God’s Best-Kept Secret: Christianity Is Easier Than You Think by Mark Maulding – Review

God's Best-Kept Secret: Christianity Is Easier Than You ThinkGod’s Best-Kept Secret: Christianity Is Easier Than You Think by Mark Maulding has an expected publication date of October 3rd, 2017 by Baker Books. For many of us, the attempt to live for God can leave us feeling burdened rather than free. Yet that’s not the kind of life God intends for us to experience. What if he never meant for us to try so hard? What if overcoming sin doesn’t rely on our own self-control? What if loving others isn’t about saying and doing all the right things? What if suffering isn’t designed to teach us lessons? What if we could feel closer to God without doinganything?  Continue reading

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

Every Piece of Me: Discovering the Real You by Jerusha Clark – Book Review

32510926Every Piece of Me: Discovering the Real You by Jerusha Clark with an expected publication date of August 1st 2017 by Baker Publishing Group and is a spiritual growth for women book. Throughout Scripture, God reveals himself as the great I Am. He does not define himself with reference to any thing, person, or trait. He isand that is enough. Women find themselves in a far different situation. When we introduce ourselves, we typically describe ourselves in terms of our relationships (the wife, mother, daughter, sister, or friend of someone else) or in terms of our accomplishments (our title, position, education, or accolades). When our identity is wrapped up in these external things, we inevitably (and exhaustingly!) strive to prove ourselves worthy of love, attention, or affirmation. Continue reading