Being a Christian by Dr. Jason K. Allen

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Many people have an idea of what a Christian should be. There is a standard of what a Christian should do and not do. However, does this line up with what the Bible teaches? Also, should a Christian’s faith affect all areas of life?

In his book, Being a Christian: How Jesus Redeems All of Life, Dr. Jason K. Allen points out that Jesus came to redeem all areas of life for His glory. Areas such as family, work, church, time, money, and others. Rather than believe that Jesus came to solely give eternal life, Dr. Allen shows that Jesus came to give abundant life in all its facets.

The area that I really enjoyed was the area of the mind. Dr. Allen points out that there has been a shift towards the emotional aspects of Christianity but that the mind should not be ignored. Rather the mind should draw one closer to Christ in the heart which is an emotional response.

I really appreciated this as I often struggle to show emotion but am an avid reader and learner. I recognized the need to take it one step further and let me mind become redeemed and connect with my heart in my relationship with Jesus.

While the material in this book is not new, per se, the style of Dr. Allen has a connectivity that others may not have. Thus, this book should be a great resource for all those who use it and perhaps use it often.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Whisper by Mark Batterson

cover-whisperMark Batterson has written a book to help those hear the voice of God. Many want to hear God’s voice but are unsure of how God talks to us. Most would list the Bible and prayer but Batterson shows that there are more ways God speaks to His followers. Batterson gives seven ways in which God speaks:

  1. Scripture
  2. Desires
  3. Doors
  4. Dreams
  5. People
  6. Promptings
  7. Pain

As I read this book I was impressed by the level to which Batterson went to demonstrate how God uses the above method to speak to His followers. I must admit that I struggle with desires and dreams as I fear both can be easily misunderstood. Batterson however gives example of what to look for in both and it is something that I will investigate further.

Those aside, this is an interesting read and hopefully will prompt good conversation on how to hear God.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Exalting Jesus in John by Matt Carter & Dr. Josh Wredberg

JohnMost commentaries explore the text to understand its meaning and to aid the reader in better study of the text. A commentary may point out unique phrases or reference a verse of verses inside of the context of the chapter and/or book. This can be a very helpful resource in understanding Scripture.

The Christ-Centered Exposition commentaries are different. Each volume has the intent of seeing Christ honored with each passage exposited. In Exalting Jesus in John, the authorsĀ  seek to see Christ honored as they comment on the workings and life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of John.

I really appreciated how the authors broke the Book of John in sections and highlighted key teachings and applications for the reader. Then they ask a series of questions for the reading to take the principles learned and apply them. In this way, this series serves as a commentary and a Bible study in one.

I recommned this series for its unique perspective on Bible commenting and suggest that it also be used for small group study.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

NIV, The Sola Scriptura Bible Project: The Complete Collection

225_350_book-2394-coverThis four volume work is a the entire Bible produced with the intention of readability and cohesiveness. The arrangement of the books of the Bible has been done so that the metanarrative is easier to grasp and thus allow the reader to see the big picture of Scripture.

I found this work to be very easy to read and the appreciate the four volume design. It makes finding a particular book of the Bible easier and seeing the weaving of the complete story which can be sometime lost. I also appreciated the care with which the collection was produced. The bindings are solid and the box set allows for the volumes to stand upright without spinal wear and tear.

I hope that a premium edition of this will be created later with a leather binding. The hardbacks are nice and look great but an added value of a leather edition would be a nice gift.

*I received a complimentary copy of this collection from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The Satisfied Soul by Dr. John Piper

Satisfied SouDr. John Piper has a way of drawing me towards the realization that Christ is everything. His materials and sermons have impacted greatly and it is true of his newest devotional The Satisfied Soul. This work is the collection of three previous works: Pierced by the Word, Life as a Vapor, and A Godward Heart.

By combining these works into a devotional reading Dr. Piper has written a wonderful book to challenge the reader each day of the 120 day readings to see God, and Christ, as supreme. I have been throughly challenged by the readings I have done and am being left to read more.

These work should be considered for those who want more from a devotional than just a verse or two and a thought. If you want richness and depth I highly recommend this work.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell & Sean McDowell, PhD

225_350_book-2411-coverThe Christian faith has been under attack since the very start of it. By either trying to deny the resurrection of Christ or to claim that Christ never said He was God, antagonists have tried their best to discredit and malign Christianity. Some have managed to turn followers of Christianity away from their faith believing that no evidence exists to support their beliefs.

Josh McDowell and his son Dr. Sean McDowell have updated the classic work Evidence that Demands a Verdict. This work is designed to arm Christians with information to support their faith and answer critics. Ranging in topics like: evidence for the Bible being true, supposed contradictions in the Bible, evidence for the resurrection of Christ, and evidence for truth. By addressing this issues, the McDowells have given Christians ammunition to attack the lies that try to threaten their spiritual foundation.

One area that was of particular interest to me was the appendix relating to issues posed by Dr. Bart Ehrman. Dr. Ehrman has written several books attacking Christianity by attacking the Bible but not in a methods from previous attacks.Rather, Dr. Ehrman focuses on the variants in the manuscripts and tries to use this to show that we cannot be sure of words in the New Testament. The McDowells address this and other arguments presented by Dr. Ehrman and give some excellent information on why Dr. Ehrman’s information is faulty.

This book should be in every Christian’s library as more attacks are being made against Christianity and Christians need to be able to defend their beliefs.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.