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Words: Faith Forward Future | Chad Veach

Words: Faith Forward Future | Chad Veach

Chad Veach is probably one of my favorite speakers ever. That guy can capture your attention and drop some truth into your life. His book Unreasonable Hope had me crying and I ended up reading it in about a day because I could not put it down. So when I heard about Faith Forward Future, I was ready to read it. Here’s some thoughts on the book.

About the Book

The book hits on the questions that are left when things in your life fall apart. All those plans and dreams that just didn’t happen and where to go next and how God is in the middle. Getting past disappointments and delays in your life is hard. The book takes a look at what God has planned and even why He may let things happen. But also explains how sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and go with it.

Thoughts

As someone who is constantly trying to figure things out, this book was timely. It wasn’t a cheesy book telling you that all your dreams will come true one day. But it is an honest explanation that sometimes things are going to fall apart and things will suck but the story is not done yet, even if it’s not the way you planned it to be. Chad writes as he speaks so you’ll find it humorous, although he’s talking through some tough truths.

It’s very honest where it doesn’t get my hopes up that as soon as I’m done reading everything will magically become great, but it reminds you to keep going and God will do something.


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Words: Single, Dating, Engaged, Married | Ben Stuart

Words: Single, Dating, Engaged, Married | Ben Stuart
I received this book from BookLook for reviewing. All opinions are my own.

There’s a whole lot of books out there about relationships. There’s also a lot that talk about being in a relationship with God. Ben Stuart tries to combine both those topics into Single, Dating, Engaged, Married: Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age. It’s a book that takes you through these stages and what challenges they bring.

Summary

The book is broken down in four parts: single, dating, engaged, and married. Each part has chapters that relate to that specific season. It contains tips about what to do in that season but also how this all relates back to God. At the same time, it explains how we should be in a relationship with God. Each section is designed to hit on the major parts that happen in every relationship season and Biblical help on how to get through it.

Thoughts

I definitely enjoyed the book but I do feel like it’s more geared to young adults. It’s primarily talking about these seasons before or as they happen. I don’t feel like it will give those who have been married over 10 years and deep insight. Ben is humorous and gives a lot of his own personal examples so you can relate or understand where he’s coming from. The book is a good reminder that God needs to be part of each of these stages and we need to be more wise about how we choose a future partner. There’s a few things here and there that are new, but not much you haven’t heard. So it’s a good book to keep in your back pocket when you need a refresher and redirect yourself when getting overwhelmed about relationships.


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Words: Goliath Must Fall | Louie Giglio

Words: Goliath Must Fall | Louie Giglio

I received this book from BookLook for reviewing. All opinions are my own.

The story of David and Goliath is probably one of the most known around the world. It’s a story of bravery that teaches us that we can overcome everything, no matter how large the problem is. Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio is about overcoming fears. What makes this book different is that it doesn’t do it in a cliche way, Louie makes you dig down to find your fears.

You’re Not David in the Story

I’m pretty sure you thought you were David in the story of David and Goliath. I know I have. You know who is David in the story? Jesus is. We can’t beat giants on our own but Jesus can in our behalf. That’s the whole point Louie Giglio makes. The reason we get so crushed by our problems is because we try to do things on our own. That’s why Jesus is there. We have to learn to call out to Him and He can get it done.

Louie also describes what truly makes us afraid. A trivial example (this is my own explanation) could be being afraid of heights. You’re not just afraid of the height but of what would happen if you fell. He makes you think deeply about your fears to see where they truly come from and how to realistically fight them instead of just putting a band-aid.

Overall Thoughts

Overall, it’s a good book especially if you feel overwhelmed by your problems often. It’s not a typical book telling you to overcome your fears but gives some insight on why they happen and realistic ways to overcome them. It’s a good enough book, just not a book I would reach over and read again unless I was truly in the mood for it.


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Words: The Last Arrow | Erwin McManus

Words: The Last Arrow | Erwin McManus
I received this book from The Last Arrow for reviewing. All opinions are my own.

If you look up Erwin McManus on YouTube, you can see that he’s a gifted speaker. He has the great ability to tell a story, almost like he’s having a one in one conversation with you. His way of speaking translates well into his writing. The Last Arrow is an honest book of making sure you’re actually living your life and giving your energy to make sure you don’t leave this earth with regrets and what ifs.

The main Biblical story it draws from is Jehoash and Elisha in 2 Kings 13:14-20. This has always been one of the stories in the Old Testament that I always found interesting. Jehoash was in the middle of a war and was struggling so he came to Elisha, who was already sick and near death. Elisha instructed him to shoot an arrow from the east window, which represented victory over Aram.

After he’s done that, Elisha instructs him to take the arrows and strike the ground, which Jehoash does but only strikes the ground three times. Then verse 19 says, “The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.” (NIV). It’s an interesting story and The Last Arrow explains about what happens when we actually keep striking the ground instead of stopping.

The book is written in such a a raw and honest way. But what makes it great is that it’s not just another book saying to live life to the fullest in a cheesy way. Instead, it makes it more of a plead to live life with a purpose and to the point that you know you’ve done absolutely everything you can with your arrow, instead of just stopping. It’s not just about saying you only live once and living recklessly, it’s about living with ambition that pulls you out of mediocrity and to a life that is genuine and meaningful.


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Words: The Heist | Chris Durso

Words: The Heist | Chris Durso
I received this book from Blogging for Books for reviewing. All opinions are my own.

Grace is such a common thing we hear in church. There are countless of songs that mention grace and it has become a word that we frame on our walls in a pretty font. I feel like grace isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. Grace is everything to our salvation. It’s the best thing God could give us. 

The Heist

Chris Durso takes on the honest meaning of grace in The Heist: How Grace Robs Us of Our Shame. He doesn’t talk about grace in a fuzzy warm way but talks about its reality and the fact that it really doesn’t make sense yet God gives us grace every single time. God robs our sin and gives us grace. It’s so simple yet we make it so complicated as humans. Throughout the book Chris is explaining how grace is THE message the gospel brings. That’s it. We are so undeserving yet God gives us grace. It’s ridiculous but the best gift we could receive. 

For me personally, I found this book interesting because lately I’ve been hearing about grace in this way. It’s crazy and yet a simple concept and it’s the thing that helps us be saved. As a book, it was an easy read with interesting examples (I looked up all about Leonardo Notarbartolo’s heist after reading) and it didn’t feel like this water down version of grace. He really takes his time to show the reader that grace is so wild and God still shines His light on us despite us being a mess.

The book overall is a great read and perfect for those who want to hear about grace in a completely fresh view.


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