Here are some books I had the privilege of reading this past month and some brief thoughts about each one.
#1 – The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy (published by Center Street, 2007). This book documents the relationships that Billy Graham had with the following Presidents of our country: Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. While the details of his relationship with Kennedy and Ford are sparse, you will be very intrigued by his relationship and influence he particularly had on Nixon and the Clintons. As a history book, I would commend this book to anyone who enjoys presidential history. As a church history fan, I was frustrated with how involved in politics Graham has been over the years and how tolerant he has been with certain social issues (e.g., abortion). Generally speaking, you will learn a lot about these Presidents from this book. BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.
#2 – Foundations of Grace (Part 1) by Steven J. Lawson (published by Reformation Trust, 2006). What I thought I was buying was a O.T. and N.T. survey; what I got was a defense of the 5 points of Calvinism is each and every book of the Bible. Sometimes, I grow weary of authors looking at Scripture through their own theological bias or system, and the author does just that at times. If you are looking for a book that shows God’s sovereignty in salvation as a theme of Scripture, I commend this book to you. But if you get irritated with even a hint of the word “Calvinism” there are other Bible surveys available that are not theologically biased. BOOK RATING: 7 out of 10 stars.
#3 – The Heart of Domestic Abuse: Gospel Solutions for Men Who Use Control and Violence in the Home by Chris Moles (published by Focus Publishing, 2015). This book will be helpful to counselors looking for help in addressing the heart issues of an abuser – specifically domestic abuse. The author gives a plethora of insightful questions that will enable the reader to address the “abuser” and even well-thought out homework for the “abuser.” BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.
#4 – The Pastor and Counseling: the Basics of Shepherding Members in Need by Jeremy Pierre and Deepak Reju (published by Crossway Books, 2015). There are other books on biblical counseling that go into more depth, but not everyone can read books of 300+ pages. This is what makes this book of much value. These 148 pages are power-packed with counseling methods, tips, Scriptures, and wisdom from seasoned counselors. Even if you prefer longer books on biblical counseling, buy this one for quicker reads from time to time. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.
#5 – Just Like Jesus: Biblical Strategies for Growing Well by Phil Moser (published by Crossway Books, 2015). If you are looking for a book to put in the hands of a new believer to help give them some practical trips of how to grow in their walk with the Lord, give them this books. It’s only 71 pages might receive criticism from some, but a new believer may be intimidated by the amount of information packed into this book. The appendices alone on how to pray, how to study the Bible, and how to memorize Scripture are worth the price of the book. BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.