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The latest book I’ve read is gods at war by Kyle Idleman. This book is a must read! There are a lot of books out there that aren’t worth the time, but this one definitely is.
While I had not read his previous book not a fan, I was intrigued and decided to check this one out. Boy am I glad I did.
The premise of the book is that all of us as humans are made to worship. The trouble is that we tend to worship things other than God. Idleman points the spotlight on the issue of idolatry in our world today, and deals with several of the gods that compete for our hearts and attentions.
One thing that I really liked about this book is that it was not repetitive. The material is fresh from start to finish. He does a great job of explaining what modern-day idol worship looks like and how to combat an array of popular idols.
Each section of the book deals with different areas of life where people are drawn to worship—areas like: pleasure, power, and love. For each of these, there are more specific foci and great explanations and examples. There are stories from the author’s life, as well as the lives of other, sometimes well-known, Christians who have dealt with these issues and idols.
The book is engaging and a quick read. I highly recommend this one. This is the best book I’ve read this year.
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Johnnie Moore’s Dirty God had a lot of potential, but didn’t seem to quite live up to what I had expected. I agree with the core message of the book, that grace is for everyone, and Jesus is God who gets His hands dirty and comes down to a human level in order to bring us into a relationship with Him.
I just finished Max Lucado’s newest book, Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine. Once I picked it up, it was a really quick read.
Max Lucado is a master storyteller, and uses a nearly endless arsenal of anecdotes to great effect as he shares the greatness of God’s grace. I’ve been a big fan of Lucado’s work for many years, and if you haven’t read any of his previous works, I highly recommend them. While his works are not always deep academic or theological tomes (and I overlooked them for that reason in my seminary days), they have great devotional value and are great for application. It doesn’t have to be academic to be meaningful.
I just finished reading The Next Story by Tim Challies. I really enjoyed it! I believe this book is a must-read for pastors, and anyone who wants to better understand and confront the new realities and theological issues of the technological world in which we live.
Author/pastor/blogger Tim Challies does a great job at highlighting some of the new issues and realities that confront us as users of technology today. This is a topic that needs to be discussed, and Challies may be one of the first to take this issue on and discuss it in depth.
In Majestie, author David Teems seamlessly blends quality historical research with superb readability. Who knew King James I of England could be such an interesting character? Teems introduces us to the King, giving great background and juicy details, and making his subject accessible to today’s readers. There are helpful footnotes, but the main text is insightful, yet not too dry, and quite colorful.
Beginning with stories such as how James was almost aborted in his mother’s womb, Teems gives great background that pulls back the curtain on the royal Stuart family, revealing the good, the bad, and the ugly in all their majestic glory. From the beginning, I was hooked and this biography read like a novel – full of intrigue, plotting, love affairs, and even the Bible.
While James is certainly the star of the book, other characters like his mother Mary Queen of Scots, John Knox, Elizabeth, Shakespeare, and many others move in and out of the spotlight from time to time. Of all the other subjects, it is the King James Bible (or Authorized Version) which takes center stage by the end of the book. As has been noted, the KJB is the bestselling book in history, and the most read.
Teems explores the process of translating the Bible into English, as well as looking at the men who played crucial roles in accomplishing this monumental task. Yet through it all, at the center remains James.
I highly recommend this book for those who are interested in a primer on the King James Bible, or for anyone who loves history. I especially enjoyed the Kindle version because of the ease of looking through footnotes and looking up other 17th Century figures, items, and ideas.
Have you read this one? What did you think? What are you reading these days?
I just finished Andy Andrews’ most recent book, The Final Summit, sequel to his bestseller The Traveler’s Gift. I really enjoy his books, and this one was no exception. I find that I learn something new with almost every page of his books.
You will probably get the most out of this book if you have already read The Traveler’s Gift or are at least familiar with the story of David Ponder and the seven decisions. The Final Summit once again follows David Ponder who, though now much older, once again is taken on a supernatural journey to meet with leaders from throughout history.
I can’t take credit for discovering this book on my own. This is one that I discovered through Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt. He blogged about this book a little over a year ago, and after reading his review I was very excited about this book.
The Liturgical Year by Sister Joan Chittister is part of Thomas Nelson’s Ancient Practices Series. This book caught my interest because I’ve wanted to know more about the Christian calendar and have been curious about the liturgical year, and many Christian holy days for some time.
My wife and I went to see the new Chronicles of Narnia movie: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader the second weekend it came out. I was considering posting my review, but the be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to say about it. I didn’t hate it, (which is always good for movies I pay to see) but I didn’t love it either.
So when I saw a review of the movie in Baptist Press that said some of the things I thought, I was impressed. Now, I have to be honest about something: I usually don’t agree with the reviews that Baptist Press does, but this was actually more of an editorial by a guest author (Charles M Garner). His headline: Dawn Treader could have been so much more. I heartily agree.
The long and short of it is that the plot was radically changed, and a lot of major plot points from the book were combined, changed, or omitted, and I’m not quite sure why. The movie is worth watching, but my recommendation is wait for the DVD, or catch a matinee; don’t pay full price for this.
Last week I got an Amazon Kindle. I was not quite sure how well I would like it, but after the first week of using it, I am a fan.
If you’re trying to decide whether or not to get a kindle or other eReader, I recommend checking out a comparison done by one of my favorite bloggers, Michael Hyatt. His blogging was, without a doubt an influence on my decision. Two posts worth reading are Hyatt’s Unboxing the Kindle 3 and his review of the Kindle after one month.