Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Reason for My Hope - Salvation by Billy Graham

Billy Graham, evangelist and  preacher has probably led more people to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior than anyone else in my lifetime. He is a great story teller as is obvious in this newest book.   

I think it is accurate to call this a Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of salvation told in stories about Billy’s own life, about friends, and stories about Jesus and His saving grace. In the chapter I am a Christian because…, he explains what it means to be a Christian, and the misconceptions many people have about what makes them a Christian.  It is well documented with scripture and with notes at the end of the book. Whether a new Christian or mature believer you will be encouraged  and challenged by this book.

I also highly recommend his previous book Nearing Home for those who are reaching their older years and for younger people who want to learn how to age with grace.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Everyone Belongs to God by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Everyone Belongs to God is a series of letters written by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt to his missionary son-in-law, Richard Wilhelm. The wisdom and guidance in his writings are just as relevant today as they were in 1898.  Although initially some of what he says sounds shocking, he explains his message with scripture and the wisdom of a man with a heart for Jesus Christ. Blumhardt knew that he had a great influence over his son-in-law and felt a responsibility for his guidance. He wrote over a hundred letters to Wilhelm between 1898 and 1914.

I found the book so challenging and encouraging that I plan to go through again and read each chapter as a devotional.  It offers practical spiritual advice encouraging the reader to look where Jesus is already moving and our contributions are to have a quiet influence. 
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