An engaging, encouraging read filled that offers hope to the reader - Carving Hope out of Depression: Victory Over Darkness and a Path to Self-Love by David Harder offers hope for anyone who has or is suffering with depression, loneliness, hopelessness or considered suicide as a way to end the pain.
His book presents hope in Jesus Christ, no matter what religion or belief system one holds, we all have different lives, encounters and experiences, yet there is one common thread we all need: Redemption in the love of God. He encourages all to look up to God for help, offering a discovery of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, shedding light on His Word, His hope, His love and offering a light to lead the way out of darkness.
Finding himself with no hope after a string of failed marriages and dashed hopes, the author writes how he once considered suicide as a way to end it all. His journey gives understanding on “how” God’s light saved him through a series of divine appointments and circumstances, presenting how seeking God saved his life. Told from a perspective to inspire readers to seek God, not their own answers to help lead them out of depression and hopelessness, the author presents Scripture, hope and truth. With a simple look at pertinent scripture verses and a simple method of choosing God’s ways instead of your own, the author shows that this will lead to new life.
With each chapter readers will discover an introspective and reflective journey. Presenting a challenge to faith with thought-provoking insight into the truth of the Word of God, coupled with Biblical insight and stories as the author speaks the truth of God’s Word. Ending with discussion questions helps readers to assimilate and think back upon their own journey, choices, feelings and brings an understanding of the truth in Scripture.
There is one sentence that caught my eye and speaks to those who are perhaps “wise in their own estimations”. This one statement perhaps sums up what many have come to find in their own lives. “Self-reliance had failed me, and the results of my choices were glaringly awful. I convinced myself that I was hopeless, and God could not and would never love me.” This remarkable comment reflects what many may have experienced in some way or another. It’s our choices that can create life or death in our lives. The author lovingly expresses how God can redeem any soul, any situation and that it’s never too late.
While this book is in no way comprehensive on the subject of depression, or a substitute for counselling or professional measures, the author has given insight into understanding that perhaps you can’t do life alone without God…and two, you need Jesus more than you think. His book is simple, yet profound as he touches on the heartbeat of a life once lost (his) and relates how God can breathe new life into what you thought was dead. An amazing read!
This book comes as a highly recommended for just about anyone who is experiencing depression, hopelessness, loneliness and has, or is, currently contemplating suicide. There is hope.
With Kelly Mrkvicka Bihlmaier
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
Finding Heaven by Dr. Edward Mrkvicka, Jr., D.D. (h.c.) with
Kelly Mrkvicka Bihlmaier speaks about finding the meaning of life and discusses
the pathway to heaven. Beginning with Matthew 7:13-14 stating, “Enter by the
narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to
destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and
difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
This book is about one’s belief system in God. With Biblical integrity, coupled
with wisdom and common sense, the author truthfully states that your choices on
Earth will affect your eternity. Intriguing, and filled with Scripture that
explain the purpose of life on Earth, this book gives a roadmap to finding God
and knowing God, finding salvation, obeying God and discovering true purpose in
life through the knowledge of God and His Word.
The book is further dedicated to those that would believe
that (as stated by the author), “The deception of Satan tells us that all we
need to do to be with Christ for eternity is believe.” In that statement, he
addresses, what is sometimes called “cheap grace.” This is where one believes
not in repentance, but the forgiveness of sins without a turning away from sin,
known as true repentance from the heart. Further discussing other beliefs such
as non-belief, as in Atheism, and other beliefs about God that include such
theories as “The Big Bang Theory”, the authors sequentially address all of the
roads that one may “think” leads them to God and to heaven.
The authors further address the issue of hope and the
“looking for love in all the wrong places,” as the old saying goes and gives
readers a choice with thought-provoking analysis, what are you searching
for knowing that when you die you can’t take anything with you? Material
wealth is of no consequence after one dies, thus one path leads to life
(salvation and eternity in heaven); and the other path is broad, leading many
to an untimely and destructive end. The broad path is deceiving, in such Edward
Mrkvicka addresses the heart and mind attitudes that may lead one on that path.
With such chapters as: Getting to Know the One Who Knows You the Best,
Salvation 101, Obedience: The Lynchpin of our Faith, Jesus is Not Merely Your
Savior, the author helps readers discover a relationship, not a religion.
Stating their case for God throughout (i.e. creation),
readers are offered knowledge of Who God is according to the “God of the
Bible,” not what they may want God to be in their mind. Then the book gives
readers an understanding of salvation and why it is so important to be saved.
Everyone wants to go to heaven and the reality is that not everyone will go.
His book is written to inform, exhort, instruct, encourage and to inspire those
that would choose this temporal world over the truth of the God of creation,
Who sent His only Son to save all for those who would believe. (Paraphrased
This is an excellent book for those that don’t understand
their purpose in life, need hope (and those that perhaps don’t believe in God),
and for those who seek answers.
Finding Heaven comes highly recommended as one of those
reads that will make a true impact on those who are in deception, being either
deceived by the world or their own rebellion, and speaks of the magnificent
light in the truth of Jesus’ salvation and knowledge of the Word.
From the Garden into Eternity" tells of mankind's fall from God's grace beginning in the Garden of Eden, all the way through to one's individual choice: Will eternity be spent in Heaven with God or Hell with Satan?
As a result of sin, mankind suffered a loss of close fellowship with God—but do not fret! The relationship can be restored in this life right into the next! God does not, however, force anyone into a relationship with Him. We are free to choose Him or the alternative: Satan.
This book, fully-supported by Bible verses, helps you determine where you are in this journey called "life". Rest assured that God loves you and longs to give you eternal life in Heaven with Him, but you must first repent and place your faith in Jesus Christ. If you have never taken that step, please don't wait any longer. The alternative eternity—which will be by default—will be dreadful. Call on Jesus today! Start the relationship that guarantees your eternity in Heaven with God!
A Bible Study Series From the Book of James - Whether new or mature believer, this book will ignite faith and wisdom that bring hope in the new way of living in Christ.
James: How Then Should We Live? A Bible Study Series From the Book of Jamesby Matthew A. Knight offers a short Bible study sharing wisdom and insight that offer readers Biblical principles the Church and individuals are to live by.
James, nor the author, compromises and the author has written this series to point Christians to what Scripture says and speaks of in conducting church and thus, walking out our Christianity by our deeds. These principles are key to living a “true” Christian walk and inviting the Holy Spirit into congregations and one’s life.
With such chapters as: Favoritism, Taming the Tongue, Covetousness: the Cause and Cure, and A Warning to Rich Oppressors, introducing readers by the famous quote, “Faith without Works is dead.” So one might ask, What does that mean? How do I show faith and do good works? Are they both the same thing? Giving Biblical wisdom, the book of James, and the author’s additional explanations go along way to helping one understand that God’s ways are higher than ours.
This is a highly recommended read for all Christians, reminding them to go back to the basics and remember why you are different as a Christian, as an ambassador of God, and how the spiritual and the practical come together. This means you not only profess to be a Christian, but follow Christ’s commands in your relations to others around you. Mercy triumphs over judgment and all are called to this holy road.
Amy B. Crowe has been writing since she was a child. Her firstplace win in a writing contest, at age 10, increased her desire to write more. She has published articles in newspapers and alumni magazines, and her first children's book, Changed By a Catch, was published in 2015.Her three children are the inspiration for her stories, and she enjoys being active in their lives. Her characters and their stories deal with real-life situations faced by children and parents. The decisions her characters make, and the lessons they learn, are meant to be a valuable influence to her readers since they could encounter similar real-life situations. Amy desires for her books to not only completely captivate the children but help them learn a valuable lesson as well.
A CBM Christian Book Review ~ When Good Samaritans Get Mugged: Hope and Healing for Wounded Warriors,by David R. Stokes invites readers on a delightful road of forgiveness to thriving in every way. Connecting the dots, the author leads readers through the art of storytelling, as Jesus did, to the discovery of grace (through Christ) and relates what that means for us. 10.0 stars
He offers help through the application of forgiveness, mercy, love, patience, the Bible and God’s ways that challenges readers to make an inner-self survey. Dealing with such subjects as: anger, bitterness and unforgiveness, he shows readers the only way to having true and lasting inner peace – through reliance on God and complete forgiveness.
Knowing that we all get hurt, even when trying to do “good” things – and even by those who are within the church walls, he begins with the story of the Good Samaritan as a backdrop to the question: What do you do when you receive hurt and/or pain either physically, emotionally, or spiritually from other believers (and others in the world)? Offering true scriptural and Biblical answers, this book offers hope for the journey into forgiveness, the grace of God and a renewing of the mind that leads to maturity in Christ.
When Good Samaritans Get Mugged A Must Read!
Using such Biblical examples as “Saul of Tarsus” who was later converted to the Apostle Paul and also Joseph’s story, the author also relates a number of compelling true-life stories that add intrigue and captivate one’s intellect and heart. Teaching and instructing along the way, the author advocates Scripture memorization as way to build the inner man and faith – as one learns to “take every thought captive”- and tend to your thoughts as you would a garden – plucking out the weeds. Filled with insightful wisdom, encouragement, inspiration, and a keen understanding for the ways of God, the author presents sound and practical advice on how to handle the hard punches in life.
Truthfully, there is not a person on this Earth who can say, “I’ve had a pain free life.” With that in mind, inevitably this book will touch you in some profound way. I have to say this is the only book, (that I read in only two sessions and wanted to read straight through). I could literally not put the book down! Filled with so much candor, the author gets to his point in a number of memorable ways through his great story telling ability that not only intertwine Scripture, history, Biblical figures, but also memorable sporting events, to include everyday citizens, that will impact your life.
Everyone has a story. His book relates this fact clearly and states that if we think about our life, you will understand we all need forgiveness on many levels in life, as he answers some hard questions about how to get over the past and move forward. As one who has lived through the up-and-downs of life as a pastor, father and seen many ministers that have quit along the way for various reasons, he knows what he is talking about.
This book is a highly recommended read for the Church, the Body of Christ, for pastors to hand out or for anyone looking to move forward and get better – not bitter. Additionally, also a great way to point others in the direction of what the Lord expects of His children, which is, “Yes, you are your brother’s keeper.”
Barak Zonman, starts off this fast-paced thriller, blending elements of espionage with a religious and political polarization that affect the masses of population around the World. In the book, there is a conspiracy to bring all faiths into one large interfaith religion and Barak Zonman and his popular TV show – The Forum must be eliminated.
This begins with Zonman, the show’s founder. The Forum “is a faith oriented call-in TV show designed to let viewers question leading members of the clergy.” Controversial in nature, this show sparks debate – and hinders the worldwide current of leading all into one faith and world peace. This novel of the wheat and tares is an amazing book written to those that would seek truth in God and the true Christian faith.
Running for his life, Barak finds sanctuary in a church and finds himself radically changed by a baptism by water, followed by a baptism of the Spirit, as evidenced by the speaking in tongues. Highlighting this issue, the author speaks of the controversy between believers on being “born again” (either by just statement and belief and/or by receiving the infilling of the Spirit, as evidenced by speaking in tongues). This radical way of being born again and receiving the Spirit is what Apostle Paul spoke of, thus, the book sheds light on God’s way versus man’s way. Man’s way and God’s way are running a collision course to the End Times in this book that reveal an exciting plot of scenarios begun by two Prologues that concurrently blend modern-day questions and events that has been spoken of in Bible Prophecy. The author also notes that we are in the time of the Olivet Discourse that Jesus speaks of on the Mount of Olives, mentioning the time of Jesus return as near since the birth of Israel in May 1948.
In the back of the book the author offers his personal testimony, delivered instantly from prescription drug dependency when “he looked in the mirror” and repented of his ways. Holding fast to true repentance, the author advocates true Holy Ghost filled deliverances and that the modern-day believer should have them as a norm, instead of replaced by the Forum so to speak – the modern day church who compromises and duplicates the actual workings of the Holy Spirit by replacing them with good theology, programs and modern day mood alteration technology. He also offers observations on some relevant issues, two being backsliding and tithing.
This book comes highly recommended for those that look to fill the void inside, but are not sure what they are looking for. And for those that enjoy thrillers with the elements of religious and political overtones. Recommended either for a personal read or as a tool to reach the unbeliever, the book highlights the End Times and gives a faith-filled read that speaks of the true evidence found in an all-powerful God. Based on Barak’s faith-filled experience, the book offers challenging questions to believers and to non-believers (the wheat and the tares) as to the times thatwe are living in and gives a warning to the group of believers that call themselves, the Church.
Look Up: Redemption in This Generation by Jim Zeigler is a result of
over 25 years study of Jesus’ Olivet Discourse. With a general synopsis, the author
relates Bible prophecy in an easy-to-read book of what Jesus said to His
Disciples on the Mount of Olives as they asked about the end of the age in
Matthew 24. “. . . tell us then, when shall these things be? And what shall be
the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3)
Taking readers through his belief of when the time clock started to
tick (1948), the author magnifies Scripture, revealing a journey through Bible
prophecy of the End Times without complicated overuse of Scripture. Offering
faith, and hope in Jesus, this book Is an excellent read to obtain a grasp of
what Jesus said as He spoke to His Disciples about the coming end of the age.
With the inclusion of Scripture, Bible prophecy is an important topic. He
notes that we can see Scripture fulfilled before our very eyes, and that God’s
Word will not return to Him void. With modern-day events seemingly in our daily
headlines, this book gives readers a compass to go by.
Offering Scripture from Old and the New Testaments that shed light on the
very things Jesus spoke of in His discourse on the Mount of Olives. In
particular, the author has framed this book upon God’s Word, bringing deeper understanding
to the mystery of Bible prophecy in layman’s terms, with an easy to follow format.
Look Up: Redemption in This Generation is recommended for individual
use or within a small group.
This book comes highly recommended to those individuals that want to
study the Word and a book that is supported Scripture.
A CBM Christian Book Review - He Sent His Son: Eyewitness Accounts by Jim & Carol Zeigler takes readers through a delightful experience of eyewitness accounts taken from the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth in Luke and Matthew.
Beginning with the announcement of the Angel Gabriel to Mary, readers will gain keen insight into the sharing of the events leading up to and following the birth of Christ. Concisely written, the author highlights the true meaning of Christmas, the salvation of Jesus and what that means to those who believe and those who would not believe.
Jesus’ birth and His coming as the Messiah was foretold in the Bible as the author gives insight into the Jewish traditions, the names and meanings of some of the Hebrew names of God while speaking of the hope in the One who was born to save all who would believe upon His Name.
Revealing the political and religious climate in Jesus’ time, and mentioning historical aspects of the Bible, Jesus’ prophesied coming in Isaiah, coupled with the events leading up to Jesus’ birth make for a faith-filled journey.
As Christmas is just around the corner, the author speaks of Christmas as one of his favorite holidays. Yet, traditionally speaking, he describes Christmas as a time of benevolence, gift-giving and time with family. This “worldly” way and commercializing of Christmas has crowded out the holiness and honor that this season holds for each person who believes (and for those who do not yet believe).
He speaks of the Christmas holiday that has become nothing more than a greedy intent to bring money surrounded by false traditions and stories such as Santa Claus, the Elves and Reindeer. (One cannot dispel the fact that he speaks truth about the Christmas season and what the commercialism, not to mention spending money that we don’t have). Thus, the purpose of the book is to remind and teach others of the sanctity of Christmas and point those to the Messiah that was born to die for His People’s sins.
The author states (speaking about Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, the Wise Men, the Inn Keeper, Herod, Isaiah, Simeon and Anna, “We can learn from them the way we are to live our lives, believing God will always accomplish His will. We need to live expecting His appearance anytime.” Powerfully written, this book will speak to your heart and mind, bringing such a deep appreciation for the salvation of Jesus.
With such chapters as: Gabriel-The Angel Sent from God to Announce the Coming of Messiah, Mary-The Young Mother of Jesus, Joseph-The Stepfather Who Raised Jesus, The Innkeeper-Unknown by Name and Oft Maligned, The Shepherds-Those Who Were Looking for His Coming, Isaiah-The Prophet Who Told Israel How to Recognize the Good King, The Wise Men-Who Followed the Star to Find the King, Herod-The Evil False King of Judah, Simeon-Who Waited for the Consolation of Israel, and Anna-The Prophetess Who Served in the Temple.
This is a wonderful book to read during this coming Christmas season, to give to family and friends, and to teach children the deep blessing of Christmas or just to reinvigorate faith. Hats off to these writers who took the time to remind us all just how important and wonderful this season is! This book also comes highly recommended to use an evangelical outreach to those that would need the faith to believe. He Sent His Son is an excellent faith-filled journey through the birth of Christ that will not only rekindle faith, but alsobirth faith in others to believe in the salvation of Jesus as the Savior and Messiah of the World!