Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Radical Question A Radical Idea by David Platt

Don’t judge a book by its cover or by its size.  This book is a quick read but it does contain a question all churches in America should ponder.  Are we so comfortable in our worship that we have lost the meaning of what being a Christian is?  The author describes a common church setting were we drive up in our cars, sit on padded seats, while sitting in the comfort of conditioned or heated buildings.  On the other side of the world people or sneaking into homes that are make shift gathering places for worship but it is illegal in that country.  They gather, pray and hope for salvation, not to mention survival if they are caught.  Do we need all the fancy buildings, audio video equipment and high paying speakers?  No, we don’t.  What the book does so well is bring us back to reality.  What many of the churches today miss is the ability to prepare their congregation.  The preparation the author refers to is in how to reach out to others about Jesus, about their faith and about what it is to be a Christian.  Most of us sit and listen to the sermon, most not able to recall what it was about, and then we go home.  The book does not give you clear cut answers but it does give you the basic understanding that we need to make changes.
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review of the book.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Miraculous by Kevin Belmont

Based on the title of the book I assumed the examples provided would all be examples from the bible.  The first third of the book does go into the miracles within the bible and does a good job explaining the details behind each of the examples that were selected.  The author could have easily filled the whole book up in this manner but he did not.  Instead, the author pulled examples of people from all walks of life to show the miracle that occurred and how that one event made a major difference in that person life.  The examples he used were people like St. Augustine, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, and George Washington, just to name a few.  Each chapter is dedicated to a different person in the later part of the book.  Each one is a mini biographical snap shot of that person and the miracle that changed their life.  I found the book interesting because not only did the author select examples form the bible but the background he provided on the others crossed several different life styles and geographical locations.
I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review of the book.