Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 By John Maxwell

225_350_book-2479-coverI am a dedicated reader of John Maxwell’s book. I try to get my hands on as much of his material as I can. So, when the opportunity to review his latest book arose, Developing the Leader Within You 2.0, I was excited. Plus, it was an update of a book that has had an impact on my life. I could not wait.

I was surprised to see how much of this book was Maxwell simply using material from other books that he has written in the last decade or so. If you have read anything from Maxwell during that time period then most of what is in this book will be a retelling of that material. While I am not disappointed, I was a bit let down as I was hoping for some new material.

That said, this book is a compiling of works Maxwell has written in the last 10 years and for those who are not familiar with Maxwell’s leadership knowledge this book is a great place to begin. For those who are familiar, it is a bit of the same old, same old.

*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.

Worship by A.W. Tozer

9780802416032Worship is something that can be confusing for some. Many hold the idea that worship involves some sort of musical action. Singing, playing an instrument, or listening to music is worship. This is true in that singing can be a form of worship but it is not the sole form of worship.

In his book, Worship, Tozer shows how true worship should draw the man into a deeper respect and awe of God. Thus worship can be reading the Bible, meditation, prayer, singing, serving, etc. Anything that draws a person into a deeper relationship with God and causes that person to be in reverence of God is worship. This book shows this well and many should read it less they fall into the trap of misunderstanding worship.

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

The Married Guy’s Guide to Great Sex by Clifford L. Penner and Joyce J. Penner

978-1-58997-938-3The Married Guy’s Guide to Great Sex really should be read by married and soon to be married as it has some great insights and practical advice for all men on the topic of intimacy in the physical realm. I appreciate the honest and candid advice that is given with a heart of really loving your wife.

Too often there is an hesitancy to seek out guidance on this topic but this book approaches it with a proper understanding that seeks to encourage and direct with principles rather than focus solely on physical matters. For that I am grateful that such a book exists.

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

The Disciple’s Study Bible

csb-disciples-study-bible-updated-715x1138A lot of the study Bibles that I have reviewed in the past are usually a Bible with a lot of footnotes and some aids in the back. This can be a great help in studying Scripture but can also be a downfall if one relies on the notes of someone else: the footnotes are not inspired.

This study Bible is unique in two ways. The first way being in the form of the F260 (Foundation 260) Bible readings. This reading plan has 260 days of reading to understand the foundational message of Scripture and to help grasp the meta-narrative of the Bible.

The second is the use of the H.E.A.R. journal pages. The acronym stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. This aid is designed for the reader to go through an exercise to better understand and hermeneutically apply Scripture. I really enjoy this feature and plan on using it in my devotional readings.

These two features aside, the CSB translation is a nice reading translation but I most likely will not consider it my preference. The other features are typical study Bible features such as: maps, footnotes, and book introductions. The binding is nice and the paper is good quality. There is also a bookmark present.

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

NIV Thinline Bible Bonder Leather, Indexed

9780310448778_2-1513180950The NIV Thinline Bible has done something that most Bibles its size do not do: have readability in a small package. Some of the thinner Bibles I have either sacrifice the typeface size for a smaller Bible or have a taller size with a thinner depth with a larger print.

This Bible has a 9.4 font size with depth of less than one inch which make this an ideal carry Bible for those looking for such a Bible. The binding is solid and the pages are of quality material. There are a few footnotes that help the reader but as a whole, this Bible is designed to be read and not be interrupted with study aids and cross-references.

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

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke

12-ways-your-phone-is-changing-you-ggynui1aSince the introduction of the smartphone the temptation of distraction is now in the hand of each person. No longer does one need to go to a theater, amusement park, sports arena, or even outside. All types of entertainments await with the simple tap of an app. With all these lures seemingly ever present a question is asked of Christianity: does the smartphone make us better Christians?

Tony Reinke has written a timely, relevant book on the smartphone and its affect on the attention span of its users. As a smartphone user to other smartphone users, Reinke seeks to show that the device in the hands is simply a tool. Whether this tool is used for good or harm is entirely up to the user.

I appreciated the viewpoints in this book in that Reinke is not saying the smartphone is evil but rather an instrument that can be used of God. Reinke uses both the positives and negatives to show that a proper understanding of the smartphone is needed to better one’s spiritual development. Once this is one, a person can develop a system on how to use the mobile device for the glory of God.

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