Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer Publisher: Harper Perennial Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes I began reading Manhunt on the Monday morning of a long weekend. By the end of the day I had accomplished none of the chores and errands I had hoped to scratch off my list, but instead found myself 350 pages into this book. I eventually pried myself away long enough to get some sleep and then pro...

Now, That’s A Good Question Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes There exists a surprisingly popular series of books entitled Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. These books are a compendium of quotes, short stories, trivia and jokes that are each just a few lines or paragraphs in length. The book was designed to appeal to the bathroom reader – one who likes to re...

Flags of Our Fathers Publisher: Bantam Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes War is terrible. It’s an understatement, I know, and something that is almost too obvious to bother saying. Yet the horrors of war can only really be understood, it seems, by those who have been involved in them. In the annals of warfare, few battles have been more brutal than the battle of Iwo Jima. Those who survived this battle...

Mayflower A Story of Courage, Community, and War Publisher: Viking Adult Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes The decision that I would read Mayflower, a book that has made its way nearly to the top of the New York Times list of bestsellers, took only as long as was necessary for me to understand that it dealt with the Puritan pilgrims who arrived on the shores of American in 1620. Though the story of the arriv...

Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God The Life Story of the Author of My Utmost for His Highest Publisher: Discovery House Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes I have to admit: Only a few years ago I was quite convinced that Oswald Chambers simply could not be worth reading. I had first heard of the man through the context of a sudden rush of interest that seemed to be spearheaded by the Christian music ...

Lady Jane Grey The Nine Day Queen of England Publisher: Evangelical Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes "Kneeling down on the hard wooden scaffold, Jane turned to Feckenham who stood by her. ‘Shall I say this psalm?’ she faltered. Overcome with emotion, the priest who had tried so hard to save Jane from this moment, could scarcely reply. After a moment’s pause, he simply said, R...

Hedges Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It Publisher: Crossway Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes In the past couple of years I have read several books written for men to address the issue of sexual purity. I have found these books useful to varying degrees. The solutions that authors suggest to deal with this issue – which, as far as I know, is common to all men – vary greatly. Some books f...

Stop Dating The Church Fall in Love with the Family of God Publisher: Multnomah Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Josh Harris is all grown up. The man who brought us I Kissed Dating Goodbye when he was just twenty-one, and who is best known for bringing courtship to a whole new generation, is now senior pastor of a large and growing church and no longer speaks at conferences. Stop Dating The Churc...

Every Man’s Battle Every Man’s Guide to Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time Publisher: WaterBrook Press Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Every Man’s Battle is the first book I have read in my adult life on the topic of sexual purity. In my teen years I was given books on the topic and I read, enjoyed and learned from them. However, this is the first book I have read on t...

Baptism The Believer’s First Obedience Publisher: Kregel Publications Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Authors and editors know how difficult crafting an effective subtitle can be. Often it’s more difficult than selecting the title itself. Larry Dyer’s subtitle for his little volume on baptism is among the best I’ve seen: The Believer’s First Obedience. It is succinct, accurate...

Book review: Putting Amazing Back Into Grace
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Putting Amazing Back Into Grace Who Does What In Salvation? Publisher: Baker Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Putting Amazing Back Into Grace is the first book I have read by Michael Horton. It will certainly not be my last. On the cover of the book J.I. Packer declares the book “a breaktaking workout” and his praise is justified. This book points us back to the Reformation and ultimat...

Book review: The Murder of Jesus
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

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&rsquo...

Book review: Whatever Happened To The Gospel of Grace?
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Whatever Happened To The Gospel of Grace? Rediscovering the Doctrines That Shook the World Publisher: Crossway Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes “Whatever Happened To The Gospel of Grace?” is exactly the sort of book you might expect a traditional, Reformed pastor and theologian to leave as his final message to the world, for before this book was published, James Boice, long-time ...

Book review: Now, That’s A Good Question
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Now, That’s A Good Question Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes There exists a surprisingly popular series of books entitled Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. These books are a compendium of quotes, short stories, trivia and jokes that are each just a few lines or paragraphs in length. The book was designed to appeal to the bathroom reader – one who l...

Book review: Hard To Believe
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Hard To Believe The High Cost and Infinite Value of Following Jesus Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes “Hard to Believe” is another hard-hitting, no-holds-barred strike against the modern church. Much as he did years ago in “Ashamed of the Gospel”, MacArthur takes aim at easy-believism and a watered-down, seeker-friendly gospel. In particul...

Book review: With Reverence And Awe
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

With Reverence And Awe Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship Publisher: P&R Publishing Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes Christians are increasingly divided over how they ought to worship God. For many Reformed believers, this is an issue of great urgency. D.G. Hart and John R. Muether wrote With Reverence And Awe (Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship) to address this topic. They ...

Book review: Ashamed of the Gospel
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Ashamed of the Gospel When The Church Becomes Like The World Publisher: Crossway Books Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes It was just over one hundred years ago that the great preacher Charles Spurgeon began the long battle that would ultimately cost him his life. He saw in the church of that era a trend away from the preaching of the gospel and towards entertainment. The church began to focus on pl...

Book review: Scripture Alone
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Scripture Alone Exploring The Bible’s Accuracy, Authority and Authenticity Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes James White is a Reformed apologist who specializes in defending the faith against the doctrines of Roman Catholics and Mormons – two groups which deny the doctrine of sola scriptura or Scripture Alone. He is uniquely qualified to write such a ...

Book review: Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

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 ...

Book review: Don’t Waste Your Life
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Don’t Waste Your Life Publisher: Crossway (2003) Reviewer: Discerning Reader Team Available on Amazon Recommended: Yes I admire John Piper and have grown tremendously through his ministry. He is a gifted teacher and one I deeply respect. Yet for some strange reason I do not enjoy his books. I have tried reading several of his books several times and have never enjoyed doing so. I don’t know why this is, but I suspect it m...