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Monday, September 19, 2016

Good and Angry by David Powlison (Book Review!)

Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness
By David Powlison
(I received this book for review purposes.)
Genre- Religion / Christian Life / Personal Growth
Published by- New Growth Press
Copyrighted- 2016
Number of pages- 246
Age Group- Adult
Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-0-942572-97-8, $17.99
Do you easily get angry, but don’t know how to respond?  Many of us do.  This book, by David Powlison, shows us how to deal with our anger by exploring how anger begins, our judgment, how we can change, and what to do when it gets hard.  Each chapter ends with questions designed to help you understand more about yourself and how to deal with your anger.
About the Author- David Powlison, MDiv, PhD, has been a counselor over thirty years.  He has written The Biblical Counseling Movement, and many others. 
My thoughts-
I thought this book was excellent.  There are many people around the world who have a problem with anger and need to deal with it in a way that shows God.  This is the book that can begin to help them.
This book has given me a lot of information about how I should behave when I get frustrated, irritated,  and even angry.  There were many things I liked about each section and chapter.  Powlison has written sections about our experience, what is anger, how to change, and how to tackle the hard cases.  Each chapter was written with a lot of detail and about our anger, God’s anger, and how to improve ourselves.  One of the most important parts of the chapter is “Making It Your Own.”  It is where you take the chapter and answer questions dealing with it, so you know where you can take action in you life.  I appreciated these questions, because I learned more about myself.  I do wish there was a workbook or more area to work on the questions because I want to be able to learn more.  I hope too in the future that there could be a version for children.  I know that they could learn a great deal from this knowledge.  It would help them learn how to be righteously angry when they are younger.
Everyone needs to learn the best way to deal with anger.  I highly recommend this book.    
Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Good and Angry, by David Powlison, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr (Book Review!)

The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga, Book 1)

by Patrick W. Carr

(I received this book for review purposes.)

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Genre- Fiction / Fantasy / General

Publisher- Bethany House

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of Pages- 462

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, $15.99, ISBN: 978-0-7642-1346-5

One man is murdered and another mortally wounded.

Willet Dura, reeve to the king of Bunard, must investigate.  When he arrives, the mortally wounded man, a priest, touches him, screams in a foreign language, then dies.  Willet must investigate?  More people die and Willet has no idea what is happening in his town.  After the priest’s death, Willet finds that when he touches people he can see into their thoughts.  This is a gift he’s not supposed to have.  It puts him in danger more than ever before.

Will he find the murderer?  Who are the people who are trying to take him for their own?

About the Author- Patrick W. Carr currently lives with his wife and children in Nashville.  He has been a high school math teacher, draftsman, and more.  He was born during the height of the Cold War tensions on an Air Force Base in West Germany.

My Thoughts- I thought this was a long, but good book.  It dragged sometimes, but I stuck with it and I was really glad. 

I thought this was a good book for men.  I am glad that there are good books out there for men.  So many times it seems as if there are not very many good books for men.

Willet Dura was a good man.  He has done a lot of things he shouldn’t have.  He’s been to the Darkwater Forest and has been given a gift, that many would like to have, but he can’t give back.  All of those experiences make him a complex character.

My favorite character was Bolt, because he was loyal to Dura, but also loyal to the Vigil (the group of people who want the gift).  Gareth was another character I liked, because he too, was loyal to Dura.

This book ended on a cliff hanger, Dura needs to find a way to break his engagement.  Now, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. 

I recommend this book!

Informational and Purchasing Links-

The Shock Of Night - http://www.amazon.com/Shock-Night-Darkwater-Saga/dp/0764213466/

Author Website - http://www.patrickwcarr.com/

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Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of The Shock of Night, by Patrick W. Carr, to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of CSFF Blog TourAll links were current when posted.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dinosaurs: Marvels of God’s Design by Dr. Tim Clarey (Book Review)

Dinosaurs: Marvels of God’s Design

By Dr. Tim Clarey

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Dinosaurs by Dr. Tim Clarey

Genre- Religion / Religion & Science / Science / Paleontology

Published by- Master Books

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 192

Age Group- All Ages (Primarily those who can read well)

Description of Book- hardback, ISBN 978-0-89051-904-2, $29.99

Beginning with a detailed table of contents, this book is filled with useful information about dinosaurs from a biblical point-of-view. 

Many people are interested in dinosaurs and for good reasons, they are mentioned in movies, television shows, and books.  This book shows the reader:

  • biblical based science.
  • many illustrations, photos, and diagrams.
  • how a Christian can explain the dinosaurs from a biblical point-of-view.

About the Author- Dr. Timothy Clarey has a Ph.D. in geology.  He has worked for a major oil company and as a full professor and geosciences chair at a public college.  He currently works at the Institute for Creation Research.

My thoughts-

Dinosaurs are often a favorite of children.  My children are no exception, so I was excited when I saw the opportunity to review this book.

When the book came in the mail, my son and I were excited to take a look at it.  I was pleased when we looked inside.  There were many interesting charts, photos, and illustrations.  The table of contents was very detailed as was the end notes and index.

I started reading the book right away and was very impressed.  I liked how Dr. Clarey talked about the evolutionists point-of-view and that of the creationists.  I thought it was well balanced.

There were several things I did not like, the price and how each page was half black and half white.  I thought $29.99 was much to expensive.  It is going to be hard to get this book into people’s hands if the price is so high.  I got confused with the different page colors.  I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to read all of the text in the white section first or if the text went all together.

This was an excellent book.  I would recommend it for any one who would like to learn about dinosaurs from a different point-of-view.  We are going to use it for school.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Dinosaurs: Marvels of God’s Design, by Dr. Tim Clarey, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Rediscovering Discipleship by Robby Gallaty (Book Review!)

Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work

By Robby Gallaty

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Rediscovering Discipleship by Robby Gallaty

Genre- Religion / Christian Ministry / Discipleship

Published by- Zondervan

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 240

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-0-310-52128-0, $15.99

Jesus asked all of his followers to go and make disciples, but many of us do not know how to do it. 

In this book, Robby Gallaty point us in the right direction with specific steps.  One of the first things we need to do is to understand Jesus and the time period in which he lived, and what his lessons mean to us.  We then need to learn how to properly build our discipleship groups and how to make them work.

There are lot of helpful endnotes and appendix. 

About the Author- Robby Gallaty is married with two boys.  He is the founder of Replicate Ministries and the Senior Pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church.  He wrote Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple who Makes Disciples and Firmly Planted.

My thoughts-

I thought this book was excellent.  It was filled with useful and practical information to help people learn what it means to be a disciple and how to do it. 

My favorite part of this book was the section where it talk about how we need to know about Jesus’s methods, before we start it ourselves.  I learned how important it is when reading the Bible to think about what life was like for the Jews at that time, so I can better relate to the stories being told.  This would especially apply to the parables.

The appendix with the answers to frequently asked questions was high on my favorites too, because it discussed in greater detail what to do with your small group of disciples.

It is important to make and equip disciples, so they can go and do the same.  We need disciples in the world to spread the word of God.

I recommend it to every adult.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Rediscovering Discipleship, by Robby Gallaty, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Gospel Conversation: How to Care like Christ by Robert W. Kellemen

Gospel Conversations

By Robert W. Kellemen

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Gospel Conversations by Robert W. Kellemen

Genre- Religion / Christian Ministry / Counseling & Recovery

Published by- Zondervan

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 397

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-0-310-51615-5, $18.99

Gospel Conversations is the second book in the Equipping Biblical Counselors Series.  The best way to learn is by doing, and this is exactly what Robert Kellemen discusses in this book.

This book begins with the reader learning the four compass points of biblical counseling:

  • Sustaining: "It's Normal to Hurt."
  • Healing: "It's Possible to Hope."
  • Reconciling: "It's Horrible to Sin but Wonderful to be Forgiven."
  • Guiding: "It's Supernatural to Mature."

This book is broken down into steps and can be used as a training manual for lab and small-group interaction.

About the Author- Robert W. Kellemen, ThM, PhD, has written thirteen books.  He is the executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.

My thoughts-

This book was very thick and full of useful information for learning how to become a well-rounded Christian counselor. 

I liked the tweet-size comments.  It helped to condense the chapter into something that was easy to remember.  The wide margins made it easy to take notes.  There were also a lot of questions that could be answer individually or in a group situation.  There was a lot of detail and case studies to help people in group settings. 

If you are going to read this book, I would highly recommend reading Gospel-Centered Counseling first.  The author, Robert Kellemen refers to this book often.  I wish that I had read that book first.  He does stress how important it is to know the Bible.  He added a lot of forms about the different aspects of counseling in the appendix.  One of the forms I thought was important was a goals form.

Christians need counselors and they need them to counsel them in the most comprehensive way.  I think this book and the other books in the series will help equip people to be better counselors.  I recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Gospel Conversations, by Robert W. Kellemen, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Gaining by Losing J. D. Greear (Book Review!)

Gaining by Losing

By J. D. Greear

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Gaining By LosingGenre- Religion /Christian / Pastors

Published by- Zondervan

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 256

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- hardback, ISBN 978-0-310-51524-1, $19.99

Jesus wanted his disciples to take the gospels to the corner of the earth.  He knew they needed to be sent and not gathered.  Today’s churches focus on gaining numbers and keeping them, not sending them back out to do the work that needs to be done. 

It is the opposite in J. D. Greear’s church, The Summit Church.  His goal is to properly educated them, so his leaders, givers, and volunteers can go out and win people to God.

In this book he discusses 10 ways that your church can focus on God’s mission of reaching everyone.

About the Author- J. D. Greear is currently the lead pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina.   The Summit Church under his leadership has grown from 300 to nearly 9,000.  Greear has his Ph.D. in Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Greear and his wife have four young children.

My thoughts- I enjoyed reading this book and I learned a lot about what churches around the world need to be doing, planting churches.  I also learned why it should be done and how to do it.

I know of churches that have tried to plant a church, but they did not succeed.  I think it would have been successful if the pastor and the people interested in planting the church would have read this book.  There needs to be a plan to follow and more people excited about it. 

Greear’s plan is for all members to go on to plant churches and be different types of missionaries.  He knows that to fill the Great Commission, the members of the church need to move on.  The way to gain is to lose.  It is not about keeping the members in the church.  It is about growing and teaching others about God.  I liked how he included a lot about his church and the way that they have done and are doing things.

The appendices were helpful, “Setting Up an International Missions Strategy” and “Developing a Domestic Church Planting Strategy.”

I think that all church leaders need to read this book, so they can empower their members to grow.    

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Gaining by Losing, by J. D. Greear, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

History, Law and Christianity by John Warwick Montgomery (Book Review)

History, Law and Christianity

By John Warwick Montgomery

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Genre- Religion /Christian / Nonfiction

Published by- NRP Books

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 102

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-1-945500-01-5, $15

Sample of the Book.

My thoughts-

I thought this books was very interesting, but I also thought it was hard to understand. I think this book would be best for those who are in college or are extremely interesting in Christianity, law, and history.

I enjoyed reading all of the quotes, because it showed me that John Warwick Montgomery is very interested in this subject and that he wants to show how many people feel about the same subject. I especially liked the quotes from C.S. Lewis. I enjoy reading his works and his quotes helped defend Montgomery's ideas for the historical and legal reliability of Christianity.

This book contains some wonderful extras. It has a paper written by Avrum Stroll and a letter from Edwin M. Yamauchi. There is an extensive list of books that can be useful for studying the historic evidence of the Christian message.

I would recommend this book for people who are interested reading a defense of the Gospel.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received History, Law and Christianity, by John Warwick Montgomery, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

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