Title: Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted Author: Ron Citlau Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 14, 2017) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 176 This is going to be a controversial book because of the subject matter. Homosexuality has been enshrined in such emotional terms that a rational discussion is often difficult to achieve. I have read some reviews of this book that make me wonder if the reviewers looked past the title, calling out Ron Citlau as some hate-spewing monster. Pastor Citlau, who has dealt with same-sex attraction in his own life, approaches this topic both from experience and with grace. Like Christians of old, he has not shied away from calling homosexuality what it is: sin. But he doesn’t just make this declaration and drop the mic; he provides insight on two major fronts. First, he addresses three obstacles to the same-sex attracted (SSA) individual finding fulfillment in Christ. Then … Keep reading!
Title: Book Review Banzai: The Unknown Author’s Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews Author: Jason Ladd Publisher: Boone Shepherd (June 7, 2017) Language: English Formats: Kindle Pages: 55 If you’re an author looking to generate sales on Amazon, you need reviews. Without reviews, few people are going to take a chance on your book, plain and simple. It doesn’t matter how good your book is, time and money are precious commodities, and spending either on an unknown author is a risky prospect. Here’s where a shot in the arm is needed, and Jason Ladd’s Book Review Banzai yields insight into the necessary steps to generating large numbers of reviews on or around launch day for your product. I appreciate that Ladd is honest about the effort you will need to put into your own banzai to see results. This is not a magic bullet or get-rich-quick scheme. As he puts it, you will … Keep reading!
Title: Education: Does God Have an Opinion? A Biblical Apologetic for Christian Education & Homeschooling Author: Israel Wayne Publisher: Master Books (April 1, 2017) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 240 Whose duty is it to educate children? To hear some tell it, the responsibility lies with the government. Looking back over the past century or so of education, it should be obvious that this mindset has led to disastrous results. Even Christian schools have bought into the models of public education without realizing or caring where those models originated. Israel Wayne has written an excellent book in Education: Does God Have an Opinion?. The first half or so lays out the biblical mandates for parents to take charge of educating their children in a Christian environment. This can often most easily be achieved through homeschooling, but there may be times where enrollment in a Christian school or academy may be necessary. Israel’s … Keep reading!
Title: The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics Edited by: John J. Bombaro & Adam S. Francisco Publisher: NRP Books (August 21, 2016) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 248 In The Resurrection Fact, eight authors take on various modern skeptic thoughts that contradict a literal risen Christ. These skeptics include Robert Price, Bart Ehrman, John Dominic Crossan, Michael L. Martin, Matthew McCormick, Jonathan Mumme, and Gerd Lüdemann. Some of the arguments against a risen Christ I have heard before, and a few I had not, but all were handled in exemplary fashion. The book is well-written and a relatively quick read, at least if the reader has a reasonable familiarity with theology and theological terms. I believe the third chapter was the one I found the most technically challenging in terms of vocabulary, and that also contained the counter-resurrection arguments with which I was least familiar. Perhaps the biggest complaint … Keep reading!
Title: Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians Author: Brian G. Hedges Publisher: Shepherd Press (September 30, 2016) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 176 Christ All Sufficient is a relatively quick read if you don’t linger too long to contemplate the truths pointed out by author Brian G. Hedges. The front cover declares this book to be an exposition of Colossians, which it is, but don’t let that scare you: this is not a technical commentary on the epistle, but a conversational working through of Paul’s letter. This is something I find to be of immeasurable benefit. Hedges writes with the heart of a pastor seeking to make Scripture accessible and alive to all, not just the scholars. He also brings out how this epistle is relevant and applicable to our lives today. I think Christ All Sufficient and books like it make for tremendous resources to begin assisting in Bible … Keep reading!
Title: Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Personal Preparation Author: Ernie Baker Publisher: Shepherd Press (August 1, 2016) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 185 EDIT: I thought I has posted this review back in October when my Amazon review went live. Apparently that was not the case. Anyway… This is a book I wish I had been able to read when I was nearing the end of my high school days. I spent my first year of college at a Bible college (commonly referred to as the “bridal” college because of the number of students who got married there), and I had an expectation that I, too, would meet my wife there. Looking back, I was definitely not ready, and I think reading this book would have helped me identify that fact. Mr. Baker uses the analogy of building a house when it comes to marriage. Like any structure, the first and most … Keep reading!
Title: The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Connecting Christ to Human Experience Author: Jeremy Pierre Publisher: New Growth Press (October 3, 2016) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 288 In The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life, Jeremy Pierre reminds us that people are multi-faceted beings existing in more than the immediate moment or context. However, many will look at a single action (a father yells at his child for having a messy room, a wife cries when her husband works late, a child takes a toy away from his sibling) and attempt to address only that particular issue/instance without looking to the various elements that combined to bring about the situation in question. This is where many counselors fail their counselees, seeking to correct behavior without getting to the underlying contributing factors. The Christian should understand that there is a spiritual element to man, and it is ultimately this level that … Keep reading!
Title: Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us about Our Life with God Author: Joel R. Beeke Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (December 31, 2015) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle Pages: 104 Author and pastor Joel R. Beeke brings thoughts to bear on characters from Scripture with whom many of us are at least familiar, if not intimately acquainted. After a brief introduction addressing the question “What is faith?”, he moves on to four types of faith: Childlike faith, characterized by Adam and Eve; Submissive faith, demonstrated by the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4); Mature faith, as shown by the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15); and Persevering faith, lived out by Caleb (Numbers 13 and 14). I appreciated that Beeke wrote about people who don’t often get a lot of exposure; it’s easy to get caught up in the “giants” of faith like Abraham and forget that those who may … Keep reading!