Pursuit of the Holy by Corey Russell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I cannot stress the importance of reading, PURSUIT OF THE HOLY by Corey Russell enough!
I believe that this book touches on an area that has been completely lost in our day and age. As Corey points out, we are living in days similar to that of Hosea 4:1 “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land.” Reading this has launched me into going after God for who HE says He is and not my own personal idea of whom I have made Him out to be. There are so many different swirls and ideas out there in the Church and in the world that are being tossed around, but the simple fact of the matter is…WE NEED TO KNOW WHO HE IS FOR OURSELVES! Let this book be a diving board into your journey with God, as Corey lays out a very biblical foundation on Scripture that will only lead you closer to Him and His Word.
Pursuit of the Holy digs into the importance of why we must come back to a place of truly understanding God! Corey simply draws out the “gold nuggets” found in the first section of Proverbs 2 (as well as other scriptures from the Bible) and breaks it down in such a way that causes your heart to burn for these realities. This book will provoke you to seek Jesus whole-heartedly no matter the cost. Are you hungry for the deeper things right now? Corey says, “Those who cannot live without God, do not live without God; those who can live without Him, do. It’s that simple” Trust me, you do not want to miss out on the deeper things of the Lord!
To sum it up Corey stresses the importance of having a true and biblical awareness of who He is so that we can approach and pursue Him today. These things are not to be taken lightly but they will lead you into a great understanding and knowledge of the Living God. “The number one hindrance to knowing God is knowing about God.” – Corey Russell
Read this book and your heart will start burning and will not be satisfied until you truly know Him for yourself!
Pursuit of the Holy
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No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green by Melody Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK, “No Compromise- The Life Story of Keith Green”! Keith’s story will not only make you want to have amazing long curly hair and mad skills to jam on the piano with no restraints; it will change your life! Weather you are a believer or not, a musician or not, this amazing testimony from Keith will rock you to the core! From start to end; Keith had passion, talent, and natural leadership skills. You will find out how his journey for something “greater” went from the hippie love/drug scene in the 1970’s, to the beginnings of a new life in Christ which supernaturally launched Keith into a forefront message that still needs to be heard today!
This “Life Story” written by Melody Green, Keith’s wife, gives wonderful insight to the man behind the music and the message. Melody shares their intense story as well as allowing us to read Keith’s thoughts directly from his journal entries! Keith was not satisfied with the things of the world that he kept chasing after; Keith was not satisfied until he experienced the only One that could truly satisfy his hearts longings. When Keith and Melody found Jesus, their lives turned around in a heart beat! Although they were young in their faith…they had found what they were longing for and held onto it with no compromises! In Keith’s black and white vision he took the Word of the Lord as truth and made sure that everyone that came across his path took it for truth as well. This new lifestyle immediately launched them into ministry, a new and powerful kind of music, as well as an ever growing hunger to see the lost saved through the message that the Lord had placed in Keith’s heart.
Keith and Melody realized how important prayer was and before every big decision they sought the Lord through prayer and fasting! Keith said, “Our whole life should be a prayer!” I believe it was this foundational truth that continued to humble the Greens as they allowed the Lord to lead them in all aspects of their lives. Keith Green really had a heart that chased after the Lord, much like King David. He longed to spread revival, learning patience in the process. Keith was able to mature quickly in his walk as he was constantly surrounded by “newbie’s” in the faith that had him pouring out what he knew all the time. This caused him to go deeper for more so he could pour out more. Keith was also blessed with some “big” connections of wise council that allowed him to see and grow even more. From reading this book it sounded like he was always going while passing on everything he was learning to those that were in his sphere of influence. Although he was not perfect he longed to be closer to God.
Keith’s music career quickly launched him to the top of the Christian music arena. He remained humble and dedicated to the Lord, saying, “If someone writes a great story, people praise the author, not the pen. People don’t say ‘Oh what an incredible pen…where can I get a pen like this so I can write great stories?’ Well, I am just a pen in the hands of the Lord. He is the author. All praise should go to him.”
Keith recognized that it was the Lord that blessed him musically, so he allowed that to be the “tool” to share His message. What was the message that he and his “Last Days Ministries” shared? “Quit compromising with the world and start living radically committed lives” and have “A radical relationship with God, without the trappings of religious systems or dead institutions.” This message was preached to millions across the globe and thanks to Melody and the team it is still being shared today! This book really stirred my heart and caused me to reflect internally to see what I am compromising over Christ. I’ll be honest, I was in tears after hearing the messages that Keith preached. This book will bless you and encourage you to live a radically committed live to Jesus Christ! View all my reviews >>
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The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within by Erwin Raphael McManus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Truly an inspiring book, it lights a fire under your faith and puts the fight back into the “Walk”. Erwin McManus brings “Christianity” back to its raw roots and reveals why it’s important to be a “Barbarian Christian” and not a “Civilized Christian“. Many Christians…myself included, have been weakened by religion and rituals that the Church has slowly started operating in over the last 2,000 years. As believers it is easy to get comfortable and domesticated and read about Jesus, John the Baptist, and others with fierce faith and no compromise as mere stories for their times. McManus corrects that thinking in this book with how it is necessary today not just to believe but to be, “Found through the liberation of your soul that each barbarian walks a path that unleashes raw and untamed faith.” There is a desire in all of us to break out of these boundaries and live to the fullest; many have walked away from “Christianity” because adventure and freedom is not portrayed as an option. McManus says, ” His desire is not to conform us, but to transform us. Not to make us compliant, but to make us creative. His intent is never to domesticate us, but to liberate us.”
If you are feeling shut down, turned off, or dissatisfied by the “safe Christianity” that you have been raised in or shown as the “best way”, then let this book encourage you to live untamed with the walk that He has called you too!
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Desperate for His Presence: Gods Design to Transform Your Life and Your City by Rhonda Hughey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Do you have a passion or dream to see your City taken over and transformed into a place of Revival and Refuge for all those that are in it? Well if so, this book covers a lot of different areas and aspects that need to come together for that to happen. I’m sure you don’t need to read this book to know that it starts with YOU AND ME! But are we wiling to “move beyond convenience and personal comfort?” Rhonda states that, “Desperation is the key to transformation.” It all starts with our relationship with Jesus. Are we willing to die to ourselves and allow His Spirit to help us as we give everything to Jesus! John 15:5 says, ” Without Me you can do nothing.” If we are trying to get God into our cities by building it through our own efforts…it’s not going to go anywhere at all. Has the condition of your City broken your heart and drawn you into intercession for a breakthrough of His presence? God has a plan for His people and the cities of this world and He’s using His Bride to accomplish it! Things may not look pretty now, but Rhonda shares a very encouraging message of Restoration that will bring transformation to the Bride. This renewing of the Bride will flow from the inside out into the cities of the world! What a mighty God we serve.
In the book there are 9 important “Transitions for Kingdom Vision” that Rhonda shares. Now I’m not going to share it all…hopefully this will inspire you to read the book and take a hold of it for yourself: D
1. From Suspicion to Trust: Being, “Willing to share ministries for the glory of God.”
2. Functional Unity to Relational Unity: “Unified together for the sake of a ministry project…to a deeper level of relationship with one another and have experienced a real covenant relationship.”
3. Horizontal Agreement to Vertical Agreement: “Unity and agreement with one another…to our unity and agreement with the Lord.”
4. Revival Visitation to Transforming Habitation: “God intends to transform our cities, and not just visit them.”
5. Empire Building to Kingdom Building: From being, “More impressed with what we are building…..[to doing] what the Lord wants to build.”
So if you are Desperate for more of His presence in your life and in your city I do recommend this book to you! This book also encourages the heart to grow in Love towards the Father, so it might be a good read for this New Year 🙂
“History-Makers are always desperate people.” Rhonda Hughey
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