Category: Christian Living

Book Review – An Eye for Glory: The Civil War Chronicles of a Citizen Soldier

An Eye for Glory: The Civil War Chronicles of a Citizen Soldier is written by Karl A. Bacon, a long-time student of the Civil War. The book chronicles Michael a citizen solider learns that war is more than battle on the field. While on long marches under extreme conditions, illness and disillusionment Michael’s only desire is to kill as many confederate soldiers as he can so he can go home. After Gettysburg Michael begins to understand the high cost of war upon his soul. He begins to search for the man he once was and the faith he once cherished. With the help of his wife Michael takes steps towards redemption and reconciliation. In this book the author takes firsthand accounts of the 14th Connecticut Infantry, and weaves a story that will help you understand the times, culture, and tragedy of the Civil War.  This is good book for those who are interested and or want to learn more about the Civil War. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in...

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Book Review – Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ

Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ is written by Dr. Russell D. Moore the Dean of the School of Theology and senior vice president for academic administration at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as the preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church. In Tempted and Tried Dr. Moore has written a heady, practical, Scripture-saturated and Gospel-centered book on the why the believer is tempted and how he/she is to overcome temptation. Rather than get into all the specifics of what the book is about, I would like to share a few things on how this book has impacted me. Dr. Moore teaches that temptation deals with a question of one’s identity. Many believers struggle with their identity in Christ for a variety of reasons whether because they were raised in a dysfunctional home or because they are addicted to pornography. Throughout the book, Dr. Moore challenges his readers to understand their identity in Christ by understanding who Christ is and what He has done. This book has helped me to better understand my identity in Christ and the assault that my identity in Him is under. On page 171 Dr. Moore explains that one of the first ways you can tell you are moving beyond temptation into a pattern of sin is if you find yourself in a time of prayerlessness....

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Book Review – Pastor as Scholar & Scholar as Pastor

The Pastor As Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor Reflections on Life and Ministry by John Piper and D.A. Carson edited by Owen Strachan and David Mathis is a brilliant book that combines head and heart and calls for the embodiment of both theological depth and practical focus. This is a good book for every Pastor, teacher, Bible college student or seminarian to read. In recent days there has been much conversation on the topic of pastor-theologian or pastor-scholar. Drs. Carson and Piper masterfully through their own testimony, experience, as well as Scriptural explanation explain the importance of being ministers that are committed to loving the Lord God with all of one’s heart, mind and strength. Drs. Carson and Piper have deeply impacted my own life, thought and ministry, and as such I cannot think of a better book that demonstrates not only their gifts which the Lord has blessed them with but their pastoral wisdom. As I read this book as a seminary student, I felt I was being pastored by both men. Dr. Piper calls for two things in this book: first he describes his emergence as one who thinks and feels deeply about the things of God and then speaks and writes about them. Finally he describes how thinking serves the feeling in the ministry of the Word. Dr. Carson calls for scholars to pastor their...

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Book Review – Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself

Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself is written by Joe Thorn, the founding and lead Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in Saint Charles, Illinois. There is much good conversation in in the blogosphere today about “preaching the Gospel to oneself”. Joe Thorn noticed this conversation but then went beyond just thinking about “preaching the Gospel to himself” but started to ask, “What does preaching the Gospel to oneself mean? and, “How do the people of God preach the Gospel to oneself?” Note to Self is a very well-written easy-to-read book. Each chapter explores a different topic but the focus of each chapter is personal, biblical, theological and practical as Joe preaches the gospel to himself and the reader gets to see how he practices what he preaches. A good writer engages his reader and draws them into the topic he/she is discussing. Joe Thorn does this in a way that points to the truths of Scripture and draws the reader to discover what it means to implement preaching the Gospel to oneself.  Dr. Ray Ortlund rightly describes this book as a “gospel-guided smart bomb scoring a direct hit on our strongholds of emptiness.” The book is divided into three parts: the first part explores the Gospel and God. Part two describes the Gospel and others, and the final part is the Gospel and you. Reading a book...

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Book Review – Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making is written by Drs. Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp. Dr. Lane serves as the Executive Director of the Christian counseling and Educational Foundation, a faculty member and is an experienced counselor. Dr. Paul David Tripp is president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a Professor, speaker and author. Relationships a mess worth making shows the importance of messy conflict in relationships and how God uses them in our lives to shape and form them in His image. The book has fifteen well-written easy to read chapters that are faithful to the Scriptures and proclaim and apply the work of Christ to everyday life. This is a unique book on relationships because it doesn’t just quote the Bible as a reference- it seeks to take the reader through the Bible in order to understand what Scriptures say about relationships, and then applies the teaching of Scripture to real-life relationships and situations. As I read this book, I was personally challenged and convicted about many areas in my own life where I need to grow. While reading this book, I felt like I was sitting in on a counseling session with Drs. Lane and Tripp operating as surgeon and me as the patient. As the book moves from chapter to chapter the reader gains insight into not only why their relationships suffer and struggle but how to...

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