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Top Books of 2023

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Welcome back to another episode of the Purpose Collective podcast. If you are new here, at the end of each year I drop an episode highlighting my favorite reads of the year. I used to average reading about 50 books a year but not this year. I don’t even know how many I have read but if I had to guess, I would say it was somewhere around twenty books.

I’ve been reading and studying the Bible more and listening to more teaching of the Word so I haven’t had a whole lot of free time to read. But I still get some reading in.

Disclaimer: I am recommending specific books by certain authors. I have not read every single book by the authors mentioned, so with that being said I cannot vouch for any other books that they have written. So don’t go blindly buying their other books just because you really liked the book I recommended. Vet each work. People can be one way when they write one book and years later while writing the next book, they done went off the deep end into something else.

The Queen’s Code

by Alison Armstrong

I have so much to say about this book. I haven’t had a book speak to me like how this book to me in awhile. The book is geared towards unraveling the misunderstandings between women and men. It’s primarily tackling the communication between the two. She provided such deep insight into how men see certain things and how women do things expecting men to act a certain way but men end up not conforming to it.

One thing that really stood out to me was when she pointed out that women often treat men like misbehaving women. Basically, she’s saying that women hold men to the standard of being women but really, they aren’t women at all so they are not going to respond to situations the same way as women. The other thing that stood out to me was how women can emasculate men and how when men feel emasculated, they tend to objectify women.

One of my favorite parts of the book is when she breaks down some of the words that help women communicate effectively with men. She does all of this in a fictional, narrative format which honestly I did not like initially. But, I get why she did it. It forces the reader to really go line by line to find out what she’s saying, instead of just skipping to a section based on interest because honestly you do have to read the details to get an accurate understanding.

Does it really take all of that to communicate effectively with and understand men?

I know some people are going to think, does it really take all of that to understand how to communicate with men, yes. Think about it, when you go to another country whose primary language is not your language, and you need help with something, wouldn’t you say it’s more effective to ask them in a language they understand?

This book isn’t solely about communicating with men you’re in a romantic relationship with, it helps when communicating with men in general.

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too

by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

I don’t really remember where I learned about this book but I’m pretty sure it was from one of the moms I follow on Instagram. I was intrigued by it for some reason that I don’t really remember right now lol. I mean, I’m around kids a lot. I have over twenty nieces and nephews. The children at church like to be up under me sometimes. My friends have children. On top of that, I’m about to start having my own children soon, so I need to know how to handle these little humans when there’s more than one.

So this book was very popular when it was first released and still is. It wasn’t just on the NYT Best Sellers list, it was the #1 NYT bestseller in its category. The authors are viewed as parenting authorities. Before they authored this book, they wrote a bestseller titled How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. As they were writing that book, they had a hard time with the chapter on sibling rivalry. There was just too much they wanted to include about the topic and no matter how much they tried to pare down their advice, they found the subject to be too meaty – parents agreed with them too.

This book is hilarious!

Kids are hilarious and they can be little terrors. The authors gave really good illustrations based on parents’ real experiences with their children who literally were trying to kill each other at times.

The book is structured around the author’s experience doing an 8-week parenting class. Each chapter deals with a specific topic and what was discussed when the group met. At the end of each chapter, there’s:

  • illustrated examples of what kids say, what we as adults say in response, and what we can say instead that isn’t ,
  • a short reminder bullet point summary,
  • questions asked by parents with the author’s suggested answers, and
  • success stories from parents who tried things from the previous week.

The authors really challenge our ideas of sibling roles, like when parents say, “you know you’re the oldest, and as the oldest you’re supposed to xyz.” They expose a lot of toxic parenting that’s passed down from generation to generation and the beautiful thing was that as some of the parents learned they actually started to heal from how they were parented and the strain in the relationships they had with their own siblings. It’s a good, quick read that I’ll likely reference multiple times.

Deliverance From Demonic Covenants and Curses

by Rev. James Solomon

This book will change your life. It was written by Rev. James Solomon who was born to a family of witch doctors in Nigeria. He was raised in a community where some of the most powerful witch doctors resided. His grandfather was the most powerful witch doctor in the community and his father was next in line. They had a shrine dedicated to satan in their backyard. His grandfather and father would do evil very things to people.

Before he was born, many curses were spoken over his mother’s womb. As a child, he was bathed in different rivers in Africa to do rituals. They would call these things like “cleansings” but they were actually demonic rituals that covenant the person to demons. He was also taken to different shrines of idols, and shrines are places that are dedicated to specific demons. He was given certain things to eat and different mixtures of concoctions.

Here's the thing about his family...

Even though they were involved in the occult and were devil worshippers, and everyone knew, you know what I’m saying, everyone knew they were sorcerers, his family still went to church regularly and his father was actively involved in activities at the church. In spite of all of the evil his family was doing, his dad lived a very religious Christian lifestyle. They never missed a church service or activity. His dad was known as a ceremonial christian. His dad made sure that they prayed. Every morning, his dad would worship satan and then he would pray like a Christian with all of his children.

Before it was Rev James’ turn to take over the family business, he ended up getting saved and becoming a true follower of Christ, but he was still regularly experiencing things that true followers of Christ who live Holy shouldn’t be dealing with on a regular basis.

  • He was not able to hold a good job for a long period of time
  • He would have terrible nightmares
  • He would feel sensations of being pressed down while asleep, 

The book details his journey being set free from all of his faulty foundations which led to him breaking every stubborn yoke, and being delivered from demonic curses and covenants.

This book is for:
  • Any Christian who is still experiencing a lot of calamity in a specific area of their lives
  • Believers who feel like their lives have taken a turn for the worse since being a christian or since they rededicated their life to Christ
  • Anyone who wants to see other’s set free 

The Supernatural Upgrade: Keys to Walking in the Glory Realm

by Apostle Chazdon Strickland

Apostle Chazdon Strickland was actually a guest on the show. Chazdon operates heavily in deliverance and miracles.

In this book, he highlights how Jesus wants to teach you how to live a supernatural life! When He walked the Earth, Jesus trained His disciples to walk in the miraculous by healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead, and bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth. This is Jesus’ definition of “normal life.”

This is for today.

Today, we need a supernatural upgrade to bring us back to Jesus’ vision for what is normal. In Supernatural Upgrade, Chazdon offers powerful teaching and testimonies to train you how to:

  • Enroll in the school of the Holy Spirit.
  • Stoke the passionate fire of God in your life.
  • Access greater dimensions of the Glory Realm.
  • Press in for Resurrection Glory.
  • Discover how to live as God’s offspring on Earth.

The Old Testament prophets saw a day when the knowledge of God’s glory would flood the Earth. Today is that day!

I recommend this book for everyone listening. God has given Chazdon such powerful and insightful revelations about spiritual truths and he shares some of it in this book.

Prayer Altars: A Strategy That Is Changing Nations

by John Muinde and Mark Daniel

This next book is probably the best book that I have read this year. That probably sounds a little weird to you because I already said that if there is just one book that I would recommend to everyone it’s the book on deliverance from demonic curses and covenants. I stand by that because that book covers a wide range of issues.

This next book is very specific. It focuses on a crucial thing, which is prayer. The book is Prayer Altars: a Strategy That is Changing Nations  by John Muinde and Mark Daniel. John Mulinde is a powerful prayer warrior and teacher from Uganda. Mark Daniel is here in the US and pastors a church in Orlando, FL. They came to co-author this book after God gave similar revelations about this specific strategy involving prayer altars.

Funny thing is, I haven’t even finished it yet. That’s how you know it’s good. I’m almost halfway through it and what I’ve so far is enough to put it at the top of my list.

I love this book!

Part of why it’s a favorite is because the book speaks to a topic that is very important to me which is prayer. Prayer is an area that the enemy fights Christians on in many different ways.

It’s a little hard to talk about this book without giving too much away the at its core the book teaches readers how to pray in such a way as to invite the presence of God, push back the kingdom of darkness, and take over territory for God. by territory I mean, your family, your career, and even actual geographical territory.

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