AS IRON SHARPENS IRON – Howard and William Hendricks

As Iron Sharpens Iron attempts to explain and sell the concept of mentoring.  The stated goal of the authors is to see thousands of readers develop mentoring relationships as a result of reading the material.  The authors hope to steer as many men as possible into vital relationships that produce and reproduce godly men. TheContinue reading “AS IRON SHARPENS IRON – Howard and William Hendricks”

A HISTORY OF MODERN RUSSIA – Robert Service (1997)

A History of Modern Russia by Robert Service is a fascinating account of the events that begin with Nicholas II and lead all the way to Vladimir Putin. Sometimes a few sentences  is worth the price of the book.  The author contemplates the death of Stalin and describes the process of embalming and the funeralContinue reading “A HISTORY OF MODERN RUSSIA – Robert Service (1997)”

GROUNDED IN THE GOSPEL: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way – J.I. Packer and Gary Parrett (2010)

J.I. Packer and Gary Parrett are concerned about the current condition of the church.  They have written Grounded in the Gospel in order to reignite a passion for catechizing believers in the Christian faith. The practice of catechesis finds its roots in the Old Testament: “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shallContinue reading “GROUNDED IN THE GOSPEL: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way – J.I. Packer and Gary Parrett (2010)”

LETTERS TO A YOUNG CALVINIST – James K.A. Smith (2010)

Letters to a Young Calvinist by James K.A. Smith reminds me of the last time I went to see the San Francisco Giants play baseball.  I remember purchasing the tickets with my Dad, approaching the park, and watching the Giants play the Dodgers in what was then, Candlestick Park.  This is a great memory fromContinue reading “LETTERS TO A YOUNG CALVINIST – James K.A. Smith (2010)”

POCKET HISTORY OF THE CHURCH – D. Jeffrey Bingham (2002)

I believe Christians need to read church history from time to time whether they want to or not – a strange thought for someone who formerly broke out in a cold sweat at the mere thought of church history.  Thankfully, men like R.C. Sproul and John Hannah brought church history to life and awakened meContinue reading “POCKET HISTORY OF THE CHURCH – D. Jeffrey Bingham (2002)”

BY GRACE ALONE: How the Grace of God Amazes Me – Sinclair Ferguson (2010)

Sinclair Ferguson unpacks God’s amazing grace in his newest book, By Grace Alone.  He traces the depth of God’s grace by means of the general themes of E.T. Sibomana’s excellent hymn, “O How the Grace of God Amazes Me.” Ferguson chronicles how the grace of God transforms the people of God.  His approach is rootedContinue reading “BY GRACE ALONE: How the Grace of God Amazes Me – Sinclair Ferguson (2010)”

WELCOME TO A REFORMED CHURCH – Daniel Hyde (2010)

Welcome to a Reformed Church is a superb introduction to ecclesiology and Reformed theology. Daniel Hyde clearly describes the history and tenets of a church that stands in the Reformation stream. The author provides the context for the Reformation and walks readers through the confessional history of the Reformed church.  Hyde summarizes the sola’s ofContinue reading “WELCOME TO A REFORMED CHURCH – Daniel Hyde (2010)”

THINK: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God – John Piper (2010)

A good friend of mine made a very important statement a number of years ago: “We need to learn  to worship God with the mind.”  Unfortunately, his statement was met with harsh criticism.  The complaint reflected an all too common anti-intellectual approach that has gripped the church for decades.  R.C. Sproul has rightly stated, “WeContinue reading “THINK: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God – John Piper (2010)”

CULTURE SHIFT: Engaging Current Issues With Timeless Truths – Al Mohler (2008)

“I am glad Al Mohler is on our team.”  I kept uttering these words to myself as read through Al Mohler’s book, Culture Shift.  Dr. Mohler consistently serves up an unrelenting diet of timeless truths that support the Christian faith in winsome and intellectually appealing ways.  Perhaps John Piper has said it best: “Albert MohlerContinue reading “CULTURE SHIFT: Engaging Current Issues With Timeless Truths – Al Mohler (2008)”

THE AEDYN CHRONICLES: Chosen Ones – Alistair McGrath (2010)

I could not resist reading The Aedyn Chronicles: Chosen Ones by Alistair McGrath.  Dr. McGrath combines his skills as a theologian with a vivid imagination to produce a tale of adventure and good versus evil. Peter and Julia are the main characters who enter an enchanted garden, similar to the world of Narnia that wasContinue reading “THE AEDYN CHRONICLES: Chosen Ones – Alistair McGrath (2010)”