Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Hope and A Future by Jonathan Bernis

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A Hope and A Future
by Jonathan Bernis

ISBN-13: 9781629986548
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Charisma House
Released: April 5, 2016

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
Through Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Bernis’ compelling teaching, Christians will see how God can deliver them out of the trials and tribulations of life, and help them to fulfill their ultimate destiny while on this earth. Readers will learn how to fulfill their destiny and find their future, the real meaning of the Lord’s prosperity promise, how to live in confident expectancy for your future, how hope distinguishes the believer from the unbeliever, and more.

My Review:
A Hope and A Future is a study of Jeremiah 29:11. The first half of the book looked at finding and following God's calling for your life (even when you feel like a mess). He also looked at the full, true meaning of shalom ("prosper you"), evil ("and not to harm"), hope, and future. The second half of the book looked at seeking first his kingdom, seeing yourself through God's eyes, obedience to God, God's timing, and following Jesus at all times.

The author frequently quoted Scripture and gave examples using people in the Bible, like Joseph and Moses. He also told stories of modern people to illustrate God's timing, calling, and such. Sometimes the teaching was on cliche level, like "God will never give you more than you can bear," but other times he dug deeper. Overall, he focused on some pretty basic principles which may be helpful to a new or casual Christian who feels like God would never use them.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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