Here are some books I had the privilege of reading this past month and some brief thoughts about each one.
#1 – Let the Children Worship by Jason Helopoulos (published by Christian Focus, 2016). You can read my book review HERE. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.
#2 – Hitler’s Cross: How the Cross Was Used to Promote the Nazi Agenda by Erwin W. Lutzer (published by Moody Publishers, 1995). I love a good history book, and this was much better than I expected. I don’t read much Lutzer; so, this was a surprisingly interesting book about Adolf Hitler attempting to justify his evil by perverting the teachings of men like Martin Luther and the Apostle Paul. You will learn about Hitler’s Messianic aspirations and his promotion of a broken cross – the swastika. The weak German church is also a part of this author’s narrative, and should shoulder some of the blame for the Holocaust, this author concludes. BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.
#3 – Live Smart: Preparing for the Future God Wants for You by Dan Dumas (published by Bethany House, 2016). It’s always encouraging to discover books that you can give a new believer to help jump-start their sanctification. This book, which deals with an array of topics, is couched with wisdom from a godly man. You will be encouraged to learn about fearing God, Bible study, the church, submission, service, discipleship, friendship, risk-taking, work ethic, character, sexual immorality, correction, the Gospel, and evangelism. I would commend this book to any Christian – but especially those who may be “just getting started.” BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.
#4 – Peace Child by Don Richardson (published by Regal Books, 1974). This is the story of a missionary family that travels to Indonesia to minster among a cannibalistic tribe called the Sawi. Struggling to preach the Gospel to this tribe, they discover a tradition in which peace is made between two tribes by one tribe giving the other tribe a baby (aka peace child). Richardson capitalizes on this tradition and presents Jesus as their Peace Child. This story is inspiring and will encourage you to preserve no matter the mission field God has given you. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.
#5 – The Shack by William P. Young (published by Windblown Media, 2007). Look for my full review of this book on Friday. BOOK RATING: 1 out of 10 stars.