I watched an interview with Costi W. Hinn on "Wretched Radio" via YouTube. Of course, I was initially drawn in by the title, "Why Benny Hinn's nephew won't donate to his uncle's ministry".
Benny Hinn is a name that just kind of dropped out of the scene for me and I never thought to seek why. My grandparents faithfully watched more televangelist than I could even name. They knew all the who's who in the TV preaching world and they faithfully supported some of those ministries.
There are preachers and speakers that I enjoy watching from time to time but I've never felt compelled to send money in. I figured by the look of their church auditoriums they were doing just fine without my money.
So, when I heard about his book I was interested to see what his insider look would show.
First of all, this is not an "I hate Benny Hinn and prosperity preachers" book or anything of that nature. In fact, I commend Costi for a few things. He shows things from his perspective. He speaks to the conflicts that he was feeling and how God laid out opportunities for him to find truth among the deception he had known as 'normal'. Also, the book doesn't have a 'what I believe is right' feel to it. Again, it is written as a testimony of a man who's eyes were open to truth.
Second of all, although the book is marketed to expose the deception taught by the prosperity gospel, this is a book I would recommend to any believer. It digs into the truth of the gospel and hits on so many different aspects of deception that have infiltrated the modern church.
Above all else, I appreciate his call for believers to get in their Bibles to find truth out and seek God on their own. This book is a great example of how a testimony should inspire others to seek God as well and discover for themselves who he is and what he stands for rather than take someone's word for it.
“Show mercy to some people who have doubts. Take others out of the fire, and save them. Show mercy mixed with fear to others, hating even their clothes which are dirty from sin.”
I was supposed to do a life group on prayer and was given this book as material to skim through and study. I ended up deciding to read the whole book. Becky Tirabassi talks about prayer in her life and how prayer changed things, opened opportunities, and, yes, even allowed for crazy things to come about.
If you want to read a book about all the steps you need to take to pray, don't read this book. But if you want to read a book about someone's personal relationship with God and how they communicate with Him just as they are and the wild things that happen through that communication- this is the book for you!
"The Last Arrow: Save Nothing For the Next Life" by Erwin Raphael McManus
"You cannot know every challenge you will face, but you can know who you are when you face that challenge!" -The Last Arrow by Erwin Raphael McManus
"Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are" by Alex & Brett Harris
So I was at the library...
That is how most of my book reviews would probably go because typically I just walk through this particular section of the library and see what catches my eye. I flipped over this book and read, "You feel called to do the extraordinary for God. But feel stuck in the ordinary."
Yep. Sign me up, this is the book for me.
Two sixteen year old brothers started a blog that eventually turned into a book and then a complete rebulution.
Yes, rebultuion. They decided that they wanted to rebel against low exceptions. The teens years are often seen as a time to goof off and have a good time before taking on the responsibilities associated with adulthood.
I would sum up the book with this one sentence taken from the book:
"If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always gotten." - from Start Here
Change is required in our patterns if we want things to go differently than they always have.
For more information on their cause, visit their website: https://www.therebelution.com
This book was recommended to me by several people. I enjoyed Francis Chan's book "Forgotten God" last year so I figured I would take the time to read it.
This book could be taken one of two ways- fuel for those who think they should leave the church or fuel for those that want to dive deeper to the heart of what God originally intended for His Church.
Fellowship. Community. Compassion. Servants. God wants us, as the church, to live life together. He wants us to challenge each other, inspire each other, and mature.
The overall point- are we going to church to be entertained or to become disciples?
"In His Steps" by Charles M. Sheldon follows a congregation of Christians after their pastor has proposed the challenge to apply the question, "What Would Jesus Do?" to their every day lives.
Most of them find themselves in difficult situations where they must choose their own comforts or the walk that Jesus would pursue.
"The Christianity that attempts to suffer by proxy is not the Christianity of Christ." (pg. 161)
Although the book was written in 1896, the question is still very relevant to Christians living today. Do we ask ourselves what Jesus would do walking in our shoes?
My favorite nugget within the book was a simple reference to Titus Salt by a business man in the story. On a visit to England in 2017, I was able to have a brief tour of Saltaire that was almost cancelled due to the lateness of the day. I'm grateful to Jason and Shelley (you know who you are) for taking the time to give me this memory. It made reading "In His Steps" that much more real and powerful in my life.
These are some of the pictures I took on that trip. An inspiration of what one person can accomplish when they seek to do something good with their life. What would Jesus do?
A New Identity
What is this blog about? You mean, I'm supposed to have a purpose? Ok, if that's required then my purpose is life.
This is my life...Searching for truth, one day at a time.
I enjoy writing so sometimes that truth comes through storytelling.
Better with age...