Reunion by Bruxy Cavey

Is it possible that over the centuries the church has altered the message of Christ? Has modern Christianity wrapped itself so tightly in a fragmented, inactive version of the gospel that the life-changing message of God has been smothered? Pastor Bruxy Cavey thinks the answer is yes. He speaks to a new generation interested in Jesus but embarrassed by Christians in his latest book, (re)union: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners (coming May 2017).

“The message of Jesus changed the world . . . until the world changed the message,” says Cavey. “But I’m happy to say that there is a growing movement of truth-seekers and Jesus-lovers who are calling for a return to the first and foundational good news message of Jesus. This book is inspired by them, and it is an invitation to join their ranks.”

In (re)union, Cavey explains why Christians shouldn’t follow the Bible—but why they will want to read it to learn how to follow Jesus. He encourages readers to discover their true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where they might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for one. – from author’s website


I loved this book. Cavey explained what the Bible and real Christianity is all about in a way that makes sense and yet challenged what I believed. At times he said things that shocked me like how as Christians, we don’t need to follow the ten commandments anymore, but as I continued reading and how he brought it all back to Jesus, it made sense. He addresses some concerns he knows people will have with what he says and explains why he believes the way he does. I may need to read this book a few times for everything to sink in fully, but it is not theological in the sense that many apologists and theologians make it out to be. It is written for the ordinary person and you don’t need a degree in theology to understand it. I recommend this book to anyone, as Cavey says, is a seeker, a saint, or a sinner.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Menno Media and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”

Words of Grace: A Coloring Devotional Book by Jacqui Grace & Dee Arrand

Be Amazed by God’s Grace!

Bring new joy to your time in God’s Word by incorporating beauty and creativity. As a gentle tonic for the busyness and worries of your life, this travel-sized coloring book devotional will help you focus your attention and calm your hurried soul.

Each page spread includes Scripture, devotional thoughts, and images to color that are all designed to reconnect you with the God who knows your every need. Grab your colored pencils, crayons, or markers and set yourself free to create. But most importantly: relax, have fun, and be blessed by God’s grace. – from publisher’s website


<div align="justify"This is the first adult coloring book I've done and I enjoyed it for the most part. It is meant to be used as a devotional and I found it an interesting idea to include group questions to be able to do it like a Bible study. I enjoyed coloring the pictures, although they sometimes seemed too detailed to color. What I mean by that is that there were birds with hearts on them or some sections were so small that it was hard to stay within the lines except when the pencil crayon was freshly sharpened. So if you don't want to take the time and effort that it takes to color something really detailed, this probably wouldn't be the best book for you, but it does offer some excellent thoughts and some excellent pictures.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."

Hello, My Name Is: Discover Your True Identity by Matthew West

The world goes out of its way to make you believe you are not good enough. Maybe you aren’t sure you like where you’ve been, or who you’ve become. Maybe someone has made you believe a lie about who you are by speaking damaging words to you. The discovery of our true identities does not begin by looking within ourselves, but by looking to the One who made us. It is time to tear off the false name tags that cover up your true identity. Understanding who you are begins with knowing Whose you are so you can embrace your destiny as a child of the one true King. – from book’s website

I love Matthew West’s songs and think he is an excellent songwriter so I was excited to read this book. I enjoyed his stories as they gave an insight into his life and what inspires his songwriting. They were really thought out about how he incorporated them into each point he wanted to bring across. He uses stories from his life, the lives of people he’s met, and from people who have written to him. I enjoyed the writing style as well. I found it to be a conversational style and wasn’t too theological nor too flowery. It had serious moments, as well as lighter moments.

Fear Fighting by Kelly Balarie

We all live with fear. It hangs around, whispering in our ears, reminding us of all we can’t do or will never be. But that’s not the end of the story. We also have a God who draws close to say, Fear not. I am with you. This Spirit transforms us into fear fighters–women breaking free of trepidation to find bold dedication to God’s peace-, purpose- and joy-filled callings.

With remarkable compassion born from personal experience, Kelly Balarie shows women how to

· Cultivate unstoppable faith by harnessing God’s Word and promptings
· Pray panic-, blood pressure- and stress-reducing prayers to usher in lasting peace
· Discover clear and immediate action plans to exchange worry for God’s greatest gifts
· Implement daily bravery decrees to stand armed through the day
· Participate in a 12-week study guide to foster new courageous habits

Kelly pulls back the curtain of fear so you can find the beautiful woman God created you to be.
– from Amazon’s website


I personally didn’t really like this book. I didn’t like the writing style and don’t remember much of what was said. I found the writing style to be more of an abstract thing which I didn’t like. I also didn’t do the group study questions but when I looked at them afterward, they probably would have been a good idea to go through even though I read the book by myself. They would have been more helpful than just reading the chapters and I probably would have remembered more of what I read.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Alive in the Spirit by A.W. Tozer

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Is the Holy Spirit Active in Your Life?

Many people look to extraordinary experiences as evidence of the Holy Spirit. But what happens when the experience ends? How can we be filled with the Spirit every day in the ordinary things we do?

In never-before-published material taken from A.W. Tozer’s sermons, Alive in the Spirit answers these questions and, in a balanced perspective, explores what the Spirit’s involvement in your life should look like.

Many talk about being filled with the Holy Spirit, but few accept God’s conditions. Tozer lays down these requirements in his trademark bold and wise way. Though every Christian has the Spirit, not every Christian is filled with the Spirit. Knowing the difference will change your life.
– from publisher’s website


This book was a little different than I was expecting. I found that it was more a call to be alive in the Holy Spirit than a practical guide to reach it. In the later chapters, it gave a few practical steps, but it was more a call to revival instead. It was more philosophical but was fairly simple to understand. Some of my favorite quotes from the book were:

“We will never get anywhere unless the Holy Spirit has the authority to convict us so that He might bring us into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and a steady walk with Him” (p. 84-85).

“I have endeavored to point out that there are certain gifts and talents, but there are some that come like fruit, and the tree does not cultivate the fruit; the farmer does” (p.140).

“Some people have not wept an honest tear for anybody in distress, but they will weep while there is somebody sitting at a desk somewhere in the studio making believe they are in trouble” (p.171-172).

I really enjoyed the book because it made me think about how I live and what I think about the Holy Spirit. It was thought-provoking and challenging.

Wild and Free by Jess Connolly & Haley Morgan

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For all the fullness of God available to His daughters, we often feel limited by two defining insecurities: I am too much, and I am not enough.

Co-authors and best friends Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan have felt the same, until one essential question turned the tables on it all: If God is wild and free and he created women, what does this mean for us today?

Wild and Free is an anthem and an invitation in equal parts to find freedom from the cultural captivity that holds us back, and freedom to step into the wild and holy call of God in our lives. With fresh biblical insight tracing all the way back to Eve and a treasury of practical application, the authors reveal how women today can walk in the true liberty we already have in Jesus. – from LifeWay


Wild and Free gave two different perspectives on what it meant to live wild and free with Christ as a woman. I liked how the authors had different personalities and temperaments to include both the “strong woman” and “meek woman”. We both need to live wild and free and the authors captured what it means from both sides. I also liked that they included a response at the end of the chapter from the other on how that chapter also applied to them. The book also gave a different perspective than what culture often makes me think of what wild and free living is like.

Angels by Jack Graham

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The Truth About Angels

Myths about angels are everywhere. Do we become angels when we die? Are angels always hovering nearby, on guard to protect us from danger? Can we talk to them? Many of our ideas about angels come from the media, which is more interested in ratings and ticket sales than truth. It’s important for Christians to understand what angels really are.

Pastor Jack Graham walks you through Scripture, revealing the truth about angels and what they offer us: encouragement, counsel, confirmation of God’s will, strength, protection, wisdom, companionship, and more. Focusing on practical application, Dr. Graham separates fact from fiction and demonstrates that the main role of angels isn’t to draw attention to themselves, but to point us toward Christ. – from publisher’s website


Angels by Jack Graham is an excellent book for people who want to get a biblical view of angels. I could tell that Graham did his research on biblical accounts of angels. I liked how he applied it to our lives and how we relate to God. He didn’t just take angels out of the context of a relationship with God. I also liked how he included day to day examples of how knowing different things about angels would and should affect our lives.

Come With Me by Suzanne Eller

Come with me

Imagine that Jesus walks up to you, right now, and asks you to follow him. He doesn’t tell you where, and he doesn’t tell you what it will entail. He just asks you to come.

Will you say yes?

In her warm, conversational way, bestselling author and Proverbs 31 speaker Suzanne Eller shows how, when you say yes, you take a step away from the uncertainty, the to-do list, the worries and excuses. And you take a step toward the One who promises to delight and surprise, who will transform who you are, how you live, and how you impact the world.

So come. Walk with Jesus. Listen to his words. Step into the harder places of faith – but not alone. Learn who you are, but more so who he is to you.

The road will wind, your feet will get dusty. But you will discover the unexpected beauty of following where he leads. And that is worth everything.

Each chapter includes “Taking It Deeper” reflection questions, a Scripture, a Prayer, and Application steps for “Living As A Disciple”. – from author’s website


I enjoyed this book and how Suzanne Eller used the twelve disciples as the focus and what we can learn from their lives. It gave more depth to them and showed that Jesus chose ordinary people to follow Him. I also liked that she used personal stories from her own life and those she knew to bring the lessons she learned through the disciples stories into this day and age. She was willing to share her struggles and hard times that she’s been through. At the end of each chapter, there are thought-provoking questions to get you to think about what you read in the chapter and how it could apply to your life. Overall, it’s a nice little book that takes you through the book of Luke and the disciples stories.

The Chase by Kyle & Kelsey Kupecky

The Chase

Only God could have written a love story as beautiful as Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky’s. From their teenage days thousands of miles apart when they separately wrote letters to their future spouses, to a chance meeting backstage at a concert, their story brings inspiration and hope to every girl.

It’s easy to get impatient for the future to play out, especially when it comes to love. Before long you find yourself chasing the perfect guy and trying to write your own happily ever after. But the truth is your best future won’t be found chasing boys–it’ll only come by first chasing God.

Together, Kyle and Kelsey will show you how to put God first, protect your heart, deal with the loneliness and peer pressure that come along with purity, and see yourself as God does.

Let the chase begin!
– From Kyle and Kelsey’s website


I will start off by saying I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I liked the book well enough, but I found that it didn’t offer much that hasn’t been said in other Christian dating books geared toward teenage girls. This book was a quick read with short chapters and a lot of personal anecdotes. Kyle and Kelsey included a lot of stories from real life experiences, either they or someone they knew went through, which they used as the basis for their points. I liked the format of the chapters where you got Kelsey’s view on the chapter topic, and then you got Kyle’s view on that same topic. I think this could be a really good book on dating for teenage girls who want something from a Christian perspective.

The Reckless Love of God by Alex Early

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Does God Really Love Me?

Sometimes the bigger something is, the easier it is to forget. You may have heard all your life that God is love, but has the truth of that statement really sunk in?

In The Reckless Love of God, pastor and church planter Alex Early pulls you in close to ask if you’ve ever really considered what it means to say “Jesus loves me.” God’s love for us is real–he feels, knows, and even suffers on our behalf. Nothing will change your life, your goals, and your relationships faster than being captivated by this reality.

Whether you grew up as a Christian and have forgotten this essential truth, or if you’re hearing it for the first time, you need to be reminded–and assured–of the simple, amazing, mind-blowing fact that God loves us. – Baker Publishing Group


This is probably one of the best books I’ve read about God’s love. A lot I’ve read are written like they’re trying to evoke a warm, fuzzy feeling, and completely ignore the holiness of God. This book was the perfect balance between God’s love and His holiness. It didn’t force our view of love on God. One of the first things in this book that I really liked was how in the Introduction he used the Old Testament to show God’s love. I know a lot of people who believe the Old Testament is all about God’s wrath and the New Testament is about God’s love. They believe God changed but God’s love also shows through in the Old Testament – people just often don’t realize it.

I liked how Alex Early focused his book on the Bible instead of stories. He used a few stories and was very honest, but the Bible was the focus. I also liked how, towards the end of the book, Early compared Jesus to the people we read about in the Bible, how Jesus is a better version of them. “Likewise, Jesus is greater than Abraham, who by faith offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Jesus became the perfect sacrifice. Jesus is greater than Isaac, who was asked to carry wood to the place of sacrifice. Jesus carried his wooden cross to Calvary.”

This book is for those who want to know God’s love and not just a warm, fuzzy feeling.