Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer Publisher: Harper Perennial Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes I began reading Manhunt on the Monday morning of a long weekend. By the end of the day I had accomplished none of the chores and errands I had hoped to scratch off my list, but instead found myself 350 pages into this book. I eventually pried myself away long enough to get some sleep and then pro...

Now, That’s A Good Question Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes There exists a surprisingly popular series of books entitled Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. These books are a compendium of quotes, short stories, trivia and jokes that are each just a few lines or paragraphs in length. The book was designed to appeal to the bathroom reader – one who likes to re...

Flags of Our Fathers Publisher: Bantam Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes War is terrible. It’s an understatement, I know, and something that is almost too obvious to bother saying. Yet the horrors of war can only really be understood, it seems, by those who have been involved in them. In the annals of warfare, few battles have been more brutal than the battle of Iwo Jima. Those who survived this battle...

Mayflower A Story of Courage, Community, and War Publisher: Viking Adult Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes The decision that I would read Mayflower, a book that has made its way nearly to the top of the New York Times list of bestsellers, took only as long as was necessary for me to understand that it dealt with the Puritan pilgrims who arrived on the shores of American in 1620. Though the story of the arriv...

Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God The Life Story of the Author of My Utmost for His Highest Publisher: Discovery House Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes I have to admit: Only a few years ago I was quite convinced that Oswald Chambers simply could not be worth reading. I had first heard of the man through the context of a sudden rush of interest that seemed to be spearheaded by the Christian music ...

Lady Jane Grey The Nine Day Queen of England Publisher: Evangelical Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes "Kneeling down on the hard wooden scaffold, Jane turned to Feckenham who stood by her. ‘Shall I say this psalm?’ she faltered. Overcome with emotion, the priest who had tried so hard to save Jane from this moment, could scarcely reply. After a moment’s pause, he simply said, R...

Hedges Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It Publisher: Crossway Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes In the past couple of years I have read several books written for men to address the issue of sexual purity. I have found these books useful to varying degrees. The solutions that authors suggest to deal with this issue – which, as far as I know, is common to all men – vary greatly. Some books f...

Stop Dating The Church Fall in Love with the Family of God Publisher: Multnomah Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Josh Harris is all grown up. The man who brought us I Kissed Dating Goodbye when he was just twenty-one, and who is best known for bringing courtship to a whole new generation, is now senior pastor of a large and growing church and no longer speaks at conferences. Stop Dating The Churc...

Every Man’s Battle Every Man’s Guide to Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time Publisher: WaterBrook Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Every Man’s Battle is the first book I have read in my adult life on the topic of sexual purity. In my teen years I was given books on the topic and I read, enjoyed and learned from them. However, this is the first book I have read on t...

Baptism The Believer’s First Obedience Publisher: Kregel Publications Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Authors and editors know how difficult crafting an effective subtitle can be. Often it’s more difficult than selecting the title itself. Larry Dyer’s subtitle for his little volume on baptism is among the best I’ve seen: The Believer’s First Obedience. It is succinct, accurate...

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...