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For me, devotionals usually fall a little short and this was no exception.

In 31 Days of Power Ruth Myers attempts to teach the reader about Spiritual victory. The daily readings are sound and I did enjoy some of her insight. However, I feel that she loosely ties in scriptures that may not really mean what she says it does toward the end of the book. Also, toward the end of the book she talks about how demons were oppressing Christians, in a way that would lead one to think that they were possessed. As a Christian I hold the belief that you cannot be possessed by a demon with Jesus living inside you. There is some debate on that issue, but I still take the stance that it cannot happen.

I thought I would be getting more when I read the cover: Learning to Live in Spiritual Victory, but really the book is Christianity 101. She does not break down scripture, and she lists many. She does not (in my opinion) teach or empower anything, so the title is a bit misleading.

I did really enjoy the parts where she says that our ministry is not casting out demons; it is bringing Christ to the world. So many books focus on Demons and Devils when the primary focus should be on Jesus, and Ruth Myers does say that in the text. Overall it was not a horrible book, I certainly did get some good insights from her use of scripture. It could be great for a new Christian to read, but most of the content is basic knowledge to the believer.

Still, you can get something out of 31 Days of Power, however I would not pay for it.

I usually do not like devotionals, but when I saw this devo from Max Lucado, I could not pass it up. My wife and I own almost all of his books, and his words have really blessed me in the past. So, I decided to do a devotional or two a day from this book, and it was a great idea. Max Lucado does not write the usual devotional about how everything is always going to be fine. Instead he addresses issues and deals with the everyday problems of the average person.

The book is about experiencing Gods presence in everyday life and I believe it has succeeded. Once again, I usually hate devotionals. I can barely get through a page before I wanna throw the book out the window, but I must say it was hard to put this one down. I had to force myself to save some for other days. I really felt God in the text, and the scriptures He uses are dead on for the circumstances in the book.

If you are looking for a devotional that deals with your problems but still speaks truth into your life, than Live Loved is for you. If you read a story a day, it’s good for about half a year.

God bless you and I pray you would enjoy this book as much as I do.

Dan Fogarty.

From the beginning Christian to the seasoned elder, we all have one thing in common; we made a choice to walk with God. In this book Shaun Alexander tells his story and also provides scripture and sound teaching for any Christian. The book addresses non-believers as well. I think anyone could pick up this book and find answers to some of the hard questions about Christianity.

Shaun Alexander talks about how God told him to do and say certain things, and that is a characteristic of someone who walks very close to God. He talks about Enoch’s 300 year walk, and other heroes of the faith.

He is a great example of what a Christian should act like in the NFL or any other sport. So many people score a touchdown and than thank God, just to go off and get a DUI, rape someone or cheat on their wife. Shaun Alexander is a great role model for an up and coming football star.

The likes of John Bevere and Mark Batterson have endorsed The Walk.

A great read for any part of your spiritual journey.

Have you ever wanted some spiritual advice on a specific question, but did not know where to turn? Maybe you attend a mega church and talking to the pastor is impossible. Maybe you have constant access to a pastor, but would like to know a writers perspective. Whatever the case, we all have questions.

In Max Lucado’s new book Max on Life the author dives into 172 questions that he has received over the years. The 7 sections hope, hurt, help, him/her, home, have’s/have-not’s and hereafter are constructed to answer a wide variety of questions. His answers are thorough and complete, sympathizing with the reader while maintaining a spiritual integrity. He provides scripture all through the book and makes no apology for answering with the truth.

Some quotes that struck me were:
“Belief is having a firm conviction, not hoping it’s true”
“You don’t have to toss common sense out the door to embrace the resurrection. In fact, it’s just as challenging, or more so, to disprove the resurrection as to prove it.”
“Prayer reminds you who is in charge. You don’t take your requests to someone with less authority. You take them to someone who outranks you”

There are many more, but I would run out of room.

In a day filled with such uncertainty so many are seeking answers. Max on life provides those answers in plain English without giving in to any new aged preaching sort of thing. I will use the tools in this book to teach others and refer family to the text as well.

The best part is that even if you are not a Christian you will find the book engaging. Max Lucado answers all sorts of questions on Heaven, Hell and conflicts within the Christian and secular realm. Many of the questions I had about Christianity before I took the plunge our answered here.

If you buy the book you will not be disappointed.

I am giving away a copy for free in-fact! If you go to http://www.facebook.com/soldier4righteousness and click like. You will be entered into a drawing that ends on May 5th at midnight.

Good luck and God bless.

I picked up this book because I do not think that global warming is actually happening. There is no real link between the rise of atmospheric CO2 levels and the rise of global temperatures (p.4). The science is sound in this book and he breaks down global warming for the average person to understand (me!). I also personally believe that we will not be able to predict the coming of Jesus Christ because it is backed up in scripture.

1 Thes 5:2 NLT For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.
Luke 17:26-30 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

If we can prove that global warming is happening, then we can probably figure out the day the world will end. This is why I do not buy into the 2012 earth destruction, and one reason why I do not buy into global warming. I could be wrong on that, Global Warming could be real and I do not really want to debate the subject because there is some science to say that it could be happening. I also think that it does not make anyone less of a Christian if they do believe in Global Warming because the true key to being a Christian is a relationship with Jesus Christ. So I side with Mr. Jeffrey with global warming. I do not think that the organizations pushing global warming on the American people is the antichrist, which is what the book pitches. Grant Jeffrey is pretty extreme, and I did not know that before I read this book. It is an interesting story, but unless you buy into major conspiracy theories, I would stay away from this book.