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 love the TV series, and actually did enjoy this book, I would probably not recommend it to friends because of a certain chapter that gave WAYWhile I love the TV series, and actually did enjoy this book, I would probably not recommend it to friends because of a certain chapter that gave WAY to much description. No matter how true the event is, there are some mental pictures I just do not need!
That being said, there were many fascinating stories. One of my favorites was the second to last story about the woman who had a very premature baby, and the struggles they faced before, during, and after delivery. Fans of the TV series...it was so much more amazing and miraculous in the book! I did find that the book gives a fascinating look at life in London during the 50's, and the changes that took place during that time to alter the dynamics of a community.
If you do decide to read this book (and I recommend reading it, NOT listening to it), please be extremely cautious going into it....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
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.
Part of me is still not quite sure what to make of this book, and it is extremely difficult to put into words! Almost all of what the author had to saPart of me is still not quite sure what to make of this book, and it is extremely difficult to put into words! Almost all of what the author had to say made such crystal clear sense that it seemed like it should all be principals that are set in stone, but some part of me was and is still hesitant to completely take to heart the message of this book. I still gave it four stars because I do think it is a good book. As I said before, it's hard to really write what I feel about this!...more