Saturday, 2 May 2015

Book recommendations

Just dropping by to say that I read these 2 books over the last 2 days and I highly recommend them (Also, they're available for free).

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Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully: The Power of Poetic Effort in the Work of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C. S. Lewis (The Swans Are Not Silent #6)Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully: The Power of Poetic Effort in the Work of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C. S. Lewis by John Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully, John Piper explores the work of George Herbert, George Whitefield and CS Lewis and their impact, not only on the lives of their audience, but on their own lives and the furtherance of the Gospel.

I have to admit that this is the first I've heard of George Herbert (not being a poetry buff) and of George Whitefield. But I guess it's never too late to learn :)

I think it's affirming to know that the effort we make with our words, both written and spoken, and the way that it is spoken (Whitefield appears to be a dramatist in his own right) is a wonderfully powerful thing that should be harnessed and used, rather than disregarded.

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I recommend this for Christian writers. Powerfully affirming, and also rather directional. Pick up a free copy from Desiring God. (Or buy it from Amazon)

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The Real FaithThe Real Faith by Charles S. Price
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think in certain ways, this answers some of my questions about faith healings. And also affirms that you really can't *faith yourself* until it happens.

I have to think about this more.

But to really sum this book up in its core message (for me, at least) is that faith (for something specific to happen) isn't something that you work up and you try to make yourself believe. It's something that's deposited in by God and you will feel that affirmation in your spirit that tells you "it may be impossible, but since God is in it, He will do it."

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I got this in a bundle that I bought from Destiny Conference, but it's available online here. (Or just Google it. You'll find it.)

I just found the capitalisations and exclamation marks a little annoying at times. BECAUSE WHY YOU SHOUT SO MUCH! lol :)

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