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When the Hurt Runs Deep by Kay Arthur

Synopsis

At some point in life, every one of us will face the dark pain of heartache and despair, a hurt that pierces so deep we’re left gasping with questions:

Why me? Why now?
What have I done to deserve this?
Will the pain ever go away?
How can God just stand by and let this happen?
What do I have left to hope for?

Writing from insights she has gained, not only through her own valleys of deep hurt but also from years of study and counseling others through their pain, Kay Arthur points the way toward genuine healing. With candor, grace, and vulnerability, she invites you to join her on a journey toward wholeness as you exchange your fears and frustrations, hurts and disappointments for a hope that will never disappoint.

Review

For years Kay Arthur’s Biblical studies have been an inspiration to my family and myself. While dealing with some hurt and frustration of my own I came across this book and eagerly ordered my copy. Kay Arthur does a marvelous job of revealing the deep love of God in a way that spoke deeply into my life. Kay Arthur herself wrote the book in such a way that it feels like you are having a conversation with her. I could almost see the love and compassion radiating from her. Many of today’s Christian teachers and preachers do not give Biblical references while they are speaking which causes their message to simply be their opinion and many times without the Bible involved the view gets skewed. Kay Arthur not only provides Biblical quotes and passages she also provides many references to the ideas and stories she is using. If you are hurting and in need of some real compassion and Biblical truths in your life (who isn’t?) this is the book to have!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books <http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/bloggingforbooks> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

Synopsis

Learn how God’s grace can and will transform you.

None of us deserve what God offers, a life free from sin and hope for a glorious future, but unbelievably it’s ours for the taking. Why? Because of God’s grace. The unmerited favor, the lavish love and kindness he pours out on us, and has, since Creation.

But if it’s so available then why do we live a grace-less life? Why are our churches filled with disillusioned Christians, weary of religion’s demands, struggling with personal defeat because of issues or behaviors?

Join pastor Andy Stanley as he traces grace through the Old and New Testament, observing God’s grace at work in the lives of some of the best, and worst, characters. He also uses personal stories from his own life to reveal how grace is not a natural response but is the most essential one. Together these stories unravel the mystery of grace and tell of its transforming power to set us free.

Review

The Grace of God is a powerfully written book by Andy Stanley. Many of us know the stories of the Old Testament well. Some see the stories showing a cruel God, others a kind loving God. Andy Stanley in the most unique and creative way shows us how each story in reality shows us God’s grace moving through the circumstances. Andy shows us how God is not cruel or vindictive, but rather a loving father who even though we have rejected him, pushed him away, and even told him we hated him still loves us. Anyone going through a struggle or feeling God cannot love them needs to read this book. For those solid in their beliefs this book will provide great encouragement in your walk and help you come alongside others in need.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

Synopsis

These are difficult days in our world’s history. 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, natural disasters are gouging entire nations, and economic uncertainty still reigns across the globe. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God’s love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let’s live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did. (Please note: International Bloggers will receive International Edition.)

Review

Max Lucado has a very clear, fun, and interesting writing style that seems to grip the reader. From the very first page Outlive Your Life is a book that will pull you in with stories of incredible accomplishment and success and shock you with the knowledge that simple ordinary folk have been behind some of the most incredible and revolutionary changes in all time. Max Lucado challenges the reader to step up and ask simple questions that will start the reader down a path to making a lasting impression that will last far beyond the end of your life here on earth. This book is definitely highly recommended.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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