Shine: Stepping Into the Role You Were Made For by Allison Allen – Book Review

Shine: Stepping Into the Role You Were Made ForShine: Stepping Into the Role You Were Made For by Allison Allen has an expected publication date of September 5th. 2017 by Revell Books (a division of Baker Publishing Group). Allison Allen made a career of being someone else. Formerly a professional actor and now a highly sought-after Bible teacher, she knows a thing or two about playing a role. But, she says, all of us play roles nearly all of the time, and it’s exhausting. We walk into a room, figure out who we’re supposed to be in this context, slip into character, and say the lines we know we should say. We become someone else. Maybe we tell ourselves it’s some version of us, but deep down we know this inauthentic role is not what God wants for our lives–and it’s not what we want either. Continue reading

The Red Letter Words of Jesus by Jack Countryman – Book Review

_225_350_Book.2333.coverThe Red Letter Words of Jesus by Jack Countryman was published on July 25th 2017 by Thomas Nelson. The words of Jesus–red letter words–are the most important and life changing ever spoken. Discover the things Jesus thought were most important. What He says about how to live. His relationship with God and the Holy Spirit. And His overwhelming love for you. More than 115 passages from the Bible are considered with illuminating explanation and background facts. Most of all, discovering Jesus’ words will breathe life into your relationship with Him and help you draw close to the One who knows you fully and loves you completely. 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