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Sinners In The Hands Of A Loving God

This book cover depicts the scene from the prodigal son coming home to his father and being restored even though the son doesn’t feel he deserves it. This biblical story is of a son who asks for his father’s financial inheritance early. This younger son goes off and lives the glamorous life which ends up backfiring and he ends up eating slops out of a pig trough because he has run out of funds. He decides to go back to his father’s house to be a servant since it would be better than this. When the son returns home his father is thrilled his youngest has returned home. Rather than requiring him to be a servant, the father asks the older brother to get the fatted calf and to prepare a banquet in celebration of his son’s return home safe. The older brother is furious that his younger brother doesn’t get what he deserves for squandering his father’s inheritance. This cover has a modern art look to it. I like the color of blue that was chosen for the sky.

In Sinners In The Hands Of A Loving God, the author, Brian Zahnd talks about the topic of Hell and if God is truly monsterous. His journey coming to terms on these matters all began with the similar titled sermon by Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the hands of an angry God.” This very old American sermon describes God as a wrathful, angry God whose waiting to torture us for our sins uses different imagery comparison of us to spiders and snakes. Mr. Zahnd was raised to believe in a literal Hell afterlife, the traditional Christian view that only Christians arrive at heaven after they die while the rest burn in torment in Hell. For a time he prayed for God to give him an experience of actual Hell, but none came. Instead God called him to places of disease, war and proverty. Mr. Zahnd saw that life has its own types of Hell in the here and now. What helped the author change his view of who God is? Read his book to find out. It’d worth it. It’s short and precise.

I received an ARC of Sinners In The Hands Of A Loving God  from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. If you want to read a nontraditional view of God, Hell and ultimately what and who true LOVE is I recommend this book. This book goes on sale 8/15/2017. For further information on the author click here

Break Open The Sky

Break Open The Sky, talks about how the culture of fear has invaded our church, faith, and life. It is freezing us up from living out our Christian walk. We grow leery of the other side of the Christian spectrum: liberal vs conservative, etc. Mr. Bauman talks about the Beatitudes and how we can live them out in our lives. He gives different examples of people in other countries and cultures who have gone beyond their fears to make a difference in their communities and homes. Mr. Bauman has also, shared stories of people who have gone out of their comfort zone by going to a different country filled with conflict to make a difference and possibly risk their life by doing so.

I received an ARC of  Break Open The Sky, free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. This book goes on sale May 23, 2017. For further information on the author click here

This book was short, but covered important topics. To fully digest all this book covered I suggest reading it a second time a few months after the first reading. I’d recommend this book, but if you are a new believer you may need a Christianese dictionary, or a fellow believer to translate a few words and expressions. It was written with passion, compassion, heart and love. Thank you Mr. Bauman.

Surviving Death

I’m not one to search out paranormal books, but when I was looking for a book to review this title and topic caught my eye. The cover has the classic life beyond the final door of life on the cover. You wonder what’s beyond it. Leslie Kean covers a range of topics from past lives, to near death experiences, to Mediums and more. I haven’t read much, if anything, on any of these topics, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

I’ve never believed in the concept of past lives. Reading the accounts of children who speak of their past life is a mix of strange, comforting and bizarre. The accounts provided were checked for authenticity regarding the individual the child says he was in his previous life. The evidence presented is uncanny. A few years ago I was watching a documentary on World War II and there was a scene of one of the cattle cars with people in it being sent away to one of the concentration camps. For a brief moment I had what seemed like a flash back of being in one of those cars. I’ve never had something like this occur in the past so, to experience a flash back for a time period I never lived in sort of freaked me out. I have read widely on the subject of World War II, but the flash back I had was like I was experiencing it for a brief moment, like I was there and recalling it.

Near Death Experiences I do find fascinating. I have read a couple of books on this subject, so getting to read further accounts was nice. As a preemie I was in a state of actively dying multiple times, but I pulled through. Obviously being an infant I have no clue if I had an NDE. There are too, many similar near death experience accounts that are similar to consider them non-legit.

Mediums honestly creep me out. Not the individual mind you, but what they are doing creeps me out. I do believe in God and demons and some doors don’t need to be opened. Maybe Hollywood’s rendition doesn’t help their cause either. I did read a book last year by one of the Mediums that the author went to. That book was actually reader friendly and not creepy. To me it was like a person has a spiritual gift where she can hear spirits and is like a transcrptionist for the spirit to communicate to their living family members for them.

If you are interested in the paranormal and want an engaging read I just might recommend this book. I think there was an over focus on Mediums rather than more on past lives and near death experience accounts. I received Surviving Death by Leslie Kean for free in exchange from Blogging For Books for my honest review.