I recommend…

Mar 15, 15 I recommend…

I have a PASSION for reading so will share with you my recent Favorite reads; I discovered these by former New-Agers and I highly recommend them: “The Beautiful Side of Evil” by Johanna Michaelsen and “The Light That was Dark” by Warren B. Smith. These are their testimonies of coming to faith.  What you’ll read about is the incredibly deceptive way that our enemy keeps us blind and deaf to God’s truth.  That evil one will feed us supernatural experiences that we swear are from God.  These books are sure to open your eyes to his tactics.


I encourage you to read your Bible too, if you are a Christian. It’s His voice we need to be able to distinguish from all of the “impostors” and the only way to do that is to read the Bible. If you are like me, its difficult to understand the proper context of what is being said and implied in the Bible so I recommend a Study Bible. I’ve become more careful in recommending Christian books and that includes Bibles; just because a Christian publishing house prints a book, doesn’t mean it is Christian so check out those 1-star reviews on Amazon to see WHY the reader isn’t recommending it. I wrote a blog about this – check it out at: http://www.bloggingwithelaine.com/false-jesus/ . Bible-wise, I own two that I can recommend: the ESV Study Bible, published by Crossway and the John MacArthur Study Bible; I have the new King James Version. For kids, the VERY best (and great for adults too) is, “The Jesus Storybook Bible, Every Story Whispers His Name, by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Wow – what a great book!


Reading the Bible over and over gives me a much clearer grasp of the history and the focus of God’s interaction with the people He claimed, who are the Israelites or Jews, and the reason was that He would send a rescuer, a Savior, through them. There are estimated to be over 350 prophecies in the Old Testament (OT) about the coming Messiah (the word means God’s anointed), and when Jesus, that promised Savior comes, the writers, his followers, relate in the New Testament (NT, which is all about Jesus), back to those prophecies, continuing the precedent that Jesus himself taught them. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself”. Luke 24:27.


My Blog, www.bloggingwithelaine.com, is predominately geared to Christians though some of my blogs are geared to people who are sincerely seeking God’s Truth. If you are not a Christian, much of it will be offensive. I know this because it would have been offensive to me prior to my conversion to Christianity. I get it: we don’t like hearing that we need to be rescued unless we are the rescuer. Prior to my conversion, I was exemplified unfortunately in the Bible passage, 2 Timothy 3:6,7: “For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.” Yep, that was me! What I consider my life verse is the one that the Holy Spirit of God used to bring me to the point that I wanted to engage in wrestling with Him: 2 Timothy 4:3,4: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” I wanted Him to tell me if I was wandering off into myths … well, He did!


It took a very persistent but loving God to set me straight and it was HARD to learn His Truth but I had put the challenge before Him and He is alive and active. Incredible Savior! New Testament, Romans 3: 9b-12 “For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;” no one does good, not even one


This references passages in the OT, including Isaiah 53:6, where it states that each of us is like a lamb that has gone astray. Flash forward to NT where Jesus states he IS the Good Shepherd who comes for us, just like the OT Psalm 23* (I’m sorry, I could go on & on… and I have!) But it’s Cool, huh?!?


* For more on Psalm 23, often referred to as “The Good Shepherd”, visit web page:





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