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By Jane Reeves

Resources

Non-Fiction

The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn
The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn is a New York Times Best Seller The Ancient Mystery that holds the Secret of America's Future Is it possible that before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel a series of specific omens and sign warnings of destruction--and these Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications for America's future and end-time prophecy? Hidden in the book of Isaiah, there is a mystery so precise that they foretell recent American events down to the exact days. The revelations in this book are so specific that even the most hardened skeptic will find it hard to put down. Though it sounds like a plot of a Hollywood thriller--it's real!

A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
Myriads of Christians have experienced pain, loss, heartache at the hands of other believers. This compelling story offers comfort, healing and hope for these wounded ones. Probably more Christians have turned to A Tale of Three Kings, for healing, than to any other book. (One gal I know said that when she read it she thought the author knew their story which was just then unfolding!)


Birthright by David Needham. -- Christian, Do You Know Who You Are?
Who God says we are and how we respond to that knowledge is the greatest struggle of the Christian life. Needham clears away years of cluttered examinations of theology and Scripture to return us to the basics--a genuine, joyful, Holy Spirit-empowered life in Christ. The razor sharp biblical truths in Birthright will cut the shackles and throw open the doors to the glorious life God has intended for you. (I love this book. Every time I read it, something new is highlighted. )

Exquisite Agony by Gene Edwards
Here is healing for hurting and disillusioned Christians who have known the pain of betrayal at the hand of another believer. This book has brought restoration to Christians all over the world who had lost all hope. Edwards takes you to a high place to see your pain and suffering from the viewpoint of the Lord. Discover who the real author of your suffering is! (This book was very helpful to me during a time of rejection by special friends.)


Grace Walk by Steve McVey -- What you've wanted in the Christian Life.
Nothing you have ever done, nothing you could ever do, will match the incomparable joy of letting Jesus live His Life through you. It is what makes the fire of passion burn so brightly in new believers. And it is what causes the light of contentment to dance in he eyes of mature believers who have learned the secret of the Grace Walk. (I read this long ago and the contents began to change how I viewed God.)

Lifetime Guarantee by Bill Gillham -- Making Your Christian Life Work and What to do When it Doesn't.
You've tried fixing your marriage, your kids, your job. Suddenly the light dawns. it is not your PROBLEMS that need to be fixed--its your LIFE! The good news is that God doesn't ask you to live your life for Christ, but to let Him live His life through you. With humor, candor, and "plain vanilla talk," the author Bill Gillham takes a new and enlightening look at the concept of your identity IN CHRIST. A Christian who walks in this manner is backed by God's lifetime guarantee. (This one made me laugh just before the tears as I realized what I had been missing.


Sidetracked in the Wilderness by Michael Wells
This book will help you get on the road to a consistent Christian walk. Beginning with "Lost and Found and Lost Again," the author guides you back to simplicity of faith by setting forth principles and promises of the Gospels. In this hope-filled, inspiring book, Wells also writes candidly of his own struggles and tells how he "regained the lost simplicity of faith and repossessed the joy that is mine in Christ." Go to the web site and peruse the available materials. All good!

Ten Life Choices by Bob Perdue
Recovering the Life you were always meant to live! Ten Life Choices is an invitation to LIFE. Life was God's first gift to mankind when, in the Garden of Eden, He "breathed into man's nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul." Right after man received this wonderful gift, he was given the gift of choice. He could choose life everyday. Sin brought death and the inability to choose life, but Jesus came to give that life again--the eternal life now. The life that Jesus offers begins the day we choose to put our faith in Him. Everyday, we have the opportunity to choose life, to experience and celebrate life to the fullest! Ten Life Choices highlights specific choices that we can make in order to fully experience life now. (website below for ordering.)

The Pressure's Off by Larry Crabb
Weary, can't get it right? Struggling to make life work? There's a new way to live. (this was the first breath of fresh air for me as I found myself drowning in "oughts.")

The Prisoner in the Third Cell by Gene Edwards
This is a book of comfort, told as an unforgettable drama, for those caught up in circumstances of life they do not understand. In this drama, John the Baptist, imprisoned by Herod and awaiting death, struggles to understand the Lord who did not live up to his expectations. (When I read this little book I realized that I was offended by God.)

The Cry of the Soul by Allender and Longman III -- How our Emotions Reveal our Deepest Questions about God.
So often we find ourselves caught between extremes. Either we feel too much or not at all. We tend to ignore our feelings or fight them off as if they were an enemy. But all emotions--whether positive or negative--can give us a glimpse of the true nature of God. We want to control our negative emotions and dark desires. God wants us to recognize them as the cry of our soul to be made right with Him.

To Be Told by Dan B. Allender -- God Invites You to Coauthor Your Future
God wants to reveal himself through your story. Everyone wants clearer guidance from God on what to do with their future. In this insightful book, Allender shows that as people listen to the stories of their life, they identify the themes that God has written there. They begin to understand both the hope and the heartache, and they receive specific guidance for the future that fits who they are. (this book has been amazingly helpful in writing my stories and sharing them. It has played a major part in my finding my direction for this time in my life: a web site)


Fiction

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
First published by Bantam Books and then rereleased by Multnomah Publishers in the mid-1990's, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set during the time of the California Gold Rush, is now considered by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association's top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade. If you like this one, there are many more you can dive into.


The Last Storyteller by Diane Noble
Noble interweaves a medieval adventure with the dilemma of a contemporary romance. The Last Storyteller draws ancient grace into modern lives through the powerful medium of story telling.

The Musician’s Quest by George McDonald. (Michael R. Phillips, editor)
This fictional story is actually a depiction of the early life of McDonald and he brings the reader into the story from the very beginning with his vivid descriptions. “Robert Falconer was being molded on the Potter’s wheel of life. But could even the Master Potter Himself form Robert’s tragic loss into something without destroying the fragile vessel?”

Tales of the Kingdom by David and karen Mains--written for children.
This two book series is about a Kingdom where love rules. It is open to ALL HUNTERS who live in The Enchanted City and want to escape out of the clutches of the Enchanter and his Burners; out of darkness into the light. (These books were read aloud yearly as our children were growing up.)

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis--written for children
Beginning with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and ending with The Last Battle, Lewis mixes fantasy and adventure with timeless truths into these seven books. Yes, many of the books in this series have been made into movies but the books themselves trigger the imagination and refresh the heart. Great for reading aloud to younger children who will enjoy reading them later for themselves. (I have heard of adults who relish the stories and reread them!)

The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie by George McDonald
This duo and other children’s books by McDonald, bring home qualities of goodness and love which make these stories invaluable lessons for children and adults of all ages. He does this in such a winsome way. CS Lewis said of McDonald: “I regard him as my master.” (We have worn out these paperbacks.)



Biography

Grieving Forward by Susan Duke -- Embracing Life Beyond Loss.
Susan is a Mom whose first born son, her only son, was suddenly killed in an automobile accident. In the book she describes her raging emotions, the shock and disbelief when the doctor came and said, “I’m so sorry but we couldn’t save your son.” Susan was under the impression that his only injury was a broken leg. This son of hers was 18 and loved life; a real joy to her. Susan takes her readers through the first few weeks describing in detail, the physical and emotional impact of her sudden loss. She then introduces us to the long journey through grief and anger to the point where her needs became a springboard that has brought hope to many grieving Moms. None of it was easy.

A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser -- How The Soul Grows Through Loss.
Jerry, a son, husband and father, loses his mother, wife and four year old daughter in a head on automobile crash. Two small sons and a daughter survive the crash in fairly good shape. Three generations of women gone in the blink of an eye. Jerry is transparent as he shares his difficult journey through dark days of anger and deep depression while at the same time caring for his three grief stricken children and working to pay the bills.

“The experience of loss does not have to be the defining moment of our lives,” writes Jerry Sittser, “Instead, the defining moment can be our response to the loss. It is not what happens to us that matters so much as what happens in us.”

Bonnhoeffer by Eric Metaxas -- A life well lived.
At the appointed hour, the old couple turned on their radio. Soon enough the funeral service was announced for their son. That was how they came to know of his death. The man who died was a pastor and a theologian; he was their beloved son. And he was executed for his role in the plot to assassinate Hitler. This is his story.

Surprised by Joy by CS Lewis--The Shape of My Early Life.
This is a remarkably frank and beguiling account of conversion. Lewis was a scholar long before God marched into his life and so his conversion was remarkable. His books, fantasy as well as nonfiction, are always thought provoking. He also wrote Mere Christianity and The Screwtape letters. His books are considered Classics.


The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom--an autobiography worth reading more than once!
The author was in her fifties and living in Holland when suddenly her house was broken into, ransacked and the family taken by the Nazis. Corrie was imprisoned in Holland where her Dad died after ten days. Then she and her sister, Betsie, were transported into Germany and imprisoned in Ravens-brook, the concentration camp where her sister died and from which Corrie was liberated. The family had provided a hiding place for the Jews during the war and it cost them everything. (We have visited the Watch Shop and the house where they lived and were simply amazed at how tiny everything was including the little room where the Jews hid after the family was captured.)


The Five Silent Years of Corrie Ten Boom by Pamela Rosewell--Corrie was not just a prisoner once, but twice!
The British Author was also a companion for Corrie Ten Boom at the end of her life. Not only is this the story of the suffering Corrie endured but also what God did IN this companion through caring for another. At the age of 85 Corrie suffered a stroke--and never regained her speech. But the ministry that had touched millions grew as Corrie communicated through her eyes, through elaborate guessing games with those around her, through silent intercession for people God brought to mind. For those five silent years of imprisonment, Corrie’s spiritual depth offered mute testimony to her ongoing trust in her heavenly Father.



Classics

Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
Every eager Christian aspires to enter into a successful, intimate relationship with his Lord. Yet, it seems impossible at times. The serge of emotional fervor that often buoys up a believer as he leaves a spirit filled service, just as often leaves him frustrated and defeated a few days later. Murray deals with these hidden aspirations and offers guidance into the path of victory. He explains in clear simple terms what is involved in absolute surrender. He speaks of the causes of frustration and the ways of defeat. Murray calls attention to self as the great curse, and among other topics, discusses the Holy Spirit and the keeping power of God.

The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
Abbreviated from the preface to the third edition and written by Angus I. Kinnear in 1961: "From the day in 1920 when, as a college student, he found the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior during the visit of a chinese evangelist to his native city, Foochow, Nee gave himself without reserve to God for work among his own people. Over the years he became widely known in China as a gifted preacher of the Gospel and an original expositor of the Word, whose ministry bore remarkable fruit in individuals and in many groups of spiritually virile Christians. This book sets forth something of his personal understanding of the Christian life toward the end of those first few years of unrestricted service for his Lord. Many have testified to the transformation this book has wrought in their lives through new discoveries of the greatness of Christ and His finished work on the cross. it is to be approached not as an intellectual exercise but as a message to the heart." Nee was imprisoned from 1952-1972.

Abiding in Christ by Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray was born to Missionary parents in South Africa in 1828, received a theological degree in Utrecht Holland and afterward spent over 45 years in fruitful ministry. His main teaching was how to abide in Christ. He touched many hearts then; he touches many hearts today.

The God of All Comfort by Hannah Whitall Smith
For those who have a distant and uncaring God, this book is like water to a thirsty soul. She brings God into every situation and shows how we can receive from a God who is there; a God who cares. Her writing flows out of intense personal pain.

Ultimate Intention by DeVern Fromke
He looks at our lives from the perspective of God the Father rather than from man’s perspective: “The cross has not wrought its deepest work until we move beyond interpreting what Christ did “for us” and begin to see what it realized “for God.” ( I read this book for the first time 45 years ago and could not comprehend his message. I came back to it last fall and found it to be very thought provoking.)

All the Divine Names and Titles in the Bible by Herbert Lockyer
Herbert Lockyer was born in 1886 and died in 1984. It appears that he spent most of his life looking at the Names of God and has done an excellent job. He writes in a different age so that some of his phraseology is somewhat stilted but even so, this is one of my most used reference books.

Devotionals

His Victorious Indwelling edited by Nick Harrison -- Daily Devotions for a Deeper Christian Life.
Have you grasped the remarkable heritage that is yours in Christ? Through the years, certain Christians have stood out for their deep insight into the riches we possess in Christ. Oswald Chambers, AW Tozer, Hannah Whittal Smith, DL Moody, E.M. Bounds, Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley and others. These and dozens of others will help you discover the power, liberty and joy that flow from "Christ in us."

31 Days of Praise by Ruth Myers.
Praise. It leads you into God's awesome presence, into the delight of His Word, into the sure knowledge of His great love for you. If you long to experience God in a fresh, deep way, you'll treasure this personal praise guide.

The Satisfied Heart by Ruth Myers.
31 days of experiencing God's love. "The heart that has tasted God's love," the author declares, "will always turn back to Him with longing and say, 'Only Your love can meet my deepest needs.'"

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers-- is the most popular book of daily devotions ever published.
Millions of copies of this Christian classic are read everyday by Christians all over the world. Richard C. Halverson, former Chaplain of the United States Senate, says of this book: “No book except the Bible has influenced my walk with Christ at such deep and maturing levels.”

Waiting on God by Andrew Murray
A months worth of daily readings with a common theme--"my soul, wait thou only on God." (Ps 62:5) These meditations were born out of a burning conviction that Christians should know God better. (I wore out this book as I read it over and over. It is a classic.)

365 Days of Life by Bob Perdue
Devotional challenge to choose life--everyday!


Websites

For Ordering Books
www.harvesthousepublisher.com
www.Christianbook.com
www.Amazon.com
www.seedsowers.com--for books by Gene Edwards
www.crosslifebooks.com
www.surefoundation.com--for books by DeVern Fromke

Web sites which may be of help to you:
www.abidinglife.com
www.intimategod.com
www.lifenowministries.com
www.unconditionallovefellowship.com