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Called to Stay

Title: Called to Stay
Author: Caleb Breakey
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7369-5542-3

“But what if your church desperately needs love and truth because it doesn’t know what it’s doing? What if others in your church feel the same way you do but are too afraid to speak up? What if your church is a good thing waiting to happen?” Caleb Breakey asks in his book, Called to Stay – An Uncompromising Mission to Save Your Church.

At one hundred and eighty-seven pages, this paperback book is targeted toward Christians generally ages late teen to early thirties but any mature person can grow and learn from its recommendations regarding attending church. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

Breakey breaks the book down into three parts: Why You Shouldn’t Abandon the Body, If You Want to Serve Your Savior and Age of the Infiltrator. With a total of ten chapters with bold headings, small inserts of famous quotes and ending with What Now and What Next paragraphs, the book concludes with a note and conversation with the author, Twitter hashtags listings and reference notes.

Keeping in mind that the author is a youthful Millennial, it is his plea that young people rethink their relationship to God first before deciding how they interact with their church. He inspires the readers who are either frustrated or sieged at churches to become infiltrators by loving the unlovely and forgiving others through unity, depth and purpose.

Reiterating that churches and those who attend can easily wander away from their first love, he pleads that God is truly our only audience and the focus should be on intentionality, not results or growing memberships.

By getting right with God before infiltrating churches, reading the Scripture, praying and examining motives are pivotal to responding to the call, enduring the heartache and sharing the good life. He suggests infiltrating a church by going to conferences, reading and experiencing the process with others who are profiled to promote love, obedience, trust and knowledge.

Although the young author correlates his staying in his church to fictional scenarios, readers can see how important it can be to decide to stay or leave a particular church. However, he vaguely factors in when a church collapses, a pastor leaves or in-fighting destroys relationships at no fault of the church-goer.

With so many Christians either wanting to leave their church due to apathy, lack of spiritual doctrine and non-Biblical teaching, Breakey promotes taking a stand, becoming outspoken and changing the church from within to how God wants it to be.

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The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity

Title: The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity
Author: Alex McFarland
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-58997-678-8

“With some basic tools and a growing understanding of God’s Word, you can be ready for any spiritual questions your children present to you,” Alex McFarland states in his book, The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity.

This two hundred and eighty page paperback book is targeted toward Christian parents, teachers or pastors to help them when talking about God to young children, mainly those of the age of accountability and older.

After an introduction and techniques on how to answer children’s questions, the book is broken down into six question-related parts involving God the Father, Jesus the Son, the Trinity and Holy Spirit, the Bible, the Church and What Parents Ask along with an author’s question to the reader.

Within each of the twenty-three chapters, there are key concepts, a question recap with two to four bullet points, and a hope-filled answer. Some chapters also include highlighted suggestions of ways to further examine the question by correlating to projects such as doing a sugar test, growing plants, making bread rolls and designing a family statement of faith or conducting a Bible study.

McFarland suggest that if we listen to our children, point them to the right direction, offer tools, skills and basic information, they can search and find the answers about God themselves. He recommends answering a question with a question to promote more discussion, guide the conversation to God, do not give out too much information and readily admit when you do not know the answer.

While comparing to Bible verses and characters to simple items such as gold fish or a telescope, the author gives direction, confidence and pointers on how to express a true relationship with God.

If your children are asking questions such as “why does God allow suffering or why is He unfair?” or “did Jesus ever sin?” or “will the Holy Spirit leave me if I keep sinning?” or “are the Bible miracles true?” or “why do I have to go to church?” this is a great reference point for a parent to know in advance when answering. Being prepared, praying and promoting a relationship with Jesus are pivotal in a child’s life and questions answered in this book will propagate the seeds to grow in a young one’s inquisitive mind.

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And the Shofar Blew

Title: And the Shofar Blew
Author: Francine Rivers
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-8423-6583-3

In old Jewish times, the shofar was sounded for people to assemble so they could confess and repent. In And the Shofar Blew, author Francine Rivers correlates the instrument of the Day of Atonement and Jubilee to one man coming to terms with his own sin of blind ambition.

With over four hundred and forty pages, this softbound book has a photograph of sunlight streaming in church windows onto pews on the front cover. With no profanity and one inexplicit sexual scene, the story is targeted toward mature female adults, especially Christian women or pastors’ wives that could relate to the topic of personal, family and marital problems within church leadership. After the narrative that includes italicization for characters’ thoughts, included are an author biography, discussion questions and promotions of other written works.

In this soul-searching tome, Eunice Hudson tries so hard to be an upright, loving, gracious and wonderful pastor’s wife and mother. When her husband Paul is called to replace an ill minister of a small, stagnant church, Eunice must gather all her strength, love and compassion moving from Illinois to Centerville, California to honor her husband’s wishes and demands.

Praying for not only spiritual but church growth, Paul gets rapidly caught up in serving both man and himself instead of the Lord, leading to church rifts, broken friendships, and unfortunately, turning away from Biblical doctrine. Constantly competing and trying to get approval from his own father’s success pastoring a mega-church, Paul obsessively plans building expansions and projects to promote his own self-worth while ignoring and forgetting his wife and their young impressionable son, Tim.

Friendships with the wise but dejected elder, Samuel, and his wife, Abby, along with Paul’s mother who has witnessed the same sorrow, shame and solitude in her own marriage, Eunice tries to focus on trusting in God for patience and humility through one crisis after another.

When Paul’s perceivably perfect life spins out of control through focusing on church growth and his own needs instead of the spiritual condition of his family, position and the flock, Eunice and he are forced to see each other as they really are.

Written with compassion about true everyday problems involving Christian ministry, the story brings to light the backdrop behind concentrating on ourselves instead of searching and relying on God to accomplish His church without walls. Although the shofar is not the focal point of the story, it is a reminder we are called by Christ to honor Him, not ourselves.

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