Book Review: Firing Jesus by Greg Stier

7/10

This book takes a look at what it would be like for Jesus to be a youth leader. The thought of Jesus leading a youth group appealed to me. I read this when I was a teen, and it was nice to go back.

While the premise is good, I had trouble linking with the writing style. The narration of the church meeting seemed a bit awkward. The dialogue was a bit clunky. However, the POV shots of the thoughts of individual characters were incredible. Maggie’s was especially great.

The problem with books like these, the problems with ministries like Dare2Share, is that they push ONE WAY to do things. Not everybody is wired the same way. There are many ways to serve God. This book is a good start, especially for teenagers, but not everybody makes disciples in the same way. I pray that people come to understand that.

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Reading Update August 2019

This month was a little busier than last month. I got through 10 books during the month of August.

The following is a list of completed books.

1) The End by Lemony Snicket

2) The Man in the Moon by William Joyce

3) The Sandman by William Joyce

4) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

5) Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis

6) Jack Frost by William Joyce

7) Warriors by Gurpreet Kaur

8) The Pleasures of God by John Piper

9) Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce

10) E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core by William Joyce

I loved the picture books by William Joyce, but the children’s books were even better!

My favorite children’s books from August were as follows:

1) E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core

2) The End

3) Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

Favorite Nonfiction books were

1) The Pleasures of God

2) Reflections on the Psalms

3) Warriors

I read only one fiction book that wasn’t a children’s book, so my favorite fiction book was, of course, Wuthering Heights.

And that’s all for August! How many books did you get through? How far in your yearly goal are you? Let me know!

Book Review: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

8/10

Mere Christianity is a great look at what Christianity is from a layman’s perspective. Lewis takes a difficult subject and tackles it with the wisdom that God grants His people. The explanations are such as can be understood by Christians and non-Christians alike.

Though Lewis makes many excellent points, I found his apparent belief in the theory of evolution to be distasteful. Whether or not he actually held the belief of evolution is unclear, but besides that, the book is a clear and simple explanation of what the author calls ‘mere’ Christianity.

If you’ve ever had questions about what Christians believe, why they have reason to believe it, and how it affects their behavior, this is the book for you. Take your chance and see what the book has to say to you.

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Book Review: What the Spirit is Saying to the Churches by Henry Blackaby

7/10

In this day and age, more books like this are needed. Books that tell Christians of God’s abundant grace and provision for His people. Books that show that God is far from silent. Books that lead Christians into deeper fellowship with the Lord and each other.

In a simple, yet powerful way, Henry Blackaby explains both his personal journey as well as his church’s as they selves deeper into faith and obedience. With powerful examples of God’s provision, Blackaby encourages other Christians to believe that God’s will can and shall be done only because of God Himself.

A fantastic book that showcases the power of prayer, faith, and obedience and how it can affect you in everyday life, I would recommend this to anybody who needs a boost in his walk or even just proof that God responds to godly prayer.

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Book Review: Night with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory

7/10

This is the final book in the Perfect Stranger series. The subject matter tackled within are trickier than the first two, but overall I enjoyed the novel.

The writing was just as good as before, but the discussions were sometimes hard to follow. Considering how tricky the subject is, this is not surprising. However, by the end, I did arrive at the same point as the main character.

A great novel for the struggling Christian, I suggest this to anybody who is weary of all the ‘doing.’ Yet the message is not just ‘Let go and let God.’ If you want to know more, pick up this book!

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Book Review: The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges

10/10

Stemming from the first book, ‘The Pursuit of Holiness’, Jerry Bridges continues the thread of conversation from pursuing holiness to practicing godliness. Both subjects are intertwined, and both are needed by any true Christian.

From the ‘putting off’ of the old self, to the ‘putting on’ of the new, this book covers the latter half. Once again pointing out that man is responsible for certain actions while God will do the parts we cannot, Bridges brings to the forefront of many arguments about where man’s responsibility ends.

Covering the traits of godliness, from humbly and self-control, to patience and gentleness, Bridges helps us to delve into what a godly Christian should desire. A springboard into the topic, you can take what is learned here and apply it to your own journey, wherever the Holy Spirit leads you.

If you want to study the traits that every godly Christian should practice, this book is an excellent starting point. So take a look at what God expects of Christians. You won’t regret it.

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Book Review: The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

10/10

Author Jerry Bridges invites us to take a closer look at holiness in this delightful read. Not only the holiness of God, but also the holiness that is expected of Christians by God Himself. Bridges asks the question: Is it possible to obey God when He commands, “Be thou holy for I am holy”?

The topic of holiness is one that has been hotly debated. Is it God’s job or is it ours? This book tackles the difficult subject matter of where our responsibility begins. Bridges covers topics from obedience and putting sin to death as well as holiness in the body, spirit, and will, and he does it in a clear way.

By no means is this book easy to read—you will no doubt come face to face with hard truths about yourself—but it is something that is very necessary in this fallen, sinful world.

Serious, yet ending with a message of hope to all who struggle with sins, whatever they may be, this book will help you to draw closer to God and see yourself in light of His grace and power.

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