Take Hold: “Taking Hold” of all God has for you

51SWNKNxuiL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_“Settling is not your destiny…” With a tag-line like that, how could I not read this book? Having been on my own personal journey of discovering what it means to have the fullness of life Jesus talks about in John 10 the last couple of years, the title of Sharon Jaynes’ latest book grabbed my attention. In it, Sharon invites the reader to tread deeper in faith, to live boldly for Jesus and take hold His promises by letting go of the insecurities, fears, unforgiveness, comparisons and a number of other worldly things that hold His precious children back. Take Hold opened my eyes to a few things I hadn’t considered before and challenged my own perceptions of the events of my own testimony by looking through Sharon’s eyes and her own life experiences. Because of the truth sprinkled throughout this book, I’ve chosen to give God access to those very areas that I’m afraid of and let Him do with them what He will…it is for my own benefit. While not an easy ready (Sharon goes deep), I definitely recommend reading this book. If you’re looking to dig a little deeper and apply these truths to your life, there is a Bible study in the back of the book.
This book was part of a launch team package issued by the publisher.

Book Review: Jesus Swagger: Break Free from Poser Christianity

Let’s be honest. When one hears or reads the term “swagger,” it causes one to pause. At least it did me. When I see the word, I envision someone with an arrogant aura about him and hipster-style clothing. Not that I have anything against hipsters, mind you. Jared Wilson, however, defines swagger as “a person’s style – the way they talk, walk and dress.” He takes it another level deeper: Real or fake. Arrogant or humble. Inclusive or exclusive. All words I’ve heard used to describe today’s Christians.

Wilson and many other authors have explored this topic a lot in recent years. I applaud this group for shedding light on what is so blatantly obvious to those outside the church: poser Christianity. In other words, lukewarm Christians. Talk and walk do not match and they’ve gotten too comfortable with their faith.

I feel that Wilson’s treatment of the topic is adequate, but not quite even. Perhaps in an effort to not come across as sounding too preachy. Overall, it’s an easy read, but be sure to take some time to really grasp what he’s trying to say.

Would I recommend this book? A tentative yes. If you’re looking for a easy-to-read, gentle place to start on this topic, this is the book for you.

This book was provided by the publisher in return for a review.