Reasons for Hope in the Mosaic of Your Life
A great testimony tool!
Sometimes the broken pieces of each our lives is there for a purpose. If would could share with people that times that God had used those circumstances to come into our life and make us better individuals and help us grow through our spiritual trials, we should be share those with people we come into contact with daily. Using those times of brokenness to connect with what God has done for each of us in our life.
This is what God had in mind for all those storms and trials in our lives. Those of us that weather through them can honestly say, we know what its like and we've been there and made it out the other side. Not only that, but here is what I personally learned by going through it. In the book, Reasons for Hope: In the Mosaic of Your Life by Carl Kerby, he shows people how we can get through life through sharing our trials with others. It helps show people what God's purpose is in our lives and how we can use that as a way to bring others to God. I received this book compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest opinion and think the author creates a fresh perspective on just how can witness to others through our personal pain. He shares his own struggles of being a son of professional wrestler and then trying to find his own way in life when so many doors seem to close. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and find his stories very related to what we encounter in life.
"Life is not always picture-perfect, and sometimes it is difficult to see GodÃ¢ÂÂs plan or purposeÃ¢ÂÂespecially during difficult times. Reasons for Hope: In the Mosaic of Your Life, by sought-after speaker Carl Kerby, researches the many aspects of faith that will encourage everyone looking for hope in todayÃ¢ÂÂs troubling times. With humor and passion, Carl answers questions about suffering, evolution, relativism, faith and more, strengthening his readers and equipping them to offer true hope to a broken world.
Ã¢ÂÂIn a mosaic, the artist arranges pieces of cut or broken stones or tiles to create a decorative pattern. We may struggle to grasp the overall design of a mosaic when weÃ¢ÂÂre looking at the individual pieces up close, because what we see looks like a piece of junk, broken and useless. But when we step back far enough to view the entire mosaic, we get a new perspective, and we see the intricate beauty of the finished masterpiece. That enables us to grasp the original intent of the artist,Ã¢ÂÂ explains Carl Kerby. Reasons for Hope chronicles CarlÃ¢ÂÂs rocky start as the son of a professional wrestler and takes readers from his difficult teen years and his military career to his stressful responsibility as an air-traffic controller at one of the nationÃ¢ÂÂs busiest airports and ultimately to his ministry calling as a speaker. Carl reveals how God has created a beautiful mosaic from the broken pieces of his life, held together by the saving grace of the cross of Jesus Christ. As readers join in CarlÃ¢ÂÂs journey, they will come to understand how the bigger picture of their own lives reveals a unique and beautiful mosaic.
Using his dynamic and infectious passion, Carl reveals GodÃ¢ÂÂs hand throughout his life, from childhood to adulthood, from unbelief to belief. No matter what the circumstances, God gathers up the broken pieces of life and forms them into something beautiful, all according to His purpose and plan. CarlÃ¢ÂÂs story will not only give reasons for hope but will also encourage readers to share their only true hope, Jesus Christ. Readers will walk away knowing that the broken pieces of their lives are used by God to make beautiful and useful vessels for His work."
About The Author:
Carl Kerby is president and founder of Reasons for Hope (rforh.com), founded in 2011 as a response to a calling from God to proclaim the authority and authenticity of the Bible. He was previously a founding board member at Answers in Genesis for ten years and served there for over fifteen years. Before that he worked as an air-traffic controller at OÃ¢ÂÂHare International Airport. KerbyÃ¢ÂÂs love for Jesus fuels a passion to engage the minds and hearts of youth and adults so that they can know the truth of GodÃ¢ÂÂs Word. He is a sought-after speaker both in the United States and abroad. Yet his most cherished accomplishment is his 29-year marriage to his wife, Masami, and his roles as father to his children, Alisa and Carl, Jr., and as grandfather to Trey.
February 17, 2012
Well written hope for this generation
I really enjoyed reading Reasons for Hope. I found Carl's writing style easy to follow, clear and direct. One of my favorite parts of the book is found on pages 28 and 29. Here he is talking about when the Hebrew children were crossing the river Jordan. (Joshua 3:15-17)
...As a reminder to the current and future generations of what a great thing God had done for His people, God commanded Joshua to build a memorial. Twelve men (one from each tribe) went to the riverbed, and each removed one stone. They carried these stones to where they camped on the western side of the Jordan and piled them up as a memorial.... The stone memorial on the riverbank testified to His faithfulness and served as a reminder to them and future generations that only God is their deliverer and their source of strength. The stones "cry out" the message to every generation that God is steadfast in His promises to deliver and bless His people.
Reading how God had His hand on Carl was insightful. I caused me to stop and look at how God has kept His hand on my own life even when I didn't realize it.
Being familiar with Answers In Genesis, I hadn't realized how close he worked with Ken Hamm and the organization. That was quite informative, especially since it caused Carl to step out of his comfort zone and begin public speaking.
A well written book, Reasons for Hope, is one I would chose to read again and recommend to those who may be struggling to find hope in their lives. Carl does a wonderful job in pointing his readers to our Great Hope, Christ Jesus. He also gives great arguments in why we should place our hope in the one true God, Jesus Christ.
This book was provided for review purposes by The B and B Media Group, Inc. I am under no obligation to provide a positive
February 16, 2012
An excellent biographical apologetics book!
Ã¢ÂÂReasons for HopeÃ¢ÂÂ by Carl Kerby is a really interesting book. It has the subtitle Ã¢ÂÂIn the Mosaic of Your LifeÃ¢ÂÂ, and I think this is the most appropriate way to describe the book. Kerby makes the point early on describing how a mosaic is based on pieces of broken clay and glass being formed into a picture, and how our lives, and more specifically this current generation, are pieces of brokenness and colour that God fashions into the big picture. We, in our place in life, do not see the big picture, but we should have faith that the God that designed the universe has us in mind.
This book is about the road that Mr. Kerby took to get to where he is now as the founder of Reasons for Hope, the ministry. He talks about the trials growing up with a father who was a professional wrestler, and the moving around and the fact that his father was often on the road. He tells stories from his time in the military, and the process where he met his wife in Japan. There are a lot of teaching points drawn from his time working as an Air Traffic Controller. He tells stories of how through GodÃ¢ÂÂs providence Mr. Kerby ends up working with some of the people in my favourite creation ministries, and eventually founding his own.
There are some discussions about defending the Christian faith, and more specifically about defending the creation account described in Genesis. He has some words to say about the process of becoming a Godly husband and father.
Part three of the book goes through some of the common objections to faith and the bible that I have heard time and time again. As a pastor, these kinds of sections are helpful in finding ways to help others overcome their intellectual issues and move towards faith in Christ. He touches on Ã¢ÂÂWhy does God allow pain and suffering?Ã¢ÂÂ There are sections that begin the discussion on Evolution and its results, Dinosaurs and the bible, Issues of racism, and some retorts from people that he has shared these issues to. He closes the book by zooming out to try to take the perspective of how God sees things, and offers some final thoughts on life and faith in Christ.
This is an excellent book to start the journey down the road of a creation worldview, and as a kind of biography, it was an excellent read.
February 3, 2012
see God as creating a mosaic of your life
Mosaics have been around for thousands of years. Artists arrange small pieces of cut or broken stone or tile to create a pattern. Close up, it is hard to grasp the design. Stepping back gives us a new perspective and we can see the intricate result.
Kerby has realized that God is the Artist in his life, taking the broken pieces and creating a vessel useful for His work. He was the son of a prominent professional wrestler, a rebellious young man, air traffic controller, follower of Christ, full time speaker, and believer in the Bible containing the answers needed for life.
Kerby reminds us that God asks each Christian to be able to give a reasonable explanation for the hope we have. Kelby shares his own story as an example of how this can be done. Dropping our of high school, he was homeless at one point. He went into the military and air traffic control. He was introduced to creationism as shown in the Bible. He began volunteering for ICR and then Answers in Genesis. A quirky situation caused him to begin actually speaking at events.
Kerby wants to help his readers be Ã¢ÂÂall things to all men,Ã¢ÂÂ being able to speak the truth and show the need for Jesus, no matter who is encountered. The circumstances of his life is unique but, in a sense, not all that different from ours. He recognizes God's hand in his life and gives God the glory for it. He wants us to do the same.
Kerby ends his book with a section on apologetics, concentrating on creation and race issues.
Kerby's book is an encouragement. As we read of Kerby's life, we are inspired to see the hand of God in our own. Ã¢ÂÂJust as the most incredible and detailed mosaics are made up of many broken pieces, we all have broken pieces in our lives that God will use to create a beautiful mosaic for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28; Hebrews 13:21).Ã¢ÂÂ (231-232)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from The B & B Media Group, Inc., for the purpose of this review.
February 2, 2012