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.

Order the book here:
Official Website
Amazon | Hardcover, Ebook, Audiobook

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

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:
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble

I AM Barabbas

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There have been many times when I thought I was inferior to many people that I know. However, there have been MORE times when I thought I was better than most of them. Can you identify with me? I hope you don’t. There have also been instances when I’ve come to realize how awfully wrong I’ve been . . . . . . . . . and this is one of those MANY instances. I was VERY wrong to think of the latter (that I was better than other people). As I was watching this video featuring Pastor Judah Smith’s sermon about Barabbas, I was reminded of who I really am. WARNING: You, too, might just discover your true identity while watching this video.

  Related articles: We Are Barabbas | Barabbas was the First | Hello, My Name is Barabbas | Barabbas Ang Pangalan Ko | Give Me Barabbas?.

JESUS, You Are Different!

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          In the last two weeks, I’ve been checking the files saved on the couple of CDs that I have. I was able to locate some funny pictures and videos featuring my cousins and some pictures of my family and myself when I was younger. Here, take a look.

          Then I got to see an e-book entitled “Why It Pays To Be A Christian” by Norbert Lieth. However, it was just last night while I was finding my way to sleep that I had the time to finally read it. (I just found out that I downloaded it two years ago.) At first, I thought of reading just a chapter of it. Then, I got oblivious of reading its very last page that same night. It’s captivating because it’s wholly about Jesus. Here’s an excerpt which I think is a poem written by an unknown author:

          May you realize how blessed you are today!

Related articles:
http://transformtampa.org/2009/06/23/may-i-suggest-a-different-jesus/#comment-39
http://litchford.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/jesus-is-different/
http://injesuschrist.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/jesus-is-different/
http://ntjourney.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/who-do-you-say-he-is-matthew-16/
http://aviesplace.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/theres-power-in-the-blood/
http://transparentfreedom.com/2010/03/01/god-with-you/
http://earstohearhim.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/a-different-jesus/
http://dailyevidence.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/a-different-jesus/

The GOD of Forgiveness

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This I believe…

We are not measured as to how much of a sinner we are, but how repentant we are when we sin.

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Hebrews 8: 12

“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.”
Psalm 86: 5

“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7: 14

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1: 9