Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "book reviews"

Mini-Reviews #12

Okay, I'm back with mini-reviews, this time with three books I thoroughly enjoyed: Loving the Way Jesus Loved by Phillip Ryken I've heard many sermons on the famous "love chapter" of 1 Corinthians 13. It's often read at weddings, quoted by people of all persuasions and motivations, and often misunderstood. But Phil Ryken, President of Wheaton College, approaches this chapter in a fresh new way. Taken from a series of message he preached while pastor of Philadelphia's famed Tenth Presbyterian Church, Loving the Way Jesus Loves adds the life of Jesus as the backdrop to this chapter. And so with each characteristic of love, Ryken digs into the life of Christ and how he perfectly exemplifies this. What makes this approach so much richer is that you begin to treat the impossible demands of supernatural love as something Christ generates in you rather than something you must work hard to produce in yourself. Gaze...

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Book Review: Gabby Stick-to-It Day

Usually I review adult books here on the blog, but as the father of four young children, I occasionally like to review children's books. Three of my kids are girls, so I'm constantly trying to introduce them to good resources that point them to Jesus. That's why I love the resources put out by Sheila Walsh, singer, songwriter, and author. We especially enjoy the Gigi, God's Little Princess DVD series. It helps instill in them the truth that God created them uniquely and loves them unconditionally. Sheila's latest book for girls is Gabby's Stick To-It Day. It's a light, beautifully illustrated storybook that shares the tale of a girl who has a hard time finishing things and an angel who observes. I love this story because it subtly reinforces the values of persistence and faithfulness in little girls, especially when their favorite tasks get hard. It's one more good book to add to your...

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Mini Reviews #9

Thanks to my new NOOK, I've been on a reading tear lately. So here are two more mini-reviews: The Cure for the Common Life  by Max Lucado I appreciate Lucado's unique gift at taking difficult concepts and making them easy for lay people to understand. In The Cure for the Common Life, Max shares a winsome, wise, and thoroughly biblical case for living a life of maximum impact. He encourages people to discover how God has gifted them, skills, abilities, opportunities, background, and leverage that for maximum Kingdom purpose. He grounds it in God's desire to see His glory revealed in each of His children. He also uses specific examples of people who found their "sweet spot", where their gifts, callings, and opportunities align with God's purpose. What I like is that Lucado pushes replaces the cultural idea of "you can be what you want to be" and replaces it with "you...

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My Favorite Books of 2011

I had the opportunity to read quite a few great books in 2011. Not quite as many (101) as my friend, Aaron Armstrong, but I read quite a few. Here are my top ten books. You'll notice they are not necessarily all books that were published in 2011, but books I had the chance to read this year. Unbroken by Lauren Hildenbrand Lou Zamperini's His life as told inUnbroken is a powerful story, a reminder of the sovereignty and grace of God in the life of one man, lived during one of the most ominous periods of world history. Bonhoeffer by Erik Metaxes Bonhoeffer is a book I highly recommend. It is a weighty, important biography of a man used greatly by God. Bonhoeffer was unsuccessful in taking down Hitler, but his life has become an inspiration for Christian boldness, faith, and cross-bearing in the many decades since he was martyred. I have a feeling that this is the book Eric Metaxas...

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