Book Review: Dreaming the Dream: 8 Inspirational Stories of Love, Faith, and Dreams by Multiple Authors

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Book Review: Dreaming the Dream: 8 Inspirational Stories of Love, Faith, and Dreams by Multiple Authors
Written by Felicia McKnight
7/6/2016

Dreaming the Dream is a collection of 8 Inspirational stories by 8 different authors on their journey to accomplishing their dreams. Each author has a different message of hope, encouragement and a testimony of their journey to accomplishing their dreams.

Author, Shawneya Ellis, reminds readers that negative thoughts can kill our dreams. We have to have faith in God’s word to detoxify the negative thoughts that hinder us from pursuing our dreams.

Author, Romella Vaughn, encourages readers to trust God and wait on instruction from Him concerning the assignments He has for us. Waiting is a time for self-evaluation and spiritual and emotional healing. As we wait God will guide us every step of the way along our journey.

Author, Kishma George, shared her testimony of how God protected her in the area of relationships, so she could fulfill her God given destiny. She did not let her desire for marriage get in the way or put her dreams on hold. Kishma pursued her dreams as a single woman and continues to have faith that God will still bless her with her mate.

Author, Pippa Ashley, encourages those looking and hoping for love that we will indeed find it.

Author, Dr. Yomi Garnett, shares how to never stop dreaming and encourages readers not to let past mistakes, mishaps, hurts, and failures hinder you from your future. He encourages us to turn our negatives into a positive.

Author, Rodney Davis, speaks on the barren womb which is a place of failure, unfruitfulness, setbacks and hopelessness. He shares what He learned from his own place of barrenness. Barren womb dreams are the opportunity for us to operate in perseverance faith. We are to remain in a place of faith that no matter the circumstances dreams will come to pass.

Author, Tammy Collins Markee, gives us hope that there is a fire power dreamer in each of us. We have to remain positive and speak life to our dreams. We have to surround ourselves with individuals who will affirm us and encourage us along our journey.

Author, Trina Bowers, teaches us how loyalty brings promotion. Loyalty is standing with others through adversity and trials trusting by faith God will bring you out. It’s learning to stick things out in businesses and relationships. It is trusting that God is faithful. Trina uses the life of David and Ruth to show readers how we can be ushered into our destiny and God’s promises by remaining loyal.

These are some of the words of wisdom I took away as I read each chapter. Regardless of where you are in pursuing your dreams there is a word for you in this book. If you are in the initiating or planning phase, the phase where hope seems loss, the waiting phase, or the phase where things didn’t work out then a word of encouragement awaits you in the book. You may order a copy of the book on Amazon.com in paperback or kindle.

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Book Review: Prayer Warrior: The Power of Praying Your Way to Victory by Stormie Omartian

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Book Review: Prayer Warrior: The Power of Praying Your Way to Victory by Stormie Omartian
Written by Felicia McKnight
6/1/16


“When you understand your authority in prayer, you will go from simply having a prayer life to enjoying a dynamic and exciting life of prayer. And that is always a good thing.”
– Stormie Omartian

This phenomenal book on prayer reminds us that there is a spiritual war going on amongst all of God’s children. It is a war between good and evil. This book instructs on how to wage war as a part of God’s army. This book is not one that shows you how to pray for material things, but how to purposely pray with strength, boldness, and according to God’s word your way to victory on behalf of yourself and others.

In this book we are reminded that God is our Commander. Stormie uses military examples to paint the picture of this. We have to know who God is and be able to decipher God’s voice from the enemy’s voice. God desires a relationship with us and we establish this through continuous prayer and the reading of His word. The more of God’s word that we know the more we can decipher His voice from the enemy’s voice. We are reminded that the enemy is the father of lies. Every step of disobedience to God puts us more in collusion with the enemy. As God’s army we win wars by staying close to God and His word and seeking to be led by the Holy Spirit.

In this book we are also encouraged to be certain of our authority in prayer. Through our salvation we have authority as prayer warriors. Through Jesus death on the cross and through our salvation Jesus transferred authority to us. Therefore this makes us a part of God’s kingdom and not the enemy’s kingdom. We have the Holy Spirit in us to pray God’s will. Through all of this God has called each of us to be intercessors by standing in the gap to intercept the enemy’s plans for our lives and the lives of others.

We have to follow God’s commands to resist the enemy. “ Our prayers will be more powerful and unhindered when we are in top condition physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.” (page 76) Just as someone in the military conditions themselves for battle we condition ourselves by:
• Spending time with God in prayer.
• Live in a way that pleases God.
• Get rid of anything in your life that is not glorifying God.
• Refuse to be prideful.
• Fulfill God’s command to love others.
• Don’t be careless with your body.
• Separate yourself from the ungodly.
• Don’t dwell on what you are not.
• Walk in a way that produces fruit of the spirit.
• Be renewed in the mind.
• Be forgiving.
• Watch what you say.

Finally we are to become skilled in our spiritual weapons. God has equipped us with the spiritual weapons outlined in Ephesians 6 to fight against the enemy. The more we train and practice in our knowledge and retention of God’s word, the more our faith develops and the stronger our faith will be. We have to pray, read God’ s word and stand in faith in spiritual battles.

Ultimately God wants us to place Him first in our lives by making Him a priority and separating ourselves from sin, worldliness, and pride. He desires for us to have a complete dependence on Him.

These are some of the key points that I took away from this book. There was a wealth of knowledge here to guide us all to have victorious lives as prayer warriors. There are valuable principles that destroy yokes and bondages by bringing forth healing, breakthrough and victory in our lives and the lives of those we pray for.

If you are looking to take your prayer life to the next level and grow spiritually while doing so, then I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book. Stormie also provides several powerful prayers at the end of the book regarding various subjects that believers deal with on a daily basis.

Book Review: Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story by Angie Smith

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Book Review: Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story by Angie Smith
Written by Felicia McKnight
4/27/2016

In the Fall I had the pleasure of taking a 7 week small group study on the book, “Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story” by Angie Smith. When I first purchased the book I was trying to figure out how we would accomplish discussing the entire Bible in 7 weeks without having to read all day and all night. Well I am here to say we did. This was a phenomenal study that captured the Bible chronologically from beginning to end.

The study takes you on a glance of the Bible in a chronological format. It points out key stories and characters from each chapter that ties together God’s love story of redemptive history for all of us. I appreciated how she took the time to utilize various symbols to help put in better perspective what the biblical chapter meant to God’s story.

Some of the things Angie pointed out in this story I may not have gotten on my own. If you have ever gotten to that long passages of names and lineages in the Bible chances are we have in common that you breezed right past them as it may have gotten a tad boring to read. However, in this study Angie was able to point out the meaning of some of these pages that caused other areas of the Bible to come to life for me. She focuses on a lot of the details that we tend to overlook when we read our Bible.

This bible study is listed for beginners in the Christian Faith, however I believe it is ideal no matter where you are in your walk with Christ. This is for someone who has never read the Bible from beginning to end. This is for someone who struggles to understand certain things like the meaning of the geographic regions, lineages, and tribe names. Once I made it through this study it enhanced my understanding of various biblical stories.

If you are looking to gain more in depth knowledge of the Bible in a short period of time this is the book for you. Be blessed and encouraged.

Book Review: Kingdom Woman by Tony Evans and Chrystal Evans Hurst

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Book Review: Kingdom Woman by Tony Evans and Chrystal Evans Hurst
Written by Felicia McKnight
12/17/14

I had been in a plateau in my spiritual life. I felt like I was at a dry place and needed a personal study to help give me a spiritual jump start. I was in a place of feeling like I was pouring more out to others spiritually than I was pouring into me. I had been searching for something and finally decided to pick up the book “Kingdom Woman” by Pastor Tony Evans and his daughter, Chrystal Evans Hurst. The book was very engaging and enlightening. I made it through the first four chapters and felt like I was in information overload and that I read too fast. There was so much spiritual wisdom that I decided to start over and read the book slow as a daily devotional. I was able to take notes and ponder on key points that ministered to my soul.

“Kingdom Woman” was a book specifically designed with me in mind. Reading this book was an enlightening reading experience that gave me biblical principles on being a better woman of God by surrendering to His will and allowing Him to dictate every area of my life. It showed me how to be a better woman, mother, wife (someday), prayer warrior, and disciple. It gave me biblical principles in all of these areas. Some I was able to put a check mark next to and some reminded me of the areas of my life that need improvement. What I appreciated most is each chapter was aligned with a Women in the Bible or an applicable biblical story that applied to the principal being taught.

Who is a Kingdom Woman?
A Kingdom Woman is a woman who positions herself under God’s authority, His Lordship, and allows Him to be master and ruler over every area of her life. She operates according to the rules set forth by God in His Holy Word. The Kingdom Woman is a powerful being and a spiritual force to be reckoned with. She is a highly influential being. She knows who she is according to the word of God and she knows her worth and value. She is a direct reflection of God’s image. The Kingdom Woman was placed on earth with a purpose which is to glorify God in all that she does by promoting the Kingdom of God in her own life and in the life of others. The Kingdom Woman is a woman of value, hope, excellence, and commitment.

A Kingdom Woman is truly a beautiful woman in spirit and everyone in her circle recognizes it. She is valuable to them as a nurturer, advisor, comforter, and encourager. She is inspirational to them. The Kingdom Woman is strong, intelligent, capable, giving, resourceful, efficient, and spiritual minded. She is a woman who operates as she was created to be which is in the image and the likeness of God.

What sets a Kingdom Woman apart from other women is her fear of God. She trusts God completely and surrenders every area of her life to Him. She trusts in God and keeps her eyes gazed on Him regardless of the circumstances. She knows that Jesus already established victory for her life at the cross. She is a woman who allows God to transform her by getting to the root of her issues and changing her completely.

A Kingdom Woman is special and unique. She is called o a higher standard than what the world has set. She choses to live by God’s standards. She doesn’t dwell on the past and knows how to press on and focus on what lies ahead. She keeps her eyes on her destiny and the direction she is headed.

A Kingdom Woman is a woman of faith. She knows that if she stands on God’s word and believes by faith that her prayer can change circumstances in her life, her family life, in the lives of those she impacts. She is a praying woman not just when she needs God, but prayer is a way of life for her.

A Kingdom Woman is a committed woman to her family. She knows the priorities God has set for her marriage and her children. She is a committed woman in her church. She has no problem mentoring younger women and serving in her community. A kingdom woman is a woman who allows God to use her to make an impact in the lives of others. The kingdom Woman is a woman of faith and of purpose.

This book is one I encourage every woman to read regardless of the season of life you are in. Read it so that we can all blossom, shine, and grow to be the Kingdom Woman God created us all to be. As I read this book I realize there are so many phenomenal attributes of a Kingdom Woman. She seems perfect, however, “A Kingdom Woman is not a perfect woman. She is a forgiven woman who has been loved by the Master despite her past, her weaknesses, or her struggles.” (Chrystal Evans Hurst, pg 192) We will never be perfect on this side of heaven and that’s OK. Imperfection is why we need Jesus on a daily basis. The ultimate take away from this book is as long as we live a yielded and surrendered life, then God can mold us and refine us in the areas we need work on, so that we can be all that He created us to be.

Be Blessed and Encouraged!

P.S. Men, I don’t want you to feel left out. Tony Evans has written a book specifically for you called “Kingdom Man”.

PRAYER
Heavenly Father, give us the wisdom, knowledge, and the strength to be obedient to You so that we can be the kingdom men and women you have called us to be. Order our steps to your word daily and help us to take time out each day to communicate with you in prayer. Give us the strength to live surrendered lives to you and allow you to completely be our Lord and Master of our lives. Continue to mold us and shape us so that each day we are conforming more into your image and your likeness. In Jesus Name. Amen