“Living in the Zone” by Kyle Rote Jr.

“Living Life in the Zone” is a 40-Day Journey through different areas of life that every man will face at some time. Designed for men with families, this devotional will take you deeper with Christ in a sports-themed fashion. Taking the style of so many other devotional books, you are asked to commit a short period of time to the concept of having this plan guide you in your relationship with G-d, family, friends, life, love, money, sports, and more. Definitely a men-only read, not out of anything that’s too “manly,” but just themed for the average man, playing heavily on what culture defines as a man.

 

Personally, this book did not exceed my expectations of a devotional, and would not make it on my list of reading efforts, if it weren’t for the request from Booksneeze…

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“Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain” by Paul Meier

This book covers how to overcome pain in life and seek G-d’s purpose to fulfill every empty need and desire. Meier and Henderson cover seven different categories that seem to be the core relations of pain and struggle in our lives: injustice, rejection, loneliness, loss, discipline, failure, and death. Reviewing each section as its own chapter, they guide the reader through the healing process in that area, and into a more insightful, and godly, life.

 

I have not finished reading this book, but it is definitely a good resource to use to help others that may be struggling. In all honesty, this book was a slight challenge for me since I have not held these issues in my own control, but relinquish them to G-d every day. That is what we must do to overcome, and the doctors agree. However, if you are struggling in any of these areas or know someone who is, grab this book and read it. It can benefit everyone involved. They do an excellent job covering injustice, in my opinion. For anyone who knows a “generation me” person, this is a great chapter. We have a new generation that feels entitled to everything, but this book sheds the truth on that lie and addresses it directly.

 

Struggling with relationship issues? From chapter eight, “[w]henever two people meet, there are six people present – the two as they see themselves, the two as they see each other, and the two as they really are.” I love that quote, and so true. This is a good section to read if you have issues with rejection, which is a big obstacle in many relationships today.

 

This book manages to not just present the issues, but put together a resolution plan. For example, are we spiritually fit? Check the fitness inventory to find out…but in the end, I’m just another person.

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“What Difference Do It Make?” by Ron Hall

In essence, What Difference Do It Make is a retelling of the first text, with expansions and additions of “stories of hope and healing.” I don’t want to give too much away, but this guides us through the lives and pain of Ron and Denver, seeing part of their original text, with much more information added in, after the fact, that helps complete the story. Overall, this book is, more than anything else, about hope.

 

This book was quite a challenge to accept in many ways. Before I started reading this book, I had a discussion with some men I am discipling. We were talking about our concerns helping the homeless because they may use what we give them for sin addictions. After reading this book, I cannot say the same. Y’shua said that we are to give of anyone who begs, and for those who would ask a coat, give them also our tunic. I have learned that we need to give to the least of these, as if entertaining angels. Secondly, it isn’t helping them. It is blessing them. To help them would get them out of there entirely, but requires us to get quite dirty on our own end as well.That, and the fact that if the church stepped up and did what they have been called to do, there would be no homeless situation.

 

Biblically-based, rooted in scripture, and of sound foundations, I support this book for those either looking for a hopeful tale or need a serious wake-up call about how we are to help the homeless.

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