From Russia With Love

November 23, 2012



November 23, 2012

the goal of Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life is to answer the question that makes up the subtitle… “What on earth am I here for?”

The Purpose Driven Life is the best-selling non-fiction hardcover book in history. it has sold over 32 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 5o languages.

originally published in 2002, 2012 marks the 10th aniversary of the book. and Warren and Zondervan have reworked and re-released the book with an additional two chapters: “The Envy Trap – I must be like you to be happy” and “The People-Pleaser Trap – I must be liked by you to be happy.” there are also QR codes, internet links, as well as access to an online community incorporated into this new and expanded edition.

“It’s not about you.” the book opens with these four words and sends readers on a journey to discover God’s purpose for their lives.

if you’ve read the book before, you’ll love to revisit it and reflect once again on God’s purpose for your life. you’ll also enjoy the additional chapters and features. if you haven’t read the book, start with this edition.

it’s well written and easy to read. it’s understandable and features wonderful references to Scripture.

*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*


November 22, 2012

“Put the adventure back in the venture.”

the above serves as a kind of tagline for The Faith Of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch. anything from Frost and Hirsch, together or separate, or with someone else, is worth reading. these guys are giving the Church today a fresh language and attitude with an old school spirit.

engaging the Bible and theology and popular culture, Frost and Hirsch present a framework that has implications for everything in our spiritual and missional lives. this book speaks into the Church, discipleship, leadership, and spirituality.

take the faith of leap and read The Faith of Leap.

it’s a solid read for personal reflection and enjoyment. it’s great for Small Group study and conversation. and it could be used to speak into a sermon series.

“Book has been provided courtesy of BakerBooks and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available from your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

A Theological Introduction to the Pentateuch

November 22, 2012

this book, A Theological Introduction to the Pentateuch: Interpreting the Torah as Christian Scripture is excellent. it was edited by Richard S. Briggs and Joel N. Lohr. Briggs is the director of Biblical studies and hermenutics at Cranmer Hall, St. John’s College, University of Durham. Lohr is assistant professor of religious studies at Trinity Western University in BC and a visiting scholar at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. they wrote the introduction together and contributed a chapter each to the book as well. Briggs writes on the book of Genesis, and Lohr writes on the book of Leviticus.

Jo Bailey Wells writes a wonderful chapter exploring Exodus.

Nathan MacDonald discusses Numbers.

and Rob Barrett takes readers through Deuteronomy.

this is a very rich and helpful introduction to the first five books of the Bible. there is wonderful Biblical and theological insight and information provided by each of the contributors.

each chapter has a “Further Reading” list. books and texts are highlighted to dig deeper into the Biblical and theological study of the Pentateuch.

“Book has been provided courtesy of BakerAcademic and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerAcademic, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Dr. No

November 22, 2012

Mission in the Old Testament

November 14, 2012

author of more than forty books, Walter C. Kaiser JR. is president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. he is a preacher, speaker, researcher, and writer.

Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations was originally published in the year 2000. the expanded and updated “Second Edition” was published this year, 2012.

with the rise of emphasis on mission and missional thinking the past decade or so, it’s important to remember that God’s mission did not begin in the New Testament, the first place we tend to go as Evangelicals, but in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible; the Bible Jesus read.

God’s mission began with creation, in the book of Genesis. “Genesis 1-11,” writes Kaiser, “is decidedly universal in its scope and outlook, for it addressed all peoples, all cultures, and all languages from the very beginning of time.” (pg. 1).

Kaiser discusses the stories, Psalms, and prophets of the Old Testament in his writing. the book is not long, but it is rich in theological and Biblical insight.

there are questions for study and conversation, an excellent glossary, a very detailed bibliography, and indexes of Scripture, subject, and author.

“Book has been provided courtesy of BakerAcademic and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerAcademic, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

God and Charles Dickens

November 14, 2012

God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author by Gary L. Colledge is an absolute delight to read. Colledge is an adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute and Walsh University. he’s also written a book called Dickens, Christianity, and “The Life of Our Lord.”

God and Charles Dickens is a spiritual biography of the man and his work.

Christmas is nearly upon us, and one of my favourite stories of all time is A Christmas Carol. it’s been adapted and retold numerous times. Colledge reflects on this, and other works by Dickens, and creates an even greater appreciation for Dickens writings.

God and Charles Dickens is a great book for lovers of literature and loves of theology. the two themes, literature and theology, are intertwined wonderfully by Colledge and the result is a great, great book.

“Chalres Dickens was not a theologian,” writes Colledge. “But he was interested in things theological. He was not a Bible scholar. But he knew his Bible…” (pg. 55).

i enjoyed God and Charles Dickens very much. i highly recommend it. it’s extremely well written and well researched. there are lengthy notes and a “Selected Bibliography” for further study on the subject.

“Book was provided courtesy of BrazosPress and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from BrazosPress, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”