Now Reading: Heaven is for Real (deluxe)

After I read Heaven is for Real for kids  written by Pastor Todd Burpo, I hastily sought for Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back deluxe copy for Adults. The current New York Times list of bestseller has sold over a half million copies in print.    Grateful of the publisher,  Thomas Nelson for providing me a complimentary copy; this book has certainly made a huge impact after reading more about Colton, a 5 year old kid who was placed on the operating table due to his bursting appendix trip to heaven.

It took 2 years for his parents to write this book, after hearing tidbits of stories from Colton during his visit. It was not mere coincidence that a toddler would know the name and the face of his great-grandfather whom he haven’t met, his sister, whom he never knew about his mom’s miscarriage and all the more how he described Jesus: The purple sash, the “markers” which are Jesus’ bruises when he was crucified and even the position of the Holy Spirit or what his parents were doing while he was being operated.

This book is accompanied by scriptures after Colton mentions his tales of visit in Heaven.If God’s Word is not sufficient for you, if the testimony of his Spirit, given to believers, is not enough for you, you will not find any true hope in the unproven tales of a child.

Every page made me look forward to every chapter. I am reminded by how my mom survived through miscarriage and how we – my brother, Dad and Mom all had a dream about my younger sister, who’s supposed to be born in 1992 introduced herself to not be forgotten. From then on, when we’re asked how many children my parents has or how many are we in the family, we always say we have one who’s watching us in heaven — just like the Burpo family.

There’s more about this book that only you can tell if its unto your faith or not. You can be one with “doubting thomas” or a person who’d still continuously be praying for others believing that it is a way to” develop a heart for needs outside your own”

“It’s good to be strong and able to bless others, yes. But we learned the value of being vulnerable enough to let others be strong for us, to let others bless us” This book not only told the story of the young boy who met Jesus, God, Mary and the Spirit but it also narrated how a family humbled themselves in times of trouble and in-need; how their faith was tested even more.

You certainly need to give yourself a chance to read this book. Let me know what you think!

* I was provided by the publisher  a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®.

Now Reading: Fresh-brewed Life

Coffee and a good read. Nichole Johnson, author of Fresh-brewed Life candidly talked about longings, anger, relationships and sexuality as she bravely shared her own struggle with beauty, sex, and how to be worthy of the call God has placed on her life.

The beauty of this book appeals to all women who struggle with significance, balancing schedules, and the busyness of every day life to take a pause and breathe. Take a sip and enjoy every cup.

 I’ve yet to finish this book and tell you more about it..

 

 

 

 

* I was provided by the publisher  a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®.

Now Reading: Heaven is for Real (for kids)

 A book you can read to put that frown aside and have all the negativity shrugged. Heaven is for Real kids (for kids), a 40-paged true-story illustrated book about a little boy’s real life account of Heaven after life-saving surgery.

We all know kids don’t lie and their naivety keeps them genuinely sincere. Colton, narrated how he was hugged by his older sister and Grandpa whom he never met and yet knew what their names was after he experienced his visit to heaven.

Does angels have wings? is our perception about heaven real? Colton shared what he saw and how joyful everyone were and how peaceful it is being there: Bright, smiling angelic happy faces.

A must read to every child who asks about heaven and the  perfect book to share with a child or anyone who has lost a loved one or who is facing a terminal condition themselves.

* I was provided by the publisher  a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®.

Now Reading: Healing is a Choice

Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn

Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn

Wholeness – spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical – is a gift from God. But it’s a result of our own decisions, too. Arterburn outlines the biblical plan for opening our lives to God’s divine touch, offering 10 choices we can make and 10 corresponding lies to reject as we find our way to complete health and restoration.

Publisher’s Description

From chronic physical pain to deep emotional hurts, we are all, at some level, in need of healing. And healing, writes author Stephen Arterburn, is a choice, although not our choice-it is God’s choice. While that may lead us to understand that healing is out of our hands, there are several things we do or believe that can stand in the way of God’s healing in our lives.

Describing ten choices we can make, and the corresponding ten lies that we must reject, Arterburn outlines the plan for opening our lives to God’s divine touch. For example, to be receptive to God’s healing, we must make the choice to feel; but we often buy into the lie that we need something to help numb the pain. Likewise, we can choose to embrace reality; but we often falsely believe that if we act as if nothing is wrong, the problem will go away.

Healing on all levels-spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical-is a miraculous gift from God; but it is a function of our own decisions and beliefs as well. When we make the right choices, and reject the lies, we can find the way to wholeness again.

REVIEW

Healing is a Choice is a book written by a man, who has believed in ’til death do us part and everything that entangles tying the knot who’s divorce was announced right when he was about to board the plane; but this book wasn’t just entirely about divorce or his mishaps but rather a book on realization and choices on how your choices can change your life and why healing is important. How one allow change to happen for self-development and foreseeing affliction as a gift and how these experiences may heal the soul.

Each chapter ends with a workbook, towards the end you’ll be able to gain affirmation. One may find a future beyond whatever pain – of any kind – that you’re experiencing too.

Arterburn helps his readers practical methodology for making biblically sound decisions that will change their life for good. No quick fixes but a compassionate approach on how we can invest our time and energy in committing ourselves towards realizing the significance and importance of connecting with other people, moving forward and by acknowledging your baggages by courageously working on yourself towards healing.

The author along each chapter points out that God has provided us tools and properties to heal within every facet of our nature — physically, emotionally and spiritually. That we have a choice and it’s up to us on how we would want to be healed.

One can’t just sit in a corner and expect for a miracle or a blessing to shower. Just like how we work through our goals: we aim for it, work hard for it and go through the journey to achieve it.

The book supplements those who needs some quiet time to go through an inventory of themselves, a realization check up about choices and struggles we’ve gone through in the past, how we resolved it and if there are lessons that we’re consecutively been going through over and over yet still haven’t learned yet.

Healing is a choice, or it is many tough choices, and the results are worth the pain.

Each chapter tackles different scenarios: from the struggle recovering from infidelity, divorce, bankruptcy, obesity/illness, job loss, familial estrangement, or abuse. No matter how many years these baggages has been on your shoulder – Arterburn has equipped his pages with the realization to find courage, have courage to do something about it to seek out, obstain and  utilize whatever resources you need to treat the untreated areas of your life.

Without fear, there’s no courage but without courage, one may never get to resolve what they’ve been carrying all these years. Arterburn divided each chapters to mini-challenges for forty days.

  • Connect one’s life with others, or give in to the lie that “all I need to heal is just God and me.” – even an introvert needs a companion, support group and a helping hand.
  • The choice to Feel your Life: Face life (ugly emotions and all), or the lie that “real” Christians experience real peace in all circumstances
  • The choice to investigate your life in search of Truth: .. or embrace the lie that it does no good to look back.
  • The choice to heal your future, that “Time Heals All Wounds”
  • The choice to Help one’s life, or give in to the lie of self-sufficiency.
  • The choice to Embrace life, or pretend there is no problem by denying its existence.
  • The choice to Forgive: ..  or only bestow the gift on those who deserve it.
  • The choice to risk your life and  protecting oneself from any potential pain.
  • The choice to Serve and be served.
  • The choice of Perseverance , or give in to hopelessness.
Everyone has baggages and these baggages needs not to be carried all the way. People do feel numb at difficult times of their lives but often, giving yourself a pat on your back and self-talk that “everying is going to be okay” or relying to “God will take care of me” , you, must also do something about it and take charge of your choices. Either you commit yourself towards healing or you just stay in one corner – waiting – for nothing.


* I was provided this complimentary book through the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze program in exchange for my unbiased review.