• Hell, Rob Bell, And What Happens When People Die

    Hell, Rob Bell, And What Happens When People Die By Bobby Conway Published by Multnomah Books Hell, Rob Bell, And What Happens When People Die discusses from a Biblical standpoint the issues and resulting controversy surrounding the book Love Wins by pastor and speaker Rob Bell.  The author, Bobby Conway, pointedly, systematically and boldly dissects Bell’s arguments and leaves the reader with a solid Biblical understanding of how and why Bell’s views oppose what is clearly taught in scripture. At the end of each chapter, Conway provides helpful links to find more information online through his ministry called the One Minute Apologist. I was immediately interested in reading this book as…

  • Don’t Check Your Brains At The Door

    Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door By Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler Published by Thomas Nelson A great little book that could be titled “Apologetics for Teens.” In Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door well established Christian authors Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler have compiled forty-two concise chapters grouped into six general topics dealing with common myths of the Christian faith.  These six areas include Myths About: God, Jesus, The Bible, The Resurrection, Religion and Christianity, and Life and Happiness.  Many chapters are addressed as story format which grab the reader’s attention and relate the idea very well, especially since this book is geared toward teens. Each chapter ends…

  • The Blessing

    The Blessing Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance By John Trent & Gary Smalley Published by Thomas Nelson In 1986 authors Gary Smalley and John Trent first published their best-selling book entitled The Blessing. In 2011, Trent has now revised and updated The Blessing. I originally read The Blessing a few years ago and was introduced to the concept of the importance of receiving and giving something they call “the blessing” particularly within a family. I enjoyed re-reading this book with a my own fresh perspective, as a parent now myself. The authors list five elements essential to “The Blessing”. These five elements consist of: 1. Meaningful and appropriate…

  • Cure for the Common Life

    Cure for the Common Life By Max Lucado Published by Thomas Nelson Loved it. Another quick reading book with major impact from author Max Lucado.  Easy to comprehend style.  Witty and entertaining while conveying basic Biblical truths with common sense. In Cure For The Common Life Lucado discusses how each person can find the unique talents God placed within them when He created them, and then use these unique talents throughout life to ultimately bring glory to God alone.  Lucado calls this “finding your sweet spot.”  Using the letters of the word story, Lucado presents five questions to answer in helping a person find their sweet spot. Calling this the…

  • Billy Graham In Quotes

    Billy Graham in Quotes By Franklin Graham Published by Thomas Nelson For many years I have held a great respect for Billy Graham.  Everything I have ever heard or read about him has always portrayed him as a genuine, authentic man.  His preaching of the Bible and unwavering stand for the truth has always impressed me. Billy Graham In Quotes is exactly what the title says.  It is a collection of quotes from throughout the life of Billy Graham.  The book is divided into chapters, each containing quotes focusing on a specific topic.  The chapters are arranged in alphabetical order according to topic.  Topics include abortion, addiction, angels, character, commitment,…

  • God’s Love Letters To You

    God’s Love Letters To You A 40-Day Devotional Experience By Larry Crabb Published by Thomas Nelson A 40-day devotional centering around forty of the sixty-six books of the Bible. God’s Love Letters To You consists of forty brief chapters, each focusing on an idea from one book of the Bible. Though not every book in the Bible is referenced, the idea is implied that the author is attempting to span the entire Bible starting at Genesis and ending with Revelation. Author Larry Crabb shares his insights on Biblical themes such as trusting God, persevering, God’s faithfulness, authentic love, obedience and brokenness. Each daily devotion also includes a few points to…

  • A Place Called Blessing

    A Place Called Blessing Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins By John Trent with Annette Smith Published by Thomas Nelson In 1986 authors Gary Smalley and John Trent first published their best-selling book entitled The Blessing.  More than two decades later, Dr. John Trent has published a companion book to The Blessing in A Place Called Blessing. Great as either a stand alone read or in conjunction with studying The Blessing, A Place Called Blessing succinctly illustrates in story format how to live out the concepts presented in The Blessing. Though the story related in A Place Called Blessing is fictional, Trent explains that he developed the story through a…

  • The Little Red Book of Wisdom

    The Little Red Book of Wisdom By Mark DeMoss Published by Thomas Nelson Extremely enjoyable read! From the title, I expected this to be another devotional book full of short bits of imparted wisdom from the author.  It is refreshingly so much more! Author Mark DeMoss is founder and president of the DeMoss Group, a public relations firm serving Christian organizations.  In The Little Red book Of Wisdom, DeMoss basically relates his life story and lessons learned in order to to help others in their life journey.  His purpose in writing this book can be summed up in a statement he makes in the Preface: “If only one copy existed,…

  • It’s Not About Me

    It’s Not About Me Rescue From the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy By Max Lucado Published by Thomas Nelson Loved it. Quick reading book.  Easy to comprehend style.  Witty and entertaining while conveying basic Biblical truths with common sense. In It’s Not About Me Lucado discusses how our current culture is saturated with, and caters to, a self-centered, “it’s all about me” mentality. Shifting this mentality to a God-centered one is necessary in approaching life with a Biblical worldview. Lucado uses Biblical examples to illustrate how God intended us to function God-centered.  He explains how this idea is not just a self-centered attitude on God’s part, but that…

  • The Book That Made Your World

    The Book That Made Your World How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization By Vishal Mangalwadi Pub by Thomas Nelson Exhaustive evaluation of the Bible’s contribution to societies political and cultural development throughout history. Mangalwadi’s cultural Indian background sheds a unique light on this topic.  Though The Book That Made Your World is a long read, it is comprehensive in nature, dealing with the Bible’s influence in specific cultural areas such as technology, languages, literature, education, science,morality, family, liberty and missions. Mangalwadi begins with an analysis of the reasons behind the suicidal death of legendary rock star Kurt Cobain. He sites Cobain’s lyrics, pointing to a nihilism which in…