Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dug Down Deep

I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by Joshua Harris’ book Dug Down Deep due to one fact- it is a book about theology. Just the word alone (theology) is one to cause my eyes to droop a little. However, like the publisher says- this is a book that about the subject dreaded to most Christians that is not on an academic, shot over the head, level but on an average church attendee level. One does not need a theological degree to understand this book as Harris does a great job of going at the subject and turning it into basic terms and phrases.
Harris tells the parable of the 2 builders- one foolish and one wise and the foundation upon which they built their house. He writes something that I have missed- the foolish one did not think he was being foolish and it took some time before he found out the error of his ways. That summary, along with the rest of the book detailing- God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, cross, salvation, justification, sanctification, etc. is one that can make a mark on any person in the church, regardless of age or where they are spiritually.
The subject of doctrine and theology is one that is gaining steam as Christians start to wonder what they believe and why they do so. While there are several options available on this subject, if you fear this topic due to boredom or any other reason, this is the book for you. It will challenge you and encourage you at the same time.
I received this book free from WaterBrook Publishing in exchange for a review. I  

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Corruptible- Mark Mynheir

The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir was an exciting read and one that was difficult to put down! This was my first book of Mynheir’s to read and the second book involving main character Private Investigator Ray Quinn (The Night Watchman is Quinn’s first appearance). Mynheir’s background in the police world lends credence to the plot of The Corruptible. The plot of the novel presents a question which could be asked of ourselves- what are we willing to overlook when we are presented an offer to enhance our lives?
PI Ray Quinn is hired by an investor to find sensitive client information stolen from him by a former employee, who turns out to be a dirty ex-cop with whom Quinn knows. Quinn, battling his own demons and as well as showing his charitable side by aiding his apprentice, Crevis, with the knowledge of police work and overall education skills, is torn between who he really wants to be and who he is.

Mynheir’s writing style, based on this book, and his characters remind me of Stephen Cannell and Robert Crais. The styles are similar and all involve police/investigators as well as similar character development. This novel is a good break from life and even though there are better novels to read, this is a good read, worth your time.

I received this ebook free from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for reviewing it.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Torn by Jud Wilhite

Torn, by Pastor Jud Wilhite, is on the topic of faith; a topic that appears alongside the apocalypse, to be dominating the Christian publishing markets. What makes Torn stand apart from the other books in this genre is Wilhite’s take on the subject of faith. Rather than dance around the subject by taking Scriptures our of context, Wilhite immediately turns to the Bible as his source for faith and suffering, interwoven with experiences.

Wilhite’s challenge for the reader to hand over pain and suffering in the midst of trials and sadness, to God our Father is the essence of the book. We can only heal ourselves so much before we realize it just doesn’t work anymore but when we turn that sadness and anger and hurt to God, He can then begin to guide us through the healing process and maybe even give answer to the question, Why?

No one would accuse Torn of being an academic book, and that is not Wilhite’s intention. Torn is to be used for us to consider our own feelings towards God when things seem to fall apart and we have that one word question we always want an answer to, “Why?’.

Even if you have every book on the subject of suffering and faith,  Torn is definitely worth checking out and the chances are good that it will become your go-to book, outside of the Bible, on the subject.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."