book reviews

Five-Star Grace Books 2013

January 1, 2014 // 33 Comments

A few months ago my book, The Gospel in Ten Words, joined an exclusive club of books that have received 100 five-star reviews on Amazon. In recognition of this achievement, Amazon sent me a gold-framed certificate, a gift voucher, and a personal note from Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos. Actually, none of that happened. [...]

“Jesus Is” by Judah Smith

December 20, 2013 // 9 Comments

About four years ago, Judah Smith’s church wanted to put Jesus on the minds of people living in Seattle. So the church put up billboards with the phrase, “Jesus Is _____.” Implicit in the phrase is the question, What comes to mind when you think about Jesus? Now Judah Smith has written a book explaining [...]

Three New Releases

November 6, 2013 // 14 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed any books. Here are three good ones that have come out recently. It’s All About Jesus, by D.R. Silva I like good questions which is probably why I like this book. In it, D.R. Silva asks many questions that will break bad mindsets and help you to better appreciate the [...]

“Abba’s Child” by Brennan Manning

October 10, 2013 // 21 Comments

Brennan Mannings 1994 book, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging, is a collection of essays on the theme of identity. There are chapters on who we are and who we are not. Since I have long known that I am my Father’s beloved son, I was particularly intrigued by a chapter called “The [...]

“Grace Works” by Dudley Hall

June 5, 2013 // 18 Comments

Imagine you’re a cave man and you’ve just brought down a woolly mammoth. Maybe you were hungry before but now you’ve got food for months. That’s how I felt after reading Grace Works: Letting God Rescue You from Empty Religion, by Dudley Hall. This isn’t a good book. This is five good books! It’s a [...]

“Classic Christianity” by Bob George

April 19, 2013 // 26 Comments

If knowing the truth sets you free and part of your life is not free, what does that tell you? It means that part of your life is in error. It means you are living under a lie. This is the revelation that opened the door to grace for Bob George. He loved the Lord and was busy with ministry, but he was frustrated [...]

6 books for Christmas 2012

November 26, 2012 // 4 Comments

It’s that time of the year when I recommend some great books for vacation reading. Here are six of the best that I have recently read… The Chocolate Wars is Deborah Cadbury’s history of her family’s involvement in the chocolate business. It’s a fascinating story. As the subtitle says, it’s [...]

“The Cure” by Lynch, McNicol, and Thrall

October 18, 2012 // 17 Comments

You come to a fork in the road and find a signpost. The sign pointing left says, “Pleasing God;” the sign pointing right says, “Trusting God.” Which do you choose? This is the choice each of us faces every day. Perhaps you think it’s a mad choice – like choosing between your heart and your lungs – [...]

“Grace” by Max Lucado

October 14, 2012 // 13 Comments

Can you name any author who is equally appreciated by old folks and young folks, men and women, short, fat, tall, or thin people? I can only think of one person and that is Max Lucado. Lucado is probably the most successful Christian writer on the planet. With a hundred million books and related products you know [...]

“God’s Grammar” by Mick Mooney

September 4, 2012 // 4 Comments

What would you do if God walked into your living room? Would you dive for cover? Would you try and hide the ash-tray and the empty beer bottles? What would you say? This is the question that faces Sam Walker in Mick Mooney’s new book God’s Grammar. One moment Sam is minding his own business; the next [...]

“The Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning

July 21, 2012 // 20 Comments

Several years ago I attended an Easter Service where communion was to be served. Prior to distributing the cup and the bread a lady got up and read from Brennan Manning’s book The Ragamuffin Gospel. She read the part where Manning describes how Jesus overturned the customs of the day by dining with anyone who [...]

Six Books for the Holidays

July 1, 2012 // 13 Comments

I have spent the past ten weeks writing a book. (More on that in a later post.) Now we are about to take a family holiday which means I am on the hunt for some good holiday reads. Do you have any? Six books I won’t be taking with me – since I have just finished reading them – are the books you see below. [...]