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The Non-Negotiable Gospel - Book Review

 Dave Hunt, 1999, 45 pages Publisher: The Berean Call; Second Edition (April 25, 2007) Buy it on Amazon and Good Reads . Blurb...

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Girls Watch Too! Female Fascination with Porn - Book Review

Dana Brown Smith (2015)
128 pages - Self-Help Christian Book
Published by Exalted Publishing 
Find it on Amazon and Dana Brown Smith

Do you think you’re alone when it comes to being fascinated with pornography? You’re not. Dana Brown Smith is standing proudly next to you. She’s made the journey through fascination with porn.
The change came when she became aware that what started as simple titillation turned into more. She saw that women who viewed sexually explicit materials were ingesting images that promoted sexually deviant behavior and de-emphasized the belief in love, commitment, marriage, and family. As these realizations awakened, she looked for, found, and implemented methods for regaining control of her choices and her life. She did it consciously and deliberately—and what she learned can assist you, whether you’re just feeling guilty (she’ll assure you that’s not necessary), or you’re feeling trapped.
In Girls Watch Too! you will discover:
·         How familiarity breeds emulation when consuming pornography
  • The unintended and not-so-pleasant effects of pornography consumption on romantic relationships
  • How to identify and manage those “triggers” that lead to the desire to watch pornography
  • Ways to recognize and/or prevent teenage porn consumption with your children
  • Techniques for creating a climate of compassion if your spouse is struggling with porn
·         Methods for recognizing and overcoming a porn habit without judgment or condemnation
Filled with entertaining anecdotes, the book tackles a variety of issues ranging from the accessibility of porn, the business of porn, and the emergence of porn in the workplace to the influence of sexually explicit materials on our pop culture, cell phones, video games and social networking sites. It is solidly based on a foundation of experience and proven effective techniques. And in the unique bonus section you will learn how to utilize uplifting spiritual and scriptural tools and strategies to discourage porn consumption and maintain porn abstinence.
Far from a serious, clinical text, the tone is warm and conversational and tackles a difficult subject in an honest and non-judgmental way so that any woman who watches pornography can break free of the compulsion it may have over them.

My review
This book is about women and girls trapped in pornography’s addiction.  Dana Brown Smith revealed that some females are porn viewers too.  This book targets the modern women struggling with sexually explicit material.  The author crafted a good plot easy to follow.  She demonstrated that it is possible to overcome porn compulsory habits with God’s assistance.  In the appendix, she displayed some resources to get help and find accounting partners.

The book is engaging because the author talked about a taboo topic: women watching porn! The book is inspiring since Dana shared her battle against porn addiction.  She showed that it is possible to overcome this addiction. The book held its thesis together. She even talked about Christian women caught in this secret activity. The book grabbed my attention because of the topic’s rarity. 

The book was biblical accurate. The author quoted scriptures about spiritual battles that wage in believers’ lives. The book present a wholesome Christian worldview, showing God’s purpose for sexuality.  The book’s cover is interesting. It is a drawing showing women with their different electronic devices that give access to porn viewing.  The book’s message is very uplifting. And I was encouraged in my faith to pursue emotionally, spiritually and physically purity.
This is a very good book that I recommend to everyone. It is accessible in e-book format and hardcover. I give this book 5 stars out of five.

By Benebr

Sunday, 18 December 2016

The Lost Years – Book Review

Hardcover, 292 pages
Published April 3rd, 2012 by Simon & Schuster
Third Person

ISBN 1451668864

Back Cover
In her long career as America’s most beloved suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark’s The Lost Years is her most astonishing and dramatic novel to date. At its center is a discovery that, if
authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history—“the holiest of the holy”—and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world.
In The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, has written her most astonishing novel to date. At its center is a discovery that, if authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history—“the holiest of the holy”—and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world.
Biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons believes he has found the rarest of parchments—a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican Library in the 1500s, the letter was assumed to be lost forever.
Now, under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan is able to confirm his findings with several other experts. But he also confides in a family friend his suspicion that someone he once trusted wants to sell the parchment and cash in.
Within days Jonathan is found shot to death in his study. At the same time, his wife, Kathleen, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, is found hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. Even in her dementia, Kathleen has known that her husband was carrying on a long-term affair. Did Kathleen kill her husband in a jealous rage, as the police contend? Or is his death tied to the larger question: Who has possession of the priceless parchment that has now gone missing?
It is up to their daughter, twenty-eight-year-old Mariah, to clear her mother of murder charges and unravel the real mystery behind her father’s death. Mary Higgins Clark’s The Lost Years is at once a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archaeological treasure of all time.

My Review
I picked up this book in the library because the cover was intriguing. The cover displayed a cross, and the story was about a parchment that Jesus-Christ wrote. Sure this book got my attention!  The blurb you read above grabbed my interest too. I’ve already read French versions of Mary Higgins’s books. And I remember not being able to put down her books until I finish them. Even if I had to read all night long. It how hooked I was on her books. So I was very excited to read this book in English.

She did a lot of research that she mixed with fiction.  The story’s beginning seemed like historical fiction. The plot wasn’t extraordinary despite some twists and turns at the end of the book. The book hooked me just at the last 50 pages. I found the main personage Mariah interesting. But some other characters were not well enough developed.
The pace was too slow during the first hundred pages. I felt like I was wasting my time. I was tempted to put down the book many times.  In fact, I guessed the murderer’s identity way before I finished the book.  It never happened when I read her previous books. I continued the reading just to confirm my suspicions.  It was a disappointment because the intrigue took too long to get started.  I am dissatisfied with this book thus I am not recommending it. I give this book 2 out 5 stars.

Friday, 16 December 2016

D'innombrables regrets

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Regrets d’avoir dit oui trop rapidement

D’avoir offert le plus important
Les secrets et voluptés semblaient innocents
Maintenant sur moi retombe ton jugement

Regrets d’avoir grandi sans tes préceptes
D’avoir marché à l’aveuglette
Les blessures du passé me guettent
Maintenant j’en ramasse les miettes
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Regrets d’avoir profané le sacré
D’avoir loupé cette romance rêvée
Les merveilleux plans que tu as orchestrés
Maintenant je prie pour un fiancé

Regrets d’avoir attiré des malédictions
D’avoir brisé des bénédictions
Les divertissements ont dévié mon attention
Maintenant je m’attends à tes directions

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Regrets d’avoir suivi les rudiments du monde
D’avoir pratiqué des actes immondes
Les prières de mon esprit se répandent
Maintenant ton Saint-Esprit me sonde

Regrets d’avoir fait des mauvais choix
D’avoir violé tes saintes lois
Les conséquences en étouffent ma joie
Maintenant ton pardon fortifie ma foi

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 Regrets d’avoir repoussé mon instinct
 D’avoir péché contre mon prochain
 Les larmes brulaient mes yeux en vain
 Maintenant mon espoir est entre tes mains
 Regrets d’avoir fauté dans le passé
 D’avoir manqué de conseils appropriés
 Les sages décisions m'ont échapées
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 Maintenant ta grâce m’a rachetée

Regrets d’avoir vécu que pour moi
D’avoir aveuglément agi contre toi
Les écritures me montrent ta voie
Maintenant je suis le chemin tortueux et étroit

Regrets d’avoir vécu dans la peur
D’avoir livré mon âme à la rancoeur
Les innombrables bontés du Seigneur
Maintenant, en ton Fils, affichent ma vraie valeur.

De Bénébr

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Victory Journey - Book Review

Victory Journey
Vickie Drake
Christian & Self-Help book (2016)
192 pages
First person

Find it on: Certa Publishing, Amazon and Good Reads
Vickie Drake wrote about domestic violence.  The book targets hurting people in abusive relationships.  The author shared her painful experience.  She learned to lean on God for her healing.  She used a plain language that is easy to understand.  Ms. Drake displayed some prayers she voiced to the Lord.  The book’s message is that God heals broken hearts. He gives them hope again. 
The author detailed the traumatic events she faced.  Then she explained how she grew in her faith after experiencing God’s love. The book was interesting, but the author didn't say anything about her attitude.  As her behaviour for instance.  What did set her abusers off?  Don’t get me wrong! I am not excusing what they did to her.  But I expected to read about her self-examination.
The book was inspiring because it gives hope.  Unfortunately, her view on divorce and remarriage is unorthodox.  The author made an unusual interpretation of the Bible.  I don’t believe that the Holy Spirit would lead any believer into divorce(s) and remarriage(s).  The Bible allows the divorce when a spouse abandons the other. Or if the spouse practises sexual immorality (See 1 Corinthians 7:10-14, Matthew 19:5-10 and Romans 7:2-3).  
The book grabbed my attention because I love reading life-changing testimonies.  I enjoyed the meaningful conversations Vickie had with The Creator.  The message of the book was uplifting.  I was challenged in my faith to get closer to God and to listen carefully to the Holy Spirit.  This book is accessible in hardcover, paperback, and electronic format but because of the biblical inexactitudes, I am not recommending it.

Federal Trade Commission’s Disclaimer: the publisher, through BookCrash.com review program, kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated. The opinions above are entirely my own.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Biblical Truth - Nightmare For Carnal Christians

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 In 2004, three years after my salvation, I attended an Evangelical-Baptist church in France.  God-fearing African believers surrounded me.  All the pastors preached according to the Bible.  I specifically remember some sermons about lukewarm Christianity.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (Bible - King James Version)

This scripture always puzzled me! Because when I looked around in my church, I saw Christians striving to walk in holiness.  They were eager to study their Bible every day. They loved God, and they did their best to obey Him.  Thus I couldn’t figure out this scripture above.  I assumed that all Born-Again-Christians were Jesus-followers.  Believers daily led by the Holy Spirit to walk in purity and truth.  I thought that all evangelical Christians were in love with the living God.  I believed that every pastor preached the biblical sound doctrine.  Therefore this passage of 2 Timothy didn’t make sense at all.  It was the case until I arrived in Winnipeg (Canada). Oh boy!  May the Lord have mercy on the lukewarm Christians that I met…

Fake Christianity
In Winnipeg, I visited few mega churches. I was amazed by the crowd.  There I met believers, but after a while, I couldn’t see the difference between the heathens and them.  It is sad to say that these Christians behaved as heathens - women dressed provocative, men dressed like thugs, they smoked, drank alcohol, cussed, enjoyed night clubs, had casual sex and were perpetual liars!  Yup, something went wrong in these churches.  When I talked to some churchgoers about their ungodly behaviour; they told me that God agrees with their lifestyle because they are saved anyway.  Their excuse number one to behave poorly was that “Jesus paid the price on the cross for my sins.  So I don’t have to suffer anymore because I am forgiven and washed by His precious blood.”  I found this statement very alarming!  Excuse number two was that “God is Love so no matter what I do, He will never abandon me. Because He is my Father.  A father will never reject his children”  What!!!  Now wait a minute!  Are you kidding me?  Seriously?  What kind of Gospel is that? See New Gospel in North America.

What about God’s other attributes? I agree that God is love and merciful but what about his holiness and righteousness? I love the Old Testament because it shows the righteousness, holiness and wrath of God.  Yes, God is a just Judge who must punish sin!  And in the New Testament, God gets mad too!

This passage showed a warning from the Holy Spirit:
Acts chapter 5 verse 1 to 11 “But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.

After an interval of about three hours, his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.”  (Bible - English Standard Version)

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Yikes! Haven’t you heard of God's requirements?  If you recall the Apostle Paul's ministry, he wrote most of the New Testament.  I think that he could have bragged about his achievements for God’s glory.  Instead, look what he said after serving the Lord for decades.

1 Corinthians 9:24 “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (Bible – New Living Translation)

As Born-Again believers we are supposed to have a reverential fear of God.  I saw too many Christians acting as if Jesus was a lonely buddy. Be careful guys! Jesus is God!  He is our friend, but we need to respect Him and adore Him. And remember that He has the power of life and death over us!

After chatting with lukewarm believers, the passage of two Timothy chapter four made sense.  I really get it!  It is crystal clear now… And I am wondering if God brought me to Winnipeg just to make His point?  I understood how a false Gospel could grieve the Holy Ghost.  And create lukewarm churches that Jesus spits out of his Holy mouth (Revelations chapter 3 verse 15-16).

Comfort-Hyper-Grace-Gospel or False-Sense-Of-Security

I remember how confused I felt after attending the Mega-lukewarm-congregations.  The hyper-grace Gospel had nothing to do with Jesus’s biblical teaching.  I was so frustrated to see churches filled with such worldliness! It was as if there were two different gospels.  The western gospel against the biblical one. The first one focuses on prosperity, happiness, comfort, countless blessings and feeling-good-about-myself-teachings.  Biblical gospel taught about dying to ourselves; living for Christ; killing our selfish desires; being grateful to God in every circumstance remaining content in the midst of suffering and staying happy when people hate us for our faith. In a nutshell, true believers are instructed to lay down their life for Jesus’s sake. Period!

In France, I learned to seek God earnestly by praying, fasting and witnessing to my unsaved friends. Bible studies, prayer meetings, and a personal prayer life strengthened my daily faithIn my church, we used to pray for people, I saw the Holy Spirit healed people and cast out demons. And God answered our prayers in miraculous ways. I haven’t perceived that in Winnipeg yet. It is like the Holy Spirit is limited. And the Carnal Christians told me that I was too legalistic!  It is clear to me that they don't know the difference between "discipline" and "legalism".  I found out that carnal Christians are the know-it-all, too. They refuse to listen to the sound doctrine.  They just keep talking to justify their carnal choices.  Unfortunately, they are completely deceived by greedy preachers.

Have you ever felt that your fellow Christians tempt you to live in sin? How did you handle the pressure to live like the world?

By Benebr

Winnipeg, City of Multiculturalism

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Besides mosquitoes’ overabundance in summer, the wicked wind chill in winter; the first thing that struck me upon coming to Winnipeg was its diversity. As a newcomer, I was blessed by its inhabitants’ generosity.  I noticed as well that people work joyfully hard to promote their culture to the larger community.  According to Cambridge dictionary, Multiculturalism “is the belief that different cultures within a society should all be given importance.”  That is definitively the case in Winnipeg.

For instance, the Festival du voyageur taught me about the French settlers in Canada. I contemplated breathtaking ice sculptures, wonderful artifacts, souvenirs and historical portraits, too.  I enjoyed visiting the Gibraltar Fort. I also tasted the delicious poutine and the maple syrup candy, which are traditional recipes from Quebec (French Canada).  I definitively had a good time.  Numerous children were thrilled with funny winter activities. Inside huge white tents, many concerts entertained a cosmopolite crowd.  Summer’s festivities performed almost every day. As you could guess Folklorama was my favorite. With the Caribbean pavilion, I toured superb islands - Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana - I ate the yummy roti and I admired the amazing lingo.  

Obviously, Winnipeg is the best setting to become an open-minded person. Unfortunately, I was a victim of a racial slur a few months ago. This incident shocked me deeply. Winnipeg’s dark side frightened me. Recollection of my daily life in Paris (France).  The “romantic” city that furiously rejects its cosmopolite heritage. There, racial discrimination inhibits potentials causing death to sweet dreams.  Qualified, colourful people like me, leave “the city of love” for a better future.  Paris is not so romantic after all!  Its hypocrisy can’t hide anymore. The arrogant Eiffel Tower lost its prestige.  But I still have hope for a bright future. That one day, Paris will embrace, with an open arm and tearful eyes, all its kaleidoscopic children.  In a nutshell, meeting new people, discovering foreign traditions; testing exotic food and admiring bright clothing, were such a rewarding experience.  Multiculturalism is definitively the heartbeat of Winnipeg’s communities. 

By Benebr

 With the authorization of Global Eyes Magazine (Manitoba African and Carribean Quaterly Magazine) -Fall 2016 page 11.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Divorce - Book Review

 Divorce (in the Bible) by Michael S. Sayen
Christian Book, 2016, 70 Pages
Find it on Amazon.ca, Goodreads
This is a book about Divorce. More importantly, this is a book about what the Bible says about divorce and what constitutes adultery. This is a commentary on 1 Cor. 7: 1-40 and all the scriptures leading up to Paul's writing. This book was designed to combat divorce among Christians in an ever increasing divorce society.
Love you guys, Michael (Goodreads)

Is marriage a contract or a covenant?  Is divorce a sin?  Are there biblical reasons to divorce?  Is it an adultery to marry a divorced person?  Do Christians know the scriptures about divorce and remarriage? Can we separate what God had joined?  
Divorce (in the Bible) answered all these questions.  Michael S. Sayen thoroughly examined the Bible and scholars’ commentaries.  He displayed exhaustive notes and references to support his opinion.  The author warned Christians against divorce/remarriage for the wrong reasons.  He didn’t want them to sin against God.  He desired that they understand God’s vision of marriage.  And trust God to fix their struggling union. 
The book’s title grabbed my attention because several preachers avoid this topic.  I also noticed that Michael Sayen challenged some wrong interpretations of the Bible. Overall his thesis held together and covered all angles. But too many direct quotations could make the arguments difficult to understand.  I couldn’t decipher the Greek alphabet quoted in some commentaries, too. Most definitions weren’t included in the chapters but in the notes at the end of the book.  
Anyway, this book is very inspiring because it is grounded in the word of God.  The message is honest and very helpful to the body of Christ.  I wasn’t challenged in my faith because I totally agree with his work.  M. Sayen encourages believers to seriously study the Bible. And to obey God’s word.  The font of the text was good and easy to read.  The book is accessible in paper or electronic version.  I will recommend this book.  I'm giving Books’ title 4 stars out of 5, and the content 8 stars out of 10.

Federal Trade Commission’s Regulations: the publisher, through BookCrash.com review program, kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated. The opinions above are entirely my own.