Book Review: Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of ExpertisePeak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by K. Anders Ericsson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a deep dive into expertise. Malcolm Gladwell didn’t invent the 10,000 hour rule, but when he wrote about it in Outliers, a lot of people noticed. Much noise has been made about the accuracy of his conclusions. I don’t think he was inaccurate as much as he was incomplete. He was definitely onto something. Those who achieve expert levels in various fields have put in a lot of practice to get there. But what kind of practice? That’s where Ericsson and Pool come in. Achieving expert level is more about a lot of the right kind of practice, what they call deliberate practice. Years of research and studies have gone into this book. It is a little heavy at times with neuroscience and the limits of neuroscience, but I found that fascinating. Like Gladwell’s, this book will challenge some basic assumptions of conventional wisdom. It was a great read.

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Book Review: Can I Trust the Bible?

Can I Trust The Bible? (Crucial Questions, #2)Can I Trust The Bible? by R.C. Sproul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was expecting a brief apologetic type book, like the others in this series I have read. Instead, this a book about the Chicago Statement, which R. C. Sproul was instrumental in with the drafting of the statement. It focuses primarily on the issues of inspiration and inerrancy. It gives the affirmations and denials, as well as statement exposition and commentary. It was a good read with some minor things here and there.

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Book Review: Conscience: What it is, How to Train it, and Loving Those Who Differ

Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who DifferConscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ by Andrew David Naselli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read a few books on conscience and they all have their strengths. The strengths of this book are that it is brief, not academic, a good mix of doctrinal and practical, and includes some cross-cultural missions perspective. The authors address the relevant texts and use some surprisingly concrete examples. The authors are not asking readers to agree with all their convictions, but they were open about specific examples that helps readers work through the issues. The book focuses on training, or calibrating, the conscience and gives a good bit of space to dealing with conflicts of conscience. It’s a book that can benefit every Christian.

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Book Review: The Bible Expositor’s Handbook: Old Testament

The Bible Expositor's Handbook, OT Edition: Old Testament EditionThe Bible Expositor’s Handbook, OT Edition: Old Testament Edition by Greg Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an excellent book on exposition of the Old Testament. Harris uses a consistent historical grammatical hermeneutic while looking at various Old Testament passages. He considers intertexuality, progress of revelation, biblical theology, and the nature of prophetic fulfillment. It is not exhaustive, but it is helpful and accessible.

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Book Review: The Meaning of Ecclesia in the New Testament

The Meaning of Ecclesia in the New TestamentThe Meaning of Ecclesia in the New Testament by Edward Hugh Overbey, B.A., B.D.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a brief and useful study on the Greek word ekklesia. You can download a free Kindle version here.

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