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Reviews I Didn’t Write

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I love writing book reviews and I love reading them. Since I cannot possibly read and review all of the interesting books out there, I’ve decided to put together some occasional round-ups of reviews written by other writers. Here are a few notable links I’ve collected over the past few weeks.

Die Young by Hayley and Michael DiMarco – review by Staci Eastin. “Books on sanctification are prey to two common pitfalls. Either the author can get so caught up in the actions of the Christian walk that they inadvertently add more rules (i.e. if you really love Jesus you’ll quit your job and become a missionary), or they portray the Christian life as the key to better relationships (Jesus as life coach, if you will). The DiMarcos avoid both errors.”

Forever by Paul David Tripp – review by Aaron Armstrong. “We might give assent to the idea that there is an afterlife, yet we act as though it doesn’t make a difference. … In Forever, Paul Tripp offers readers a practical, helpful, and (most importantly) biblical look at the importance of eternity. I trust that readers will be blessed and challenged by it and will embrace a healthy view of forever.”

Prayers of the Bible by Susan Hunt – review by Aimee Byrd. “This is one of those books that gets better as you read it. The chapters focus on different themes in prayer that are gathered from particular prayers in Scripture. … Each chapter offers Scripture to read, theological exposition, along with practical application.”

Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (reissued and enhanced with a new foreword and accompanying audio CD) – review by Dan Phillips. “Lloyd-Jones writes with a pastoral heart born of long experience. He shows from the Bible that [depression] is not a brand-new phenomenon, and he shows in the Bible that God has given guidance and resources to encourage the downhearted. He speaks from the conviction that there is in the Gospel and in the Word of God as ministered by the Holy Spirit both help and hope and counsel for the spiritually depressed.”

Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? by C. John Collins – review by Richard Belcher. “Although Collins argues for the historicity of Adam and Eve, the way the argument is presented raises significant concerns not only for the interpretation of Scripture, but also for the character and authority of Scripture. The purpose of this review will be to try to lay out the argument of the book and then to show the problems and implications of the argument.”

The Masculine Mandate by Richard Phillips – review by David Steele. “The Masculine Mandate is a breath of fresh air. The biblical ‘oxygen’ that the Richard Phillips offers is the cure to the polluted air of egalitarianism that is plaguing the church. It offers strong encouragement for Christian men who are serious about obeying God, loving their families, serving their churches and making a difference in their world.”

Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax – review by Camden Bucey. “Counterfeit Gospels should be of interest to those seeking a corrective to the general evangelical confusion on the subject. It also is useful for reminding us where the church is susceptible to drifting away from the Biblical message.”

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    A La Carte (February 23)

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    A La Carte (February 22)

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

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