Craving a new read? You’ve come to the right place. We love books. And we love sharing our thoughts on them. Welcome to Bookbites, where we give the latest books a grade, brief review and include an excerpt—a “bookbite”—that grabbed our attention.
Grade A - Practical, down-to-earth teaching with real life examples explaining God's love for us although we are not and cannot be perfect, releasing us from the guilt and shame often caused by our performance mentality.
Appeals to readers of all ages who've felt that God holds a grudge against them for things they have done.
Bookbite: "To live in the reality that God is not mad at us is the most freeing truth we will ever find. Knowing that we will sin, probably every day, and that God knows that and has already decided to forgive us eliminates the fear of failure. The beautiful truth is that when we no longer focus on our sin, we find that we do it less and less. As we focus on God's goodness instead of being afraid of our weaknesses, we become more and more like Jesus."
Grade B - Pastoral teaching on subjects that are difficult to comprehend, somewhat textbooky and not very original, but the chapters on spiritual warfare are dynamic.
Appeals to readers of books about heaven, a popular subject these days, and those dealing with spiritual warfare (really all of us whether we know it or not).
Bookbite: "This is how Satan wages war against us, isn't it? He loves to break into our thoughts. He introduces doubt, which leads to fear, which leads to confusion, which leads to pain. He is a terrorist, in every sense of the word, seeking to oppress us and then to occupy us, seeking to make us slaves to our very own sin."
Grade B- - Eye-opening view of one woman with the gumption to do what few are doing, being Jesus to former women prisoners and giving them the chance at a new life that they never had before. The writing is limited but these women's stories are fascinating and inspirational, you'll never look at Walmart the same again.
Appeals to biography readers and to those who might consider a similar ministry.
Bookbite: "God is calling us like we've never been called before. He wants believers like me to quit being afraid of getting their hands dirty and help women like you. And He wants you to see that there is hope. Because trust me there is hope. And what we do today, tomorrow and the next day could have a tremendous impact on the entire system. We could change the way it works. We could change women's lives."