Biography · Calvinism · CHRISTIAN LIFE

A Godward Gaze: The Holy Pursuit of John Calvin

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A Godward Gaze: The Holy Pursuit of John Calvin is a snapshot of a man on mission. It is about one man who set his sights on the Celestial City and never looked back. His name is John Calvin. He was a pious man, driven by God’s glory and a love for Scripture. His holy pursuit was rare among men and a model for followers of Christ. David Steele points readers to a truly remarkable man – a biblical expositor, a theologian, and a courageous reformer. Calvin changed a city and helped changed the world. His godly example may change your life.

Biography · Calvinism · CHRISTIAN LIFE

A Godward Gaze: The Holy Pursuit of John Calvin

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A Godward Gaze is a snapshot of a man on a mission. It is about one man who set his sights on the Celestial City and never looked back. His name is John Calvin. He was a pious man, driven by God’s glory and a love for Scripture. His holy pursuit was rare among men and a model for followers of Christ. You will be captivated by a truly remarkable man – a biblical expositor, a theologian, and a courageous reformer. Calvin changed a city and helped changed the world. His godly example may change your life.

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BOOK REVIEWS

Rediscovering Humility – Christopher A. Hutchinson

huChristopher A. Hutchinson, Rediscovering Humility (Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2018), 252 pp.

For some strange reason, there are very few books that discuss the topic of humility. Rediscovering Humility: Why the Way Up Is Down by Christopher A. Hutchinson makes an appearance and offers a book that is biblical and bold.

The central thesis of the author is stated succinctly: “Humility is the chief of virtues, the best paradigm of all proper Christian thought, word, and deed – the very foundation of what it means to have a Christian worldview.”

The book is arranged in three sections, according to the Pauline matrix of “faith, hope, and love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Each section contains a handful of chapters that unwrap the gift of humility and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rediscovering Humility is a blessing to be sure. It is a solid offering which will encourage many people in the days to come!

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

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HOW STARBUCKS SAVED MY LIFE – Michael Gates Gill (2007)

1592404049_bI have over one hundred and fifty books on my “to read list.”  Most of them are big books; important books.  Most of these books are theological in nature.  They address the big questions in life.  They stimulate my thinking.  They warm  my  heart.  These books lead me closer to the Savior.

So why would I pick up a book about a burned out corporate executive who took a  job on a “wing and a prayer” at Starbucks?  Why would I pick up a book about a guy who lost everything and traded a life of affluence for a blue-collar job and a green apron?

Perhaps the Starbucks label drew me in.  Or maybe the tagline by Hartford Cournant worked its magic with the word, “inspiring.”  Whatever it was, this little book edged out a bunch of good books and captured my attention for five or six hours.

How Starbucks Saved My Life is the riches to rags tale of a high-paid advertising executive who was not only fired but also threw away his marriage and ended up jobless, without health insurance and faced an expensive surgery to remove a tumor in his brain.

The book is readable from start to finish and is extremely difficult to put down.  The author utilizes his writing experience to lure readers in – a story that is both compelling, inspirational, and heartbreaking.

The most important character in Gill’s book is a twenty-eight year old African-American woman who hires the unemployed executive.  She emerges as the hero who mentors a man old enough to be her grandfather.  Crystal motivates, encourages, and even scolds Michael Gill.  In the words of Gill, she “saved my life.”

Another interesting feature of Gill’s book is the management philosophy of Starbucks.  He characterizes the coffee giant as a business who cares for their employees; a business who takes care of their employees.  Indeed, Starbucks is an organization that truly makes every guest feel special.

How Starbucks Saved My Life is a story about a man who comes full circle.  Gill admits his failures.  He owns up to his mistakes.  And in the final analysis, he celebrates his victories.  It is a story about the power of humans who connect with one another.

So why would I pick up a book like this?  Is it possible that every person wrestles with the same kinds of things that Michael Gates Gill struggles with?  The deepest answer to this question for belongingness is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ – a point that is never addressed in the book.  So the tension runs thick as the author beautifully expresses his need for belonging and connectedness.

4 stars