Book Review: Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted

Title: Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted Author: Ron Citlau Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 14, 2017) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 176 This is going to be a controversial book because of the subject matter. Homosexuality has been enshrined in such emotional terms that a rational discussion is often difficult to achieve. I have read some reviews of this book that make me wonder if the reviewers looked past the title, calling out Ron Citlau as some hate-spewing monster. Pastor Citlau, who has dealt with same-sex attraction in his own life, approaches this topic both from experience and with grace. Like Christians of old, he has not shied away from calling homosexuality what it is: sin. But he doesn’t just make this declaration and drop the mic; he provides insight on two major fronts. First, he addresses three obstacles to the same-sex attracted (SSA) individual finding fulfillment in Christ. Then … Keep reading!

Break free from apathy…

Title: 10 Days Without: Daring Adventures in Discomfort That Will Change Your World and You Author: Daniel Ryan Day Publisher: Multnomah Books; Original edition 12/17/13 Pages: 224 Language: English Author Website: http://danielryanday.com/ Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielryanday Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/danielryanday More Info: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=223380 Read Chapter One: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/files/2013/07/SneakPeek_TenDaysWithout.pdf Author Bio: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=181688 Summary (from the back cover): A rebellion against apathy. A strategy for action. “Life is full of good intentions, but for too many, our good intentions never become good actions–they don’t move us forward, draw us closer to God, or make a difference in the world. Good intentions are cans of paint that could have been amazing works of art…but never did.” ~ Daniel Ryan Day in Ten Days Without Daniel Day could tell you all about his love for God and his desire to live as a follower of Jesus. Yet it took a simple but radical experiment to move from merely talking about it to actually … Keep reading!

True Love Dates

Title: True Love Dates Author: Debra Fileta Publisher: Zondervan; Original edition 10/1/13 Pages: 224 Language: English Summary (from the back cover): When it comes to dating, the church has provided little in the way of practical application. Instead of sound advice, Christian singles are bombarded with books that shun dating, exalt courting, fixate on spirituality, and in the end offer little real relationship help. But in spite of all this, Debra Fileta encourages singles not to “kiss dating goodbye” and instead to experience a season of dating as a way to find real love. Through powerful, real-life stories–including the author’s personal journey–and insights from Fileta’s experience as a professional counselor, you will discover that it is possible to develop healthy romantic relationships through dating. Review: I wasn’t raised in so conservative a home as to be discouraged from dating. However, I did read I Kissed Dating Goodbye while in high school … Keep reading!

Words and their usage…

I’ve seen this question come up in several forms in several arenas for Christian authors: “Is it okay if I use curse words in my story?” Hopefully I won’t stray into legalism with this post, so bear with me as I make a humble attempt at addressing the issue. Keep in mind the punchline, however. I’m going to say that no, cursing shouldn’t be a part of a Christian’s repository, be they author or otherwise. To paraphrase something I’ve heard many times, “Swearing is a feeble attempt by a weak mind to make a strong point.” My mind jumps immediately to Philippians 4:8 on this subject. John MacArthur has some great things to say about this verse in his commentary. Thinking on whatever is true means reading, analyzing, and meditating on the Word of God. Believers are to think on whatever is honorable, whatever is noble, dignified, and worthy of respect. Semnos (honorable) … Keep reading!

We can’t do it all on our own…

Particularly in America, men are expected to be self-made and self-reliant. It is seen as weakness to ask for help. I struggle with this probably just as much as most other men, often to my detriment. Consider a couple of portions of Scripture with me. Ex. 18:13-27 “And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, … Keep reading!

There’s a war in progress…

Title: The War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression General Editor: Bodie Hodge Publisher: Master Books; Original edition 10/31/13 Pages: 144 Language: English From the back cover: Christmas – with its holiday lights, bright packages, and nativity displays – has become a controversial frontline in the increasingly intolerant culture wars. Whether or not to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” how to refer to the tree, and just how “biblical” Christmas may actually be is debated online, during city council meetings, and in courthouses each year. Filled with family get-togethers, office parties, breaks from school and festivities, Christmas should be a time of peace and love – not arguments over who can celebrate what and where or when. So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred holiday? Nativity scenes are nixed and even the word “Christmas” is considered offensive by some. Get the facts behind the history, relevance, and biblical connections … Keep reading!

Runaway Emotions

Title: Runaway Emotions Author: Jeff Schreve Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition 7/2/13 Pages: 240 Language: English Summary (from the back cover): Worry. Anger. Loneliness. Negative emotions are uncomfortable by design. Like any good fire alarm, they alert us to a greater danger. But they won’t help us if we try to cover them up, hide them behind excuses, or assume they will always plague us. The only way to manage negative emotions is to find their source and address the problem that set them off. As pastor Jeff Schreve says, “A specific and compelling message can be found in each of your negative, painful emotions. God Himself is trying to speak to you through those emotions–right now.” So what is God saying? How can we understand our emotions–even change them? Schreve shows how the truth of the Bible can make sense of our confusion. The power of the Holy Spirit can lead us to freedom, and Jesus … Keep reading!

Greater

Title: Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God’s Vision for Your Life. Author: Steven Furtick Publisher: Multnomah Books; Original edition 9/4/12 Pages: 224 Language: English Summary: Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater? We all have honest moments when we’re gripped by a desire to feel that what we’re doing matters more. That who we are matters more. And according to one of the most shocking verses in the Bible, Jesus wants the very same thing for every one of us: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” -John 14:12 That single promise—“even greater things than these”—should be enough to shatter our acceptance of spiritual mediocrity. Unfortunately, most believers have only tried and given up on vague notions of greatness…then settled into a life … Keep reading!