2 Chairs: The Secret that Changes Everything by Bob Beaudine

Does God know your situation? (Yes)
Is it too hard for Him to handle? (No)
Does He have a good plan for you? (Yes)

The three questions above (the author calls simple but disruptive questions) form the basis for the book “Two Chairs: The Secret that Changes Everything”. It’s about prayerful communication with God. And a new way of hearing God’s voice.

In the 2 Chairs setup (Which by this point you’ve realized that the 2 Chairs are reserved for you (the reader) and God. The 2 Chairs model is about God hearing your prayers, and listening to His words to tackle various life challenges.

The book is an easy read, just as is the 2 Chairs practice in real life. It’s more than just a theory on or about prayer. It is Truth wrapped in a different package. Its a book that you don’t want to put down because you want to get through it so you can prove it out on your own.

Yes, I’ve added the 2 Chairs prayer in my own morning prayer time. I must be honest here. After 3 days, nothing had happened and my skepticism started to rise. There was just an empty chair sitting in front of me. On that 4th day, however, I did indeed hear that still small voice beckoning me toward a closer, more intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
THIS STUFF ACTUALLY WORKED!! I’m now working on the Seven Steps to further enhance my growth toward being the most positive Christian I can be. Pastor Beaudine did a bang up job of dispensing this idea and the truth therein.

I highly recommend this book for any Christian or non-Christian alike. For that, this volume receives 5 Stars.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest and timely review. There are no expectations beyond that. You can also see this review on Amazon.com, twitter.com, and jonreviewsbooks1.wordpress.com.

So, how do you answer those three simple yet disruptive questions?

Does God know your situation? (Yes)
Is it too hard for Him to handle? (No)
Does He have a good plan for you? (Yes)

“The Bard and the Bible” by Bob Hostetler

You know, this is just a really good devotional book. It’s encouraging, entertaining at times, sometimes bewildering, and sometimes difficult.
I’m a great lover of devotional books, and find at least one new one every year. Some of my all-time favorites are “Imitation of Christ” by Thomas A Kempis, “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, and, “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young, and “Uncommon” by Tony Dungy.

The Bard and the Bible devotional is unique to say the least. Author Bob Hostettler has done a marvelous job melding “the King’s English” bible, with the same period writings of Shakespeare. While I say this is a really good devotional book (which it is), I just see the book sitting in a very small niche where commercial success will be limited. First, the King James Version has fallen in popularity in recent decades and has seen the advent of more “understandable” versions such as New International Version, New Living Translation, New King James, New American Standard, etc. Secondly, we live in the electronic age where you would be hard pressed to find someone to quote a line of Shakespeare, let alone do a comparative analysis to a King James Biblical passage.

This is why I’m having such a challenge on rating this book. I see the quality, I understand the intellect required to put such a book together. It had to be a labor of love by the author. I read several daily portions, and my enjoyment and edification was consistently inconsistent. As a matter of my own personal interest in the contents of the book, I would be hard pressed to see myself purchasing this volume. Again, it’s not a shot at the author’s work. It’s a matter of individual taste. I’m not a Shakespeare fan. Never have been. Never will be. So I’m part of that audience. But, at the same time, I can’t get past how good this book really is. For that reason, to lovers of literature, Shakespeare, and every thing King James I recommend this book with my previous opinions.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a timely and honest review. (don’t know how more honest I could be here). There are no additional considerations or expectations on the reviewer, publisher or author. I have also posted this on Goodreads.com, Amazon.com, my blog: jonreviewsbooks1.wordpress.com, and also on Twitter.

“If in Doubt” by Rhys Stenner

“If in Doubt” by Rhys Stenner is a really good book. Written in similar fashion to David Jeremiah’s “Ten Questions Christians Are Asking”, Stenner addresses seven foundational questions that are often on the minds of Christians and non-Christians alike.

At the outset, Stenner asks “Did God Make the World? The result, in my opinion, is one of the clearest and convincing explanations of creation that I’ve ever read. I think the material presented in this first chapter is worth the price of the book in itself. One can’t help but conclude the chapter with a new understanding and appreciation of creationism.

The author goes on to explore moral absolutes in a chapter entitled “Is There a Right and Wrong?”

Discussions continue regarding reliability of the Bible, the Godhood of Jesus, Christ’s resurrection, the Afterlife, and Christ’s second coming.

The book is written to appeal to readers at various points in their Christian walk and various levels of their own theological development.

I visited my neighborhood Christian bookstore earlier today and did find this book on the shelves. I only hope that this volume will find itself prominately displayed for large sales.

I do recommend this book.

As a disclaimer, I must add that I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher, Worthy Publishing Company, in exchange for my honest and timely review. There were no further expectations between the publisher, author, or this reviewer. This review appears on my blog, jonreviewsbooks1.wordpress.com, Goodreads.com, and Amazon.com