The Kingdom of God A Primer on the Christian Life Publisher: Banner of Truth Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes W. Tullian Tchividjian, founding pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Margate, Florida, has shot to the top of A-list Christian authors by virtue of two-pronged name recognition: not only is his Patristic/Armenian name singular among American Presbyterian pastors, he is also Billy Graham&...

Redefining the Strong-Willed Woman Publisher: Zondervan Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No Cynthia Ulrich Tobias, best-selling author and Founder/CEO of AppLe St. (Applied Learning Styles), is best known for her popular books The Way They Learn and You Can’t Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded). Many women benefit from her advice for parents and educators in those books. The message of Redefining the Strong-...

A Tale of Two Sons The Inside Story of a Father, His Sons, and a Shocking Murder Publisher: Thomas Nelson Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes The story of the Prodigal Son is undoubtedly among the best-known and most highly-favored tales of all time. Even those who do not know the story itself are familiar with its outline or some of the words and phrases that arose from its King James translation. A powerful ...

The Christian Pastor The Office and Duty of the Gospel Minister Publisher: Solid Ground Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Exactly ninety-nine years prior to the date of my own birth, Stephen Tyng delivered a series of addresses to the School of Theology in Boston University. He had been in pastoral ministry for over fifty years at the time. This book of 109 pages, reprinted for our benefit by Solid Gro...

Become a Better You 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day Publisher: Free Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No There are few things I love to eat more than bread. I just love a good loaf of white bread. I eat it the way many people eat junk food (and, I suppose, one could argue that it is junk food). Not too long ago we bought a bread maker from a person nearby who was selling all his possessions to move...

The Soloist A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music Publisher: Putnam Adult Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes In November of 2008 The Soloist and will debut on the big screen. Starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) it has the makings of a hit film. Before it was a film, The Soloist was a series of articles writte...

The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back Publisher: P & R Publishing Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Peter Jones claims in The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back: An Old Heresy for the New Age that the seemingly divergent modern phenomena / movements are really related. They are related to each other and all have common themes found in one of the first heresies to attack the church from within: gnosticism. The seemin...

The Pearl Publisher: Penguin Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Reasons abound to read the classics of literature. In Leland Ryken’s words, “they have a multiplicity of both content and technique that makes them inexhaustible.” Classics are the literary equivalent of the automotive “Best in Class.” Nina Baym observes that classics possess “a display of great craftsmanship [...

God in the Whirlwind Stories of Grace from the Tornado at Union University Publisher: B&H Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes It isn’t everyday that one gets a chance to read a book about your alma mater, written by your college roommate. But then, thankfully, it isn’t everyday that an EF-4 tornado destroys $40 million dollars worth of dormitories without killing a single student. God in...

Prayin’ to Be Set Free Personal Accounts of Slavery in Mississippi Publisher: John F. Blair Publisher Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes I have seen plenty of movies about the Civil War. I have visited museums and old plantation houses that document the history of American slavery. I have read fictional books like Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which helpfully illuminate the nature of slavery in the mid-1800&...

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...