Monthly Archives: December 2017

Experiencing the Words of Jesus: Trusting His Voice, Hearing His Heart by Max Lucado

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Jesus’ ministry on this earth only lasted three and a half years, yet in that time His words turned heads, turned hearts, and ultimately turned the world upside down. The words of Jesus offer much to those who have ears to hear. They are His legacy. They are our heritage. In Experiencing the Words of Jesus, you will have the opportunity to hear His voice for yourself.
The words of Christ—discourses, parables, prayers, conversations. Eminently quotable. Undeniably powerful. Eternally true. Let the message that changed the world change your life forever.

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This was an interesting book. While it was, more specifically, a active workbook, I did just simply read through it. Those bits or “homework” which were expected to be accomplished may have to wait for another time. Although, the way Max Lucado organized this particular book was very telling and very educational. If you desire to learn more on the Lord and Creator of you…Max know how to organize the book for you and the homework you need! I will plan this out to be filled out sometime next year as part of a bible study.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

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In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Einstein and Steve Jobs, shows how the most fascinating of America’s founders helped define our national character.

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. In a sweeping narrative that follows Franklin’s life from Boston to Philadelphia to London and Paris and back, Walter Isaacson chronicles the adventures of the runaway apprentice who became, over the course of his eighty-four-year life, America’s best writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, and business strategist, as well as one of its most practical and ingenious political leaders. He explores the wit behind Poor Richard’s Almanac and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence, the new nation’s alliance with France, the treaty that ended the Revolution, and the compromises that created a near-perfect Constitution.

In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin’s amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

I must admit, this seemed to have been one of the best, if not THE best biography of one of our founding fathers of this country. The detail of his life were astounding with a plethora of source material. Walter Isaacson dis an outstanding job with this biography! BRAVO! Well worth the read, well worth the time, and well worth the expense!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Prevail: Discover Your Strength in Hard Places by Cindy Trimm

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Your problems don’t define you; they refine you.

Sometimes life feels like a roller coaster ride filled with ups, downs, twists, turns, and unexpected sudden drops. Instead of moving forward with peace and purpose, our lives spin out of control. When chaos and uncertainty threaten to make you feel helpless . . . what do you do?

Don’t let life’s detours take you for a ride. Get back in the driver’s seat!

In Prevail , life strategist, Dr. Cindy Trimm, reveals how you can turn problems into opportunities so no pitfall will throw you off course. Discover how you can:

See your current challenges as doorways to new levels of success

  • Break through barriers that keep you from enjoying life and loving the real you
  • Develop a winning perspective that positions you to prosper
  • Wake up every morning with a sense of meaning, purpose, dignity, and hope
  • Your success, fulfillment, satisfaction, and destiny await you on the other side of your struggles, fears, setbacks, and disappointments. In the same way that a diamond is brought to beauty through immense stress, your true strength of character, worth, and value are found by embracing the prospering power inherent in your problems.

 

You are tougher than your tough times.

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I found this book to be rather interesting. A great read and a real page turner. Many simplistic notions and ideas to change your way of thinking and approaching your life. We are headed for disaster, each of us, if we do not see that we are headed toward a brick wall, BUT we must be willing to look at our direction with an open mind and with a true out-of-the-box outlook!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It by Brigitte Gabriel

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They Must Be Stopped is New York Times bestselling author Brigitte Gabriel’s warning to the world: We can no longer ignore the growth of radical Islam―we must act soon, and powerfully. Gabriel challenges our Western and politically correct notions about Islam, demonstrating why radical Islam is so deadly and how we can halt its progress.

Brigitte Gabriel speaks her mind:

*Fundamentalist Islam is a religion rooted in seventh-century teachings that are fundamentally opposed to democracy and equality.

*Radical Islamists are utterly contemptuous of all “infidels” (non-Muslims) and regard them as enemies worthy of death.

*Madrassas in America are increasing in number, and they are just one part of a growing radical Islamic army on U.S. soil.

*Radical Islam exploits the U.S. legal system and America’s protection of religion to spread its hatred for Western values.

*America must organize a unified voice that says “enough” to political correctness, and demands that government officials and elected representatives do whatever is necessary to protect us.

THIS was an excellent book! Brigitte Gabriel went to great lengths to explain the Islamic mindset and thought process. Enabling you and I to see how they plan to use our system of rights and laws to get their way and tear our system down. Thus replacing it with Sharia Law. And she follows on with how we can combat such tactics. Unfortunately for us, there are just too many Liberal & Activist politicians, judges and lawyers.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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The Sermon On the Mount by Vincent Cheung

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An exposition on the Sermon on the Mount. Topics covered include: the kingdom of God, the Christian counter-culture, the relevance of God’s law, the commandments on murder, adultery, divorce, oaths, retaliation, love, and Jesus’ teachings on biblical inerrancy, hypocritical piety, hypocritical judgment, legalism, materialism, exclusivism, and antinomianism.

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Vincent Cheung is a rather prolific writer with respect to the teachings of the bible and the words of Jesus. He is a no-holds-barred teacher who tells you in very brutal terms what is meant by the word of God! Sadly, I must agree with his style of teaching, wherein people within the Christian communities (as a whole) need that fire and brimstone sermons brought forth in their lives. We are now entering into a Politically Correct era where the bible has warned us that:

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. ~Isaiah 5:20 NIV

But regardless of what is to happen, we as Christians MUST, ABSOLUTELY MUST, stand up for what the word of God states. Unlike what many think, to speak truth is not evil…but to say nothing is to acquiesce to the evil at hand.

Great book! Great read! Well worth the time!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meagre income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.

With its characters exhibiting many qualities ― as well as failures ― often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge’s eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England’s greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas.

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I am always touched by this particular story. In fact, this is usually the first movie to watch as we put up our Christmas Tree for the season, as well as the first movie to watch as we dismantle the Christmas decorations around our house. I am especially fond of the 1951 black & white version with Alistair Sims in the lead role of the movie. It always tugs at my heart and makes me reflect upon my past, present, and potential future. The short story by Charles Dickens is slightly different, as most books are different from the movie counterparts. But it is so close to the story that I am so fond of. I hope you all will love this as much as I.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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The Christian, The Court and The Constitution by Jay Alan Sekulow

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An overview of the Christian’s civil rights.

Well written and a great amount of information concerning YOUR rights as a Christian in school or in the work force. A quick and worthwhile read. Many choose to yield their rights because they are intimidated, but your rights are protected and paramount!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Covenant Relationships: A Handbook for Integrity and Loyalty by Asher Intrater

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Discover the Biblical Blueprint for Building Relationships that Last!

Even though the topic of relationships is very popular, few individuals ever reach the point of building deep, lasting, and meaningful bonds with others. Why do our connections with other people seem to stay superficial and never go beyond the surface-level? Because we’ve drifted away from the Biblical blueprint of what covenant relationships are intended to look like.

In this revised and updated edition of Asher Intrater’s classic, Covenant Relationships, you will receive time-tested practical keys that show you how to build relationships that:

Are spiritually and emotionally fulfilling for everyone involved.  Remain intact and solid, even in the middle of conflict and disagreement.  Reflect the timeless values outlined in Scripture.  Free people to truly be known by and share life with others.Relationships are the meaning of life! 

It’s time to move past the popular “take-it or leave-it” approach and build deep connections based on loyalty, authenticity and covenant.

For God’s people to rise up and walk in new dimensions of love and effectiveness, we must be knit together in covenant relationships!

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I was a little taken aback due to the lack of “T”s throughout the titling of sections. I was a bit concerned that it was a bad book, or poor selection. However the overall demeanor of the book was truly enlightening and full of wisdom. It aided me in understanding relationships…and yes, even at 56 I can learn a thing or two on relationship building!

It is truly a wonderful book if you can get past the appearance of bad spelling (i.e. , no “T”s in the titles of the sections throughout the book itself.)

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

 

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Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands

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In his magisterial new biography, H. W. Brands brilliantly establishes Ronald Reagan as one of the two great presidents of the twentieth century, a true peer to Franklin Roosevelt. Reagan conveys with sweep and vigor how the confident force of Reagan’s personality and the unwavering nature of his beliefs enabled him to engineer a conservative revolution in American politics and play a crucial role in ending communism in the Soviet Union. Reagan shut down the age of liberalism, Brands shows, and ushered in the age of Reagan, whose defining principles are still powerfully felt today.

    Employing archival sources not available to previous biographers and drawing on dozens of interviews with surviving members of Reagan’s administration, Brands has crafted a richly detailed and fascinating narrative of the presidential years. He offers new insights into Reagan’s remote management style and fractious West Wing staff, his deft handling of public sentiment to transform the tax code, and his deeply misunderstood relationship with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, on which nothing less than the fate of the world turned.

     Reagan is a storytelling triumph, an irresistible portrait of an underestimated politician whose pragmatic leadership and steadfast vision transformed the nation.

Reagan was a great President with a practical outlook and plan of attack on the subjects at hand. While there were some low points in his tenure, there were some great accomplishments. He was a trusting man, but he was not a god (as so many speak of him as such.) Brands has definitely hit the nail squarely on the head with this book of his. It was a great read and the topic was on such a great person, in President Reagan.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

 

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