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How He Loves CD by Donna Leigh Hinkley, Guest Review by Janice Garey 

Listeners blessed to hear the new offering from Donna Leigh Hinkley will find the excitement of a fresh approach to worship music. Her voice, unique in a rich lower range, surprises with depth that many female vocalists could never achieve. Your ears will open up with joy to receive a new hearing of some works with which you may have grown too familiar. 

The listening ear acts like a tiny cornucopia receiving the bountiful fruit of the spirit evident in the collection of works on this CD. You will feel love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control woven throughout the music. The accompanying musicians add synergy with their professional background artistry. At times the listener will experience feeling a melting into the music, especially in “Here in Your Presence”. At other times the listener will experience stepping away and being in awe at the wonders of God. 

“Death in His Grave” gives the gospel in a song to be shared with seekers trying to understand what Jesus did. Just after that the beautiful response to the Lord’s sacrifice is illustrated in “Yearn”. As a grand finale, “Take No Thought (for Tomorrow)” shares the peace that results from following Jesus. This last offering of praise, recognizes the benefits God gives to believers. The duet, sung by a male and female, brings the CD full circle to show how Donna Leigh Hinkley’s album relates to all people as does the love and salvation of Jesus. 

To find out more about the Music Ministry of Donna Leigh or to order a copy of her CD, visit her website: Donna Leigh Worship

Janice S. Garey is a Christian writer and reviewer living in Decatur, GA with her husband, Art, and their cat, Miss Bosley. She has stories in the Moments anthologies compiled by Yvonne Lehman. Janice enjoys posting her daily photos of nature scenes and related haiku to give glory to God on social media. Her website will be receiving reconstructive surgery. She also volunteers with Christian Library International. Find her on Facebook or Instagram as: @Janciegme.

Where Did God Go? A Book Review by Ashley Sauls 

I had the opportunity to review, Where Did God Go by Dr. Tina M. Bell. It’s a book that calls church leaders and the household of faith to a place of accountability and repentance. If we, the presenters of the gospel, are unaware of God’s presence then those we seek to introduce to God and discipleship will remain lost also. Each chapter includes a question as well as points of self-examination to determine our recognition of God. One chapter that spoke to me was chapter four, Pastor, Is This God’s House? Dr. Bell writes, “People show up for choir rehearsal, Bible study, prayer meetings, Sunday worship, pass the offering tray and go home, with the need for something greater plaguing their souls” (p. 52).

Sometimes we seek God out of duty versus relationship. We continue this pattern week after week and leaders and laypersons alike forget to observe God’s absence. We even celebrate our deeds and our dedication, but God is after our hearts. Another chapter that spoke to me was chapter six,Pastor, He Sought You. Will You Chase Him?

Dr. Bell writes, “Performing mighty works in Christ’s name without His sanction will reap self-deception and false security. God has labeled such as actor, a false prophet. There is no merit to giving Him the lordship title without recognition of His lordship authority within our lives” (p. 78).

We can do a lot of good things as leaders, but if it’s for self-gratification it’s of no use. Dr. Bell also reminds us to check our motives in our service. It can be easy to perform Christian duties out of personal gain (i.e., applause, acceptance, value).

It can appear helpful to put our “twist” on the gospel so that we remain relevant to all generations. However Dr. Bell reminds us, God only approves of His plan and not our modifications. This book is a must-read for leaders.The mass exodus of people from the Church is not a coincidence. People are looking for God, and we have presented ourselves. We have presented our ideas of worship and service.

We have turned the attention to ritual versus relationship. All is not lost though. Dr. Bell reminds us that repentance and returning to God is a must, which we can do. I am grateful for her presentation of this work and know I will use it as a reference as I serve. I believe the best way to summarize the heart of this work is as follows on page 19: “The badges of honor we have concerned ourselves with such as being labeled, ‘mega church,’ “Bishop,’ and attaining a ‘world-wide-ministry,’ have clouded the waters of God’s crusade. This is His program for His honor. It is not your anointing. It is His. It is not your church. It is His flock! A gift given should not change its use. You have been given for His people-a servant for servant hood. Any shift in our spiritual directive can hinder His appearance”

May we all remember God chose us and it’s our job to make Him known.

To purchase a copy of Dr. Bell's book visit Amazon by clicking here: Where Did God Go

Ashley Sauls is an author, speaker and teacher who loves to encourage.  To learn more about Ashley visit her website here: Ashley Sauls