Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Africa Study Bible Kickstarter Campaign


Major Christian Organizations Partner to Launch Africa Study Bible Kickstarter Campaign Planned to Help Raise 1 Million for 100,000 Study Bibles 



Wheaton, IL – Millions of English-speaking Africans know and love Christ, but for many, God’s word is hard to grasp. With nearly every full evangelical study Bible written from the viewpoint of the United States and United Kingdom, Africans have lacked a resource that connects with their unique experience, hindering discipleship. But that is about to change as major Christian organizations, led by Oasis International, are joining together to launch the Africa Study Bible (ASB), a six-year, cross-continental effort that has produced the first study Bible developed by Africans for Africans. “With the ASB, we’re bringing the power of Scripture to Africa in a new and culturally relevant way,” says Dr. Matthew Elliott, president of Oasis, publisher of the ASB. “Under the leadership of an 11-member editorial board of scholars from across Africa, we’ve brought together 350 writers and editors from over 40 African countries, representing 50 denominations. This is an unprecedented project that will impact the global church.” With the editorial nearly complete, Oasis, with the support of its partners, is inviting fellow Christians to join with them in helping get the ASB into the hands of Africans. With a goal of raising one million dollars to print the first 100,000 copies, Oasis is seeking private donors as well as launching a Kickstarter campaign, which begins April 18 and runs through June 16. Contributors to the Kickstarter campaign have the opportunity to receive incentives ranging from artwork prints to limited Italian leather editions of the ASB as well as all-expense paid trips to the launch of the ASB in the United States and in Africa. “Our goal is to have the first run of the ASB available in Africa by the end of 2016,” says Elliott. “We already know of more than 100 million people in denominations and movements in Africa whose leaders want to use the ASB for discipleship so there is a lot of anticipation throughout the continent.” Designed to grow the faith of African church members, teach them to evangelize their communities, and apply a biblical worldview to their society, the ASB uses the New Living Translation and includes 2,400 plus features such as application notes, stories and proverbs, touch points that link Africa and the Bible, learn notes that explain basic theology, and major theme articles that apply the Bible to key issues. Oasis plans to initially release the ASB in English with French and Portuguese translations in development. Oasis is also developing a full-featured app of the study Bible. To support the effort, Oasis is partnering with Tyndale House Publishers to create the study Bible. Other participants include Campus Crusade for Christ, International, Willow Creek and Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), Scripture Union, Africa Leadership, TransWorld Radio, Moody Broadcasting, Center for Early African Christianity, PJA (Publications pour la Jeunesse Africane), MMD Global, The Livingstone Corporation, InSight Books, Urban Ministries Inc., and the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, with additional participants being added on a regular basis. “We have seen the hand of God in amazing ways throughout the development of this project,” says Elliott. “In the words of our supervising editor, Dr. John Jusu, the content of the ASB is bubbling up from the cultures of Africa. The biblical truth is percolating through our own cultures and stories to create a rich and textured tapestry that Africans can claim as their own.” 

Dr. Matthew Elliott serves as president of Oasis International and project director for the Africa Study Bible. Oasis International serves areas of the English-speaking world where people lack access to affordable Christian literature and the Bibles needed to mature in their faith. In these countries, the measure of annual incomes is often in hundreds, not thousands, of dollars. The great needs of Africa, in particular, drive Oasis to concentrate on this continent, where the Church is experiencing significant growth yet printed resources are scarce. Matthew earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in New Testament at Wheaton College, as well as a Masters of Theology and a Doctorate of Philosophy in New Testament Studies from University of Aberdeen (Scotland). He was ordained at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois under Dr. Kent Hughes. He is the author of Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament (InterVarsity UK/Kregel) and Feel (Tyndale House). Matthew, his wife, Laura, and three children reside in the Chicago area. For more information on Oasis and the Africa Study Bible, visit www.oasisint.net or www.africastudybible.com

Examples of Rewards in the Kickstarter Campaign

Link @ Kickstarter Campaign
At this link you will see examples of pages from the Bible!

When you give $5 or more to this amazing project you will receive a thank you shoutout on our Twitter and Facebook pages AND a special preview of the Africa Study Bible(ASB) book of Genesis!

When you give $15 or more to this amazing project you will receive: - A social media thank you - ASB Genesis preview PLUS you will also receive a 5x8 reproduction of an Africa Study Bible inspired Tim Botts artwork! See his work at www.timbotts.com

When you give $100 or more to this amazing project you will receive: - A social media thank you - ASB Genesis preview - 5X8 ASB inspired artwork - The full ASB app PLUS you will also receive the advanced limited edition genuine bonded leather AfricaStudy Bible!

 When you give $10,000 or more to this amazing project you will receive: - A social media thank you - ASB Genesis preview - 5x8 ASB inspired artwork - The full ASB app - The edge-lined goatskin leather ASB - The two original matted and framed ASB inspired artwork PLUS we will BRING YOU TO KENYA for the launch of the Africa Study Bible and a safari!

Example of special features of the Bible

Monday, April 18, 2016

(Review) Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse by Ruth A. Tucker

Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Zondervan
Genre: Nonfiction, Domestic Abuse
Pages: 208
Source: Paperback copy provided by Book Look Bloggers/Harper Collins Publishing, in exchange for a review.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars for good

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Tim Challies review of the book: Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife 

Further links:
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Help Guide
Domestic Violence
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"If this volume saves even one woman from further domestic abuse, my dread in writing will have been worth it." Ruth A. Tucker

The above quote is the main purpose for the writing of the book. Tucker shares her story of being in an abusive marriage. She provides insight to a world many people in the Church do not understand or who have ambivalent feelings.
Pastors, leaders in the Church, and well-known Christian speakers give voice and advice, not knowing their words place the abused in harm's way.
Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife is a starting point for Christians to read and educate themselves about domestic violence. The book is a discussion tool. It is a place to create knowledge and wisdom on a subject that has been kept in the shadows.

The first chapter reflects on a debate Tucker and Dr. John Piper had in 1995. The subject of the debate was, "Should marriage be based on a model of mutual submission and equality or on a model of male headship?" Tucker brings out a second theme in Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: the Complementarian belief. This belief holds men and women have different roles and responsibilities in marriage, family, and church leadership.
Submission in the marriage is a stumbled upon word. It's a word misunderstood and used to take advantage of another. I appreciated Tucker sharing Bible stories of men and families who were imperfect. Men who were well-known OT heroes; however, they treated their wives disrespectfully and often brought about generational problems. Two men were admirable: Elkanah and Boaz.
A less spoke upon theme in the book, but blatantly clear is how Christians interpret the Bible. There are Christians who are conservative, fundamental, moderate, and liberal. There are also Christians who have no idea what they believe, because they do not read the Bible.
Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife surprised me with other topics of interest: parenting, marriage, and a person's character.
The main focus of the book is on the domestic abuse Tucker and her son lived through when she was married to her first husband. As well as, the choices she made as a result of the abuse, the long-term affects on her and her son, and the response of the church in regards to her abuse.

I'm thankful to writers who take off their mask and become transparent in sharing stories of domestic abuse, alcoholism, drug addiction, sexual addiction, imprisonment, child abuse, sexual abuse/assault, bankruptcy, prostitution, mental health conditions, adultery, terminal/end of life, grieving a death, and PTSD.
There will always be people who do not believe a life story shared. They will look for a loop hole or make a negative remark. But this should not stop the story from being shared. The story is meant to help. It is a personal and private story shared. Only God knows what is in a person's heart. To declare the abused is giving false information or with an intent to stir the pot on a subject is inappropriate.

If you are a reader who is liberal in regards to gender equality, this is not a pro-gender equality book. Tucker's book tries to answer the question of biblical equality in a marriage; plus her story of abuse. Tucker comes close to this subject in Chapter 5, by showing a research analysis on gender differences in brains: emotional stimuli in female brains versus male.
Chapter 8 is on cultural issues including genital mutilation and a hatred of women. I wish this chapter had been omitted. It is interesting reading material, but I don't think it helped the over-all purpose of the book. Rap music is talked about in this chapter. I feel the chapter needs further clarification, to speak on several points in this one chapter is heavy, and made me feel culture groups might feel slighted. However, I do agree with the statement on page 126, "...the demand to domineer is always present. Yet hatred of women is not easily detectable. Indeed, there is a fine line between male domination and misogyny."
Chapter 9 is on rape in marriage. This chapter I had a problem with.
Dare we ask Todd Akin's questions; Is a particular incident a case of 'legitimate rape'? I may be walking on thin ice here, but perhaps the question has merit. As we've already seen when it comes to domestic violence, we should not automatically believe everyone's story. Is there a motive for someone to lie, perhaps in a child custody battle? And what is the definition of abuse? Is it abuse when a husband tells a wife she ought to lose twenty pounds and wear sexy nighties? While such behavior may not be appropriate, we dare not flatten a crime so much that it means nothing. If almost everything is abuse, then nothing is abuse. So it is with rape. If we define it too broadly, the term almost becomes meaningless. So, then what is legitimate rape?" Page 134
I quoted the entire paragraph in order to not chop up words to take out of context.
First of all I cannot believe she said, "we should not automatically believe everyone's story." Yikes. Does this mean we should not believe her story or my story? As I stated above it is inappropriate to accuse someone else of being a liar...at least out of the court system.
I dislike the wording of defining rape and using words like "meaningless" and "legitimate". This area of the book needs clarification.

I feel a weak point over-all in the book is bringing about too many elements, because the book is not long enough in explaining and clarifying every given element.
The strong point over-all in the book is bringing to light domestic abuse and child abuse, because these affect not just the world but Christian homes. The Church must educate and prepare for helping the abused and oppressed.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

(Review) Theology As Discipleship by Keith L. Johnson

Publication Date: November 2015.
Publisher: InterVarsity Press Books.
Genre: Nonfiction, Theology, Christian Life.
Pages: 192.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5. ESV. 
Theology-The Study of religious faith, practice, and experience; the study of God and God's relation to the world. From Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Theology As Discipleship began in dialogue with Johnson's theology students at Wheaton College. The ability to define theology is easier than knowing how to live out theology. Theology As Discipleship developed as a way of explaining how to apply theology in our lives.

The six chapters are "Recovering Theology," "Being in Christ," "Partnership with Christ," "The Word of God," "Hearing the Word of God," "The Mind of Christ," and "Theology in Christ."

Theology As Discipleship is one of those amazing books I'd love to memorize in full. From the first page to the last, I did not want to stop reading. I took several pages of notes, writing several quotes on index cards, in order to re-read them near where I sit to read and study each day.

1. The first reason leading me to give Theology As Discipleship 5 stars for excellent is Johnson's gift of teaching. A gifted teacher will encourage, through their words and demeanor, a students motivation to learn, as well as to grasp the message. Johnson illustrates a message cutting to the heart.
For example,
Follow me! When Jesus Christ speaks these words to his disciples, he not only is calling them to a life of faith and obedience, but he also is unveiling their eternal destiny. The way of discipleship leads to eternal life with God because Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God. He shows us the truth about God and his plan for history by making us participants in God's wisdom and partners in this plan. The practice of theology is one form of this participation and partnership. Chapter 2, page 37. 
2. Over the past few years I've prayed to see through Jesus's lens-His perspective. On page 51, Johnson states, "When we see the world through the lens of Christ, we see the truth about reality."
Through Jesus we see He is "head over all things," because He is Creator and in control.
This point resonated with me. Bible verse from Ephesians 1:22.

3. Chapter 4 is titled, "The Word of God." Johnson explains as a disciple of Christ, "we learn how to read Scripture rightly in the same way: the Spirit of Christ teaches us how to understand Scripture. He does so, in part by giving us a share in the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16)." Page 104.
Pages 104-106 is one of my favorite sections in the book. "Spiritual instruction." God changes our lives from the inside out through His Word! Through God's Word His Spirit directs us, makes the content clear, tests us, and shows us whether we are in the right or wrong.

4. The word "partner" is used throughout the book. I've never thought of my walk with the Lord as being in partnership. When I think about this word, I think about two individuals who shake hands in agreement about a certain decision. However, the word partnership between the Lord and myself is a perfect descriptive word. I made a decision to believe, follow, and abide in Christ Jesus. He and I are in partnership with every aspect of life.

5. I believe there are Christians who can not explain what they believe about God or why. Theology As Discipleship explains in lay-terms any Christian can understand and more importantly carry out in their lives.

6. Lastly, chapter 7 holds two points that jumped off the pages at me: humility and patience. These are two words sadly lacking in modern society. Just drive on a freeway and look for patience.
Johnson explains humility means do not argue with people about who is right or wrong in order to "win an argument or be superior." Page 167.
And,
We demonstrate patience when we persist in seeking the knowledge of God even when it is difficult and discouraging. We do so because we know that our pursuit of theology is not about our own happiness or security but about God's call that we use our work to enrich and equip others. Page 169. 
Scripture links courtesy of Bible Gateway.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

(Review) 1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilkin

Publication Date: January 1, 2016.
Publisher: Lifeway Press
Genre: Nonfiction, Bible study on 1 Peter
Pages: 160
Source: Free copy from B and H Publishing/Lifeway Press
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Link for Bible study @ Lifeway Press: 1 Peter.
Link for study kit: 1 Peter. 
Link for video: 1 Peter. 

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Produced by The Gospel Coalition. Jen Wilkin is a contributing writer for The Gospel Coalition Women's Initiatives.

Articles about The Gospel Coalition Women's Initiatives:
Update from January 2015
Why Women's Ministry?

Promo video for 1 Peter:


A teaching from 1 Peter:


1 Peter: A Living Hope is a nine week Bible study.
Sessions on DVD are available to use.
The study is adapted for group use.
The book has large print for easy reading.
Included in the Bible study book are "group discussions" located at the end of each week.
The first week is considered an introduction, and has five questions to learn further about Peter and the book he wrote.
The foreword section of the book has four brief articles: "How Should We Approach God's Word?", "How To Use This Study?", "How To Use The Leader's Guide", and "About The Gospel Coalition".
Scripture references are from the ESV-English Standard Version (2001, Crossway). A few verses are from the NIV-New International Version (2011, Biblica, Inc.).
Weeks two through nine includes five days of questions to work on. For example, on week two, five days worth of questions are apart of this one week.
There is a final "wrap-up" (brief questions) for each week.
At the end of the Bible study is the entire book of 1 Peter. This is for marking and taking notes (as some people do not want to mark in their Bibles).

Title chapters:
"Week 1: 1 Peter Introduction
Week 2: A Living Hope
Week 3: The Believer's Identity
Week 4: Living Stones
Week 5: Submission-Part 1
Week 6: Submission-Part 2
Week 7: Submission-Part 3
Week 8: Self-Controlled And Sober-Minded
Week 9: Clothed In Humility"

What first attracted me to Jen Wilkin's teaching is her focus on studying the Bible correctly. Her emphasis is on a disciplined method of studying God's Word. Context is important, as well as making Bible study a lifetime labor of love.

Week 8 is on being "self-controlled and sober-minded". This is taken from 1 Peter 4:7. 
"The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers." 
Peter reminds again in 1 Peter 5:8 to be "sober-minded".
Sample questions from this week are "Have you ever suffered in a way that caused you to cease from sin? What did you endure and how did it change you?" "What does our surprise at fiery trials reveal about our expectations?" "Rewrite 4:12-19 in your own words."

I wish I had access to the videos, but I have the Bible study only.
The Bible study is in-depth; and with questions that encouraged me to dig deep into Scripture and forced me to be transparent in my Christian life.

Scripture links courtesy of Bible Gateway.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

YouTube Promo of Wholeheartedness by Chuck DeGroat

(Review) Synced: Living Connected to the Heart of Jesus by Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Publication Date: February 1, 2016.
Publisher: New Hope
Genre: Nonfiction, Spiritual Life.
Pages: 176.
Source: Free copy from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

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Synced Jennifer Kennedy Dean


Summary:
Synced encourages you to emulate the way Jesus lived His life. With real-life stories of people walking closely with Jesus, finding themselves in the right place at the right time, readers are challenged to examine what staying in step with the Spirit looks like. National best-selling author and known prayer expert, Jennifer Kennedy Dean, uses the familiar passage of the Lord's Prayer as anchor points to present the way Jesus lived His life in step with the Father through prayer.
Every moment is pregnant with purpose. Every moment is drenched in power. Prayer is no longer the means by which you attempt to get God to perform for you and becomes, instead, the means by which you connect with His heart and mind. A praying life is a life of peace and soul-rest. A praying life is lived in sync with the heart of Jesus.

My Thoughts:
Eleven chapters and a concluding chapter examine a life lived "in sync with God." Dean uses the Lord's prayer from Matthew 6:9-13 as the text.
This then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. NIV. 
After reading Synced, I came to the conclusion the author's main thrust is in remaining in a close fellowship with God. The word Synced is used, but it means the same thing to me: abiding in Christ Jesus and thus in a close fellowship with God.
Several points are given in having a close fellowship with God:

  • Give the Lord control of our life. 
  • Unity with Jesus is unity with God. 
  • Rest in the Lord. 
  • Compassion for people. 
  • Shalom, "living fully supplied and provided for. 
  • Do not "profane God's name." 
  • When God calls us, He prepares us.
  • Forgiveness and letting go.
  • Being proven through testing. 
Over-all, I felt synced provided me with the teaching and applications for living a life in unity and fellowship with God. I've read other books with a similar topic that delves deeper, but for an average student of the Bible, Synced is a solid choice. 


About the Author:
Jennifer Kennedy Dean is executive director of the Praying Life Foundation and a respected author and speaker. The author of numerous books, studies, and magazine articles specializing in prayer and spiritual formation, her book Heart's Cry has been named National Day of Prayer's signature book, while her book Live a Praying Life® has been called a flagship work on prayer. Widely recognized as an unusually gifted communicator, Jennifer speaks all over the country calling God's people to discover the difference between a prayer life and a praying life. Jennifer is the author of such books as Altar'd, Clothed with Power, Conversations with the Most High, Life Unhindered!, Power in the Blood of Christ, Power in the Name of Jesus, Secrets Jesus Shared, Set Apart, The Power of Small, and much more. A highly demanded speaker, her engagements include respected organizations such as the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove and Focus on the Family. She is a board member for Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, a member of America's National Prayer Committee, a member of National Professional Women Association, and national prayer director and board member for Christian Women in Media.
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Blog Tour Schedule:
3/11/2016
Mary | The Mary Book Reader
Rebecca | Raventhreads
Pat | An Ordinary Woman Pursing Splendor

3/12/2016
Amelia | Rejoice Evermore
Joan | Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

3/13/2016
Carole | The Power of Words

3/14/2016
Wendy | Wendy Hamilton & Inspired Moms

3/15/2016
Amanda | Inklings and Notions
Jennifer | Mother of Three

3/16/2016
Victor | Vic's Media Room
Jennifer | A Peace of Mind

3/17/2016
Nicole | The Lady Prefers To Save
Stacie | perfect chaos

3/18/2016
Cheryl | cherylbbookblog
Katrina | Between The Pages 
Joyce | Joyce Maree 
Amy | Seasons of Opportunities

3/20/2016
Becky | In The Pages
Dominique | Mama and the Bears
Heather | Worth Getting in Bed For
Kristie | Moments
Marianne | Sandling All Day
Deb | Deb's Book Review

3/22/2016
Julie | More Of Him
Annette | A Well-Watered Garden

3/23/2016
Megan | Inspired by Fiction

3/24/2016
Mindy | A Room Without Books is Empty
Kim | Window To My World
Jill | I am believing God
Lois | The Minister's Wife
Amanda | The Talbert Report
Marjorie | The Writer's Tool

3/25/2016
Bethany | Perfect Beginnings
Vicky | Grace Leads to Peace
Sherry | My Journey Back
Tammy | Tammy is Blessed
Shirley | A Mom After God's Own Heart
Dani | Rapid Randomness

Scripture link courtesy of Bible Gateway. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Bible Reading Update

The last update was posted: February 1, Bible Reading Update. 

Since the last update I've read,
Exodus chapters 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40. 
Leviticus chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27. 
Numbers chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. 
Proverbs chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. 
Mark chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. 
Luke chapters 1, 2, 3, 4. 
All the above Scripture was read from the NKJV Journaling Bible.


I've read Acts twice from the NIV and the NLT. 

All Scripture links courtesy of Bible Gateway.


Links of interest:
Hobbies to the Glory of God by Tim Challies
A review of Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife. The review post is written by Tim Challies. 
The Danger of Living in a Bubble by Suzanne Eller
Covered in Failure...Hidden and Lost by Aubrey Sampson
3 Ways Resurrection Power Can Completely Transform Lives, from Bible Gateway, and written by John D. Barry 

Last weekend was the Bible Study Fellowship Leader's Retreat in Dallas, Texas. This is a photo from the last day. I'm on the right side of photo.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

(Review) Audacious by Beth Moore

Publication Date: November 1, 2015.
Publisher: B and H Publishing.
Genre: Nonfiction, Vision, Purpose.
Pages: 192.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

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Summary:
"Chapter One: A Vision Begging for an Adverb" explains the background for writing the book. Chapter Four is when the word "audacious" is defined and examined. The book addresses women who are looking for a vibrant renewal in their calling. Two important questions begin the work toward clarity and a fresh emphasis: "What is your dream? What is your vision for the future?" In the next chapters, Moore teaches through the Bible to emphasis "audacious" living. For example, Mary's anointing of Jesus from John chapter 12 and several verses from Paul's letters. Moore also shares from her own life in renewing the calling.

My Thoughts:
In the beginning, I had a hard time getting into the book. Plus, I wanted Moore to get to the point. But, Moore is long on getting to the point, this is her verbose writing style. She is building the setting in our mind, or creating a vivid imagery for an impact.
"Chapter 7: The Verve of the Humble Adventure" was the defining place in the book for me.
In this chapter, the "perils" and "personal price" when we endure for Christ Jesus is studied. The enduring may be in our personal lives, home, jobs, church, a ministry. There has been many moments in my past and present when enduring through the situation seems to be too much. Especially, when endurance is needed in every facet of life. From all fronts, endurance is what is required. But, Moore states we endure because we love Jesus extravagantly, and the story of loving Jesus is portrayed from John chapter 12.
A second feature in the book I love is from, "Chapter Nine: A Brand New Want To." In this chapter, Moore addresses "authenticity", "desire", "deceit", "pouring our heart" out to God, and it ends with "divine desire".
Lastly, "Chapter 11: A Love for All Loves." This chapter addresses relationships that hold us back from loving and serving Jesus. Moore speaks plain in regards to how to deal with people who are not in agreement with our serving the Lord.

Over-all I loved the book, not a 5 star excellent, but 4 stars for very good.