Reviews by Dan Barnes
On 11/24 Dan Barnes wrote: The Foundations Study Bible from Thomas Nelson. It's a nice hardback, good looking Bible. The layout is good, and it's pretty usable. The version I have is NKJV, which is a good translation, great for OT text. It's a pretty decent Bible, but I don't think it's in my top 10 when it comes to the study ... A Good Bible for New Beleivers
On 10/21 Dan Barnes wrote: I recently finished The Colson Way by Owen Strachan. I knew some about Colson going into this book, but I had no idea that I would enjoy this biography as much as I did. Colson had an extraordinary life and ministry. He did a great deal in spreading the gospel in places that need it most. You may ... I recommend The Colson Way
On 8/2 Dan Barnes wrote: I was intrigued by the title. Believe: Proof That God Is Real. The title and the book claims to be able to prove there is a God. I believe in God, but everyone wants some proof, right? So I read it. It wasn't a bad read, and there were some good points made. The book is apologetic work, and it makes ... Believe, a Review.
On 4/26 Dan Barnes wrote: Unless you've been under a rock for the last few years, you have heard about Duck Dynasty, the family who began a company making duck calls, have a reality TV show and are outspoken about their faith. They are a fun family, the men having beards, wearing camo, hunting and fishing. ... Quack Quack
On 11/17 Dan Barnes wrote: I am joyful to be able to write a review of this book, because it came at just the right time for me. As a Baptist, I probably don't give the kind of attention to the person and work of the Holy Spirit like I should. I have struggled lately with how He is working in my life, how I can experience His ... Finding Help to Find Help, a review of Dr. Stanely's book The Spirit-Filled Life
On 8/24 Dan Barnes wrote: I recently looked at the NIV Streams in the Desert Devotional Bible. I will be honest, I wish I had this years ago. Streams in the Desert is a popular devotion that have been used by many people. I love when you combined devotional material in scripture and encourage people to look at both. I find it’s ... Review of NIV Streams in the Desert Devotional Bible.
On 8/16 Dan Barnes wrote: So I checked out the Celebrate Recovery Bible. I have seen the Recovery Bible which focuses on the 12 steps. This one is thanks to our friends at Saddleback, articles and devotions by John Baker and a foreword by Pastor Rick. I assumed this was a 12 step program, but I was surprised to see that Celebrate ... The Celebrate Recovery Bible, Should We Use It?
On 6/16 Dan Barnes wrote: There are difficult questions to ask in the Christian faith, and Rothschild does a masterful job at dealing with one that I have dealt with myself. When it comes to healing and miracles, is God fair? Why are some healed and some not healed? Jennifer Rothschild is blind and has prayed for healing since ... Fairness vs Sovereign Omniscience
On 4/14 Dan Barnes wrote: I recently finished Strange Fire by MacArthur, and I learned a lot. He goes through a lot of history and I learned about a denomination and a movement that I have never really been a part of. So, as a Baptist, as a non-Charismatic I opened MacArthur's book thinking I would probably agree with most ... What God Told Me About Strange Fire by John MacArthur
On 12/22 Dan Barnes wrote: I have recently finished You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado, which is an examination of the life of Joseph and how God can use bad things for such a great purpose. I think as humans, we look at small snippets of life and make judgement calls, when God is looking at our entire life and His entire ... Max's Life of Joseph
On 10/12 Dan Barnes wrote: I have read some books with "Organic" in the title, lots of reviews and some guides. Most of them on churches, church planting, Small Groups, Sunday School, some on relationships and marriage, a few on gardens (very few). I have a pretty good idea what most people mean when they say organic, so I figured ... No Fertilizer
On 7/4 Dan Barnes wrote: I picked up this book with high hopes as a house church planter in progress. While I don't disagree with many of the points, there is no carrying of the burden of proof. The book says "this is wrong" and then drops a few Bible verses without any real exegetical work. Much of the material is based on ... The American Church, a baby book
On 6/17 Dan Barnes wrote: I enjoy the humor and comedy of Ken Davis, so when I picked up Fully Alive, I expected it to be a lot of humor with some nice lessons and a feel good message. I figured I would read it through and pass it on to someone who needed a good feel good book. It is a feel good book, but had much more depth ... Pleasantly Surprised a review of Fully Alive by Ken Davis
On 11/16 Dan Barnes wrote: I am not a huge fan of apologetics most of the time. I love apologetics, don't get me wrong, but I don't often use it. I don't believe that people can be argued to faith. This book, however, I really enjoyed. Partially because it appeals to that part of me that is nerdy and loves to think about these ... Getting a Shot in the Head
On 3/27 Dan Barnes wrote: I review books often, so I decided to read one that was on the opposite viewpoint of where I stand. I believe in the will of humans and the ability to make choice, but I reject the idea of "Free Will", because I believe the human will is in bondage, we are slaves to either sin or Christ. We are driven ... Afraid to Believe in Free Will, a review
On 1/31 Dan Barnes wrote: I just read the book "I Am a Follower" by Leonard Sweet. This is a concept that I already embraced after hearing Chris Tomlian talk about the concept of being a "Lead Worshiper" instead of a worship leader. This idea that we are leaders is redundant, because we have a leader. Jesus is our Leader, ... I Am a Follower, by Leonard Sweet. A Review
On 1/5 Dan Barnes wrote: Seems like I review a lot of books lately. I will get back into regular blogging very soon, but I want to talk about a book by Stephen Artuburn. This is the second time I've read this book, my first copy I loaned out. I think almost everyone needs this book. How many of us carry around baggage that ... Review of Healing is a Choice
On 12/13 Dan Barnes wrote: There are days that I hate going to church, may be days you hate going to church. Reading though this book, as I thought about a lot of these issues, it made great sense to me. We have alienated men, feminized the church and pushed men to the sides and they have gone out the door. It seems just about ... Review of "Why Men Hate Going to Church"
On 10/10 Dan Barnes wrote: I have to be honest, I am not the world's biggest fan of Hank Hanegraff. I agree with some of the things he says, but the way he says them sometimes on the radio leaves me frustrated. I was hesitant to read one of his books, but I have to say I enjoyed this book a great deal.This book focuses on the ... Has God Spoken by Hank Hanegraff, a review.
On 8/9 Dan Barnes wrote: I am always looking for things that help overview the Books of the Bible, and this 40 Day devotional does that, for at least most of the bible, and is greatly encouraging. The scripture is God's message to us, and Dr. Crabb take a great look at it, and present it as it should be, God's message of love ... God's Love Letters to You by Dr. Larry Crabb
On 6/13 Dan Barnes wrote: I enjoyed reading The Sacred Journey, but is many aspect, it read more like a spiritual diatribe that often led in circles and then back on itself. The material has compelled me to think differently about how I see a pilgrimage, but often seems to try to make a point at expense of other points. Foster ... The Sacred Journey- A Review
On 3/25 Dan Barnes wrote: I read "The Sacred Meal" by Nora Gallagher, and I really enjoyed it. I am from an Evangelical background, and Nora Gallagher writes from her view point of the Episcopal Church, and it was really great to get her view point. I agree with so much of what she wrote, and it helped give me a deeper and ... The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher
On 2/24 Dan Barnes wrote: I recently received the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible. I really enjoy Max Lucado, and I have read many of his books and writings. I was excited to pick up this Bible, and I like that it's NKJV, which I enjoy. It's a good looking Bible, both inside and out, the print is a good size and it's easy ... Book Review- The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible
On 11/8 Dan Barnes wrote: The Butterfly Effect How Your Life Matters by Andy Andres. This is a short e-book that I looked at. It's a small book, quick read only took me 10 to 15 minutes to read the entire book. The Butterfly Effect comes from chaos theory, saying that the increased air movement from a butterfly flapping it's ... The Butterfly is still in God's Hands.
On 11/8 Dan Barnes wrote: This is a book about end times, which is not my favorite read, but I enjoy Dr. Jeremiah. His theology has solid backing when it comes to the end times (even though I don’t agree with him, he has some good point). This book was a little less academic than I am use too, it's great for the average church ... Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World by Dr. David Jeremiah
On 8/23 Dan Barnes wrote: Fear seems to be a major issue for many Christians, and Max Lucado tackles the issue head on. Fearless is a great read, and like most of Lucado's books it flows quickly. What I enjoyed about this book that I haven't like so much in his others is that it's more practical. There is more application, ... Fearless by Max Lucado