Category: Book Reviews

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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Scripture As Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church (Hans Boersma)

As our society develops and moves along the line of historical time, we have voices pop up along the way that remind us not to forget where we came from and the ones who came before us. We see this in politics all of the time. America has had its share of political sympathizers who urge our nation’s leaders to consider the example of our Founding Fathers to inform their current decision-making. We also see this impulse from some prophetic voices in the world of theology. Hans Boersma is one of those voices, inviting us all in our quest...

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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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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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