Category: Christian Living

Book Review – Good Mood Bad Mood

Is it possible that almost 90% of the people in American who are diagnosed with clinical depression are diagnosed incorrectly? It is possible that most of these people are really just going through a natural process of normal sadness that happens to most people when they suffer loss of one kind or another? The stakes in a massive misdiagnosis of thousands of people for the same illness are huge. The section of the drug industry that produces medication related to helping people cope with medical depression, bipolar and the like is vast, well-funded and has a lot at stake in the continual diagnosis of these diseases. Through varied sorts of advertisements, one could draw the conclusion that a lot of people could be, and are suffering from medical depression and the like. In fact, it is estimated that over 25% of Americans at any given time are believed to be suffering from depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. (p. 20) No doubt there are people who genuinely suffer from an abnormal type of sadness that is sometimes unexplained such that it is proper to call it a disease and treat it accordingly. I know of three family members and long-time friends who have dealt with depression and bipolar. This issue is very real to me and I have put a lot of thought into understanding the disease, diagnosis and treatments....

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Book Review – A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World is written by Paul E. Miller. Mr. Miller is the director of seeJesus.net an organization that develops interactive Bible studies for small groups. He travels widely teaching on the person and work of Jesus, and prayer.  It is not often that I read a book on prayer but this is one I’ve kept my eye on for some time, and even read several reviews on it. Multiple times I’ve nearly bought this book at the bookstore but I already had so many books to read. This book is highly recommended by several authors that I have read before. One of the most surprising parts of this book was his teaching on becoming like a child when we pray. Mr. Miller blows the dust off our prayers lives and guides us biblically, theologically and practically through the discipline of prayer. As one who is engaged in prayer and intercession on a daily basis even I found this book to be refreshing. Often times our prayer lives can become routine, complicated and cluttered. Mr. Miller helps us get to the heart of what prayer is. If you haven’t picked up a book on prayer in awhile or even if you have, I recommend you get this book. It is biblical, and it is practical. This book is broken into five parts....

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Book Review – Seeds of Turmoil: The Biblical Roots of the Inevitable Crisis in the Middle East

Seeds of Turmoil: The Biblical roots of the inevitable Crisis in the Middle East is written by Bryan Wright the President of the Southern Baptist Convention and founding Pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. This book is broken into two parts. In part one Mr. Wright discusses the founders of the conflict. In this section he discusses Abraham, the Holy Land, Sarah and Hagar, Isaac and Ishmael, Isaac and Rebekah, Esau and Jacob, Jacob and the Birth of Israel, the state of Israel and neighboring Arab nations and Israel’s greatest threat today. In section two Mr. Wight discusses conflicting perspectives where he discusses the Jewish, Islamic and Christian perspective and concludes with some final thoughts on the issue that he sees in regards to this issue. The most helpful section in this book was the part on the Islamic perspective. In that chapter, Wright carefully explains the issue so as to educate believers about what Muslims believe. Overall this is a helpful book, and I believe many Christians will learn a great deal about why there is conflict in the Middle East. The book clearly achieves its purpose which is to educate its readers about the biblical roots of the crisis in the Middle East. Pick up a copy of this book, and I believe you too will learn a few things if...

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Book Review – How People Change

How People Change is written by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp. Both men are experienced Pastors, counselors and Professors. Every year tons of books come on the market that seeks to help readers grow in understanding their problems and overcoming their difficulties. On the back cover of the book Dr. Mark Dever offers this endorsement of How People Change: This book is applied theology. It is about heat, the cross, and fruit. It’s about present grace. In sixteen short and well-illustrated chapters, the wonderful prospect of change for the good is held out for the reader. We are called to consider our circumstances and our responses to them, and beneath that to examine our hearts’ desires and to afresh to Christ’s Cross. This book will challenge you and confront you in ways that will make you uncomfortable. This is not a book of “feel good self-help” where you will learn six to ten steps to be a better person. This book begins with proclaiming the bad news that man is a sinner in need of a Savior and then proceeds to explain the remedy to sin which is found in Christ alone. Perhaps you’ve read a self-help book before, or you’ve listened to other self-help guru’s on TV, and found their advice to be wanting. Drs. Lane and Tripp in How People Change lead their readers through...

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Book Review – Paralyzed by Fear or Empowered by Hope

Paralyzed by fear or Empowered by Hope: A Fresh look at Psalm 23 is written by Dr. Mac Brunson, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. The purpose of this work is to give a verse by verse study of Psalm 23 with historical context, engagement with Psalm 23, and practical insight. This book promises that it is a verse by verse treatment of Psalm 23 but the author spends most of his time not engaging in explanation of the text, but in giving stories, and application. This is not to say that the book is unhelpful but it promises to be a verse by verse study and ends up being a devotional rather than solid verse by verse treatment of Psalm 23. This book should be classified along the lines of a devotional because that is exactly what it is. As a devotional it has many stories, and much application. As a verse by verse treatment of this book, I cannot recommend it. If one wants to read a devotional filled with stories, application and a few verses sprinkled in but with very little explanation of Psalm 23 then by pick up this book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have...

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