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: 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...