Wednesday, June 7, 2017

How To Understand And Live Your Faith

 “How to Understand and Live your Faith” is written with the “body of Christ” (God’s people) in mind, with an understanding of the diversity within the “body” and the spiritual conflicts that face it everyday. From a busy world comes a great deal of disinformation toward the people of God, which continually generates distractions, producing a lot of noise. Thus, the need to focus on the basic essentials, which aids the “body” along their spiritual journey.

Within this book, the author will discuss five foundational concepts as reflected in each of the first five chapter titles, then through their summarization provide a biblical philosophy one can live by, as expressed in chapter six.

While navigating this information age, there is a need to filter all the noise, providing discernment between truth and a lie, allowing for stability to the “body” as it pursues God’s goals for His glory and Kingdom.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Christian Faith

Title: The Christian Faith
Subtitle: A Quick Guide to Understanding its Inter-Workings
Author: Reid A. Ashbaucher
Genre: Christian - Non-Fiction

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Christian Faith: A Quick Guide to Understanding its Inter-Workings is a non-fiction Christian book written by Reid A. Ashbaucher. The author has served as a deacon, pulpit supply and a religious teacher, and he's obtained degrees in Comprehensive Bible and Christian Theology. In his introduction, the author indicates that his intended audience will be Christians who are new to their practice, those considering Christianity as an answer to their questions about life, and anyone else who is interested in gaining a more complete understanding of the Christian faith. Ashbaucher presents a scholarly introduction to the Bible, starting with a description of its beginnings in 1446 B.C. and continuation until 96 A.D. He discusses which books were considered to be divinely inspired and the differences in approach between the Roman Catholic church and the Protestant sects over what would be included in their Holy Scriptures. From there, he introduces the Gospel, Historical Teaching, the Canon, Inter-workings of the church and a more intensive look at the Book of Romans. He includes a study guide and extensive end notes which give links and sites for further reading.

Reid A. Ashbaucher's The Christian Faith: A Quick Guide to Understanding its Inter-Workings is a fascinating and well-presented look at the Bible and Christianity. The author presents his work in an orderly and scholarly fashion which at no time felt like he was attempting to proselytize or convince his readers to embrace his religious beliefs. His introduction to the Bible and its development over the centuries smoothly and seamlessly gave way to the most cohesive and comprehensive introduction to the Bible that I've encountered. I was especially interested in his take on Scriptural Philosophy and found his discussions of those different theological viewpoints to be most helpful in understanding what had hitherto been a confusing and misunderstood subject. I finished this book feeling more knowledgeable about the Bible in particular and Christianity in general. The Christian Faith: A Quick Guide to Understanding its Inter- Workings is most highly recommended.

Review opinion 1 to 5: Five Stars

Made in the Image of God (Revised Edition)

Title: Made in the Image of God: Understanding the Nature of God and Mankind in a Changing World
Author: Reid A Ashbaucher
Genre: Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Made in the Image of God: Understanding the Nature of God and Mankind in a Changing World by Reid A. Ashbaucher is a powerful book that combines religion and scripture, science and philosophy to redefine the
concept of man in an age of secularism and relativism. Who is God? What is God? How is God related to man? But ultimately, what is man in relation to his creator? This book offers powerful insights into the greatness of the human person, a powerful reflection on the Biblical phrase that appears in the first book of Christian scriptures, the myth of the Genesis: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Gen, 1:27). But before creating man, God said: “Let us make man in our own image,” and this already indicates the community spirit of God.

Over time, man has ceased to be mysterious, to be adorned with the sense of sacredness, because he has been touched, experimented, and explored scientifically in many ways. However, the ontological truth about the human being is that he originates from God, he is a reflection of His maker. But what does this imply? In Made in the Image of God: Understanding the Nature of God and Mankind in a Changing World, Reid A. Ashbaucher discovers the face of God for readers, and develops a Christo-centric philosophy that defines life as a return to the very source, to the life of the Trinity, to a God who refers to Himself as “We.” This book is an eye-opener that will help readers better understand where they come from. It’s a powerful tool that unveils the beautiful face of God.

Review opinion 1 to 5: Five Stars

Friday, August 5, 2016

Out of Darkness Into the Light

Date of Review: 3/19/2016
Title: Out of Darkness Into the Light: Learning to See Life From God’s Point of View
Author: Jay Ashbaucher
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 978-1-4908-5101-3
Review by RCETC-CBR

Out Of Darkness Into The Light is presented to us through the life and eyes of its author Jay Ashbaucher, a pastor of more than 40 years, who by asking questions and searching for answers in his own life, found that God’s point of view in life, as revealed through the Scripture, was much more helpful in moving his life from the darkness of life, to a much more positive and purposeful life, as revealed through God’s lighted pathway. Written from a pastor’s heart, and having spent a life time ministering to people through teaching, counseling and reaching out to others, comes forth an amazing book of practical life insights on everyday life issues confronting our faith.

As you read this book you will feel a connection or bond with the author, as if he was sitting in your home as a friend, sharing with you his humble view point about his findings to what life is all about and how to live by seeing life from God’s point of view. The book is structured in such a way as to leave each chapter independent from the other, as each chapter covers its own topic about life. Through this arrangement, you can read one stand alone chapter and walk away thinking; that was a good discussion about that issue. This work is twenty six chapters in length, containing chapter titles such as: Seeing God in the Happenings of Life; Stress and the Calming Presence of Our Faith; Facing and Answering the Problem of Death; The Value of Suffering; Trusting a Hidden God and Have You Discovered the Power of Why?

Simply by reading the Preface and Introduction pages, you will come to understand the heart and motivation behind the writing of this book, as the author states: “This book is not just for me but for those like the ones I met, and all who want to overcome the darkness.” (p.xx)

Out of Darkness Into The Light does not come from an intellectual perspective, but from a lifelong encounter with struggling and hurting people looking for a practical perspective on everyday life that makes sense for them. If you are looking for a friend in life who will help you face life honestly, you have found him in this book.

Out of Darkness Into the Light: Learning to See Life From God’s Point of View is well worth anyone’s time. On a scale of one to five, I give this work a FIVE!