Healthy people understand that regular physical checkups are a normal part of life.  A trained physician is able to diagnose physical problems – high blood pressure, cholesterol, various diseases and a host of physical maladies. Diagnosing one’s spiritual health is also an important part of life.  Don Whitney’s book, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your SpiritualContinue reading “TEN QUESTIONS TO DIAGNOSE YOUR SPIRITUAL HEALTH – Don Whitney”

SURPRISED BY GRACE: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels -Tullian Tchividjian (2010)

The primary objective of Tullian Tchividjian is clear in his book, Surprised by Grace.  His aim is to celebrate, delight in, and magnify of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some readers might be caught by surprise in this little book that chronicles the story of Jonah but places the lion’s share of attention on Christ.  ForContinue reading “SURPRISED BY GRACE: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels -Tullian Tchividjian (2010)”

KILLING LINCOLN – Bill O’Reilly (2011)

Many Americans recognize the name Bill O’Reilly who faithfully engages both the sympathetic and the skeptical on his weekday television show, The O’Reilly Factor. O’Reilly teams up with historian, Martin Dugard in a work of historical fiction – Killing Lincoln.  The authors succeed in presenting readers with an account of the events leading up toContinue reading “KILLING LINCOLN – Bill O’Reilly (2011)”

A JOURNEY TO HIGH PLACES – Larry Ikenberry (2011)

A Journey to High Places by Larry D. Ikenberry is a fascinating  inside look at the life of a man who lives coram Deo, before the face of God.  This stunning account of Ikenberry’s adventures confronts danger in the African bush, soars over majestic peaks, faces the mighty force of a volcano, and in shortContinue reading “A JOURNEY TO HIGH PLACES – Larry Ikenberry (2011)”

RESCUING AMBITION – Dave Harvey (2010)

Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey is a book about discipleship.  It is a book about sanctification.  Specifically it is about the sanctification of ambition – the transformation of ambition. Harvey adds, “The Bible teaches that people are created by God to desire – and to go after those desires with single-minded determination.  It’s this capacityContinue reading “RESCUING AMBITION – Dave Harvey (2010)”

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH? – Kevin DeYoung/Greg Gilbert (2011)

What is the Mission of the Church?  Ever since the establishment of the church in Acts, the question of mission has been on the mind of Christ-followers.  The question of mission is especially pertinent in our day.  Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert address the question within a biblical framework. DeYoung and Gilbert carefully peel awayContinue reading “WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH? – Kevin DeYoung/Greg Gilbert (2011)”

TRUE COURAGE – Steve Farrar (2011)

Ever since Steve Farrar wrote Point Man, he has been churning out books aimed the hearts and minds of men.  Farrar has consistently called men to holiness.  He has called them to lead their families.  He has called them to lead in their churches.  His latest book calls Christian men to demonstrate True Courage. TheContinue reading “TRUE COURAGE – Steve Farrar (2011)”

RADICAL TOGETHER – David Platt (2011)

David Platt urged Christ-followers to jettison the American dream and opt for a life of service to the glory of God in his first book, Radical.  His follow-up work, Radical Together takes his proposal one step further by  challenging the Body of Christ to extend God’s grace to the world.  One central question drives theContinue reading “RADICAL TOGETHER – David Platt (2011)”

STEVE JOBS – Walter Isaacson (2011)

I have waited patiently for a decent biography on Apple front man, Steve Jobs.  When I learned that Walter Isaacson, one of my favorite biographers took the challenge, I jumped at the chance to read this book. Two words – “Steve” and “Jobs.”  Ordinary words.  But smash the two words together and two things happen:Continue reading “STEVE JOBS – Walter Isaacson (2011)”

A SIMPLE WAY TO PRAY – Archie Parrish (2011)

The Kindle edition of A Simple Way to Pray by Archie Parrish is a welcome complement to the growing amount of Reformed literature. Luther spells out his approach to prayer as he approaches the Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, and Apostles’ Creed: “Take care not to undertake … so much that one becomes weary in spiritContinue reading “A SIMPLE WAY TO PRAY – Archie Parrish (2011)”