Pardon me being this late in the game..
During the month of January, I was able to complete the following books:
Killing Jesus by Bill O’Riley and Martin Dugard (Free audio book on the Libby app)
If you enjoy historical information, then you may enjoy this book. The authors present information on other key components and players who were influential in the life and death of Jesus. I was more drawn to the backstory of Herod, Pilate and others. Now I did not read reviews on this book prior to reading it. I like to have an unbiased opinion going into a book. But after a little research I noticed that there were a lot of reviews that did not care for this take on the story of Jesus. Stating things such as whether or not the authors did a thorough research or how they left out key details. Although the title was Killing Jesus, I do feel that it was more about everyone else and their role in the execution of Jesus than the killing of Jesus. I mean that was my takeaway.
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (Free audio book on the Libby app)
I did not care for this book to be honest. The overall message was pleasant. However, getting to the point was a bit tiresome. I think that if I had read it instead of listening to the audio version, I would have enjoyed it a bit more. My original plan was to read Girl, Stop Apologizing. Why? Because the title was catchy. But someone had recommended me to read Girl, Wash Your Face first. Next time I am going to go with my instincts.
Poverty, Riches and Wealth by Kris Vallotton (Amazon paperback $10.29)
Amazing read. What I enjoyed most about this book was that the author does not focus on the money but more about your heart. Poverty, riches and wealth is not just about success that manifest in our lives but the progress we make in our spiritual life. How we steward the time, gifts and talents will pour over into what we do with our hands. Whether it’s money or actions, all that we do should be to the benefit of the kingdom and to glorify God.
Demons: The Answer Book by Lester Sumrall (Amazon Kindle $10.22)
This book was a little tough to get through. I do not know if It was because something did not want me to obtain the information that this book provided or what. It did not read like another book that I read of his entitled The Gifts and Ministries of the Holy Spirit or The Names of God. I do believe knowing what we are up against in the spirit realm is a very important tool. We cannot fight what we do not know. Lester Sumrall does a great job at breaking down the different types of demons or more specifically the dominions in which the enemy tries to dominant us as believers. This leads me into the next book I read.
The Season of Angels: Angelic Assignment During this Prophetic Season (Amazon hardback $13.59)
Just like Lester Sumrall’s book Perry Stone does an amazing job at explaining where our help comes from. God dispatches aid to us as His children when we need it and even before there is a need! Satan may have an army of demons, but God has an even bigger army of angels who in battle is led by the archangel Michael. He also mentions Gabriel and various other angels and what their assignments are. Like I previously stated. It is important to know what we are up against in the spirit realm, but it is just as important to know that we are not alone.
Healing the Soul of a Woman by Joyce Meyer (Amazon Hardback $10.99)
I have read quite a few of Joyce Meyer’s books. This one has to be in my top favorites. Do not let the title fool you. You don’t have to have experienced something traumatic in your life to need healing from. It could be something as simple as someone saying something that hurt your feelings as a child. Something you may have told yourself you were over. Reading this book made me realize that although things happened such as being treated unfairly, taking an offense to what was said, whatever the case maybe we never really get over it. We just store it for a later date and add to the festering dumpster fire within us. God works in us so that He can filter out the garbage and fill us with His truth. And let this be clear. You do not have to be a woman to read the book. Everyone needs to be heal of something. If you haven’t read Healing the Soul of a Woman it is a must!
The Challenging Counterfeit by Raphael Gasson (ThriftBooks $8.98)
This book was interesting. I cannot recall what book I was reading that reference this book, but I can tell you that it was on spiritual gifts. As I have mentioned in an earlier post, I am a dreamer. As a kid I would wonder why I was always left with the sense of déjà vu. It was not until my late twenties that I discovered I operated in the prophetic. Since then I have been interested to know what would have happened had I not discovered that or permit the Holy Spirit to reveal things to me through His word where I would be. The Challenging Counterfeit comes from a former medium. He discusses what it was like to operate under the counterfeit gift of the prophetic as a spiritualist and medium. Diving into the pioneers of spiritualism and supporting the falsehood with personal examples as well as supporting scriptures on why we, as believers, are not to entertain such things. Very informative and I would have liked to see a revised version of this to touch on the times of today. Unfortunately, Raphael Gasson passed away September 2015. His testimony reminds me a great deal of John Ramirez. Look him up on YouTube if you haven’t heard his testimony.
Despite the workload that is headed my way this month with starting my graduate program my reading goal is to read the following books:
Calling and Separation by Bob Yandian (Amazon Kindle $7.99)
Pulling Down Strongholds by Derek Prince (Amazon paperback $5.98)
The Holy Spirit: An Introduction by John Bevere (Amazon paperback $
Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar (Free audio book on the Libby app)
Becoming by Michelle Obama (Free audio book on the Libby app)
When I Was You by Minka Kent (Free provided by Amazon January 2020 First Reads)
The Spirit of Fear: A Spiritual Warfare Suspense Novel by Eric M Hill (Free read provided by Amazon Unlimited)
If you have read any of these books or have suggestions on others ones that are spirit filled, wholesome or is sure to be a good read, please feel free to drop the name and author in the comment section.