Category: Christian Living

Book Review – We’re Just Friends and Other Dating Lies

Dating, finding a mate, sexual purity – these are just a few issues that most people face at some point in their life. Concomitant with these concerns are a host of other potential issues such as hurt feelings, emotional roller coasters, loneliness, unrealistic expectations, just to name a few. The modern dating model promotes the idea that the aforementioned issues are simply what one has to go through in order to find a mate and maneuvering the dating minefield is just par for the course. One may rightly ask if Scripture has anything to say about finding a mate or if humanity is simply left to their own to figure out how to attract a mate based on the current societal trends. Pastor and author Chuck Milian, in his book “We’re Just Friends and Other Dating Lies” approaches the topic of dating with a helpful guide to avoiding the typical pitfalls and minefields the modern dating model presents. Milian presents five dating levels he believes will not just help single people avoid the dating minefield, but that will also ensure that in the process of finding a mate, one’s focus is always on glorifying God. These five dating levels are called 1) Dating for Something to do; 2) Dating Because It’s You; 3) Dating With the Future in View; 4) Dating and Engaged to You; and 5) Dating After...

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Book Review – Gods at War

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3). Seems like a pretty easy commandment to adhere to at first glance. After all, how many people, at least in Western culture bow down before a carved idol of wood or stone these days? You may pass by a statue of Buddha when entering a Chinese restaurant but nobody really bows down to statues anymore so such things are merely for decoration. Most people, especially Christians, likely believe idolatry to be very low on their list of sinful tendencies. With that said, is that really true? Do we really have no issues with idolatry? Pastor and author Kyle Idleman, in his latest work “Gods at War” begs to differ with that assessment. In fact, he declares at the outset of this book “Idolatry isn’t just one of many sins; rather it’s the one great sin that all others come from. So if you start scratching at whatever struggle you’re dealing with, eventually you’ll find that underneath it is a false god. Until that god is dethroned, and the Lord God takes his rightful place, you will not have victory.” Such a statement may seem a bit overblown to some. Besides, my career is important as I have to make money to put food on the table, watching the big game on television is just a way for me to...

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Book Review – Radical Dating

Radical Dating: When God Takes Over Your Love Life – the very name implies the presentation of a paradigm shift of sorts in the area of dating.  This shift in thought is centered not on elaborating on ways to find your one true live in ten easy steps that seem to have been clipped from the latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.  Conversely, the authors seek to focus women on the truth of Scripture in the areas of love, singleness, and the absolute necessity to allow God to write your love story. Authors Diane Montgomery, Gabrielle Pickle, and Sarah Bubar have taken a series of blog posts on the topic of dating, specifically geared towards women and have transformed those posts into one of the best books on the subject I have read since Joshua Harris’ I Kissed Dating Goodbye or Eric and Leslie Ludy’s books, When Dreams Come True and When God Writes Your Love Story.  Unlike most dating books that try to help the reader maneuver their way through the minefield of dating with the hope of coming through unscathed, Radical Dating takes a more holistic approach to the subject.  The approach of this book consistently takes the reader to very foundational truths of Scripture in the area of relationships beginning with the importance of understanding what true love actually is. The modern view of dating has largely been...

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Book Review – Hitler in the Crosshairs

Hitler in the Crosshairs: A GI’S Story of Courage and Faith is written by Dr. John Woodbridge Research Professor of Church History and Christian Though at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Maurice Possley a Pulitzer Prize winning author.  This book quite simply is one of the finest pieces of literature I have ever read. This book chronicles the story of Teen Palm a boy who was gifted musically who rose to a Colonel by the end of his military career. Along the way this story details the medals Teen Palm won and the legacy this man left. One of greatest strengths of this book is the story of Teen Palm. Mr. Palm was a man of great courage, action and had a strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The central theme if there is one in this book is the life and witness of Teen Palm and the difference his life made because of his love for the Lord Jesus Christ. This book is categorized as history/military/World War II but I think it should also be considered a Christian biography as it tells of the legacy Teen Palm had during his life and now in death. This is a book for everyone to read and to learn more about what happened during World War II by learning about the life, work and testimony of Teen Palm. I believe many...

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Book Review – When Will My Life Not Suck

When Will My life Not Suck: Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned is written by Ramon Presson, an author, speaker, and clinically certified marriage and family therapist. This book explores the life of the apostle Paul to show how hope and joy are possible even when life disappoints. Through biblical and personal examples the author seeks to answer the question, “When will my life not suck?” This book helpfully explores anxiety, prayer, dealing with one’s past and much more. Mr. Presson throughout this book demonstrates not only that he knows the material he is teaching but that he has experienced the material to varying degrees in his own life, and takes to heart its message. Some books are good at offering theory while others in this genre lean towards offering to many practical suggestions without any sufficient grounding in the Scriptures. When Will My Life Not Suck thankfully is a book that combines biblical knowledge and practical experience wonderfully while at the same time pointing the reader to the person and work of Jesus Christ. This book would be helpful to those who are struggling with anxiety, dealing with anxiety or wondering how to be content in Christ. At the end of this book the author invites the reader to think big because the believer serves a big God. In doing this the author sets the readers gaze away from...

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