The Edge of Evolution The Search for the Limits of Darwinism Publisher: Free Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes The concept of intelligent design has undeniable appeal. Forming a kind of middle ground between creationism and evolution, it claims to reconcile the claims of modern science with what seems so obvious to so many–that there is an intelligent force or being in the universe that has guide...

The Murder of Jesus Publisher: W Publisher Group Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes While I admire John MacArthur for his doctrinal orthodoxy and his willingness to stand for Biblical truth, however unpopular that may make him, what I most admire about him is his remarkable ability to teach from the Scriptures. I have found few people who are better able to carefully and accurately exposit God’s Word. B...

Evangelical Feminism A New Path to Theological Liberalism? Publisher: Crossway Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Wayne Grudem has written a great deal about biblical manhood and womanhood. Besides articles in periodicals, he has written Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism which he co-authored with John Piper. He has written Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth: An...

Uprooting Anger Biblical Help for a Common Problem Publisher: P&R Publishing Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes There are some sins that torment only some of us, while there are others that are universal. Pride is a universal sin. So is anger. And, unfortunately, I’m good at both of these. I do love to be angry. It feels good to be angry at times, and especially when the anger is righteous, or is p...

Living The Cross Centered Life Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing Publisher: Multnomah Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes There may be no greater honor for a minister of the Word than this: his ministry has become nearly synonymous with the cross of Jesus Christ. His ministry has led people to the cross not just once, but time and again as they have come to reflect on the deeper meaning of Jesus’ death. ...

Mother Teresa, the Final Verdict Publisher: Meteor Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Of the many biographies of Mother Teresa available to us, to my knowledge only two of them are largely critical in nature. The first, provacatively titled The Missionary Position examines Mother Teresa’s faith and practice. Written by Christopher Hitchens, the book received a fair amount of recognition and formed the...

Christ Our Mediator Finding Passion at the Cross Publisher: Multnomah Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Having written The Cross Centered Life, in which he exhorted believers to keep the gospel the main thing – the central focus of the Christian life – C.J. Mahaney now stops to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice. Christ Our Mediator follows hard on the heels of many similar books time...

A Journey in Grace A Theological Novel Publisher: Crowne Publications Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes A Journey in Grace, by Richard Belcher, is billed as being "A Theological Novel." So intrigued was I at the prospect of reading a theological novel that I left this book sitting on my shelf for seven years before I ever thought to read it. And now I can’t help but wish I had read it sooner....

Christian Handbook A Straightforward Guide to the Bible, Church History & Christian Doctrine Publisher: Bryntirion Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Christian Handbook is subtitled “A straightforward guide to the Bible, church history and Christian doctrine.” Written by Peter Jeffery (a pastor in the United Kingdom) the book presents a wonderful introduction to the foundations and teac...

John Adams Publisher: Simon & Schuster Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes I am a little bit late to the party with this book. Released in hardcover in 2001 and paperback in 2002, John Adams is regarded as one of David McCullough’s greatest achievements. This is no little praise for a man who had previously won a Pulitzer prize (for his biography of Harry Truman)—a reward he was to receive aga...

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...