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Thursday, 27 September 2018

Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing – Jay Stringer

Unwanted - 288 pages
Publisher: NavPress 
September 4 2018
Find it on Amazon
 
Blurb:Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing is a ground-breaking resource that explores the “why” behind self-destructive sexual choices. The book is based on research from over 3,800 men and women seeking freedom from unwanted sexual behavior, be that the use of pornography, an affair, or buying sex.


Jay Stringer’s (M.Div, MA, LMHC) original research found that unwanted sexual behavior can be both shaped by and predicted based on the parts of our story―past and present―that remain unaddressed. When we pay attention to our unwanted sexual desires and identify the unique reasons that trigger them, the path of healing is revealed.


Although many of us feel ashamed and unwanted after years of sexual brokenness, the book invites the reader to see that behavior as the very location God can most powerfully work in their lives. Counselors, pastors, and accountability partners of those who experience sexual shame will also find in this book the deep spiritual and psychological guidance they need to effectively minister to the sexually broken around them.



Review:

This book is an eye-opener on the struggles related to unwanted sexual behaviours. Jay Stringer, in his book, demonstrated that the use of pornography goes beyond a perverted heart but is mostly the result of a wounded soul probably since childhood, and that is acting out years later- uncontrollably.

 
However, Porn addiction goes beyond voyeurism and wickedness. According to Jay's researches, the trauma enrooted in the porn watcher's soul triggers lustful thoughts that turned into the compulsive porn behaviour.


I applaud the author for pinpointing that porn is not only a male issue, but women also struggle with porn. Stringer invites church leaders to an open conversation about porn in church, and to improve their methods to set the captives free.


It is crucial that the porn addict realize that she has an issue and needs help. The author offers in-depth tools to help church leaders to go beyond internet accountability, anti-porn software and using the scripture to help a porn viewer to stop viewing porn.


The book is informative and gives a new angle to fight unwanted sexual behaviour. I couldn’t put the book down. Personally, this helped me a lot to understand my own struggles as a celibate in this hypersexual society. 


I recommend this book to everyone, and especially to Pastors, ministry leaders, and church counselors of the evangelical church. 


Tyndale House Publishers, Inc has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.



Sunday, 24 September 2017

Jesus The Only Way To Heaven: Meet Jesus the Son of God



Richard Spencer Blauvelt
Find it on: Barnes & Noble and Amazon
Christian Apologetics
200 Pages


Blurb

This is a book on Christian apologetics. It is for those who want to witness to others and show them who Jesus really is! It will prove that the only way to heaven is through Him. There are over 20 chapters to show who Jesus the Christ is and why we call Him Lord. It will show through the Bible, the eternal Word of God, prophesies, miracles, DNA, Jesus Christ, the calendar that all countries have to use, from the Creator of heaven and earth and much more.

If Christians learn these 20 or so proofs that show Jesus isn't just a good teacher, but is the Son of God and no man can get into heaven, but through Him and His ways of obedience, they will win many good hearts to Christ. Many will come in the latter days with all kinds of philosophies and opinions and theories to confuse the masses so they do know what to believe.

 That is Satan's mission. He does not want people to know there is only one way to heaven, and that is through Jesus Christ only! This book proves the case for Christians to counter Satan's lies and to be a witness for Him. Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven. You can count your life on it! This book is helpful for orientation classes for new Christians that join the church.

This book will be very helpful as a Bible Study. It will be a great book for witnessing and evangelizing the Christian faith and to counter the skeptics and non-believers that attack our faith. These evidences will hold up in any court of law. Be prepared to win your case that proves Jesus is.

Be smart and put on the armor of God and fight the good fight. Be prepared in season and out of season to give an answer as to why Christians believe and the facts behind our case that are irrefutable! Win people to Christ! Let them know it is just not a "faith" thing, but actual facts to win your case than prove that Jesus is Lord and the only way to heaven...eternally! Help save souls for Jesus. Know why He is the only way to heaven.


 

Summar
The author wrote this book to demonstrate that Jesus is God. Too many religions consider Jesus Christ as a prophet a mere human being. Spence Blauvelt proves Jesus’s deity. Also, the author denounces false Christianity. The hyper-grace gospel is popular in many megachurches. The author cited the scriptures to reinforce his thesis. At the end of each chapter, he asked provocative questions to show the obvious: Jesus’s deity and humanity. This book is for everyone

Review
The book is available in Kindle version and printed copies. Its title grabbed my attention. The manuscript was well written and easy to understand. Spencer Blauvelt explained why Jesus is the only way to heavens. He also clarified the concepts of repentance and salvation. 

The book was biblically accurate on some points. It denounced false doctrines. The novelist stressed that salvation follows a repentant heart. He quoted many Bible’s verses to confirm his opinion. 

Moreover, he talked about the discipline of a real born-again Christian: spending time with God in prayer, studying her Bible and obeying God’s will for her life and witnessing to the lost. However, Spencer Blauvelt had some unusual interpretations of the Bible about the water baptism, the communion and female preachers. 

Appraisal – Evaluation
I agree with him that repentance and salvation go together. I applaud him for saying that the gift of salvation is conditional to the Christian’s obedience to God. Wrong teaching damages the believers’ journey with the Lord.

A sugar-coated gospel gives a false sense of salvation. According to the scriptures, many Christians will go to hell if they don’t repent of their sins. Disobedient Christians can’t please God. Only faithful ones will go to heaven. They walk in holiness; they receive the Holy Spirit’s strength to do so

The communion
The author mocks churches (like mine) that serve grape juice instead of wine during the communion. And that choose to distribute yeast-free bread “crackers” instead of the ordinary one. Is mocking these churches a wise way to present the gospel to non-Christians? Not all Christians drink alcohol. Did Jesus drink alcohol? I don’t think so! If he was among drinkers, it was to lead them to the Father. 

The Bible shows that alcohol is ungodly - Proverbs 20:1,  chapter 23 verses 20-21 and 29-35. Christians shouldn’t even look at alcoholic beverages. The scholars of the Full Life Bible taught that the wine in Jesus’s time was the grape juice. The author doesn’t differentiate the mixed wine (sour wine/alcohol) with the “wine” (grape juice). It is all about studying the context of the use of the word “wine” in the Bible. 

I don’t believe that God is offended when Christians use “crackers” instead of bread. Two thousand years ago, Jews did not use yeast to bake their bread. Interestingly. Jesus talked about “yeast” negatively in his parables. Last and not least, when we look around you, we can see the tragedies caused by alcohol.

Female preachers
Richard disapproves female pastors. When the apostle Paul said that women should not teach men or take authority over them; it was to maintain peace and order during the worship gathering. Misinterpretation of the passage birthed chauvinism in the church. One day, Christian-chauvinists will give account to God for forbidding women to use their God-given gifts; it is an attempt to limit God’s power. 

As a woman, filled with the Holy Ghost, I wanted to drop the book at this stage. I was deeply offended as a daughter of the Most High. However, I used my self-control, which is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, to keep reading till the end. 

The Holy Spirit doesn’t lose its power in a woman’s spirit and body.  I am wondering if the author missed this scripture: Galatians 3:28 “there is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  

Water baptism
The author rebukes the water baptism. To him, this practice is out of date; only the baptism of the Holy Spirit baptism counts. So most churches got this wrong. I disagree again with the writer. The water baptism is a public testimony showing that the new believer promises to follow Christ forever. Not recommending this practice is not biblical. The apostle Paul says to be baptized by the Holy Spirit too. He never rejected the water baptism.

Conclusion
I commend the author for knowing the scriptures. He proclaimed the truth about repentance, salvation and obedience to God. However, his different interpretations of the Bible towards alcohol, the communion, female-preachers and the water baptism are disappointing. So, I don’t recommend this book.

*I received this book free from BookCrash in exchange for an honest review