Here are some books I had the privilege of reading this past month and here are some initial thoughts about each one.
#1 – Womanly Dominion: More Than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit by Mark Chanski (published by Calvary Press Publishing, 2008). While I found this book to be better and more biblically balanced than his previous book I “blurbed” about last month, the author still went too far on explaining true femininity in my opinion. His exhortation for women, for example, to play sports like “softees” or “ballet dancers” was silly and ridiculous; he encourages women to not be overly physical in sports, because that is masculine. It is conclusions like these that are stretching Biblical implications too far. BOOK RATING: 5 out of 10 stars.
#2 – The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (published by Simon and Shuster, 1937). “The cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise God-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” You will find this book to be a pro-Lordship salvation discourse and commentary on Matthew 5-7. Bonhoeffer rambles a little bit and can be a little confusing at times, but generally speaking, it is an interesting to read a book from a German pastor during WWII who was calling for greater sacrifice in the church during a very troubling time. BOOK RATING: 7 out of 10 stars.
#3 – Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change by Denny Burk and Heath Lambert (published by P&R Publishing, 2015). What a great resource this is on such an important topic! Not only is the explanation of same-sex attraction helpful, but the chapter explaining the differences between external and internal temptations was foundational to my own understanding of same-sex desires. You need to read this short book if you have friends struggling with their gender or wanting to have a gender-reassignment. The final chapter lists a number of helpful “how to’s” – helping you engage and befriend those in this stage of gender confusion. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.
#4 – Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Set Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (published by Moody Press, 2001). The only thing that might have made this book better was if I was a woman. Many of the lies that DeMoss references I cannot relate to, but whenever I mentioned one to my wife, she would affirm they are accurate. BOOK RATING: 8 out of 10 stars.
#4 – Night by Elie Wiesel (published by Hill and Wang, 1972). This author is a Holocaust survivor who tells the story of being a prisoner at Auschwitz as a child in 1944 and then later to Buchenwald. The memories he shares about that period of suffering are graphic, terrifying, and worthy of being heard. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.