Book review#8

Book title: Angels on Assignment

Author: Charles and Frances Hunter, as told by Roland Buck

Pages: 125

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Charles and Frances Hunter retell the experiences of Roland Buck detailing His angelic encounters and the message revealed from God through them.

The encounters Pastor Roland Buck has with the angelic are quite extraordinary and He reveals that with each visitation there is a reason. “Look beyond supernatural encounters to the reason for the visit.’’ Angels are eternal beings and come straight from the presence of God and can`t be commanded by man to do anything, only God commands them to do things for human beings.

The book further reveals that, “God`s plan is a family plan and all household members must be saved.’’ This is encouraging news to the body of Christ, knowing that God is at work for every family member. He cares.

Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for all people and this is referred to as atonement. “Atonement in Hebrew is Kaphar, means to cover, cancel.’’ From God`s view point, He sees us as holy, unblameable and unreproveable and from man`s view point, man sees sin, fault and failure. You are covered so start looking at yourself from God`s view.

People are special to God and He desires we be the living word to them by practically meeting their needs. `If you want to know where God lives on the this earth, look where people are and you will find His address because God lives where people are hurting. He wants to help.’’

Praise and worship is important to God and is an equalizer between heaven and earth. We were created to worship and Honor God.

The book sums up a simple message ,GOD CARES and His unfolding plan will come to pass no matter what.

Racheal Kizza © 2017

Book review#7

Book title: Culture of Honor
Subtitle: Sustaining A Supernatural Environment
Author: Danny Silk
Pages: 568

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The book provides and calls for a culture of Honor in the church, a culture that solves the shame, fear and punishment culture in our churches today.

The book opens with a thrilling but scary line up of two students caught in “sin’’ like the woman caught in adultery with her accusers expecting Jesus to condemn and punish her. The students had sex over summer break and they expected the pastor to throw them and shame them upon finding out they were about to be parents, but what he did shocked them. He treated them with Honor and deployed kingdom confrontation.

“Honor is not an idea, but a practise, a practise of giving.’’ And “Honor is given on the basis of who people are-not what they have earned or, even what they need.’’ It’s centred on dealing with people the way Christ sees them, in their true identity. This empowers people, creates and protects relationships.

Kingdom confrontation is a process that respects the need for trust and Honor .It yields an entirely different outcome because it allows people to be free from control, punishment and fear.

Control, punishment and fear have been cultivated in church that people always expect them and even plan how to defend themselves when they think they have sinned big time. The author quotes, `many of us think that sin, mistakes, and falling short are more powerful than God`s heart for us.’’

The author uses examples from his blossomed years of experience in running a church revealing the practicality and authenticity of living out the culture of Honor.

This book shakes core foundational beliefs that have been the norm in the church opening up a kingdom honoring way of dealing with each other in love.

This book is a must read.

Racheal Kizza © 2017

Building the Nation through good work ethics

1st May-Labour Day is an awaited holiday year after year with all workaholics (non-workaholics too) looking forward to more hours of sleep than the usual early birding.

This year’s theme was “building the nation through good work ethics’’ and it was held in Pallisa district with wide media coverage (I flipped through our local stations and they all had the face of the president). The theme is however ironic in a country ravaged with a corruption stench so strong it hits all sectors.

It is no coincidence that I was reading Genesis 39 which gives an account of Joseph`s rise to power from a mere prisoner. His impeccable character placed him in right standing with his boss not forgetting the favor of the Lord.

Genesis 39:6 “Thus he left all that he had in Joseph`s hand and he didn`t know what he had except for the bread which he ate..’’

I am not sure whether this can be said about our government officials or even the common man as he works and toils each day. We have forgotten what it means to build the nation with love and commitment. We are building the nation our way.

Back to Joseph, he could have stolen and filled his own bank account and bought a house out there in any part of Africa or across the Jordan(he didn`t).I mean, the boss, didn’t know what went on in his house except for the bread he ate.so he trusted him fully to take care of his affairs.

  • Joseph exercised good and God stewardship where he faithfully took care of his master`s property.How many of us are such faithful stewards that we execute our duties without being reminded? Or our boses don`t worry about handling of money or doing our job?
  • He was a blessing in the Egyptian`s house .Are you a blessing at your workplace or a nightmare??
  • His work ethic spoke volumes and ought to be emulated by all who claim to serve the Lord.

I agree all jobs and various industries have different dynamics and those who work their know best; however, you have the power to “build the nation with good work ethics.”

Check out more about ethics from a cool blogger friend https://noelinekirabo.blogspot.com/2017/05/work-place-ethics-1-understand-code.htm

Racheal Kizza © 2017

Red letter

Dear Beloved,

Hephzibah (My Delight)

Every promise I have made to you is TRUE, because I am not a son of man to lie,

Nor a son of man to change MY MIND.

While you were yet a sinner, I died for you.

Not because of your love for me; it had nothing to do with you but everything to do with ME.

You come from a royal lineage-priesthood, a peculiar nation.

You are royalty, bought not by silver or gold but the BLOOD OF JESUS.

The Blood that saves and never loses its power.

The blood that strings victory, hope, faith, love with each flow.

The blood that oozes eternity.

Love 3 in 1(God,Son&Holy spirit).

PS; Easter is a reminder of God`s red-letter to us. A letter that is worthy to be shared by all who have received it so they fall in love with the writer.

Racheal Kizza © 2017

Book review 5

Book title: Building A Discipling Culture

Subtitle: How To Release A Missional Movement By Discipling People Like Jesus Did.

Author: Mike Breen and Steve Cockram

Pages: 269

The book provides a solution to a discipleship crisis in the church.

A brick by brick method is formulated in the book with emphasis on discipleship, as the answer to releasing a Missional movement that will turn the world upside down. The authors believe, ‘If you make disciples, you always get the church. But if you make a church, you rarely get disciples. ’

The book questions the norm and church lifestyle, evidencing the loopholes in the system, providing practical solutions that have been tried and tested. Leaving church leaders to answer a question, `Do the lives of the people who attend church every Sunday look like the lives of the people we see in the New Testament? The authors note that effective leadership builds the church and not the other way round.

The book further highlights the need for leaders to have deeper relationships; Up (with God), In (people) and Out (those outside). This triangle works for the church too and its balance guarantees deeper relationships. `People are hungry for community.” Although the book was written for a western audience and springs with western examples.

This book is a must have piece that not only offers practical answers to the church but individuals as well.

Racheal Kizza © 2017

Book review 4

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Book title: Passion and Purity

Subtitle: Learning to bring your love life under Christ`s control

Author: Elizabeth Elliot

Page count: 192
Elizabeth Elliot is a popular seminar speaker, radio teacher, and missionary and best-selling author.

Passion and Purity emphasizes the need to commit daily to Christ all matters of the heart and to wait upon Him.

Elizabeth through letters, diary entries and recollections shares her intimate thoughts and journey with Jim Elliot revealing her struggles with loneliness, longing, impatience, fear and hope. Her fusion of the bible and personal reflections cements her beliefs and gives the book a Christian back bone.

Passion and purity dominate the book as the core themes with Elizabeth describing passion as normal. Elizabeth candidly says that, “If your passions are aroused, say so-to yourself and to God, not to the object of your passion.’’ The passion is material for sacrifice and ought to be offered to God who perfectly understands.

She gives an odyssey of passion and purity; it takes on the form of sacrifice, submission, esteeming God higher than any passion two people feel, waiting, praying in the word and being honest with self and God. She reveals the hardships that come with keeping God as the focus at all times even when passion steps and the question of purity looms in stronger than ever.

She emphasizes that ‘waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one`s thoughts.’ Waiting on God requires certain levels of submission because in our weakness, His strength is made perfect.

The book is complete with practical illustrations from Elizabeth`s life, letters from readers on the matter at hand, giving it more flair and making it relevant to Christians today relating, dating ,courting ,single and married.

Racheal Kizza © 2017

Book review 3

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Book title: This Kingdom Business

Subtitle: A manual for Christian life and endeavor

Author: Hillary Turyagenda

Pages: 324

ISBN: 9781475100242

Published: 2012

Hillary Turyagenda is a minister of the word and the spirit who has a passion to see people established in the truth and purposes of God. He was called by God into full time ministry –Spirit Alight, The Lord`s candle on 1st march 2010 .Since then the ministry has flourished.

This Kingdom Business is written for such a time as this when many are coming to Christ and they have a limited understanding resulting into the limited application of God`s word.
It is fundamental to understand the king and the country we belong to as citizens of the kingdom because our identity is formed therein by virtue of who we spring from. Our king is the lifeline of the kingdom.

Hillary believes that for Christians to thrive in this kingdom business, the journey of faith in God never stops. “When we walk in faith, our actions correspond with our faith and we have a replay of the Acts of the Apostles.’’
He implores Christians to practice love at all times and let love be the sole motivation. “The pursuit of a love-service should begin in the pursuit of a love conscience. A love-consciousness is the fuel for any lasting vocation of love.’’ Love is the most powerful tool we have to propagate this kingdom business. It breaks all barriers/boundaries and limitations.

It is no kingdom business without prayer which is our form of communication in the kingdom. Prayer based on the word yields results and every Christian must grow in the word. Each Christian ought to create a pattern of reading, studying and meditating on the word of God which is the truth. This in turn equips and enables them to carry out the great commission without leaving the burden to the evangelists in the “mission fields.’’ When each day Christians are in a mission field.

He delves deeper into the topic of discipleship piquing my interest; discipleship encompasses teaching newbies the word both in theory and practically. There is a cry for every church to embrace discipleship and be intentional about equipping their people to be ready in season and out of season.

It ends on a high note with the talk on praise and worship and how music creates an atmosphere and ought to be used as a tool for teaching the word.
There is so much truth in one book and it is not a book that can be read lightly. One must be focused and intentional in order to fully grasp vital principles in order to excel in this kingdom business.

The book is deeply hinged on scripture with a detailed understanding of each verse quoted fanning Hillary`s gift as a teacher to life.

Get yourself a copy on Amazon.com.

Racheal Kizza © 2017

Book review 2

Title: Forearmed
Subtitle: Insights on Sex, Love and Relationships
Author: Michael Richard Katagaya

Michael Richard Katagaya is a social worker by training and a learning, monitoring and evaluation specialist. He has worked with both government and non-government organisations in East Africa. His passion to live a full life has given him some useful experience in relationships. He has also served with several youth groups, mostly in church. This has given him a chance to get deeper insights into the lives of fellow youths and their thoughts on sex, love and relationships.

Forearmed is a title befitting the book since the content is aimed at equipping individuals to make the right choices and not suffer trauma because the choices people make have an impact on them.

Michael kicks starts off the book with detailing God`s perspective on relationships. “God is a relational God who desires to have a relationship with humanity. He comes first in any relationship because our horizontal reflects our vertical. Horizontal is man`s relationship with others while vertical is man`s relationship with God. An imbalance in one leads to an imbalance in the other.

Michael answers vital questions in the prevailing chapters, “must everyone date? in an era where dating is trendy and fashionable. He answers it candidly with scripture to back it up. He believes one of the worst things to do is date out of boredom. `You may chew gum, sing like a drunken fellow, play solitaire, roll in the sand or eat a lot but do not attempt to let your heart trespass into another person`s heart just because you are bored.

He cautions individuals not to date every person of the opposite sex around them because they will end up dating the entire world. He builds a strong case on conserving purity and not pursuing romantic relationships at all times. He uses references from the situations/problems sent through on Kampala based Christian station 104.1FM by youth who need advice on love, relationships and sex.

In our generation where settling for a married man/woman is the norm, the book cautions individuals to stay clear of married men/women in their bid to settle down. They ought to make informed choices about the partners they choose to settle down with, ask all relevant questions about family history, future plans, career, any diseases, financesetc. He tackles the aspect of finding love on social media which is a no-no for me however, it works for some people but not forgetting the false impressions social media gives yet dating and marriage is a reality.

Love is a decision and when you decide on one lady/man, stick to them and go on to take the big steps while observing both cultural and religious norms of either sides. However, the beginning bits of the book are not as catchy as the continuing chapters which will keep you on the edge of your seats.

Book quality
It is a well written book; with simple language and undeniable humor .The book cover is of good quality and the designers did a fantastic job. The heart with the key, red rose and the scroll on the cover all point to the title “forearmed: Insights on Sex, Love and Relationships. The book is aimed at helping individuals know how to guard their hearts even as love comes their way.

Recommendations
I recommend the book to all individuals dating, courting and those seeking to get married; as the book takes them through the whole pattern from boy meets girl to a happily ever after. Leaders /facilitators who seek to share on this trendy topic have a go to manual with relevant examples from the author`s personal life and from relevant sources.

Lastly, parents who don`t know how to have relationship conversations without their children feeling like they are old school and “don`t understand the current love trends. This book will help your children and they will thank you for it.

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Racheal Kizza © 2017