Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Promise of Provision by Derek Prince

What a wonderful book by the late Derek Prince. This is not one of those "God wants you to get rich" books. This is a practical guide to living your life in an attitude of abundance. It teaches the Biblical principle that you must be giving in order to receive. It also builds your faith to believe that God has already made provision for you and all you have to do is make arrangements to receive it.

Mr. Prince outlines the 5 Principles of Provision and the 5 Conditions for God's Abundance. This is not anything we haven't heard before and the book is heavy on Scripture quotation (which always is a high recommendation for me), but it puts the pieces together in such a way that it just makes practical sense and takes any mystery out of it.

If you want to live an abundant life, this book would be a great resource for you. It will definitely become a permanent resident of my bookshelf.

Bethany House gave me a free copy of this book to review.

The Essential Guide to Healing by Bill Johnson and Randy Clark

This book is both a testimony of the healing ministries of these two authors and a practical guide to help Christians develop a healing ministry in their own lives. Both of these men have been in the Charismatic healing ministry since the 1970s and have seen many miracles.

Especially helpful is their explanation of how the Word of Knowledge operates in their ministries and in other peoples' lives.

Having lived these same decades in which these men have been ministering in a Pentecostal church, I have seen both effectual and ineffectual prayers for healing. Who would not want to learn more so that they could see these marvelous healings these gentlemen describe? I have seen some but not nearly as many as I would like to. I want to dig deeper and this book is a great guide for that pursuit.

Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book to review. Thank you, Bethany House! It is worth its weight in gold.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Ultimate Prescription by Dr. James L. Marcum, MD

I found this book very interesting. In fact, I read it straight through cover to cover in one day which is unusual for me to do with a non-fiction book.

Dr. Marcum took the Genesis account of creation and paralleled it to God’s plan for our health, essentially the idea that the Bible is our “Owner’s Manual.” He stressed the need for enough clean air in our environment and enough pure water in our systems. He also pointed out some of the problems with current products on the market such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, scents, cleaning products, processed food products, etc. Basically he is advocating a vegan lifestyle. I am not sure I agree with him 100% that meat, poultry, fish and milk products were not intended for human consumption because after all, Jesus and his disciples ate fish and the Old Testament is full of instructions about how to prepare meat to eat. But for the most part, I found all the information in this book very helpful and it has given me some incentive to change some of my lifestyle habits. I recommend this book to everyone to read because there is some information here that we don’t find anywhere else.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale to review.