Category: Book Reviews

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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Matthew Barrett, Ed. Reformation Theology

Nearly five hundred years ago, Martin Luther nailed his now famous ninety-five theses to the castle door in Wittenberg. Luther’s courage continues to inspire faithful followers of Jesus. His character raises the bar for anyone who strives to serve with truth-centered passion in the Kingdom of God. His conviction puts steely audacity in the hearts of the timid and fearlessness in the one prone to cowardice. The resolve of Martin Luther helps fuel a new generation of Christians who do the right things for the right reasons—all for the glory of God. Reformation Theology, edited by Matthew Barrett celebrates...

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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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“How Can I Be Sure?” by John Stevens

Doubt is not the same as unbelief, but if we don’t wrestle with our doubts wisely, they can lead to unbelief. John Stevens, National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in the UK, wants to help Christians wrestle well with their doubts. In How Can I Be Sure? he seeks to answer five common questions surrounding doubt. While there are many books that explore the exegetical and theological foundations of assurance of salvation, the strength of this little volume is its pastoral heart. The book works best as a simple guide to navigating doubts that go deeper...

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