The Secrets of Intercessory Prayer by Jack Hayford

See Your Prayers Answered! Here are the keys to unlocking effective intercessory prayer. With encouragement, powerful testimonies and keen biblical guidance, pastor and bestselling author Jack Hayford offers the insight you need to pray more effectively for God's grace, goodness and power in the lives of those you love. Pastor Jack also reveals how to -answer God's divine invitation to partnership -apply the basic promises of God to prayer -launch a counterattack against the enemy -help bring about victory in others' lives -pray for someone you'd rather not pray for -and more Regardless of the situation, you can pray with rightful authority, perseverance and confidence. Stand in the gap for those you love and watch God's answers come.
This book shows us a way to go deeper with God in prayer, to help us pray for the ones we want to pray for the least, to stand in the gap for a friend or love one. The autho talks about several situations like launching a counter attack against the enemy which will help strengthen your spiritual life as well as your time in prayer with God. I think what the author was trying to convey, was to help the reader pray more effectively, to make our prayers more quality, more effective. The author refers to Biblical principals on how to unleash God├Ęs power on those you love. Your prayer life will never be the same.
This book was provided in exchange for an honest review from Chosen Books.

Debt-Proof Your Christmas: Celebrating the Holidays without Breaking the Bank by Mary Hunt

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also one of the most stressful--and most expensive. Expectations run high and it's tempting to whip out the credit cards to create the perfect Christmas for your family, with lavish meals, new decorations, and the latest, greatest gadgets and fashions for everyone on your Christmas gift list. But you don't have to overspend or go into debt to have a fabulous holiday. Financial expert Mary Hunt shows readers how. She helps readers assess their financial situation, commit to no new debt, and think creatively about their gift list. With Mary's guidance, readers will identify what has caused them to overspend in the past and approach this Christmas with a plan and a new attitude toward holiday spending. This just might be the best gift you can give yourself and your family. This book is an updated edition of Debt-Proof the Holidays.
When I saw this book I knew I needed to read it, and when my books came in the mail, I knew I had to read this one first, especially with the Christmas Season fast approaching. I had discussed with my husband just a few weeks ago how we just cannot do this to ourselves anymore. Our son is 2 and the commercial aspect of Christmas is not what I want him growing up thinking Christmas is all about. The author helps the reader put a plan into place for budgeting and sticking to it. There;s suggestions on ways to save and earn money for the holidays as well. One thing I really like, being creative and crafty, is the suggestions and chapters on doing it yourself gift ideas, low cost recipes, as well as decorating ideas. You don;t need the best of the best to make your Christmas the best ever!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Real Life, Real Miracles: True Stories That Will Help You Believe by James L. Garlow and Keith Wall

Does God still play an active role in the world today? Readers are thrilled to discover that yes, he does, showing himself in countless miracles and unexplained events. In their signature style, trusted pastor Jim Garlow and writer Keith Wall tap into readers' fascination with miracles by gathering exciting, credible true stories of God's supernatural activities in the lives of everyday people. These stories will encourage and inspire, making this a great gift or impulse buy.
What a great book! I just passed it on to my husband and said "Here, make sre you read this". I literally could not put it down until it was finished. It's compiled of many short stories by all different people of the miracles God worked in their lives. From people who live for Christ, and people who were unsure of what to believe. It goes to show that God hears all our prayers, but answers in his own timing. I cried several times during reading this book because I could just feel the realness and the power of our almighty God whos still working miracles today. I would love to see a follow up book with even more miracles!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Heaven Changes Everything: Living Every Day with Eternity in Mind by Todd Burpo and Sonja Burpo

How would you live your life differently today if you knew that no matter what happened, everything would be okay, even wonderful, in the end? Todd and Sonja Burpo's almost-four-year-old son Colton made an unforgettabel trip to heaven and back during the darkest, most-stressed-out days of their lives. Times were tough, money was scarce, and the bills, frustrations, and fears were piled high. The story of Colton's visit to heaven changed their lives–and the book they wrote about it, Heaven Is for Real, gave new hope to millions of readers. Now, in more than forty unique inspirational readings based on excerpts from their story, Todd, and for the first ever Sonja, from her perspective as a mom, share what happened next–in their lives and in millions of others. Through their own experiences, and based on the stories hundreds of readers have shared, they show you how believing heaven is for real helps us survive hardships here on earth, including the death of a loved one or the loss of a child through tragedy, miscarriage, and even abortion. The daily readings provide a powerful reminder that, beyond the hardships we may face in this life, God's incredible gift of heaven awaits us. Imagine being completely fearless on earth because you know that after this life you're going to heaven, and you know, really know, you're going to love it there. That's the promise heaven holds for us. Heaven is God's last word–and believing it's real changes everything.
This sbook is a follow up to Heaven is for Real, a story of a little boys trip to Heaven and back. Heaven changes everything opens each chapter with an exerpt from Heaven is for Real and then goes on to tell of the evens that has happened since then. This is more of a devotional with 42 entries, although I have read some people chose to read it as a novel from cover to cover. Since I was a fan of the first book, I was very much looking forward to reading this one and finding out more about how the Burpos felt with everything that was going on. How to deal with a 4 year olds experience, and how to interpret what had happened, I was not disappointed. This is a great read and touches on many topics. After the first book, I told my Mother in law about it and she bought 10 copies to distribute to friends. I bought this one for her for Christmas, cant wait to see her buying these up as well!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson".


Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson

Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions. Paul Falcon is the FBI's top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn't expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention. The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former vice president. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is....
I'm still not sure where I stand on this book, even after finishing it! It took me longer than normal to finish because I found that it started off quite slow and honestly, I was bored. I do not know if this was the authors intentions but the book did start hitting some suspense half way through and I kinda couldn;t put it down because I had to know who done it. I like how Henderson never made the romance between Ann & Paul all flowers and chocolate and people falling over their words mush. It really kept with the line of the book. Let's face it, not all romance is like that, I like seeing something dfferent. However, I did feel there could have been more character development, other than that, great read and great addition to my bookshelf!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Jesus: Pure and Simple by Wayne Cordeiro

Do you ever feel like you're being pulled in a million directions? Like you' re overwhelmed with various programs and ministries, or with studying the steps to good parenting or the best ways to share Jesus with your neighbors? These are all good things, but even good things can sometimes take us away from our number one responsibility--knowing Jesus better. Wayne Cordeiro shares how to focus on the One who matters most and take part in the joy and fulfillment that He brings. But he also teaches how this leads to selflessness, a true love for others, and effective ministry. It will, in fact, change how you see the world around you. When you focus on Christ, everything else falls into place. Your relationships. Your job. Your church. Your mission. It's all placed in the hands of Jesus, pure and simple. Here's something refreshing: a pure and simple devotion to Christ. Sounds wonderfully inviting, doesn't it? And the good news is that it's not about doing more or doing less. Because God created you in His image, the more you become like Jesus, the more you become the person you were created to be. It is in Him that you actually find fulfillment, not in religious activities (as good as they may be) or in serene settings that give you a needed respite from your harried workplace. He is not the rest from our labors. He is the rest in our labors.

Jesus Pure and simple is just that. It's about going back to how Jesus lived and following him and doing as he did. This book brough me back to a song we used to sing in Sunday School "Read your Bible, pray every day, and you'll grow, grow, grow..." and that's just what the book teaches. Sometimes we fall into the "job" of being a Christian based on what others expect instead of being a living example like Jesus did. He loved everyone, walked among the lowest of the low to the high priest. He studied God's word and meditated on it and spent time in intercessory prayer always ready and willing to share in his knowledge about God and the christian walk. Sometimes we get so roped up in doing the good deeds, we forget that our deeds are not what will get us into Heaven. God longs for a relationship with us, and for us to share his love with others. I enjoyed this book, I found that it is something that we all need to hear at times, especially around this time of year when it's getting closer to Jesus' birthday we all tend to forget the real reason for the season and get so caught up in the hustle and bustle and entertaining, and the programs and ministries, but we forget to actually spend time thanking God for sending his only son. Look forward to more books by Wayne!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".