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: Awaiting a Savior
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Awaiting a Savior The Gospel, the New Creation, and the End of Poverty Publisher: Cruciform Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes I tend to be more concerned with my own poverty than anyone else’s. My assets comprise of two older model vehicles which the bank doesn’t consider assets, a violin, a piano, and assorted electronics. At the time of posting, my smallest student loan still co...

Book review: Between Two Kingdoms
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Between Two Kingdoms Publisher: Standard Publishing Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No Between Two Kingdoms by Joe Boyd is the fantastical story of a group of children from the Upper Kingdom who infiltrate the Lower Kingdom to bring about the Dark Prince’s demise. I may as well confess it outright: I requested a review copy of this book based on its incredible cover, which was designed by Micha...

Book review: Tokens of Grace
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Tokens of Grace Cape Breton’s Open-air Communion Tradition Publisher: Cape Breton University Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Compared to the history of our neighbour/neighbor to the south, the history of Canada is not quite as explosive. Even so, a lifetime of study could not exhaust the social, political, and economic events and upheavals seen and experienced north of the 49th parall...

Book review: Words That Hurt, Words That Heal
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Words That Hurt, Words That Heal Speaking the Truth in Love Publisher: NavPress Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes On the cusp of Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee, it may be an auspicious time to read a Christian living book written by a doppelganger for Her Majesty (I’m a dual Canadian citizen and British subject), NavPress author Carole Mayhall ‘ at least in her older publicity ...

Book review: Back on Murder
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Back on Murder A Roland March Mystery Publisher: Bethany House Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes How do you like your fiction served? Prefer a character-driven story? A relationship story? A suspenseful crime thriller? Or perhaps you simply want to read something written by a master craftsman of the English language? Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand is all these things and at the same time is mor...

Book review: A Stand-Up Guy
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

A Stand-Up Guy A Novel Publisher: Zondervan Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes The most interesting man in the world I’m not. I don’t read a lot of fiction anymore, to my dismay, but when I do, it’s usually Michael Snyder. His first novel, My Name Is Russell Fink, is a realistic and lighthearted case study in Family Systems Theory without the evolutionary baggage. His second novel,...

Book review: Lit!
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books Publisher: Crossway Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes To be sure, Mortimer Adler had a lot of good things to say about reading in his seventy year-old classic How to Read a Book. But he certainly didn’t say it all. Authors and thinkers throughout the subsequent decades have weighed in, offering reading strategies and techniques to increase reading...

Book review: He’s Not a Mind Reader
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

He’s Not a Mind Reader And Other Brilliant Insights for a Fabulous First Year of Marriage Publisher: Standard Publishing Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes I knew that I was destined to read and review He’s Not a Mind Reader as soon as I cracked the cover of Put the Seat Down, the book-at-hand’s companion for the males of the species. I was intrigued on many levels: Would it be as ...

Book review: The Hospitality Commands
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

The Hospitality Commands Building Loving Christian Community, Building Bridges to Friends and Neighbors Publisher: Lewis & Roth Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes It goes without saying that the Western world rat-race has infected the church. Our perennial busyness militates against ministry of time and presence. The ancient Christian practice of hospitality has suffered as a result, to the det...

Book review: Unleashed
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Unleashed Release the Untamed Faith Within Publisher: Thomas Nelson Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No In his re-released The Barbarian Way, now going under the title of Unleashed, Erwin McManus puts forward his critique that Christianity has become too civilized. He rejects the belief that “Jesus died and rose from the dead so that you can live a life of endless comfort, security, and indulgen...