Book Review – The Wisdom Pyramid by Brett McCracken

Why is it that we are the most informed generation, but not necessarily the wisest? Brett McCracken, senior editor at Gospel Coalition, tells us that wisdom doesn’t equal knowledge or information. Wisdom is the application of what we know, to discern what is right and wrong. We’re losing the capacity to discern, Brett suggests, because…

Book Review – The Heart of Anger By Christopher Ash, Steve Midgley

This is a deeply convicting book! The authors Christopher Ash and Steve Midgley are spot on in their diagnosis of the human heart. They show us that the root of anger lies at the level of desire. They beautifully contrast God’s anger with human anger and give us solid gospel advice in defusing human anger….

Book Review – Another Gospel? By Alisa Childers

Lee Strobel said that this book “may be the most influential book you will read this year.” After reading it, I find it hard to disagree with him. In “Another Gospel?”, Alisa Childers takes us on a fascinating intellectual journey, where her initially thoughtless faith was challenged by a progressive pastor asking provocative questions of…

Book Review – Hoping For Happiness By Barnabas Piper

Is our pursuit of holiness in opposition to the pursuit of happiness or do we pursue happiness through pursuing holiness (and vice versa)? Barnabas Piper in this insightful book answers this question beautifully. He also shows us how we as believers shouldn’t live in guilt as we enjoy God’s good gifts bestowed on us so…

Book Review: Here Are Your Gods By Christopher Wright

Monotheism and mission are two key themes in the Bible. There is only one true, living God as revealed in the Bible and this God is on mission, working out His sovereign purposes throughout history. Christopher Wright in this very insightful book, fleshes out the teaching of the Bible on monotheism and mission, showing us…

Book Review: Revelation – Hope In The Darkness By Scotty Smith

There is no lack of controversy surrounding the interpretation of the last book of the Bible. Scotty Smith in this impressive gospel-centered book, consistently points us to a grand vision of the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He shows us that the book of Revelation must fill us with hope (instead of…

Book Review: DoubtLess By Shelby Abbott

There is tremendous wisdom in this short book. Shelby Abbott brings together his Biblical knowledge and ministry experience to dispel the false notion that doubt is the same as unbelief. He also shows us that faith isn’t the absence of doubt; it is rather the means by which we “overcome and walk through the valley of…

Book Review: Where Is God In All The Suffering? By Amy Orr-Ewing

Here is a book of profound relevance as we battle a global pandemic. Amy Orr-Ewing, Senior Vice President with RZIM and Joint Director of OCCA (Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics), helps us think through some of the toughest questions challenging the Christian faith, especially in the midst of pain and suffering. She shows us that…

Book Review – Proverbs For You By Kathleen Nielson

This book by Kathleen Nielson is a labor of love. She beautifully summarizes Proverbs’ main themes and gives us helpful applications throughout. She shows us how the book of Proverbs asks us to consider wisdom and to reject folly. The call to hear instruction, grounded in the fear of the Lord forms the foundation of…

Book Review: Deep Discipleship By JT English

Let me say upfront: This book is brilliant and deeply convicting! Dr. JT English, who is currently lead pastor of Storyline Fellowship in Arvada, CO, previously served as pastor at the Village Church in Flower Mound, TX, where he founded The Village Church Institute. This book is his urgent plea to the church to not…

Book Review – Not Forsaken by Jennifer Greenberg

This book came with a lot of recommendations (from folks like Dustin Benge, JD Greear, Megan Lively, David Murray). Russell Moore wrote the forward to the book. There is so much to commend in the book. I loved the raw honesty and boldness that Jennifer Greenberg displays through the book. I also loved the way…

Book Review: Strangely Bright by Joe Rigney

What a delightful little book! Each chapter made my heart leap with joy! “Strangely Bright” by Joe Rigney is a mini masterpiece. There are such gems in each of these chapters that I was left wanting for more. Charles Simeon once said that we are to ‘enjoy God in everything and everything in God.’ Joe…

Book Review: Idols Of A Mother’s Heart By Christina Fox

Motherhood is a blessed privilege as well as a sacred responsibility. And children are God’s good gifts to parents. But our hearts are often prone to make idols out of the good gifts that God gives us. Christina Fox in this insightful book shows us the idols of a mother’s heart, but as a father,…

Book Review – Your Days Are Numbered By John Perritt

We have limited time here on earth. We know this truth, but often live as if it isn’t true. The Bible says that a wise man learns to number his days (Psalm 90:12). John Perritt in this short book gives us solid, practical advice on stewarding the time that God has so graciously given us….

Book Review – Essentially One By Jonathan Lamb

God’s glorious vision for the church is a united new humanity. But why is the experience of church so often marked with strife and division? Here is a necessary book: a book that looks at God’s mission, our diversities and practical ways to confront challenges associated with unity. In sixteen short chapters, Jonathan Lamb succeeds…

Book Review – Is There Anybody Out There? By Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell had a difficult childhood. He was abused both verbally and physically by his step-mom. His father was mostly absent from the home. In his teens, he was into drug-addiction and stealing. In other words, his life was a total mess. He knew that he couldn’t rescue himself. And God didn’t let him go….

Book Review: Beautifully Distinct (Edited By Trillia Newbell)

The culture around us is continuously bombarding us with one message after another. Many of these messages are plain lies. How are Christians to think, listen and speak as we engage with these cultural lies? In this refreshing book, edited by Trillia Newbell, women authors from across the globe come together to encourage and challenge…

Book Review: Everyday Faithfulness By Glenna Marshall

Let me start with an honest confession: here’s a book that I would’ve loved to write one day! It’s a book that talks about the ordinary life of a Christian. It’s a book that showed me how God honors everyday perseverance. It’s a book that showed me the purpose of everyday faithfulness. It’s a book…

Book Review – The Way Forward By Joe Barnard

Here’s another book on discipleship – a book specifically directed at men for their spiritual maturity. But this one packs a punch, right from start to finish. Joe Barnard, the Executive Director of Cross Training Ministries, writes like one of the puritans. He is brief, clear and straightforward. He writes for men who feel stuck…

Book Review: In The Presence Of My Enemies By Dale Ralph Davis

Studying the Psalms is an enthralling endeavor for me. There is no one better to learn it from than Dale Ralph Davis. His commentaries on the historical books (Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings) are top-notch. Davis adds a deep vibrancy into this small study of Psalm 25-37. Some of his…

Book Review: The Creaking On The Stairs By Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell was abused as a child. Not just a couple of times, but most of his life. He had an absent dad and a cruel step-mother, who didn’t just kick and hit him for no particular reason, but also made him feel worthless by her verbal abuses. While Mez’s story is a sad story…

Book Review – Together through the storms by Jeff and Sarah Walton

All of us suffer to varying degrees as we journey through life. Our response to suffering often reveals the depth and maturity of our character. Jeff and Sarah Walton have been through immense struggle and pain. They’ve experienced increasing strain on their marriage because of chronic illness, special needs, financial loss, and ailing children. Yet…

Two books to read during the COVID-19 crisis

Today I want to recommend two books to read during the COVID-19 crisis, as we struggle with discouragement during these difficult times. The first book is “Coronavirus and Christ” by John Piper and the second is “Where is God in a coronavirus world?” by John C. Lennox. Both these books have been helpful to me…

Book Review: Do Miracles Happen Today? by Tim Chester

I love Tim Chester’s simple and lucid writing. When we talk about miracles, we often encounter debate and controversy. This short book doesnt just help us understand miracles from a Biblical lens but also shows us the character of a God who has done miracles in the past and who can still do miracles today….

Book Review – To Seek and To Save by Sinclair Ferguson

Sinclair Ferguson is an insightful theologian. There is a lot to commend about his writing (and preaching), but what most impresses me when I read him (or listen to him) is his relentless focus on Christ. This devotional on Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem is no different. He writes with clarity and brevity. He conveys profound…

Book Review – Is God anti-gay? by Sam Allberry

Our culture today is obsessed with freedom, at any cost! Homosexuality as such is a hot-button issue. Abortion is another. The church often hasn’t helped with clarity on these issues, with many churches giving in to cultural pressures, instead of being counter-cultural. Sam Allberry is a wise guide, helping Christians see the issue of homosexuality…

Book Review – Why does God care who I sleep with? by Sam Allberry

Sexual assault is an issue we just can’t overlook or avoid. When someone is sexually assaulted, we demand justice and rightly so. Most of us know deep within that a violation of sexuality is a violation of personhood. Yet, in today’s culture, we also see a lot of confusion on matters of sexuality. Sam Allberry,…

Book Review – Born Again This Way by Rachel Gilson

Is it humanly possible for someone struggling with same-sex attraction (SSA) to live faithfully and joyfully in God? Rachel Gilson, who knows the struggle from deep inside, writes with astonishing honesty and incredible compassion! But her book is not just honest and compassionate, it’s rooted in Biblical truth! She presents God’s design for human sexuality…

Book Review – What is the gospel by Greg Gilbert

Evangelical churches talk a lot about being gospel-centered. What is the gospel though? What are the implications of the gospel? What is at the heart of the gospel? Greg Gilbert, in his first book, answers these and many other questions and answers them well. I thoroughly enjoyed the book! The book is divided into eight…

Book Review – With These Words by Rob Flood

Some books come our way that have a potential to change the way we live. “With These Words” by Rob Flood is one such book! In it, the author presents five communication tools that could help change the way we see and interact with our spouse. What a deeply convicting book this is! Introduction Rob…

Book Review – The Care of Souls by Harold Senkbeil

Let me start with this: I don’t agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles only). But that hardly matters! There is so much to commend in this book that minor objections can be safely ignored. Harold Senkbeil, a former farm boy and present-day Lutheran pastor, brings together his farm and ministry experience to produce…

Book Review – The Ten Commandments by Peter Leithart

Peter Leithart is a theologian who can get creative with his writing. In this fresh look at the Ten commandments, he points to Christ as the fulfillment of the “Ten Words”. He shows us how these Ten Words speak to every area of our lives, including “worship, time keeping, family, violence, sex, property, speech and…

Book Review: Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund

Dane C. Ortlund is a thoughtful writer. And he has produced a gem of a book! His central focus in “Gentle and Lowly” is not primarily what Christ has done, but who He is. He is concerned about answering these questions – What is the ‘bent’ of Christ’s heart? What animates Him most deeply? What…