Saturday, December 20, 2014

My Review of "Choosing Him All Over Again"

I was given the opportunity to be on the blogger launch team for "Choosing Him All Over Again". This is a wonderful (true) story of redemption by Juana Mikels. I received an early PDF of the book to read & review, so without further ado, here is my review.

It came out on Amazon on December 10th (2014) and in other places in January 5th, 2015.

I was first intrigued by the cover of this book, because Elisabeth Elliot is one of my heroes of the faith & she endorsed Juana's book. Juana gives her back story, tells of her separation, and eventually reconciliation. She is incredibly open with her past, her sins, & her mistakes that brought her marriage down. Her book is divided into three sections: The Old Life, The New Life, and The Life of Faith & Marriage.

While this book is specifically written for a Christian wife with a non-Christian husband (or a husband who isn't acting like a Christian) or separated spouses, I found it to be very useful for my marriage as well. Juana's book is full of godly advice, intriguing quotes by other Christians, and references to the best book of all: the Bible.


Juana references other books we can read about Christian marriage & Christian reconciliation and she emphasizes the importance of finding godly counselor to help navigate a separation.

Juana writes about the importance of being obedient to God & obeying your husband in the little things. Her book nudges women to cater to their husband's preferences, instead of ignoring his requests. She encourages women to prioritize God first, then their husband (& home), and finally others. 

I loved the resources this book had to offer. Juana gives 9 areas you can focus on during a separation & reconciliation in your marriage. The book gives 11 checkpoints to refresh your marriage and prayers you can pray for your husband.

For those who are interested in getting "Choosing Him All Over Again" by Juana Mikels, there is a FREE study guide at Ambassador International.

So for those interested in reading a Christian book on separation & reconciliation, or just looking to improve your marriage, I recommend Juana Mikels' book Choosing Him All Over Again.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Answer to 2 Chronicles 7:14

Many churches quote 2 Chronicles 7:14 & apply it to the US: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

This is a beautiful passage, with specific actions to do, but if we are fasting & humbling, why aren't things changing in the US?

I think Isaiah 58 holds that answer:
Our Complaint
"...they seem eager to know my ways as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God...‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’..." (verses 2-3a)

Our Problem
"Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?..." (verses 3b-5)

What God Wants When We Fast
"“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?" (verses 6-7)
God's Promise
"Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail...“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken." (verses 8-14)

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