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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9780718085407
ISBN-13: 9780718085407

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One power-packed word: amen.

Millions of Christians all over the world say this word every day. Yet few realize what richness, depth, truth, and connection are packed into this sacred phrase.

Throughout the centuries, Christian tradition has taught us to end prayers with amen. But the Bible is full of stories and passages where God’s people started their prayers with amen. Why? As Beth Guckenberger shows, amen is more than just a way to punctuate a conversation with the God of the Universe. Amen is a declaration of who God is and who we are in relation to him. It is a moment of submission and worship, saying "So be it" to a Sovereignty that holds all things, and acknowledging "It is as you say" to him who holds our lives.

In Amen, Beth unpacks all the Bible has to teach us about the moment we say amen to God. Using key scripture passages mixed with fresh teaching and personal stories, she invites readers to experience the richness they’ve been missing.

Amen is more than just a word. Amen is a full invitation from God packed with all that he requires from us and all he longs to bestow upon us as his beloved children. As Beth writes, "He is beckoning us all. Come to me. Learn my ways. You are my child, whom I dearly love and bought with a price. The God of Amen rescued you so you can echo amen back to him. God intended this word to be a moment of intimacy, drenched in reverence, replete with peace—the moment when you rest in him and are rejuvenated by him. There is so much more he wants to give. Amen."

If Christians long to be truly connected to their Creator, they must begin with amen. For, as Isaiah 65:16 says, "Because he who is blessed in the earth will be blessed by the God of Amen."

Author Bio

Beth Guckenberger and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they serve as co-executive directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University with degrees in education, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico. Since founding the international arm of Back2Back in 1997, they have hosted thousands of guests on the ministry campus. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children.

Beth is the author of multiple books, including Reckless Faith, Relentless Hope, Tales of the Not Forgotten, and several others. Beth is the recipient of the 2013 International Network of Children’s Ministry Legacy Award and the Cincinnati Christian University Salute to Leaders Award for the impact made on children internationally. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings, and church services. Her style is based in storytelling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary and parent of ten children for illustrations of biblical concepts. Visit her website: www.back2back.org

 

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    Start With Amen is a book I recommend everyone read.

    Packed with so many truths spoken in word stories that will allow the read to remember for a long time. I liked how the author didn't beat me over the head but gently, through her experiences, led me into a deeper understanding of surrender and obedience to God.

    Start with Amen is literally flipping your prayers by beginning with Amen, which means "so be it". By doing so, it will put you in a place of surrender. It isn't a formula, by any means, but a place where you can come before the Lord in a different posture.

    Again, I highly recommend Start With Amen!

    **I received an advance copy from the author and publisher for my honest review."
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    Beth is a gifted and passionate writer. Her motive is to help her reader fall more in love with Jesus and have an incredible heart connection with our creator. This book does that! Such a simple word many of us have said thousands of times, but Beth turns into something beautiful and sacred. A single word that can bring immediate intimacy with our Father. A word that can connect us when maybe we have no other words to say. She uses relatable stories and bible scripture to take you on your own personal journey to Start with Amen!

    * I was given this book in exchange for my review from the publisher. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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    So be it
    May 9, 2017
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    I've heard Beth Guckenberger speak before and her teaching was full of stories. Her newest book, Start with Amen, is no different. Through stories of her family and ministry, we see a life lived in submission to God. She encourages readers to start prayers and their lives with amen, a posture that says "so be it" to God. This book is perfect if you are looking for inspiration and encouragement to live by faith, as Beth Guckenberger so beautifully models. I expected a book about prayer, but it is so much more than that.

    I received this book from the publisher for review.
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    I was so moved by this book! Start With Amen challenges us to break from the norm of using "amen" as our ending point in prayer or supplication, but to use it as our beginning! By flipping the way the word is used, it conveys acceptance of what God has for us, even if it doesn't come the way we expected it--to accept, trust in faith and move forward, knowing He is good. I felt that this book came my way just when I needed it. You will be stretched in your thinking, moved to action and ready to accept God's will for your "plans". Sometimes submitting to what is best is difficult, but necessary. Beth has a calm, honest presence and shares her personal journey serving those in other countries as well as our foster care system. Let the lessons she's learned encourage you to step into situations you wouldn't normally in order to reach beyond your circle to those who need love.Do yourself a favor and get this book--you won't be sorry, and I bet you will order more to share with friends--I plan on it!

    ***I received a pre-released copy from the author and publisher. The opinions expressed in this review are my own unbiased opinions of the book.**
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