Around the world, having some kind of religious faith is an experience common among the majority. In particular, those that affiliate with Catholicism are spread far and wide around the world, but all come under the leadership of the Pope. While the Pope is commonly known to be the head and leading authority in the Catholic Church, that is an image associated with leading the flock to follow God. But who knew he was head of the Vatican Bank as well. Surprisingly, the Catholic Church is an institution with vast financial holdings that extend far beyond Vatican city and local Catholic churches. While the image of the church is one replete with icons, statutes, colorful paintings and robed priests, the underbelly of this institution is far less holy and its finances are littered with crime and amoral behavior.
What do you think of when you hear the title Evangelical Christian? I suppose that it depends upon whether you consider yourself to be one, know one, or have been helped or hurt by someone who calls him/herself one. In his new book, Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News?, Philip Yancey explores why “Evangelical Christian” can tend to have a negative connotation in post-Christian America and Europe while still being quite a ray of hope for the rest of the world, challenges Christians to examine their lives and ways of reaching out to others, and points out why the Christian faith is so important to the lives of both Believers and unbelievers alike.
In Vanishing Grace I hear the voice of Philip Yancey as a coach during the halftime of an important game:
When it comes to the Christian life, there are many different approaches as to what makes an effective believer. Does it come down to faith, reading your Bible, or right choices? Is it what we know or Who we know? There are so many questions. In early 20th century China, Watchman Nee began studying and teaching the Word of God. As he ministered, he became convinced that the purpose of his writing and teaching was to assist the person who is working for God and striving to become a useful vessel for the Lord’s work.
Sensing the importance of one’s inner character in the work of God, Watchman Nee gave a series of messages on the topic in 1948. This was later published as the book, The Character of God’s Workman. Nee’s talks centered on key traits in the
Wow. A Year of Biblical Womanhood was… just wow.
Rachel Held Evans, a strong-willed, independent, working girl of the 21st century decided to embark on an adventure that would forever change her life. One year of Biblical womanhood. Rachel picked one virtue a month in her pursuit of that goal. Starting in October with gentleness, Rachel went through domesticity in November, obedience in December, valor in January, beauty in February, modesty in March, purity in April, fertility in May, submission in June, charity in July, silence in August, and grace in September. This was not a light-hearted project. Rachel did her research and lived her project — not cutting corners.
Each month, each chapter challenged me in a way I did not even know I could be challenged. I was hooked from the very first chapter when she started talking
Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst does it again with Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions, a wonderful book that will help the reader realize that the choices they make help to determine what outcomes they will face. Lysa shares how emotions aren’t bad, but emotions that are out of control can cause damage to oneself as well as to others around them. She shares four categories of unglued reactions and how they impact one’s life. Later in the book she discusses those who stuff things inside of themselves and those who explode upon anyone and everyone around them.
This is a much needed book for anyone who finds themselves in a pressure cooker and needs help to deal with life’s circumstances. Offered within this book are time sensitive ways to deal with the pressure
Join Sophia White, author of the inspirational Christian book, Jesus is for Everybody (iUniverse), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in December on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!
Reviewed by Claudia Robinson
Jesus is for Everybody is a bold, unabashed, uncompromising title for a book. It suggests to its reader that despite everything he or she knows or believes about religion, reading this book will change it all. It offers sanctuary in an unpredictable and tumultuous world and a hand of hope to anyone seeking the ‘truth’ of the matter behind one of the world’s most controversial and dichotomous subjects.
Unfortunately, Jesus is for Everybody by Sophia White fails to do that. In fact, if anything, it manages to alienate and confuse