Sunday, April 10, 2016

Book Review: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Peterson

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 I really enjoyed this book. It is a revised and expanded 20th anniversary edition of a previous published book. It explores the Psalms of Ascent, which is a grouping of 15 Psalms that the Israelites sang as they journeyed to the Temple together.

We are fellow sojourners like the Israelites so these Psalms are greatly relevant to our walk as well. Peterson has a great way of explaining each one in a way that is easy to understand while considering the original hearers and hearers of today. I found these readings to be most encouraging and delightful.

I think this book would encourage any believer toward worship. The Psalms always inspire great worship.

I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can buy a copy of this book at Amazon.com here.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Book Review: Counseling One Another by Tautges

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I really enjoyed this title. It takes an in depth look at how important personal discipleship is to the local church. We have missed the importance of this in the church allowing much outside influence to enter into this area. It is time to take back that ground given which essentially means restoring Christ to counseling.

Every believer needs the help of counseling from time to time. This process should be one that just flows naturally as we love one another and search the scriptures together but because of the drift away from this kind of living, it now needs to be restored.

This book helps the lay person know how to love others well and disciple them toward Christ likeness. I found it to be a helpful resource that is Bible centered and needed. Anyone can pick this up and be better equipped to help counsel another person. It is easy to read and implement.

I received a copy of this book at no charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this title from Amazon.com here.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Book review: Renovate by Crump Jr.

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This was an interesting read about church planting specifically but there was a lot more to consider as you pick it up. The author is a pastor of a church plant in Atlanta, Ga. He speaks with wisdom and ease on this topic. His story is interesting and the history of Atlanta was also beneficial to the reader in order to understand this particular church plant. It is a good pattern from which one can learn.

The idea that stood out to me most was looking at where you are planted as your ministry of "place." This particular place is where God intends to use you to reach the world. Sometimes I am more interested in where God will take me rather than the place I am presently in. This was an eye opening thought and challenge so that I would make the most of the moments here and now. All of it matters. Every moment.

I think this book is good for anyone interested in missions, evangelism, or disciple making.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon.com here.

I received a copy of this book free of charge for the purpose of an honest review.

The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross by Laferton

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This book is a precious resource for children. The illustrations are great and the story is simple enough for young children to understand. The words are well spaced on each page as well. This is important to me in a children's book because it makes it easier to hold their attention while you are reading it to them.

My seven year old boy, who struggles to pay attention, loved this book. He loved the pictures and the story. It is really fun to see his eyes light up at the hearing of God's truth and the grand story of redemption.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon.com here.

I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Book Review: Answering Jihad by Qureshi

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This book was an informative and interesting read on this topic. The author is a former Muslim who has a huge amount of insight into the teachings of the Quran on this very topic of jihad. It is right to question this problematic concept in times where terrorism seems to be prevalent and random to the western mind. This book helps the reader to understand the background from where these ideas come. I found it super insightful.

The author writes with love and as unbiased as possible. His purpose was to rightly address the importance of jihad in the writings of the Quran. He was confronted with this after the September 11th attacks by Muslims. He did not see his faith as a violent faith. After thoroughly reading the Quran and its teachings for himself he had to make a choice about what was true. This passion is what drives this book.

This book is also written with a love for Muslim people. It encourages us to get to know our Muslim neighbors. Most of them are not out to practice a violent religion.

This is a great read. I highly recommend it to any person who is friends with those of different faiths. It is important that we seek to understand one another.

I received a copy of this book at no charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy from Amazon here.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Book Review: Changing World, Unchanging Mission by Sills

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This book is a wealth of cultural information on the impact that change has on the world as a whole, including missions. I found it supremely interesting and helpful for thinking through how to work with different cultures and what things are important to consider. It even exposed some wrong thinking on my part. This has been the most helpful book I have read this year. If you are considering any kind of work with people from other cultures, it would benefit you to read this.

The book is divided up in very practical ways making it easy to access any areas that may be of interest or concern to the reader from how helping is sometimes hurtful to reaching oral learners. It did take me a little longer to read because each chapter gave such rich food for thought. It is an easy read but to get the most out of it, reading and thinking it through is most beneficial.

I did received a copy of this title free of charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon. here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Book Review: This is Awkward by Rhodes

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Let me tell you why you need to read this book. Mostly, because we really just need to lighten up and laugh more. But if you need other reasons then keep reading. I know you should not judge a book by its cover but really, look at it. It is just stupid funny. It is okay to laugh and not take yourself too seriously because honestly in those awkward moments in life is where God meets us. This book helps you see this.

This book is just a series of stories but in them a connecting to God and how He is relevant to all of life. The author is really funny but also an introvert which is probably why I could relate so much. Also, he is really insecure about people hating his book so that has got to pull you in. Humility is what we need more of from authors. Maybe there is a little too much insecurity but it is continually pointing itself back to God and that is why I just like this book. It is honest, vulnerable and real but most importantly sees its desperate need for a Savior who loves us right where we are.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon.com here.
 
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