Book Blurbs: May 2018

#1 – The Biblical Counseling Guide for Women by John D. Street and Janie Street (published by Harvest House Publishers, 2016). This book takes a chapter-by-chapter look at a variety of counseling issues that women need guidance in. Each chapter tells the story of the problem and how one might equip such a counselee to overcome and begin gaining victory in a particular area. You will find biblical help on anger, anxiety, appearance, bitterness, borderline personality disorder, chemical abuse, depression, anorexia, grief, guilt, adultery, OCD, panic attacks, PTSD, schizophrenia, transgenderism, and abuse. I commend this book to men and women in the church who are actively counseling or wanting to be equipped to counsel on any of those issues. And if you buy this book, buiy the author’s companion book Men Counseling Men. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

#2 – Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church by Keith and Kristen Getty (published by B&H Publishing, 2017). If I could require new members of our church to read certain books, this would be one of those books. The value of this book is that is addresses the heart. While other books about worship and congregational singing focus on the song lists, stage production, and calling the congregation to sing, this book targets our heart’s preparation to sing to our Creator. Rarely have I read a book on worship where the authors will say, “Singing to God is an act of obedience. And when you attend a worship service and don’t sing, you are actively disobeying.” Amen! BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

#3 – What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert (published by Crossway, 2010). A good Christian book is easy to find” figure out the problem and then see if the author solves it. In short, this is a good book for those reasons. The question of “What is the Gospel?” is simply explained. I can see this being a good resource for churches to give out to visitors on a Sunday morning or to anyone looking to know more about salvation. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

#4 – A Small Book About a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience and Peace by Edward T. Welch (published by New Growth Press, 2017). This book is almost too short. It’s 185 pages feels more like 85. It’s meant to be a book you read in 50 days. While the chapters are devotional in nature and filled with wisdom, the reader is left wanting more. Just when the reader is getting into another angle on anger, patience or peace, the author shifts gears to another angle. BOOK RATING: 8 out of 10 stars.

#5 – A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers by D.A. Carson (published by Baker Academic, 1992). Move over W. Bingham Hunter. There is a new “favorite book” on prayer on my book shelves. This collection of expositions on prayer are thorough, insightful, provocative, and biblical. The book is one the more accessible books by the author. Typically, books that are a collection of sermons aren’t as engaging as this one. Every Christian should read this book first when needed to stimulate their own prayer life. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

#6 – Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship by John Piper (published by Crossway, 2018). This book is not about the mechanics of preaching. This book is not about the crafting of a sermon. This book is not about the different methods of preaching (e.g., exposition, topical, biographical, etc.). This book is about one thing: how preaching is an act of worship. There are a few chapters I found confusing and not directly related to the book’s overall theme, but I would still recommend this book to seasoned preachers who feel they may be on the verge of burnout or complacency. This book will get you “fired up” to preach as a dying man to dying men. BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.

#7 – The Summons by John Grisham (published by Doubleday, 2002). Somehow I have never read a Grisham novel until I got this one from a local library. Loved it! I can see why he is a favorite author of some. The story in this book takes unexpected twists and turns as the source of $3 million dollars left in dozens of boxes from a dead judge is investigated. The main characters of the story are depicted one way at the beginning of the book, and at the end your perspective of them will completely change. It’s a book that always keeps you guessing. We call that a page-turner. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

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