I read this book about a month ago, so my review is a little late. I apologize for that. Kyle Winkler is a worldwide speaker, has served in may large churches, and is the founder of Kyle Winkler Ministries. He also created an app named "Shut up, devil!" I use this app and find it very effective when dealing with temptation. I encourage you to go check it out!
In his book, "Silence Satan", Winkler reveals the Satan's game plan to tempt us and different methods on how we can identify these strategies and counter-attack the devil. Although I think the devil is sometimes over-talked about, this book is very good. Winkler knows his material thoroughly. 76/100.
Jonathan Martin leads Renovatus Church in Charlotte, NC. He holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and Duke University Divinity School.
Prototype is a book that focuses on identifying similarities we have with Jesus through obscurity, as well as what it means to be God's beloved child. I loved many pats of this book, but others I found contradicting my beliefs due to his Pentecostal denomination. However, I will not base my review off of the contrast between our specific beliefs on things such as eschatology, resurrection, and the sacraments. Despite what beliefs you have regarding those things, Martin provides great insight into how you can identify and develop more similarities with Jesus: our prototype. I love the character and voice of Jonathan Martin, and this book is worth a read. 78/100.
Warren Wiersbe is a pastor, author, and editor of more than 160 books! He is married and loves to write.
This book, "On Being a Servant of God", is made up of 30 "talks" about different subjects regarding serving God. He touches on a barrage of subjects focusing on obstacles servants of God will face, and Wiersbe loads the book with Scripture--which I loved. The risk taken by an author when they use a lot of Scripture, however, is that some of it is bound to be taken out of context, which I found a lot. This was not a huge problem because these Scriptures out of context did not interfere with the message he attempts to get across to the reader. This book gives really practical advice for those seeking a life of service/ministry. 73/100.
Brennan Manning was a Korean War veteran and former Franciscan priest who became the best-selling author of more than twenty books. He died in 2013.
"The Ragamuffin Gospel" explains the depths of grace to us who are ragged and beaten down by life. Manning goes in depth to explain a dangerous grace that embraces us in our brokenness. I thought the book was a little bit all over the place (as grace is), and at times it was difficult to understand how his points were tying together because he changes subjects so quickly. However, it has a very, VERY powerful message. 80/100.
N.D. Wilson is a best-selling novelist and Fellow of Literature at New Saint Andrews College. In his book, Death by Living, he portrays a special message. I have thought for about a day now what I would write about this book in a review, but it's just something I cannot describe. This book is different from ones I have recently read. It is a book you have to take your time reading in order to understand the depth of the imagery he uses, but when you do, it paints an incredible picture of life and how it is meant to be spent. I love this book, and I'm sure you will too. It might hurt at first, but in the end you will never waste another second. 90/100.
Rich Wilkerson, Jr. is the founder and pastor of Vous Church in Miami, FL. I had already formulated opinions of Wilkerson Jr. before reading this book due to some controversial decisions he made regarding his church and his new TV show, Rich in Faith (to say the least, I don't like the show, but I could write another review on that if requested). But despite any of Wilkerson Jr.'s actions outside of this book, I hold my review to simply his book alone.
This book focuses on four stories from Luke 7. Throughout these stories, Wilkerson Jr. explains the depths of grace, as well as the fulfillment we find in life only through understanding and embracing that grace. Wilkerson Jr. explains that we often build lives on worldly foundations that are washed away by the waves of life and how we can begin to build a life with a solid foundation only on God's grace alone. Wilkerson Jr. is not a theology master or a great imitator of the roots of church leadership, but Sandcastle Kings is a worthwhile, encouraging read. 71/100.
Welcome to my 2016 monthly blog! I will be posting on the 1st of every month this year, so make sure to check out my subject each month and respond with a comment if you would like!
Around this time of year, a lot of people like to set goals for 2016 and create New Years resolutions. That's a great thing to do, but too often those resolutions and goals revolve around ourselves. 90% of the time, we like to set goals that start with "This year, I..." And follow it up with something that we want to accomplish or that we hope to do better at for ourselves. Be careful about what comes after that "I". Most of the time we find ourselves flaunting our achievements or our goals in a way that desperately calls for attention.
Be deliberate when you use the words "I" and "me". Are you craving attention or praise? Or are you looking at how you can sincerely give God glory by serving others? Because accomplishments are stunted by self-praise.
Use the word "we" instead of "me" and "us" instead of "I". Anybody who succeeds and gives credit only to themselves is a slave to their own ego. People support, encourage, and are door holders for opportunities God has placed in life. Giving God glory is NOT about creating a bigger stage for yourself and growing yourself to reflect His glory on yourself, but to create LESS of yourself so that more of Him consumes all that you are. That is how you make a lasting impact on people. Nobody likes to see the person who is all about themselves until they succeed and then they give a one-liner thanking God. People say, wait... they are a Christian?...
True seekers of giving God glory seek God on their journey through the unknown, before they succeed, and give themselves none of the credit, because there is no credit due to the achiever, but only to the one who gives them the power to achieve. A toy with no batteries is us without the Holy Spirit: useless, taking up space. So what right do we have when given batteries to give ourselves any part of the glory? What right do we have to say "I achieved this" or "Look at me". No credit is due to us, so let's stop pointing at both us and God, secretly using God as a platform to which we boost our own self-image but point only to God.
This year, one of my resolutions and I hope yours as well is to have less of "I" and "me", and more of Him!
He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
Hunter Kallay, author of "Plug in Your Life." He is a Christian leader and speaker.