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: Chosen By God
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Chosen By God Know God’s Perfect Plan for His Glory and His Children Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Since its publication in 1986, Chosen By God has become a classic introduction to Calvinism, for it is clearly one of the best introductions to Calvinism available. R.C. Sproul, ever the theologian but one with a gift for making the complex simple, begins ...

Book review: Nine Marks of a Healthy Church
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church Publisher: Crossway Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes I am going to briefly outline each of the nine marks of a true church as given in this book. And just to increase your value, I will weave in a bit of commentary! Expositional Preaching Expositional preaching (otherwise known as expository preaching) is the investigation of a particular passage of Scripture whereby...

Book review: Wild at Heart
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Wild at Heart Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No A few months ago I mentioned on this site that I was reading John Eldredge’s book Wild at Heart and intended to write a review of it. After reading the book I elected not to write a review at that time. The book was so full of error and absolutely ridiculous nonsense...

Book review: The Sacred Romance
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

The Sacred Romance Drawing Closer to the Heart of God Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No The Sacred Romance, by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge, claims that it will “invite us to see what God is doing behind the scenes of our lives to woo us to Himself. A glimpse of His wild beauty arouses our desire and puts us on a journey to capture or be captured by love. ...

Book review: Epic
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Epic The Story God is Telling and the Role That Is Yours to Play Publisher: Nelson Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No John Eldredge’s books have become wildly popular among Christians. The Sacred Romance and Wild at Heart have sold millions of copies and have firmly established Eldredge as one of the most-read Christian authors. Wild at Heart has been studied in men’s groups across ...

Book review: Fool’s Gold
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Fool’s Gold Discerning Truth in an Age of Error Publisher: Crossway Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes All that glitters is not gold. This is a lesson many thousands of men learned in the 19th century when they stormed California seeking their fortunes. While there was treasure to be found, as evidenced by the wealth many gained from their mining ventures, there was also what came to be known ...

Book review: A Generous Orthodoxy
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

A Generous Orthodoxy Why I Am a Missional, Evangelical, Post/Protestant, Liberal/Conservative, Mystical/Poetic, Biblical… Publisher: Zondervan Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: No In this article I will be reviewing Brian McLaren’s book A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I Am a Missional, Evangelical, Post/Protestant, Liberal/Conservative, Mystical/Poetic, Biblical, Charismatic/Contemplative, Fundam...

Book review: Total Truth
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Total Truth Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity Publisher: Crossway Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes I have often lamented the overuse of the term "life-changing" amongst Christians. It is not unusual to hear people walk away from a particularly captivating sermon or conference saying "that changed my life!" The real measure and test of life change is time...

Book review: Rediscovering Expository Preaching
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Rediscovering Expository Preaching Balancing the Science and Art of Biblical Exposition Publisher: W Publishing Group Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Though I am not a preacher, I decided to read Rediscovering Expository Preaching in an attempt to discover exactly what expository preaching is and compare it to the type of teaching practiced in most modern churches. That this book was written by J...

Book review: Getting The Gospel Right
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Getting The Gospel Right The Tie That Binds Evangelicals Together Publisher: Baker Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes “Getting The Gospel Right” is R.C. Sproul’s sequel to the popular book “Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification” and is a thorough treatment of the subject of Christian unity. It is essentially a response to a document that tested th...