2 Timothy: Winning the Victory by Katy Kauffman

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

What spiritual battles are you facing? Whatever is plaguing us-inner struggles, temptations, spiritual harassment, or opposition to the gospel-we can win our spiritual battles because in Christ, we don’t just survive. We excel.

Will we allow the obstacles and difficulties of our daily Christian lives to overcome us, or will we fight to win the victory over them? The principles that Paul passed to Timothy armed him for victory, and they can arm us, too. Victory is possible because God makes it possible.

In this study on 2 Timothy you will find inspiring application of Scripture, moving stories, thought-provoking questions, and heartfelt prayers. This book empowers you with the resources to win your spiritual struggles and the motivations to make a difference in the world around you. It equips you with over 275 principles of how to fight life’s battles and win.

Whatever victory you need today, arm yourself with the principles of 2 Timothy. Let them inspire you to win your spiritual battles so you can flourish in God’s peace, strength, and joy and do His will for your life. A Leader Guide is included for using this book as an 8-week group study.

Review:

“We have a message worth sharing.”- Katy Kauffman, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory.

Wonderfully designed to be either a self read devotional, or read with a small group, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory takes the reader(s) into an in-depth study of 2 Timothy.

Provided with daily reading, we take our time reflecting on the meaning of each verse in 2 Timothy. We also learn how to apply these verses to our lives with thought-provoking questions, challenges, and prayer guides.

Katy writes beautiful and creative illustrations for each verse to better our understanding of their meanings. Though her illustrations are a little lengthy on some days, they are so full of God’s truth that it’s not hard to be swept away in cross referencing all of the additional verses in your own Bible.

She also has some absolutely wonderful tips and suggestions for small group leaders towards the back of the book!

Overall, I most definitely recommend this and give it 5 out of 5 stars!

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Miracles From Heaven by Christy Wilson Beam

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The Synopsis:

In a remarkable true story of faith and blessings, a mother tells of her sickly young daughter, how she survived a dangerous accident, her visit to Heaven and the inexplicable disappearance of the symptoms of her chronic disease.

Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals with a rare and incurable digestive disorder that prevented her from ever living a normal, healthy life. One sunny day when she was able to go outside and play with her sisters, she fell three stories headfirst inside an old, hollowed-out tree, a fall that may well have caused death or paralysis. Implausibly, she survived without a scratch. While unconscious inside the tree, with rescue workers struggling to get to her, she visited heaven. After being released from the hospital, she defied science and was inexplicably cured of her chronic ailment.

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN will change how we look at the world around us and reinforce our belief in God and the afterlife.

My Review: 

I’ve always heard it said that authors/writers find that their personal stories, or fictional stories based on their personal lives, are the ones that are remembered most. Miracles From Heaven is exactly that and leads you into the personal lives of the Beam family as they endure this emotional roller coaster with their daughter Annabel.

As I read Annabel’s story, my heart just broke. Christy, Annabel’s mom/the author, opens the book in a beautiful way and as you progress through their story with her, you understand the power of God’s healing in way that is not often told. Christy is a master of suspense as she hops around the scenes, keeping the book firmly in your hands, and slowly and carefully painting the picture for her readers.

I do have to warn the reader that some of the scenes seemed to blend together a little too well and I did find myself re-reading quite a few scenes just to figure out what was going on.

On a side note, this book is a movie now, and it is so good (starring Jennifer Garner)! If you’ve read the book, or plan to read it, definitely plan on watching the movie too because they did a great job with it!

I highly recommend anyone who read/watched Heaven is For Real, to pick up Miracles From Heaven. This is definitely a book for you! I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

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