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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collector's Item Still Filled With Valuable Inisght, July 21, 2009
There are two benefits included in this book: the historical collector's feature and the rich spiritual insights in the writing. These are notes D. L. Moody made in his Bible and their relevancy is very much still applicable. I found perspectives here that I have not read anywhere else.

Moody connects various Scriptures together holistically, showing the relationship one has to the other. At times he juxtaposed contrasts such as: "If we are quiet, we shall hear. (Eccl. 9:17). If we hear, we shall be quiet (Prov. 1:33)" on page 191. And on page 72, "Fear should lead to faith. Faith should put away fear."

In commenting on Psalm 4:7 he says, "The believer's heart is God's storehouse" (p. 65). This book is filled with commentary to add to your heart's storehouse. It will enhance the richness of your life.

Faith Can Change Your World
Faith Can Change Your World
by Lester Frank Sumrall
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book!, July 19, 2009
This is a powerful faith-building book. Dr. Sumrall lived what he taught, starting at an early age. "There are truths that only God can make real," he writes on page 73. He reminds us that the Bible teaches God's people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6) and his prayer is that the faith imparted to him will be built upon by the readers of this book. Dr.Sumrall was an international spiritual adventurer. He saw marvelous manifestations in answer to his faith-filled prayers.

He reminds us that "faith is a growing thing" on page 27. Each Christian is given a measure of faith, but what each individual does with it is a choice. Faith is meant to be used. It is a resource that must be excised to be useful. The book of James is an action book that explains how faith is mixed with works for desired results.

Faith is not to be an isolated or occasional experience, but a lifestyle. It is an attitude, a way of staying connected to God for the supernatural. Faith taps your spiritual senses; seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling. Faith brings the spiritual world into the physical for effective outcomes.

Issues and Trends in Literacy Education (4th Edition)
Issues and Trends in Literacy Education (4th Edition)
by Michael C. McKenna
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Discussion of Current Issues For Literacy Educators, July 1, 2009
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Now in its fourth edition, this collection presents various perspectives of the current issues and trends faced by literacy educators. Both editors have excellent credentials in the field as described in the biogrpahical overview. The comments they make at the beginning of each chapter help establish context for the contributions that follow. In the preface they point out, "in many literacy areas, either because of recent research or relevant classroom experiences, instructional strategies that were once considered appropriate are now being challenged by new ideas and pedagogy.

Chapter nine, which covers writing is particularly pertinent. It's noted that "reading and writing are now viewed not as opposite processes, but as complimentary activities (p. 278). Michael T. Moore traces the history of the teaching of writing. He knowledges that he entered the field with not much precedence to follow, consequently he helped establish a pattern that others would later follow.

Chapter six talks about the balance between public accountability and assessment driven instruction. The complexity of this issue is handled diplomatically. Chapter seven, literacy coaching, addresses another emerging field. The contributors in this chapter are carving a niche and describing what they're doing in their pioneering roles. This book fills a gap in the literature from authoritative sources. It is a good addition to the library of anyone in the field of literacy education or any related arena.

Law of Connection: The Science of Using NLP to Create Ideal Personal and Professional Relationships
Law of Connection: The Science of Using NLP to Create Ideal Personal and Professional Relationships
by Michael J. Losier
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective Communication Tips, June 20, 2009
Knowing which of four communication styles a person has enables you to connect more effectively with them. Losier lists those four as: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and digital. A visual communicator tends to use his "mind's eye" to comprehend messages. An auditory person focuses on sounds. A kinesthetic communicator is relationship oriented, while a digital person uses a logical approach in decoding messages.

Losier says although your style may be different from people with whom you interact, if you're aware of how they process information, you can adapt to the way they're most likely to receive your message. His advice sounds solid and he discusses both personal and professional contexts.

My concern was that he did not cite any sources or explain where his four categories originate. I would like to have seen where his work was based. Did he come up with the categories out of thin are? Observation? From someone's academic study? Overall his tips seem to be helpful in helping people connect with each other.

Your Harvest Beyond Limits: Receiving God's Best
Your Harvest Beyond Limits: Receiving God's Best
by Rod Parsley
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Encouraging Book, June 4, 2009
A life without faith is the recipe for for absolute boredom, Rod Parsley tells us on page 35 of this inspiring book. On the previous page he reminds us of the Scripture, "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also" (James 2:26). Parsley tells you how to exercise your faith.

Setting the right enviroment for faith to grow is the prerequisite. He encourages you to listen to His Word preached, hear songs about His Word, and speak the Word to yourself regularly. All these are means of creating the atmosphere for faith to increase. In addition to faith, Parsley covers two more powerful forces, hope and love.

He notes, " is the fullest expression of the nature of God" (p. 12). Pastor Parsley writes, "hope is always in the future tense. Hope is the conviction that something shall happen, that it shall come to pass" (p. 53). Another insightful comment on hope as it is linked to faith in action is, "Hope literally shows faith where to go and what to do and then turns it loose to accomplish its purpose" (p. 54).

Although this book isn't thick, it is filled with meaty spiritual food. There is good depth here for mature believers seeking to be wiser stewards who grow in their relationship to God. Reading this book is time well spent.
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Prayer on Fire: What Happens When the Holy Spirit Ignites Your Prayers
Prayer on Fire: What Happens When the Holy Spirit Ignites Your Prayers
by Fred A. Hartley
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fuels Your Passion for Jesus Christ, May 27, 2009
"Without the conspicuous presence of God, we will never be able to function the way He intended," writes Fred A. Hartley III. Prayer is the means by which we connect with God, leave our agenda and small thinking, and grasp realities otherwise unattainable. Fire is a prevalent word in this study. Holy Ghost fire ignites our passion for God. Hartley notes, "The Holy Spirit's role in each of us is to lead us to encounter daily the manifest presence of God. To state it another way, the Holy Spirit brings fire."

The superficial thinking of materialists is dealt a blow. The author observes, "Naturalism refuses to consider, honestly and objectively, the invisible, unseen spiritual realities around us." Clearly anyone thinking what is materially experienced is all there is is indeed naive.

We're reminded that without faith it is impossible to please God. Then he adds that it is faith that takes us from the natural to the supernatural realm. He encourages us to connect with God for things humanly impossible. He writes, "The good news is that Jesus is very good at getting God's people to become true supernaturalists. After all, He isn't called the 'author and finisher of our faith' for nothing."

Another insight on faith that he makes is that it is not self-induced, but is a gift from God in response to hearing His Word. "God is constantly at work around us, and He will invite you to join Him in His activity. All we need to do is learn to listen to His voice with an inclination to obey."
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Believe That You Can: Moving with tenacity toward the dream God has given you
Believe That You Can: Moving with tenacity toward the dream God has given you
by Jentezen Franklin
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed With Excellent Material!, May 14, 2009
If you're here on Earth, God has a plan for you is the conclusion Jentezen Franklin draws in this book on tapping into your God-given dream. He says not all dreams are of God, your responsibility is to discover what God's dream for your life is and to pursue it passionately. A distinction is made between mere dreamers and those who create reality from their dreams. He writes, "The question is not can you dream, but do you have the courage to act on it?" (p. 3).

On page 119, he explains a familiar passage from the Bible with fresh insight. Second Timothy 4:2 talks about being instant in season and out of season. He says the Greek word for season in that Scripture is "eukairos" which has to do with "opportunity", therefore it is talking about being prepared when opportunity presents itself. He goes on to summarize it in a creative way; "When a God-given opportunity comes along, it is God's gift to you. What you do with that opportunity is your gift to God" (p. 126).

He strongly encourages you to be a risk taker. People who live in the safe zone never make a significant difference. Growth only occurs when risks are involved. Stretching beyond one's comfort zone means giving effort mediocre people overlook. "When you give extra effort, it always opens doors. And when God opens the door, don't be intimidated" (p. 144).

My copy of this wonderful book is filled with underlining and marginal comments. It is a book for doers. It will fuel your fire to have something to show for your life.

Life's Challenges, Your Opportunities: God Has Given You A Promise.You've Come I
Life's Challenges, Your Opportunities: God Has Given You A Promise.You've Come I
by John Hagee
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Spiritual Food, May 5, 2009
"Every problem you face has a purpose. Problems have made you what you are," writes John Hagee on page 23 of this book that could only come from the life of one who has struggled and overcome life and death challenges. Pastor Hagee helps you process difficulties by making sense of them and understanding that they do not arbitarily occur. "Generals are not made by dress parades and marching bands. They are made by combat" (p. 44). Sooner or later the unexpected is going to occur. Preparing one's self mentally and spiritually for castrophe is wiser than letting it strike with not preparation. This book is a tool in preparing for the challenges everyone will face. While they differ for each individual, the principles taught here apply to all.

Worry is described as "a rodent" that "robs the mind of its creative powers" on page 48. The solution is to seek God. "It is only in forgetting ourselves that we can draw near to Him" (p. 49). He goes on to explain that God supples provision, not man and He shares His glory with no man (p. 66). We warned on page 87 "Self-pity is poison." Discipline is the mindset that is absolutely necessary to rise above such mentally defeating strongholds.

"You are making a faith deposit into your spiritual faith bank every time He takes you through a problem" Paster Hagee writes (p. 137). When victories from the past are recalled, it helps activate faith for new challenges. Being productive in a season of difficult isn't easy, but a mark of maturity. "It's God's will for you to achieve excellence, even while you are in the middle of the problem" (pp. 160-161). Excellent work leads to satisfaction, fulfillment, and a way of life. This book is packed with powerful advice that will help you reach your God-given destiny.

Knowing God by His Names (A 31-Day Experiment)
Knowing God by His Names (A 31-Day Experiment)

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative Reading, April 13, 2009
"To walk with the Lord Almighty is the greatest adventure" writes Dick Purnell on page 87 and this book is designed to help you do so. He calls for a 31 day experiment whereby you focus on a different Name of God each day. It can be done individually or as a group. He recommends the latter.

As you focus in the manner he suggests, "you will find yourself on an adventure into the supernatural ways of the Most High God" (p. 9). The way the process works is like a devotional. A Scripture is given for each day and a metitation to go along with it. For example, Day 3 the Key Verse is Exodus 3:14 "God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites:' IAM has sent me to you.'" And the Name of God for that day is Lord (Jehovah). An application section concludes each day's devotional.

This is a good book for accomplishing its purpose. I give it my higest recommendation.

A New Literacies Sampler (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies)
A New Literacies Sampler (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies)
by Colin Lankshear
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Information on Emerging Technologies, March 17, 2009
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I was intrigued with the fact that scholars are using blogging as a form of networking and comparing data as they are involved in the process of exploring various subjects. That's just one of the many surprises found in this sampling of new literacies. In chapter 8, Julia Davies and Guy Merchant use an autoethnographic approach to investigating how they and other scholars use blogging to further their careers.

Angela Thomas (chapter 7) discusses how adolescents use fan fiction to creatively express themselves by building upon already existing bodies of work. The ramifications are international as students comment on the work of peers from various countries and learn about other cultures in the process.

Jennifer Stone (chapter 3) points out that when students are interested in a subject, they have much greater capacity than might first be imagined. She discusses the complexity of popular culture websites and shows how "poor readers" make meaning out of difficult passages if they're interested in the content.

In chapter 5 James Paul Gee argues that video gaming is much more than entertainment. He makes the case that it teaches life skills through projection.

Overall there are a lot of samples of a wide range of media forms. This is an insightful look at how active users are designing media (in the sense of meaning-making) to work for them on an individual basis

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