Book Review: Finding Your Way Back To God

To say that I love the book is an understatement.  I’ve written all over the pages and shouted Yes and Yes over and over because the authors Dave and Jon Ferguson have posed and guided me to questions that I did not know how to ask or dare to in the book Finding Your Way Back to God.
The authors boldly ask the reader to take a wager in finding god. In so doing, made the following five observations:
1. Awakening to Longing: “There’s got to be more.” – “God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the ability to see that you are what’s missing from my life.” (Romans 1:18-20?)

2. Awakening to Regret: “I wish I could start over.” - “God, if you real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the possibility that with you I could start over again.” (1 John 1:8-9)

3. Awakening to Help: “I can’t do this on my own.” – “God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the willingness to turn toward you for help.” (1 Pet 5:5)

4. Awakening to Love: “God loves me deeply after all.” – “God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the awareness that I am your unconditionally loved child.” (John 3:16)

5. Awakening to Life: “Now this is living.”- “God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the confidence that I can live a brand-new life.” (2 Cor 5:170

And the back story if the parable of the prodigal son.  I guarantee you will never read the story the same way again.  It was eye opening to see how they pull out so much truth from the story that will lead the reader right into the arms of a loving Father.
The book can help anyone at any stages on their spiritual journey or even non believer as many of the stories shared in the book inform us.  Also, included is a 30 day study guide to go along as one wrestles and dialogues with God.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."


Bible Study: ANYTHING

UNBELIEF - a word that I am well acquainted it and at the same time cannot believe my unbelief. If someone does not believe in God then who or what else is there to believe in?  Interestingly enough, as a Christian, I do not read the Bible and fight against the truth.  

I believe the Bible

I believe in God's Word
I believe God is real 

But that begs the question: what's the problem? 
I wrestle with the idea of surrendering the throne of my life.  Not purposefully.  I don't dare point a finger at God and say I won't let you reign. But my behavior and actions tell a different story.  It is the crossroad that I am standing at right now asking the Lord to pry open my heart and expose the root cause.

Anything Bible Study ask the question: What keeps you from surrendering it all to God?
It is simply fear. Again they are all rooted together and intertwined and I can only do one thing and that is cry out to God to rescue me, to open my eyes, to expose my false belief system.

Have your way Father in my life.  I wave the white flag of surrender.  

I will not hold anything back.  I will do ANYTHING.

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that forsakes the living God. Hebrews 3:12 NET


Be the Message Devotional: A Thirty-Day Adventure in Changing the World Around You

As stated in the title, it a thirty day devotion dedicated to various topics that one can you for his or her quiet time.  The Authors walk you through the process and setting up the mood to receive not only the Word of God but to apply it.  I found the applications to be very helpful as they guide me on how to apply what I’ve read.

Each days starts with:

Open Yourself
Open God’s Word Open Your Mind
Open Your Heart
Open Your Life
Open Your Arms

Each of the above is thoroughly discussed as the authors expose you to God’s Word and let you come face to face with the applicable scriptures. Normally, I would read and move on but this process does make you ‘process’ the word and bring you face to face with how to put into practice throughout your day.  Whether it is creating list of names to pray for and the applications will go well beyond the 30 days. 

In the process, you will find new ways to live a more intentional life as well as impact those around 
you. I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


Walking with God in the Sean of Motherhood

Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood could not have come at a better time in this season in my life.  It is a very well sound theological sound workbook that any mothers would benefit from on a daily basis.  This 11 week Bible study has the scriptures in the book and you can take it with you and do anytime.  The verses that she referenced in the book are so foundation and on point that I've had to write them down and reference them over and over.
On the days that life seems to spiral down and we don’t seem to see the purpose of it all with little ones or older children, the foundation in this book will help you to make it through.
Week 1: Understanding Your Purpose

Week 2: Knowing God's Word

Week 3: Entrusting Your Child to the Lord

Week 4: Ordering Your Home

Week 5: Reflecting the Heart of God

Week 6: Encouraging a Thankful Spirit

Week 7: Fighting Against Anxiety and Worry

Week 8: Letting Go of Harshness and Anger

Week 9: Training Hearts Through Discipline

Week 10: Guiding in Godliness by Example

Week 11: Recovering from Perfect Mom Syndrome (PMS)

From the first day and week of this book, I was sold.  Understanding Your Purpose, Week 1, if we grasp this reason, the very purpose for which God created us then our worldview is seen through God’s lens and life is approached from a total different viewpoint and life is approached differently.  I've been whispering this to myself over and over: Lord, help me to glorify you and bring glory to your great Name.

Needless to say that I would recommend this devotional book to any mothers and especially new moms that are in the trenches of raising the little ones entrusted to our care. If you have children, know someone with children, this will make a great gift.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.