The Wholehearted Wife

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The Wholehearted Wife 

By Erin, Greg and Gary Smalley 

As a newlywed, 24 year old female, this book was like a breath of fresh air. Smalley lists 10 keys to a more loving relationship. Within those 10 keys she lists practical examples and applications. As a woman, I often time think that I love well. It is a part of my DNA, right? Wrong. Love well does not come easy and for some reason, it is hardest in our martial relationship. Why is it so hard to love your husband? Why is marriage hard? Why is my marriage not working? This book is different than other books I have read. Erin Smalley encourages us with wisdom she received from her father-in-law, Gary, which provides unique insight. Instead of writing a check list of I need to do this, this, this and this and then I will have a better marriage- Smalley looks at your heart, and gives practical, biblical examples for you to be a better wife. Being a Godly wife will naturally flow into your marriage, thus creating a Godly (better) marriage. The chapters explore a different aspect of Scripture principles to the marriage relationship with the focus on growing as a wholehearted wife. I have heard this information several times through several authors and each time (specifically, this time) it comes as a great reminder, a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed how many brief exercises are included for self-reflection and how the author gives us personal examples. It’s great to know that we are not alone! At times, however, it was difficult to decipher who was the speaker. It made for a slightly confusing read. Although this book was a good read, it did not “wow” me. Most importantly, the content of the book is Biblical. In this day and age, biblical teach is of the utmost importance. I would definitely recommend it to any woman wanting to focus on her own attitude, sanctification and commitment to her husband.. Often times we think the problem is anyone and anything around us when really, the problem is you. This book will help you become a wholehearted wife.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing house in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Everyone’s a Theologian

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Everyone’s A Theologian

by R.C. Sproul

Systematic theology is a daunting subject. My husband, being enrolled in seminary, loves it. He can talk about it day and night…24/7. It’s not that easy for me. Most books I’ve encountered are hard to understand and quite frankly, boring. This saddens me to say being that systematic theology should be something integral to a Christian’s life.

This is why I’m thankful for the mind and understanding of Dr. Sproul. He explains systematic theology in a way that anyone can understand because, after all, everyone’s a theologian.

This book excites me as a young adult because Dr. Sproul effortlessly explains trying concepts in simple terms. Topics such as “theology proper, anthropology, Christology, pneumatology, soteriology, ecclesiology and eschatology are all reviewed, and reviewed well in this book. If you’re like me, it’s easy to get lost in a conversation with someone who uses these terms on a regular basis. However, each chapter of this book will help break it down. By no time, you will be confident in the study of God’s word.

There are so many questions one may have about God’s nature or the way of the Church. Through the depth of each topic, many of your questions will be answered!

One of my favorite quotes is found on page 325 “Our Lord gives to us and to the world these sober warnings (referring to Matthew 25:1-13). God has appointed a day, and He has appointed a Judge, and the Judge is the Lord Himself. When we stand before that judgment, we had better be ready.”

Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit I believe Dr. Sproul helps many fellow Saints prepare for the Judgement day. Dr. Sproul states, “Everyone, is a theologian, but either a good or bad one.”  Let us be ready for the day of our Lord’s return!

xoxoxo,

Megan

To comply with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I was asked that I would note in my review that I received a free copy of this book in return for my review from Reformation Trust. I am not obliged in any way to write a positive review.)

The Lightlings

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The Lightlings 

Written by R.C. Sproul

Illustrated by Justin Gerard 

In this story, little Charlie is afraid of the dark. Charlie asks his mom why he is afraid and like many of Sproul’s stories, Grandpa has the answer. Charlie asks grandpa why are so many people afraid of the dark, (I thought the typical answer would be inserted here) but grandpa surprises me and says that “many people are afraid of the light.” From there grandpa goes back to the beginning. It starts with the King of Light and the lightlings. Even though all was perfect in the light, the lightlings rebelled and sinned against the King of Light. After their sin, their light grew dim and they hid in the dark. When the lightlings left the King withdrew his Light fron the forest. One day, after the darkness engrossed the forest and the lightlings are stumbling in their darkness the lightlings see a shining light. This light is coming from a little baby, who is the son of the King of Light. This son would light the whole world.  Upon seeing the baby the lightlings are once again made bright- not from within themselves but from the reflection of the baby. This new light has changed their lives forever. They are no longer stumbling in the dark.

My favorite line is this, “You see, Charlie, we’re afraid of the dark because we were made to live in the light.”

This book illustrates how Christ is the Light of the world. The King of light (God) gave us his son (Christ) so that we will never have to be afraid of darkness. Not only is the book beautifully and wonderfully illustrated- it will help any parent soothe their child when they are afraid of the dark. By God’s grace, through this book, children will grow up not being afraid of the dark but yearning for the light. It reveals to adults and children alike that we are stumbling in the dark, alone and afraid but our merciful God sent us a light that will never be consumed by darkness. Christ, the light of the world has defeated darkness once and for all. What a beautiful reminder!

As always, there is a section in the back that thoroughly and biblically explains this allegorical tale.

xoxoxo,

Megan

(To comply with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I was asked that I would note in my review that I received a free copy of this book in return for my review from Reformation Trust. I am not obliged in any way to write a positive review.)

The Priest with Dirty Clothes

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The Priest with Dirty Clothes

Written by R.C.Sproul 

Illustrated by Justin Gerard 

Righteousness is such an important concept that we all need to grasp. That concept makes this book very important for Children. It takes the passage of Zechariah 3:1-5 and makes it understandable for children and their impressionable minds.

I love how this book starts out with the actual passage from the book of Zechariah. It is important as Christans that we do not substitute the Bible with books written by gifted expositors of the Word. The book then, creatively explains the passage that was given.

Like many of Sproul’s children books this book begin wit the wise grandfather telling his grandchildren and allegorical tale. This tale is about a new priest who was to go preach a sermon before the Royal King and his household. On the way to deliver the sermon the priest fell off his horse and was forced to deliver his sermon in his dirty clothes. The king said he could come back only if his clothes were clean. Jonathan the Priest tried so hard to make his clothes clean. Jonathan tried to get clean clothes but he could do nothing on his own accord. Jonathan then proceeds to the great Prince. The prince then tells the priest that its not just his clothes that are dirty but his heart is also.

It beautifully shows how when the priest, in his dirty clothes, approached the King for the second time. The prince stood in his place. The prince gave the priest his clean, royal robes. The king replies ” Yes, my son. As long as he wears your clothes, he may stand in front of me.” He goes to show how the prince gives clean clothes to the hearts of those who believe as well.

It clearly illustrates Christ as the propitiation for our sins. He takes our sins and gives us his righteousness. It’s a tough concept that through this book, even kids can understand. Also, in the end it has a section to help explain it to the parents. I mean after all, this is an important concept to grasp!

What a great and tender story that clearly explains the Gospel!

xoxoxo,

Megan

(To comply with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I was asked that I would note in my review that I received a free copy of this book in return for my review from Reformation Trust. I am not obliged in any way to write a positive review.)

Foundations of Grace

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Foundations of Grace by Steven J. Lawson is a wonderful book for those who are in search of evidence to support the doctrine of grace. I can only imagine how daunting this must have been to write but Lawson did a fair, fantastic job.

In the Evangelical, Christian community the doctrine of grace can be a hard pill to swallow. Lawson lays it out so clearly that it is hard to reject these evidences. He also does a great job in the beginning of book defining what it is he’s exploring. It thoroughly explains what the doctrine of grace even is- which is tremendously helpful.

From  Moses to the Gospel of John and Revelation Lawson shows that the sovereignty of God reigns true through out all of time- through the support of scripture. It clearly points out that the doctrine of grace isn’t a new concept that we only see in the book of Romans. It shines light on common ignorance. He proclaims truth with scripture to back it up. He says, “God cannot change, His Word cannot change, and His purpose cannot change. His truth is the same because He is the Truth.”  (pg 8)

Lawson does a great job in making the book readable for people of all ages. Many authors get lost in fancy jargon but Lawson keeps it clear and concise. This book is a great tool for learning and sharing knowledge of Election. It is helpful that through each chapter Lawson focuses on a certain doctrine: irresistible call, preserving grace, radical depravity, definite atonement, sovereign election etc. By the end of the book you will be a believer in TULIP without even know that the acronym exists. It’s also a great book to read with other people as it gives study questions at the end of each chapter. This book is a great tool to help you learn more about the unyielding character of God.

Why should you read this? Lawson makes that clear also:

“The doctrine of election, then, is at the very heart of redemptive history. It

is not some insignificant, esoteric doctrine that can be trivialized or relegated

to seminary classroom debates. Rather, it is at the center of how we under-

stand salvation and the church. It informs our evangelism, our preaching, and

our identity as the body of Christ.” (pg. 18)

xoxoxoxo,

Megan

(To comply with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I was asked that I would note in my review that I received a free copy of this book in return for my review from Reformation Trust. I am not obliged in any way to write a positive review.)

The Donkey Who Carried a King

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The Donkey who carried a King – Book Review
Written by R.C. Sproul
Illustrated by Chuck Croenink

If I’m ever blessed with an opportunity to have kids this book will be a staple for my family. “The Donkey who carried a King” written by R.C. Sproul and illustrated by Chuck Croenink, opens with a moment that many parents are all too familiar with. The little boy comes home in tears because he was and always is picked last for any game the neighboorhood boys play. In the book the grandfather ties in scripture to teach, and comfort his grandson. The grandfather tells one of his lustrous stories about a Donkey named Davey in which Riley can relate all too well. Davey, like the little boy was unhappy because he was never chosen for any important tasks. Then, one day, everything changed. Davey was chosen to carry Jesus into Jerusalem for the ‘triumphal entry to Jerusalem.’ After such an important task, Davey was unhappy to do just about anything because after all, he was special; he carried the King. At last, the punch line comes. Davey realizes after talking to old, wise Barnabas, in order to be like the King he carried, he too needs to be a wiling servant- no matter the task.

This book is wonderful for kids and parents alike. It uniquely explains bible stories from different perspectives. It effectively takes a problem that many kids and parents deal with and offers a clear, biblical solution. Nothing is left out. Sproul tells the Gospel through the eyes of the Donkey and then gives application through the character of the Grandfather. It’s always encouraging to come across a book that articulates bible stories in different ways (i.e. the stories of Balaam, the donkey Barnabas and Davey). It makes the Gospel understandable and fun for kids all the while offering explanation and application for parents at the end. It is great how the Gospel is clearly communicated on page 33. It specifically shows two different aspects of Jesus in this short and beautifully illustrated childrens book. It shows Jesus as King of all and a servant to His people. Even if you aren’t familiar with the bible, the section, “For the Parents” gives you the resources to understand for yourself in order for you to further explain it to your kids. It’s a great book for people of all ages.

xoxo,
Megan
(To comply with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I was asked that I would note in my review that I received a free copy of this book in return for my review from Reformation Trust. I am not obliged in any way to write a positive review.

Steadfast

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Psalm 106:1. Psalm 106 is a powerful reminder that God will never break his promises. Despite our rebellion He is faithful! That is comforting to me because I am a wretch; but because I am chosen by God, my salvation is secured! Praise The Lord! “Blessed be The Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, amen! Praise The Lord!” Psalm 106:48