Book Blurbs: December 2016

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

#1 – The Power of the Cross by Robert Lindsted (published by Bible Truth, 2000). This is a book explaining the significance of the last days of Jesus Christ. It’s devotional structure makes it a book you can read as slow or quick as you desire. Of particular help is the second on the seven last sayings of Jesus on the cross. I would commend this book as a helpful resource to give to non-believers who are in need of a better understanding of His passion and it’s meaning. BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.

#2 – Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ: the Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of William Tyndale, John Paton, and Adoniram Judson by John Piper (published by Crossway, 2009). If you have read any of the other four books in “The Swans Are Not Silent” series, you will enjoy this one. You will thank the Lord for the willing sacrifice each of these men embraced for the sake of the Gospel. You will be inspired to follow their example in making disciples at all costs. You will be convicted by their passionate resolve to discover the faithfulness of God while suffering. Buy this book and read it. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

#3 – Does Prayer Change Things? by R.C. Sproul (published by Tyndale House Publishers, 2009). There are other books better on the subject of the effect of prayer (e.g., W. Bingham Hunter’s The God Who Hears or J.I. Packer’s Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God), but if you need a quick refresher (only 88 pages) on why we pray, this book is the one I would commend to you. BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.

#4 – The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men by Richard D. Phillips (published by Reformation Trust, 2010). This author seeks to build a definition of manhood around Genesis 2:15, where we are told that man was put into the garden to work and keep it. Thus, manhood is about working, according to this author. He works in his marriage, he works at discipleship, he works at parenting, he works at developing friendships, and he works at serving in the body of Christ. You will find this resource encouraging as each chapter ends with a list of discussion questions, which makes it a good resource for small groups of men to work through together. BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.

#5 – John Calvin: a Heart for Devotion, Doctrine & Doxology edited by Buck Parsons (published by Reformation Trust, 2008). Jay E. Adams, Joel R. Beeke, Jerry Bridges, Sinclair Ferguson, Michael S. Horton, Steven J. Lawson, John MacArthur, Buck Parsons, Philip Graham Ryken – any time you can get these men together to write chapters for a book, it’s gonna be a profitable read. This book explores both the life and doctrine of one of the most significant Christian thinkers in all of history. If you are looking for an introduction to John Calvin, this book needs to occupy space on your bookshelf or in your e-reader. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

#6 – None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us by Jen Wilkin (published by Crossways Books, 2016). Every woman should read this book. Every husband should but this book for his wife. Every boyfriend should make sure his girlfriend read this books. Fathers should work through this book with their daughters. Wilkin does a phenomenal job comparing the limitations of man with the unlimited nature of God. Her humor and creativity is very inviting as an author. I looked forward to reading this book every time I opened it. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

#6 – God Took Me by the Hand: a Story of God’s Unusual Providence by Jerry Bridges (published by Navpress, 2014). This is the autobiography of Jerry Bridges written not too long before he died. It is yet another book depicting the humility of one of God’s servants and you will enjoy reading on how God guided, led and directed this man to impact the lives of millions by his speaking and writing. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.



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