I read five more books in May putting me at a total of 25 through the year so far. I'm about 4 weeks ahead on the averaging one book a week and I've done that on purpose. I plan to start on my first book this summer and also start on Edmund Morris' Theodore Roosevelt series of books. Each book is about 600 pages I think so I may do one and then read some others to keep up with my yearly resolution and quest. Good books read this month. Last month's reading was a little more exciting though if I'm being honest. Hope you enjoy the reviews.
I received this book when I started my MIP program at the age of 20. Considering I never pastored until I was 27, I stuck it on the shelf and forgot about it. A little more than four and a half years after I started pastoring, I found the book again. It was very good in confirming some of what we've done at the church and provided a little more insight into some other things we can focus on. Our church finally eclipsed the 100 barrier in August of 2009 and has averaged 100 or more each month in our worship service since that time. There have been times of 130-160 in attendance and other times of 100-125. My hope was this book would help us get "beyond" that three digit number. I'd recommend this book to anyone pastoring for the first time, especially someone with little to no ministry experience.
So I have to admit . . . I didn't enjoy this book as much as I have all of his other books. For me, Groeschel's two best books have been "It" and "The Christian Atheist." I own all 7 of his books and "Soul Detox" contained a lot of stories and illustrations that he has used in several previous books. The points he makes in the book about cleaning out your life and separating yourself from the world's entanglements are jam up. I would say if I hadn't read any of his previous books, I would have loved this one. Either way, Craig Groeschel always does a great job of keeping the reader's interest. I read the book in a few hours in one day. I'd recommend it even if you have read his other books. It's still packed with good material and challenging questions. Just expect to read a few things you've already read before.
This was an excellent book! I highly recommend it to all Christians and red-blooded Americans who are concerned about the future of our country and want to know how they on their own can begin to make a difference. Robinson and Richards combine to write about several areas in our country that are eroding and causing damage to our American history, culture, and Christianity. They talk about the assault on marriage and the issue of abortion. They deal with the breakdown of the family and the capitalism v. socialism war that seems to be gaining some tread at least if you listen to the news and media. The book isn't just opinion by any means however. The two authors definitely did their research and provide you with a whole index full of notes and citations backing up their claims and concerns. Without a doubt, the church must stand up in the last days and we must become united to stand against our enemy. America IS a Christian nation and we will be one nation under God as long as the church will do its part to assure that Christ is properly preached and exemplified to the world. Great book!
This book is another must read. It doesn't flow as easily as other books and it does get a little bogged down in explaining and dealing with theological terms and ideas, but it's necessary. In the book Gungor deals with several thoughts and ideas that Christians tend to hear during someone's rejection of the Gospel message. "If God is love, why did He murder everyone in the OT?" "If God is so good, why is evil still here?" These questions and more are constantly asked by those who doubt God or just choose to not want to recognize Him. This book deals with those questions in an honest and real way and gives insight into how to answer these questions and reassurance for the reader as well. The overall theme of the book seems to be about getting us to accept that God is bigger than we are and we will never understand everything on this side of Heaven. That's not a popular answer, but it is in the answer most closely associated with faith which is required to live for God.
I've always loved Piper's writings about Christ. He does a tremendous job as painting a very detailed and intrinsic picture of the Son of God. He touches on every minute detail of the Savior's life and how that reflects and what it means for you and me. In this book, Piper deals with the different traits of Christ such as Him being loving and accepting to everyone and at the same time boisterous and confrontational to people like the Pharisees. He deals with Christ's ability to always speak truth, even when it was hard to hear such as "let the dead bury the dead" and "you must hate your father and mother to follow me." Excellent short work on the life of Christ and I'd certainly recommend it to anyone.
Ryan is engaged to Rachel and resides in Perry, GA. He is the proud "Dada" to Rylee and Charlee. He holds a Bachelors degree in Social Science Education and a Masters degree in church ministry / leadership. He has served in various positions of ministry, music, management, and more. He spends his free time with his girls, writing and playing music, reading books, playing and watching sports, and living life. To contact Ryan, email firstname.lastname@example.org.