One of the goals for this site to to equip people to understand the story of God. Often it seems that we want to grow in faith but we might not always know how or where to start. These Story Guides are a way for people to read the story (the bible) and get some in depth thought of the verses while also getting a chance to dive into the Bible and learn for yourself. The format of these may change as I begin to make more of these guides, (so comment with parts you like or didn't like so I can adapt them).
I want these guides to be free and be available to a wide audience. So, there are no strings attached, just view the document below or download and use offline. I also included a few links that I thought maybe helpful as you go through the guide.
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This book was offered to me for review all thoughts are my own.
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From the book: “Amanda Anderson provides the wise and witty answers, giving practical advice and sharing personal stories to guide us toward the kinds of friendships we long for. Blending faith-based insights and psychological truths, All My Friends Have Issues is a liberating guide to finding and becoming an authentic and encouraging friend.”
This book is directed towards a female audience. However just because Amanda mentions women and sisterhood does not mean that these principles don’t apply to male friendships. Amanda writes what she knows and that comes through from her own friendships, friendships with her own gender. She writes with a lot of humor, personal stories, and self reflection.
In a world dominated by loneliness we should all be looking at how we make, and more importantly, sustain friendships. This book gives great advice and thoughts towards deep and meaningful friendship. It is a great lesson in being authentic, encouraging, and accountable.
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After tons of interviews and waiting I thought I would share an answer to the never ending question about ministry and culture.
This is a review for Shame Off You by Denise Pass. This book was offered to me for review but all thoughts are my own.
From the Book: “In a transparently honest style, Pass shares her experience dealing with shame after learning that her former husband was a sexual offender. She leads you into God’s Word where you will see for yourself that God is bigger than your pain, shame, mistakes, and limitations."
I want to preface my review with the fact that I don’t seem to be the intended audience for this book. The cover and style of writing seem to be directed to a feminine audience. However, this book is a good reference for anyone. If shame or guilt are emotions that you experience then this book is a helpful resource to work through. The author gives personal stories, truth to battle these feelings, and then writes devotional material to work through and apply to your own life.
Now if this doesn’t seem like a topic directed to your life there is still reason to read this book. Chances are there are people who have these feeling of shame around you and sometimes we are the ones causing them shame. Hearing these stories and feelings gives a chance to reach out to those around us and understand their situation better. For instance, Pass writes that the church she was a part of told her that she would be the one sinning if she divorced the man who was sexually harming their daughter. She was shamed for protecting her children from a predator. Sadly, these situations are not rare and recognizing our contribution in the cycle will hopefully make a more Christ centered community and give healing to the people around us. Whether you’re the one dealing with shame or the one who may be causing shame take time to read this book and understand someone else’s experiences in life.
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