In the Steps of Paul by Peter Walker

Walker, Peter. In the Steps of Paul: An Illustrated Guide to the Apostle’s Life and Journeys. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008. 214pp. Hardback, $19.99. Buy From Amazon

Introduction

Peter Walker studied early church history at Cambridge University and has done extensive post-doctoral research on Christian attitudes toward Jerusalem. He has written a sort of “prequel” to this book titled, In the Steps of Jesus upon which he says he assumes knowledge of that information and he therefore “deliberately passes over” that information in this volume (11).

Summary of In the Steps of Paul

The author takes us on a chronological journey of the life of Paul beginning with his “Damascus Road experience” and ending in Rome. However, before he begins with the life of Paul, he presents a very helpful overview of Paul’s ministry including a map of his travels and a table including the date and location of the letters Paul wrote. While it is easy to skim this introductory section, it would be to your advantage to become familiar with it as you will be referencing it as you read the book. Continue reading In the Steps of Paul by Peter Walker

Experiencing God Revised and Updated

Modern ministry classic revised

Seventeen years later, Experiencing God retold

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In 1991, Henry Blackaby unleashed a new style for practicing Christianity. Although the book quietly went to press and hit shelves without a stir in the media, it would go on to sell more then seven million copies (in addition to related materials and studies) and was translated into 45 languages. It was such a phenomenon, even a musical was adapted from the manuscript. Continue reading Experiencing God Revised and Updated

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

How People Change by Paul David Tripp and Timothy Lane

Tripp, Paul David and Timothy Lane. How People Change. New Growth Press, 2006; 2nd ed. 2008.  223pp.  $17.99.

How People Change promises to be a worthwhile book for pastors and non-pastors alike.  The change of heart is so important when trying to give counsel to anyone.  More times than we care to admit, there is a sin problem at the root of many of our problems. Continue reading How People Change by Paul David Tripp and Timothy Lane

ESV Literary Study Bible

Ryken, Leland, Philip Graham Ryken, eds. The Literary Study Bible: ESV. Wheaton: Crossway Bibles, 2007. 1913 pp. $49.99. Available from Westminster Books

Yes, this is a “Johnny-come-lately” review of the ESV Literary Study Bible (ESV-LSB). However, we here at Said wanted to do a review for our readers even though Said Alumni writers iMonk and McCoy have written their own reviews both of which are worth checking out.  For what it is worth, here is my overview of the ESV-LSB.

Before Each Book

At the beginning of each book of the Bible there are 1-3 pages worth of “study information” which is quite impressive when you get to one chapter books like 2 and 3 John and the Minor Prophets. They break down the introductory statements into the following sections: Continue reading ESV Literary Study Bible

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

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