Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday June 5, 2013- I just finished a book review on Joshua Harris's book "Humble Orthodoxy". Out of all the books I've read this year, this one challenged me the most. Here's my review...

This book absolutely blew me away. I guess the reason is that I have been moving towards becoming the rude orthodox guy lately. I've been guilty of picking apart other people's doctrine but this book really convicted me to take a step back. Josh is a young man filled with wisdom that can only come from God. Since reading, I have become more aware that as a rule, people have reasons for the things they say and believe, and most of the time, they believe what they do because that's what they read in scripture. Now don't get me wrong, if I see someone in error on the essentials of Christianity, I will say something. I'm still very aware of doctrine, because people souls are at stake, but I now try to first look at what is said, why it is said from the other persons perspective, and then try and reason how Jesus would approach the conversation.

I've found that using this formula leads me to a more "Humble Orthodoxy".

Josh inspired me to see orthodoxy more through the eyes of Christ than my eyes who judge and condemn without fully knowing. I've mellowed in my approach and it has made me a happier person with a lot less sin of my own to deal with. Great Book! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

One Nation Under Attack Review

Tuesday April 2, 2013- Today I finished reading Grant R. Jeffrey's book "One Nation Under Attack". This book caused me to experience many emotions. Some good, others bad. But in the end, I walked away impressed and enriched that this book is on shelves. Here's my review...

I must say the first couple of chapters had me ready to write this book off as another uber right-wing fanatic bent on making our executive branch out to be a joke. But as I read on, I realized that Grant is a well researched, insightful watchman to a nation that clearly is heading in the wrong direction financially. 

There is some great research in this book. Cudo's for doing your homework. But the most impressive thing about this book is the application (part of the application anyway). I don't really follow all the rave about precious metal commodity. We've been going down that road for years, and I believe that in itself is some kind of conspiracy put in place by those who have something to gain in the industry. I did however love the stuff on protecting your finances and choosing and following up on the well-being of our banks. 

Overall I felt educated and informed by the content and I think this book would be a great help to many Americans.

 I would lay off the negativity about our president though.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review on the God you Never Knew

January 31, 2013- Robert Morris has written many books that I found so enlightening because he never writes about things he hasn't lived. So when I found he wrote a book on the forgotten 3rd person of the Trinity I was pumped to get the chance to read it. This book makes a great stride to clear up some of the mystery and confusion that surrounds God in this person. It started off with a bang, but I found the quest of solution waning in the end.

The first half of the book gave great attention to the growing hunger for the Spirit that we are seeing in all denominations(or most) in the church today. It is scriptural and doctrinal, and does a great job of painting the reality of the Spirit to the church who desperately needs an outpouring of the Spirit's power. The great thing about Robert Morris is that he is REAL. He tells it through his eyes and how those eyes were opened. That is what I love about his writings.

But, the second part of the book doesn't hold up the expectations set out in the first. It seems to drift into a realm of scattered thoughts and directions, which don't lead a person on a journey of finding and experiencing this 3rd person of the Trinity for themselves. Only more stories about the confusing parts of the doctrines of the Spirit. So the reader finds himself just as lost in the end.

Though the thoughts seemed scattered and it seemed like so many sermons I've heard with a very catchy title of answering a much asked question (the hook), only to not answer any real questions, just something to get you thinking.  So you see, in the end, he probably accomplished what he set out to do. That is to get us thinking, and studying ourselves.