||Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions
By Mark Driscoll / Crossway Books & Bibles
Inspired by 1 Corinthians, in which Paul answers a series of questions posed by the people in the Corinthian church, Pastor Mark Driscoll set out to determine the most controversial questions among visitors to the Mars Hill Church website. In the end, 893 questions were asked and 343,203 votes were cast. The top nine questions: birth control, humor, predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, the emerging church, and the regulative principle are now each answered in a chapter of Religion Saves.
First, I’d like to state that this book is not for the faint of heart. I think to properly receive when reading this book, you have to come into it with an open mind and with that being said, let me enlighten you with my own thoughts on this read.
Author and Pastor Mark Driscoll has written this book in the means to shed light on questions that may seem hard to answer, questions certain people tend to draw the line on and never bring up again. As being a believer myself, seeking to be scriptural correct and wanting to have Bible based theological answers is important, when those hard question do come up. I enjoyed reading reading Driscoll’s bold, firm and very straightforward views. I’m sure most believers would agree that sexual sin, and the other issue brought up in this book shouldn’t be patted down and should be hit head on.
Though I don’t necessarily agree with all that this Pastor believes and brings forward, I would still recommend this book to those that would like to delve deeper into the issues he covers.
By Jan Godfrey & Paola Bertolini Grudina / Tyndale House
Pique your 3- to 6-year-olds’ interest about the Word of God! This colorful storybook features charming illustrations that will capture kids’ attention and a writing style that combines imaginative text, repetitive phrases, and engaging descriptions to bring the characters alive. Your children will remember these popular and lesser-known Bible stories for years to come. 144 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.
I don’t know what more you could ask for in Bible Story book than what this book has to offer. Jan Godfrey author of this book, has done a wonderful job in breaking down sometimes difficult to comprehend Bible stories . The simplicity of this book is perfect for children to read on their own as well as being read to during family Bible time.
Throughout this book, you’ll find 66 stories taken from Genesis all the way to Revelations. You’ll learn about Noah, Moses, Jesus, Naaman, and more. I love that stories that may not be commonly heard at church like the story of Naaman are added into the mix.
Being a graphic designer myself and a fellow believer, I appreciate the beautiful faith inspired illustrations by Paola Bertolini Grudina, in which I am sure children will as well.
I imagine when reading through these stories that children will have engaging questions, which is wonderful in growing their knowledge in God and challenging whomever may be reading the book to answer.
This book is written for 3-6 year olds. I’m waiting to read it to my daughter but I am sure we’ll both be enjoying it together for years and years to come!
I highly recommend this book! It’s a wonderful way to share many Bible stories with your children or the children in your life. It would also make a wonderful gift!
Stars 5 *****
Take a Peek:
Feel free to read the first chapter at Tyndale Media Center. (PDF file)
I am a reviewer for Tyndale Media Center. You can browse other Tyndale for Kids Books at www.tyndale.com/kids.
By J.M. Windle / Tyndale House
Naive and idealistic, relief worker Amy Mallory arrives in Kabul ready to change the world. She soon discovers that as a woman in Afghanistan, the challenges she faces are monumental. As the new security chief to the Minister of the Interior, former Special Forces veteran Steve Wilson is disillusioned to find that the country he fought to set free has fallen into its old habits of greed and corruption. Afghani native Jamil returns to his homeland seeking a job while his painful past continues to haunt him. All three search for truth…and freedom…but at what cost?
My thoughts …
Veiled Freedom is one of those books that draws you into the story and you find yourself not wanting to put it down. Author Jeannette Windle has done an excellent job in capturing her readers with an impacting story of real characters dealing with very real situations. The intricate detail is spot on placing you right there visually in each atmosphere and situation.
Not many books lately have drawn me in as this one has. I found myself learning lots of new things and questioning others.This book is a perfect story of perseverance and hurt and trials.
If you like realism, love, trust, friendships, action, adventure, twist and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat, then this book is for you! I will definitely be reading more titles by this author.
You can read the first chapter of Veiled Freedom by following this link.
I am a reviewer for Tyndale Media Center. You can browse other Tyndale Books at www.tyndale.com
Who Made the World?
by Kathleen Bostrom
Illustrator Elena Kucharik
Ages 3 – 6 – $9.99
Little Blessings question books help young children understand basic truths about the Christian life. Perfect for ages 3-6, Who Made the World? addresses questions such as: How long did it take? and What did you make first? Scriptures that support each answer are provided in the back of the book. Parents can use this book as a fun tool to answer questions their little ones may have about God’s word.
“Who Made the World?“ is one of the latest books by author Kathleen Bostrom. In this book, you’ll find that it favors the on going theme in all the Little Blessings books, addressing common questions. Each story book covers question like “Where Do I come From, How Should We Thank God, and What did God make first and last?”, all commonly asked by younger children withing the ages of 3-6 in their search of learning more about God and creation.
The illustrations by Elena Kucharik, draw children in and correspond well with the story being told with animated behavior and cheerful colors.
One of my on going favorite features is that at the end of the book as well as in any of the Little Blessings books is the of Bible references section. These references go along with the story which was written in rhyme, an ingenoius way to help children remember what was read.
I look forward to collecting more of the books in this series to share with my children.
I highly recommend this book for those of you wanting to meet children on their level of learning about the Word of God. This book makes for a wonderful resource for parents, Sunday school teachers, and even grandparents.
View PDF File of Who Made the World? Bostrom/Kucharik
||No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex and Intimacy in Marriage
By Dr. Juli Slattery / Tyndale House
Are you sometimes afflicted by bouts of “I’m not in the mood”? Here’s a prescription that will restore your marital intimacy to joyful health! With the warmth and understanding of a close friend, Dr. Juli Slattery honestly addresses men’s and women’s different needs to help you and your husband enjoy the satisfying sex life God intends. 208 pages, softcover from Tyndale.
I read No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex and Intimacy in Marriage in a about a week, which for me as rather quickly. I found myself captured by the realness of this book and couldn’t find it in myself to put it down. I think it goes to show how much women really need a book like this in dealing with the know hows of understanding sex in a God centered marriage relationship.
Author Juli Slattery has done a great job discussing the sensitive subject of sex by communicating a little more than her own hurts and frustrations. Sex is not the easiest subject to understand and talk with each other about, but in this book ways are suggested to approach it cautiously.
Through scripture and real life stories the reader is shown several different approaches in their own behavior to help heal & mend their own personal sexual relationship. You’ll find issues dealing with pornography, a man’s sex drive, fatigue, children, boredom, past sexual issues, your body, and more.
Sorry guys, this book is written for women, though I am sure a man could definitely learn a thing or two. Ladies, if your spouse is interested, you could go through the chapters together and talk about the various information found throughout this book. I think it’s good for not only women to understand the differences of man but also for men to understand the differences of woman when it comes to sex.
I would recommend this book to married and engaged women of all ages, as I know we all could use it in handling the good, bad, and ugly relational issues that come with marriage. 5 stars!
If God Were Real: A Journey into a Faith That Matters
By John Avant, Ph.D. / Howard Books
* Many believers dutifully attend church and read the Bible. But do our daily lives reflect what we claim to be—dedicated followers of Jesus? Challenging us to proclaim Christ in everything we do, Avant’s call to action will inspire you to live a life of gratitude, love, and praise as a living witness to God’s glory. 224 pages, softcover from Howard.
This book has many great points though I don’t necessarily agree with them all. I will state that “If God Were Real” has given me a thirst that only God and true movement of revival within the church can quench.
Author John Avant has done a a good job in addressing the questions about the very existence of God. Yes, most Christians would say that they believe God is real but are they living like He is? I believe the author does a good job in writing this book in a way both Christians and unbelievers can comprehend it.
This book isn’t for the weak at heart, it was written to challenge you in every part of your life. I can’t thank the author in stressing the concern enough about prayer throughout each chapter. Prayer is a very important matter that I think is taken way to lightly. I honestly could go on and on about this book, but I want the reader to take it all in for themselves.
Con: There are some touchy matters in this book like the mention of J.K Rowling, and though I see what he was trying to say, I will not read or support authors that turn our children toward witchcraft and sorcery.
Final Thoughts: I pray whomever ever decides to read this book will be revolutionized and prayerfully ready for the battle and challenges ahead of them. 3.5 stars from me.