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Rees Howells Intercessor
by:  Norman Grubb
Reviewed by:  Kevin Swartzendruber

An in depth story about an amazing man in modern church history. Walk through the highlights of Rees Howell's life from his early years through the Welsh Revival and onto his roll in bringing down the Nazi's. Get a close up view into the development of a man of God. Find inspiring stories of God's provision for a life lived in total dependence on Him. Learn what true faith for finances looks like. Find out what results true intercession can bring. 

Few books have inspired me to believe for more and to walk in more than this one. If you are hungry to walk in the Spirit in a greater way, or are disillusioned with empty displays of spiritual gifts and manifestations often seen in our day, this book will lift your heart to believe for greater things Jesus spoke of. I was personally inspired by how God used this man to give a play by play game plan to a group of young people to bring down the greatest menace the modern world has seen. Through knowledge of the Nazi's future plans, waiting on divine instructions, devoted intercession, and confirmation in the newspapers, these young people changed the course of history.

I was first given this book by a woman passing through Montana while in a position of leadership at a house of prayer. I have no doubt it was a divine gift with impeccable timing. While reading the book, the Derby Fire of 2006 was pillaging much of Central Montana. Suddenly it occurred to me that if this man, with a small group of college students, could dictate the moves of the greatest army of modern times, I could have faith to pray for a forest fire to cease. Just as Rees Howell's prayed and believed for specific answers, I prayed for measurable results, and watched as the headlines of the local paper confirmed the results! The church needs a constant stream of testimonies of the amazing things God can do through ordinary people.

Knowledge, without the exercise of faith, is useless. If you want to walk out the Christian life with power, this is the manual for you. If you want to know what a life totally given to Jesus Christ looks like, you will find it here. This book stands as a case study on how to hear God's voice.




Waiting
by:  Ben Patterson
Reviewed by:  Kevin Swartzendruber

If you are struggling with God’s apparent silence amidst disappointments in life, Ben Patterson’s book is for you. True to its title, you won’t find quick fixes or a 10 step program for getting everything you want in life. What you will get is a heavenly perspective on life and comfort in knowing you are not the only one waiting on the things you desire. Find a deep and abiding hope, not the flickering flame of positive thinking drivel, through the stories of Abraham and Job. Come to a deeper appreciation of God’s love for us and how His plans are woven into the deepest desires of our heart.

Like Job, take an honest assessment of what is truly yours to keep. Discover how your pride delays the purposes of God and His blessings. Learn how God uses trials in life to break us free from our cosmic egotism and into a selfless life poured out to God and others.

Like Abraham, discover how God’s promises hold hope for the realization of not only your desires, but His plan. Don’t settle for a cheap faith founded on passing spiritual fads and quick solutions. Find new hope in the realization that just because your prayers haven’t been answered doesn’t mean God is not listening. It might just be that His plan is bigger than yours!

On a personal note, the Holy Spirit led me to this book at a time when life had fallen apart for me. Though it did not immediately fix everything that had gone wrong, it did give me great comfort, a new perspective and a greater resolve to love God even when life is difficult. I strongly recommend this book.




Bad Girls of the Bible
by:  Liz Curtis-Higgs
Reviewed by:  Christine Swartzendruber

Daytime television has nothing on the drama we find as we delve into the pages of the Bad Girls of the Bible. Liz Curtis Higgs takes us on a journey through dishonesty, fornication, adultery and vengeance like only a soap opera could rival. These are the original cliff-hangers.

Just as God can make good things happen from bad deeds, good lessons can be learned from these bad girls. Higgs uses modern day situations, to introduce us to ten well known female bible characters, their sins, and the consequences they faced.

Each chapter is dedicated to one modern day woman and her biblical counterpart.  Their stories are paralleled to illustrate how things we face today aren’t that much different from the temptations and circumstances of long ago. Through the stories of Eve, Jezebel, Delilah, Potiphar’s wife, and the woman at the well we can see how bad girls and good girls both need a Savior.

Higgs does a great job of teaching bible history while giving timeless life lessons. I not only enjoyed every minute of the suspense but I also learned a lot from this book.




The Crucified Ones: Calling Forth the End-Time Remnant
by:  Charles E. Newbold, Jr
Reviewed by:  Kevin Swartzendruber

In a time when fiction and "inspirational" books are the big sellers in Christian circles, it is rare to find a book that breaks new ground in theological understanding. "The Crucified Ones" is just such a book. Drawing on insight gleaned from years of study and exposure to the teachings of great men of God, author Charles Newbold brings a genuinely fresh and thought provoking understanding of Christ's purposes for the believer to the reader. Making use of the three festivals given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, Newbold lays out a clear, coherent understanding of the three stages of Christian development into the perfect reflection of Christ. Fully embracing the admonition from the Apostle Paul to move past elementary doctrine, "let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God," Newbold challenges the reader to move on to the high calling of Christ and discover what it means to be fully joined with Christ in His work.

Thoroughly based on the Bible, with hundreds of scriptural quotes, I consider "The Crucified Ones" to be required reading for all believers. In its pages you will find resolution for age old theological debates, guidance for your life, clarity in your Christian walk and understanding of Christ's plan for the Christian. "The Crucified Ones" is a must read.