Book Review: Shaken

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Full Title: Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms
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I was super excited to own a copy of this book because I thought it was going to be a great read, and I was right! This book went over my expectations.

Prior to reading this book, I didn’t know much about Tim Tebow although I’ve already been hearing and reading about how he’s been living out his faith. Then there goes football. What do I have to do with football? I know not a single thing, not to mention playing the game itself. I neither want to watch it on TV.

On the contrary, this book made me admire Tim Tebow—how he’s kept his faith in Jesus despite all the pressures of being a celebrity, how proud he is of being a Christian, and how he turned down a million-dollar deal… Whoa! He made me admire Jesus more than I admire him, so mission accomplished!

And oh, I was so delighted to discover that Tim was born here in the Philippines, and how much his father loved the Filipino people. I never thought I’d be able to identify with Tim Tebow at all, but through this book, I did. As I go through circumstances similar to his, his life story gives me hope.

I love Chapter 3: “Love Matters.” The story about the guy in the suicide watch is my favorite. What a powerful encounter that was!

I so love the fact that I can watch on YouTube the games that Tim Tebow was talking about in this book. Oh, the quickest overtime win in NFL history—Broncos over Steelers!

This book had me crying here and there as it reminded me of Jesus’ perfect love. The last pages were so awesome that they were able to take me back to my first love.

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[I received a copy of this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.]

Book Review: How’s Your Soul?

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How’s Your Soul?: Why Everything that Matters Starts with the Inside You

You may have asked yourself: “Where do I go when life overwhelms me? Where do I go when all I want is an escape?” You’re not alone. Here, you will discover how to have a quiet soul despite all the noise and distractions around you. Do yourself a favor by getting a copy of this book. Feel free to share it with many others, too.

I didn’t expect that a book (with a cover like this one) about the condition of our souls would make me chuckle for countless times. This book may contain God-glorifying wisdom but smack dab in the same book is funny stuff that you can’t resist. Ps. Judah Smith is just hilarious!

Speaking of comical stuff, the part of the story that involves Pastor Jude is my favorite! Nyahaha… Future readers, watch out! I highly recommend you don’t read it in a library. You’ll surely be sent out.

I love the author’s transparency. He’s just so honest and generous to share even his mishaps, which most normal people won’t have the audacity to bring into the open.

I’m so delighted to have known some personal facts about Ps. Judah Smith. Know of an author who doesn’t read much? Ps. Judah Smith, it is! And this makes me wonder why he writes oh so well. God works in mysterious ways really.

The author has his admirable way of making things comprehensible.

This book doesn’t only have the power to touch hearts but is also founded on the Word of God, so you can never go wrong by picking up this one.

This amazing book also reveals a few misconceptions we have but sometimes are not aware of; it corrects them by pointing us to Jesus Himself.

This book also made me fall in love with Jesus all over again, which makes it perfect for those who have lost their “first love.” This will help you get it back. You’re welcome!

This book reminded me of the wonderful things God has done for me.

I have lost count of how many highlights I have made on the book. I would love to share everything if that were possible, but let me quote a few:

“Our souls are home when they return to God.”

“Your feelings come and go, but God remains the same, and you will praise him again. It’s only a matter of time.”

“There was a time not too long before when you thought you’d never make it, that the storms and waves were going to win. But you held on, and God got you through.”

“I want more of Jesus so that I can love the way he loves.”

“Quietness and rest are found not in control but in surrender.”

“A quiet soul is far more valuable than fame and fortune. A level soul, a balanced soul, a genuine soul— that is a gift from God.”

“Whatever you do, don’t give up. You have a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, and he will see you safely to the other side.”

Pick up a copy of How’s Your Soul through the following links:
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Book Review: The Power Of A Half Hour

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The Power of a Half Hour: Take Back Your Life Thirty Minutes at a Time

For weeks, I’ve been looking for a book which could help improve my prayer life, and I think I found it in THE POWER OF A HALF HOUR by Ps. Tommy Barnett.

Reading it might be boring at first, but as I read further, oh what a gem of a book I found—chapter after chapter. I’ve highlighted more than 89 sentences on the book, and this is one of my favorites:

“Love is limitless. You can never lose love by giving it away.”

It’s great that the book is able to cover life’s many facets and is not only filled with wisdom but is also sprinkled with humor!

The author is generous enough to share even his intimate moments with his family. I admire his great faith for taking big risks. He even encouraged me to start writing my own book in the process!

This book made me realize how powerful a half hour can be to impact our lives, change our life paths, strengthen our faith, build our character, advance our dreams, improve our relationships, and change the world. This taught me to be intentional in using even the least amount of time.

This book spurred me on to be more grateful, to love more, and to serve more.

Pick up a copy of The Power Of A Half Hour through the following links:
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[I received a copy of this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.]

Book Review: The Secret Life Of A Pastor

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Book Title: The Secret Life Of A Pastor (and other intimate letters on ministry)
Author: Michael A. Milton


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I am not a pastor and I do not know if I ever will be, but this book has encouraged me to be one. This work has touched my heart countless times. I have wiped my tears as often during the read. I felt the shepherd’s heart of the author. It has encouraged me to continue serving God in all ways possible. It has made me realize how blessed and privileged I am to have been serving God to date. My heart brims with gratefulness.

This made me understand more what pastors are going through–the joy and the pain that come with the territory. I learned to appreciate and respect pastors more through this work. This even made me admire them.

If you’re not into reading letters, this will change how you view correspondence. You’ll realize that reading them is not boring at all. You’ll find yourself here. This will reaffirm that you’re not alone in your journey, and you’ll be glad that you’re in one.

It has taught me that love really goes a long way and must be our motivation in everything we do as we serve God.

I obtained a number of priceless reminders about doing ministry. Reading these letters was like sitting before and having a chat with a mentor who’s been there and done that but someone who’s grounded on God.

I love this work with “Broken Cisterns: A Word Of Counsel On The Matter Of Pastoral Self Care” as my favorite chapter.

Oh how I loved the author’s encounter with Dr. Eckley.

The author emphasized how important prayer is, which I liked. This also caused me to think about my “one sermon.”

By presenting 8 reasons, this book expounds the necessity of Expository Preaching.

I highly recommend this work to pastors, to church leaders, and to those wanting to be pastors someday though this work will not only benefit the aforementioned.

The publisher, Christian Focus, has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through Cross Focused Reviews.

Purchase The Secret Life Of A Pastor on Amazon.com.

BOOK REVIEW: Heaven, How I Got Here

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This is a very timely read, especially now that the Season of Lent has started.

Heaven, How I Got Here

I’m so glad and grateful to have read this wonderful book by Colin S. Smith. It reminded me of the sacrifices of Jesus, which the author vividly explained. It gave me a clearer view of God’s love, forgiveness and promises, Jesus’ role in the salvation of mankind, and the hope that is readily available for everyone. It also provided me with a different perspective concerning death.

It made me stand in awe of God’s radical love and inspired me through Jesus’ humility and obedience. It made known to me the depth of what Jesus endured in order to free us from the fate that we deserve.

It’s a short book that can be read in one sitting, but one that can’t be put down once you started reading. I admire the author’s courage to tell the story in first person. How the story was told was captivating. It answers the question: “Why does Jesus leave you on earth if it’s not to get better prepared for heaven?” and explains the difference between believing in God and fearing Him.

It made me appreciate the time I have to invest in the things of God, which the thief on the cross did not have.

I pitied the thief on the cross then, but this book made me envy him. If only all of us could experience being in the place of the thief on the cross, we would be able to clearly see God’s big heart for each of us despite our imperfections.

The truths contained in this book have given me goosebumps for a number of times I cannot count.

Even before I finished reading it, it has already become an addition to my favorite books of all time. I recommend this book to Christians and non-Christians alike.

The publisher, Christian Focus, has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through Cross Focused Reviews.

You can purchase it here:
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