Out of the Salt Shaker & into the World (book review)

Title: Out of the Salt Shaker & into the World
Author: Rebecca Manley Pippert
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Date: 1999 2nd edition
Pages: 288

Out of the Salt Shaker & into the World (book review)

Evangelism is something that Jesus commanded His followers to do, but many do not do it for various reasons. It is the process of telling people about Jesus and what He has done for them. Many don’t do it out of fear, while many others do not do it because they are not sure how to evangelism.

Rebecca has learned to live a life of evangelizing people as much as possible. She begins this book with describing who Jesus is and what it means to be a Christian. This sets up the scenario of why a believer should go out and tell others about Jesus.

Once the desire is put into place, she describes different ways to present the gospel message. She addresses different questions and concerns that some people may have. Difficulties that can occur and dealt with. A good focus she points to is meeting people and understanding where they are.

One of the great things that she does in this book is she uses real life events that she has experienced and gone through herself. Some of these events ended on a good note, while others did not. Not everyone that she witnessed to becomes a believer in Jesus. It is very encouraging to realize that she does not have evangelism down to perfection but is constantly learning.

At the end of the book she has one appendix walking a person through the gospel message and the process of giving being a witness. She also has a list of outside references to help guide a person in being a witness for Jesus.

All throughout the book Rebecca uses many scriptures to show what she is saying. It is an encouraging book that will stir the heart to cause one to go out and be the witness Jesus has called one to be.

I highly recommend this book, but be ready for it to change your heart towards evangelism and cause you to go out and be a witness for Jesus.

Scarred (book review)

Title: Scarred
Author: Dave Roever, with Kathy Koch, Ph.D.
Publisher: Roever Communications
Date: 2015 (original in 1995
Pages: 224

Scarred (book review)

This story is a true story about Dave Roever, when newly married, was a soldier in the Navy during the Vietnam War and what occurred afterwards. While in Vietnam, he had helped lead men into areas to scout out where the enemy were. On one of the missions, he had a hand grenade in his hand that was shot by an enemy soldier. Upon the shot hitting the hand grenade, it blew up in his hand and he had the full impact of it. It blew a large portion of his face and one hand off.

At first everyone thought he was dead, but then realized he was not. Dave was quickly removed from the area to a military hospital. Upon surviving, he was moved to the USA for more hospital care. After many months of care in the hospital, he survived and was able to leave and go home with his wife. Later he was able to have and raise several children with his wife, against what the doctors had predicted.

Much of this story focuses on the struggles he had with how he looked, his anger about what happened and how God changed his heart and used what he went through for His glory. Today he goes around speaking primarily to children, but also to adults, about how to accept what they look like, and how to get through troubles in life. He talks about how God worked on his heart and strengthened him to be the man he is today. He has gone back to Vietnam several times and was in Iraq ministering to both civilians and those in the military.

This book is a simple read, but is packed with a lot of emotion. One can often identify with him in knowing the pain of physical and emotional suffering on different levels. He encourages the reader to trust and follow God. There are several pages of pictures of him before and after the injury.

I have personally had the honor of meeting Dave Roever a few times in the past. His story has always remained consistent and encouraging. I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you have some physical or emotional challenge in your life. Dave will also challenge your faith and trust in God.

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.