Here is the link to my interview with Charlene Aaron on CBN!!! Praise God for the opportunity to help others!!
Resuscitating Evangelism by father-son duo, Jordan Easley & Ernest Easley, who are both pastors and evangelists. Their shared goal is to “share a biblical strategy for obeying Jesus and bringing new life to evangelism.”
The authors debunk excuses of Christians and churches as to why they don’t evangelize regularly.
This book includes eight chapters and an interlude, which rare feature I’ve never seen in a book before. the Easley’s integrate Scripture, quotes, highlight key points, lists, comparisons, personal experiences, etc.
All of their content is heavily supported by sources and research.
As for me, I liked how the authors pointed out, over discipling the church kills it, if lacks evangelism outside the church. Now that they point that out, i’ve definitely witnessed churches plagued with this perspective.
I admire their passion and drive to promote evangelism to today’s Christians.
I love the authors creativity in using health/medical terminology throughout the book, to unify the book as a whole. The imagery was quite effective and a unique angle to this important topic.
As an author, I can tell these two authors, pairing up, elevates the book, by offering and highlighting their own expertise.
I highly recommend this book to any Christian or church, to further equip them for evangelism.
About the Authors
Ernest Easley is the teaching pastor over evangelism at First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Tennessee.
He served as a lead pastor for over thirty-one years in Texas and Georgia and professor of evangelism for three years at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.
He studied at Baylor University, Dallas Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Luther Rice Seminary.
Ernest is the author of Through the Valleys and contributor on sermonsearch.com and preaching.com. He and his wife, Julie, have three children and seven grandchildren.
Jordan Easley is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Tennessee.
He holds degrees from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and also attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jordan is the author of Life Change: Finding a New Way to Hope, Think, and Live.
He and his wife, Audra, live in Cleveland, Tennessee and are the proud parents of their two children, Jailee and Asher.
You Are What You Do: And Six Other Lies About Life & Love by Daniel Im, is quite the fascinating read. Im focuses on the seven lies of identity, describing the context in which these lies flourish, through personal stories, research and pastoral insight.
Im’s purpose is to reveal the truth that leads to freedom; from surviving to thriving. According to Im, “truth unlocks a life of purpose, adventure, meaning and destiny.”
Each chapter focuses on one of these seven lies: You are What You Do, You are What You Experience, You are Who you Know, You are What You Do, You are What You Own, You Are Who You Raise, and You Are Your Past.
Im describes the lie, with relatable examples, the effects of the lie, and refutes the lie with biblical truth. As well as charts, lists and quotes to support his theories. What an intriguing concept?!
I like how the author challenges readers to think about life, work and love in a fresh way.
This book comes highly recommended by several notable pastors, speakers and authors.
I can feel the author’s passion and his desire to make a difference in people’s lives.
Not only does Im describe the lie, I love how he reveals the source and context from where these lies come – the reasons we believe them and the freeing truth.
I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking to further their self-discovery and development. Even for parents wanting to help their children find a higher sense of self-esteem, this is a great parenting tool to help you set and teach realistic expectations.
About the Author
Daniel Im is a speaker and leader who has traveled to cities like New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Sydney, and Seoul to teach, consult, and coach.
His podcasts have been downloaded over 3 million times. He has pastored in five major cities around the world in churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people.
He has written two paradigm shifting books, No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry, and Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (second edition). He has an M.A. in Global Leadership and is a Gallup Certified Strengths Performance Coach.
Daniel lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his wife Christina and their three children. For more information, visit danielim.com and follow him on social media @danielsangi.
Younique by Will Mancini with Dave Rhodes & Cory Hartman, is a great resource for anyone in ministry. The focus of this book is to find your specific calling and divine design for your life, vocation and ministry.
According to the authors, “God created you with unique potential and place you on planet Earth for a specific purpose.”
This book is broken into six parts, mapping out specific topics for readers, in the preface, so they don’t have to read the entire book to find what they’re looking for. How clever is that?!
These parts include: Your Journey, Your One Thing, Your Identity, Your Direction, Your Renewal and Your Destiny.
In addition, the authors effectively use visual diagrams, tables and figures to clarify points. Other tools throughout the book are side notes, quotes, web-links to resources and highlighted main points. What a helpful, all-in-one tool!
Younique comes highly recommended by several church leaders and participants of various ages, from all across the United States. I like how the authors utilized consistent symbolism and organization throughout the book.
What makes this book so interesting is the evident passion, professionalism, and focus shown by the authors. I find the intriguing title and topic, this book is an accessible learning tool for any Christian or church ministry training.
About the Author
Will Mancini is the founder of Auxano, a non-profit, nationally-based church consulting firm, and the cofounder of Younique, a coaching company that delivers life design training through local churches.
He has written five books, including Church Younique and God Dreams, and enjoys speaking and writing about how to find clarity and live a life of meaningful progress.
Will lives in Houston with his wife Romy and their four children.
You can learn more about Will and his work at willmancini.com.
Connect with him on Twitter at @willmancini and Instagram at @will_be_clear.
From & Before God: A Practical Introduction to Expository Preaching by Sugel Michelén is a great resource for any pastor.
Michelén focus is based on the verse 2 Cor. 2:17, where ministers are called to preach “as from and before God.” Pastors are commissioned by God, for God alone.
Michelén asks pastors, “How would you preach differently if Jesus was sitting in your church, listening? He is!”
This book is broken into three parts, for accessibility and organization: The Theological Anchor; The Nature, Form & Content of the Expository Sermon; and Step-By-Step Preparation of an Expository Sermon.
Michelén includes quotes from notable pastors and theologians, is highly integrated with Scripture and highly supported with backed up research.
Michelén integrates his concepts well, with an abundance of scriptural support, analyzation, and personal application. I can feel the passion emanating from each page of Michelén’s book.
I like how the author incorporated humor, relatable examples, and clear imagery for understanding. I recommend this book as a resource for anyone seeking to begin or improve their expository preaching.
About the Author
Sugel Michelén, has been a pastor at IBSJ for more than 30 years, leading the preaching ministry almost every Sunday.
He is known by our distributors as a lecturer and more recently as the author of the B&H Spanish book “De parte de Dios”.
Moved by the understanding that children must be nurtured in the fear and admonition of the Lord, he has completed a large number of studies in education and has served for several years as director of ACSI Latin America.
This has not only established him as an amazing communicator, but also as someone ideal for working with children and their parents.
In addition, for over 25 years, Sugel has served as a senior executive and professor of philosophy at IBSJ Private College (Logos CS)
Find More Money: Increase Your Income to Tackle Debt, Save Wisely, and Live Generously, by Art Rainer, is a helpful tool for improving finances.
The main focus of this book is to help people provide beyond their full-time jobs, especially when that isn’t enough to provide.
Rainer calls it find a “gig”: “stewarding your talents, time and abilities so you can live generously on mission for the kingdom (of God).”
His goal is to help others have financial freedom, in order to advance God’s kingdom – not to become wealthy.
For myself, I several of his principles helpful. First, Rainer listed key priorities to consider when choosing a side-gig: opportunity, skills, and passion.
Considering these priorities in order will help you be more successful in finding the right side-gig for you.
Rainer also provides specific sites and resources to help readers find such jobs. I highly recommend this book! It is packed with original, engaging and helpful content.
About the Author
Art Rainer is the vice president for Institutional Advancement at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and an MBA from the University of Kentucky.
He writes widely about issues related to finance, wealth, and generosity and is the author of The Money Challenge: 30 Days of Discovering God’s Design for You and Your Money.
Art lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina, with his wife, Sarah, and three children.
Eat, Sleep, Save the World: Words of Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent, by Jamie Sumner, is a noble book.
This book is meant for special needs parents, and to help them work through their day-to-day struggles.
Including sections of determination, hope, resilience, patience, laughter and thankfulness, the author asks the reader to reflect on Scripture and their life.
As a whole, the book is real, but encouraging.
As a parent and an author, I was encouraged by Sumner’s mission – to encourage special needs parents.
I highly recommend the book for those who it would apply and mean the most.
About the Author
Jamie Sumner has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post among many other publications.
She is the author of the nonfiction book on motherhood, Unbound, and the middle-grade novel, Roll with It.
She is also mom to a son with cerebral palsy and she writes and speaks about disability in literature. She loves stories that celebrate the grit and beauty in all kids.
She and her family live in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her at http://www.jamie-sumner.com.
A Mother’s Love: Celebrating Every Kind of Mom, by Anna Rendell and the (in)courage community, is a great devotional for moms.
It is conveniently broken up into sections for each stage of motherhood, using both personal and biblical examples of motherhood.
This devotional even includes blank reflection sections, Bible verses and beautiful illustrations throughout. All of these features add so much to the devotional’s messages each day.
As I read it for myself, I felt peaceful, encouraged, loved, and full of hope. I highly recommend this book to mothers of all kinds, in whatever stage they find themselves. Truly a work of art!
About the Author
- At (in)courage you are welcome to a place of faith, connection, and friendship, where you will always find yourself among friends.
- Founded in 2009 by DaySpring, the Christian products subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., the vision for (in)courage was to create a new home for the hearts of women, where women take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their everyday, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives.
- Since then, (in)courage has grown into a vibrant community that reaches thousands of women every day, welcoming them just the way they are, offering a space to breathe, loving support, and resources for meaningful connection.
Where is Wisdom by Scott James, is a great book for elementary aged kids.
If you would like a book to teach your kids about the wisdom of God, this is the book for your family. With poetic descriptions, inspired by the chapter Job 28, and incredible illustrations, this is a winner.
When I read it to my own kids, they couldn’t stop saying, “Wow! That book is amazing!” I’d highly recommend this book.
About the Author
Scott James serves as an Elder at The Church at Brook Hills. He and his wife Jaime have four children—Will, Kirstine, Benjamin, & Bethan—who served as the inspiration and original audience for this Advent devotional.
They live in Birmingham, Alabama where Scott works as a pediatric physician. Scott serves in the children’s and youth ministries at Brook Hills and is passionate about helping families grow together in Christ.
As I’ve experienced a traumatic miscarriage, I hesitated. I convinced myself I couldn’t handle, avoiding it at all costs. But now I’ve watched it, and I’ll never be the same again.
To be honest, it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined, but I felt severely nauseous the entire time. I am so thankful for the woman, Abby, who was brave enough to share her story with the world.
No one should be badgered into keeping quiet about injustice. No one should be threatened for telling the truth. Abortion is murder, but abortion is also a deceitful lie that needs to be rebuked.
Abortion is NEVER the answer!! Putting a child up for adoption at least gives them a chance to live!
Keeping your baby will bless you in a way can’t even imagine right now. No financial hardships or multitude of diapers can compare with how much that child will love you, and how much you love them.
Having lost a baby myself, through miscarriage, the scene where the woman, Abby, loses her baby and tissue fell out in the bathroom, hit me hard.
That was me. After two days of cramping, spotting, and an ultrasound, the dreaded moment came anyway.
I woke up in a pool of blood, screamed, “No God, NO!!” over and over again. I ran to the bathroom and my precious baby fell out of me. I went into shock and shook on the bathroom floor.
My husband took me to the ER, but not before I told him he was not allowed to flush that toilet.
They let me cry and talk to a nurse, but basically gave me strong ibuprofen and sent me home. I lost a baby, and that was it.
The Filthiest Burial
I was thankful for the doctor telling me not to try to find my baby – too tiny to find. I think that would have been even more traumatic for me.
Instead, my precious baby boy was buried by a flush, and taken to the sewer system. This memory haunts me to this day.
This Has to Stop!
But to think someone would choose that on purpose, kills my heart every time. No one comes away from losing a baby the same. Either way the baby dies, the mother will never be the same.
Pray abortion clinics close for good. Pray abortions become illegal. But also pray for those who’ve aborted or contributed to abortions. God’s forgiveness is more than enough for them too.
Also, to read more on the subject, check out my previous blog post: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.