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Book Reviews

by Anthony Bianco
“Wal-Mart is the largest company in the world. It brings in revenues in excess of $280 billion, employs almost one and half million American workers, and controls a large share of the business done by almost every U.S. consumer-product company. More than 138 million shoppers stroll through its 5,300 stores each week. With a company so powerful and so immense, it is... Read Full Review
“I have never read beyond the first sentence of Mark Noll's book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. The first sentence was so perfect, so cutting, so convicting, that I felt the rest of the book could only be a let-down. "The scandal of the Evangelical mind," he writes,"is that there is not much of an evangelical mind." It is the perfect opening to a book. I do... Read Full Review
by John Piper
“Each year at the Bethlehem Conference for Pastors, hosted by Bethlehem Baptist Church of Minneapolis, John Piper delivers a biographical address dealing with a notable Christian figure from the history of the church. Every few years, several of these addresses are compiled into a book as part of "The Swans are Not Silent" series. The most recent of these titles is... Read Full Review
by Ivor Davidson
“The history of the church is so wide, so long, so vast, that it is intimidating to even begin a study of it. Yet the study of church history is exceedingly important, for only in understanding where the church has come from can we truly understand who we are and where we are going. In the past I have tried to read several series and one-volume histories of the... Read Full Review
“Celibacy is for the celibate. That is a succinct summary of Debbie Maken's argument in Getting Serious About Getting Married. This book represents a new movement but old movement within the Christian world to re-examine what the church believes on the issues of marriage and singleness. Singleness, we are told, is a gift of God. But, Maken asks, "if singleness is a... Read Full Review
by Dave Swavely
“Life is made up of seemingly endless decisions. We face decisions every day of our lives – some are as minor as what to wear or what to eat, while others may be huge, impacting our lives or the lives of hundreds or even millions of others. As Christians it is crucial that we understand Biblical principles on how to make decisions that will honor and glorify God. It... Read Full Review
by Jim Elliff
“Pursuing God-A Seeker's Guide is Jim Elliff's short book for those who are drawn toward God, but want more understanding. It is an excellent guide to help those whom God is drawing to Himself and gives a solid, biblical explanation of the basics of the Christian faith. Wasted Faith is a natural follow-up, a book that challenges those who have made a profession of... Read Full Review
by Malcolm Gladwell
“Malcolm Gladwell needs a haircut. This was one of the first things I noticed about The Tipping Point: the photo of Gladwell and his Yancey-like hair. It's hard to take a guy with hair like that too seriously, but I'm glad that I did, as The Tipping Point is a fascinating book. The Tipping Point is a phrase used to describe that "magic moment when an idea, trend or... Read Full Review
by John Grogan
“I recently decided that I would attempt to read not only books that are published and widely read within the Christian community, but also in the mainstream. To that end I walked into a Los Angeles Barnes & Nobles on Saturday and decided I would buy whatever was listed as being the current top seller among non-fiction. It just so happened that this dubious... Read Full Review

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