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Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2016
We live in a time when the church is failing to live up to its own standards. It is losing the respect of those it tries to win to Christ because it has succumbed to sin, pride, and corruption. In the past, a lost world looked to the church as the example of hope and integrity; today, many people laugh or roll their eyes when the church is mentioned. It has largely lost its relevance in the world. In Awaken, best-selling author Terry Nance has composed a series of letters to younger and newer believers, aiming to help them avoid many of the sins and mistakes of their spiritual fathers as they hold high the standard of the kingdom of God with which they have been entrusted. We the church must realize that we are called to be kingdom leaders for Jesus Christ, not empire builders for ourselves. We must awaken to the understanding that we carry Jesus to this world, and His Spirit within us must be reflected in everything we do. Nance's challenge is clear: Set a standard of holiness in your own life, endure affliction as a good soldier of Christ, run your race with patience, and persevere until you come to the finish line. As you do, you can leave behind an army of leaders who will take up your banner for Jesus and carry it forward with honor.
With more than forty years' experience in local church ministry, Terry Nance is the founder and president of Focus on the Harvest, Inc. He's traveled extensively for the past several years, awakening believers by helping them to discover their individual gifts and callings and to commit to the vision of their local church. Terry has authored three previous books, God's Armorbearer, volumes 1, 2, and 3. These best-selling books have motivated thousands of Christians to stand with their leaders in faithful service, helping them to fulfill God's purpose for their lives. In 2008, Terry and his wife, Kim, began Impact Church, a dynamic and growing multicultural body of believers in Sherwood, Arkansas. Terry and Kim have been married for over thirty years and live in Sherwood with their three children, McCall, Alex, and McKenna.
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MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Every leader could benefitNovember 1, 2016MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0As the back cover says, this enriching book offers words of wisdom to Christian leaders. Although geared to younger ministers, I found much of the advice pertinent for all believers especially those involved in ministry. The author draws on his decades of serving in the church and shares personal experiences as well as godly insights. The chapters contain thirteen letters directed to young people and a final one from the younger generation to spiritual parents. Topics covered include service, sacrifice, submission, change, adversity, and other practical subjects, with much scriptural support. I heartily recommend this book, which is easy to read, but harder to put into practice. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network), and this is my honest review.
nkwbookreviewer5 Stars Out Of 5Encouragement for Christians and MinistersOctober 29, 2016nkwbookreviewerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Awaken: Letters of a Spiritual Father to this Generation" by author Terry Nance is a 176 page paperback book published by Whitaker House. It is written as thirteen letters to young church leaders and new believers as inspiration and encouragement. Any person of any age would benefit from this book. It is extremely well thought and written so that anyone could understand its ideas. The author has outlined the book in such a way that it flows smoothly and reads well. The chapters read easily and give readers many things to ponder. It is a biblically based book.
Author Nance wrote this to help young believers. He offers encouragement and help so that they will not fall prey to the same mistakes their seniors did. He uses real life experiences and quotes in his chapters to make his point. He wants to make the church and its leaders strong again. Urging Christians to be the best that God had has made them and to fulfill His purpose, author Nance tackles subjects such as authority, submission, and prayer among many others. He challenges readers to study scripture, have a deep, intimate prayer life, and to not just sit on the sidelines but be active. He states that the leaders must be good examples and set the standards. They must teach and equip their congregations so that others may go out, too.
I would highly recommend this book. While it is geared to new ministers, leaders, and even believers, older seasoned Christians will certainly find encouragement and inspiration from this heartfelt book. It would be a perfect gift for someone in ministry. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A help to anyone who is willing to read itSeptember 6, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is written as a series of letters to the younger generation, although personally, I feel many generations would glean from reading the content of this book.
Terry uses his personal stories and experiences to encourage this generation to step up to the plate and become all God wants them to be. Each chapter(letter) is thematic and Terry addresses such subjects as Prayer, Sacrifice, Service, Submission, Authority (the use and misuse of it), and so much more. Terry calls this generation to step out and become armor bearers, to follow their dreams, but also to support their leaders; to be a generation of action, not just talk. He stresses the importance of a healthy prayer life, humility, knowledge of the Word, recognizing God's voice and waiting on His perfect timing.
I enjoyed reading this book. I read a chapter a day along with my morning devotions. I felt convicted, encouraged, and inspired. I am not sure of the author's religious affiliation, but most of what I read in this book, stood true to Scripture and was in harmony with my personal beliefs. I feel this book is an asset to any church library, and a great read for teens, young adults and those of us who have been around for a while. It reminded me of Paul's mentor-ship of young Timothy.
I was blessed with a copy of this book courtesy of TBCN and Whitaker House in exchange for my honest opinion. No other form of compensation was provided.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Wise words to ministry leadersAugust 27, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4You may be a young Christian leader or a person feeling the call to ministry and leadership. Nance has written heartfelt letters in the style of a spiritual father to help you understand and develop your role in service to the church.
I really appreciate the letters Nance wrote. He emphasizes the weight of God's call to be His spokesperson. He reminds of the standard of holiness that must be set as leaders live as examples to the church. He admonishes leaders that they are to be kingdom leaders, not empire builders. Their role is to make God look better, not themselves.
With heartfelt compassion and godly insight, Nance writes about preparing for ministry when one feels called. He includes practical suggestions for increasing knowledge and experience. He reminds of the importance of prayer, the necessity of sacrifice and faith, submitting to authority, evidencing godly leadership, the reality of spiritual abuse, being a reformer, surviving and learning from adversity, upholding the truth of the Bible, and living in intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit.
I really like Nance reminding leaders that they are setting the example to others. He suggests high standards for leaders, encouraging them to run the race faithfully to the end. Nance's book is a refreshing one focusing on character rather than numbers. He gives lots of examples of godly leadership, both as illustrations and as encouragement.
I recommend this book to those in church ministry or leadership or feeling the call to ministry and leadership. You'll receive wise words from a spiritual father.
I received a complimentary of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Deana4 Stars Out Of 5Encouraging Book On LeadershipAugust 25, 2016DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I picked up this book and started reading and right away I loved what the author was speaking . The beginning is very powerful and encouraging. . As leaders we have a great responsibility to "follow Jesus which will release destiny in others." The choice we need to make is are we going to be good examples for those who are following us? Leaders need to be encouraging and always speaking life into those they are mentoring . I have heard this said many times, "You can only go as far as your leader will take you." I have never forgetten that. Being in leadership made me more accountable to God and I took that seriously. I wanted my life to be pure and without blemish. How can we be examples if we are doing things that are not honoring God?
It is easy for a leader to say words that might discourage a young person not to pursue leadership. But guess what? We will have to answer to God about those that we discouraged. I don't want to go before God and be asked, "Why did you not train that young person to be a leader? Why did you turn him or her away from Me? We need to start encouraging the youth to listen to their calling. If they hear that they should be on the Praise and Worship team, then take them to the leader and allow the Holy Spirit to begin working.
I loved when the author said, "God is not going to open doors until you get up and do something." That is so true. It's like your teen saying he wants a job. The job isn't going to come to them. They need to go out and pursue a job. The author really encourages us to find out what we are passionate about. I knew I had a passion for children. I loved being around them and I loved to talk to them about Jesus. Then it hit me one day, so this is my ministry that I've been called to. I loved every minute I was allowed to minister to the children in the church. I loved watching them grow in the word. But the most rewarding thing to me was the privilege of being able to mentor to some of them to be youth leaders, be in the Praise and Worship Team and others who wanted to stay with me and minister to the children.
If you have youth that are showing a desire to be a leader , encourage them, and pray for them. The enemy is right there waiting for a way to slip in and cause havoc in their life or discourage them. Surround them with Godly people and help to keep their eyes focused on God and their calling.
The book is such a valuable tool for the younger and new believers to keep their focus clear, and to guide them to what the word says. It is a very uplifting and valuable tool to those who read the book. You can't help but feel energized and ready to see what God has in store for you. New believers need to find someone they can be accountable to. This helps them in their walk and will keep them covered in prayer. I'm excited as I read this great book. Raise up young people and new believers. God is ready to show you your desires and help you fulfill your destiny.
"How exciting to know and understand that God saw you as a choice vessel and handpicked you to be His servant."
I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest recview.
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