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A refreshing point of view on the modern Church
Reviewed by Bill Stolk on 28 January 2019  (Format reviewed: Paperback)
Mark Sayers is an avid observer of the modern culture and its roots. In this book, he examines recent trends in the Church, how they arose and what they were attempting to address. He looks at movements such as the Church Growth movement of the 80s and 90s, the Emerging Church of the 90s and 2000s, what they had to offer and why they ultimately failed. He looks at the current push for "relevance" and what this really means, and dares to ask the question - do we need to be relevant, or is God calling us to something else? He compares the attitude of the modern church with its postmodern focus on self to Gnosticism, an empty form of spirituality that refuses to submit to any form of authority. He then goes on propose where we should go from here, and comes to a conclusions similar to Rod Dreher in The Benedict Option, suggesting that it may be time for Christians to withdraw from the world, to re-establish our communities and ideals for a time until the world is ready to re-engage with us. Highly recommended reading.
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Made an Impact
Reviewed by Dianne on 21 December 2018  (Format reviewed: Boxed Cards & Packs)
The 5 Panel Tree To Cross card made a significant impact on many I sent the card to. I have had positive correspondence back saying how when family members and friends saw and read the card they were challenged afresh by the tree transformation and its stark message......straight to the heart of what Christmas is really all about.
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This will melt hearts of all ages.
Reviewed by Laurelle on 18 June 2018  (Format reviewed: DVD)
After hearing the song many times, I had no idea at all of the true story behind the song. The movie is not only worth every cent, you will be challenged to think of others, and what their lives are like, as well as your own. You will also forget yourself and be swept up in the lives of others. A great personal motivated film, don't forget to watch the extras and special features supplied for free with the film. You're in for some real treats. Don't forget the tissues.
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Women of the Bible One year devotional study
Reviewed by Joan on 30 October 2017  (Format reviewed: Paperback)
A wonderful book which gives great insight in to the lives of female characters of the bible. Great study book for individuals or group study.Practical help to put bible truths into practice in our lives. Currently using this book to teach young christian women.
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A new book from my favourite author!
Reviewed by Lauren on 20 October 2017  (Format reviewed: Hardcover)
With her remarkable turn of phrase and vivid descriptions, Lynn Austin’s books are very hard to put down. Few authors have the ability to bring history to life as she does. Her characters become friends with whom readers can relate and empathise. As these characters navigate their way through the twists and turns of the story, the reader is challenged and encouraged by the way in which they live out or wrestle with their Christian faith. I was given a digital version of ‘Where We Belong’ to read and review. I must confess, it is the first time I’ve read a complete book on Kindle, and I won’t hurry to do so again. I found it difficult to get lost in the tablet as I do the pages of a book! Inspired by a true story, ‘Where We Belong’ takes readers on a journey through time as two sisters, Rebecca and Flora, take adventures across the globe. It is a story of struggle; resisting pressure from others to conform to expectation and the rules of propriety, and striving to discover God’s purpose in and will for their lives. The story is set in ‘present day’ 1890, and narrates through recollections of the lives of these and other characters. The changing timeframes and vast scope of life experience therein limited the extent to which I felt I knew the characters compared to a dozen other Lynn Austin books I’ve read, and there were some events about which I’d have like to read a lot more. However, I really enjoyed the book. I empathised with the characters, ‘lived’ the ups and downs of their experiences and lost myself in the scenes of their adventures! Having had the opportunity to travel to some of the places the sisters visit, I was transported to another time and place – I could smell the markets of Cairo, and I could taste the desert sand, waking up in a flimsy tent in the middle of nowhere! Lynn Austin is an outstanding author. With her powerful descriptions and personable characters, she takes her readers on a journey. However, my favourite aspect of her writing is the way she weaves scripture and discipleship into the story. ‘Where We Belong’ contains a plethora of food for thought, but the strongest messages are about faith. Flora poses the question, “This is where we belong, isn't it? On the path that leads to serving God? Isn't that the essence of faith - walking forward, trusting what you can't see?" As the book unfolds, the two sisters ‘live out’ their faith as they seek to serve God. The real-life sisters who inspired the novel had a motto which Lynn Austin borrowed, “God knows when the end of our days will be. We have nothing to fear.” In today’s uncertain world, we need to be reminded of and encouraged by that!
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