Brass Tacks: Christianity and Beyond
by Roger Bradley
Trafford Publishing

"At times you may have to suffer for His name, but His Word which you believe and which you proclaim, will never be hindered; it will always prevail and do its perfect work!"

This basic or "brass tacks" view of walking a Christian life takes readers through behavioral patterns, emotional turbulence and a review of God's promises, as it provides encouragement for the new believer as well as those experienced in the ways of Christian life who find themselves led astray by worldly temptation and struggles. The text addresses the battle of Satan, as he tries to convince believers that their ties with God can be easily broken. It gives advice for staying on task and encouragement for those times when you feel distant.

This is truly a "how to" on Christianity. It provides a well-scripted and thorough learning experience to the reader and, while it does scatter scripture within, it isn't quote after quote from a bible which many readers, especially new in their walk with Christ, typically find difficult to understand. It instead provides both inspiration and life lessons to guide the reader on their spiritual walk and debunks some commonly held beliefs such as that one can lose their salvation and be separated from the family of God. The author is obviously well-skilled and extremely committed to his beliefs. He offers easy to understand parables yet doesn't come across as preachy or judgmental. He also encourages the reader to find a team of Christians providing illustration that there is emotional strength in numbers. The Christian reader should keep a highlighter nearby as this text contains tip after tip for staying on track and growing in the spirit.

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