This is the first book I personally have ever read concerning the topic of nonresistance, although coming from a family with some Mennonite backgroundThis is the first book I personally have ever read concerning the topic of nonresistance, although coming from a family with some Mennonite background and history, I was already acquainted with and agreed with the general idea behind the belief.
I found this book to be an intriguing and eye opening account of one couple's journey from the military to the full realization of the meaning behind Jesus's words "love your enemies". The author asked questions, wondering how the church and the state became intricately involved together to create the "Just War" theory, and continues examining the church/state role in shaping how the world viewed war and violence throughout history. He also gives many inspiring examples of saints who exemplified the essence of nonresistance. They held fast to their conviction and belief, and that dictated their actions and testimony. As Dean Taylor shares, "It seemed that this doctrine of peace and nonresistance flowed naturally from their general understanding of the faith" (pg. 62).
The most looming issue that I take away from reading this book is the question of whether or not my life shows forth what I claim I believe. I may say that I believe in nonresistance, but do my daily actions confirm that my allegiance lies with the Heavenly Kingdom rather than an earthly one? As has been heard before, if I were to be tried as a Christian would I be found guilty? These are questions that are encouraging me to examine my life in the light of the Word....more
While I enjoyed this book, it was by no means a great work of literature in plot or style. Waiting For Her Isaac is a simple book, with a simple storyWhile I enjoyed this book, it was by no means a great work of literature in plot or style. Waiting For Her Isaac is a simple book, with a simple story that tells of a young girl's path from her childish life to a life filled with the Holy Spirit, as well as the story of her courtship.
While the main character, Beth, is often tempted with un-Christian responses or attitudes, she almost always recognized it and gives the "correct" response. Part of me doesn't have a problem with this, as it provides a exemplary "companion" for the reader to be encouraged onto righteousness from. On the other hand, I feel the book would have had more depth and those triumphs would have been more meaningful had we seen a bit more of Beth's actual struggles, and even failures.
It does seem to be the kind of book that would only be read by those who already are familiar with and probably embrace the ideas of courtship, homeschooling, mission work, and family discipleship.
On the whole, Waiting for Her Isaac is a quick little read that is innocent, sweet, uplifting, and encouraging....more
Life is for Living was a very relaxed walk through the various aspects of a single woman's life, and how it can be fulfilling and abundant through a lLife is for Living was a very relaxed walk through the various aspects of a single woman's life, and how it can be fulfilling and abundant through a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. The author does not gloss over the struggles that will still accompany singleness, but neither does she allow that despair, jealousy, envy, or depression should take precedence in a life that can bring glory and honor to God, no matter what stage or situation the person finds themselves in.
I was pleased with the encouragement that this book had to offer, although some of the points were repeated often and in varying ways. The main thing I came away with was the idea to "live abundantly" for the Lord, in all that I do and to seek out opportunities to live even more abundantly every day.
One of the suggestions the author gave was to keep a journal to write down all of the things you are thankful for. It can just be a line or two a day, and as simple as an appreciative glance or as significant as the help of a friend. I already have a similar journal that was given to me at my graduation, called a "Joy Journal", and I am excited to get back to writing in it! ...more
This little book convicted me in so many ways and in so many areas. I decided to put a sticky note on the "ifs" that were especially meaningful to me,This little book convicted me in so many ways and in so many areas. I decided to put a sticky note on the "ifs" that were especially meaningful to me, so that I can go through later and be reminded.
"If" is a book about true love. Not mushy, gushy, feel-good love, but hard and overwhelming love that brings victory.
Were I to give this book as a gift, I would bundle it together with The Greatest Thing In the World by Henry Drummond. If you want to learn more about love, these two books are a wonderful place to start....more
Although this book appears to have been written for Pastors and Church leaders, it also contained a wealth of spiritual insights that anyone could benAlthough this book appears to have been written for Pastors and Church leaders, it also contained a wealth of spiritual insights that anyone could benefit from. "Why Revival Tarries" emphasizes the utterly vital role of prayer in man's relationship with God. Prayer is an undervalued practice that grows, strengthens, and motivates the Believers, as well as moves and shakes the world.
The author was very fond of using a certain format of sentence to make his points, although the statements made were true. That repetitive sentence structure was the one thing that I found slightly tedious.
I was personally convicted about my prayer life. Just as forming any new habit isn't easy, I know that cultivating a meaningful and powerful prayer life will take time and dedication, but I know that just like everything else in our relationship with God, the effort will be more than worth it. "Why Revival Tarries" is a convicting read that I would recommend to any Christian. ...more
- "Christian knowledge and understanding are grounded in God's revelation in the Bible through the Holy Spirit, who revealed the truth and illuminates- "Christian knowledge and understanding are grounded in God's revelation in the Bible through the Holy Spirit, who revealed the truth and illuminates its meaning." (pg. 179) ...more
Some definite faults that I saw were that Amy seemed independent and headstrong, which are two qualities that don't seem in keeping with a Christian life. She often refused counsel from others, seeing all other opinions as being contrary to what God wanted. On one hand I can see this as being necessary in some cases, however the Bible does advocate the act of seeking advice, wisdom, and counsel from older Christians. Amy was known for taking "unnecessary risks" (pg. 32) (the opposite of the Godly character trait of prudence), she would do things just to prove that others were wrong, and she was extremely controlling. It was her way, or no way.
I am not denying that Amy Carmichael led a life far removed from what anyone then, or now, would attempt, and that she was upheld by the Lord. There were many instances where I was convicted by an inspiring quote or by her ceaseless activity for the Kingdom of God. She refused to waste a single moment of her time. How different from our society today when we beg for a break or mindless activity!
~ "I would rather have two who came in earnest than a hundred who came to play," she said. "We have no time to toy with souls like this. It is not by ceremonial teamaking and flower arranging, not by wool chrysanthemum-making and foreign-sewing learning, but 'by my Spirit' saith the Lord." (pg. 84)
Regina Strahm is an innocent nineteen-year-old girl in tumultuous times. The teachings of the Anabaptists are spreading throughout Switzerland, but thRegina Strahm is an innocent nineteen-year-old girl in tumultuous times. The teachings of the Anabaptists are spreading throughout Switzerland, but the state church is firm in it's attempts to suppress it's spread. Regina doesn't know what to think, and she is kept miserable by seeing Anabaptist prisoners being marched away, by the increasing silence and confusion of her father, and the weekly struggle the pastor has with choosing a passage to read to the church. She doesn't know what to think, but as time goes on her heart begins to yearn for the peace and assurance that the Anabaptists seem to have. It is after she witnesses the public execution of Felix Manz that she truly desires this new way of life for herself. Events then move quickly when she becomes re-baptized (her first baptism having been as an infant), is accused of associating with the Anabaptists, and is placed under arrest herself. Sweet Regina remains firm in her new-found faith, despite the many friends who beg her to remain true to the state church.
Not Regina started out slowly, as the writing is far from spectacular and the complete innocence of Regina was somewhat hard to believe. Her speech and manner seemed to be that of a much younger girl. Later on, however, as the tale went on and I became more drawn into the story it didn't bother me as much.
It was easy to sympathize with her confusion though. I am not a strong thinker myself, and I could easily place myself in that situation and understand that I would have been no more decided than she started out, probably less so. Fear kept her silent for so long, and that too is understandable from a human perspective, but she finally took the step of faith and proclaimed her new allegiance even if it meant imprisonment or death. The peace that she had so long searched for finally came.
It is not a brilliant book, yet it is interesting look at what it meant to truly follow Christ in 1500's and the turmoil that came of it. ...more
Katie was just a teenager when she began loving the beautiful people of Uganda, and started off on her first, short-term trip there. In no time she waKatie was just a teenager when she began loving the beautiful people of Uganda, and started off on her first, short-term trip there. In no time she was captured by how much these people needed to be cared for and loved. She realized that she could do something to help these people. She also realized that she would rather be doing that than anything else. It is not too long after when Katie finally goes to Uganda to live, to adopt children, and to serve God by serving the poor.
Kisses from Katie gives a few stories of the people and her children, but mainly the stories are told to illustrate a spiritual lesson that she was learning at the time. In some ways I really wanted to read more stories of the people and of Katie's work among them, but at the same time Katie's work was driven and directed by her trust in God and it was clear that she did not want to minimize that aspect of it. You cannot separate those two sides of the coin.
Several themes were mentioned again and again, emphasizing points that many Christians tend to forget or overlook. Again, I felt that this was because Katie really wanted to open people's eyes and didn't want to minimize what God can do in hearts, as well as in circumstances.
"Everywhere I looked in the Bible, from the beginning of the Old Testament to the end of Revelation, people who believe in God are supposed to share with the poor. Helping the poor is not something God asks His people to do; it is something that, throughout all generations, He instructs us to do." (pg. 32, Kisses from Katie)
This realization of our call to the poor, as well as a few other topics that are important to Katie (such as trust in God), are discussed several times in a manner that is easy to understand, yet convicting.
I was very excited to start reading this book. It is a story that deeply resonated with many of my longings and fears. Katie often discusses her own fears and shortcomings in the book, and during those times I could completely relate and sympathize. She also shares the circumstances or realizations that helped her through. It is helpful to remember that Katie is very young and she is human. Yes, she makes mistakes in her home, in her ministry, and in her walk with God, like the rest of us.. However, the Lord has certainly blessed Katie and her ministry in many ways.
This story is truly an inspiration, even to those who may never leave their hometown in the USA. Are you fully living a life abandoned to God? Are youThis story is truly an inspiration, even to those who may never leave their hometown in the USA. Are you fully living a life abandoned to God? Are you willing to give up everything and everyone, including yourself, in order to serve Him? Serious food for thought.
Millard Gingrich is a young lad whose life is not that put together. He completely respects his mother, yearns to be close to his father, and knows heMillard Gingrich is a young lad whose life is not that put together. He completely respects his mother, yearns to be close to his father, and knows he needs to be right with God, but in the last two areas he is held back by his father's stand-offish manner. In a moment of weakness and in a small way, despair, he enlists with the military at the start of World War II, only to discover that this very thing is the last thing his mother wished for him. With no way to back out, Millard just sincerely hopes that he will never actually see any action.
When he is sent to the front lines, Millard is forced to see how ugly and pointless war really is. His agonized days are spent carrying out orders, but trying to desperately make sense of it all. One night when he is knocked unconscious from a blast he finally decides to release his life to the Lord. In doing so, he is utterly convicted of the sin of killing any of mankind, and realizes he can no longer fulfill the obligations of his job and wants to go home. Perceiving his difficulty he goes to the camp priest and shares his conviction only to be told that he should sleep it off.
The rest of this true story shares Millard's journey as he waits to travel home to his loved ones in the States, and how he finally found peace, forgiveness, and love for every man, including the Germans and Japanese that he had fought against. It is a testimony of non-resistance, and how God does amazing things for and through those who are obedient to Him.