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: 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...