Title: Appointment In Jerusalem
Author: Derek and Lydia Prince
Publisher: Whitaker House and Derek Prince Ministries, International
Appointment In Jerusalem (book review)
This is a true story about Lydia Prince doing a mission work of love and prayer. Lydia was one of the top teachers in Denmark. As she worked hard to become a teacher and to be the best, she also realized that something was still missing in her life. She had no room for any religion or God. Through a series of events, she comes to know Jesus as her Savior.
Upon believing in Jesus, she committed to do whatever He told her to do. With much prayer, Lydia was given a vision to reach the homeless children in Jerusalem, a war-torn city. With miracle after miracle, doors open up for her to reach the children in Jerusalem. Lydia learns to put complete trust in God’s word and promises to provide and protect.
This story reveals the power of the prayer of faith, to trust in God in the most impossible circumstances. It will challenge the believer in how much one prays and believes that God answers prayer. It will also challenge the believer to step out in faith trusting God no matter what the circumstances look like or what others say.
The story is written in an easy to read format and is not very long. It keeps the reader engaged as to what will happen next from situation to situation.
I highly recommend reading this story of love, mission, prayer and faith.
Title: No Turning Back: The Epic Lives of Elijah and Elisha
Author: Joseph Szabo
Print: Amazon Kindle, 2021
This is a short novel covering the lives of Elijah and Elisha. This author does an excellent job at keeping the story inline with the Biblical narrative of the two main characters and those they interact with.
It begins with Elijah getting ready to anoint Elisha as the next prophet. As it goes along, there are some flashbacks to various events in the life of Elijah.
As a novel based on some biblical characters, the author does take some liberty to add in words and events that are not found in the Bible. With this liberty, however, the author does keep true to the biblical narrative.
The story moves along with a good pace, never getting boring or dry, but not overloaded with extreme excitement or adventure. It also gives what the characters may have been feeling or thinking in during the various events.
This is an early first edition that does have a few grammatical and spelling errors. The author is in the process of correcting these and getting the online version updated correctly.
I highly recommend reading this book, if you like short novels and narratives of biblical characters. It is a good book for middle school and higher aged children to read for a look at the lives of Elijah and Elisha that covers between the lines of the Bible’s narrative.
Title: Alligator Jazz
Author: Samuel E. Pittman II
Illustrated by: Sheila Bailey
Print: Gretna, Pelican Publishing Company, 2018
This book is a short children’s book about an alligator that plays a saxophone. His saxophone gets stolen by a weasel. After finding the weasel playing the saxophone, the alligator gets it back and forgives the weasel of doing wrong and they begin to work together.
The story illustrates the goodness of forgiving someone when he asks for forgiveness, instead of fighting back and getting revenge. It also describes the challenges of change and doing what you love to do with the best of your abilities. It shows that when you do something great, not everyone will like it and some will be jealous and try to take it from you.
This book is an excellent book for younger children–28 pages. It is a large size, hard back book with full page pictures in color on each page. Sheila Bailey does an excellent job with the illustrations. They are well detailed, but not overly done. With all of the colors and animals in each picture, they will draw the attention of little children.
The story is written on a level that a 9-10 year old could read on his own. Younger ones will just enjoy the large pictures and great story.
Samuel Pittman is a middle school English teacher and track and field coach. He wrote this book with struggles in mind that people sometimes have to go through.
I highly recommend this book for anyone with children, or grand-children, that love to read or hear stories.
Title: The City At World’s End
Author: Edmond Hamilton
Original Print: 1950
This book is a science fiction book that takes a different type of look at a nuclear war. A small town is directly hit with a nuclear bomb. They are not destroyed, but moved into a future time, several thousand years later. A lot has changed and they must start everything new.
As they meet ‘people’ in the future who come to help them. They begin with distrust and treat them badly, because they are different. This book shows some of the horror of racialism and prejudices that people tend to have against new or different people.
Although this has a great story about overcoming and moving on with life, it has nothing to do with God. Although there are a few references of people who believe in God, there is no overall belief in Him. One of the quotes a person says in the story shows this very well: “Leave us to work out our own salvation.”
This quote is something that the world tries to say all the time. They do not want God or Jesus in their lives and try to work out their own lives. Many believers in God also attempt this. They try to live a good life in order to be on God’s good side, rather than trusting the salvation Jesus provided and His grace and mercy.
The author does a great job at presenting a different outcome of a nuclear bomb, than the standard death. He also does a good job at presenting how people are with unknown or different people, how people can be prejudice and cruel to others. However, there are several curse words used in the book that did not really need to be used thus lowering its overall value to me.
I cannot highly recommend this book, though it is good to read and see the philosophy and thoughts of mankind without God.
Title: Exceedingly Growing Faith
Author: Kenneth E. Hagin
Publisher: RHEMA Bible Church
Faith is something that every believer knows about and wants. In this short, easy to read book, Kenneth talks about what faith really is.
He points out that often people feel as if they really do not have any faith and need to get some. It states in the Bible that every person is given a measure of faith by God. It is not something that a person needs to seek to find, but has to exercise what he has.
Kenneth uses a variety of examples from the Bible to show how people had faith to receive healing. Many scriptures are quoted throughout the book, instead of just being paraphrased.
Faith in the Bible was not just something believed in the heart. It was something that was spoken out loud and acted upon.
Jesus did not just pray quietly for a person to be healed, He spoke healing into the life of the person. It was the same way when God spoke the earth into existence. Words have a powerful impact in the life of a person, both positively and negatively. This is where faith comes in. Speaking God’s words into your life, as fact, brings about His power.
My favorite quote of this book is: “The God-kind of faith is the kind of faith in which a man: (1) believes in his heart, and (2) says with his mouth what he believes in his heart, and (3) it comes to pass.” (page 96)
I recommend this short book to read. It will help you see what faith really is and how to apply it in your life. I enjoyed the amount of scripture used. There are very few pages that does not have at least one verse quoted. It is short enough to read in just a few days, if you take your time and are a slower reader.