Category: Book Reviews

Review of The masculine mandate

The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men is written by Pastor Richard Phillips. His work is broken into two parts: Part one is about understand our mandate as men. In this section he discusses man in the Garden, man’s calling to work, man in the image of God and man as Shepherd-Lord. In part two, Pastor Phillips discusses living our mandate as men. In this section he teaches the about the role men have in marriage, raising and discipline children, having friendships with other men, the masculine mandate in the Church and being servants of the Lord. It has been some time since I’ve read a book specifically designed for men. This book is a first rate work and one I will recommend for men to read. As with his other books, Pastor Phillips grounds his argument in the Word of God and then seeks to explain the practical outworking of the teaching of Scripture. I recommend that every man read this book to learn more about what it means to be a man of God.   Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Reformation Trust book review bloggers 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...

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Review What’s So Great about the Doctrines of Grace

What’s So Great about the Doctrines of Grace is written by Richard D. Phillips. In this work Pastor Phillips discusses the sovereignty of God in salvation, and Tulip. His approach to the doctrines of grace is thoroughly biblical as he sets those doctrines upon the foundation of the Word of God. Unlike many books on the doctrines of grace, Pastor Phillips work is not only biblical, and theological but also practical. Pastor Phillips seeks to explain the practicality of the doctrines of grace for all of life, and in so doing stands in the tradition of the Puritans who sought to live out the doctrines of grace. This book is extremely helpful. I recommend this book for the Young, Restless and Reformed Movement as it will help them learn not only the biblical moorings of the doctrines of grace but also the practicality of the doctrines of grace. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Reformation Trust book review bloggers 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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Review of a A Praying Life

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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The Deep Things of God How the Trinity Changes Everything

The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything is written by Fred Sanders an associate professor of theology at Biola University Torrey Honors Institute. On page 23 the author using Billy Graham as an example says, “Graham is a perfect example of an evangelical who is focused so much on being Trinitarian in practice that he somewhat under-explains the theological presuppositions of what he is doing.” About ten years ago I wrote a treatise on the Trinity explaining what it was and why Christians need to understand it. Since that time I have not given much thought about the Trinity until recently teaching through the Gospel of Luke. To be honest there are so many things that stand out about this book that to get into all of them would take up pages and pages. Dr. Sanders is very through in his treatment on the Trinity and how it applies to the life of the believer. Dr. Sanders is especially concerned to show throughout this work how the Gospel is tied to the work of the Trinity. Unlike many books that are theologically driven, Dr. Sanders work does more than just consider the Scriptures but rather explains the Scriptures and then applies the Scriptures. This book is a first rate work. As one who has studied (formally and informally) and read a number of systematic theologies over...

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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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