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Mini-Reviews #6

I'm back with another batch of mini-reviews. Today I discuss three outstanding books: King Solomon by Philip Graham Ryken. Solomon is not a Bible character typically covered in depth, so this book by Philip Graham Ryken is a welcome one. Ryken is the former pastor of the historic 10th Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and the new President of Wheaton College. I found this book readable, meaty, theological, and practical. It's rare a book hits all those high notes, but King Solomon does. What is particularly valuable about this book is that Ryken gives good historic and cultural background, fairly looks at Solomon's life, both good and bad, and always finds the signposts to Jesus. He preaches Christ in the life of Solomon, but does it in a way that is not forced, not over-reaching for typology, but always directing the reader to "the better Solomon." He also draws out terrific and practical life...

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Books I’m Reading (10/29/11)

I'm about to turn in my manuscript which means more time for reading. Here's what I've got on my nightstand: Walking in the Spirit - Kenneth Berding. I'm halfway thru this book. It's a terrific and practical guide to what exactly it looks like to walk in the spirt. I'm thinking I'll order this as a resource for Gages Lake. Earthen Vessels - Matthew Anderson. Matt is the brilliant blogger from Mere Orthodoxy. I haven't cracked this one open yet, but I can't wait. He seems to tackle a lot of important subjects related to the body and the Bible. Jonathan Edwards, a Life - George Mardsen. I started reading this, then other books overtook it and writing and life overtook it. But I will finish it. It's a good book, but one that requires a bit more discipline. Deliver Me From Evil. - This is a novel in the "missional fiction" line written by my...

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Mini-Reviews #5

Another batch of mini-reviews: Raised Right by Alisa Harris I have mixed feelings about this book. For one, I'm always a bit jaded by memoirs from people who are young. Alisa Harris is 26 years old. On the other hand, I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it puts a personal touch, a face, on a generation of evangelical involvement in politics. Alisa Harris tells how she moved from a doctrinaire right-wing zealot to someone more moderate, even liberal in her politics. She correctly points out hypocrisies in evangelical conservative politics and how the church's mission gets lost when it seeks power. However, there is a tendency for Harris to throw the baby out with the bathwater and reject every conservative plank, something I'm not willing to do. She seems to be a person still in process, searching for the right mix of activism and faith. Still, it's a good, if not sometimes...

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Mini-Reviews #4

Here is another batch of reviews for books I've recently read. Not all are recently published. Some are a few years. Still, I think they are good and relevant today: Just As I Am by Billy Graham I've always wanted to read this book. I'm intrigued by the biographies of well-known evangelical leaders. A couple of months ago I was in our newly reorganized church library and saw this on the shelf. I pulled it down and began reading. What a treasure it was. I have always known Billy Graham as, well, Billy Graham, famous evangelist. The zenith of his ministry was well before I was born. This book gave me a newfound appreciation for God's work in his life. I'm amazed at how God took the son of a dairy farmer and used him to bring millions to Christ, influence world leaders, and help usher in this era of evangelicalism. What...

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