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Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

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This is just a delightful little book! Gratitude is (or should be) such an important part of our walk with Christ. I love that it focuses on the positive and doesn’t wander off into any heavy theology. This book would be a nice gift for any Christian woman who likes to be contemplative while coloring! I like to color in it while I pray or listen to a devotional talk. This book is sprinkled with encouraging thoughts and scriptures and has space for writing down your thoughts as you focus on the many things you can be grateful for in your life. I highly recommend it!

The publisher provided me with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Can I Really Know Jesus?

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This is a good little book that covers the spiritual basics. That said, there is theology in here that could be in disagreement with the beliefs of some Christians. Other reviewers have mentioned some of the questions, but one that stood out to me is part of the answer to the question “Do I need to ask for salvation more than once?” Part of the answer states “…you cannot be unsaved.” I know many denominations who don’t ascribe to “once saved, always saved”

If you’re a Baptist, you will LOVE this book. It is a nice introduction to spiritual questions.

I do wish the book had a table of contents or an index. They would make it handy for a reference for those unfamiliar with the basic tenets of Christianity.

I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief

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There is no arguing with the fact that the Judeo-Christian ethic helped shape the United States Constitution and the government of the United States. Inherent in the formation of our nation is the idea that people are “endowed by their creator” with certain “rights.” The government doesn’t bequeath those rights. They are ours and they are inalienable. Life. Liberty. The pursuit of happiness. When humans are not viewed as having inalienable rights, life becomes cheap — a mere commodity. In his book The Grace Effect, author Larry Taunton compares and contrasts the societies of the United States and the Ukraine through the lens of his family’s experience adopting a Ukrainian girl named Sasha. In the Ukraine, Sasha was a commodity.

The Soviet experiment failed. Life in a Soviet Bloc country was as Hobbs wrote in Leviathan, “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Many countries today are living with the inertia from the Soviet way of life. The Ukraine is one of them. In describing his experiences with corrupt government officials, and people who are resigned to such corruption, Taunton makes a good case for the concept of “common grace.” He writes, “[Common grace is] the idea that when there is a significant Christian presence in a given society, it brings tangible benefits not just to the Christian, but to society as a whole.” When power and money are the only things of value, life, especially the life of a child (or anyone who is not rich or powerful) becomes devalued to the point of worthlessness.

Rather than the dry, theological treatise I had expected after the first chapter, I found the book quite engaging. Throughout the story, I found myself humbled by the strength of a little girl, raised in appalling conditions, who retained her spirit and sense of joy and trust. The Grace Effect is a fascinating read for anyone contemplating the differences between life in the United States and life in a country stripped of any real Christian influence.

***BookSneeze® provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.***

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