Everlasting Dominion A Theology of the Old Testament Publisher: B&H Publishing Group Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Drawing on decades of study and teaching the Old Testament, Dr. Merrill gives the church a jewel by presenting his magnum opus. Merrill begins Everlasting Dominion with a history and defense of biblical theology, and lays out the method for completing the task. Merrill argues that bibli...

The Mommy Survival Guide Making the Most of the Mommy Years Publisher: Beacon Hill Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Motherhood is full of difficulties.  We mommies have good days and not-so-good days.  On the good days, I praise God and give myself a little pat on the back.  However, it is on those not-so-good days that I need a friend to come along side to encourage me, help me find a ...

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God Publisher: Crossway Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes It was an interesting experience reading Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor), for only a year before its release I had been present at the Desiring God National Conference where the contents of the book were first presented as keynote addresses. With only a couple of exceptions...

With One Voice Singleness, Dating & Marriage to the Glory of God Publisher: Christian Focus Publications Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Some experts estimate that in Western nations as much as 50 percent of the adult population is now single. That is a statistic with tremendous significance for our nations, culture and churches. It is surely a statistic that is without historical precedent. Of course...

Translating Truth The Case for Essentially Literal Bible Translation Publisher: Crossway Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Translating Truth is a collection of essays on the subject of Bible translation written by leading Evangelical scholars. The essays were first presented as papers at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in November 2004. The publishers notes that "the purp...

Big Picture Story Bible Publisher: Crossway Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes It seems to me that most Christians fail to grasp the flow of redemptive history – understanding the actions of God in saving His church, from Creation to Consummation. I know I had very little training in this regard and have been extremely thankful for the work of scholars like D. A. Carson in helping to grow my under...

Seeing with New Eyes Counseling and the Human Condition Through the Lens of Scripture Publisher: P & R Publishing Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Author David Powlison is one of the foremost theologian-practitioners in the modern biblical counseling movement. Seeing with New Eyes compiles articles previously penned (over a period of two decades) by Powlison, all centered around the theme of a theology...

Rethinking the Church A Challenge to Creative Redesign in an Age of Transition Publisher: Baker Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Rethinking The Church explores the nature of the church with a view to making the necessary changes that will ensure that the church remains relevant to our culture. The author proceeds from the foundation that much of what we do and see in today’s churches is derived from...

Puritans and Calvinism Publisher: Reiner Publications Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Pursuing God – A Seeker’s Guide is a book for those who are drawn to God and yearn to understand more about Him. Intended as a tool for evangelism, it is written in a warn and conversational style. Over sixty pages, author Jim Elliff, president of Christian Communicators Worldwide, leads the reader through the all...

Not Even a Hint Guarding Your Heart Against Lust Publisher: Multnomah Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Two of the first books I ever reviewed dealt with the topic of sexual purity. One of these books, Every Man’s Battle by Steve Arterburn, stands out in my mind and the review I wrote continues to generate emails even several years later. The main teaching of his book is the concept of "bouncing&q...

Book review: Reaching the Ear of God
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Reaching the Ear of God Praying More…and more like Jesus Publisher: P & R Publishing Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Charles Spurgeon’s famous statement that a Christian’s life of prayer is like the slender nerve which moves the hand of omnipotence should signal the huge level of importance God places upon our prayers.  Could anything be more important and exciting to ...

Book review: Expository Listening
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Expository Listening A Practical Handbook for Hearing and Doing God’s Word Publisher: Kress Biblical Resources Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Have you ever arrived at church on Sunday in a “less-than-ready” condition for worship? Maybe you were up too late the night before, argued with your spouse while getting ready, possibly snapped at the kids, or even kicked the dog on the ...

Book review: The Multiplying Church
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

The Multiplying Church The New Math for Starting New Churches Publisher: Zondervan Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No In a series of three books published by Zondervan Publishers,* Bob Roberts, Jr., founding Pastor of NorthWood Church in Fort Worth, Texas, casts a new vision for how society can be transformed by Jesus Christ.   In the third work of his, The Multiplying Church, Roberts seeks to s...

Book review: Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ Publisher: Crossway Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes What could be more edifying for the Christian than to read about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ? Robert A. Peterson, Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, has written Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ, a lengthy su...

Book review: The Cross
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

The Cross Where All Roads Meet Publisher: Evangelical Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes As a seminary student, occasional preacher, and book reviewer, my reading list is fairly tight and regimented. Even so, one of the pleasant benefits of the reading life is picking up an unplanned book on a whim or a sudden impulse. Such was the case with Cesar Malan’s The Cross: Where All Roads Meet,...

Book review: Christopher Marlowe
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Christopher Marlowe Poet & Spy Publisher: Oxford University Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No Why review a biography about a historical figure that most Evangelical Christians would rather forget, assuming they knew of him in the first place? Those who know Christopher Marlowe by name or reputation might also wonder what lessons we have to learn from a shadowy theatrical figure that lived ...

Book review: Theology Remixed
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Theology Remixed Christianity as Story, Game, Language, Culture Publisher: IVP Academic Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes The chief end of books is to glorify God and to be enjoyed by man. Theology Remixed by Adam C. English is such a book, accomplishing these dual ends directly by virtue of the author’s approach and intent: to describe features of the Christian Faith by employing and explori...

Book review: Relationships
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Relationships A Mess Worth Making Publisher: New Growth Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes A quick search of the terms “must read” and “must-read” on this review site reveals that we have assiduously endeavored to avoid applying this superlative quality to too many books, and even when we have done so, it has always been applied to a certain segment of the church, i.e.,...

Book review: Pattern of Wounds
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Pattern of Wounds A Roland March Mystery Publisher: Bethany House Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Definitely not for the squeamish, Pattern of Wounds picks up where Detective Roland March left off in Back on Murder, the inaugural book in this mystery series from Bethany House Publishers. If you have not read the first book, do not pass go, do not open the front cover of the second book. A few Ama...

Book review: The Fort
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

The Fort A Novel of the Revolutionary War Publisher: HarperCollins Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Historical fiction has the power and the potential to teach the reader much about the human condition. And, of course, it can teach much about events and cultures and lifestyles of bygone decades, centuries, and millennia. In the wrong authorial hands it can co-opt history to advance subversive agen...