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