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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Books to Make Your Heart Sing

By Ken Horn
June 5, 2011

You can find plenty of current “Christian books” to make your blood boil. Popular titles espouse a softer, gentler kind of hell; a likelihood of making heaven without making a decision for Jesus Christ; a prosperity that is mostly measured in greenbacks and material possessions; and a dozen other themes that bear no resemblance to biblical Christianity.

But you can also find books to make your heart sing — books faithful to God’s Word and full of uplifting biblical truths, like those we have excerpted in this year’s Summer Reads Edition. For example, look at these brief but inspiring quotes.

“The way of art takes delight in the way God has made us, knowing that He is working within the limits of our lives to make something beautiful of us” (Bob Kilpatrick and Joel Kilpatrick, The Art of Being You, p. 149).

“My heart overflows with the realization that God, the eternal Father, is longing for each individual out there to realize his or her worth in His eyes, to know that each one matters to Him, individually, one at a time” (Reggie Dabbs, REGGIE: You Can’t Change Your Past, but You Can Change Your Future, p. 206).

“It’s not enough to build on your own strengths because they’re not enough to build God’s kingdom” (George O. Wood, Road Trip Leadership, p. 28).

“Don’t play the victim. Be the victor. After all, that is who you are in Christ. You are not defined by what you have done wrong. You are redefined by what Christ has done right, His righteousness”(Mark Batterson, Soulprint, p. 154).

“It’s not good enough to encourage the sweet people and the ones who make us feel good. ... We show [Jesus’] love when we care for those who can’t give anything back to us” (Scott Wilson, Act Normal, p. 110).

“Rather than centering on someone meeting our needs, genuine love focuses on meeting the needs of others” (Kerry Clarensau, Secrets, p. 46).

Of course, all of these quotes need to be put in context. That’s why you’ll want to read the books! The excerpts in this issue should whet your appetite further.

Ken Horn

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