Who would actually say, “I think I pray too much…”

Here is a book for someone who wants to grow in that area. Click on the title to see a full review.

Book: Carson, D. A. Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers. Baker Academic, 1992.

Point: Paul’s prayers in the NT to the sovereign God teach us why we can pray, how we can pray, when we can pray, and for what we can pray.

Favorite Quote: One of many, “Just as God’s Word must reform our theology, our ethics, and our practices, so also must it reform our praying” (17).

Stars: 5 out of 5

It would be worth another read and I would recommend it to someone who:

  • Wants to learn how to pray biblically
  • Struggles with what to pray for
  • Wants to grow in their love for God and faith in him
  • Anyone who may pray at least once in their life

There’s a book for that…

Do you ever wonder:

  • if there isn’t something greater to give your life to?
  • why you get so upset about little things?
  • why it is so hard to forgive sometimes?

Read this book: Tripp, Paul David. A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger than You. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2008.

Point: When we are the center of our solar system we live within a shoebox. When our glorious God is the center of all that we are we are pulled into a universe full of his glory.

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It is on sale on Kindle now. Definitely worth it.

There’s a book for that…

Do you ever struggle with:

  • trying to earn God’s love?
  • trying to become more sanctified on your own?
  • wondering how the gospel connects with your every day life?

Fitzpatrick Elyse, Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life. Crossway, 2010. 

Point: Fitzpatrick says this: “What I’ll be asking you to consider throughout this book may be summarized in one simple question: In your pursuit of godliness, have you left Jesus behind?” (Page 19)

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Daily Dose of Biblical Counseling

CCEF, ed. Heart of the Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives. New Growth Press, 2012.

Point: This devotional is a great way to look daily into Scripture to focus on God’s character, our need of the Gospel, and application for daily obedience. We have been going through the meditations and have appreciated:

  • their Scriptural foundation
  • their Gospel focus
  • their application
  • their diversity
  • their clarity

 

We have read many works by CCEF authors and are always challenged by them to renew our focus on Christ, and strive toward obedience by faith. This work is no different.

 

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Looking for a fun story worth reading?

Adams, Richard. “Watership Down: A Novel.”

Point: Stories form who we are.

It would be worth another read and I would recommend it to someone:

  • Who enjoyed the Wind in the Willows
  • Who likes stories of animals
  • Who thinks literature is meant to actually change us

 

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When you see poverty

Corbett, Steve, and Brian Fikkert. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor– and yourself. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2009. 

Point: Helping those in financial difficulty can do more harm than good, for both the giver and the receiver. Here is how to be wise.

It would be worth another read and I would recommend it to someone: 

  • thinking about taking a short term missions trip
  • helping in a soup kitchen
  • thinking of working in the inner city
  • who said, “it’s their own fault they’re poor”

 

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There’s a book for that:

Here is the one of the most refreshing books I have read in a long time!
Reeves, Michael. Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith.
Point: That God is Father, Son, and Spirit is the life-giving truth which separates Christianity from all other religions.
This is a top shelf book and one to come back to each year. I would recommend it to someone who:
says, “Trinity?”
prays, “Dear Father, thank you for dying on the cross…”
wants to love God more
can’t see how God can be love and show wrath
thinks theology is dry
is Muslim
is a Christian
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There’s a book for that…

In an effort to 1) relieve the readers of this blog from too many book reviews, and 2) make the book reviews more helpful, we are going to be posting them in a little different format.

Our goal is to provide the readers with the title and author of a book, a one sentence (or maybe more!) summary, who we think would benefit from the book, and a link to our full review on Amazon.com (just click on the author and title).

If the summary and recommendations peak your interest, click the link and read the full review. If the full review is helpful, please let us know by clicking on the button that looks like this:

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This is helpful for us because it moves our reviews higher on the product. If our review isn’t helpful to you…well, never mind.

So, with that introduction, here are two books that you may be interested in:

1. Lewis, C. S. Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life.

  • Point: “Really, a young Atheist cannot guard his faith too carefully. Dangers lie in wait for him on every side.” Here is how God sought out a reluctant convert.
  • It would be worth another read and I would recommend it to someone who:
    • tells me that Christianity is devoid of reason
    • cannot ever see themselves believing in a personal God
    • who loves philosophy
    • believes science has all the answers
    • likes the works of C. S. Lewis

2. DeYoung, Kevin. Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem

  • Point: Business is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to rule your life.
  • It would be worth another read and I would recommend it to someone who:
    • consistently replies with “Busy” when I ask them how they are doing
    • is frustrated with their current priorities
    • has their children in thirty different programs
    • who views busyness as a badge of honor

Well, what do you think? Leave a comment if you have some better ideas!

12 Months of Reading

This past year, I made some goals for myself in the area of reading. I greatly enjoy sitting down with a book, but I find that all too often I pick fiction rather than non-fiction. I decided to try to read at least one spiritually beneficial book each month of the year, and I was greatly blessed by this exercise. Here is a list of some of the books that I read:

*Your Family-God’s Way – Wayne Mack

*The Faithful Parent – Martha Peace/Stuart Scott

*Worldliness – CJ Mahaney

*Quite a few missionary biographies (some of my thoughts of them have been stated in previous posts)

*Living the Cross-Centered Life – CJ Mahaney

*Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart – JD Greear

*Who is Jesus? – RC Sproul

*Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ – Elyse Fitzpatrick/Dennis Johnson (One of the best on this list!)

*Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God – Noel Piper (Free in pdf from desiringgod.org)

*Loving God with All Your Mind – Elizabeth George

*When Sinners Say “I Do” – Dave Harvey

*The Transforming Power of the Gospel – Jerry Bridges

 

I would encourage you to look up some of these books and read them as well!

Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley and Barry

Book: Pearson, Ridley, and Dave Barry. Peter and the Starcatchers. Disney Hyperion, 2010. 

Pages: 480

Point: Friendship changes us.

Path:Barry and Ridley tell a fun and exciting story with some familiar names. The reader will recognize characters and places from Peter Pan, but with many new twists and plots. There are mermaids and crocodiles, flying boys and nasty pirates, savage natives and an interesting society called “the starcatchers.”

Sources: Based on the concept of Peter Pan, the authors weave a new story.

Agreement: This was a fun story with developing characters. The prose is easy to follow and full of detail. Interesting characters and plots make each chapter a new adventure.

On the Audiobook: Jim Dale does an excellent job of reading this story. It is tough not to get wrapped up in the story with his narration.

Stars: 4.5 out of 5

It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.

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