Books

Books That Bless
The ultimate book that blesses me is God's word. That's a given. This is a list of other books that have really blessed me in my journey with God and I have listed them here, with a short review, in the hope that they may be of blessing to you too. :)

1.The Calvary Road by Roy Hession
This book taught me what it really meant to “walk in the light as He is in the light”. A short book, but full of spiritual meat. A must read.

If you really want to know what a word or concept means, check this out. I have learned more thorough using this in my regular bible reading, than with any other book.

3.Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
A brilliant book looking at the doctrine of the early church, particularly in regard to the resurrection and the coming new heaven and new earth. I received this as a gift not long after my Mother died of cancer, and it was a huge blessing to me. It also answered an awful lot of questions I had been asking God, but had been unable to find the answers to. Funny that.

 4.The Healing Code by Alex Loyd and Ben Johnson
Stress is the center of disease in your body. Written by two Christian doctors, they discuss a physical technique that aids the body in healing stress and disease without the use of pharmaceuticals ie naturally. I couldn't put it down! One of the authors was healed of Motor Neurone Disease using this technique, the other, his wife of suicidal depression. I have found it to be immensely useful in my life, with the added bonus, that other than the original cost of the book, it costs you nothing to do, so keeping medical bills low. A win if you ask me. So far, using these techniques, I have stopped dead: vomitting, diarrhea, allergic rashes, asthma attacks etc. Ps It is kept in our local council library so have a look at yours first if you like.

5.Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr Natasha Campbell McBride
You are what you eat. Written by a neurologist who healed her son of autism using nutrition. Counter to what our modern culture claims, there are many people who have been healed of autism, schizophrenia, learning difficulties, ADHD and autoimmune diseases through nutrition and this book speaks about them. I have met many. A fascinating read about the role of food in healing disease. The bible says a lot about the importance of living wisely for it extends your life (check out Proverbs). This book has a lot of wisdom in it, in my opinion. As I have mentioned before, I have always wanted healing to be of the lightening bolt variety, not the “I might have to take some responsibility for this mess and change some things” type variety. Well researched and referenced. My medical Dr put me onto it.

6.The Privilege of Persecution by Carl A Moeller and David W Hegg
Produced by Open Doors and written from the perspective of the persecuted church – what they see as the problems in the western church and their advice on how to address them. Personally, I think the western church needs to be teachable if we are to grow. The book of Proverbs states that many a time. A truly challenging read.

7.Do Hard Things by Alexis Harris and Brett Harris
Written by twin brothers in their late teens, these boys set out to start a rebellion against “low expectations” in teens (and adults for that matter). They prove that teenage rebellion is not normal, it is a new thing in the last 100 years or so. These Christian boys have had a huge impact on their generation. Check out their site too. Though written primarily to challenge teens, I have to say that I was thoroughly challenged by this book. I'm keen for my eldest to read it this year as he enters those years.

8.One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
A journey of a homeschooling, mother of many, pig farming in the country. How God taught her about gratitude and it's role in healing depression. This has become a bestseller and I loved it so much, the women in my family received it as a gift this last Christmas.

9.Reece Howells Intercessor by Norman Grubb
How one simple man's prayer life changed a nation. It was at the completion of this book, that I knelt on my knees and confessed my sin of becoming a pharisee.

10.A Quiet Center by Susan Sutton
God promises peace and joy in the craziness of life in this world. A beautiful devotional for women, written by a WEC missionary from Africa. I found this especially helpful as a mother of 3 young children.

11.The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
Do not look at other Christians to determine what is “normal” - look at God's word. What if we are ALL sick and not-normal. (We are by the way). A classic that explains the doctrine of Romans like no other. Christ did not die to leave us in our sins until his return. What was done at the cross is enough for every situation you face, each day! A book that became heavily underlined by me. Couldn't put it down.

12. Heal with Oil  by Rebecca Park Totilo
How to use the essential oil of ancient scripture. Although, when writing this, I am only new at using essential oils, already my Dr has seen a marked improvement in my health. A simple book that is a good place to start this journey.

"During biblical times, essential oils were inhaled, applied to the body and taken internally in which the benefits extended to every aspect of their being:physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally."

"People of the Holy Land understood the use of essential oils in maintaining wellness and physical healing, as well as the oils' ability to enhance their spiritual state in worship, prayer and confession and for cleansing and purification from sin."

13. One Magic Square by Lolo Houbein
'Grow your own food on one square metre' is the focus of this book. A great place to start when beginning organic vegetable gardening. Learn the old skills that seem to have been forgotten in our culture, where the backyard vegetable garden is a rarity these days. This was available at my local library, so I suggest you try there first.

14. When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany by Dr Erwin Lutzer
I commented recently that I believe all Christians could benefit from reading this book annually. This book describes how in Nazi Germany, the majority of the 'christian church' supported Hitler and persecuted those Pastors who opposed him. Hitler initially presented himself as a christian and then proclaimed a 'positive christianity'. Lest we Forget.




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