The Prodigal God – Tim Keller (2008)

Sometimes big things do come in small packages.  The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Tim Keller is one of those “big things.” Keller tackles the Parable of the Prodigal Son.  His approach confronts the typical interpretation that fixates on the sin of the younger brother in Christ’s parable – the […]

Spurgeon’s Sorrows – Zack Eswine

I have a friend who was born in 1834.  That would make him 183 years old.  He went home to be with Jesus in 1892 – at the peak of his ministry and in the prime of his life.  I have often asked why God takes the heroes of the faith so soon – Jonathan […]

The Imperfect Disciple

Jared C. Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together, Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2017, 233 pp.  $13.21 I have a large section of books in my library devoted to the topic of discipleship and Christian living. I also have a much smaller section of books devoted to discipleship andContinue reading “The Imperfect Disciple”

Simple Church (2006)

It’s been several years since I first read Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger.  The second time through was a good refresher as the authors remind readers about the importance of returning to “God’s process for making disciples.” Simple Church argues that healthy churches have a simple plan for making disciples.  Four key words describeContinue reading “Simple Church (2006)”

Good and Angry – David Powlison

David Powlison, Good and Angry Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2016, 246 pp. $17.99 Anger is a subject that most people can relate to. Many people battle a problem with chronic anger that lashes out at others and demands that specific needs be met or this high-toxic anger will continue to escalate. David Powlison address theContinue reading “Good and Angry – David Powlison”

Release the Prisoners!

  Andy Farmer, Trapped Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2016, 180 pp. $17.99 Thousands of Americans flock to Alcatraz, the penitentiary in San Francisco Bay. Of course, this intimidating fortress has since closed its doors to violent criminals and lawbreakers. Brave guests may choose to stand for a few moments in one of the tiny cellsContinue reading “Release the Prisoners!”

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”

Designed for Joy – Owen Strachan and Jonathan Parnell, Ed

Owen Strachan and Jonathan Parnell, Ed. Designed For Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice. Wheaton: Crossway, 2015. 144 pp. $10.92 Designed For Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice is an important book with a message for our generation. The editors, Jonathan Parnell and Owen StrachanContinue reading “Designed for Joy – Owen Strachan and Jonathan Parnell, Ed”


Jared C. Wilson. Unparalleled. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2016. 233 pp. $9.25 Unparalleled by Jered C. Wilson cuts through the postmodern fog and alerts readers to the message of Jesus and his gospel. Wilson’s book highlights the compelling case for historic Christianity and draws out the features that make it unique. Wilson paints with aContinue reading “Unparalleled”

The Glorious Reality of Grace

Steve Brown. Hidden Agenda: Dropping the Masks That Keep Us Apart. Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2016. 158 pp. $17.99 Hidden Agenda: Dropping the Masks That Keep Us Apart by Steve Brown is a “wake-up call” book. This book intends to shake Christ-followers and wake them up to the glorious reality of grace. The author pointsContinue reading “The Glorious Reality of Grace”