Cursing the Church or Helping It? Exposing the Spirit of Balaam  -     By: Anna M. Aquino
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* Grudge matches and a "me first" attitude plague today's congregations. How can we stop it? Drawing on the story of Balaam, Aquino encourages you to reject a divisive spirit and bless your brothers and sisters in Christ. Discover how to block spiritual Amnons from violating Christ's body, be humble, love your church family, and more. 224 pages, softcover from Destiny Image.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Destiny Image
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8 X 5.125 X .5 (inches)
ISBN: 0768440483
ISBN-13: 9780768440485
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There is an epidemic going on in the Church today.  Many Christians hold on to offenses and maintain a "me first" attitude. In this last season, we must learn how to have compassion, truly love each other, and become one as the Body of Christ. Anna Aquino’s book seeks to open our eyes, soften our hearts, and move us to extend blessings to one another as we come together in unity. This book will help heal the hearts of people—both in the Church and in the world—who have been hurt by the spirit of Balaam. You will:
•    Learn that the spirit of Balaam brings division by causing Christians to criticize (curse) each other.
•    Understand how spiritual Amnons violate the Body.
•    Be challenged to examine your ways and humble your heart before God.
•    Be motivated to love your brothers and sisters in the Lord compassionately.
Anna Aquino writes, "We in the church need to wake up, have compassion, and start loving the hell out of each other. The spirit of Balaam is moving through the churches at a rapid pace.  It’s up to us as the Church to stop it."

 

Author Bio

Anna Aquino is a child of God, wife, mother of two girls, writer, guest minister, and motivational speaker. She is the author of many books. She and her husband Dan founded Doveagle Ministries and are based out of Kissimmee, Florida.

Editorial Reviews

"There is an epidemic that has plagued many churches today. It is a fast spreading disease that seeks to destroy those who will give it a voice. If it is not identified and dealt with, it can ruin lives and churches through its subtle schemes. Anna Aquino exposes, articulates and gives timely truths to protect those who are in the path of the "curse of the spirit of Balaam’. Read this book and avoid its dangerous effects."
          —Hank and Brenda Kunneman

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  1. Seattle
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Exposing the Spirit of Balaam in the Church
    June 23, 2012
    Claire Seattle
    Seattle
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    ‘Cursing the Church or helping It' offers an insightful look into the Spirit of Balaam. The author's theme through the entire book is to counter the spirit of offense and bring the Body of Christ, the Church to a place of unity. Gossip, slander and pretention are the most common tools used to curse our brothers and sisters in Christ which ought not to be.

    Balaam's story as presented by the author is a lesson for us that, in the author's words, "just because a person can flow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit doesn't mean they have character" which means that it is by fruit (godly character) that we can see the genuineness of living a Christian life. The author exhorts us to be real and honest with each other. To live a lifestyle where we notice and care for the needs of those around us, to show true godly agape love.

    The church has been living in a slumber and has lost compassion and empathy for our fellow man. The author believes that a season is coming where we the church, will have to rely on each other and realize that the government cannot save us. Jesus Christ is our Savior. We are exhorted to mature into the things of the Lord and become part of the solution.

    A complimentary copy of this ebook was provided to me as a courtesy from the publisher but the opinions are solely my own.
  2. Lake City, MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome!
    April 8, 2012
    cristi6
    Lake City, MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What is the Spirit of Balaam? This is the question that gets answered in "Cursing the Church of Helping it?" by Anna Aquino.

    What makes this an interesting book is the way it is written. She puts her life stories throughout. You understand that she has lived it, and if she can get through it, you can, too. Through this light way of writing, you learn, too.

    She gets across to not put others down so as to puff yourself up. This is what causes divisions. Through this others will and do leave the church...and some never return to a church again.

    What is needed, as she says, is unity in the Church...not just the local church, but the Church of God. We are His representatives, and we much act like it. The Body of Christ need not be divided.

    This review is based on the ebooks received from the publisher.
  3. Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An inDepth Look at the Sin of Balaam
    April 2, 2012
    richard r blake
    Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Anna M. Aquino calls the church and individual Christians to unite in a spirit of love and compassion in her book "Cursing the Church of Helping It?" a wakeup call to the dangers of pursuing the spirit of Balaam. Her writing is candid, articulate, and convincing.

    My eyes were opened to the realization of the important lessons drawn from Balaam's errors. His name is mentioned specifically in seven books of the Bible:

    · Numbers 22 - 24

    · Deuteronomy 23:4-5

    · Joshua 13:22

    · Nehemiah 13:2

    · 2 Peter 2:15

    · Jude 11

    · Revelation 2:24

    There are dozens of other reference alluding to the nature of Balaam's sins clearly indicating God's displeasure. I was impressed with the Aquino's broad scope of well documented research. These resources are an import tool for future study.

    Anna shares stories from her experience to illustrate truths from the scriptures, sometime in heartbreaking stories, and at other times relates humorous incidents to bring home a lesson. The reader is challenged to self-examination and motivation to take action by intentionally extending compassion to others in an effort to unify the church and bring honor to the name of Christ.

    "Cursing the Church of Helping It?" is an excellent Biblical study exposing the spirit of Balaam.

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Anna M. Aquino
Located in: Kissimmee, FL
Submitted: December 16, 2011

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a super fab child of God, wife, mother of two girls, writer, guest minister, and motivational speaker. I am the author of many books. I have been quoted in places like cnbc.com, abcnews.go.com, aarp.com, and aoljobs.com. My husband Dan and I founded Doveagle Ministries.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I am passionate that His church begin to function the way He desires it to function. I am passionate the body wakes up from the self absorbed, unloving, self centered mentality and begins to embrace what the Bible says about those that follow Christ. Jesus was moved with compassion. Sadly the compassion in our churches today has been seared.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope that this is motivation for the church to wake up and realize God’s desire for the church is far from what it is today. God’s desire is for His church to be unified. That doesn’t always mean we’ll worship the same or have all the same theological beliefs. However it does mean that we can come together in unity built upon The Cornerstone of Jesus Christ. It does mean that we would start loving each other. It does mean that we will stop being a fake and pretend body of Christ, and start being real.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Writing this book humbled me, and is a constant reminder for me to stop looking at myself so much and start looking at those around me. It’s helped me see the areas that I have fallen short, and continued to push me to tell the church to wake up to the world around them.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I’m a huge fan of Corrie Ten Boom and her life. I am a self proclaimed history buff and I love to hear how God’s grace prevails in the most difficult of places. I love reading the stories of great men and women of God like Smith Wigglesworth, Dr. Lester Sumerall, and Kenneth E. Hagin. I believe that this generation is crying out for miracles and God is doing something in the body of Christ.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  When I was 12 years old I had an encounter with God and I felt that He had called me into ministry. It has been my goal since that time to run the race and fulfill the course that He has set before me. I feel that delivering this message to the church is part of that destiny. This is a word that the church needs to hear, and needs to embrace.

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