Book reviews, book excerpts and author interviews.
Posted 8/29/13 at 1:35 PM | Book Stop
Here are is a compilation of books from the Christian Post shelves that are great reads for new and seasoned wedded couples who want to work on their marraiges.
Date Your Wife: A Husband's Guide by Justin Buzzard
An Intensely Practical Guide for Husbands Looking to Strengthen, Save, or Spice up Their Marriage
Justin Buzzard says most men don’t know how to date their wives. They did it before, but they’ve forgotten how, or they’re trying but it just doesn’t seem to be working. Buzzard helps men re-learn this all-important skill from a position of security in the gospel of grace. As a father of three boys and husband to a very happy wife, Buzzard offers guys a helping hand, good news, and wise counsel, along with practical ideas, action steps at the end of each chapter and personal stories and real-life examples.
All types of marriages—good ones, mediocre ones, and bad ones—will experience a jumpstart as a result of hearing, believing, and living the message of Date Your Wife. FULL POST
Posted 8/27/13 at 2:47 PM | Book Stop
Here are is a compilation of books from the Christian Post shelves that are great reads for new and seasoned parents who want to raise confident, wise, God-fearing children or just need some encouragement.
Secure Daughters, Confident Sons: How Parents Guide Their Children into Authentic Masculinity and Femininity by Glenn T. Stanton
From the moment someone first asked “Boy or girl?” every child’s identity is tied to his or her gender. But how that identity fully takes shape depends greatly on the influence of their parents and what they teach their children about the innate value of being male or female.
In this eye-opening book, family researcher Glenn T. Stanton offers a clear vision for why gender matters in how we raise our children. His thought-provoking insights expose the problems with stifling stereotypes and damaging cultural assumptions, then highlight a practical pathway for guiding children into healthy manhood and womanhood.
To My Sons: Lessons for the Wild Adventure Called Life by Bear Grylls
Filled with pithy sayings and fun sketches, Bear Grylls’ book is one that fathers can easily share with their sons.
A mountain climber, world-record holder, and internationally known television personality, Grylls knows a thing or two about adventure. The greatest adventure he's experienced, though, is raising his three boys. In To My Sons, Grylls shares the quotes, Scripture verses, and spiritual wisdom he has learned through the literal ups and downs of an exciting life. Featuring cartoons from well-known sketch artist Charlie Mackesy, this book is a poignant primer for boys and men of all ages. FULL POST
Posted 8/22/13 at 3:59 PM | Book Stop
Here are is a compilation of books from the Christian Post shelves that are great reads for missionaries or anyone considering a missions trip.
Tears Water the Seeds of Hope By Kim Tews
Tears Water the Seeds of Hope is the inspiring true story of a Midwest husband and wife who became disenchanted with the relentless pursuit of the “American Dream” and embarked on a journey that spanning six countries that redefined their hearts and lives.
The story begins in a small town in Wisconsin and weaves its way through South and Central America as the couple gathers an army of supporters, and works to save the lives of children in the end stages of starvation in eastern Guatemala. The narrative is filled with action-packed adventure and heart-warming victories as the characters face incredible odds and seemingly hopeless situations, while hundreds of volunteers join mission teams to serve alongside them. Readers of all ages will enjoy the roller coaster ride of emotions—from laughter, to tears, to sheer joy in the realization that it is possible for ordinary people to make a difference, one life at a time. FULL POST
Posted 8/6/13 at 11:56 AM | Book Stop |
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Sports writer Chad Bonham has made a career out of sharing inspiring Christian athlete’s stories. Beyond Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin, Bonham spotlights the testimonies of professionals and little known athletes in a range of sports. He highlighted in swimming, tennis, diving, hockey and women's basketball in his Fellowship of Christian Athletes Core Values book series. Olympic athletes are the focus of his newest book Glory of the Games.
In Life on the Fairway, Bonham explains the game of golf and the champions who exemplify Godly integrity on and off the course. Bonham shared with CP Blog on the eve of the 2013 PGA Championship why golf is unlike any other sport and how integrity opens us up to God’s blessings.
CP Blog: Why did you pick golf for this book and what makes that game so much different from other sports?
Bonham: I was meeting with New Leaf about several ideas when the publisher, Tim Dudley, made an out-of-the-blue comment about how there hadn’t been a good book about golf in the Christian market recently. He then asked me if I had any ideas for one. I thought about it for a moment and the first thing that popped into my head was the word “integrity.” By the time I left the New Leaf offices, we had agreed on the basic concept for a book about golf and the biblical concept of integrity. FULL POST
Posted 7/9/13 at 12:58 PM | Book Stop |
Thanks to all those who participated in the Seven Men Book Giveaway. The winners of the four copies of Eric Metaxas' book will be announced Monday.
In this book Metaxas examines the leadership qualities and personal character of seven famous men: Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Charles Colson, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, George Washington and William Wilberforce.
Liddell was a famous runner that refused to run on a Sunday at the 1924 Summer Olympics. He later won a gold medal and his life story was made into the movie Chariots of Fire.
Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian and author. Bonhoeffer opposed Adolph Hitler's government and was executed for participating in a plot to kill Hitler.
Colson was a key figure in President Richard Nixon's administration. After serving time in prison, Colson started Prison Fellowship.
Jackie Robinson broke down racial barriers by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers for ten seasons starting in 1947. Robinson's actions prepared America for key civil rights advances that would take place in the 1960s.
John Paul II served as pope of the Catholic Church for 26 years and is remembered for opposing communism. John Paul II worked to improve communication between the Catholic Church and leaders of other world religions such as Islam and Judaism.
Besides serving as an army general and as America's first president, George Washington was also a man of mysterious faith. He sometimes mentioned the role of "Providence" in America.
Wilberforce is one of the most inspiring Christian political leaders to ever live. He worked for over 40 years to abolish slavery throughout the English empire. Wilberforce opposed debtor prisons and also supported efforts to send missionaries around the world.
What Great Person Inspires You?
The Seven Men giveaway concluded Tuesday July 16. The four winners are
About the Author
In 2012 Eric Metaxas served as keynote speaker for the National Prayer Breakfast. Metaxas' book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Metaxas also works with Prison Fellowship and voices its radio program Breakpoint.
Posted 6/10/13 at 1:19 PM | Book Stop
Here are some books to keep your mind sharp and renew your faith while enjoying summer vacations with friends and family this summer:
Answering the Call: The Doctor Who Made Africa His Life by Ken Gire / Thomas Nelson
You don’t have to travel abroad this summer to glimpse life in another region of the world. Just crack open this inspiring tale of Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian Albert Schweitzer. The late Schweitzer, a child of a Lutheran minister, had accomplished more in his first 30 years of life than most achieve in a lifetime: he served in the military, earned advanced degrees in theology and philosophy, became a skillful concert organist, gave lectures in at the University of Strasbourg and was ordained as a minister in St. Nicholas Church. For many, that would have been enough to earn a reasonable living and attain social status in life. Yet Schweitzer was moved by his Christian faith to earn a medical degree and move his family to what is now Gabon, Africa in order to build and run a hospital among the natives.
God had joined faith and reason together harmoniously. It is man who puts them asunder. The more I understand Jesus, the more I am impressed by the way He combined faith and common sense. In the end, it seemed the most rational thing to do with my life, perhaps the only rational thing,” Schweitzer said of his controversial decision in Answering the Call. FULL POST
Posted 3/18/13 at 11:01 AM | Book Stop
By Sue Birdseye
Now that I’m further along in the single-parenting journey, people assume that I have it all together. That makes me chuckle. All together? Um, let’s see. I could describe a typical week, day, or hour and dispel that notion in a heartbeat. I most definitely don’t have a handle on this life. I’m not even touching the handle. Is there a handle?
For those of us who have been abandoned, the person who was supposed to be our biggest supporter and partner in all our parenting decisions has bailed on us. What do we do now? Here is what I do know, and this is really, really, really important, so take note: When people offer to help you, take it! Even if it’s slightly inconvenient or embarrassing, let people bless you. With five children, I haven’t found anything easy or uncomplicated about my life. But I had to stop worrying about people knowing I was in over my head and start learning to accept all the help I could get.
Now that I’m past the initial shock of adultery and divorce and into the everyday living of divorced single parenthood, I realize that it’s my responsibility to share my needs with others. At the beginning of this tragedy, I didn’t even have to ask for help; I just had to accept it. Now I need to step out of my comfort zone and ask. My friends are more than willing to help, but they all have their own stuff to deal with, so sometimes I just have to holler, “Help!” FULL POST
Posted 3/13/13 at 2:03 PM | Book Stop
By Sue Birdseye
My ex-husband has neither repented nor asked for my forgiveness. I forgave him not because I’m anything special but because I knew that it was the most important step I could take in my own healing.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean that we take away the consequences of our offender’s actions, nor does it mean we forget. I believe that forgiveness allows me to say that although someone’s actions hurt me very much, that person and those actions will not dictate how I feel, live, or think, either now or in the future. Really, so much of the healing process is about our willingness to capture our thoughts and stop the descent into bitterness, revenge, and anger. No healing can take place when we hold on to those caustic emotions. And the only way to release them effectively is to forgive.
Forgiveness for me looked like this: First, I made a conscious decision to forgive my ex-husband; then I asked God to help me forgive. Next, I determined not to entertain angry, bitter, or vengeful thoughts. And then I acted out that forgiveness in my interactions with my ex-husband. Four not-so-easy steps. Each step had its own set of challenges. I decided to forgive because I was convinced that it was the only way I could survive this difficult period in my life with joy and peace in my heart. FULL POST
Posted 3/7/13 at 1:43 PM | Book Stop
In the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me family members, friends and Christian leaders tell 101 stories about Billy Graham. This is the final excerpt from the forward and is written by A. Larry Ross who served as Billy Graham's spokesman since 1981.
Among the many examples of Mr. Graham’s personal, spiritual and financial integrity, I remember when he kicked off the twelve-week, six-city Mission England tour the summer of 1984 in Bristol, west of London. In their coverage of the opening service, local papers appealed to their readers’ British reserve through articles criticizing the “emotionalism” of the American evangelist’s meeting. Their evidence was the fact that the choir sang softly during his invitation for people to come forward to make a faith commitment.
So for only the second time in the history of their ministry, before the start of the meeting the next evening, Mr. Graham told program director Cliff Barrows to refrain from having the choir sing during the invitation. But the next day, the headlines in the paper read, “The emotionalism was in the silence,” and Mr. Graham decided that if he was going to get criticized, they should at least do it right, and they went back to the choir accompaniment for the rest of the mission -- and ever since. FULL POST
Posted 3/6/13 at 1:04 PM | Book Stop
In the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me family members, friends and Christian leaders tell 101 stories about Billy Graham. This excerpt is from the forward and is written by A. Larry Ross who served as Billy Graham's spokesman since 1981.
The universality and accessibility of Mr. Graham’s message was powerfully impressed upon me one Friday evening in 1984 when he preached to the upper echelons of British society, including the Queen of England, several members of the Royal Family and the Lords and Ladies of London at a black-tie dinner in London.
The following Sunday afternoon, I accompanied the evangelist to an outdoor park in the City’s East End, where he was scheduled to address a crowd of 5,000 low-income immigrants. As our vehicle approached the venue, I asked Mr. Graham what message he planned to preach, to which he replied, “The same sermon I gave to the Royal family two nights ago.”
A Life Marked by Humility, Integrity, Authenticity and Love
My longtime pastor in Dallas defines success as “when those who know you best, love you the most,” and that certainly holds true for Billy Graham. In an era where confidence in institutions is crumbling, and even religious organizations are being scrutinized or Christian leaders criticized for behavior inconsistent with their beliefs, he has long modeled courage, character and conviction and stood as an example of how to finish well. FULL POST