Sunday, 29 January 2017
Yvonne Ortega, 2016, 125 pages
Publisher: Trinity Press International
“As long we have breath, there’s hope we can move from broken to beautiful” – Do you feel discouraged, deceived or depressed? Do you worry that you’ll never overcome the challenges and heartaches in your life? Do you struggle to forgive yourself and those who have hurt you? Since we don’t have alligator skin and a heart of stone, people will hurt us especially those closest to us. We also make mistakes in life and hurt others. Yvonne uses personal anecdotes and the timeless truths of God to help women trade shame and guilt for God’s grace to forgive themselves, to overcome anger and bitterness and with God’s power forgive others, to break free from the prison of the past, and gain the peace and freedom of forgiveness. With forgiveness comes living life to the fullest. This is book three in the series, Moving from Broken to Beautiful®.
Yvonne Ortega shared her personal story of domestic abuse. She wrote for those who struggle with unforgiveness. Each chapter displays a quote and a short story. At the end of it, Yvonne asks the readers some questions. To help them to reflect on their lives. She cites Biblical scriptures, too. There is a space for the readers to journal their thoughts. The author suggests some affirmations and provides advice. In this paperback, the author testifies that God is the healer. He can turn a deep pain into a powerful tool of compassion to help others.
The hardcover is accessible and well written. The author used a plain language that is easy to understand. Her topics are attention-grabbing. I couldn’t put the book down. I read it in one day! And a few weeks later I read it again. I didn’t want to miss any points. It was an eye-opener when I understood that unforgiveness filled up my heart. Yvonne's tone is caring. I felt like she was a protective-big-sister. Therefore I followed her counsel to forgive and let go. It wasn’t an easy task. As a Christian, I know that if I don’t forgive my offender(s), God won’t forgive me either. That’s serious stuff, though.
Her writing is inspiring. It encourages me to put my hope in God, no matter what. The handbook is also challenging because forgiveness is a hot potato among Christians, nowaday. However, she emphasises on unforgiveness. Her manual is biblically accurate. She selected biblical verses that matched perfectly with the central theme. In a nutshell, the fundamental message was uplifting. It is a book of hope and restoration. I highly recommend it. I give the book 5 stars out of 5. Bravo Yvonne Ortega for this great hardcover!
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Thursday, 12 January 2017
Jesus Freaks - Martyrs
By dc Talk and Voice of the Martyrs
Christian Book (1999)
Bethany House Publishers
There are more Christian martyrs today than there were in A.D. 100--in the days of the Roman Empire. Now in the twenty-first century, according to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, more than 150,000 Christians are martyred around the world every year.
"Remember the Lord's people who are in jail and be concerned for them. Don't forget those who are suffering, but imagine that you are there with them."
Hebrews 13:3 cev. Their stories must be told.
The book is about persecuted Christians. The authors gathered several short testimonies throughout history. In the end, there are specific contents like information about the band dc Talk - Toby Mac, Michael Tait (Newsboys) and Kevin Max (Audio Adrenaline). The paperback includes some resources for prayer groups, an index, and some book references. The handbook denounces the worldwide hate crimes against Christians. The authors’ purpose is to expose the ugly truth.
The authors used a plain language that is easy to understand. The testimonies are heartbreaking but very inspiring. It is very challenging to realise that in some countries, the Christians fear for their life. The book is interesting. It is accurate because it provides the dates and names of the victims. The authors explained the way the Christians were tortured and often killed.
The title grabbed my attention. And the book’s cover looks like a parchment. The message is uplifting. I also grasped that the mainstream media don’t talk about the persecution of the Christians - reality check. I really enjoyed reading this book because that strengthened my faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The book respects the interpretation of the Bible. To conclude, I praise the authors for their investigations. I give 5 stars out of five for this compelling book. Bravo!