Why I Believe – Chip Ingram

Straight Answers to our Questions about God and Christianity

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Chip Ingram’s book, Why I Believe delivers on its promise to offer straight answers to the honest questions we have about God, the Bible and Christianity.   In his practical and straightforward style Chip deals with these questions with authentic, personal, well researched and transparent answers.  If you are a sceptic,  the chapters in this book will challenge your doubts. If you are a Believer in Jesus Christ, the pages in this book will fortify and strengthen your faith that will impact your life.  This book is a useful training manual so you can answer the questions your friends have about the Christian faith.  We believe in this book so much that our Leadership training course at our church is using this book as part of our module one servant leader curriculum.

Bounce by Aaron Früh

Learning to Thrive through Loss, Tragedy, and Heartache

This book came to me at just the right time.  In the last couple of years our family has been impacted by the loss of three family members through death, a significant move, work change and the transitions of our children.  Both my wife and I have responded in different ways to all of these life changes.  Fortunately, our communication is very transparent, and we have had the support of family, friends and our church community.  Most important we have been strengthened by the grace, presence and leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Along with these tangible connections to help us adjust to the new reality, we have received some practical resources.  Grieving, change, stress, loss and tragedy can really upset your physical, spiritual, mental and soul health.  Personally,  I have been impacted in all these areas.  It has been a very interesting journey.  At times my wife and I wondered when the cloud would clear and we would bounce back.  Thankfully the new beginnings have happened,  but we are changed people as a result of those hard things that impacted our lives.

I have read Aaron’s book twice since I received it from Baker Publishers.  It has impacted me both times.  In this book are very helpful chapters outlined in very practical ways with excellent stories to assist the reader in the journey to thrive through the losses and pain we can all experience in this life.  His personal story is compelling and his transparency encourages the reader to engage in their own journey to thrive again.

Whether it is his helpful description of the Four Resilience Blockers to developing your Personal Resilience plan, he lays out meaningful and practical teaching so we can embrace perplexity, hope and cry out for justice in our difficulties before God.

I am very thankful for this book and its impact on my life personally.  Thanks Aaron for being transparent and open to the Lord and his teaching to assist so many who have experienced the perplexities of this life while offering and reminding us about hope and justice which are gifts given to us by the Lord.

 

Love Thy Body – Dr. Nancy R. Pearcey

Love Thy Body, is Dr Nancey R. Pearcey’s latest book, that does answer the hard questions about Life and Sexuality that everyone seems to be confused about in our society. Each chapter unlocks one of these questions and answers flow from Nancy’s effective research, her clear writing which is undergirded with arguments and truth bombs from secular sources that challenge the progressive or athiestic worldview about the body. This book is a must-read for everyone in the church and community that are dealing with the questions surrounding human identity, euthanasia, abortion, the hook-up culture, and other issues destroying the strong family foundations that have formed and blessed our society. This book is a treasure of Biblical truth to deal with the denial of moral absolutes pervading our society regarding healthy relationships. A Biblical world view is promoted that our body is spiritually redeemable and the temple of the Holy Spirit when we understand the healthy Biblical freedoms and boundaries that God has given us to have a proper identity. This book will assist you in choosing life instead of the death culture that has infiltrated the beginning of life, the end of life and everything in between since we are people made in the image of God; body, soul and spirit.

The Perfect You – Dr Caroline Leaf

Dr Caroline Leaf’s book, The Perfect You is an in-depth blueprint to understand personal identity. When we second guess our status, value or worth as person we misunderstand the worth we have in a relationship with Jesus Christ. This book gives excellent resources to understand that each person has been given a clear purpose and identity from the Lord who created us all unique and how the Lord restores and redeems us so we can fully understand our God-given identity in Jesus Christ to fulfil our purpose, calling and mission as children of the Lord. Includes some great exercises and the unique Qualitative (UQ) assessment tool.