Book Review: How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics?

How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics?How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics? by Jonathan Leeman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a helpful and needed booklet on divisive political issues in a church. Too many churches have become cultic and ingrown where there is simply no room for disagreements with the group think. Christian identity becomes entangled and confused with political parties or movements. There are hardly any categories for someone to disagree on such issues and still be deemed Christians. If every person in your church looks and thinks just like you do, is that a sign you’re Christians, or it could it reveal something else?

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Book Review: A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God

A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of GodA Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book goes through the book of Ruth chapter by chapter with a summary of practical application at the end. Piper blends theological and practical commentary while walking through the book. As you would expect, the book is very God-centered in interpretation and insightful in application.

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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: Recovered: How an Accident, Alcohol, and an Addiction Led Me to God

Recovered: How an Accident, Alcohol, and Addiction Led Me to GodRecovered: How an Accident, Alcohol, and Addiction Led Me to God by Robby Gallaty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great book. Gallaty magnifies the grace and mercy of God. His writing about his life is shockingly honest, but never gratuitous to glorify sin. He clearly points to sin as the problem and Jesus Christ as the answer. That is completely true of everyone of us, whether you’ve ever experienced addiction or not.

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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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