Category Archives: Book Reviews

Death by Love by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears

Driscoll, Mark and Gerry Breshears. Death by Love: Letters from the Cross. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2008. 272 pp. Hardback, $19.99. Buy from Westminster Books

Introduction

Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wa. He is also the president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network as well as the leader of the Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative. He also has a series entitled “A Book You Will Actually Read” on various theological topics including God, the Bible and church leadership. Continue reading Death by Love by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears

Game Day for the Glory of God

Altrogge, Stephen. Game Day for the Glory of God: A Guide for Athletes, Fans, & Wannabes. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2008. 119 pp. $9.99. Buy from Westminster Books

Introduction

Stephen Altrogge currently serves as a pastoral intern at Sovereign Grace Church in Indiana, PA. He is head of the college ministry as well as the worship leader. He is unfortunately a Pittsburg Steelers nut fan. He and his wife have one daughter.

His love for God and sports led to this book. After finding himself feeling guilty for his actions on the playing field, he found himself praying to God asking how he could still play sports and glorify God. That is when it dawned on him that there are in essence two ways to play sports: for the glory of God or for the glory of Self. Continue reading Game Day for the Glory of God

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus ed. Nancy Guthrie.  Wheaton:  Crossway Books, 2008.  142 pp. $12.99. Buy from Westminster Books

Note:  This is not a book review per se because of the genre of the book (devotional) and the seasonal nature of this devotional.

Christmas is that time of year when everyone gets rushed and hurried in the home, in the office, and in the shopping stores.  We go about our daily business with the addition of the Christmas festivities.  It is so easy to get caught up in it all and shove the real reason we celebrate Christmas to the back burner.  Nancy Guthrie has put together a book of 22 meditations from some of the pastoral giants of past and present.  (Joni Eareckson Tada is one of the contributors and is not included in the phrase ‘pastoral giants.’)

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Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz

Busenitz, Nathan.  Reasons We Believe:  50 Lines of Evidence that Confirm the Christian Faith.  Wheaton:  Crossway Books, 2008.  224 pp.  $14.99. Available from Amazon.com

Introduction to Reasons We Believe

Nathan Busenitz is an associate pastor and assistant to John MacArthur at Grace Community Church.  He also presides over the Shepherds’ Fellowship which is an online resource ministry for pastors and church leaders.  He teaches at The Master’s Seminary where he is also pursuing his Th.D. in historical theology.  He holds an M.Div and Th.M. from there as well.

The book itself is designed to solidify the believer’s faith insofar as an apologetic for the faith is concerned.  Nathan relies heavily upon Scripture and only leaves the Bible as his main source when and where it is appropriate.  The book can be read through cover-to-cover or it can be used as a resource tool for helping the believer to know what and why he believes what he does as well as present a clear and cogent argument when someone attacks his own faith. Continue reading Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz

To the One Who Conquers by Sam Storms

Storms, Sam. To the One Who Conquers:  50 Daily Meditations on the Seven Letters of Revelation 2-3.  Wheaton:  Crossway Books, 2008.  239 pp.  $14.99. Available From Westminster Bookstore

Introduction

Sam Storms does not need much introduction to many.  He is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries based in Kansas City, Missouri.  However, that may be changing.  According to his website, he just accepted a call to become the senior pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He has written numerous books including Chosen For Life and Signs of the Spirit. Continue reading To the One Who Conquers by Sam Storms

The Art of Divine Meditation by Joseph Hall

This is a re-post from an entry from another blog I used to maintain. The original with some comments can be found here.

The Art of Divine Meditation by Joseph Hall is an out of print book, but it can be found here. It is 34 pages of Joseph Hall’s thoughts regarding meditation and it is worth the time and effort to read it and wrestle with what he is saying. Continue reading The Art of Divine Meditation by Joseph Hall

John A. Broadus – A Living Legacy by David Dockery and Roger Duke

Dockery, David S. and Roger D. Duke. John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy Studies in Baptist Life and Thought, ed. Michael A.G. Haykin.  Nashville:  Broadman and Holman Academic, 2008.  260 pp.  $19.99.

Introduction to John A. Broadus – A Living Legacy

This book is first in a series of books that looks back at the history of Baptist life and thought.  The series editor is Michael Haykin who is Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality as well as the Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

This particular book is edited by David S. Dockery and Roger D. Duke.  Dr. Dockery currently serves as the president of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.  Dr. Duke is assistant professor of religion and communication at the Baptist College of Health Services in Memphis, Tennessee and is an adjunct assistant professor at Union University.  More importantly, Dr. Duke is a new contributor to Said at Southern Seminary. Continue reading John A. Broadus – A Living Legacy by David Dockery and Roger Duke

Whiter than Snow by Paul David Tripp

Tripp, Paul David. Whiter than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2008. 154 pp. $12.99. 33% Off At Westminster Bookstore

Book-whiter-than-snow-Paul-David-TrippIntroduction

Paul David Tripp is most noted for his book, Instruments in the Redeemers Hands and Lost in the Middle. More recently, he has started writing little booklets that are being used by churches across the nation to help counsel and instruct many Christians struggling with sin. With his experience in biblical counseling and engaging writing style, Dr. Tripp offers us 52 meditations on Psalm 51.

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The Pocket Puritans Series

Banner of Truth has done us a great service by publishing what they are calling the Pocket Puritans. On the back of every book they include this quote from Sinclair Ferguson that best introduces the series:

To read the work of a Puritan doctor of the soul is to enter a rich world of spiritual theology to feed the mind, heart-searching analysis to probe the conscience, Christ-centered grace to transform the heart, and wise counsel to direct the life. This series of Pocket Puritans provides all this in miniature, but also in abundance.

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The Missionary Call by M. David Sills

Sills, M. David. The Missionary Call: Find Your Place in God’s Plan For the World. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2008. 246 pp. $13.99.

Introduction and Background

missionary-call-book-david-sillsDr. Sills is the A. P. and Faye Stone Professor of Christian Missions and Cultural Anthropology, the Director of Great Commission Ministries, and the Director of the Doctor of Missiology program for the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. As if that was not enough, he also leads many small-group, short-term missions trips for the Seminary as well as his church, Ninth and O, in Louisville, KY. You can read more about him on his faculty bio page. He has a website and a blog that is a valuable resource in addition to this book. Check out the website here. You can read his blog here. He also has another website, Reaching and Teaching, chock full of free missionary resources and other pertinent information to Dr. Sills’ ministries. Continue reading The Missionary Call by M. David Sills