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Our Last Great Hope is a good book on the Great Commission. Ronnie Floyd’s heart for this topic comes through in this book. In this book, you will see areas in your life where an urgency for the Great Commission should make a difference. Everything from our churches, to our families, to our desires, to our finances should look different if we embrace the task of the Great Commission.  As I read this book driven by an author motivated by this task, it made me examine how at truly felt about the call for Christians to reach the nations with the message of Christ.

While much of the book is not new material for someone with a passion for missions, it was a good reminder of many things we sometimes forget. However, there was one section in particular that made me think about things I had never really considered much. This would be the chapter about transforming our families. I was confronted with the fact, that in my home and in our churches, we are not doing a good job of training our children for the Great Commission. We are far too guilty of training them at being successful in chasing the American Dream. What if were more actively training our children to be future pastors and missionaries?  I came away from this book feeling encouraged, yet challenged. There is much work to be done, and my prayer is that this book will inspire people to the call placed before us. This is definitely a book that I would recommend.

 

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The Goodness of God: Assurance of Purpose in the Midst of Suffering by Randy Alcorn is a book that tackles the issue of evil and suffering head on. The book goes through the origins of evil and suffering, while also doing such things as looking at how different worldviews few evil and suffering. It ends with a chapter on what we can do in the midst of suffering. This book is full of things that resonate with the world we live in today. One of those things was a chapter dealing with recovering  a biblical view of health, wealth and prosperity. With the popularity of pastors preaching a health, wealth and prosperity gospel, this chapter gives a refreshing look at what the bible really has to say about the topic. An unbiblical view of health and wealth many times ends up leading to an incorrect view of God. I also really enjoyed this book because it is written in a way that anyone can understand. Whether a new believer or a mature christian, this book is easily understood and helpful to all. Randy Alcorn has truly done a great job of writing a book that should appeal to both the deep bible student and the casual book reader. I never imagined that I would be able to come away from a book on evil and suffering with joy, but I did. I would recommend all to read this book to prepare for suffering that will come in their life. Even in the midst of suffering, this book should provide understanding and comfort.

 

“I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”

Face of Betrayal is a look into processes of the American legal system. It follows the story from the perspective of 3 women who are friends. One is a television reporter, while another a prosecutor, and the other a detective on the case. The story follows the case of 17 yr old Katie Converse, who has gone missing while walking the family dog. You will follow the twists and turns of the case trying to determine who is responsible. Is it the local senator who has always had an interest in young girls? This book will keep you guessing until the end.

This book was an enjoyable read with an interesting perspective of the American justice system. Wiehl as former federal prosecutor delves into the realm of the crime scene investigation. While the story line is similar to many  mystery/detective books, the appeal is Wiehl’s angle as someone who has been on the other side of this type of story. How might a prosecutor or detective approach a case of a missing girl? The Christianity in this story is not a key component of the book. One character is a Christian, but does not look much at that aspect of the character. If you a looking for a novel with deep Christian meaning, this is not the book. If you are looking for a interesting book with basic Christian morality, this is a book that you will enjoy.

The American Patriot’s Bible

Posted: August 24, 2009 in Reviews
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I received The American Patriot’s Bible some time back to review. I have taken awhile to write this review because I was a little uncertain how I felt about it. What this bible consists of is basically a standard NKJV bible with sections added pertaining to how the Bible and Christianity contribute to our nations history. Being a person who enjoys both history and the Bible, I highly enjoyed both areas. The problem for me from the beginning was that is doesn’t feel like the two belong in the same book. It feels like it should be 2 separate books. I understand what the goal was, but the American history section adds nothing to the Bible. In fact, I believe it takes away from the Bible a little bit. As far as the quality of the production goes it is excellent. This Bible is easy to read, and is beautiful to look at. This is one of those literary pieces you lay out for everyone to see. From the vivid colors, to the nice layout, to the great pictures this Bible is great to look at. My only wish is that the two elements would not have been put together. They would be much better as stand alone books.

If you are a follower of a Word of Faith teacher or prosperity preacher, read this book with caution. Christianity In Crisis: The 21st Century will make you very unhappy with your current situation. This book counters many of the false teachers  in the Word of Faith movement. This book looks at the false teachings of a huge cast of characters including:  Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn and many of the familiar faces on TBN television network. It looks at some hilarious claims such as the teaching that Adam was the first Superman, who could do such things as fly to the moon. This book also looks at more dangerous heresies including the one that Christ’s work on the cross was not enough for salvation. Hank Hanegraaf has produced a wonderful resource with this book. If you are intrigued by Christian apologetics, this is an excellent book for you. It is also a great book for any Christian whose discernment skills are not yet the greatest. Hank does an excellent job of showing readers how to discern these false teachers. He also gives straight forward ways to approach reading the Bible and doing basic apologetics work. I would recommend this book to anyone at any level of Christian maturity.

The Gift Of Psalms

Posted: January 19, 2009 in Reviews
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The Gift Of Psalms – Devotional Wisdom From 50 of the Best Loved  Psalms is a nice product that includes both the printed version of the devotional as well as complete audio. Not normally a fan of audio books, I did enjoy this book. Hearing the Word of God in spoken form helped me to pick up on things I missed when reading through the Psalms. The Scripture is printed and read in the New King James translation. For the many people who fall in love with the book of Psalms, this is a book you will want to add to your library. I am also not a huge fan of devotionals, but the devotions were good as well. Many devotionals today are nothing more than self help, but that is not the case with this book. These devotions are well put together with ample time given to the background and meaning of each psalm in the book. I also liked the reading of Psalm 119. I believe it was the first time that I had heard this psalm read in its entirety. You will find many of your favorite psalms in this book. Whether taken in its written or audio form, it is an enjoyable book. You will find comfort and encouragement in this book of psalms.

For These Tough Times is a short book of about 80 pages by Max Lucado.  The book is a helpful reminder for Christians when everything that is good seems to fall apart. It reminds one to remember that even when something bad happens God is still in control. God has not deserted us and He is working everything for good. The book also points to the love of God and the fact that we need to turn our eyes to Him when we are hurting. We need to take our focus off  of ourselves. We also need to remember what seems troublesome to us, is nothing for God to handle. There will be times to pray and times to be silent. In the end, we know that good is triumphant.

In our world today, this book is an excellent resource. With the economy, wars, sickness and natural disasters, many are in a constant state of worry. Where do we turn when we lose a job, a home or a child? This book will give Godly yet practical advice. God is working in all of these situations. This book, like most of Lucado’s, is encouraging and easy to read. If you are looking for something meaty and deep, this is not the book. However, this is the book for you if you are wanting a quick reminder of God’s presence in bad times.