous and vast that it would be impossible to remember or collect them as we find them. That is where this book is so very important. It takes a sampling of some of the most eloquent and powerful quotes from our founding fathers, authors, scientists and politicians and places them in a very easy to use collection.

Arranged alphabetically by author, and supplemented with a complete subject index, each quote is prefaced by a small introduction to the author. This profile gives a synopsis that includes their major life accomplishments as well as their life span (birth-death). The quotes themselves are so beautiful that one could very easily spend valuable time just reading the quotes from beginning to end. Believe me, just reading some of this is quite an educational journey!
When grabbing the technical information about this title, I noticed a few negative reviews in Amazon (5 out of 37) claiming that Federer took one or two of these quotes out of context or added his own translation of a word. Ironically, the book itself comes with approx 122 pages of end notes alone, so as a reference book, it gives you the original citation for each quote included - which keeps Federer's integrity in tact.
In this time of altered U.S. history and religious censorship, this book is vital to keeping the present day Christian armed and ready. Instead of being extricated from the education of our children, these quotes should be mandatory reading.....even for the basic (yet important) purpose of ensuring our American history stays in its original context. Stripping our past of these quotes has served to distort our history for the next generations.......the fight is not entirely over, and we still have the immediate power of making sure our own children are taught this crucial information.....but we must not relinquish the fight! We owe it to those who secured our freedom - we cannot let their voices be silenced or twisted to fit an ideology that is the antithesis of what they fought for!
Exercise that freedom of speech and keep the truth alive!
"I trust that as He shall further open the way, I will be ready to walk therein, relying on His help and trusting in His goodness and wisdom."
Abraham Lincoln, 1862

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Title: The 5 Love Languages
Author: Gary Chapman
Year: 2010 (Reprint)
Softcover: 202 pages
Publisher: Northfield Publishing; Reprint edition
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802473156
ISBN-13: 978-0802473158
Study Level: Entry
Audience: Couples, Everyone

Yes, you read that right, I do consider this book to be right for both couples and everyone. As a single girl, I read this book due to its popularity among many at my church. Besides, maybe someday I will join the rank and file of the married masses. Until then, it never hurts to do your homework before getting to class! With that disclaimer out of the way, I have to explain why this book can be for everyone. Let's face it, not every single person is striving to be in a relationship, but while reading this book I was constantly reminded of the people around me who might benefit from my practicing the principles outlined.

The 5 languages are no secret and can be learned fairly quickly just by visiting Dr. Chapman's website: But for quick reference I will list them here:
  • Words of Affirmation
  • Quality Time
  • Receiving Gifts
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch

After reviewing the list, the reader is then encouraged to take a quick quiz in the back of the book to determine which language is their primary love language. This determination is so important because if we don't realize which method of love expression speaks to us the loudest, we can quickly slip into a life devoid of love. Sure, your spouse may love you beyond measure, but if they are not expressing that love in a language you understand, then you cannot experience that love in a way that registers where it counts. In other words, you feel unconnected and unloved, whether or not that is the truth. This in turn can send a marriage spiraling toward despair or even divorce.

It is easy to look over that list and apply them to the marriage relationship, but the value to your other relationships can also be a added bonus. Yes, many portions of the book describe loving actions that are reserved for married couples, such as sex in the physical touch language, but as I read this book, the examples actually brought to mind other people I knew. I had so many "ah-ha" moments when thinking about past relationships and in particular, other familial relationships. For instance, I found myself analyzing my mother. I could see right away that her primary love language was acts of service followed by quality time. So mentally, I found I was gaining insight into the ways I could make her feel much more loved.

I am not the only person to look at these love languages as universal to any relationship. Even though the book is structured around the marriage relationship, Dr. Chapman has taken the principles and applied them to other relationships in the form of other books. The series has evolved into books for parents trying to understand children, teenagers, singles trying to understand potential mates, and even a book on how to speak God's love language. However, in the end, all of these languages are God's love languages. He created us to respond to certain frequencies, and as the commandment to love one another is a long standing and eternal one, it is our duty to make loving each other a main priority of life. If loving your spouse or others in your life is important to you, as it ought to be, pick up this book first to get a sneak peak at how easy it can be to show love in a more life affirming manner. Next, you can move on to others in the series.

It may be tempting to take the list or the website and learn from these without reading the book, but trust me, the book is well worth it. There are so many wonderful examples and practical instructions on how to implement these love languages for maximum effect. After spending years as a counselor, Dr. Chapman provides invaluable insight in the relationship dynamic and opens the window to understanding how best to love each other. Don't miss this one folks!

"All you need is love..."!


I Corinthians 13

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyer

Title: Beauty for Ashes
Author: Joyce Meyer
Year: 2003 (Revised & Expanded Edition)
Softcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Time Warner Books/Warner Faith
Language: English
ISBN-10: 044669259X
ISBN-13: 978-0446692595
Study Level: Entry/Experienced
Audience: Everyone

Joyce Meyer has been very open about her tragic past; from suffering sexual, verbal and physical abuse as a child, to the degradations of a violent marriage and ugly divorce. Upon first glance, this book appears to be a tell-all or testimony about how Joyce overcame these horrible episodes, specifically designed for women (note the pretty pink cover and flowers). That is NOT the case, and I encourage EVERYONE to take a second look at this wonderful book.

The strength of this book lies in its wide range of emotional behaviors explained in context. Joyce points out that despite the harsh nature of the abuse she suffered, the scars left behind are actually typical in most of our lives. At some point, or even during long stretches of time, we all have experienced some sort of abusive situation, be it a bully at school, an overly strict parent, a demeaning boss, etc. These episodes of abuse create emotional scars that many times directly affect our relationship with God and relationships with others. If the abuse was severe or long-term, the scars can build into complete emotional bondage. Joyce's journey from bondage to freedom was only completed through the Word and by fully understanding God's unconditional love for her. Overall, the testimony portion about the actual abuse is very brief, leaving the rest of the book as a plan to overcome the bondage associated with emotional scarring.

So many of us suffer with emotional issues and addictive behaviors that are clearly identified as results of past abuse or negative experiences. As Joyce provides an insightful diagram about the roots and fruits of some of our emotional issues, she provides the alternate diagram of freedom in the Spirit, and the wonderful roots and fruits associated with this new way of life. This marks the beginning of helping to demonstrate the importance of living a life in the Spirit and the Word to allow the manifestation of the fruits of the Spirit in our lives. There are so many important issues that she targets in various chapters, that I will not list them here, but will list them as tags. I also recommend this book as something to consider for teens struggling with self-esteem or depression issues, as many of the issues can be rooted in abuse, which is also tied to forgiveness and allowing God's unconditional love to be at work in our lives.

This one is definitely a great tool to have in your arsenal for living a victorious to read more than once! And GUYS, this is NOT a chick book - you MEN need this one too!!
Be blessed!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Health Food by Kenneth E. Hagin

Title: Health Food
Author: Kenneth E. Hagin
Year: 2005
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Faith Library Publications
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0892765321
ISBN-13: 978-0892765324
Study Level: Entry/Experienced
Audience: Everyone

Need a shot of spiritual medicine for your human body? So many times we study the Word in a linear fashion, focusing on what comes next and save the healing studies for when we need healing in our bodies. Yet the healing scriptures and principles are so important that we should make sure we don't lose sight of these lessons while going along in a healthy state. This daily devotional of Rev. Hagin's makes keeping these principles before our eyes even easier. Each day's devotion includes a healing word from the scriptures, followed by a testimonial or teaching and concluded by a short confession that keeps the Word coming out of your mouth, which is so important to maintain the promise of living in Divine Health.

The devotions are easy to read, and sometimes suspenseful as Rev. Hagin uses some of his greatest testimonies of faith healing across several days' entries. The doses of pure Word used in healing application provide short but powerful lessons designed to give us just that extra bit of teaching on this most important subject. If you need healing or are enjoying perfect health, this book should be taken daily by all believers.......why not take it when you down that vitamin in the morning? A great habit to that will keep you strong spiritually and ready for any health challenge that may come down the road. Do not underestimate the value of this little gem!

Proverbs 4:
20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
listen closely to my words.

21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;

22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to a man's whole body.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Welcome to Revelation Lit!

As we navigate through life's challenges, we know the answers to each problem can be found in God and His Word. Even if we study daily, standing strong in faith, with a healthy prayer life, sometimes things need a little push to help us see some revelations in the Word, or better yet, see the changes necessary in ourselves to help make the soil more receptive to the Word seed when it is planted. The anointed messages and Word based teachings found in print today are blessings not available to past generations, nor to many parts of the world today.....blessings we should readily take advantage of at every opportunity. However, there are so many titles out there, how does one get started?

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2 Timothy 1:13-14
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