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The Words Between Us (Book Reviews)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          The author of We Hope for Better Things, Erin Bartels, has done it once again with her latest book The Words Between Us. I have to agree with another reviewer of Erin's work that she is indeed a "new-to-me" kind of author. While I know I reviewed her previous book We Hope for, she still seems new to me in the sense of not knowing how her writing will affect me or how I end up reviewing her work. That said, what I can truly say is she's one of those masterful storytellers for the Christian genre, but I'd say she'd rank up there with other giants such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and James Scott Bell.

You Belong With Me (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          This is a very heart-warming and lovely book by Tari Faris. For over twelve years Tari Faris has written numerous stories and novels. With this novel, You Belong With Me, hits a note that will resonate with the reader. I was enchanted with the work she's done on this book since the first page. It's truly a book worth reading.

The Christian Need to be a Witness to Jews

         Normally, I use a free graphic I find that I feel summarizes what I'm going to say. Today, however, I want to use two verses to prove why authentic Christ-followers need to bless and sanctify Jews. Paul says in Romans, "To provoke them to jealousy." Why? If we are changed by our faith, it is a personal thing. And God, overall is personal, not impersonal as some suggest. If that was the case why did God call out to our forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (aka Israel)? Moses records of Abraham's faith, saying, "Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness" (Genesis 15:6). Was this done before or after Abraham was circumcised?

By Benjamin H. Liles

The Girl behind the Red Rope (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          When I saw that this book was being released, I knew I had to review it. It's not that I'm a fan of Ted Dekker. Actually, I tried reading a few of his books and they were hard for me to read. So I dove in, wanting to read this book simply because of who his co-writer was. This is his daughter's, Rachelle Dekker, book debut -- as far as I know. I know of Ted Dekker, but Rachelle, not so much. And here's the thing: I loved this book!

Christ's Love Casts Out Fear


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I have to ask myself why is being fearful the opposite of having God's perfect love? Is it possible to so love imperfectly that we get and become so afraid to do for others? I think it has more to do with not doing anything at all for others. In that sense of fear it stands that the selfish person wants nothing more than what they want and not normally for others. Paul writes to the church, saying, "For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15).