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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
Saturday, June 7, 2014 by Patti Shene

I haven't been much of a fan of non-fiction in the past, but my membership in The Book Club Network has changed my mind Here are reviews of three books I have received from them in recent weeks. 

 

HE WHO HAS AN EAR by Laura J. Davis

I’ve participated in a couple of Bible studies of the book of Revelation, and the letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor always remained a mystery to me.

He Who Has An Ear, by Laura Davis, is one of the most informative non-fiction books I have read in quite a while. It addresses these seven churches and clearly defines the message Jesus conveyed to each one. It goes on to explain the nature of each church, the positives, the negatives, what each needs to do to strengthen their weaknesses, and consequences that will be faced if they do not comply.

This book also relates those seven churches to the nature of churches today. Written in language that is easily understood and backed up with scriptural references, the author backs up her statements with scriptural references. She also points out popular false doctrine that is becoming prevalent today and the dangers therein.

He Who Hass An Ear is a must read for any church official or parishioner who wishes to be involved with a healthy, Christ-centered church.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

 

I BELIEVE IN HEAVEN by Cecil Murphy & Twila Belk

These authors have done an outstanding job of presenting the essence of Heaven in their book, I Believe in Heaven. This is one of the best books I have ever read about the subject of near death experiences and life after death.

The first part of the book is packed with a series of authenticated testimonies of people who have had experiences that took them to the life beyond this one, either heaven or hell. Many of the stories have similar elements, others chronicle unique observations and sensations. These various accounts encompass different beliefs and span many generations. Some of the stories speak to major changes in a person’s life after the experience.

Part II addresses frequently asked questions about Heaven. The answers are based on Biblical truth and not speculation.

This book is inspiring and brimming with the hope that a painless, joy-filled eternity in the presence of our Lord awaits. It urges the reader to pause and think about where he or she will spend eternity when his or her life journey is over without preaching, but a simple presentation of facts.

I recommend I Believe in Heaven to anyone who has lost a loved one, who fears death and what lies beyond, or who is curious about our future eternal home.

I received this book from the publisher through Fred St Laurent of the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

DEEP RELIEF NOW by Dennis & Dr. Jen Clark

Deep Relief Now outlines a simple means to heal emotional hurts based on Christian truths.

The first portion of the book tells the individual stories of Dennis and Dr Jen and how their lives intersected.

Dennis then explains the need to connect, stay connected, and reconnect to Christ within us, through simple prayer. He talks about how our spirit is in constant battle with our flesh. He describes the center of our thoughts, emotions, and our will.

Jen talks about allowing Christ to enter through the heart’s door and how our communications with God through prayer should be a spirit to spirit experience rather than just words or “lists” of thank yous and requests. We need to be in touch with how we feel and learn to pray to God within, not the God far off in Heaven.

The book goes on to expand on these principles and gives examples throughout of people who have been healed by using the Deep Relief Now process. Scripture is used throughout the book, and the authors’ genuine devotion to God and to helping others heal is strongly evident.

I have not initiated these principles in my own life as yet, so am unable to speak to their effectiveness. However, I am left with the impression that a person would need to be strongly rooted in their faith and have a deep understanding of their relationship with Christ to be able to apply these thought processes to a truly wounded and hurting spirit.

I would recommend this book as a resource to those who are burdened by a need to forgive, a need to overcome anger, or a need to recover from other crippling emotions that block them from leading a spiritually healthy life.

I received this book from Destiny Image books through Fred St Laurent of The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. 

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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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4/4/2014

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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2/8/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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1/8/2014

The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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11/29/2013

Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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9/27/2013

I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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11/13/2012

Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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