Only One Way? Reaffirming the Exclusive Truth Claims of Christianity Publisher: Crossway Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Rarely these days can one engage in an extended discussion of the Christian faith with an unbeliever without sooner or later encountering objections to the exclusivist claims of Christianity. “So you think that all those sincere, morally upright Buddhists are going to hell simply b...

Pursuing God A Seeker’s Guide Publisher: Christian Communicators Worldwide Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes 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, l...

The Faithful Preacher Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors Publisher: Crossway Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes The Faithful Preacher is a book full of surprises and in the Foreword John Piper says this book serves as a blow against chronological snobbery and ethnocentricity. I would tend to agree. Despite having read a fair amount of church history and many biographies I had ...

No One… When Jesus Says It, He Means It Publisher: Christian Focus Publications Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes In an uncertain world, there are at least six things we can always count on. These six are the focus of J.D. Wetterling’s new book, No One…. Quoting Jesus’ words from the book of John we know that: No One can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. No One can come ...

Ready for Reformation Bringing Authentic Reform to Southern Baptist Churches Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes What is the difference between a prophet and a pessimist? Sometimes only time can tell the difference between the two. At the height of British imperial glory, Rudyard Kipling penned his famous poem Recessional. Rather than spilling forth with uncritical ...

Invitation to Silence and Solitude Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence Publisher: InterVarsity Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No The subtitle to Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton is "Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence." Had I been the editor, I might have suggested something a little more appropriate. Perhaps "A Textbook in Eisogesis" or &...

Father, Son and Holy Spirit Relationships, Roles, & Relevance Publisher: Crossway Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: A couple of months ago I asked Crossway if there was a book in their catalog that they felt was an overlooked treasure – a book that deserved far more recognition than it had received. They suggested Father, Son & Holy Spirit by Bruce Ware. I know of Bruce Ware from his excellent cri...

Work Excellence A Biblical Perspective of Work Publisher: Riott Publishing Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes From the time we are mere children we face the question of "what do you want to be when you grow up?" The desire and ability to work are deeply ingrained within us, but perhaps they are subjects we do not often pause to consider in a Scriptural perspective. Work Excellence is a light treatme...

The Forgotten Trinity Recovering the Heart of Christian Belief Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes I have often admired authors who have written the great biographies of Christian heroes of the past. Arnold Dallimore, Iain Murray and others, who have invested thousands of hours in reading about and seeking to understand their subject. With enough study the biographer can eve...

Evangelicalism Divided A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000 Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes If evangelicals wish to take stock of where they are now and what the future of the church holds, they must look to the past and understand from where it is they have come. Evangelicalism Divided by Iain Murray, would be a perfect place to start, for it is a record of...

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...