Category: Book Reviews (page 2 of 4)

Why Men Hate Going To Church

This is a book review for Booksneeze.com. I was not paid for this review.

David Morrow revised his 2005 version of this book and added lots of resources via his website (http://www.churchformen.com) for self or group study. I will tell you by being an active Christian man reading this book was a challenge. By being a leader in my local church’s ministry this book was even more of a convicting challenge to read. I love my books (just ask my wife), and find myself writing notes in them for future reference. While reading this one, I kept finding myself writing “Wow!”in the margins and having to attach my dropped-jaw back to my mouth.

Why Men Hate Going To Church

Murrow begins the book with a staggering litany of statistics that are are to make any reader that has a heart for souls cringe. Here he tells us about how real the problem is within Christianity and interaction with men. The middle of the book Murrow shares the heart of men and why they have this affinity towards church. A couple of my favorite are the chapters titled “Twelve Things Men Fear About Church” and “The Stars vs. the Scrubs”. Murrow ends the third part of the book with practical approaches to how churches can connect with men. The chapter titled “How Men Minister to Others” was particularly beneficial to me as a men’s ministry leader.

I’m not going to spoil anything from any of the different three parts of the book, but I would like to encourage you to read the book if you’re a pastor, men’s ministry leader, family member of a man disengaged from the body of Christ, or that man that is feeling a little out of place.

Just In Case You Ever Wonder

This is a book review for Booksneeze.

When I saw another children’s book was available by Max Lucado, I had to jump on the opportunity. Lucado’s book, Just In Case You Ever Wonder, is a good short read for any child’s bedtime story. The illustrations show the child as a little girl, but I think the story still applies to a little boy just the same.

The story begins with God thinking about the baby and tells how it was His decision to bring the baby into this world. Lucado talks about the same God that made the universe and world fashions each and every single one of us. Sharing with the reader that we are special, because God made us. Lucado goes on to talk about how unique we are physically compared to anyone else in the world. Again, emphasizing that we are special. Because we are special, Lucado says, God had to place us in a special place…with our parents.

Just In Case You Ever Wonder

The book goes on to share how the love of the parent grows each day with the baby. Lucado shares how things grow and change, but some things remain the same; the parental affection, love, and presence. Lucado ends the book by emphasizing that being with parents is not the only special place He made for us. He made a place called heaven we can spend with him, and like life with our parents there we can feel God’s affection, love, and presence forever along with our parents.

I am a big fan of children’s books that emphasize spiritual relationship. This is a great book to share with your children. I know my one year old is too young to appreciate it, but I cannot wait to share it with my three year old.

I am a big fan of children’s books that emphasize spiritual relationship. This is a great book to share with your children. I know my one year old is too young to appreciate it, but I cannot wait to share it with my three year old.

It Couldn’t Just Happen: Knowing the Truth About God’s Awesome Creation

This is a book review for a book I received from Booksneeze.com.

This book is great for the middle school child or newly converted. I like how Lawrence O. Richards takes a subject that most Christians shy away from, religion and science, and presents the material in a way that produces a confidence in the young believer to reassure a Christian worldview.

Scattered throughout the book the reader finds explanations of how biblical truths help explain scientific facts. For example, the reader learns about the vastness of outer space and then is presented with Psalm 19, which tells of the heavens declaring the glory of God. In another area of the book, Richards gives a timeline with the assumed scientific sequence of events biologically and geologically speaking. Right beside this timeline he gives quotes from scientists that shed a light on the doubts of evolutionary history in their own words. Another neat area of the book can be found at the end of every chapter called “Just For Fun.” This is an area for the inner nerd or trivia buff within us all. It also provides a learning opportunity focused on the theme of the chapter.

 It Couldn't Just Happen

 

I thought this was a good book. I have middle school aged family and two children of my own that I feel like this book would be a great learning tool. Additionally, I think this book would help reinforce the much-needed Christian worldview.

Daddy Dates

This review is for Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze.com. I was very excited to see this book and begin reading it. I am a father of two little girls, Abigail (3) and Amelia (1), and want to be the best dad I can be to them. I am always looking for ways to better as a person, husband, and father, so I was thrilled when the book arrived in my mailbox.

Greg Wright does a good job telling fathers of how they can better their relationship with their children. He tells how fathers should be the pursuer in establishing a relationship with their children just as they do with their wife. Wright mentions that pursuit takes effort and should evolve as your child grows from a child to an adult. He says a father’s job is to help keep his daughter grounded. Daddy Dates is a book that gives a father’s view of how to break away from passive parenting. Instead it shows Wright’s way of creating leverage in his relationship with his daughters by being real and getting to know them.

Daddy Dates

Wright gives a wonderful talk on rules and relationship as parenting models. He mentions that parenting with rules but no relationship leads to rebellion, and a model with relationship but no rules leads to destruction. However, Wright suggests that a parenting model with rules and relationship leads to connection. He gives a great illustration using a wet bar of soap. I won’t ruin it for you here, so get the book and glean.

One thing I would be interested in learning is the result of how this applies with his daughters after they have grown, married, and moved on. Overall this is a great book with wonderful illustrations and practical idea. Good job!

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