Category: Christian Living

Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman

John Newton once wrote, “I have often wished we had more female pens employed in the service of the sanctuary. . . . In the article of essay writing, I think many are qualified to succeed better than most men, having a peculiar easiness of style, which few of us can imitate.” I agree with Newton. I am thankful for female pens within the church. The words “easiness of style” are especially poignant as I reflect on Gloria Furman’s latest book, Alive in Him. This short but bountiful book is a study of Ephesians, and Furman leads the reader...

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Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God (Courtney Reissig)

I understand very little about what it means to be a homemaker, and even less about what it means to be female. One might perceive that a book such as this one, with its floral cover print and cursive title font, is not the kind of downtime read I would spend time wading through. But, while it’s perhaps not my natural impulse, I recognize just how valuable it is for me to read a book like this one. In Glory in the Ordinary, Reissig, a self-described “wife, mother, and writer,” invites the reader (male and female) into a world...

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Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture (John Piper)

Does it take a miracle to read the Bible? That is the question posed on the inside flap of the cover jacket on Dr. John Piper’s newest book, Reading the Bible Supernaturally. I am curious as to what your answer is. For many years of my life, I think I would have answered the question, “Yes.” And today, I think I still would, but the reasoning behind my “yes” answer is way different now. I used to believe that the Bible took a miracle to read because it was hardly understandable in some places. It contained a lot of...

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The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together (Jared C. Wilson)

If only the Christian Living section knew you, right? I recently sat down to read one of the most popular books around on discipleship, because it’s so critically acclaimed and well-known I felt like I was responsible for knowing (and practicing) its contents. Over the course of the book, I began to realize something: If this is what discipleship is, I am a big fat failure. That’s when the thoughts began. Are you really making a difference? What are you going to do with your life? And you call yourself a pastor… Several books I have read under this...

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Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace is an experienced cold-case detective and a committed follower of Jesus Christ. In his latest book, Forensic Faith, J. Warner Wallace brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. The book is apologetic in nature but is laced with evangelistic fervor. Several features mark Forensic Faith and make it a beneficial resource to beginning Christians and seasoned veterans. First, Wallace argues that Christians have a duty to be “Christian case makers.” That is, they must present a compelling case for the historicity and reliability of the Christian faith. Indeed, we must be “prepared to make a defense...

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