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Seeking Allah, Finding JesusA Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
By: Nabeel Qureshi

Dr. Nabeel Qureshi is a former devout Muslim who was convinced of the truth of the Gospel through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God. Since his conversion, he has dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel through teaching, preaching, writing, and debating.

I have always been intrigued by other faiths and their journey and practice. Even more so I have been excited to read accounts of people who have found the hope of Christ on their journey.

About 2 years ago I discovered a show out of Canada called “Little Mosque on the Prairie”. It was a cute show about Muslims who are stuck having to share a place of worship with Christians. While I know it was a sitcom, it gave me such an appreciation an interest in the faith of the Muslim community. Watching the characters in both faiths interact and have to learn how to coexist was pretty eye-opening to me.

Because of this it was a pleasure to receive this book to review. I have heard stories of Muslims having a dream and meeting Jesus and then getting saved before, but this was different. Nabeel takes us on a journey of real seeking and battling thru mindset shifts and seeking REAL truths that his heart was longing for.

How fitting that “case for Christ” writer, Lee Strobel writes the forward in this pretty amazing journey of faith.

This book as a great read. For the last year I have been co-teaching a mens bible study through the book of acts and this book as been really helpful to get into the head of an eastern mindset. I recommend this book to those in Islam culture who are seeking and for those in the Christian faith to learn how to speak, pray and give grace to those who believe differently.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this BOOK free from BookLookBloggers to 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.”

Raising Boys by Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs to Thrive 
By: by Dr. Gregory L. Jantz (Author), Michael Gurian (Author)

I got this book a LONG time ago sadly as it was given to my by the publisher to review. I bought it because I am a father of 3 boys with different ages.

I got to reading it… It was kinda slow. I lost interest and then jumped back in periodically. I didn’t finish this one because I just couldn’t. All in all the topics are good. The discussion and thoughts are good. The idea of a rite of passage towards manhood is also good. I had something similar to that growing up.

I guess there are two things lacking for me:

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Jesus A Theography Review

March 11, 2014 — 1 Comment

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A Theography
By Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola

I had the Privilege of hanging, along with a small group of people, at an event to hear Leonard Sweet speak. The man is brilliant and I am honestly in awe of his brain. Full disclosure here…I received this book about a year ago and have not had the chance to review it. I also have every intention of reading it over again, not because I have forgotten about it, but because it is such a good read.

This is like an adult version of the Jesus storybook bible, but without pictures.
Jesus says, “The Scriptures point to me!” (John 5:39 NLT). This book draws our eyes to the attention of the narrative of scripture. That it isn’t just a bunch of stories jammed into a book and is instead one story broken up into parts.

This book gives the reader so much insight as it jumps from genesis to revelation. It is a compendium of THE STORY which gives is insight into the character of Jesus and His revelation through scripture.

It is not a short book and requires thought, but I think it is an amazing companion the the bible. It helps the reader truly appreciate the voice of God in the word as they are given new eyes in the “STORY” of Jesus.

So with that said… I will be reading it again.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from booklook to 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.”

I am a huge fan of Pete Wilson as a pastor, blogger, parent and aquiantence. Pretty much anything he says I want to hear. I read his first book “plan B” three times and am currently discussing it in my churches small group. Because of this when I received an advance copy of “empty promises” I was very excited. Sadly it took me a little longer to get to than I’d hoped. This morning as I fed my kids breakfast I cracked it open and in about an hour I had digested the whole thing. (I am a fast reader)

This book was fantastic. I have been in ministry for a long time now and feel the mid-ministry crisis coming on strong recently. Frustration, creative longing, and a feeling of plowing through cement.  Pete’s first book really gave me clarity into my multiple plan b’s and c’s, but this one gave me new insight into fears and failures. It covered idols and worship of something other than God. I find myself needing to do a self analysis after reading this because I realized I was dealing with many of the issues in the first 3 chapters.

I love the title of the book but for my sake I think I will change it to: “the contentment pill”. In the peaks and valleys of a life filled with broken dreams and empty promises the real issue comes down to ; will you find your contentment in Christ. There is no pill you can take, no idol you can replace Him with, no that or relationship that will give you that.

We are all so good a preaching what is written in this book, but we all need to daily trust God and be still and “know” that He alone is all we need.

Go buy this book and if you haven’t read plan b buy it too!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson to 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.”

The Grace Effect
How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief
By Larry Taunton

I received this book to review a few months ago and I have to say it was an ok read. In the book he uses his adoption of his youngest daughter from the world of communism as the underbed for his book. He uses it to basically to show that God’s grace exists through the presence of Christians. He comes to great conclussions with beautiful examples however I just could not get into this book.

I remember reading Blue like jazz which had a “blog” style of writing and this one is very similar. I have never been able to get into books that are written like that because they feel liked pieced together posts jammed into a cover. I love the hope he gives us that shows us that no world or situation are beyond redemption from “the grace effect”. So basically I love his discussion and story, but find that his writing style bothered me.

He also loved to jam in giant words and drawn out sentences just for the sake it. Long story short it was an ok read with a great topic and hope but in a writing style that I found to be bothersome at times.

With that said I think it is worth the read but there are better books on grace like from Yancy and others.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson to 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.”