“Saints, Becoming More Than Christians,” by Addison Bevere.

“We were made for glory,” Addison Bevere wrote in“Saints, Becoming more than ‘Christians.’” Bevere has written a thought-provoking message, and convicting call to action. What does “we were made for glory” mean, and how do readers live their everyday lives with this goal in mind? These questions, and more, are answered in this amazing and inspired book about what it means to be a “Saint” …what it means to be a “Christian.” “There’s a crater in our being, an impression left by the breath of God,” Bevere wrote.

This book will challenge readers to redefine what Sainthood and Christianity mean to the everyday life of someone who chooses to follow Jesus. Bevere writes with wisdom, knowledge, and poetic insights, able to cut through the confusing messages steaming through our modern day media. “Tragically and ironically, the self-centered love of this world makes the self hopelessly small,” Bevere wrote. Every generation will take away incredible notes from this book. “Saints” will help readers decipher who they really are, and pull away from the false sense of self many of us naively, and sometimes even knowingly, embrace every day. 

Bevere’s honest and straightforward style of writing coupled with his poetic gift to connect sound doctrine to everyday life allows the message of “Saints” to stick. “Humility leads us into the expansive life because it keeps us from stopping at partial truths and leads us to whole truths,” Bevere wrote. Long after readers put this book down, the overarching message will remain. We live to bring glory to God. I highly recommend this book. Whether a Christian or not, it will clarify the terminology we use today when referring to faith, with solid truth and convicting witness. 

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“Always We Begin Again,” by Leeana Tankersey

“Always We Begin Again,” by Leeana Tankersley

“When we refuse to validate our struggles, we we are not only hurting ourselves, we are also drowning in a void.” Leeana Tankersley, “Always We Begin Again.”

This 100 day devotional book is a cure to an a soul aching for truth in a season of suffering or just the everyday grind of life. Nothing soothes a worn out soul like the balm of God’s Truth. Rich with well-spoken words from Tankersley, these brief passages of encouragement are just enough to add encouragement to anyone’s daily life. 

Life is messy, and this devotional is different from others in it’s honest approach to just how difficult it can be to hold onto God’s truth when life gets uber messy and difficult. “Amends is not just words;” Tankersley writes, “it’s engaging in restorative actions whenever possible.” A daily devotion like this one does just that. 

This daily dose of wisdom and encouragement is easy and captivating to read. Tankersley does  a great job at weaving the Truth of Scripture into daily circumstances. She doesn’t water down Biblical truth, which I appreciated, but rather challenges us to dig a little deeper. At the end of each devotion, there is a prompt for the reader to complete, in order to further cement the truth God is speaking into them. 

I highly recommend this book, especially for those feeling overwhelmed by some unfair circumstances, or overcome by the trail of their own mistakes. Each passage will help readers find new hope. “The ability to hope,” writes Tankersley, “comes from the idea that what we believe is the end may only be the beginning.”

(I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)

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“Finding Beautiful,” by Rebecca Friedlander

“If we could catch one glimpse of how amazing we are in His eyes, we would never struggle with self-confidence again.” Rebecca Friedlander, “Finding Beautiful”

“Finding Beautiful” is a wonderful trek through twelve different lives, strung together by one common truth: the beauty of Christ’s love. Friedlander’s creativity is impressive and inspiring. The lesson for her reader’s is to embrace who they are in Christ, and each story highlights a specific characteristic of what makes every person beautiful. Readers will be inspired by Friedlander’s obedience and courage to use the gifts God has given her to follow Him one faithful step at a time. 

Each chapter of this book begins with a woman’s story. The twelve women she chose to spotlight each carry a heavy story attached to a powerful lesson of God’s love. With each account the author gives readers a sneak peak into the before and after photo shoots, part of the documentary which inspired this book. Friedlander then adds her story, followed by “God’s Story,” a section highlighting a passage(s) of Scripture. The “True Beauty Tip” at the end of each chapter challenges us to look at beauty from a greater perspective …that of our Creator. “Questions for Reflection” finish each of the twelve accounts, challenging readers to apply the stories of the women, the author, and Scripture to their own lives and current soul states. 

I highly recommend this book. Personally, its easy for me to get caught up in the challenges of my everyday life, which sometimes attempt to stomp out opportunities to follow God into uncharted waters and to the fulfillment of big dreams and plans He has for my life. These pages were a loving reminder to let go of my task list and expectations, and let Him work through my life. To simply be who He has made us to be, content in the beauty He’s blessed each life with, is a wonderful gift. 

“Even in the midst of chaos beyond our control, Christ calmly stands in the middle of the waves, unmoved by the drama.” Rebecca Friedlander, “Finding Beautiful”

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“The Next Right Thing,” by Emily Freeman

“We make better decisions by making decisions, not by thinking about making decisions.” Emily P. Freeman, “The Next Right Thing.”

This book will cause readers to fall in love with author, and the position from which she meets readers to encourage us all as we swim though the ever-nagging doubt of each day’s decisions. From beginning to end, Freeman’s passion to help us break chains of indecision shine through her spectacular way of talking to her readers. Her prose feels like talking to a friend on a breezy summer day at the beach, in full confidentiality with a life-long friend. She is easy to relate to and kind with her convictions. “God is less interested in where we end up,” Freeman writes, “than he is in who we are becoming.”

Though the book is lengthy, with 24 chapters and closing in on 250 pages, it is an easy read that flows gracefully from chapter to chapter. Each starts with a quote that is more than just inspirational, but rather gut-checking, and ends with two sections to help us remember the lessons at hand: “A Prayer,” and “A Practice.” Praying specifically is very powerful, and putting what we absorb into immediate practice cements the shifted perspective readers gain from these pages. 

I highly recommend this book to those who struggle with making decisions, carry regret from ones previously made, or fear what they cannot see in the future. “Our choices shape our lives,” Freeman writes, “and they shape us. But we remain in God’s hand no matter what.” 

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“The Path of a Peacemaker,” by P. Brian Noble

“Humility requires a Christ-based attitude, not a cultural-based attitude.” P. Brian Noble, “The Path of a Peacemaker.”

In “The Path of a Peacemaker,” Noble meets his readers in an inevitable place we often find ourselves in …tension. With practical perspective and Biblical knowledge, he tackles a topic we all deal with in our daily lives. “Tension,” Noble writes, “can pull us away from the things that matter or push us toward those very things.” Throughout the book, readers are challenged to consider the stories of others. The entire book introduces a shift and broadening of our perspective on peace. Readers are challenged to consider the call to be peacekeepers, what that means and delve deeper into understanding the character of our great God who loves us and issues that call. 

Over twenty chapters are divided into six sections packed with Biblically sound and life-applicable instruction on how to seek peace with others. Humility and forgiveness are woven into Gospel truths in an approachable, yet convicting, way. We all wish to be peace keepers, and most of us feel warranted to withhold peace in places and with people in our lives. But Christ challenges us to love above all else. How do we accomplish peace, His way, with borders and boundaries in our lives? “The Path of a Peacemaker” helps us to see how to be at peace with everyone to the best of our ability, while still guarding our hearts. 

This book challenged me in my personal life and relationships, and in the way I lead and teach others. I found this advice to be relevant in my journey as a parent of two approaching the teen years, as well. It’s a quick read but one worth referencing again and again. I highly recommend it to readers in all walks of life, seeking more peace in life.

“How amazing when a relationship that was once lost is ultimately found.” -P. Brian Noble, “The Path of a Peacemaker.”

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