Review: Church Planting Movements

Church Planting Movements: How God is Redeeming a Lost World
Church Planting Movements: How God is Redeeming a Lost World by David Garrison

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb

“Look to the nations. Watch and be utterly amazed!”

Today this ancient prophecy is being fulfilled in ways never before dreamed possible. This book reveals how God is turning millions to new life in Jesus Christ through the miracle of Church Planting Movements.

In this book you will discover:

  • How 4,000 churches were planted in northern India in just ten years.
  • How 150,000 gypsies in Western Europe turned to faith in Jesus Christ.
  • How 160,000 Chinese were baptized in a single year.
  • How 150,000 Muslims turned from Muhammed to Jesus.
  • How 15,000 new churches were started in a single year.
  • How the first century explosion of Christianity has been reborn in the 21st century.
  • How you can join God in bringing a Church Planting Movement to your community.

My Thoughts

Church Planting Movements by David Garrison goes straight to my “4-and-5-star-books” shelf on Goodreads. It’s an easy 5/5. I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a book that I was entirely enthusiastic about. This one was my lucky break. “It was amazing!”

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The Best Thing Since Isolated on Kindle

Birthdays, anniversaries, reunionsthey’re all celebrations of special events from the past. Any celebration is an opportunity to remember that all good things come from the Lord.

I’m celebrating something today. One year ago, I published Isolated on Amazon.

I learnedas I’m sure all serious self-published authors dothat publication is a comma in this venture. The writing, editing, and formatting give way to the process of making the book available in multiple formats, through multiple retailers, and of marketing it.

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#3 Lessons Learned from a Messed-Up Book Review

In recent weeks, I published a post about joy.

Ironically, it was a sad day for me.

Within hours of posting, I received an email from an author, kindly asking me to remove a previous post in which I’d reviewed her book. It was a complex scenario in which I felt sadness from three different angles. I assure you there’s a redeemed ending, but bear with meif you wouldthrough the hard part, first.

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You Are Invited – ARC Reading for Me

Hi there, dear reader!

On Thursday, I shared my thoughts on ARC reading—the perfect setup for today’s post.

I actually wasn’t scheming this all along. It just happened that I was ARC reading for another author (review to come) when I was incited, through some marketing brainstorming, to put together my own “Advance Team.” So my thoughts were trained on ARC reading in two separate channels. And this week, they just came together perfectly.

But before I present you with your invitation, let me unveil something that subscribers to my monthly roundups have already seen. My new cover for Isolated:

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My Thoughts on ARC Reading

Advanced Review Copies.

One of the acronyms that run ramp in the reading and writing world.

(I know… both those phrases had capital letters and periods but neither were propper sentences. I’ve been noticing this stuff more and more as I’ve been editing Mandated.)

Late in their refining process and early in their marketing process, some authors choose to send out copies of their manuscript to readers for free, or rather at the cost of feedback and reviews.

Late last night as I was trying to sleep, my mind was churning and processing my feelings towards the ARC system. Here’s where I landed:

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Back From Hiatus

Dear readers. Hi!

I’m back from my month-long, overseas adventure and ready to jump into blogging again. I’ll probably take a few days or a couple of weeks to settle into a schedule that fits with a new season in life. That’s right. Changes.

Before July, I was posting about three times a week, and that was an exhilarating blur-of-a-pace for me. I don’t know how often I’ll be posting in my new schedule, but I’m most certainly open to your feedback.

In particular:

  • Was three posts a week too much for you?
  • If I was to drop a type of post what would you suggest dropping?


In the next little while, you can expect to see posts reviewing the first, second and third books in the Millie Kieth series, as well as a book for which I’m reviewing an ARC (Advanced Review Copy).

When my lost baggage is returned to me after being stuck in Malaysia, I want to show you two new books that I bought while I was away.

Finally, for those of you who receive my email updates, I still want to see if I have time to give you an early peek at my new cover design before it goes public. You can still slip onto my list to view it if that’s incentive enough for you to join.

It looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me for the next little bit. It’s a good thing I love what I do! The Lord has been good to me in this way and in so many others. May this update find you rejoicing in Him.



Up Next: Millie Keith #1 and #2

I’ve turned the last page of pilgrim’s progress. It was the end of a good book which I think the Lord was pleased to use in my heart and life. I hope to share a review soon, together with some final thoughts inspired by the words of John Bunyan. In the meantime, let me disclose the next book on my to-read list, which I’ve already begun.

Apparently Martha Finley’s Millie Keith series, together with her other Life of Faith series’, a really well-known in some circles. Originally published in the 1800s, these books have been adapted for pre-teens and young teens of our day. Each series follows the life of a character and her walk with God.

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The Ultimate Writer Tag – Part Two

Hi, dear readers! This post is out a bit late due to my computer being at the repair shop yesterday. Now I’m back and running again!

I’m doing the Ultimate Writer Tag. Thanks, Emily, for inviting me to join in. You can see my part one here, in which I answered questions one to eight. I’ll post the tag rules again, then answer the remaining questions.

The rules

  • Link back to the writer who tagged you.
  • Answer all of the questions, including the “Ultimate Writer Question”.
  • Make up your own “Ultimate Writer Question”.
  • Tag as many writers as you’d like.

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Our Sure and Unshakeable Anchor

I have a fresh respect for allegory. If you’ve kept up with my posts recently, this comes as no surprise. Prompted by my appreciation for The Pilgrim’s Progress, I’ve thought about whether or not Isolated contains any allegorical elements.

The story as a whole is certainly not an allegory. But I can think of two individual (‘isolated’, if you will) allegories that play a small part within the whole.

If you’ve read Isolated and want to engage in some thought work on it, I hope you’ll enjoy this post. You won’t enjoy it if you haven’t read Isolated and don’t like spoilers, or if you don’t like picking apart and analyzing the experience of a book.

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