Book Review: Path of a Peacemaker

path of a peacemakerThe Path of a Peacemaker: Your Biblical Guide to Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, and a Life of Peace by P. Brian Noble is a wonderful book that will help you avoid being a doormat or a steamroller in relationships. Rather than simply enabling unhealthy dynamics or stuffing one’s frustrations, the author points to clear biblical principles that will establish healthy boundaries and interpersonal assertiveness.

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Book Review: Strong

strongStrong: How God Equipped 11 Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Power (and Can Do the Same for You) by Catherine Parks is an easy to read compilation of short biographies. The author does an excellent job of exploring the strengths and struggles of the individuals in such a way that they don’t come across as super-human (hence, “Ordinary Men”) while also pointing to the extraordinary power of God that they cooperated with in their lives that resulting in impacting so many people for Christ. 

The author does an admiral job at connecting the main point of her theme with each man back to the Scriptures and how it applies to the reader. Plus, if the reader would like more than the teaser chapter biography in the book the author also gives at least one other resource for the reader to pursue for a bigger biography.

 

 

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Book Review: Not Forsaken

not forsakenNot Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons and Daughters of a Perfect Father by Louie Giglio is a well-written and powerfully written book that can hit home for all of us who have an imperfect earthly father. The book addresses our heart longings that come from experiencing all kinds of fathers – from absentee fathers to good yet imperfect fathers – since we all have imperfect earthly fathers.

The book is full of empathy and a call to see God as Father as He is described in the Bible and what that means for us on the earth today. The book isn’t so heavenly-minded that it isn’t grounded in day-to-day realities but isn’t so earthly-bound that it doesn’t challenge us to expand our concepts and have a hope in something more than what we currently see and feel.

Disclosure: I received this book free from B& H Publishing Group through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Review: Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl’s Heart

sex purity longings girls heartSex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl’s Heart: Discovering the Beauty and Freedom of God-Defined Sexuality by Kristen Clark & Bethany Beal is a well composed book that tackles the often uncomfortable topic of sexual struggles and also the socially uncomfortable topic of biblical sexuality. The publishing world has an influx of books focused on the struggle of men in this arena but this book offers a great look at the struggle of women in this realm.

The authors tackle the subject with tact, gentleness, and biblical honesty. They present the topics with transparency without oversharing from both the struggles of those married and those who are single. The book is both theological and practical in its application of the theology.

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Book Review: Confronting Old Testament Controversies

confronting ot controversiesConfronting Old Testament Controversies: Pressing Questions about Evolution, Sexuality, History, and Violence by Tremper Longman III is an engaging and thought-provoking book about hot-button issues in the broader culture, the Christian culture, and the Bible-believing evangelical Christian subculture. The author presents the views of other writers – both evangelical and non-evangelical – shows where he agrees with the other views and then presents his counter-points.

Overall, the author does a good job of standing on Scripture and faithfully holds to the Word of God despite knowing that some would attack him for being too conservative and others for not being conservative enough in his views.

While I do not hold to the particulars of everything that the author believes, the case is presented well with one big exception – his handling of the objection to evolution based upon Romans 5. Up until this point in the section on evolution Longman’s case carried merit; and though his argument regarding Romans 5 doesn’t undermine the previous pages of good content, it certainly comes across as overly simplistic and a bit of a straw man argument. He tackles the misuse of Romans 5:12 and links original sin to this misuse of the verse as though sin was biological and not spiritual. The author then completely ignores the truly potent verse about original sin and Adam in Romans 5:19 (c.f. 1 Cor. 15:22; John 8:44-45). He could have kept the impact of his alternative views in the chapter by pointing to the spiritual federal headship argument being used by Paul in Romans 5:12-21 rather than a rather weak side-stepping of the issue and claiming on the basis of Romans 5:12 that the Bible doesn’t directly talk about original sin through the fall of Adam by nature (and by our actions) (p 72) when just a few verses later it does do that very thing in Romans 5:19 (and the other verses referenced earlier for example).

Other than this issue regarding the author’s evolution argument, Longman does a good job handling the controversies from the Old Testament in a relatively well-done and thought-out manner that is worth looking into and considering.

Disclosure: I received this book free from BakerBooks through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255