Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table By Bri McKoy – Review

Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table By Bri McKoy was published on September 5th, 2017 by Thomas Nelson. Bri McKoy, of the blog Our Savory Life, celebrates the power of the everyday table and shows how, by regularly and intentionally gathering around it, we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus and usher in grace, love, and deep fellowship. Raised in the world of takeout and microwaveable meals, like so many busy women Bri McKoy found herself utterly lost in the kitchen and nowhere near using her dining room table as an inviting place of community. However, as she learned how to more intentionally invite not just others but also herself to her table every day, she noticed that the kitchen stopped feeling like a prison cell and started feeling like a sanctuary, that gathering with others around the table, like Jesus often did during his time on earth, had the power to usher in deep relationship and a fuller understanding of God’s love and grace. Continue reading

A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths about Your Eternal Home by Dr. Robert Jeffress – Book Review

A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths about Your Eternal Home by Dr. Robert Jeffress has an expected publication date of September 5, 2017 by Baker Books. If any of us learned we were going to move to a foreign country, we’d do everything we could to learn about that place so that we’d be prepared when moving day arrived. As Christians, we know some day we will leave our familiar country and be united with God in heaven. And yet many of us know very little about this place called heaven. In this enlightening book, bestselling author Dr. Robert Jeffress opens the Scriptures to unpack ten surprising truths about heaven and explain who we will see there and how we can prepare to go there someday. Perfect for believers or skeptics who are curious about heaven. Continue reading

A Disruptive Generosity: Stories of Transforming Cities Through Strategic Giving by Mac Pier with foreword by James Denison – Book Review

34020323A Disruptive Generosity: Stories of Transforming Cities Through Strategic Giving by Mac Pier with foreword by James Denison was published on August 1st 2017 by Baker Books. It can seem like all you ever hear these days is bad news. Yet in the midst of contentious political posturing and stories of communities in trouble are stories of love, reconciliation, and restoration. Through a variety of innovative programs and initiatives, and flying mostly under the national news radar, Christian business leaders are bringing hope to blighted urban communities in our greatest cities. A Disruptive Generosity shares their inspiring stories.  Continue reading

Book Review of Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy: Making Room for Your Soul in an Overcrowded Life by Nicole Johnson

_225_350_Book.2315.coverCreating Calm in the Center of Crazy: Making Room for Your Soul in an Overcrowded Life by Nicole Johnson was published on June 6th, 2017 by Zondervan Publishing. Are you working harder than ever but feel like you’re accomplishing less? Does your morning routine make chickens running around headless look sane? Is your deepest sense of calm found in the bathroom with the door locked? Do you check social media more than five times per day? Per hour? Continue reading