Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

In Ephesians 4, Paul tells the early church to put off their old selves, and to put on Christ. This book deals specifically with what it means to separate ourselves from sin. A Christian's journey is not about what one can make God do for them, or how God may “fall short” of their expectations in their life. rather it is about the pursuit of being holy, because God is holy.

This book completely challenged me. I saw myself in so many of the illustrations Jerry Bridges had in this book. It is definitely not an easy read, despite being a rather short book. I really liked how scripture references were all over the pages, it was truly a solid foundation for the content. I also liked how everything flowed together in a way that made me want to read it. I typically find shorter non-fiction books to be a struggle to get through, however this was not the case. Overall, I recommend this book in a heartbeat to any Christian struggling with the issue of sin, and the desire to be holy and true before God.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson

May Seymour is your typical twenty-something college grad. She's going into her future full of high hopes of becoming a journalist, starting with a missions trip to war-time Rwanda.

Along with her bright future are even more harsh memories of her partying days. After one wild evening she is found by seventy-something Claudius on a deserted country road... from that moment on, her life and her future changes forever.

We follow May's journey of finding who she is as a young woman, as well as finding her identity in Christ.

In my opinion, this book started out very slow... it took me several sittings to even get through the first few chapter. However once the author brought life to the characters, I was soon sucked in, and felt like I was just another character. There were several genres represented, some suspense and mystery, and even some romance. I felt as if I was truly relating to the different characters in their humanity, imperfections, and search for a real relationship with God, which can be unheard of in Christian fiction. Overall, I would recommend this book, even with it's slow start. You may end up just as surprised as I was!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com  book review bloggers 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.”