Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Consider Your 100 Day Prayer

Your100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God by John I. Snyder

Author John Snyder’s book is designed to help the Christian reader commit to a structured journey of prayer. The season is to last 100 days and the goal is to move beyond self-reliance and into a deeper, trusting relationship with God. Day by day, page by page Dr Snyder provides a scripture based program that isn’t “… overly involved or impossible to sustain – only a few minutes of prayer every day. It’s striving more for consistency than length of time in prayer.” There is room for journaling.

“For everyone who asks; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be open” (Matt. 7:7-8). Apparently, this sustained, stubborn, never-give-up spirit of prayer is not so much to persuade God to give us what we want but, rather, to transform us in the process.” The theme of the book is to show the Christian how to make prayer a daily part of life, how to regularly share thoughts and desires, yet always ending with “Your will be done.”

Dr. John Snyder is a pastor, author, and conference speaker. He has taught New Testament Studies at New College Berkeley, California, and has pastured and planted churches in California, New York, and Switzerland. He received his Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Theology from the University of Basel, Switzerland. He is the founder of, an online faith community discussing God, church, religion, and everything in between. Currently, John is organizing church planting in Europe with his wife, Shirin, and two daughters, Sarah and Stephanie.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

There is Wisdom in Reading This Book!

“Finally, and most important, the Bible contains a most wonderful promise from God: ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be give to him.” (James 1:5 NKJV) Author quote, page 11.

Mark DeMoss spends his life seeking God’s wisdom, he prays for wisdom in handling his relationships, to manage and advise his business clients, to make him a better husband and father. Before meetings he silently asks for God’s help. The author is a “student of the greatest wisdom textbook of all time, the Old Testament book of Proverbs….” This is a revised edition, the first was written in 2007, and Mr. DeMoss has updated the statistics, numerous illustrations, and some details. Looking back he acknowledges the same principles that prepare us for “skill in living” both personally and professionally have not changed.

Gaining wisdom is remarkably simple and the prescription is easy to digest … “read a Proverb everyday, listen more than you speak, write more letters, tell the truth always.” Chapter headings make simple work of dipping into the helpful book again and again. Need advice on “finding and keeping your focus in life” then read chapter two. Worried about money? Read: “money isn’t everything, good people are.” Thinking about what you have to be grateful? There’s a chapter on “appreciating how you got where you are.” Looking for a good book? Read Proverbs … “wisdom for every aspect in your life, in one short book.” And before it’s too late: “Take steps now to avoid regrets later in life.

Finally, the “wisest decision anyone can make … answering the “and then what” question based on the passage from Mark chapter eight: What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul.” The ultimate answer is the decision each of us will make … “is whether or not to hand over your life to God, through his Son, Jesus Christ. Or accept the alternative….

Mark DeMoss is president of the DeMoss Group, a public relations firm he founded in 1991 specifically to serve Christian organizations and causes. Mark wrote this book to thank his father and to prepare his own children for life in the same way his father prepared him.

Thank you Mark for giving us this well-written, thought-provoking book that is a pleasure to read.

This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes, the comments and thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Book of Man by W J. Bennett - A Book Review

Boys need heroes if they are to become good men … they need to know about men who have lived good and noble lives; working, staying sober, keeping their word, not taking advantage of women, and supporting their children. New York Times Best-Selling author William J. Bennett has written a big book of inspiration detailing the lives of men (both ancient and modern) who are worth knowing. And why they matter.

This is an important book, one that I highly recommend to parents, grandparents, family members, and teachers and to those of us in the community who care about what we are teaching our young men. Selections are taken from literature and history; men at work and at play; men whom the author admires … imperfect men who nonetheless have lived admirable lives.

Keep this book handy, read it often, and share the words within whenever possible. The Book of Man goes on my list of the top ten books I have read recently. Thank you Mr. Bennett.

Note: A copy of this book was provided to me for review, the thoughts contained here are my own.