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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Convincing, October 30, 2011

"... your conscience proves your soul's existence."

I've read a lot of books on the salvation message but few have been quite so clear and convincing. In a matter of minutes you will read about how you can know for sure that you will spend eternity in heaven. Cary Schmidt's book presents logical arguments and explains how you can get over your fear of death. He explains how most religions are "do" religions where you have to work for your salvation. After explaining why you can't work your way to heaven with good deeds he explains the free gift of God that ensures your everlasting security. I can recommend this book highly to anyone who has a fear of death or who wants to go to heaven when they die. I also think it would be good for Christians who doubt their salvation. I urge you to read this book before you die! Then it will be too late.

~The Rebecca Review

The Gospel According to Jesus

5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus' Teachings on Salvation, October 9, 2007
"The gospel in vogue today holds forth a false hope to sinners. It promises them they can have eternal life yet continue to live in rebellion against God." ~ John F. MacArthur

John F. MacArthur presents a more radical approach to Christianity. In "The Gospel According to Jesus" he takes the reader on a journey to the heart of Jesus' message. This book is the result of seven years of serious study and it shows. He answers the following questions:

What is authentic faith in Christ?
What is a true conversion?
Will asking Jesus into your heart get you to heaven?
Can you become a believer if you don't repent of your sins?
What are the signs of a true believer?

If you have ever had any doubts about your salvation this is a very interesting read. Not only does the author base his teachings on the words of Christ, he explains them in ways I've never heard before. I was very interested in his comparison between Nicodemus and the woman by the well. He also brings a much fuller understanding to biblical stories of salvation.

"The mark of a true disciple is not that he never sins, but rather that when he does sin he inevitably returns to the Lord to receive cleansing and forgiveness." ~ pg. 111

John F. MacArthur makes some excellent points about the life of a Christian after conversion. Many of the topics discussed will shock you back into the reality of Christ's true teachings. Throughout this book he explains the spiritual truths in Jesus' parables.

What I appreciated most about this work was the emphasis on Jesus' teachings and the excellent translation of Jesus' ideas for our modern society. If you are willing to take an honest look at your faith then I can highly recommend this to you. I can honestly say that the teachings in this book will lead you to a much happier life as a Christian. You can test out the theories and teachings and decide what is true in your own life.

~The Rebecca Review


Jesus in America


5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus' Influence on American Culture, July 5, 2008
Richard Wightman Fox's "Jesus in America" gives a more complete picture of Christianity as it has evolved over hundreds of years in America. While he seems to focus mostly on events from the seventeenth to the twentieth century he does cover topics as diverse as seventeenth-century martyrs, movies about Jesus and "the Da Vinci Code."

While it is true that you will learn more about Jesus from reading His words in the Bible, this book shows how a belief in Jesus influences people's ideas about slavery and war and how each generation attempts to mold the image of Jesus for their own purposes or causes.

This book takes forever to read but it is worth the effort. The only shocking thing in this book is probably the story of how Benjamin Franklin tried to change The Lord's Prayer. What audacity! It is also interesting to see how religious people continued to try to de-divinize Christ. After reading this book you are left with a feeling of love and respect for the greatest teacher of all time. For Christians this will deepen their respect for Christ the Savior and for unbelievers it shows Jesus' influence on American culture.

If you are interested in other items that I loved and reviewed, here are a few items you might enjoy:

7 Signs of Christ's Return
The End Times : In the Words of Jesus
What Jesus Demands from the World
The Gospel According to Jesus
Jesus (2000)
No Wonder They Call Him the Savior: Chronicles of the Cross
Just Like Jesus
Jesus: An Intimate Portrait of the Man, His Land, and His People
What Christians Believe

~The Rebecca Review


What Jesus Demands from the World

5.0 out of 5 stars Are all Christians really going to Heaven? , June 5, 2008
"I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance." ~ Luke 15:17

For Christians who take their salvation lightly, this book may shock them into reality. "What Jesus Demands from the World" is based on the words of Christ and for the most part the author takes them literally. He speaks out against divorce and shows how Christ sets an even higher standard for marriage.

I've read quite a few books on Jesus and this is one of my favorites. By reading this book you can see how many of Jesus' demands you are observing in your daily life. There are familiar and not so familiar verses so it is possible to learn many new things in each chapter. If you thought you only had to pray a salvation prayer to get into heaven, then this book might seem a little shocking to you.

Does your love for Jesus need to be an emotion or is this type of love more of an act of the will?

Is there really a hell and how can you avoid going there?

How can you love God and fear Him at the same time?

Could a selfish spirit keep you out of heaven?

Why is it more difficult for a rich man to enter heaven?

John Piper answers these questions and more. His insight is superb and the way the book is organized makes it very easy to read. Each chapter begins with relevant verses and this is followed by a brief explanation. You can read each chapter like a devotional or read the book in a matter of days. As you read this book you will notice the demands that apply to you and in this way you can become more like Christ as you decide on how to put Christ's words into action.

~The Rebecca Review


Jesus: Why the world is still fascinated by Him


4.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Case for Christ, June 15, 2009

Tim Lahaye is a much needed voice to combat modern misconceptions about Jesus' life. In "Jesus: Why The World Is Still Fascinated By Him" he doesn't really address the reasons why Jesus fascinates us, instead he presents convincing evidence that Jesus is the Son of God. He shows how Old Testament prophesies were fulfilled in the New Testament. There is a list of Jesus' prophecies and their fulfillment. You might also be surprised by the list of similarities between the life of Moses and Jesus Christ. It is something I've never seen in any other book I've read on Jesus. So there is a lot of new information combined with traditional teachings "about" Jesus.

This book does not focus on the teachings "of" Jesus but instead seeks to prove that no one else could be the Savior of the world. Since how you think of Jesus could determine your eternal destiny this book could not appear at a better time. As a Christian, this book strengthened my faith. I'd recommend this book to atheists and Christians alike. "Jesus: Why The World Is Still Fascinated By Him" is a compelling case for Christ!

~The Rebecca Review





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