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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
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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 Gods 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 theyve 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 peacethe 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."
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 Childrens 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
gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Start with AmenAugust 8, 2017gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5START WITH AMEN
How I Learned to Surrender by Keeping the End in Mind
By Beth Guckenberger
Author Beth Guckenberger shares some of her stories of being on missionary trips and traveling. The stories she shares are her personal experiences that has helped her understand amen and the true meaning. A definition of amen is so be it and used at the end of prayer, the author also feels it also needs to be used at the beginning as well. Her thoughts of using amen at the start of prayers as well at the end are shared. She shows that amen is a word of power and shares why she thinks that. She includes scriptures that prove her beliefs about amen. She covers the benefits of amen, the restoration, barriers, first steps, challenges and boldness of amen.
The book is easy to read and understand. She covers a large variety of things that she has experienced. If you like stories about people and travel, I am sure you will enjoy this book. The information about amen can be used in discussion groups.
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ReviewerAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Life ChangingMay 13, 2017ReviewerAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Start 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."
Smiley5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Book!May 13, 2017SmileyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Beth 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.
Meg5 Stars Out Of 5So be itMay 9, 2017MegQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'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.
EmP2416Age: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Start With Amen: Cultivating Spiritual Maturity by Keeping the End in MindMay 9, 2017EmP2416Age: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I 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.**