Sunday, August 28, 2016

Identity Theft by Ron Cnator

Title:  Identity Theft (Book #1)
Author:  Ron Cantor
Pages:  250
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Destiny Image
My rating is 5+ stars.
While the book is written in a fictional format, don’t let that fool you or distract you from discovering the nuggets of truth within the story.  The fictional male character is a young Jewish man seeking to find the truth that will set his heart free.  During a trip to a local coffee shop to write an article for his publication job, David’s life is abruptly interrupted.  What an interruption!  David is taken by angel to the past, the recent past and also way back to the first century.
What unfolds before David is meant to provide scriptural answers to his questions as well as some history of the Jewish people/nation.  When he returns to the coffee shop, not much time has passed; however, he isn’t the same person anymore.  While questions were asked, answers were provided with only one more action needed to be taken that was a weighty matter.
I was gripped by the fictional story to be sure, but more so by what I learned.  It isn’t easy to put into words how my heart was both excited and troubled by some things I read.  I was raised in a Roman Catholic family and it really wasn’t until the last couple of decades that I began to understand what I was taught and what the Bible teaches.
I began in September 1980 to walk with Jesus as my Savior and my life has never been the same.  The one discipline I was taught by my parents and am so thankful for was to always love learning.  I wasn’t meant to ever stop or just let others tell me what to think or say.  The other discipline I learned was to constantly read, which I do even to this day, along with learn.  By the grace of God, both my sons also have captured the love of learning and reading.

So when you read Identity Theft, I pray you do enjoy the story but don’t stop at that point.  I pray you consider the truths being presented and then search for the Truth in the Bible.  Ron Cantor‘s character was shown that what is learned should be backed up by scripture more than religious teaching, traditions, etc.  It takes a lot of courage to embark on a search for truth as one must be willing to let go of what is false to be free to embrace truth, the Truth being Jesus!

The Jerusalem Secret (Identity Theft #2)

Title:  The Jerusalem Secret (Identity Theft #2)
Author:  Ron Cantor
Pages:  240
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Destiny Image
My rating is 5+ stars.
The first book in the series is titled, Identity Theft, really whet my appetite for what comes next in The Jerusalem Secret.  To me, where book one is an introduction to being exposed to some truth via fiction, book two really sinks into the heart of the reader.  Some time back the Lord led me to do some reading from various Messianic Jewish writers.  However, what Ron placed before me in this fictional story which is continued from book one is a feast for the mind and heart!
Some of the information will take time for me to have deeply entrenched in my heart and mind, and some of what is presented flew over my head.  Yet, there is much that I could have jumped for joy over when I read as it gave me more sources and Scripture references for knowing why I believe what I do!  I love the Jewish people and Israel more than I really know how to express.
I really hope and challenge people to read both Identity Theft and The Jerusalem Secret as the novels that teach via fiction.  To me, this is what Jesus did when he taught using parables so his audience could readily identify what He was attempting to teach.  Know that I am not suggesting Ron’s books are equal to the Bible by any means.  However, this second book was especially challenging to my mind and heart, which I appreciate authors like Ron doing so that I come away with more than just a good story.
With all that is going on in the world, to me, novels such as this are even more important as they utilize the tool of fiction to teach.  We all know that sometimes we lose focus when being taught or lectured whereas given a story and our attention rarely falters.  Do you experience the same?  In any case, when reading both novels, consider giving copies to people you know and then have a discussion about what each of you come away with when you’re done reading.  I hope too that like me your learning won’t stop here, but look at the sources listed in the back of the book and do some self-teaching, digging to discover more truths about Yeshua!  So, will you join me?

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

COLTS vs Eagles (CBS) @ 7 pm


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Hebrew Word Study (Revealing the Heart of God)

Title:  Hebrew Word Study (Revealing the Heart of God)
Author:  Chaim Bentorah
Pages:  432
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Whitaker House
My rating is 5 stars.
Here is a book that will enrich a believer’s study of the Scriptures as well as the understanding brought with a deeper revelation of the God we love and serve.  In the preface, a paragraph I read really revealed to me the author’s heart:  “One secret to sustained studying of God’s Word is this:  If you fall in love with the Author of the Bible, you will feel there is not enough time in the day to study His word.  Also, as your love for Him deepens, He will reveal His secrets to you.  I have fond the Word of God to be a well that never runs dry.” (pg. 15)
The book is written in a devotional format so no one has to know the Hebrew.  The author does a superb job of having us focus on the heart of God.  There are 90 days worth of short devotions that I believe the author meant as a launching pad to begin further, deeper study of the Bible.  In that time alone with God, our minds are renewed, our sins become revealed and once we repent we are forgiven.  We come out of that time sustained and thirsty for more of Him instead of looking at time with the Lord as something to check off out daily “to do list”.
The book reminds readers of the Person of God and His heart’s desire for us to draw near to know Him, to come and reason with Him by using our God given minds.  Over the last few years, God has led me to study, read and desire to understand the Jewishness of the Word.  We have the Bible today because of those Jewish people to whom it was given and they brought it to the world.
I hope you read, reflect and share with others what you learn about the heart of our God when you use the Hebrew Word Study by Chaim Bentorah.  If you desire to know more, the author has a website as well as other books that he has written to help us grow in our understanding and to see the loving heart of God revealed in the Bible.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”