Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men (book review)

Title: Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men
Author: J S Shelton
Publisher: J S Shelton
Date: 2019
Pages: 250

Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men (book review)

One of the most common struggles that men have, both in the church and outside the church is with sexual sins. The author begins the book describing his life experiences on how he was muzzled by Satan with sexual sins. He reveals how it started out with just some thoughts and later led to actions.

Shelton calls it a muzzling, because when a Christian man falls into sexual sin, he does not want to talk about it or even admit it to anyone. Satan holds him captive to the sin.

Once this sin is admitted, he shows what the Bible says on how to get away from it. He points out how God always makes a way to get away from sexual temptations, but that a person must be willing to accept and choose that path. In the process of choosing God’s path, it takes the muzzle off of the man and allows him to talk about it and change, rejecting the temptations.

The acronym that he uses to help one remember the steps is: S.A.F.E. Stay away. Flee. Escape.

One of the things that I really enjoy about this book is the amount he uses scriptures for all of his points and calls to action. Not only does he use scripture, but he applies it to every day life of most people.

Shelton is a husband and father who has struggled with sexual sin to an extreme degree, but has been set free by the power of God’s word and Holy Spirit guiding him. His desire is to set other men free from being muzzled by Satan with this sin.

This book is a simple read, without any high level, college speaking. He asks many questions and calls for action in each chapter. Each chapter is only a few pages, so it makes for short time to read a chapter and give you time to think and act on what you read.

Whether you struggle with this sin or not, I highly suggest reading it. It can help you overcome it, if you struggle, or it can help you help someone else that is struggling with this sin.

Fault Lines (book review)

Title: Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe
Author: Voddie T. Baucham Jr.
Publisher: Salem Books
Date: 2021
Pages: 251

Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe (book review)

Voddie Baucham is pastor, speaker, church planter and dean of a Christian college in Zambia, Africa. He takes a look at what is occurring in America at this time and its affects upon the church.

He starts off with telling his own story of struggle as a black child growing up in America with a broken family. By normal standards, he did not have a chance to succeed in life, yet he is extremely successful. Even though his family line came from America as slaves, he does not see himself as a Africa/American, but as an American. This gives a good background as to the credibility of what he is saying and that it is not siding with the other side.

Once his background is established, he takes a look at what Marxism, Critical Race Theory (CRT), Black Lives Matter organization and racism are and what they are about in America. He describes the history of each and how they are interconnected.

During the year of 2020, there were several major incidents involving a black person being killed by a white policeman. This caused many riots throughout the nation and the uprising of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization. Using many articles, Voddie is able to show the ties between BLM and Marxism. He looks at several of the incidents that occurred and breaks down the truth of what actually occurred, versus what the media had said.

In all of this, Voddie shows how the church in America is buying into the false lies of CRT. He is against racism and shows how Christianity is against it also, but denies that it is systemic in America. Voddie is able to clearly present what the church should be saying and doing in this time of racist turmoil in America. He boldly speaks out against several well known Christian leaders and organizations, while not condemning them.

One of the great things I like in this book are the great links to all of the articles and information that he cites throughout the book. Everything that he talks about can be verified in other locations.

I highly recommend every believer to read this book. It will open the eyes of one as to what BLM is really about, the truth of racism in America and what the church should do to move forward.

Appointment In Jerusalem (book review)

Title: Appointment In Jerusalem
Author: Derek and Lydia Prince
Publisher: Whitaker House and Derek Prince Ministries, International
Date: 2005
Pages: 200

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.

No Turning Back: The Epic Lives of Elijah and Elisha (book review)

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.

Alligator Jazz (book review)

Alligator Jazz book

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.