Z's Book Reviews

The Hidden Enemy by Michael Youssef

Aggressive secularism, radical islam, and the fight for our future.

A book review, by Zaneta Francis.

Reality Check

This book has been an eye opener and a reality check for me personally. So often, I get into the “daily grind” of life, and stick my “head in the sand” when it comes to knowing what is going on in our world. It is easy to become complacent. It is easy to say to yourself, “I just don’t want to watch the news because it is too depressing”.

Although I am inclined to agree with that thought process, and occasionally catch myself thinking that way, I do believe that as christians it is our duty to stay informed and speak Truth. There is too much going on in our world right now that goes extremely against the Word of God. There is so much “wrong” being declared “right.” It is time for us to stand for Truth. To stand for what is right.

In this book, Micheal talks about how fundamental secularism and radical Islam is infiltrating our society. How it has been “rearing it’s ugly head” lately, but in fact has been in the background for decades. Only current events have made this issue stand out.

“[Secular fundamentalists]…They are so utterly convinced of the rightness of their rationalism and atheism that they cannot tolerate religion in any form and cannot allow religious parents to teach their faith to their children. They ridicule, mock and satirize the idea of God, and they have no empathy whatsoever for the people they have scorned and persecuted. They feel justified and self-righteous.”

Secular Fundamentalist, unfortunately, are the ones being voted into office and are having influence over the laws being passed, the tone being set and the overall morality of our culture. This is the reality that is our culture. This is the reality of our government (in a lot of cases).

The Great American Delusion

 

“If the founding fathers could visit America today, they wouldn’t recognize the nation they established. Where is the industrious, liberty-loving nation for which they risked their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor? It has largely become a place where antisocial behavior is rewarded, where industriousness is penalized, and where our First Amendment freedoms are giving way to political correctness.”

This was my favorite paragraph of the whole book!

The issues that plague our tv screens and social media are a disgrace to our founding fathers! Same-sex marriage, LGBT “rights”, political correctness, and the like are not only moral issues, but are the core of so many idealogical and moral declinations. Our nation was founded on the fear of God. It was founded with the vision of “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Where is the life, liberty and happiness? Where is the fear of God?

Conclusion

I don’t want to give too much of this book away, so I will let you read it! It really is a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Micheal Youssef has a way of bringing up current events and exposing Truth, while keeping an encouraging tone throughout the book. He is a gifted author and a well researched journalist.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the current state of our culture, government and events. Micheal encourages christians to stay informed, to get involved and to stand for Truth. He also encourages us to pray for our world.

I hope you get a chance to buy this book and read it! Here is a link to buy it. If you buy it from here, I get a tiny commission :). Thanks!

God Bless!

-Z

 

Z's Book Reviews

Risen

Z’s Book Review of “Risen” by Karen Hunt, with a short devotional.

Happy Sunday!

As you all know, I take the day off on Sundays to spend time with my family and focus on worshiping God. I usually pre-schedule my posts for Sundays. This Sunday I am giving a book review on “Risen”. It is a book written by Angela Hunt. It is the story of the crucifixion of Jesus through the perspective of a Roman soldier. Join me as I share how impactful this book was on me, and share a short devotional about what it meant to my heart!

Jesus-The Example

I always think about how God sent his only Son for a sinful world. I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t give up my child for anyone, let alone a bad guy!

There is just something about that scenario that goes against every fiber of my being. I don’t know why. Maybe other people have more mercy inside of them, but I find it difficult to be able to fathom being able to let my child die for some other persons sin.

That is our God though! His ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts.

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” -1Tim. 1:15-17

 

I love how we can look at Jesus, and see how we are to act, how we are to think, how we are to pray, etc. He is our example. Of How to be. Of everything.

He hung out with the outcast, he healed the sick, he cared for and loved those that were deemed “unloveable”. He spent time with prostitutes, tax-collectors, and people who no one else would even go near. He dined with the “less desirable”. He loved those who needed love. He gave of his time and energy. He loved with a fierce love.

Ultimately, He would freely give up his life. He would die an agonizing death for me and for you. He died, and then in three days, He rose again! He was risen! He conquered death!

Man o man! I know that I will never live up to His standard. Not even close! But I can sure learn from His life and strive to live like Him! To try to love others the way He did.

I love how you see all those things about Jesus in the book Risen.

The Book

The thing I really loved about this book was, the story of Jesus was put into a completely different perspective! It wasn’t just from the “Sunday school bible story” version. It got into the “nitty-gritty” of all the “behind the scenes”.

What might have taken place inside of Jesus’ “inner circle”, but also as seen from an outsider. A guy that was not a “follower of Yeshua”. A guy who had to discover the great and amazing grace of God.

Imagine being part of the crew instructed to kill Jesus! Being the one to make sure that He was dead!

Clavius (the main character), who was ordered to crucify Jesus, goes on a journey, both physically and spiritually to search for Truth. What he discovers is love. Love, in a way he never thought he could.  He discovers Jesus.

Without giving the book away, I just have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It really did give me new insights into the death and resurrection on Jesus Christ.

I would encourage you to read it!

I pray that today, as you spend time with your family, fellowship at your local church and focus on the Lord, that you would just remember that Jesus is our example. His unconditional and incredible love gives us such a clear picture of how we are to be. How we are to act.

I pray that your day is blessed!

-Z