Tag Archives: Book Reviews

Reviewing The Voice NT

Once again, I’ve received another book to review from BookSneeze. This one was a little more interesting to me, and hopefully to you, because it’s a new translation of the Bible called The Voice.
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The Grace of God

In The Grace of God, Andy Stanley does an amazing job covering the various aspects of God’s grace in Scripture, and how it applies to our lives. Stanley shows us how the fact that we were even created is a sign of God’s grace. He discusses God’s grace after The Fall, throughout Israel’s formation and history, and how Jesus is the ultimate expression of The Grace of God.
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Max On Life

In Max Lucado’s latest book, Max On Life, he answers some of the questions he has received during his years as a pastor and Christian author. Lucado provides valuable insight to those who are hurting, searching for hope, and those struggling to make ends meet.

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Death By Love

Have you ever felt that you are too far away from God? Have you ever felt like you have done so much wrong that there isn’t a way you can make up for it? Have you ever felt worthless because of something that has been done to you? Have you ever felt like there aren’t any good examples for you to follow? Have you ever felt like God is mad at you for something you have done, or for something you failed to do? Have you ever felt completely hopeless?

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Church History in Plain Language, in Review

I’ve never really liked history. It was boring in high school, and the one college history class I’ve taken made me almost suicidal. It’s always “so and so did this on that date” and “these people responded by doing that on this date”. It was always conveyed in such a matter-of-fact method that I felt the only reason I needed to know any of it was for the test I’d inevitably suffer. It was so lifeless.

Thankfully, Bruce Shelley took an entirely different approach in his survey, Church History in Plain Language. He absolutely writes about who did what and when, but he also tells us how it affected the people, and the doctrinal beliefs, political systems, and socio-economic statuses of those people. He writes all of this as if he were simply telling a story: with excitement and passion! I’ve read through chapters at a time and not even realized I had been reading that long. Shelley does a fantastic job of communicating how the early church councils formed the doctrines we hold dear and contend for today, and what impact the church had on the Roman Empire, and how the Empire affected the church during the time of Constantine’s rule.

In the book’s prologue, Shelley makes it a point to note that this book is not only for college students, or graduates entering seminary, but is designed and written so that all “laypeople” could understand it. Borrowing freely the ideas and descriptions of others, he wrote this book with one aim: keep the story moving.

Shelley has done an outstanding job doing just that, communicating both the monumental and the subtle pieces of one era of church history, and moving on to the next era, without leaving the reader feeling like he needs to self medicate for a month to recover from a reading induced migraine.