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: Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks Selections from the Writings of Thomas Brooks by C.H. Spurgeon Publisher: Banner of Truth Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Students of Charles Spurgeon know that he loved the Puritans. He poured over volumes of their books until their words poured out of him. One of his favorite Puritan authors was the 17th century Independent pastor Thomas Brooks. “Ha...

Book review: Half the Church
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Half the Church Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women Publisher: Zondervan Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No Half the Church is a passionate plea for the church to realize God’s global vision for women and to export it for the sake of women and girls around the world. As author James explains, “What started out as a quest to find reassurance that we matter to God, that our iden...

Book review: Reverberation
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Reverberation How God’s Word Brings Light, Freedom, and Action to His People Publisher: Moody Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes There are some books that find their strength in saying new things – the original thoughts or perspectives we’ve simply never heard before. There are other books that find their strength in saying old things – things we’ve heard bef...

Book review: Surviving Toxic Leaders
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Surviving Toxic Leaders How to Work for Flawed People in Churches, Schools, and Christian Organizations Publisher: Wipf & Stock Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes In her book Finding Our Way: Leadership For an Uncertain Time, organizational thinker Margaret J. Wheatley laments that “in the past few years, ever since uncertainty became our insistent twenty-first-century [sic] companion, le...

Book review: King’s Cross
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

King’s Cross The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus Publisher: Dutton/Redeemer Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes King’s Cross:The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus is a book about Jesus – Jesus as he is portrayed in the Gospel of Mark. As author Tim Keller says, “It is an extended meditation on the historical Christian premise that Jesus’s life, death, and r...

Book review: How to Bring Your Child to Christ
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

How to Bring Your Child to Christ …and Keep Them There: Avoiding the Tragedy of False Conversion Publisher: Genesis Publishing Group Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes New life is a mystery. Most women do not know they are pregnant until a test or doctor’s confirmation. Though physicians can provide a detailed step-by-step description of the birthing process, the actual trigger that sets...

Book review: Becoming King
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Becoming King Martin Luther King Jr. and the Making of a National Leader Publisher: University of Kentucky Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Author Troy Jackson says that it was the people of Montgomery who shaped Martin Luther King Jr. rather than Martin Luther King Jr. who shaped the people of Montgomery. Civil rights advocate Virginia Durr described Montgomery, Alabama in the 1950s as a pl...

Book review: Your Child’s Profession of Faith
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Your Child’s Profession of Faith New Updated Edition Publisher: Grace and Truth Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes As a mother of four children, the days of my children’s professions of faith have been a matter of prayer and planning from before they were born. Books penned by well-known Christian ministers and authors about having a godly family, being a godly mother, having a god...

Book review: Secure Daughters, Confident Sons
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Secure Daughters, Confident Sons How Parents Guide Their Children into Authentic Masculinity and Femininity Publisher: Multnomah Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Glenn T. Stanton unapologetically believes that males and females are different, and that the difference isn’t just a result of social conditioning. Little boys are different from little girls just like their daddies are diffe...

Book review: The Faith of Ronald Reagan
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

The Faith of Ronald Reagan Publisher: Thomas Nelson Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No President Reagan was a man of faith. He believed in prayer, and he depended upon a sovereign God who answers prayer. He displayed his faith through generosity, kindness, and love. Because I admire these qualities and the President who possessed them, I was eager to read Mary Beth Browns The Faith of Ronald Reagan. ...