A Different Kind of Happiness – Larry Crabb

Larry Crabb. A Different Kind of Happiness. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2016. 245 pp. $13.24 These days, happiness appear to be a hot topic. David Murray packaged several books about happiness under the title, A Bundle of Joy: Six Books on Christian Happiness. And Randy Alcorn made a very important contribution with his book, Happiness.Continue reading “A Different Kind of Happiness – Larry Crabb”

RUNNING SCARED – Edward T. Welch (2007)

Running Scared by Edward T. Welch is a book for all people.  The author is quick to point out the struggle that people have with fear: Fear and worry run deep in us all. Fear and worry have meaning.  They say something.   Fear and worry say that the world is dangerous.   Fear and worryContinue reading “RUNNING SCARED – Edward T. Welch (2007)”

GOD’S LOVE: BETTER THAN UNCONDITIONAL – David Powlison (2001)

How many times have you uttered the words, “God’s love is unconditional?”  Yet the term is strangely absent from Scripture.  One might argue that other terms are absent as well, like “Trinity” and “hypostatic union.”   Of course, the terms are missing but the truth of the Trinity and the hypostatic union are clearly taught.Continue reading “GOD’S LOVE: BETTER THAN UNCONDITIONAL – David Powlison (2001)”

TRIUMPHING OVER SINFUL FEAR – John Flavel (2011)

In 1682, John Flavel published his work, A Practical Treatise of Fear.  Almost 330 years later, the fear continues to plague people.  The simple fact is this: There are two kinds of people in the world – people who admit the battle with fear and those who don’t.  For the people who fess up, Flavel’sContinue reading “TRIUMPHING OVER SINFUL FEAR – John Flavel (2011)”

ADDICTIONS: A Banquet in the Grave – Edward T. Welch (2001)

I don’t like the word, “addiction.”  Far too often, I hear Christians using the word addiction in a way that suggests a helplessness and inability to please God or live in a way that glorifies him.  So anyone enslaved to a substance (be it legal or illegal), a habit like pornography or overeating has anContinue reading “ADDICTIONS: A Banquet in the Grave – Edward T. Welch (2001)”

RID OF MY DISGRACE: HOPE AND HEALING FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT – Justin and Lindsey Holcomb (2011)

Rid of My Disgrace, a book that explores the sin of sexual abuse has received some bad press.  None of it is justified.  Justin and Lindsey Holcomb have crafted a fine piece of work that is honest, transparent, and accurately unpacks the baggage that tragically has been laid at the feet of so many peopleContinue reading “RID OF MY DISGRACE: HOPE AND HEALING FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT – Justin and Lindsey Holcomb (2011)”

WHEN I AM AFRAID – Edward T. Welch (2010)

When I Am Afraid by Edward T. Welch is a short book.  It is also a very powerful book.  The author sets forth his intended goals at the beginning of the book. You want to hone your spiritual instincts so that you turn to  Christ when anxious thoughts arise. You want to know what JesusContinue reading “WHEN I AM AFRAID – Edward T. Welch (2010)”

INSTRUMENTS IN THE REDEEMER’S HANDS – Paul David Tripp (2002)

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp is a superb introduction to biblical counseling.  However, Tripp’s book should not be confined to a mere counseling resource.  Rather, his work is about the simplicity of personal ministry.  It is call to live a life that is rooted in the reality of God’s Word.  Additionally,Continue reading “INSTRUMENTS IN THE REDEEMER’S HANDS – Paul David Tripp (2002)”