Here is another roundup of 30 Minute Reviews. These are books that I did not have time or opportunity to read from beginning to end. Instead, I tried to spend at least 30 minutes with each—enough to get a bit of a sense of what the book is all about.
The Mighty Weakness of John Knox by Douglas Bond - This book marks the third volume in The Long Line of Godly Men Prolifes—a series that accompanies Steven Lawson’s A Long Line of Godly Men books. Lawson has previously authored books on Calvin and Edwards and has now handed the reigns to Douglas Bond to write this volume on John Knox. According to Reformation Trust, “John Knox, the great Reformer of Scotland, is often remembered as something akin to a biblical prophet born out of time--strong and brash, thundering in righteous might. In truth, he was ‘low in stature, and of a weakly constitution,’ a small man who was often sickly and afflicted with doubts and fears. … Douglas Bond shows that Knox did indeed accomplish herculean tasks, but not because he was strong and resolute in himself. Rather, he was greatly used because he was submissive to God; therefore, God strengthened him. That strength was displayed as Knox endured persecution and exile, faced down the wrath of mighty monarchs, and prayed, preached, and wrote with no fear of man, but only a desire to manifest the glory of God and to please Him.” This is a great little series (and it looks good on a book case, too); if you’ve got the first 2, you’ll definitely want to pick up this one as well.
“We’re Just Friends” and Other Dating Lies by Chuck Milian - New from New Growth Press, publisher for CCEF, is “We’re Just Friends” and Other Dating Lies: Practical Wisdom for Healthy Relationships. Here is what the publisher says about it: “As a pastor of a large congregation and former singles pastor, author Chuck Milian has seen firsthand the broken relationships that occur when men and women don’t move with proactive care in and through their dating relationships. With pastoral wisdom and insight, Milian educates readers about defining expectations before they start dating, and he outlines a specific five-step dating plan that will help limit relational damage as they look for someone to share their lives with. The author encourages, challenges, and instructs believers in this comprehensive how-to-date handbook. He gives practical advice on wisely forming relationships with the opposite sex while still having fun, avoiding unnecessary hurts, making lifelong friends, and knowing ‘where they are’ each step of the way.” This book seems to go beyond what I have seen in most titles about dating to help make sense of the progressive nature of relationships; I think that is a helpful addition to the field.