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Book Reviews

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
Double Play Zobrist
by Ben & Julianna Zobrist
“I met Ben Zobrist at the first conference I ever spoke at. I was in Nashville, at Community Bible Church, to speak on discernment, and someone introduced the two of us, telling me that Ben was a major league baseball player with the Tampa Bay Rays. I think he was manning the book table at the time. We talked for a few minutes and he told me that the next time the... Read Full Review
Seeking Allah Finding Jesus
by Nabeel Qureshi
“My wife became a Christian the first time she heard the gospel. It didn't take years, or even months or weeks of soul-searching. It didn't take a great pilgrimage or a critical analysis of the Bible's trustworthiness or inerrancy. A very practical person who had been raised without reference to religion, she heard the gospel at the age of eighteen, understood that... Read Full Review
by Sutton Turner
“It has been a few years now since I began serving as one of the pastors at Grace Fellowship Church here in Toronto. When I was first ordained, and when I first accepted a full-time position, we had a list of functions we anticipated I would fill. Yet very quickly the church entered a time of transition where we went from church planting to a time of growth and... Read Full Review
The Hole in Our Holiness
by Kevin DeYoung
“We have no shortage of excellent books on the subject of holiness. J.C. Ryle’s Holiness has stood the test of time while R.C. Sproul’s The Holiness of God and Jerry Bridges’ The Pursuit of Holiness represent two modern classics. We might well ask whether we really need more books on the subject. Kevin DeYoung’s The Hole in Our Holiness answers with a resounding “... Read Full Review
The New Calvinism Considered
by Jeremy Walker
“They call it the New Calvinism. It is a relatively new movement that has discovered some old theology and brought it into the mainstream. It is a movement titled after its theology, but one formed around its leaders—it can hardly be discussed without reference to John Piper and Al Mohler and Matt Chandler and so many others. It is a fascinating movement that... Read Full Review

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