Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young

"Jesus Calling: Devotions for Every Day of the Year" by Sarah Young is a calming book. The introduction discusses Young's personal journey with Jesus. It introduces the idea of a prayer journal and how God talks to each and every one of us. Every single day of the year is allotted its own page. On it, devotions in the first person are written. It is supposed to feel as if God is talking to the reader. Below each devotion are Bible verses that relate to the passage and may be looked up.

Young is careful to mention in the beginning that her devotions are inspired by the Holy Spirit but not directly from the Bible. This gives the pages a sense of personality while not bordering on blasphemy. Most of the topics revolve around peace, trusting God, letting go of worries, and the like. At times, the devotions may seem repetition. However, those are the same lessons that many so often forget.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

“The American Patriot’s Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America"

“The American Patriot’s Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America” is a fine book. The main Biblical verses written by God are enact. So, Christians that recall the verse from Deuteronomy about not adding to the Bible are relieved that the Bible itself is not altered. Dr. Richard G. Lee merely adds inserts into it that parallel parts of the Bible to milestones in American history. The actual Bible part is clearly labeled, and Lee is careful to insert page dividers about American history, not sentences thrown in between Bible verses.

In the front are spaces that can be filled in with family members names. So, this makes a nice family Bible or wedding gift. Included is a detailed index so readers can look up certain topics and find relevant Bible verses. Also, there are detailed maps that help visualize the physical geography of the times of the Bible. As immense as the book is, the large print makes it less intimidating to read or flip through for daily advice. This book is great for Christians who will never separate the Church and the state in their hearts.

Monday, May 11, 2009

"The Principle of the Path" by Andy Stanley

"The Principle of the Path: How to get from where you are to where you want to be" by Andy Stanley is a very engaging book. It tackles tough issues and provides reasonable solutions. While the book is geared towards Christians and focuses on God's guidance, the book is not all sunshine and lollipops. Stanley takes the daring leap to talk about failing marriages, dead-end jobs, bankruptcy, unhappiness, and more.

Many strategies are described throughout the book. In general, Stanley encourages readers to focus on their goals. He wants them to rely on God and not be self-centered. Also, there must be a destruction of the want factor. Several examples are given to illustrate this. Bible verses and stories are quoted that relate to the topics Stanley brings up.

Friday, May 1, 2009

"In the Footsteps of Paul" by Ken Duncan

"In the Footsteps of Paul: Experience the Journey that Changed the World" by Ken Duncan is a very practical book. It is composed by a world renowned photographer. Duncan writes his own words, but the vast majority of the text is Bible quotations and quotations from famous Christians (Billy Graham and CS Lewis just to name a few). The book accounts Paul's journey from when he first became a Christian, began his missions, and eventually became a martyr.

The glossy pages and hard cover truly make this book eye candy for any book shelf. More beautiful yet are the pictures within the book. The nature scenes are taken at excellent angles, and readers feel like they are in those places Paul went. Some photos even show ruins. Others show the places Paul went in the past with a modern twist--with people walking about and doing their business. This book is a work of art in every sense of the word.