Family Driven Faith Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God Publisher: Crossway Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes “There are many worthwhile pursuits in this world", admits Voddie Baucham Jr, "but few of them rise to the level of training our children to follow the Lord and keep His commandments." Then the author’s convictions literally burst through the p...

Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce Publisher: Crossway (2007) Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes This little biography emerged as the dual fruit of the 2002 Bethlehem conference for pastors and the 2006 big screen release Amazing Grace. John Piper’s goal from the outset was to lift up William Wilberforce first as a Christian, second as an author, and third as a politician. Without the first two ...

Redemptive Suffering Lessons Learned from the Garden of Gethsemane Publisher: Crossway Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No Leslie Montgomery is no stranger to suffering.  Not only does she counsel others through their trials as member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, her life is marked by several difficult trials of her own.  Redemptive Suffering: Lessons Learned from the Gar...

He Said It! I Did It! Lessons from my Father on Mastering Personal Finance Publisher: Orman Press Inc Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes The material found in this book can be found in works written by other Christian authors. However, it is actually a complement to say that Buffington’s book can be compared to best-selling authors such as Larry Burkett or Ron Blue. He acknowledges that personal finance...

Modern Art and the Death of a Culture Publisher: 0891077995 Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes One of the joys of fathering a bunch of boys is taking them fishing. My oldest is only eight, so as of yet we have not had a lot of success actually catching fish! Nontheless, there is a lot of joy in teaching them about bobbers, hooks, bait, casting the line, etc. – there is truly an art and a science to the ...

The Deliberate Church Building Your Ministry on the Gospel Publisher: Crossway Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes As I closed the cover on this book, having read it over the course of several days, I felt a strange disappointment. This book has no 10-step path to success! It has no baseball diamond model for ministry and no acronym-driven program planning guidebook. Nope. It’s just old-fashioned Bible-d...

A Journey in Purity A Theological Novel Publisher: Richbarry Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes It took me seven years to pick A Journey in Grace from my shelf and finally read it. I so enjoyed it that I immediately turned to the sequel, A Journey in Purity which had been sitting beside it all this time. Where the first title in this series of theological novels addresses the doctrines of grace (ie the ...

Worship by the Book Publisher: Zondervan Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Too often, when Christians discuss worship, they go little further than arguments about styles of music. The “worship wars” that have plagued the modern church are a prime example of this. Many churches have fallen apart and many Christians have been deeply hurt over styles of music. Churches that have sought to be progres...

Evangelical Hermeneutics The New Versus the Old Publisher: Kregel Publications Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: There are some books I can read in an evening or two and feel like I have a good grasp of what the book is all about. There are others that I can pour over hour after hour and still feel like I am only scratching the surface of the book. Evangelical Hermeneutics falls into the latter category. Though ...

Desiring God Publisher: Multnomah Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes     Available on Amazon

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. ...