This is a new group dedicated to reviewing and sharing ideas from a particular book that has been selected. They will be choices from the bible.org store as well as other books we have read that might in the furture be considered for our store. These are to be reflections of our reading. It is open to any who wishes to share a recent book they have read that is in accordance with the Terms of Service here on users.bible.org. You may opt to read the recent selection or you may encourage another to read a book you found helpful. In addition, as the manager of this section, from time to time I will be uploading a book review that is a current best seller and that I have picked up to read.
All I was really looking for was a software Bible that I could have on my laptop when I couldn't connect to the Internet. There is a plethora of sites for any Bible version online nowadays, but they are no help when not connected. I first found eSword and I love it, especially because I'm not wealthy and can't run out and spend $200-300 on software every time I really need something.
TITLE: Son of Hamas
AUTHOR: Mosab Hassan Yousef
If there is one take away from this book written by MHY, it is this perspective seen through his experiences and eyes. Myopia? Perhaps, but until we have walked a mile in his shoes we should be hesitant to make a distinction as to the reality of this statement or not.
Since no one has chosen a book, I went ahead and chose a book that you might like to join discussing. It is the Studies in Revelation. You can find this book in the bible.org store: http://store.bible.org/product.asp?ProductID=3
To join in this study you must purchase the book, and answer the questions at the end of each chapter. Then we will discuss the answers. You can write out your answers, you can email them to me, SonShine or you can send me an email asking to join in a discussion over skype.
Here's the book and your first assignment.
Assignment One: Purchase the book and read the first lesson and then answer these questions:
1. What is the purpose of Revelation?
Am ready to pursue a new book...have been swamped by work at bible.org. So after wading through Face to Face by DR. Patterson and Dr. Travers, Independent Bible Study by Irving Jensen, Priesthood of the Beliver by Dave Dawson am ready to start reading another good book. I need some input here and also to gently remind you that if you are a part of this group I would like to see comments on the chapters so it is not all my work...I need to be refreshed as well.
Book Review: Disciple Making Church: From Dry Bones to Spiritual Vitality. Part 2
Book Review: "The Disciple Making Church: From Dry Bones to Spiritual Vitality"
Author: Glenn McDonald, Senior Pastor Zionsville Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Indiania
Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God
By Noel Piper
Recently in one of my email encounters I have been faced with this question: "How do I witness to my family member. I love them but they are turned off by my Christianity." This is a question that we are faced with often here at bible.org. It is not because we are insensitive to our family members nor is it because we are less than knowledgeable about the Christian salvation message. What is it then that we are missing? Thus in my quest to understand this more the answer came to me quite unexpectedly. First was an article by Dr. Larry Moyer in the DTS Kindred Magazine titled: "How to Talk to Your Relatives about Spiritual Things". In this article which was so well written and so helpful in seeking the answers I need for those who send me notes with this question. Dr. Moyer noted these points which one can insert into a one page letter to the loved one:
Liao Yiwu “God is Red—The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China”, Harper One, ©2011
Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert, What is the Mission of the Church?, (Making sense of social justice, SHALOM, and the Great Commission), Crossway Publishers, 2011.
To this reader, book covers should be tantalizing with brilliant colors, catchy phrases, quirky logos or some nifty graphic but this book lacks all of the above and is as unadorned as a brown paper bag. Thus as a pre-viewer of books it lacked a “draw me to you” cover which says “you just have to read me” look. Scanning the books in the rack, I quickly passed over it and it was not until I was asked to please read this book that I took a longer gaze. Adding to my already glazed over and rolling eyes at the chapter headings, I asked myself: why would I even be interested in this paper bag of a book on a mission of a church when everyone knows that it is to disciple others isn’t it or is it? And so began my journey into wading through the first four chapters. Indeed it was like treading water in the first four chapters of this book and it was not until chapter five that life began to erupt through the author’s words. Isn’t this like the Christian life? One must tread water until as Ecclesiastes says “the appointed time” and so that is the way of this book. What did I learn? I learned that these authors believe in the idea of not kingdom but rather king-ship which is also the theme of Darrell Bock’s blog on bible.org. Interesting idea.
Title: The End of the Spear Author: Steve Saint © 2005
If you are of the generation that lived in the ’50s and remember the massacre of the five missionaries by the Auca Indians in Ecuador then this book is for you. Steve Saint is the son of Nate Saint, one of those five missionaries. Without a doubt this book will do more to encourage, inspire, cause you to weep, pray and praise the Lord God Almighty, and lastly to understand Romans 8:28 “all things DO work together for good, to those who are called according to His Name”. If you ever wondered if there is a God, if you ever wondered if any good could come from that horrible event, then this book will cause you to stop and look at life through a different lens.
TITLE: Tea with Hezbollah AUTHORS: Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis
copyright date: 2010
BOOK REVIEW: Mrs. G.B.S.: A Portrait by Janet Dunbar
George Bernard Shaw and Charlotte Payne Townshend married late in life and only after G.B.S convinced Charlotte to abandon her ideas of never marrying. They lived together as man and wife for over 40 yrs but with no children. She passed away in 1943 at the age of 86.
Recently I checked Philip Yancey's book by this title from the Libary. I had started to read it once before but this time I waded through it to the end. I was not disappointed to have continued on this journey into forgiveness and the exhibition of God's grace in real life circumstances.
I almost never read adult novels since becoming a Christian, but recently I read The God Hater by national and internationally acclaimed Bill Myers. A friend had given it to me as a gift.