Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review - Treasures of Darkness by Trish Jenkins

Treasures of Darkness by Trish Jenkins

This book is my journey, made up of my prison letters, private journal entries of things I couldn't put in letters, and hindsight commentary. I didn't know I was writing a book when I wrote. I just knew I had to record everything, including how I felt and my prayers. I also knew that if my faith had any substance, this was the place it would work. God did not disappoint!

May 2014
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All I can say is: Wow! My husband and I were missionaries on foreign soil many years ago and I’ve wondered how I would deal with being imprisoned. I would hope that I could walk in some of the love, forgiveness, and grace exhibited throughout these pages. We are coming into a time when many in the body of Messiah are finding themselves in similar positions. Anyone who is passionate for Jesus needs to read this book! This book is NOT for cowards (Rev 21:8).

L. Shoshana Rhodes, Author
One Lamb Redeemed
(Shoshana Goldberg)
Coming soon: The Quest for the Lost Foundation

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wakulla Book Review: Wake the Dead by Victoria Buck

Wakulla Book Review
Wake the Dead, by Victoria Buck

Let me begin with a warning—this book ends with lots of unresolved issues, so I don’t know if there’s a sequel coming, or this book is part of a series (it was published in 2014), but be prepared to be left hanging when you finish reading this book.

Remember the thought of cyborgs and a “super human” from “The Terminator”, or robots running the world, as in “I Robot”? Well, in Wake the Dead Chase Sterling, formerly known as Charles Redding, is a host of a game show in the future called “Change Your Life.” With his producer’s help (Kerstin) the show changes peoples’ lives with unimaginable wealth, health, or jobs.

As the story progresses, the government wants to “better” the citizenry through techno-medical advancements. Oh, by the way, a major side effect to these changes would be to be able to monitor and possibly control the lives of anyone who has the technology in his or her body. Who better to introduce society to the greatness of this technology than the trusted game show host Chase Sterling, who has already changed so many lives for the better? Except all doesn’t go according to plan, Chase isn’t exactly the perfect patient, and much like today, some in society are resisting “Big Brother’s” encroachment in their lives. 

As the book progresses, Christians are seen to be part this movement, and a good connection with today’s Underground Church is made. All the latest technology in the headlines is prominent in the book, making for fast paced, exciting reading.

It seems the author is trying to advance a couple themes—one person can make a difference, we always have choices in life, there’s always hope, and good will conquer evil. The author writes for a young adult audience with an underlying caution toward blindly embracing all of the latest technology. It seems that the author also tries to get people to fight for what they know is right.

The thesis of the book appears to be no matter what happens in life, Christ can save us and believers will have eternal life with Him in Heaven. The only somewhat controversial issue addressed in this book is that of genetic engineering and “playing God”” with techno-medical advancements. Ms. Buck’s response it to take caution and let God be God.

I enjoyed the book (although see the first paragraph about the ending). It got me thinking of whom I really trust in the world, my right to privacy, and whether the government has by best interest in mind (I’d say no). I’m with Ms. Buck—I’ll embrace new technology with much caution.

Wake the Dead reviewed by: J. Cupp, Wakulla Book Review



 I want to personally thank all the men who are reviewing the books written by JOHN 3:16 AUTHORS. I am thankful that we are able to bless them and appreciate the encouragement given to us by their reviews. 

Their insights and comments mean a lot. Steve said I (Lorilyn Roberts) could visit the prison and I hope to do that sometime in the near future. I ultimately look forward to the day when we are free in the Lord's presence to worship together our Risen King!

Each WEEK (usually on Tuesday), we are posting reviews from Wakulla Correctional inmates of John 3:16 books. 

Inmates are loving the new books from John 3:16 authors. Chaplain Steve Fox is adding the new books to the prison library in this initiative to "change lives to ensure a safer Florida."

Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review: Highly Sensitive by Carol A. Brown

Highly Sensitive by Carol A. Brown 

July, 2011
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God Created Some People To Be Highly Sensitive 
Discover why you are the way you are and enjoy your gift!!
Highly Sensitive: Understanding Your Gift of Spiritual Sensitivity is a valuable companion piece to Carol Brown's previous book, The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity. This volume not only provides a precise summary of the topics covered in the prequel (true identity, burden bearing, aspects of high sensitivity, healing), but counsels you on the steps and spiritual practices that will help you-the "highly sensitive burden bearer" to shine in your gifting.

Highly Sensitive propels you forward into a healing and maturing process that involves a steep but exhilarating learning curve-well worth the journey.

"This book is in response to many readers asking me, 'Now what? Where do I do from here?'" writes author Carol Brown. Highly Sensitive examines and frankly discusses five growth areas most burden bearers have in common:
  • 1. Having confidence that you hear from God.
  • 2.Trusting God, self, and others.
  • 3. Discerning between burdens and "my own stuff."
  • 4. Making and keeping boundaries.
  • 5. Identity (sense of worth and belonging).
All of the dots are connected through personal testimonies, biblical support, and spiritual insight-you will clearly see God's bigger picture for your life!
This book looks at how empathetic burden bearing affects the individual and how you can recover and repair damage from negative responses to high sensitivity on emotional, spiritual, and psychological levels.

Have you ever wondered why you seem so different from everyone else around you? If so, this book just might be for you! I’ve been a “different-from-the-rest-of-the-pack” intercessor for 30 years, and all I can say is this book puts into concise, easy to understand words the things I’ve had to process all these years without really understanding why! If this sounds like you, too, then I highly recommend this book. Highly Sensitive has the “real stuff” to keep you out of trouble and on the right track! You will enjoy it!

L. Shoshana Rhodes, Author
One Lamb Redeemed
(Shoshana Goldberg)
Coming soon: The Quest for the Lost Foundation

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