Book Review: A Theology of Luke and Acts: God’s Promised Program, Realized for All Nations

A Theology of Luke and Acts: God's Promised Program, Realized for All NationsA Theology of Luke and Acts: God’s Promised Program, Realized for All Nations by Darrell L. Bock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bock takes the Lukan books together and traces major themes throughout the two books. The continuity shows Luke and Acts to truly be a two volume work. The book has brief sections at the beginning providing concise commentary and then most of the book is arranged topically, bringing together references from both books that contribute to the topic at hand. It is a helpful book for studying either Luke or Acts separately, or both books together.

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Book Review: Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches us to Live in Light of the End

Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the EndLiving Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End by David Gibson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a commentary and study of Ecclesiastes. The author takes a practical approach to the book’s message of living life with the end of life in view. He focuses on that main theme and gives us a helpful and accessible look at the book of Ecclesiastes that Christians probably don’t pay enough attention to.

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Book Review: Writing Places: The Life Journey of a Writer and Teacher

Writing Places: The Life Journey of a Writer and TeacherWriting Places: The Life Journey of a Writer and Teacher by William Zinsser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zinsser wrote about a lifetime of writing, a lifetime of jobs, and a lifetime of places where those were joined. It was informative and enjoyable to read some of the background for his book “On Writing Well.” He was a product of a different era. I chuckled thinking about his comment on not trusting a business man who wasn’t wearing a coat and tie. He updated his book throughout life and strengthened it in many ways. His primary aim of clarifying writing through decluttered language is timeless.

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Book Review: Save the Cat Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'll Ever NeedSave the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need by Jessica Brody
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book takes the Blake Snyder method for screenwriting known as Save the Cat and applies it to novel writing. The author works through the ten genres and explains the fifteen beat beat sheet for each genre. Helpful book.

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Book Review: Pastors in the Classics: Timeless Lessons on Life and Ministry from World Literature

Pastors in the Classics: Timeless Lessons on Life and Ministry from World LiteraturePastors in the Classics: Timeless Lessons on Life and Ministry from World Literature by Leland Ryken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting survey of English literature which features ministers in the stories.

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