Friday, February 24, 2012

The Resignation Of Eve by Jim Henderson

  This book is a great eye opener and very thought provoking. What would happen to our churches if one week all the women decided not to show up?
   We would have a small if even existent choir. We would perhaps have no backup staff. Only the pastor and a few men. 
    Let's face it, women are the backbone of most minisrties. This book is subtritled  "What if Adam's Rib Is No Longer Willing To be The Church's Backbone?"  Henderson offers in short story form the problem and the solution. He interviewed many women in the setting up of this book. He allows them to express themselves freely.
     This book I recommend for all leaders in the church. We need to appreciate more the women we do have working in our church in what ever area.
   You may not agree with every point. You don't have to. It will stretch you if nothing else.
   It is published by Barna, an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Scroll by Grant R. Jeffrey

     This book is suspenseful and an attempt to tell in story form a possible but not probable future event in God's sovereign rule.
      The author Grant R. Jeffrey is reported to be an internaionally respected Bible teacher of prophecy and eschalology. I have not heard of him. He brings his understanding of future events into the story.
      It is told in multi-viewpoints but mostly it follows an archeologist called David Chambers as he searches for the lost temple in Jerusalem and its artifacts. To do so he must put aside his doubts about God and His love., It seems to be a story of seeking for things lost- lost faith, lost love, lost artifacts.
     This book is written more for the Christian reader. I would say that the publisher Waterbrook Press is not a cross over publisher.
     I found this enjoyable and action filled. The opposition is real. The personal interaction between the major characters rings true.
    I would recommend this for people who are looking for a good read.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Man Alive by Patrick Morley

      Men seek meaning to life. They need to be assured that they make a difference. Also men need fellowship of other men to develop completely into what God has meant for them to be. They also need to be grounded in the word of God.
            In this book by Morley  7 primal needs are discussed that when met can help develop a powerful spiritual life..
            Men are complicated creatures and this book helps peel back some areas that  need to be addressed after that man becomes a believer. Not that the needs are not there before  just now they can be met in a more complete way.
            Morley devotes eight chapters to the basic needs he has observed men to have. At the end of each chapter he presents reflection and discussion questions for those who are using it in small groups.
            Morley writes as if he were sitting across from you and you were having a discussion. His use of the Bible and application is well done. And not intrusive.
            He starts out with a story of bravery at the World Trade Center  back on 9/11. You can read this excerpt  at Put ”Man Alive’ in the search box and then click excerpt.
            I recommend this book for men and for small group classes.
            I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review  The opinions are my own and I was not required to give a favorable review.