Every Job A Parable – A Book Review

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Every Job A Parable by John Van Sloten is a book that challenges us to see our job in a new light, and prompts us to answer the question, “What does my job tell us about God?”

“to help kindle a new kind of vocational imagination, to help you experience God at work more, and to help you read the parable that is your job.”

If your like me, there are times when I wonder if what I do for a living makes a difference, does it matter?  Am I just working at working?  Better yet, are questions like, “Do you think your job is important to God?  Does God think your job is important to Him?”  John answers these questions in this book.  He shows us that any job can be used to glorify God.  Every job provides the opportunity to serve Him.

I think this book would be great in a small group setting.  Very honest and eye opening conversations could be had with people from different vocations as you explore what work would be like if we viewed it as another way to serve God.

John Van Sloten is a pastor, teacher and writer who lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. For the past 20 years he’s been exploring a worldview that seeks to discern God’s voice in all things: the Bible, the arts, sport, science, film, music, literature, history, mathematics, nature and human nature.

4 out of 5 stars.

You can get the book HERE

I am blessed to have received a copy of this book for free from Tyndale Publishers for review purposes.  I received no other compensation and the review is my own honest opinion of the book.

Be good to each other, Jay

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God & the little girl.

“A young girl is sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he reads her a bedtime story.
From time to time she takes her eyes off the book and reaches up to touch his wrinkled cheek, then she strokes her own cheek then his again.
Finally she speaks up.
“Granddad, “she  says,”did God make you?”
“Yes darling,”the old man replies,” God made me a long time ago.”
“Oh,”the little girl says.
Then after a pause, “Granddad, did God make me too?”
“Yes,indeed poppet,”he says,”God made you just a little while ago.”
After stroking their respective faces again the little girl says,
“God’s getting a whole lot better at it,isn’t he?”
Don’t you just love Children?

God Set You Apart

God planned and packed you on purpose for his purpose. Heaven’s custom design.

At a moment before moments existed, the sovereign Star Maker resolved, “I will make _____________.” Your name goes in the blank. Then he continued with, “And I will make him/her _________, _________ and _________ and ____________ and __________.”

Fill those blanks with your characteristics. Insightful. Clever. Detail oriented. Restless. And since you are God’s idea, you are a good idea. What God said about Jeremiah, he said about you: “Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.”

 Set apart for a special work

Cure for the Common Life

How have your unique characteristics prepared you to do a special work for God?

From Thomas Nelson’s Grace for the Moment: Morning and Evening Devotional [2008] [Max Lucado] Learn more here

Today, be the hands and feet of Jesus.  God Bless, Jay

365 Pocket Morning Prayers

morning prayersIf you have been looking for a small, portable prayer book, or have a desire to enhance your prayer life, or even a prayer devotional, this book is for you.

Each morning I grab a cup of coffee and my “365 Pocket Morning Prayers – Strength and Joy to Begin Each Day” and talk with God.  This beautiful soft leather pocket size book has changed my morning conversations with God.  It helps me express my worries, concerns and my joys, and it can help you.

The prayers in this book are so easy to relate to. The topics address a variety of needs. You can read the book as a daily devotion or pray based on the topic that best meets your daily need.

At the very beginning of the book Dave Veerman reminds us that:

Prayer is a privilege.
Prayer is personal.
Prayer is powerful.

So, if you want to begin your day in joyful anticipation, trusting that God is in control of your life and wants only the best for you, start your mornings with “365 Pocket Morning Prayers – Strength and Joy to Begin Each Day”

Five star rating - shiny golden stars

I am blessed to have received a copy of this book for free from Tyndale Publishers for review purposes.  I received no other compensation and the review is my own honest opinion of the book.

Have a blessed day, Jay

befriend ~ create belonging in an age of judgement, isolation, and fear – Book Review

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befriend ~ create belonging in an age of judgement, isolation, and fear by Scott Sauls was a joy to read.

Befriend is a beautiful collection of essays that attempt to explore a unique picture of real friendship.  The names and places are changed, but every story is true!  I love that part.  Who doesn’t love a true story that can inspire, lift the spirits, challenge us, better yet, change our lives.

C.S. Lewis said “To love at all is to be vulnerable.”

C.S. Lewis was right.  Real love, real friendship, is vulnerable, risky, costly, and discomforting.  But in this book Sauls reminds us what the Bible says about love.  It is patient and kind.  It does not envy or boast.  It is not arrogant or rude.  It does not demand its own way.  It is not irritable or resentful.  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.  it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.  It never fails.

Befriend will point you towards diverse friendships that can enrich your life as well as those around you.  We’re talking about real friendships, not your Facebook feed, Twitter followers, Instagram groupies.  I’m talking face to face honest, sincere, caring, loving friendships.

I liked that at the end of each chapter there is a Summary, Scripture and To Consider.  An example is chapter 7 Befriend True Friends and Significant Others;

SUMMARY: God puts us in close, covenant relationships as part of our growth.  He promises to finish the good work he has begun in us and to use marriage and close friendship on the process.  This is why we stay committed and don’t give up on each other.

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 2:22-25; Philippians 1:6 Man looks on the outward appearance; but the Lord looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7)

TO CONSIDER: When it comes to choosing a close friend or significant other, what criteria do we use?  Which matters most – physical appearance and pedigree, or a humble heart and a well-worn Bible?  Why is it important that the closest people to us also be given permission to challenge us where our character and Christlikeness is lacking?

I encourage you to pick up a copy of Befriend and start on the path to engaging with those who can challenge and enhance our limited perspectives.

I loved the book! I rate it

Five star rating - shiny golden stars

I received a complimentary sample of this book from BuzzPlant for my own honest opinion.

God Bless, Jay

2 Chairs ~ The Secret That Changes Everything – Book Review

featured_image_6d857fe1f63ea6698377e80a4c9f3b032 Chairs – The secret That Changes Everything by Bob Beaudine shows us the importance of engaging God in daily conversations before we do anything else in the morning.

Just before graduating college Beaudine’s mother shared with him “2 Chairs” .  The concept is simple, yet has the power to change your life and your relationship with God.  Beaudine encourages us to find a quiet place and set up 2 chairs.  This could be the kitchen table, family room, den, the porch, even the beach. One chair for you and one chair for God.

She once asked me, “Bob, if there was a one percent chance that God would meet you, would you set up the 2 Chairs?”

There are 3 vital questions that 2 Chairs ask:

  1. Does God know your situation?
  2. Is it too hard for Him to handle?
  3. Does He have a good plan for you?

After addressing these questions Beaudine explains 7 practical steps to help you start your daily encounter with God at your 2 Chairs.

I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book, and next time your dealing with issues in your life, no matter how big or small, pull up a chair and ask God to join you.

I give this book 412stars  I would have given 5 stars except I thought there was a little too much self promoting of the book at the beginning.

I received a complimentary sample of this book from BuzzPlant for my honest opinion.

God Bless, Jay

Closer Than Close – Book Review

Closer Than978-1-63146-408-9 Close – Awakening to the Freedom of Your Union with Christ By Dave Hickman really hit me at my core.  If you are anything like me, at one time or another you have found yourself struggling to be closer to God, trying to earn intimacy with God.  God knows that has been me more times than I want to admit.  Hickman shows us that we have it all wrong, I have it all wrong.  We need to stop looking for a relationship between two individuals (God and I), because what God is inviting us into is much more intimate, a union with Christ.

We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already totally in the presence of God.  What’s absent is awareness.

“Union with Christ” – Those three little words, without complete understanding of what they mean, can be quite scary for most Christians.  But it is what God wants.  John 14:18,20 says “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. …In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”  That’s not a relationship, it’s a union, “in” that’s closer than close.

I loved how Hickman wrote this book.  I felt like I was on the back porch having a talk with a friend.  Simple terms and from the heart.  I also liked that at the end of each chapter there are discussion questions which makes this book great for a small group study.

I highly recommend Closer Than Close5 out of 5 stars.

You can read an excerpt HERE

Closer than Close is available on Amazon.

I am blessed to have received a copy of this book for free from Tyndale Publishers for review purposes.  I received no other compensation and the review is my own honest opinion of the book.

Have a blessed day, Jay