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: 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...