Friday, April 21, 2017

Christ Among Other gods by Erwin Lutzer - Book Review

   Do you ever get tired of the intolerance of the so called "tolerant"?  I do.  They are tolerant of everybody's rights except the rights of those who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Erwin Lutzer has written another awesome book about this world that we live in.  I've had the privilege to review two of his books previously, but this one is just a little different.  This one is not just an explanation of something, this is what the subtitle calls - A Defense of Christ in an Age of Tolerance. 
    We, as Americans, once were a Christian nation.  We once identified as a Christian nation that was founded upon Biblical principles.  Today, the name of Jesus is no longer spoken in reverence, but instead is a slang or curse word.  You are not allowed to pray in Government building in the name of Jesus.  He is thought of as a great Teacher.  A great prophet from the past.  A great historical figure.  But when you mention Him as God, you have overstepped your bounds.  That's the sad state of affairs in this age of so called "tolerance" that we live in.  Why?  Because Jesus as a teacher, a prophet, a historical figure is okay, but Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life is offensive.
    At the very heart Christ Among Other gods, Lutzer makes a statement defines the reason why this book is so important and so needed in our society today.  It's why I encourage folks to get this book and read it, to understand why it's important to know Who Jesus is.  To understand that He is not just another god.  He is God the Son.  The 2nd Person of the Trinity.  He is the Messiah.  The statement that defines the book:
        "What a pity to know Shakespeare, but not as a man of literature; to know Newton, but not as a scientist; but what an eternal tragedy to know Christ, as a friend, as a prophet, as a miracle worker, but not as Savior!...To love Him is not enough. To admire Him is not enough; we must trust Him with our souls, with our eternal souls.  Many prophets, but one Savior."
   If there ever was a time when we needed to understand what we believe as Christians and stand firm on those beliefs, it is now.  This book by Erwin Lutzer will go a long way in helping not just the new Christian, but also the seasoned Christian strengthen their defense of the Gospel of Jesus.
   I did receive this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  I am thankful for the wonderful opportunity that I had to read this awesome book.  I highly encourage every Christian to read this to deepen you faith in the one true Way to Heaven. 

God Bless,

Marcus

Monday, March 13, 2017

Still Life by Dani Pettrey - book review

   FBI.   Crime Scene Investigators.   Detectives asking questions. A long list of suspects who are as diverse as the City of Baltimore, where this story takes place.
   Still Life is Book #2 in Dani Pettrey's Chesapeake Valor Series.   Book #1, Cold Shot, (here is my review link to that - http://mm-read.blogspot.com/2016/02/cold-shot-by-dani-pettrey-book-review.html) was an amazing adventure with a unique cast of characters.   Dani Pettrey has followed Cold Shot up with a story that is just as good, or better.  The group of friends are back - Avery, Parker, Griffin, Finley, Declan, Tanner, and Kate.   They are once again drawn into a mystery filled with murder, intrigue, twist and turns that will have you turning the pages to find out what happens next.
   The Plot?   A missing model who poses as if she's dead.   A photographer who says he didn't take the shot. A friend, Avery, who fears the worst, and calls in her friends for help.   And then, there is you, the reader, who is drawn in to a book that is hard to put down because it really is that good.  So sit back, grab some munchies, and enjoy this adventure.
   I received this book in exchange for my honest review.  And guess what?  My reviews are always honest!  I loved this book.  I loved the cast of characters, the interesting plot, the twist, the humor, and the central theme that God loves you and wants you as His child, no matter how ugly your past may be.  So thanks Bethany House for the opportunity to review Still Life.  Thanks Dani Pettrey for another great book.

God Bless,

Marcus

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Kingdom Family Devotional byTony Evans & Jonathan Evans

   Do you still pray every night with your family?  Do you still gather your kids around and read the Bible and say family prayers?  In the old days it was called family devotions or the family altar.  It's sad to say, but today, what used to be common in Christian homes is now a thing of the past. 
  While America may have forgotten the family altar, and the morals are showing the effects of that, the family altar is still a much needed thing in our society.  The old saying is still true - "The family that prays together stays together." 
   Tony Evans and his son, Jonathan, have worked together to write a 365 devotional for families.  It is very unique in that it contains 52 themes, 1 for each week.  And then on each day, there is a separate devotional about that theme.  Each devotional contains different features that include anything from scriptures to memorize, activities to do(such as go around the room and tell each family member something you appreciate about them), games to play, ect. 
   Done in the very descriptive, down to earth style that Tony Evans is known for, this devotional is great for families with kids of all ages.  We've enjoyed the discussions that it encourages, the lessons that it teaches, and the way that is always points the family back to God. 
   Overall, this is a great devotional for families to help them get back in the habit of family devotions.  And really, who said family devotions had to be boring?  They can be fun, exciting, times of discussion, learning, and growing closer to each other and God.  Tony Evans gives us a great resource in helping our families do all of that. 
   I would like to thank Tyndale Publishing for allowing me to review this book.  I did receive this book in exchange for my honest review.  And guess what?  It's really good!

God Bless,

Marcus

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Kingdom Prayer by Tony Evans - Book Review

   Tony Evans has a unique way of making a point.  In a world of sound bytes, he is a gold mine.  This book is the mother lode on prayer.  It is simple, yet deep.  Loving, yet hard hitting.  Profound, yet extremely intellectual.  In other words, this book is vintage Tony Evans, which is what makes it a wonderful resource on my list.

   The subject is prayer.  This is probably one of the most important, neglected, abused, misunderstood subjects in the Christian life.  Tony Evans said, "I must confess that it is a lot easier fir ne as a pastor to preach about prayer than to spend that same amount of time engaged in it."  The truth is that prayer is not an easy thing.  It takes work, determination, fight, tears, and trust.  Most of all, it takes faith in God.  This book dives deep into all of those issues and a whole lot more.
 
Here are some samples from the book:

"God is able, but you must be connected to God to tap into His power."

"God doesn't always deliver you from.  Sometimes He delivers you through, and sometimes He delivers you in."

"When two or more people agree on anything which God has authorized...and they ask for it - it will be done...That is why one of Satan's primary weapons in spiritual warfare is to create disunity...If successful, he can keep us disengaged on any real level in the spiritual realm.  He can keep our prayers powerless."

  I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  I love to read Tony Evans material.   One college professor taught us the philosophy of "chewing on the meat and spitting out the bones."  With Tony Evans, there is always a lot of meat.  This book is no exception.  So if you have the opportunity to get it, you will be blessed by it.

God Bless,

Marcus













Thursday, December 1, 2016

Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas - CD Review

   The chill is in the air.  Christmas decorations are everywhere.  Lights, trees, snowmen, and Christmas music is playing in every store.  I love it.  It's the most wonderful time of the year.  It's the time of year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the One Who came to save us from our sins.  It's the time of year that we celebrate our purpose for living. 
   I love just about any Christmas music, basically because Christmas music kind of helps create that festive atmosphere that we are so used to in the month of December.  So I must admit I was excited when I was given the opportunity to review this Christmas CD by Amy Grant. 
   I got to admit that it was really cool to open it up and find a CD that actually looked like an old record.  That might not mean a lot to most people, but as a lover of the nostalgic, I loved it.  A quick glance through the booklet that came with the cover featured Amy Grant's family pics and Christmas memories that really gave this album a more personal feel.
   I popped it into the CD player and the first song that started playing was the classic Tennessee Christmas, which, in my mind, takes me to those beautiful Smokey Mountains.  Man, I would love to be there right now! 
   After Tennessee Christmas, it quickly moves to a modern contemporary Christmas song called To Be Together.  My favorite song on the album is the upbeat, lighthearted Christmas For You And Me.  It's the Christmas anthem of every couple at Christmas.  You love the romantic feelings that Christmas brings, only to be awakened at 5 A.M. by excited kids ready to open presents.  You're tired and running on coffee, and yet life is totally amazing.
   This album features the Christmas classics we've come to love: White Christmas, Joy To The World, Baby, It's Cold Outside(with Vince Gill), Christmas, Don't Be Late, and O, Come All Ye Faithful
   Also, be sure to check out Melancholy Christmas, December, I've Got My Love to Keep Me WarmStill Can't Sleep, and Another Merry Christmas.

   I am giving away a copy of this CD.  Anyone who comments on this blog in the next 48 hours will be entered into a drawing. 

  Also get a sneak peek at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUpIwK5Bxn8
 “To Be Together” Audio on Youtube:

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God Bless,

Marcus

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl - Book Review

    Wow!  I love books.  I love excitement.  I love action.  I love suspense.  And when I picked up an started reading this book, I found all of that along with the very important message that God loves each one of us despite our past failures.  As far as I know, this is the fist book by Nancy Mehl that I have read, but I'm certainly hopeful that this will not be the last.  This book was amazing.
   This is Book #1 of the Defenders of Justice Series.  I've gotta admit, I'm excited about reading the rest of the series.  Fatal Frost is about U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan and the target on her back.  It is a book about Gangs, Cartels, the constant war on drugs and the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep America safe. 
   In this book, Mercy's father has come back into her life, a fact that she is not happy about.  In this we find a story of past hurts, forgiveness, and the constant battle to maintain sometimes frustrating relationships.  Unfortunately for Mercy, her father's appearance in her life has led to the drug cartels putting her in their sights with a price on her head.
   If that's not exciting enough, add U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent, Mercy's ex-boyfriend.  He is not only a new Christian, he is not assigned to protect her.  The setting is a remote ranch and a blizzard that leaves the area without electricity and safe transportation. 
   This is an awesome story that is will keep you glued to it's pages.  It's well written, clean, and exciting.  I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good thriller of a story.  I've got a lot of favorite Christian authors, but I've just added another to my list.  Great job, Nancy Mehl.  Can't wait for the next one.
   I did receive this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. 

God Bless,

Marcus

Friday, September 23, 2016

The ISIS Crisis By Charles Dyer & Mark Tobey - Book Review

America had a wake up call on Sept. 11, 2001.  Thousands were killed 
and injured.  Our generation had suffered it’s very own Pearl Harbor.  
Like that generation, we went to war.  Unlike that generation, we were 
not fighting an enemy in uniform, we were fighting an enemy that blended 
into the general population.  Unlike that great generation of Americans who 
weren’t afraid to call evil - evil and who weren’t prisoner to political correctness, 
we tried to fight a “clean” war.  Because of that, we have given rise to one of 
the most evil regimes in history.
This book dives deep into the details of how ISIS came to be.  It also details the key
Leaders and strategies of this very determined organization.  Some political leaders
 have called them “the JV team”, but they are not lightweights.  They are just as 
evil as Hitler and even more widespread. 
Deep topics were very well researched - Sunnis vs. Shiites, the Caliphate,
 the variations of Islam.  They even address the question, “Will ISIS lead to 
Armageddon?”
Overall, this is a great book to read and to have on hand for reference purposes.  
America is in the cross hairs of ISIS, so as Americans, we need to know this stuff.  
I give this a 5 out of 5 star review as a reference book.  I did receive this book from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

God Bless,

Marcus