Thursday, March 9, 2017

Weird: Because normal isn't working

Christians are called to set apart from the world and live lives that honour God. They are called to be different, peculiar...weird (as Craig Groeschel suggests). Being like everybody else is not working or taking us anywhere. So, how about being weird...in a God kind of way.

Groeschel invites Christians to be weird in five areas: time, money, relationships, sex and values.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

90 days in John 14-17, Romans, & James

Timothy Keller & Sam Allberry. Explore by the book: John 14-17, Romans & James (Kindle). The Good Book Company.

I like Tim Keller a lot and is the author I have mostly read in the recent years. That is why I picked up this book for review. I was a little disappointed, but not because the book is bad. I don't use devotional books.

If your Bible study is done with the use of devotionals, you need this one. Brief and to the point, you will walk through these two books and fours chapters of John very well.

I can give the book four stars.

I got the book for free from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an honest review. 

Finding Forgiveness - Discovering the Healing Power of the Gospel

I just finished reading "Finding Forgiveness - Discovering the Healing Power of the Gospel" by Stanley D. Gale and published by Reformation Heritage Books.

The book deals with the theme of forgiveness very well. It rightly builds on the gospel as the basis for forgiveness. Everything we are to be as Christians we need to learn from the way God has forgiven us. Gale rightfully says that forgiveness is the currency of the kingdom. I thought that was a very good concept. He also deals a blow to those who would hold to "forgive and forget" and "forgiving ourselves". Neither one is a biblical concept.

Coming from a reformed tradition he quotes from Westminster Confession and Catechisms. He does so since they offer succinct summaries and they are available of public domain. Personally, I would have preferred less of these and more of Scripture, but the good is a good read. I have many highlights that have provoked some future sermons.

I will give to it 4 stars.

I got the book for free from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an honest review. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Accompanied by the Instruments of David - Justin Imel

The book is simple and the arguments are basic. The short book is meant to be a short introduction to a larger study. There were a few comments in the book that I had not seen before. He does recommend Everett Ferguson's book (which I have not read, and interestingly even a proponent on the use of instrumental music refers to) and but there are some other books that could be beneficial such as John Price's "Old Light on New Worship" (a baptist preacher); Tom Alexander's "Music in Worship" or Dave Miller's "A Plea to Reconsider".

I would recommend this book to those who would like to be introduced with the beginning arguments for a cappella. 

PS: I disclose that I got the book as free kindle, but was not required to write a review, either negative or positive. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Surprise! I love books!

Well, it might not be much of surprise to those who know me. But, let me admit it upfront: I love reading and I try to read an average of two books per month. I use www.goodreads.com to locate new books and glean recommendations for them. As a way of paying forward, I like to write reviews for those books that I think others should read.

Granted, I have a bias toward Christian books, but I am trying to read more broadly.

Expect me to give book reviews and hunt for books you have reviewed.

All the best,
Bledi.