I finished reading ‘Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality’ a little over a month ago. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I discovered this book when I first started Masters in Divinity (MDiv) classes with Regent University. I love this university, by the way! This book turned out to be a great addition to the ‘spiritual tillage tools’ that I have gathered for this journey as a seminary student.
In my opinion, the author (Ravi Zacharias) does an incredible job illustrating how marketed spirituality has blinded so many people from the Christian truth of Jesus Christ. He does mention some note-worthy celebrities who has helped to make the idea of spirituality seem like it’s the true, authentic form of living. However, I agree with how the author illustrates these mass marketing strategies aren’t leading to the path of authentic truth in Jesus Christ.
I understand the struggle of living in a world that is full of evil, chaos, and uncertainty. To not have a sense of control over your life is scary. However, formulating a falsehood of individually that isolates people doesn’t make the fear and evil go away. We are all create in God’s image (Gen. 1:27) and to separate self from God is impossible. Having a personal relationship with God is necessary to find truth for life. Life on earth was never meant to be full of peace and tranquility. That’s not what God promises. Often people try to find peace, wholeness, and fulfillment by rejecting God because it’s too much evil happening in the world. As though to say if there was a God, why is so much chaos happening in the world. But God cannot be viewed as an imaginary superhero who protects and rescues the world. There is a reality to life that is not pleasant but there’s no reason to blame God for this reality. Due to the ‘mass marketing spirituality’, we are lead into an imaginary world that doesn’t exist. It doesn’t provide real peace or fulfillment. Only a relationship, while recognizing reality, with God through Jesus Christ can provide real peace and fulfillment.
God is in control and He knows all that is happening. He also desires for us to live life to the best of our abilities. The Bible is meant to be our guide and it helps us to recognize how to deal with the reality of living in this world. This book is a great reminder of so many powerful, spiritual principles for living life and having a real relationship with God. I love how he discusses childlike surrender and the first evangelist being the Samaritan woman. He uses the story of the woman with the Alabaster box to discuss the “Alabaster Touch” where she knew she needed forgiveness and the price of forgiveness.
I know we hear the phrase of how salvation, grace, mercy, favor, etc. is free. But after studying these past few months, these aren’t free. There’s a price that was paid and continues to be paid. It may not be monetary or visible forms of payment. But Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is a high cost for all that we have today. And if we live, we still owe God our lives. Being a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable (Romans 12:1-3). We can’t ‘water down’ the fact that living a Christian life isn’t difficult. We can’t ‘down play’ this journey as though we can just live however and repent later. NO! There’s a daily cost for living for God. Many people believe this type of lifestyle is impossible and comes with unrealistic or unpleasant limitations. And that’s the furthest from the truth. God never said we had to be perfect. If we are ‘living sacrifices’, He knows we aren’t perfect because we still are wrapped in flesh. When we strive to do our very best each day to please Him, then we’re doing our reasonable service. So, the holy and acceptable lifestyle is possible. And for the limitations – when we embrace the truth of Jesus Christ, there are no limits; only freedom. Those that feel limited are still allowing their flesh to control their actions versus allowing the Holy Spirit to help them learn how to control their flesh.
I recommend this book as a great way to help with seasonal tillage for spiritual growth. It helped me to answer that question for myself: Why Jesus? Why Jesus Christ for my life? As a believer, I know I must stand against much opposition when it comes to helping spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, I must be able to answer that question without hesitation when someone wants to know why believe in Jesus Christ for a living a life of truth.
I completed the book, “The Kingdom Life: A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation” a few weeks ago. This book is absolutely a must-have for anyone who is a Christian! I would try to say for those who are pastoring or ministering but nope! LOL! Anyone who is a Christian need to read this book. It will help you with some in-depth ‘spiritual tillage’ for your life.
I honestly don’t know where to begin with this book because it has so much rich information and spiritual insight. It’s a book collaboration of several people who are a part of TACT group (Theological and Cultural Thinkers). The book is divided into two parts: the process elements of spiritual formation and the theological elements of spiritual formation. I think the biggest underlying message I loved about this book is the fact that spiritual formation is a lifelong journey.
I know when I first was introduced to Christianity, I was under the impression that life wouldn’t be so difficult. I knew I would still face obstacles and they could come to test my faith. But I kept thinking that I had to reach this certain spiritual pinnacle and I quickly learned that was not true. True transformation and formation takes a lifetime. I will never reach perfection, but I can reach great levels of maturity. Not to become haughty or prideful but to help continue to enlarge the Kingdom of God the way He intends.
This book checked me when it came to clarify spiritual disciplines. I will admit that because I was lead to believe that I earned ‘brownie points’ when I would pray a certain way, fast, lay prostrate for meditation, etc. No! These, along with plenty more, spiritual disciplines are not earning my way into greater favor with God. They help the continued spiritual formation, so I can mature and align my life with His Will. Just because I follow certain spiritual disciplines doesn’t mean I automatically should receive everything I want. And I think that’s where many people end up getting hurt by God because they though being a ‘good Christian’ will stop the really bad stuff from happening.
I know when we lost Charlotte to stillbirth, I really had to work on trusting God again. Because I just knew because we prayed, fasted, tithe, went to church, prayed for other people, etc. that nothing bad could possibly happen during our pregnancy. However, little did I know, it was really meant to prepare me to overcome that obstacle and be a testimony for others. Spiritual disciplines don’t necessarily change the course of God’s Will, but it can help you get ready to change for His Will. God does answer prayers, but the answers are according to His Will and timing. It’s easy to accept this truth when all is going well and nothing major is plucking her your heart strings. But then when something happens like the unexpected death of a child, you begin to wonder about what God is really trying to prove.
Therefore, spiritual disciplines are important to practice for the sake of growth and maturity not for the sake of looking good or being considered ‘holier’ than the rest. God doesn’t favor one person over another (Romans 2:11) because of someone practicing certain disciplines all the time. Real favor happens when we trust Him! Real breakthrough happens when we love Him and truly forgive others! Real blessings happen when we begin to produce the fruits of the spirit!
I recommend this book because it’s a great book to use for study time; personal or group. It has reflection questions at the end of each chapter, so it allows for engagement and application.
OMG!!! Attention ALL ladies!! I challenge ALL ladies to get this book! Working with Tiffany to birth this book was an incredible and humbling experience. God knows this lady is special. Her heart to help others is so pure and genuine!
This book is not just for the 'phat girl' but it's truly for all women! We all have struggles with the society's standard of beauty. We've struggled with being teased and trying our best to remain confident when really, we are disappointed. But Tiffany helps us realize this disappointment was not purposed by God! God created us all as beautiful! Tiffany gives the right commandments to ensure ladies are empowered to escape society's standards of beauty and embrace their God-given beauty. She even speaks about embracing loving yourself enough to want better health, better financial stability, and more!
I admire and agree with Tiffany about being more confident in yourself! We ladies put so much pressure on ourselves – undeserved pressure that God never intended. Sure, we can look nice and be beautiful, but we need to ensure that our beautification process is for our sake and not for somebody else’s. God made no mistakes and we are all wonderfully made by His divine purpose!
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I met this young lady via my husband several years ago. We sung for our wedding. Her voice is so anointed! I remember when she came to me for help to publish this book, I said I would do my best to help her birth it based on her deadline. And literally about 30 days, she had books ready for sell!
Fetima is so incredible! Her pure love and passion for God is truly inspirational by itself. I was humbled and honored to help her birth this story. Since this time, I know God has allowed her to continue to go through many transitions. I know that God has greater in store for her! Greater power! Greater anointing! Greater freedom!
This book is for any woman who desires to understand how God can still work things out for our good! How God is capable to protect and guide you through every relationship in your life. This is truly a wonderful book! We ladies often will experience so many different dynamics of emotions in relationship that we do get a little blindsided and misunderstand what God is saying initially. However, as with everything in life, God teaches us through experience. Each relationship has a lesson. Once the relationship is ended, we must take the time to really hear what God says because I guarantee there is a lesson in there somewhere!
I was fortunate enough to conduct an interview with Fetima in 2017. It centered around encouraging others to write their own story. Listen to the interview by clicking here.
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I met an amazing woman a few years ago who was so sweet and genuine. We participated in a book collaboration, My Story God’s Glory. She was witty, funny, and just that person who when you really spiritually discern them, you know they are endowed with a unique type of strength. That’s who this woman is!
She shared a little bit of her story when we did the book collaboration. We all had to do a chapter so it wasn’t like we could share much within the book. However, even with the little bit she shared, verbally and within the book, you could recognize her strength and determination. However, I got the pleasure of reading her eBook, No Weapon! My Journey To Win and it truly confirmed my discernment about God-given purpose!
She takes you on her life journey and it’s nothing short of amazing of how awesome our God is! She shares the emotional twists, turns, ups, and downs of living in Los Angeles and then her journey back to Indianapolis, Indiana. I loved her transparency and how I could really ‘hear her voice’ as I read through the chapters. She’s a true survivor! This journey to win was definitely one that included ensuring she learned how to keep true to herself and God!
So many times we allow obstacles to make us think that defeat is the conclusion. As though all the doors that could possibly open are shut because the storm clouds are so thick! We think to ourselves that because the storm clouds are so heavy and thick there’s no way God is working this out for my good. BUT just when we think God has forgotten about us, He steps in! Sometimes even when it doesn’t seem like it’s not enough, God makes it just enough! God doesn’t need loud fireworks and orchestra music to perform His miracle! Most of the time, it’s that simple, soft whisper – maybe a phone call, email, text, or knock on the door – that lets you know God has arrived and He’s getting ready to do what He does best! That’s why we WIN!
Deagria is a sweet soul! She is powerful and knows that her destiny is always going to be: VICTORY! WINNER! This book is a great book for those who love true, transparent life stories. This book will empower you and help you to recognize you are VICTORIOUS too! Grab the Kindle edition BUT follow her on social media at Deagria Level to connect with her and stay up-to-date on when this awesome book will be available as paperback!
Let me first admit, I didn’t know what to anticipate with this book. I wasn’t sure if I could relate to this book which means I wasn’t sure if I was really willing to read the book in its entirety. However, I am so thankful that I decided to grab this book from a wonderful, young woman who is also the author of the book, “Child of an Addict”.
I am a fan of being a vendor at certain events. I did it for a short time when I published my first books but then I decided to take a small break. Then I got back into it when I joined Damsel in Defense which is a great part-time MLM business that I truly enjoy. I met Timia Carruthers at one event and noticed her book. I didn’t have the funds to obtain her book initially so I promised myself if I were to see her again, I would purchase her book because it did intrigue. It wasn’t the normal ‘title’ that I’d go for but yet it still intrigued me. So, just as God would orchestrate it, I seen this young woman once again at another event! I grabbed her book and started reading it that night once I got home.
My first honest reaction to this book is WOW!
I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the style of narrative chosen to write this book. Although on the back it mentions how the book is loosely based on her life story, she doesn’t use her name as the lead character. This allows the reader to take a short walk in her shoes. I was actually able to relate to this story because it was raw and authentic. I truly appreciate these types of stories because in life it’s so easy to wear masks. It’s so easy to pop pills to help overcome the anxiety and think that’s all life will ever be. But this book introduces a wonderful and powerful spiritual journey of the Recovery Room.
I think I loved this part of the story the most because we all need a recovery room. Even when we experience the smallest of the unexpected, we still need a moment of recovery. I know from personal experience of having outpatient surgery, I was still made to sit in the recovery room. Then even with my major surgeries, I had to go into the recovery room. In life, we go through seasons of being cut, abused, bullied, and more. Unfortunately, these seasons of life can last for years unlike a surgery that just last for hours. So there should be a designated time for recovery. A time to really ‘clean the open wounds’ of our heart and soul. A time to properly bandage and apply adequate treatment so healing can finally begin.
I recommend this book for those who loves a story of triumph over major life struggles. I also recommend this book for those who can relate to being a child of an addict. Be sure to visit Timia Carruthers’ website recoveryroomindy.com. She is a certified Life Coach, published author, and motivational speaker. Powerful woman who is helping people heal spiritually and mentally.
I already know! What I am about to explain goes against every marketing and/or business plan template out there. However, I just need to be honest because this is how I discovered another level of freedom.
Any fellow entrepreneur who has had the pleasure of sitting down and writing out some type of business and/or marketing plan has heard the process of reviewing other competitors. Basically, to review similar companies or organization in order to see what you can glean from their current situation. To see what they are doing that will help you identify what is going to help you stand out from them.
Can I be honest? This can be intimidating for a new business owner. Someone who has a passion and dream to start their own business. To help people solve their problems and overcome obstacles. They compare themselves to businesses that have been in existence for 5, 10, or 15 years. They’re succeeding and it’s hard to imagine exactly what they went through in order to understand how they achieved success.
Now, for most people, they know success doesn’t happen overnight. They recognize the need to work hard, make the right investments, take risks, etc. However, even the most passionate entrepreneur can get overwhelmed because not only is there this cloud of comparison and analysis but there’s also this cloud of competing with these established businesses.
We live in a society that is influenced by what others say. We depend on the reviews from others in order to trust a product and/or service. It’s basically like depending on people’s approval. And believe me, I too have been influenced by reviews in order to make my final decision on purchasing a specific product and/or service. Depending on their approval. HOWEVER, I have also made a lot of decisions without the influence, or approval, of what others have said. The reason is because I trusted what God said!
I have discovered that when I pray for guidance and God leads me to discover the solution, it’s normally not based on a ton of reviews from other people. I believe this is because God is testing if I trust His guidance and approval. He has never stirred me wrong. I will admit I haven’t always passed the test but these last few months, I now understand the lessons I was supposed to learn from those tests I didn’t pass.
Another lesson I learned is to not compare and/or compete with other established businesses. Why? Because I am who I am. God did not make another Latonia Marie Stovall Price with the exact same DNA. If I help someone solve their problem, it’s going to be a unique experience because I am who I am. Sure, the process may be similar and/or familiar, e.g. setting goals, self-reflection exercises, the inspirational scriptures to meditate on, etc. But it will be coming from a different spirit – a different vessel – a different anointing – a different set of moral values and integrity – and more. I can’t be like no other life coach, speaker, author, etc.
Why waste my time comparing and/or competing when there are still millions and millions of people who are seeking the type of help I offer? All God is asking me or requiring me to do is show up! When Jesus Christ gave the commission to go out into all the world to preach the gospel, he basically was telling them ‘show up’. It didn’t matter how many would be saved that first trip, second trip…10,000th trip! All that mattered was that they went and God would handle the rest. That’s why Jesus said that if he be lifted up, he’ll draw all men unto him. (John 12:32) Our purpose is to allow people to see God’s glory via our unique abilities (and not a masked or faux form of perfection).
We just have to continue to ‘show up’ by lifting up the one who makes it possible for us to do what we do. I couldn’t possess the spiritual gifts that I possess without God! I couldn’t have wrote the books I have written without God’s help! I couldn’t have helped the people that I’ve helped thus far without God’s guidance and favor! I don’t need to compare, compete, or anything in order to lift up God and His amazing power. All I have to do is just continue to ‘show up’ and ensure that people understand it’s not about me but it’s about God. I’m only another, unique vessel fulfilling His purpose. I’ve erased the comparison and/or competition section from my business and/or marketing plan because I’m trusting God’s glory will do what it does best: Draw them in!
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In the last few weeks, I have been doing a lot (and I do mean A LOT) of self-reflection. I don’t believe I’ve done this much self-reflection before in my entire life. I’ve been having to do it for class and honestly, I’m so glad that I’m experiencing this level of self-reflection. I’ve understood the need for examining self but like most people, we go just so far where we stay comfortable. We don’t like doing self-reflection to the point of being uncomfortable. However, I’m learning that’s what we need and we need to do it more than what we realize.
One lesson that came to the surface was about judgement. We know the Bible talks a lot about judgement. From God’s own divine position to our earthly position. There are degrees of judgement that are lawful and respected. In fact, if we didn’t have those forms of judgement, we would be living in a world of uncontrolled chaos (much worse than the chaos we have). However, it’s easy to fall into a state of making judgements about ourselves and others that are negative because it’s so natural to judge.
The negative judgement comes in when the motives aren’t positive. Also, when the ideal standard is not realistic. We’ll judge someone based on outward appearances versus getting to know them personally. We’ll make judgements when we feel our idea of perfection or righteousness isn’t being achieved by others. Unfortunately, we live in a society that has set a lot of man-made standards on appearance and more. The influence behind some of these man-made standards are not Godly or Christ-like. We’ll even end up negatively judging others because they didn’t do or follow what we thought was the right thing to do. Sure, God wants us to offer wise counsel to each other but just because they don’t follow what we said doesn’t give the right for them to be negatively judged. If anything, pray for that individual that God reaffirms and directs them according to what is right for their life!
In these past few weeks, I had to recognize there were negative influences (or demonic strongholds) that causes me to feel inadequate. I struggled with low self-esteem for years. I had to realize that at a very young age, I was influenced by the wrong standards. What I thought would help improve my self-esteem were only temporary. I had to dig deep and find the roots of why I had (and sometimes still do have moments) low self-esteem. I was different and still am. I will never meet man-made standards and the only standards I now want to meet is God’s. I had to learn to love my uniqueness. I had to learn to love and not judge others who were judging me. As much as we all have to learn to love self, we must also learn to love others. I can’t judge others who judge me. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Honestly, I’m having to practice this spiritual discipline of judgement every day. Towards myself and others. I’m broken but I’m whole because of God’s glory! Because of His grace! Because of His mercy! Because Jesus Christ, my Savior, redeems me!
Just like God’s done all of this for me, He’s done the same for everybody else. Nobody is perfect and we all need God’s grace and mercy. It’s time to stop the negative judgements and start living in true freedom of God’s truth!