Sunday, March 31, 2013

Something New is Coming!!

Something new is coming to Auntie M's Bookshelf!  Words of Wisdom from a few other Minister's Wives. Please check back soon to find out who will be joining Auntie M at the Bookshelf and what they have to say.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Unexpected Love by Julie Zine Coleman

                

Julie Zine Coleman does a fantastic job of showing how Jesus related to women throughout the Bible in Unexpected Love. Julie uses the stories of nine different women in the Bible to show us God's heart concerning women. The stories are full of valuable insights that will change the way you think about God's love for you.

Julie explains the issue of Jesus' comparison of dogs and women in the story of the Syrophoenician Woman in Matthew, the interaction between Jesus and Mary, his  mother, at the wedding at Cana, as well as seven other conversation Jesus had with women. In chapter six Julie gives us three red flags to look for to see if our service has become more about ourselves than about the One we serve. In chapter three she points out that sometimes our worship becomes more of a to-do list to check off when contrasting the actions of Simon the Pharisee and the Sinful Woman in Luke 7 and so much more.

This book is full of scripture and powerful insights. Julie starts out each chapter with the complete scripture where each woman's story is told. She also gives the reader an easy to follow sources annotation throughout each chapter so it is easy to check context or historical significance.

What a wonderful book! I learned quite a bit actually from this literary work. Some of the things that I had been taught as a child but never made sense came into clearer view for me through Julie's words and then there were some things that I had never noticed before.

If you are a woman who has been a bit puzzled with how Jesus talked to women in scripture I encourage you to grab a copy of this book and read it through like I did with notes on almost every page. If you are a man and would like to understand Jesus' relationship with women I encourage you to read through this book. This book does a wonderful job of dispelling religious myths while at the same time giving us a beautiful picture of how much our Savior knows, understands, and loves each of us.

If you would like to know more about the author visit her website at www.juliecoleman.org. Free resources including lesson plan ideas for groups using Unexpected Love can be found at www.unexpectedlove.org


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Auntie M Video Promo!!!!

   
I am so excited! I have been asked to read and review the book firsthand by Ryan and Josh Shook and then shoot a promo video of my review!

My book just arrived today!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Rainbows and God's Order

    I was talking with my daughter the other day about Adam and Eve and the fall in the garden. She was very upset when she read Genesis 3:16. Specifically the part about "and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." She very honestly stated that she didn't like that part. My husband and I saw this as an opportunity for a teaching moment. He asked her why and she couldn't come up with a reason she just knew that deep down in her something about that bothered her. The more we talked the more upset she became until she was in tears which broke my husband's heart. Not knowing what to say he just looked at her.

I knew why this particular passage bothered her because when I was younger it bothered me as well. To this day whenever someone misinterprets this passage it still bothers me. This was a result of the fall not God's intended plan. The Bible does however talk about submission or subjection. This submission issue has been misrepresented for years. Many combine the verse in Genesis with the verses in the New Testament that deal with submission. If you take the whole Bible in context (as good Christians are taught to do) you will learn that the submission is for both the husband and the wife. They are to submit to each other. Not one to "rule" the other. You see if you take scripture in its entirety you know that God's intention is not to put one human being above another and if somehow you missed that all you need to do is read James 2, Romans 12, or Philippians 2.

In my head I was trying to figure out how to explain to my daughter what God meant by this passage.

 That is when God gave me the wisdom I needed for the situation!

 My daughter loves rainbows. She has loved them since she was little. She is also very strict about portraying the rainbow. You see the rainbow has a certain order to its colors. That never varies - R.O.Y. - G. - B.I.V. (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) Anytime someone gets the order wrong it really ruffles her feathers to the point that she can't help but to verbally correct them. This has been the case with her since she was very little.
God showed me that the rainbow could be used to teach her what He meant! The rainbow has this order and the only time it gets out of order is when man tries to recreate the rainbow himself using his own rules.

I looked at my daughter and asked her this simple question:
Which color in the rainbow is the most important color?
She looked at me puzzled as this question seemed completely off topic to her. I repeated the question. She answered none of them. They are all the same.

  I had her!
With a smile I said, "that is how it is with God."  She admitted she didn't understand. I told her no one color in the rainbow is of greater importance than another and yet some colors appear at the top of the rainbow while others appear at the bottom. She agreed. I explained that God's order was  the same way. His intention was never to make men more important than women either in heaven or here on
earth.

He is a God of order. He set things in a certain order so that He would be glorified. He didn't set men as the head of the household so that men would be more important but rather because that is the order that would best glorify Himself.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Who Is Auntie M?

    Welcome to Auntie M's Bookshelf! 



 My name is Martha and I am Auntie M.

am a Disciple of Jesus Christ, a book review blogger, and an aspiring author. I believe in studying, mentoring and personal growth.

I am the wife of a Southern Baptist Minister who is currently on staff at Country Meadows Baptist Church as the Worship Leader. I have two children, a 17 year old and an almost 2 year old. I can tell you from experience...you can start planning what you are going to do when the kids are out of the house but God may have a different plan. My husband and I adore our daughter and, one of the biggest surprises of our lives, our sweet little boy!

I grew up down on 10th Street in Kansas City, MO and attended a Christian school which is now closed in Independence. I was saved at the age of 18. Throughout my school career I attended several academic competitions where I competed in categories of Scripture Memorization, Speeches on the topic of Biblical Characters, Art, Vocal Music, and Poetry. I also hold a Bachelor's of Religious Studies and Church Leadership from Central Christian College of the Bible (Summa cum laude).

I have a desire to dig deep into Scripture and grasp all that God has for me. I don't believe that there is anything in His Word that is unknowable for me. I am assured in Scripture that if I seek Him with my whole heart He will be found. This is what I aim to do; seek Him with my whole heart. I don't look for Sunday school answers or church rhetoric. I am in search of His Words and His heart. Hopefully, what I write here will inspire others to do the same.

I also from time to time write book reviews. I love to watch people grow spiritually. I love to see them empowered by God's love and design for their lives. That is why I decided to seize the opportunity to write reviews for Christian Spiritual Growth studies. My desire is to help those who read my blog to know what studies are out there for them. I do not believe that what is currently happening in the U.S. in the area of church small groups has really been beneficial or effective to the Christian faith or to believers individually. Please hear my heart on this subject. I do not believe that lumping people into large groups and employing the most popular studies of the current day is as good for the cause of Christ as we would like to believe.

For years churches have been employing the use of these studies and yet we do not see our nation, communities, churches, families or ourselves as individuals changing. These studies can be powerful tools for growth and connection but unless we study scripture first and foremost while using these studies as aids to our understanding and thinking we are fooling ourselves by thinking that they will produce any kind of significant change.

My sincere desire is spark your interest in God's Word; to intrigue you as I have been intrigued. I also desire to give you the tools necessary to be able to sift through the current studies that are out there, and maybe even introduce you to some authors you may not have heard of otherwise and pick books and topics that are relevant to where you are in your spiritual walk or where your church or congregation may be in its spiritual walk.

Thank you for reading.

Auntie M
(Martha Burton)
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What Else Is Auntie M Reading?

    I am currently reading the book of Jeremiah. I believe the Old Testament is an important part of the Christian life and am saddened that a good majority of believers in America today feel that it is irrelevant for our lives today.

I noticed in Jeremiah 23:19 that God mentions "... a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind..." and of course I started thinking. 




I recently watched (again) a documentary on the Dust Bowl. Ever since I first heard about the Dust Bowl that took place in the U.S. in the 1930's I have been intrigued by it. Yes, even drawn to it! I am in awe every time I think about this disastrous phenomenon. It was just so much bigger than anyone or anything ever known before. It takes my breath away to think about being there and witnessing something so huge. I always feel so small deep down inside. I love that feeling. 

                               

I love being presented with something so much bigger than myself because it makes me stop and consider just how very incomprehensibly big God is. Somehow that feeling reminds me that I am safe because no matter how big whatever I have been presented with is, or no matter how much it takes my breath away I know that God, my Father, is so much bigger. In fact He is the one who created the things in this world that I consider "BIG". 

Maybe that is why God uses big things in nature in His Word to describe things because he wants to remind us how very small we are so that we will be humble and how big He is so that we will be comforted.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Jesus Mission by Steven K. Scott

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Steven K. Scott, Author of The Greatest Words Ever Spoken, gives us yet another compelling work in his most recent book The Jesus Mission published by Waterbrook Press.

Scott's book The Jesus Mission teaches us that Jesus came to earth with specific missions he had to accomplish in order to save the world. Twenty-seven of them in fact and each one accomplished! It then compels us to take up and accomplish the four missions that he assigned to each of us.

It was my great pleasure to read and review this book. Steven K. Scott does a great job of using scripture at every turn in the book. This is not a book of mere opinion but rather a book that shows us scripture and challenges us to do what that scripture is telling us.

I  LOVED this book and here is why. First of all if you have been following me you know that in my opinion a book that contains little or no scripture can not and should not be called a Bible Study. That doesn't necessarily mean it is a bad book. It could be described as a Spiritual Growth or Christian Life study but not a Bible Study. Steven's book The Jesus Mission can indeed in my opinion be called a Bible study. Scripture is the basis for everything in this book. Secondly, the way the book is laid out excited me. It is almost like a "How To" type model. He plainly lays out the 4 mission that Jesus left us with but then he goes a step further by breaking each mission into several "Action Items" so that the reader isn't left wondering how to accomplish the missions.

Several of the insights in this book left me with "Aha" moments or sparked other revelations about God that I had never seen before. The biggest of these "Aha" moments was in chapter 6 when Steven talks about that idea that the Salvation process may not look like what we think. He points out that the words confess and believe are two vastly different words and the difference may be leaving people "lost". He is also quick to point out that Jesus never mentioned a formula for Salvation like we see in so many churches today. It definitely leaves the reader with something to think about.
Steven also mentions the eleven ministries of the Holy Spirit and other things like being the salt of the earth, how to treat the sheep Jesus has entrusted you with and how to avoid the roadblocks, booby traps and deadly detours to following Christ.

I strongly encourage you to read this book and keep it on your bookshelf to read over again and again. This is definitely going to be one of my number one picks for 2013! Read the embedded chapter below just to get a taste of this exceptional book.
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