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Book Review: The Power of Jesus’ Names by Tony Evans

The names of God are powerful because each name describes a different aspect and characteristic of God. Our names identify us but even more powerfully our names are also a prophetic declaration of what the name means. Parents have the job of naming their children. This is not a job to take lightly. When Adam names all the animals he spoke into their destiny of their identity and purpose. Each name of God is unique because each name also relates with us. We call God “Creator”because we are part of His creation. We call Jesus “Savior” because He saved us. We call Him “Redeemer” because He redeemed us. Jesus called the Holy Spirit “Counselor” because He counsels and teaches us as we grow in our relationship with Jesus. The names of God help us understand Him and how He works in and through us.
The Power of Jesus’ Names by Tony Evans is a book that goes over 12 names of Jesus separated into two parts. The first part, Power in His Positions, cover the names Immanuel, Alpha and Omega, King, Lamb of God, Great High Priest, and Sovereign. The second part, Power in His Person, cover the names I Am, Lord, Jesus, Christ, Son of God, Son of Man, and Word. The introduction caught my attention. I loved a paragraph so much that I wanted to quote it here in my review. “Yet there is one name which has never passed and will never pass into oblivion—and that’s the name of Jesus. He never published a book, and yet there are more books written about Him than on any other subject. He never wrote a song, and yet there are more songs written about Him than any other person who lived. He never physically traveled more than 300 miles from the place of His birth, and yet there is virtually no place on earth you can go where people do not know His name. Our calendars are set by His entrance into human history. His notoriety only increases with time, although He’s been physically gone from earth for more than 2,000 years.” This describes Jesus with such a passionate love and truth. Tony Evans explains how Jesus Immanuel is with us. He is the complete revelation of God. Jesus is how God relates completely with humanity. Tony Evans describes thirteen names of God beyond just their definition. It is a book I highly recommend to anyone wanting to study the names of God.

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Book Review: They Shall Expel Demons by Derek Prince

I’ve read They Shall Expel Demons by Derek Prince many times. I think it is a great book on real life spiritual warfare that many Christians try to ignore. Deliverance should be a normal part of the Christian life not something for specific ministries. It should be a part of everyone who believes in Jesus. The title of this book is explained in the gospel of Mark. “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark‬ ‭16:17-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬. I was excited to see how this classic book has been updated and expanded. In the expanded version, each chapter has several questions relating to the chapter making a study out of each informative chapter. Some examples of questions asked are Why can’t demons be fallen angels? What was Jesus’ one requirement for those who minister deliverance? What are four simple conditions people must meet to receive deliverance? To what areas of our lives must the Holy Spirit have access in order to indwell us? After the study questions there is a life application. The life application is further questions and activities to apply what the reader has learned to their own experiences. After the life application, there is a memory verse like Galatians 5:1 and 2 Corinthians 2:14. Each chapter ends with a faith response. The faith response is a prayer or declaration for the reader to walk in greater freedom through Jesus. I think that the expansions of this classic deliverance book will help many people in greater ways because it gives further insight and help. I encourage every believer to read this book because it’s a part of what all believers should be able to walk in. Now more than ever our walk as a believer in Jesus needs to be normal to walk in the supernatural. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House/Chosen Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: Destroying Fear by John Ramirez

Destroying Fear by John Ramirez was published just in time for the world to see fear manifest through the earth during the lockdown of the Coronavirus. Fear has been a tactic of the enemy in every generation since the fall of Adam and Eve. In Destroying Fear, John Ramirez explains how fear and worry prevent us from walking out the calling that God has created us to do. When we live free from fear and worry and we walk out the calling that we were created to do, we are dangerous to the enemy and his kingdom of darkness. Each chapter has stories of experiences from around the world and throughout history to show the reader that they are not alone in this spiritual battle. He explains how rejection, lowlifes, sickness, unworthiness, inferiority, failure, self-pity, guilt, shame, disgrace, suicide and isolation are all voices from fear. The most powerful part of this book is the pages of prayers and spiritual declarations that are found in every chapter. These prayers will help every reader become confident in their purpose in their life and their place in Gods Kingdom. I recommend a lot of books but this is the first book that I’m whole heartedly asking everyone to buy. Reading and praying through Destroying Fear by John Ramirez will change your life!

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Book Review: Where is Wisdom by Scott James

My daughter reading “Where is Wisdom” by Scott James


Where is Wisdom by Scott James is a children’s book inspired by Job 28. I don’t think Ive ever studied Job 28 until I got this book to review. I don’t really like children’s story books that simplify the Scripture but I think that Scott James did a good job making Job 28 relatable to children. I love the vivid colors in the illustrations. On the darker pages where there is a cave or dark room, the illustrator uses the light to pop out of darkness and making the entire picture light. The only thing I could say negative about this book is that I think if the illustrations would be of people wearing modern clothing would make the reader realize that wisdom can be found today not just in the days of the Scripture. I love how the book points to Jesus. On the last page are three resources. First to remember the main Scripture verse Job 28:23,28. Second to encourage the reader to read Job 28 for themselves and see how it relates to the book by Scott James and then relating to Colossians 1:15-20 and Colossians 2:3 and how Jesus is our greatest treasure. Third, there are questions to think about to have a greater understanding of God and the treasures that He has hidden for us to find. I recommend this book to anyone with a child or a children’s library.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BH/Lifeway Bloggers program. https://www.bhbloggers.com/ I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Where is Wisdom? from Scott James – Look Inside

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Book Review: 90 Days with THE GOD WHO speaks by B&H Publishing Group

90 Days with THE GOD WHO speaks, is developed from “The Gospel Project: Adult Leader Guide”, copyright 2012, by Lifeway Christian Resources. I wish they would have given credit to their team of authors because I like looking up other works of authors and following different ministries. With that being said, I love books about how God speaks, and is still speaking to today’s generations. The table of contents captivated me. Each title reveals a different thing to reflect about how God speaks. The book is laid out as a devotional is meant to be used in any way that would best add to your current study. I like how each devotional starts with scripture and has scripture reference throughout the story or explanation. Each devotional ends with questions to ponder, or things to do, like reading specific scripture, or praying about specific things related to the day’s devotional. I think that this is a good beginners guide to hearing God’s voice. I am disappointed that this book only talks about God speaking in Scripture. I’m also disappointed that it leaves the reader more hesitant about prophecy, because the only mention of prophecy, is of a prophecy that was wrong. The book says nothing about learning to hear God’s voice to the specific individual through the Holy Spirit.

          There is no mention about God speaking through dreams today, or to the people through scripture. I have researched dreams in Scripture, and learned that there are about 90 times that the word “dream”, can be found in scripture. My favorite is found in Job, (Job 33:14-18 NASB Indeed God speaks once, twice, yet no one notices it. In a dream, a vision of the night, sound sleep falls on men, they slumber in their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, seals their instruction, That He may turn man aside from his conduct, keep man from pride; He keeps back his soul from the pit, his life from passing over into Sheol.) There is no mention about how our own voice is powerful. God created everything with His voice, and He created us in His image, so our voices are also powerful, and have the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21 NASB Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.) We need to be careful with our words, because we will be held accountable for what we say. (Matthew 12:36 NASB But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.)

          I would recommend this book to specific denominations that tend to believe that God does not speak through prophets or dreams today. I feel that the book could be much more encouraging and impactful in the reader’s walk, if it covered how God not only spoke through scripture, and to the people of those times, but how God still speaks today.

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Book Review: Discernment by Jane Hamon

Discernment by Jane Hamon is a must have for anyone wanting to grow in their ability to discern the spiritual and understand the things that God is showing us in this day and age. Jane Hamon uses personal experiences and stories to draw the reader into the concepts and how they still take place today. The book begins with explaining how to hear the voice of God. The rest of the book goes through various things that we need to discern today like the times, anointing, hearts, to lead, to build, the Spirit of God, angels, demons, the human heart, spiritual warfare, intercession and strongholds. The book ends with explaining how to have eyes to see and ears to hear. I enjoyed reading this book. I like how the author continually backs up what she is saying with scripture. I love how descriptive this book is. There is so much to gleam on with many activation activities that you could easily turn this book into a group study. I love the personal stories shared throughout this book. My favorite chapters are the chapters about discerning angels, discerning demons because of the testimonies in these chapters. I liked the chapters about discerning and identifying strongholds because of the detail in the definitions of each of the different characteristics of spiritual strongholds. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to grow in their spiritual discernment either as an individual or in a group setting.

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Book Review: Which Shape Should I Be by Pamela Kennedy

Which Shape Should I Be by Pamela Kennedy is a funny book teaching shapes with beautiful illustrations by Holiday Conger. It consisted of 22 pages or 11 2page spreads. Each page spread has a rhyme about the shape and then a picture to find the shape. The rhyme that my daughter is looking at in the picture is about a heart. It says “Mom and I cut cookies shaped like hearts to have with tea. Pretend to eat the cookies made the way ours would be” On the opposite page there is a girl with a cookie tray with three cookies. One cookie is a heart, the second isn’t a circle and the third cookie is a star. My two year old likes pointing to the different shapes in this board book.

I highly recommend this book for any young child learning shapes or needing a book to build their reading confidence and fluency.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BH/Lifeway Bloggers program. https://www.bhbloggers.com/ I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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John Paul Jackson conference entitled Storms, Faith and the Miraculous clip

This is transcribed from a John Paul Jackson conference entitled Storms, Faith and the Miraculous. I have not been able to find the youtube video anymore so I post this to share because it changed how I think about circumstances.

He wants to prepare you to become what He created you to become. You are here for a purpose and He wants you to achieve that purpose.  The enemy is a faithful adversary who does not want you to achieve that purpose.  He wants to stop you from getting where God created you to go.  I love what it says in Acts 17:26-28 it says that He has taken from one blood every people and He determined the exact time they would live the exact time of their anointing and not only that the NIV says it this way and the exact place they should live.  That doesn’t mean like live in Alabama.  It means live exactly in the house number apartment number you’re living in.  And He determined that before you were born.  Why? so that you would grope for Him.  Most of us feel that way.  We’re groping for Him.  Where He at?  When’s He going to come and help us?  Even though he is not far from any of us. It goes on to say in verse 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being.  You were created for this hour. You were birthed for this moment in time you are living where you are living because God wants you to accomplish something by your mere presence.  By your mere presence.  What do I mean by that?  The Lord allowed me one time to have a vision of a young woman and about half of her day.  And she was moving from one apartment to another apartment and she was not happy.  She loved this apartment but they had raised her rent, her lease so high that she could no longer afford it.  Very upset she finally found another apartment over here some blocks away.  She’s walking into that apartment upset not knowing that the angels went to great lengths to get the other person out of that apartment and to cause the other company to raise the rent so that she would have to move because she was so comfortable there that she wouldn’t have ever moved.  Because why?  Because when she walked into that apartment I watched what happened to the powers of darkness.  I could see both worlds, the angelic realm, the physical realm, the demonic realm.  And when she walked into that apartment I heard the most terrifying shrieks I have ever heard in my life and I heard them screaming “Help us! Help us!  The Light is here!  The Light!”  Over and over hundreds of demonic voices screaming because the light had come into the room.  She did not know that she carried the light she was so aware of her own frustration about having to live here.  But the Lord wanted her there.  She doesn’t have the right food that she needs she doesn’t have sugar or something she ends up going to the store as she is going to the store she sees the store on the left hand side of the road.  She tries to move over but she can’t because there is a car right here so she has to go past  the store that is closest to her apartment goes, on down the street and before she can get over into the left lane to turn around and make a u-turn, she sees another store and she goes into that store and she doesn’t even know that the angels purposely put that car beside her so she couldn’t go into the previous store.  She is so aware of her own frustrations she doesn’t know the hand of God is guiding her. She gets into the store that she didn’t really want to go to the second store.  She gets into that store and when she gets in there she is walking up and down the isles and again the demons are shrieking demons of greed, demons of manipulation, demons of control etc, shrieking because light is walking up and down the isles.  She finally gets all the things that she needs in her shopping cart she makes her way to the checkout stand she starts to push her way into one line of the checkout stand and somebody some woman comes right in front of her and cuts her off jumps right in front.  She is so upset she changes and goes into the other checkout line.  Not knowing angels pushed that woman in front of her.  Why? Cause they didn’t want her in that checkout line, they wanted her in this checkout line.  Why?  As she’s checking out the cashier’s ringing up her groceries she is still frustrated “I can’t believe it, I can’t get over into the right lane to go to a store that is closer to me, I finally get here somebody cuts me off in front of the line.  This isn’t my day.”  Not knowing it really is her day.  As she’s checking out the cashier is looking at her and seeing something in her and saying to herself “I wish my life could be like hers not like mine.  What is it that she has?  I wish I had it. $39.95 please.”  She pays it.  She goes on out, not knowing that three more people will come across that cashier’s checkout and by the end of that day, she will be convicted and be in church tomorrow morning and give her life to the Lord.  She has no clue that she contributed to that happening.  She’s so caught up in her own emotional state, she fails to realize what the Holy Spirit has orchestrated throughout the day.  That happens to us all the time.  We live and move and have our being in this grand, great, only God of ours.  And He has arranged it so that we would be trained to know and get over the issue of the frustrating moments we go through and recognize this woman at the cash register is hungry for Jesus.  I get over my own issues and I look for what God is doing in the moment.  That’s what I have to do.  That’s what we have to do.  You want to have vision, look for what God’s doing in the moment it will open up eternity to you.

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Book Review: He Numbered The Pores On My Face by Scarlet Hiltibdal

From the publisher:

When Scarlet Hiltibidal was a teenager, plastic butterfly clips were all the rage. She couldn’t understand why they didn’t look the same in her “frizzy, bulbous hair” as they did on the blonde whose mom was a professional hair stylist. Back then, she would have sanctioned the destruction of scores of actual butterflies just to own the label “pretty butterfly clips girl.” And so it goes for many girls like Scarlet who strive for self-worth yet struggle to find it.

He Numbered the Pores on My Face is for teens who long for beauty, love, and rest. Any labels you long for today might as well be “looks good in butterfly clips” if you are not rooted in who Jesus says you are, because any self­-centered identity is going to leave you in the same place: unfulfilled and unhappy. Girls will relate to Scarlet’s stories as she discusses hottie lists, eating disorders, and haphazard beauty in a way that is both humorous and thought provoking. Through it all, she describes how she found peace by learning to see life not through a mirror but through a Savior who shapes who we were, who we are, and who we will be.

My Review:

He Numbered the Pores on My Face by Scarlet Hiltibidal is a book about issues that teens face and shows them how God sees them. This book is very relatable. My teenage daughter enjoyed looking through this book. She laughed at many of the chapter titles. I like the scripture verses throughout the book and quotes written in cursive. Every page talks about how we see ourselves and how we see flaws but the Lord sees beauty and how He created us. When you look at the table of contents, the book looks short but each chapter has sub chapters full of stories that are relatable to everyone especially teens. This book talks about how God changes how we see ourselves to line up with how He sees us. He even changes our name to line up with what He is doing in us.
I recommend this book for teenagers and anyone that struggles with their identity in God or has lack of self esteem.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BH/Lifeway Bloggers program. https://www.bhbloggers.com/ I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Conquering Fear 52-Week Devotional: For Superhero Kids Ages 10-12 by Julia Ball

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Conquering Fear 52-Week Devotional: For Superhero Kids Ages 10-12 by Julia Ball is an amazing activity book. Although it is aimed for kids ages 10-12 I think kids as young as 7 or 8 could also enjoy this book. I think that the comic book feel and colors would attract any child of reading age. The book is divided into 52 weeks. Each week has six days of devotions. The activities range from reading, prayer prompts, coloring, word searches, other word puzzles, writing prompts, mazes, drawing activities, experiments and crafts. The pictures would intrigue any super hero fan. I love how all the scripture verses stand out in bubbles like a comic book. I received the e-book version for review which made it difficult for me to show my own kids. I want to buy paperback versions so my kids can actually do the written activities. Each week, on day one, there is a Read This! section which is a short devotional with a scripture verse and Fear Buster section. The Fear Buster is a short section that explains fears and how we can overpower them through scripture and knowing who God is. Day four is like day one. There is a Read This!” section and a scripture verse but instead of a Fear Buster there is a Prayer Prompt section which asks questions and leads the reader into prayer.  Days two, three, five and six there is a “Try This!” section which covers a variety of activities geared to make kids think and apply the scripture. I think that this activity book could be adjusted to use in a children’s ministry at a church using each six day section to cover one day a week like in Sunday School. This book explains how Jesus is a super hero and how we can be super heroes too through knowing what Jesus did, following Jesus, serving Jesus, praying, living like Jesus, loving others, sharing Jesus with others, helping others, growing in faith, worshiping, singing, asking questions about God, knowing God’s plan for our lives and future, and trusting God with our future. In the back of the book is an answer key for the puzzles. I like the full color pages and the pictures though out the book. I like how this book is full of scripture and encourages bible memorization. One page stood out to me. It is a page of scripture and the reader is given the task of doodling or drawing in the margins. I think more adults should encourage kids the many ways of engaging God’s word as this book does. I suggest this book to everyone who has kids or teaches the Bible to kids. Even teenagers might enjoy this book at a faster pace.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Hendrickson Review Program. http://www.hendrickson.com/content/hendrickson-review-program/  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”