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When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys
When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys
by Thomas Maier
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Enjoyable and Informative, February 15, 2016
I have only recently become interested in Winston Churchill since moving 30 minutes north of the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, MO. I have never been a huge "fan" of JFK, though. Regardless, this book offers insight into two of the seemingly more important political families in recent history.

It reads more like a historic novel than a historical research project. The important aspect is, however, that this is all true. It does not center on Winston and Joe Kennedy alone. Rather, it shows the influence of one family to another and how that influence had far ranging effects not only on one family in particular, but on a nation at large.

At 748 pages, one might think this a difficult book to read. Truth be told, it was an enjoyable book to read. To see the importance of influence on a grand scale such as what the Churchill's and Kennedy's had is an indication on the importance of influence we have on one another.

You will enjoy this book if you enjoy history, It will bring to your attention many intricate aspects to the political life that largely go unnoticed when reading a general history of a people or person. Much of what the Kennedy's sought to accomplish can be directly tied to the friendship between Joe and Winston.

If you are familiar with Churchill or the Kennedy's you will thoroughly enjoy this look at these two families. If you are not familiar with these families, but have lived in the last 75 years, you will learn much from this work. Regardless, I recommend it to all who enjoy history.


The Pastor's Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry
The Pastor's Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry
by R. Kent Hughes
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedic Reference Guide for New Pastors, December 7, 2015
Wow! Where was this resource when I first started in the ministry? Dr. Hughes offers on one hand a seminary class on pastoral ministry in book form while on the other hand he is in essence sitting down over a cup of coffee with a young minister explaining to him the intricacies and expectations of the calling before him.

This book is nearly 600 pages and therefore is meant to be as close to an exhaustive guide as is practically possible. After all, he offers two tables of contents! The first is just the chapters. The second is comprised of all the subsections and is eight pages long!

He offers Scriptural support for everything the pastor does as well as some historical reasoning for why he does it. Each chapter is a how to with many examples of what has been used in the past. Ultimately, he shows that the wheel does not need to be reinvented by each pastor. Rather, you can truly stand on the shoulders of others who have gone before you.

This resource is breathtaking in scope and what it seeks to accomplish. The truth is, Dr. Hughes has accomplished his goal of offering a single resource to give to any aspiring pastor, or any pastor in the ministry regardless of age and experience, a handbook that will not leave their side. In time, I believe The Pastor's Book will stand next to Martyn Lloyd-Jones' Preaching and Preachers and Spurgeon's Lectures to My Students as a go-to resource for all pastors.

I highly recommend this invaluable resource to all pastors. Specifically, to all those who are aspiring to be pastors. This book will be one that will be passed on for generations to come.


The Pastor's Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love
The Pastor's Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love
by Gloria Furman
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Needed Resource for Pastor's Wives, December 7, 2015
Gloria obviously loves her Lord, her husband, and her church. She also enjoys a good laugh. This combination is dangerous in the sense that she is able to tackle issues with biblical conviction and a sense of humor that not only gets her point across but also does so in a way that enables the reader to laugh at herself.

Her work is saturated with Scripture and is also offered based upon her own experiences. She offers a proverbial shoulder to cry on as well as a girlfriend to laugh with. She helps the pastor's wife to overcome the isolation and loneliness often felt by women whose husband happens to be a leader in the local congregation.

Ultimately, she points all women to their need of Jesus Christ. She seeks to help them to see that though they are the pastor's wife, they are as needy of God's grace as any member. In some cases, they are more needy. Many pastor's wives will benefit from reading this book.

I highly recommend this book for all women who find themselves married to a minister. That being said, this book is also for all women who find themselves married or wanting to be married. After all, the gospel is for every one and all men are called to lead their families spiritually.


We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong
We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong
Offered by HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential Book on the Moral Revolution, December 7, 2015
The first 100 pages of this resource are an invaluable look at the history of sexual revolution. To say this is coming on us, indeed has come upon us, as a tsunami is an understatement. Chapter two may be the most valuable chapter in this conversation as here, Mohler shows how this did not happen over night. In effect, he shows how the Evangelical church largely lost the battle back in the 60's and 70's with the advent of legal birth control and no-fault divorce. The only real standout even that has been fought by most is the legalization of abortion in 1973. Even the problem of co-habitation has plagued a mostly silent church.

His forecast is dire, but his hope is not. Over and over, Dr. Mohler calls his readers to defend the biblical truths of marriage, sex, and generally understood (at least in the past) rights and wrongs. Perhaps a better title might be We Can No Longer Be Silent as biblical Christians who adhere to historic biblical truths will need to become more and more vocal about these truths.

Furthermore, they will need to do so with the gentleness of a lion. This does not mean tear everyone to shreds. It does mean we must stick to what we know to be truth and defend the truth at all costs.

I believe history will show Dr. Mohler's book We Cannot Be Silent to be the quintessential read on the subject. Yes, it is a book written for a specific time, but it will be a book that Christians will look back upon for generations as one that was a clarion call to arms "against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places" and "to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints."

This book is a must read on two accounts: First, the historical analysis is second-to-none and needs to be understood as to how we got here in the first place. Second, his winsome response and guidance for all Christians, especially pastors, is needed as we travel forward in the wake of arguably the most devastating moral revolution in the history of the world (next to the Fall in Genesis 3).

Christianity owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Mohler as he seeks to lead a generation of pastors to battle.


The Printer and the Preacher: Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship that Invented America
The Printer and the Preacher: Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship that Invented America
Offered by HarperCollins Christian Publishing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Enjoyable, October 27, 2015
Divided into twenty-four chapters and three appendices, Petersen starts at the beginning of how a man in American and a man in England formed a bond that would span thousands of nautical miles and the years of the infancy of the United States.

He follows three major segments of their lives: before they met, when Whitefield was in America, and then possible times they met and their correspondence together.

Throughout the course of the book, you will get a peak at what life was like in colonial America from the vantage point of secularism and faith.

A little slow moving but very informational. It was an enjoyable read that brought two streams, often not studied in tandem, together in a way that helps to explain perhaps the original intent of the separation of church and state. It is also beneficial to see how a man of faith and a man of politics interacted with one another unlike many are able to do today.

The book is heavily researched as evidenced by the fifteen pages of end notes and, I thought, well told. It is part biography of Whitefield, part biography of Franklin, and all biography of the Colonial United States.

For those interested in history of America, Franklin, or Whitefield, you will enjoy this book. For those who simply want to peer back in time at two men who genuinely helped forge the American identity, this book is for you. I recommend it to all people regardless of faith.


Praying the Bible
Praying the Bible
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most life-changing book on prayer you will read, July 17, 2015
This review is from: Praying the Bible (Kindle Edition)
Put plainly, this book will teach you pray through the Bible. With only 85 pages of text, he moves from the problem we encounter in prayer to the solution to the method in which we can pray. He then offers examples of praying through Psalms as well as other parts of the Bible like the epistles of Paul or the prophets.

He concludes the book with examples like George Muller, Jesus on the cross, and the Christians in the book of Acts. Two appendices offer a handy “Psalms of the Day” chart as well as some instruction on praying the Bible with a group.

Having sat through his class on this topic when I attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, I am overjoyed that this is now in print. Like a surgeon, Whitney cuts through any and all excuses the Christian may have for not praying and shows how it is not as self-defeating as we think. Rather, he argues, it is our method.

Once he has laid that foundation, he is off to the races in sharing what he knows to be profound and true – God has given us a prayer book and we should use it. He writes with heartfelt conviction and over 30 years of experience living and praying what he preaches.

In the end, this book may take 90 minutes to read but will, if you apply the principles, radically change your life assuming you are a Christian.

Having experienced first hand the paradigm-shifting teachings of this book in a seminary classroom, I know the impact this book will have on Christendom. If you are a Christian and you are looking to revitalize your prayer life and have never heard about or been taught praying through the Bible, then I would recommend you pick up a copy today. Right now, even. Read it and allow the Holy Spirit to work through Don’s teaching to enable you to pray daily, regularly, and without ceasing. I can promise that if you are a believer and you apply these principles of prayer to your life, you will grow in your walk with Christ.


Jesus Swagger: Break Free from Poser Christianity
Jesus Swagger: Break Free from Poser Christianity
by Jarrid Wilson
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Swagger than Jesus but Profitable, June 12, 2015
Quite honestly, I did not know what to really expect from this book. Given the title, I figured it would be a "fresh" approach to the necessity of regenerate church membership and truly being born again over and above the spoken faith so many claim today. On one hand, I was pleasantly surprised. On the other hand, I found what I figured I would find.

Jarrid Wilson is a millennial writing to millennials (that is those born between the years of 1980-2000) concerning their need to embrace a holistic (poor choice of words?) Christianity that is rooted in the Biblical truths. This is important for the reader to understand as this flavors his style of writing and the way in which he seeks to get his message across.

I was pleasantly surprised to read so much Scripture throughout the book. In other words, he did root his concern in the Word of God and used that as his springboard to challenge Christians of all generations. I am not, however, a fan of using a bunch of different translations though I understand how one might get across the point a little bit better than another.

I did find, however, that there was more leaning on the author's personality which I felt led to more Swagger than Jesus throughout the entirety of the book. This is becoming more common today where millennials are more attracted to personality and worship styles than they are the gospel and the edification from the preaching of the Word.

In the end, I can recommend this work to the discerning reader. For starters, Jarrid understands this generation because he is a member and God has given him a platform from which to speak to this generation. Unfortunately, it is easy to lose the soberness of the gospel in the glitz and glamour of the swagger. If you are a youth pastor or a pastor focusing on the 25-45 demographic, you will probably want to read this to glean some insight.


Experiencing the New Birth: Studies in John 3
Experiencing the New Birth: Studies in John 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must reading for Today's Church, April 13, 2015
Experiencing the New Birth is a compilation of Lloyd-Jones' twenty-four sermons from John 3:1-30 preached at Westminster Chapel from 9 January - 10 July 1966. Until now, as I understand it, these sermons have yet to appear in print though they are available at the MLJ Trust.

These sermons are fairly straight-forward and hit home as most all of the Doctor's sermons do. His exposition of this most familiar passage in the gospel of John brings a strange newness to the passage. It is remarkable how a sermon from nearly fifty years ago still speaks to the Christian today.

Further, after having read these sermons, the Christian will challenged by the black/white theology of the apostle John in that you are either a new Christian or you are not. You are either Nicodemus...a man full of knowledge but not Christ or you are a born-again believer in Jesus Christ.

This work is meant to be read one chapter at a time as they were preached one sermon at a time. To that end, these twenty-four chapters serve as a devotional meant to be meditated on and applied by the Christian. Of course, you will not agree with everything ML-J writes, but the reality is you will be confronted with a great God who through His resurrected Son, Jesus Christ, is completely sovereign over your life.

Add this to your library. Read it. Devour it and chew on it. We are indebted to Crossway Books for bringing to print these sermons for the modern Christian today.


Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness
Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness
by Eric Metaxas
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Intro to 7 Men worth learning more about, March 16, 2015
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Seven Men is basically an introductory biography of, well, seven different men. They are George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, and Charles W. Colson. Each biography is its own chapter and each biography is short by design. In addition to the pertinent information a biography requires, Metaxes offers the character traits of each man that, in his estimation, led to their greatness in the eyes of the world.

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I am going to say it: Eric Metaxes’ Seven Men is a ‘gateway drug’ to deeper biographical reading. I am going to spill the beans as to the primary character trait that he states is the secret of the greatness of these men. It is humility and selflessness – character traits missing in so many leaders today. While it would be easy to tee-off on a couple of his biographical choices in a work that is explicitly Christian in nature – for example, was Washington really a believer? What in the world is a Catholic Pope doing in a book of Protestant men to emulate? – I will not do so here. For in reviewing a book one must base the review on the intentions of the author and what he seeks to accomplish.

With that in mind, Eric Metaxes sets out to study the lives of men in order to “communicate ideas about how to behave and how not to behave.” In so doing, he exceeds all expectations. He is willing to take a look at men who we may disagree with greatly theologically in order to point out that even they have certain character traits worth emulating. Each man sought something greater than notoriety and power and fame. Each man was ultimately driven by a cause rooted in a biblical understanding of equality because of our Creator. Each man gave up a perceived right to be known as great in order to fulfill an even greater call. This is why, Metaxes argues, we still remember Eric Liddell though we cannot recall who won the gold medal in the 100-meter race in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Point made.

Whether you are a fan of biographies or history or not a fan at all, you will want to read Seven Men. It is a relatively quick read that will leave you wanting to know more about the seven men that he writes. I recommend this book to every reader regardless of faith.


Why We Pray
Why We Pray
by William Philip
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short, Succinct, and Encouraging, March 16, 2015
This review is from: Why We Pray (Paperback)
At only 112 pages and four chapters Why We Pray may be one of the quickest reads on this most important aspect of the Christian Life I have read to date. Granted, there are a number of articles and such, but this little book is full of biblical insight centered on who God is and what He has done for us through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is quite frankly because of who God is that leads us to be able to pray confidently knowing that He not only hears our prayers but He will answer them as well.

Philip deftly deals with certain questions (why pray if God knows what is going to happen) though he readily admits he is not dealing with them exhaustively. His intention in writing this book is to give the reader confidence to pray. Therefore, he does not belabor his points nor does he offer systematic theologies on various doctrinal concerns. This is done, in my estimation, in order to quickly introduce the reader to the necessity and joys of prayer and to gently give them a little nudge to begin praying.

I believe the brevity and succinctness of Why We Pray is its greatest strength. Along with that is the apparent high view of God the author has as he extols His greatness page after page.

There are a number of books on prayer. Why We Pray deserves your attention because it is short, succinct, powerful, and full of conviction and joy as the author happily explains that the greatest reason to pray is the truth that you get to talk directly to the Creator of the universe. I highly recommend this resource to all Christians.


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