Tuesday, June 19, 2012

{The Truth About Forgiveness}

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us. 

Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever.

John MacArthur has written a small book about forgiveness called The Truth About Forgiveness. It was an easy to read book packed with information from the Bible. There are only 7 chapters but every one of them is wonderful. John MacArthur tells us what Jesus says about forgiveness. Not only what Jesus says but what we are called to do as Christians. 

Jesus died on the cross so that our sins would be forgiven forever. He is the only One who could do that because He lived a sinless, perfect life. He was the spotless Lamb that was the ultimate sacrifice. We don't deserve His forgiveness nor can we ever do anything to deserve it. It is up to us to accept that forgiveness and open our hearts to God. In this book God's forgiveness toward us is explained in a simple way that anyone can understand. 

The chapter that I really enjoyed was about forgiving others. Has someone ever done something or said something to you that was catastrophic? You think there is no way you could EVER forgive them. Not only are we called to forgive them 7 times 70 times we are to live in peace with them. In Romans 12:18 it says "Live peaceably with all men." That really got me thinking about all of my relationships. Do I live peaceably with all men? Do I make an effort to forgive others even if they don't ask for it? Even if they don't deserve it? I should be actively living the Word of God. 

I recommend this book to anyone looking for forgiveness or reasons to forgive. I thought it was a good read and very Biblically based. 



*I was given this book in exchange for my personal review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Thursday, June 14, 2012

{Beloved Enemy}

What would you do if you fell in love with a man from the North and you were a true Southerner during the Civil War? That is the story that Al Lacy writes in his newest book Beloved Enemy. What I really loved about this book was the historical facts. It was like I was actually there with each of the characters as they went about their days or fought in a battle. I also liked that Al Lacy did not have any sexual content included in the book. I read one person's review about Beloved Enemy and they wanted more sexual content. This is a Christian fiction book. I am personally happy to read anything without sexual content.

I truly enjoyed having the opportunity to read this wonderful book. I thought it was well written and kept my attention from the first page. A General for the Union becomes caught up in a spy ring for the Confederacy. His daughter is courted by a Corporal in the Union army. When the General forbids his daughter from seeing the Army Corporal again she must choose her loyalties. Does she listen to her heart and continue to see her beloved against her father's wishes? Or, does she stay true to her Southern roots and support her father's efforts in the Confederacy knowing that he could be caught and killed?

The historical parts in this book were pretty accurate. I mean it is a fiction book so some of it is made up. But, I believe for the most part the actual facts are true to history. I recommend this book to any historical fiction book lover. The Christian aspect was great as well. There was nothing inappropriate about it and anyone over the age of 15 would enjoy it.



*This book was given to me for my personal review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*