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(Review) Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst

Publisher and Publication Date: Thomas Nelson. 2016.
Genre: Christian Nonfiction, rejection.
Pages: 288.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: Very Good.

Lysa at Twitter: @LysaTerKeurst.
Lysa's website: Lysa Terkeurst.
Lysa at Facebook: Lysa Terkeurst. 


Uninvited is a book about rejection.
For me, growing up I wanted to be loved and accepted by my dad and boyfriends. But time and time again their behavior towards me was rejection. And rejection feels unloving. Later, with maturity, I came to understand their rejection was because they were broken people.
TerKeurst gave an illustration in her book about feeling as if we don't measure up against other women or when a friendship goes sour. For example, when we compare ourselves to toned women at the gym. I'm glad she gave deeper examples, like when a father acts rejecting towards his children.
Chapter one begins with TerKeurst admitting, honesty wants to come out of hiding, rather than the "carefully edited edition o…

(Review) Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It's Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature While Remaining Emotionally Immature by Peter Scazzero

Publisher and Publication Date: Zondervan. 2006, 2014, 2017.
Genre: Christian nonfiction, spiritual growth.
Pages: 240.
Source: Free copy from Book Look Blogger/Zondervan/HarperCollins.
Rating: Very Good.

For more info. including an excerpt: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.
Website for Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.
Facebook for Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.  


Several YouTube videos are available on the course, plus infomercials about the study itself.

The book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is an updated edition. It was originally published in 2006. A Discipleship Course is available, this includes an eight session workbook and DVD.
Three more books on this topic: 
The Emotionally Healthy Church. 
The Emotionally Healthy Leader.
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day, A 40 Day Journey with the Daily Office.  
Zondervan page for the complete list of media.

Peter Scazzero states in the Introduction,
While the traditional approach typically focuses on providing he…

(Review) The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into The Abundant Life, and The Six Session Book Study by Ann Voskamp

Publisher and Publication Date: Zondervan. 2016.
Genre: Christian Nonfiction, Brokenness, Healing.
Pages: 288.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: Excellent.

Website for Ann Voskamp
Twitter @AnnVoskamp
Facebook Ann Voskamp
One Thousand Gifts website


Ann Voskamp's first book was One Thousand Gifts. A total of five media followed the original book: a DVD study, a devotional, a selection on joy from the original book, a Christmas story, and a family celebration of Christmas. 
Voskamp's writing style has been compared to poetry. Her books are reflective, penetrating, and soul-stirring. It is impossible to speed read her books.
I'm a note-taker while reading. This makes it easy for me to process what I've read. It helps immensely when reading Voskamp's books.
I love reading books that make me think, and Voskamp's books appeal to my inner perspective personality. 
If I had to summarize The Broken Way in one sentence: We have all had suffering and brokenness i…

(Review) Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We've Made Up by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle

Publisher and Publication Date: David C. Cook. 2011.
Genre: Nonfiction Christian 2017, Hell.
Pages: 208.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: Good.


An interview of Francis Chan by Christianity Today on Rob Bell and Hell.

From the Gospel Coalition, by J D Greer, 7 Truths About Hell. 

I've had this book in my to be read pile several years. I'm embarrassed at how long it took me to finally read it.

In the Preface, it is stated Preston Sprinkle did most of the research for the book. Sprinkle and Chan "partnered" for this book on the subject and place of Hell.
Hell is not a subject talked about like it was when I was a child. Back then, some Sunday sermons were referred to as "hell fire and brimstone." I have a strong memory of our pastor beating on the pulpit as he preached this type of sermon. It is certainly a different method than the one I see most Sunday's in my current church. Our pastor paces on the stage, he has an engaging type style, he has a re…

(Review) Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest To Save The World by Amy Peterson

Publisher and Publication Date: Discovery House Publishers. February 1, 2017.
Genre: Christian nonfiction, missionary, memoir.
Pages: 256.
Source: Complimentary ebook copy from Netgalley and Discovery House Publishers.
Rating: Very Good.

To read an excerpt: Dangerous Territory.


Amy Peterson was a 22 year old graduate student who was ready to embark on a mission trip. However, she did not want to call herself a missionary. She did not want people to know she was going on a mission trip. She stated she was ready to, "change the world for God" and she was ready for "adventure", but she did not want to be marked as an "imperialistic" traditional type missionary. Peterson grew up in a Christian home. She had read books about missionaries. She was drawn to becoming a missionary; however, she was reluctant to do things the way she'd judged past missionaries had done.

My Thoughts:
When I first began reading Peterson's story, I was sh…

(Review) Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage To Overcome Your Fears by Kelly Balarie

Publisher and Publication Date: January 3, 2017. Baker Books.
Genre: Nonfiction, fear, anxiety.
Pages: 240.
Source: Free advanced reader copy won in a giveaway on Goodreads.
Rating: Very good.


Link @ Baker Books for more information, includes an excerpt.

Kelly Balarie's website is Purposeful Faith.
Facebook page.

Fear Fighting (the book) ends on page 182. From page 182 to page 231 is the study guide.
It is frustrating that I cannot quote from the book, because it is a advanced reader copy and changes may have occurred after final printing. I plan to work around this by giving a summary of Balarie's points.

In the introduction, Balarie asks if fear is holding us back from our God calling?
Fear is the common reason so many of us never get out of the starting gate. We are petrified of where God will take us. We are afraid of what changes in life will occur. We are most afraid of failure.
With an engaging writing style and a sense of…

(Review) Safer Than A Known Way: Discover How Liberty in Christ Lies In Surrender by Pamela Rosewell Moore, Foreword by Brother Andrew

Publisher and Publication Date: Chosen Books. 1991.
Genre: Biography.
Pages: 224.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: Very Good.


For more information on Pamela Rosewell Moore: The Robinson Agency. 

As a young woman, Pamela Rosewell Moore, sat on the fence about a commitment to serving God. Moore was afraid of what God might ask her to do. Moore attended a service where a missionary spoke. His words were convicting. Moore gave God her fear, and God gave her a sense of peace. Moore's first assignment was as a secretary in Kenya, followed by working with Brother Andrew in Holland. She had brief meetings with Corrie ten Boom, not knowing someday they'd become a team.
Safer Than A Known Way is the story of Pamela Rosewell Moore. The focus of her bio is God's work in her life for His glory. 

Several years ago I met Pamela Rosewell Moore when she gave a testimony at a women's retreat at my church. She is gracious, polite, and soft-spoken. I enjoyed the retreat and bought se…

(Review) The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

Publisher and Publication Date: Bethany House. January 2017.
Genre: Historical fiction, 18th century, Louisiana.
Pages: 416.
Source: Free copy from Bethany House.
Rating: Excellent.


Julianne Chevalier is a midwife, and is apprenticed to a woman named Adelaide. They live in Paris, France. The year is 1719. Julianne is age 25.
Julianne is imprisoned after the death of a woman who had just delivered. Her circumstances in the prison is hellish. She has an opportunity to leave the prison and be in exile in the French colony of Louisiana. A stipulation is she must marry a prisoner. They are to survive, work the land, and populate on order of the king.
Julianne has a secondary reason for immigrating to Louisiana: her brother is in Louisiana.

I don't read Christian fiction often. This story captured me from the front cover, to the last page and back cover.
And speaking of the front cover, I love it. The bottom of the illustration is a typical bayou scene of southern Louisiana. Th…

(Review) Things We Couldn't Say by Diet Eman with James Schaap

Publisher and Publication Date: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. Paperback edition 1999. Genre: Biography, World War II, Holocaust, Netherlands. Pages: 400. Source: Self-purchase. Rating: Excellent.
I had been a subscriber to Discipleship Journal Magazine for many years. I had saved a page from a past issue of the magazine with information about this book. Several years passed. Recently, I came across the torn out page in my file cabinet. I decided to stop procrastinating and order the book through Amazon. Diet Eman's biography is the story of her resistance work during World War II. It is a Christian testimony. Most of the Holocaust stories I've read are not Christian testimonies. They are testimonies of survival, but Diet Eman never fails to proclaim that her faith abided in Jesus Christ.
When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship Diet and her family lived in The Hague, Netherlands. Her father owned a…