THE CHRISTIAN FAITH: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way – Michael Horton (2011)

Good books on systematic theology are rare commodities these days.  Wayne Grudem published his phenomenal book, Systematic Theology in 1994.  Robert Reymond followed Grudem in 1998 with A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith.  Since those seminal works were published there has been a virtual void. But Michael Horton appears anxious to fill theContinue reading “THE CHRISTIAN FAITH: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way – Michael Horton (2011)”

SIGNS OF GODLINESS – Jonathan Edwards (1730)

Jonathan Edwards’ short essay entitled, Signs of Godliness, sets forth a clear thesis that appears at the end of the work: “The grand secret of being real, thorough Christians lies in these two things: in cleaving to Christ as our only portion, so as therein to renounce the world; and in trusting in Christ asContinue reading “SIGNS OF GODLINESS – Jonathan Edwards (1730)”


Disciplines of a Godly Man is written with the expressed purpose of developing godliness in the life of men.  The book is based on Paul’s admonition to the young pastor Timothy: “Discipline yourselves for the purpose of godliness” (1 Tim. 4:7).  The book begins and ends with the subject of discipline.  Like bookends that encaseContinue reading “DISCIPLINES OF A GODLY MAN – Kent Hughes”

IF YOU BITE AND DEVOUR ONE ANOTHER – Alexander Strauch (2011)

Alexander Strauch serves up another “New York Steak” in his latest work, If You Bite & Devour Another.  Galatians 5:15 is the passage that drives the book as he sets forth biblical principles for dealing with conflict. Strauch offers readers a ten step process for handling conflict in a biblical and practical manner.  The foundationalContinue reading “IF YOU BITE AND DEVOUR ONE ANOTHER – Alexander Strauch (2011)”

NOTE TO SELF: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself – Joe Thorn (2011)

I will never forget the first time I read the maxim, “Preach the gospel to yourself” in a Jerry Bridges book.  What originally appeared counter-intuitive turned out to be an important exercise in humility and a constant reminder of the grace that saved me and enables me to live the Christian life each day –Continue reading “NOTE TO SELF: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself – Joe Thorn (2011)”

CONCISE THEOLOGY – J.I. Packer (1993)

Concise Theology by J.I. Packer could be considered a miniature systematic theology.  The four general sections of the book are set forth as follows: (1) God Revealed as Creator (2) God Revealed as Redeemer (3) God Revealed as Lord of Grace (4) God Revealed as Lord of Destiny Each section contains a short, but extremelyContinue reading “CONCISE THEOLOGY – J.I. Packer (1993)”

HEART OF ICE – Lis Wiehl (2011)

Lis Wiehl comes out swinging in her third installment of the Triple Threat series.  The setting of the book is Portland, Oregon.  Three friends from different backgrounds work in tandem to neutralize a vicious psychopath.  Allison Pierce is a prosecuting attorney.  Nicole Hedges is a FBI investigator.  And Cassidy Shaw is a news reporter. WiehlContinue reading “HEART OF ICE – Lis Wiehl (2011)”

FIVE VIEWS ON SANCTIFICATION – Melvin E. Dieter, Ed. (1996)

Five Views on Sanctification, edited by Melvin Dieter is a position book that outlines the views of sanctification including Reformed, Dispensational, Keswick, Wesleyan, and Pentecostal.  Each position is subsequently evaluated by authors of the opposing viewpoint.  Issues include the general meaning of sanctification, baptism of the Spirit, definition of the old man and new man,Continue reading “FIVE VIEWS ON SANCTIFICATION – Melvin E. Dieter, Ed. (1996)”

EYE OF THE RED TSAR – Sam Eastland (2010)

The Eye of the Red Tsar combines suspense, good detective work and is laced with action throughout.  Set in the former Soviet Union, the book follows Pekkala, an inspector who is faced with the daunting task of locating the Romanov’s killers and located the remaining living Romanov, Alexis. This fictional thriller follows some of theContinue reading “EYE OF THE RED TSAR – Sam Eastland (2010)”

The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God’s Plan For Humanity – Dan Fuller (1992)

The Unity of the Bible by Daniel P. Fuller sets out to discover the theme that gives coherence to the teaching of Scripture.  It presents the logic behind God’s unfolding revelation from Genesis to Revelation.  Dr. Fuller writes, “Only by seeing the whole of God’s purpose in creation and redemptive history can one appreciate God’sContinue reading “The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God’s Plan For Humanity – Dan Fuller (1992)”