Book Blurbs: April 2016

Here are some books I had the privilege of reading this past month and some initial thoughts about each one.

#1 – Hell’s Best Kept Secret by Ray Comfort (published by Whitaker House, 1987). If you have read one Comfort book, you have read them all. For Comfort, it always comes back to preaching the law. And I am not convinced that Comfort is right that the mentioning of the word “law” refers to the Ten Commandments in every instance he mentions. Thus, I believe his evangelism-method is somewhat misleading. On a side not, I am not supportive of the many references to Charles Finney either.

BOOK RATING: 5 out of 10 stars.

#2 – Sex and Money: Pleasures That Leave You Empty and Grace That Satisfies by Paul David Tripp (published by Crossway Books, 2013). This was not by favorite book by Tripp, and not really the best on the subject of sex and/or money. While Tripp does shine in his discussion on heart issues and worship matters related to sex and money, I wasn’t helped as much as I had hoped with Tripp. Sometimes he rambles, and he did in this book. Sometimes he tells too many stories and doesn’t teach enough, and he did in this book.

BOOK RATING: 5 out of 10 stars.

#3 – Sex and the Single Guy: Winning Your Battle for Purity by Joseph Knable (published by Moody Publishers, 2003). I commend this book to teenagers and college students especially. The writing style is more appropriate for that age range, and I believe the author was a single college student when he wrote it. I wish I had read books like this when I was in high school. His practical instruction on dealing with sexual temptation, masturbation, and pornography are very helpful and show and encouraging maturity in the authority. If you are parent, buy this book for each boy you have and study its contents together.

BOOK RATING: 8 out of 10 stars.

#4 – Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God by C.J. Mahaney (published by Crossway Books, 2004). This book is more of a summary of romancing your wife than it is a theology of sex. If you are looking for practical tips on how to woo your wife, love her physically and emotionally, then this is a good book to read. Mahaney does a good job exhorting us men to selflessly love our wives in the bedroom and in preparation for our time in the bedroom.

BOOK RATING: 8 out of 10 stars.

#5 – Sex and the Supremacy of Christ edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor (published by Crossway Books, 2005). I cannot recommend this book enough. The topics include sex as a means of worshipping God, the goodness of sex, God’s forgiveness to the sexually immoral, homosexual marriage, single men and woman, romance, and the views of sex for Martin Luther and the Puritan. What you will find is thorough answers to questions about sexuality and the Bible’s teaching on the subject.

BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

#6 – Who Am I? Identity in Christ by Jerry Bridges (published by Cruciform Press, 2012). What an important subject for generations of Christians who find their identity in so many passing things. Bridges does an excellent job in explaining biblically how our identity is only in being God’s creatures, as justified, as adopted, as new creations, as saints, as servants, and as not yet perfect.

BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

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