Counter Culture

by David Platt

Wow. This man, his faith and obedience, always inspires me so much. I loved, LOVED this book. He is such an incredible disciple because he is willing to obey God in all things.

The subjects tackled in this book are brave, to say the least. I don’t know many people that would be willing to even comment on most of these topics, let alone write a book with their name on it.

David writes on topics ranging from abortion, sex, ethnicity, and even refugees. Have questions about what God says in these areas? I bet you don’t want to know! Ignorance is bliss…or is it? Do God really know what is best for us? Are we willing to fall in love with Him, trust Him and, most importantly, surrender to Him?

I hope so. I know the road is narrow, but let’s make it a little wider.

Be sure to pre-order Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age. It is a revised and updated version of the original with an extra chapter added based on the refugee crisis. Release date set for February 7, 2017.

Thanks for this read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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Against the Flow – The inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism

by John C. Lennox

Want to know what life was really like for Daniel as he was drug into captivity along with thousands of other Jewish citizens? Do you want to see what ancient Babylon looked like? This book has everything from how the palace was laid out, which gods were worshiped, the thickness of the wall surrounding the city, to the experiences Daniel and his countrymen would have had to face. Unbelievable! I can’t even imagine the hours spend researching such a book!!!

This is something that I will read and re-read. It really gives you an understanding of what was happening. Inside the book are BEAUTIFUL, glossy pictures depicting the different things found from ancient Babylon to depictions made from the stories in the book of Daniel.

Please pick up a copy! This is one of the best Biblical research books you’ll ever find! It’s certainly the most thorough work I’ve read!!!! Link is in the pic above. it will also make a great gift for any pastor, student, or friend interested in learning more about the Bible.

Thank you, Litfuse, for this wonderful book!! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!!

Jesus Without Borders: What Planes, Trains, & Rickshaws Taught Me About Jesus

by Chad Gibbs

Traveling all over the world so you can “research how people worship” is very clever. Well played, Chad! Well played.

This book had me hooked from the beginning. It is always interesting to see how other cultures worship God and live their lives. In America, for some reason, we always think we are the professionals of everything. However, Christianity has been practiced for years in other countries long before the good ol’ U.S. of A. ever existed.

Chad’s witty humor (yes, actually laughing out loud while reading a book is not very cool…I know), honesty and writing style have you “whipping through” this book. You’ll enjoy flipping the pages as well as learning a lot of new things about the world around us** (**Yes, there is a world outside of the Bible Belt of America).

5 Solid Stars! Pick it up for that friend of yours that loves travel, culture and a good laugh here and there. (Link is in the pic above). Thanks, netgalley and Chad Gibbs, for a copy of this book! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!


Guess what?? balloonsChad is giving away 3 SIGNED COPIES of his new book! Click on this a Rafflecopter giveaway to win a copy!!

Remember, there are only two mandatory entries. The rest are just extras!! All entries will be checked and any falsified entries will be disqualified.

Good luck!!!

And for more fun, check out our awesome face-off. Want to find out if “Death by Skydiver squashing him” will be on his obits? How long between dentist visits?? War Eagle? What’s that?!

Couple of things! — (+ New Giveaways)

Hey!! Life sure has been crazy around here. I am just back from a trip up north to see my parents through a couple of big appointments. I’ve had a lot of my posts on timers, so I am sorry if you got a bunch at once, or if you had any problems.

Today is the last day you can enter to win The Darcy Brothers ebook! You don’t want to miss out!!! Just go to my page and look at the giveaways section. There are some new giveaways there too. Enter while you can!!

Thanks to those of you who have been praying for us and all the insanity going on with my family and everyone’s health. It’s been a pretty CRAZY week. As I was driving home today, I was listening to some TAY TAY. I noticed myself starting to worship. At first, I felt totally weird (once I realized what I was doing), but she was singing about this total gentleman that gave her chance after chance and was always there for her. I started laughing because, one, it was a little (lot) weird, but mostly because I thought it was pretty cool that my mind went straight to God when I heard the lyrics. He will be made to worship in all things, I suppose. He was that gentleman to me that changed my life.

So, there you have my most embarrassing secret of the week. Care to share your’s?

Q & A’s with David Nowell


A few weeks back, I did a review of the book Dirty Faith. I hope that EVERYONE took my recommendation and picked up a copy for yourself and one for a friend.

I asked the author, David Z. Nowell, a few questions about his ministry, so I would like to share the info with you, plus some fun question/answer too (: You know I have to enjoy life!

He runs an incredible ministry helping children that have nobody else. Being Jesus to them. The face of God. In other words, he doesn’t show up on a short term mission trip, tell them he loves them and then disappear, thus leaving the message that God is the same way. I am CERTAINLY not against short term missions, I just believe that we are to be faithful in whatever area God wants us to be and remain steady. It can be anywhere, but follow through and show love that doesn’t go away.

I have added a list of categories (with links included) so you can see what different areas that are addressed on the website.

1. How do you guys spend Christmas, holidays, birthdays, etc…with such a large group?

David – The same way we would with a smaller group. our kids are divided into families, with each family having 12-16 children in the own home on campus. We celebrate family time within the context of these smaller group.ย 

2.ย  Do you take on interns?

David – Rarely, It would have to be someone fluent in Portuguese, or having the intern would be more work than contribution.

3. What is one of the funniest stories you have? I am sure there are plenty! Kids are always full of fun!

David – See http://www.davidznowell.com/oh-lord-hear-my-prayer/

Charity – I see! Please check out the website for some great info on what’s going on there. Plenty of fun and incredible stories!

4. Is something like that home a possibility in the States? We have tried to adopt teenagers for almost 4 years now, with absolutely no luck. We passed our home study with high reviews. Social workers don’t want to get around to it.

David – I am not sure it would; there would be a lot of culture to overcome. Have you talked to the folks at Bethany Christian Services? Another option would be to attend the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Nashville, and meet some of the adoption orgs there.

Charity – Thank you! We actually are going through Bethany Christian Services and they are wonderful. It happens to be the state workers that THEY have to deal with that are problematic. I have not heard of the event in Nashville! Something to pray about, for sure!

5. Weirdest food you’ve had to eat there?

David – Really, nothing too weird. Brazilian prepare wonderful foods, with heavy emphasis on grilled meat and great desserts.

6. Does your family enjoy life at Hope Unlimited?

David – We actually live in the US. My daughters are grown, but my wife absolutely loves to travel to campus in Brazil with me.


I want to thank David again for taking time to talk to me. Please check out the website and his book (which was just released!) The link for his book is in the pic at the top of this post.

http://www.davidznowell.com/