Welcome to the online home of Tim Challies, blogger, author, and book reviewer.

Tim Challies

Challies on FacebookChallies on Twitter

by Ray Ortlund
“This is a gospel book with no hyphen. It’s not gospel-centered or gospel-powered or gospel-driven. It’s just the gospel. And it’s sweet. Ray Ortlund’s The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ is a new title from 9Marks’ excellent collection of books called “Building Healthy Churches.” The book asks and answers this question: how does the church... Read Full Review
by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
“It came like a lightning bolt. It shouldn’t have, I suppose, but somehow it still did. For years our church has struggled to build an effective women’s ministry. Men’s ministry has come quite easily and we have seen men participate in the ministry, enjoy it, and build significant relationships through it. But women’s ministry has always proven more difficult, at... Read Full Review
Satan Cast Out
by Frederick Leahy
“I have said it before: If there is any area in the Christian world that is dominated by superstition and speculation, it is spiritual warfare and the existence and activity of Satan and his demons. Far too many books on these topics are subjective and speculative rather than grounded in the firm truths of Scripture. Frederick Leahy’s Satan Cast Out began as a... Read Full Review
Four Blood Moons
by John Hagee
“I most often read Christian books that appear to offer the opportunity to grow in knowledge and obedience to the Lord, but occasionally I see one soaring up the bestseller lists or otherwise making an impact and decide to read it just to see what the fuss is all about. Such was the case with John Hagee’s Four Blood Moons. The book has lingered near the top of the... Read Full Review
Missing Jesus
by Charles & Janet Morris
“Now this is a sweet little book. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I began reading Missing Jesus. The names Charles and Janet Morris were not ones I recognized immediately, though I had heard of their radio program HAVEN Today and think I may have been a guest once. What I found was a book that came like a cold cup of water on a hot day. The book begins... Read Full Review
Taking God at His Word
by Kevin DeYoung
“Kevin DeYoung is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors. One of his strengths as an author is taking difficult concepts out of the academy and bringing it to those of us who do better reading at a more popular level. He did this in Why We’re Not Emergent, the book that introduced us to him, and has done it in most of the books he has written since. His newest... Read Full Review
True Beauty
by Carolyn Mahaney
“Over the past few years I have found myself thinking often about beauty. I suppose my interest in the subject may relate to the fact that I am the father of two girls. Though they are still young, they are already being exposed to so many messages about the importance of beauty and the kind of beauty society expects from them. They already know they will be judged... Read Full Review
Sex and Violence in the Bible
by Joseph W. Smith III
“I do not read a lot of books that make me nauseous—full out sick to my stomach. But this one did. I’ll have to grant that I have an unusually weak stomach (something that often delights my wife as we watch movies together and I have to turn away from the screen while anything medical takes place), but still, this book is disgusting. Yet in saying this, I do not... Read Full Review
Whats Your Worldview
by James Anderson
“Sometimes the form is as important as the function. This is common when it comes to art or to certain kinds of technology, but rare when it comes to books. But here's an exception: James Anderson's What's Your Worldview? employs a unique form to address a common function, making this an unusual and unusually creative work. Let's talk function first. This is a book... Read Full Review

Pages