Athens and Jerusalem
God, Humans, and Nature
by David Novak
This comprehensive text based on Jewish studies is a heavily researched work of a scholar.
It is not for the light hearted, more designed for a research student or someone wanting a deeper understanding of Jewish or Biblical principles. It will provide an in-depth and comprehensive background knowledge of the cultures and beliefs of Jewish times particularly in Israel.
This book explores the commonalities and common concerns that exist between philosophy and theology on metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical questions.
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Move Your Church from Membership to Discipleship
By Laurene Bowers
Churches in decline, members afraid or unwilling to invite others to church. Invitational Ministry attempts to address the issue.
Rather than tackle the issue as evangelism, the book encourages churches to invest in equipping members to talk about their faith in a comfortable setting. It is a book about creating change in the thinking behind inviting people to church.
The book is aimed at pastors and church leaders, to guide them through the process of change and help them plan to target groups of people. A guided, direct approach to inviting people.
Practical and helpful book exploring why people don’t invite others to church, and what to do about it. Bowers helps church leaders work out how to teach people how to invite people to church and events.
Great book for all church leaders and pastors.
Reviewed by Heath Henwood.
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A Personal Application Guide to Instinct
The Power to Unleash your Inborn Drive
By T.D. Jakes
Easy to read – Instructional
T.D Jakes has a way of taking a complex message and simplifying it. In “Your Instinct in Action”, he has written a practical and personal application to refocus people on the God-given instincts that we all have, but tend to ignore for more worldly techniques. Knowledge over experience.
The chapters are short and easy to read. Each chapter focuses on one area to apply your instinct. There is some easy to follow teaching, evaluation exercises, reflective practices, a practical application, and self-assessment to help you apply the new knowledge into practical experience.
I found the early part of the book in renewing my thinking about my God-given instinct, then picked individual chapters to read and ponder on, particularly around my purpose and dreams.
I recommend this book for those who want to grow, and are sick of being stuck in the same patterns of life.
God, Money & Me
By Paul De Jong
Money – The root or all evil or a blessing?
De Jong argues that it depends on your priorities. Written from a combination of Biblical principles and worldwide experiences, this book addresses the issue mentioned most in the Bible – Money.
He addresses myths about money and outlines the principles for people to live by. Particularly that we are called to be blessed, however there are some principles to work through to be blessed. Included in this is the need to be loyal, fruitful, to sow and reap.
Many of the difficulties that people have with money, including debt, conflict, arguments, and the lack of money are addressed. De Jong addresses why many are not blessed – 80% of Christians don’t regularly tithe. He argues that money is a testing ground for people, to determine if they can handle what they have and more.
I found the book to be extremely practical, not just providing the reasons why, but also the how. It outlines God’s pathway to a blessed financial future. The practical 10/10/10/70 principle for financial success is worth the price of the book. This principle will unlock financial freedom for many.
The teaching on the four levels of giving (Self Interest, Spiritual Gratitude, Selfless obedience, and Supernatural Revelation) is new, but biblically based. It challenged my thinking on my current giving.
Money – Blessing or curse? I found that De Jong teaches that it depends on your attitude.
This book will unlock financial freedom, for those who read it and implement the principles Paul De Jong teaches.
Reviewed by Heath Henwood
There is more
By Brian Houston
Subtitled – When the world says you can’t, God says you can.
From the senior pastor of Hillsong comes an uplifting book to encourage and focus the reader’s life.
Filled with anecdotal and personal testimony, this book will renew your passion and desire to dream of a life possible.
It teaches you the principles of working through dark times, into times of blessings.
This will be a popular book for Christians and those who love life around the world.
Today is the Day
Find and Embrace Your God-Given Dreams
By Bil Cornelius
Publisher: Baker Books
God loves us, and has given us inspired dreams for our lives. This book helps us to recognise those dreams, and fulfil them.
In a well set out book, with clear explanations, Bil Cornelius set out to help us discover the God given dreams for our lives, move beyond our insecurities, our fears, our small thinking, our self-doubt, and overcoming a lack of motivation. I found the thinking big chapter particularly helpful, as someone who struggles with pride, and is frequently told to be humble.
Cornelius goes on to explain how to establish smart goal setting, including actioning them, role of prayer, risk taking, building momentum, utilising gifting’s, building a team to help achieve goals, and getting the right advice.
Each chapter contains action steps to get you on the road to reaching your full potential. These are practical discussion points, and would suit the use in a small group setting.
Bill uses encouragement, Biblical stories and real life examples to steer you into making Godly decisions, thus allowing you to achieve God’s design for your life.
It is one of the best books in discovering your God given purpose and establishing a plan to achieving your potential. I highly recommend it.