Reviews by Karl Dumas
On 4/20 Karl Dumas wrote: Was Jesus just a man? Was he a myth? Or is He truly the Messiah. Author Rice Broocks suggests that history's greatest question is just who was Jesus; and he sets out to answer it in his recently released book Man Myth Messiah: Answering History's Greatest Question ( W Publishing Group, 2016).As Dr Gary ... Greatest Question: Is Jesus Man, Myth or Messiah?
On 3/30 Karl Dumas wrote: Stop. Right now. Stop what you're doing and go to your favorite Brick and Mortar or online book store and get your copy of Ray Johnston's recently released book Jesus Called He Wants His Church Back: What Christians and the American Church Are Missing. ( W Publishing Group, 2015).To be honest, when I ... is your church to politically correct?
On 3/7 Karl Dumas wrote: This is a Bible, the complete text of the NIV, but it includes, as study Bibles tend to do, study notes which usually address a certain point of view. In this case it's God's justice. What a great topic for the church to address. It's more than just mercy and judgment ; these notes clarify who justice ... Looking for a study bible? This may be the one
On 10/28 Karl Dumas wrote: I just read a refreshing book by Jefferson Bethke, with a take on the Gospel that seems so in touch with the Gospel as presented by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This is not a presentation of a gospel diluted by political correctness. In It' Not What You Think: Why Christianity ... Bethke's It's Not What You Think
On 9/6 Karl Dumas wrote: Exactly what is a “jackwagon’? I’m not sure that the book ever answers the question, but that probably wasn’t the purpose of the book in the first place. (On line dictionaries suggest that a jackwagon is a loser, someone you consider worthless or lazy). It wasn’t the title of the book ... Buy a DVD instead
On 8/10 Karl Dumas wrote: In the preface to Spent Matches: Igniting the Spiritual Fire for the Spiritually Dissatisfied (Thomas Nelson, 2015) the author, Roy Moran, suggests “this book may feel as if it is written by someone affected with attention deficit disorder”. He is right, especially if you try to read this book ... review of "Spent Matches" by Roy Moran
On 3/17 Karl Dumas wrote: Are you a Christian Poser? Jarrid Wilson asks that question in his new book “Jesus Swagger: Break Free from Poser Christianity” (Thomas Nelson 2015). Of course the answer for most of us is a resounding “NO!” that is, until we think about it a little more deeply.Swagger, like so many other words ... Enough posing, it's time to get real
On 2/18 Karl Dumas wrote: I thought that when I asked to review The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs (John Maxwell, Nelson Books, 2015) that I was going to get some new stuff. Wrong! This book was published previously (2008) as Leadership ... thoughts on Maxwell's 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs
On 12/30 Karl Dumas wrote: I saw a copy of Metaxas’ very thick book “Bonhoeffer” on a friend’s bookshelf, and thought that someday, when I have lots and lots of time, I would like to read it. And then “Bonhoeffer Abridged: Pastor Martyr, Prophet, Spy” (Eric Metaxas, Nelson Books, 2014) became available for review through ... thoughts on Bonhoeffer Abridged
On 10/28 Karl Dumas wrote: I asked to review Matthew Barnett’s Misfit Welcome: Find Yourself in Jesus and Bring the World along for the Ride (Thomas Nelson, 2014) because I liked the title and the cover. I’m glad I did! Reading it is a journey full of laughter and tears as Barnett describes the struggles and the successes ... In their hearts, they understand that Jesus is for everyone
On 10/8 Karl Dumas wrote: Michael Yankoski's The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice -- How Contemplating Apple, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life (Thomas Nelson, 2014) is a story of learning to grow in the Christian faith. Mike Yankoski (Author of Under the Overpass) ... Stop and use your senses. Comments on Yankoski: The Sacred Year
On 9/21 Karl Dumas wrote: Every culture has its rituals and rites of passage. The rituals of some cultures are a little more demanding than those of others. In the Maasai culture, killing a lion which is attacking the livestock entitles a boy to a special ‘hero’ status. That’s quite an introduction to manhood. And from ... my review of "Killing Lions"
On 8/29 Karl Dumas wrote: From our lips to God's ears…that’s how we all want prayers to be answered, and so when it seems like God didn't hear us, or at least didn't hear us very clearly, we wonder about the effectiveness of our prayers. Some people give up on God, and others assume that they didn't pray ... Wasted Prayer - a call to action
On 8/5 Karl Dumas wrote: The title caught my attention, the rest of the book held it. How to Pick up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness by Todd and Erin Stevens (Thomas Nelson, 2014) is a delightful read. Todd pokes fun at himself throughout the book and in doing so points out how many Christians, on a regular basis, ... intentional not random
On 7/8 Karl Dumas wrote: Every once in a while someone writes a book that defies logic, contradicts everything you thought you knew, and, as it forces you to color outside the lines and think outside the box about faith in general and your faith in particular, makes perfect sense. I had doubts about reviewing Kevin Adams’ ... learning to trust completely in God
On 6/9 Karl Dumas wrote: God likes it when His people pray boldly, and as Naeem Fazal found out, sometimes those bold prayers get answered in ways that we might not expect. Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever (Thomas Nelson, 2014) is the story of how Fazal came to pray that prayer, the unexpected ... REVIEW: EX-MUSLIM
On 5/26 Karl Dumas wrote: There was once a lion named Aslan, who wasn't safe, but he was good, he was wild, not like a tame Lion. Narnia fans will recognize the reference, and the metaphor. Drew Dyck uses a different wild beast as a metaphor for God in his book “Yawning at Tigers: you Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying.” (Nelson ... Stop Yawning!
On 5/12 Karl Dumas wrote: Jim Burgen’s “No More Dragon’s” (Thomas Nelson, 2014) is a fun book to read. It’s filled with anecdotes and personal stories, Burgen draws lessons from C.S. Lewis’ stories of a wonderful land called Narnia, and using dragons as a metaphor talks about dealing with many of the things that bother ... you and your dragon
On 2/28 Karl Dumas wrote: Thrive: Digging Deeper, Reaching Out (Zondervan, 2014) is the latest book by Youth Pastor and Casting Crowns singer Mark Hall. I liked this book – it was an easy read, suitable for daily devotions, great for conversation starters for a youth group, a valuable resource for a youth pastor and especially ... Thrive: a great resource for Youth workers
On 1/26 Karl Dumas wrote: Andy Stanley has done pastors around the world a huge favor by writing How to Be Rich: It’s Not What You Have. It’s what You Do with What You Have. (Zondervan, 2013) Although we've heard time and time again that the poorest Americans are among the richest people in the world, that if you make $37,000.00 ... On being rich.
On 1/20 Karl Dumas wrote: I’ve read “Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome” (by Owen Strachan, Nelson Books, 2013) before. In fact I've read it several times. To be sure it had a different title, and a different author, and the words were pretty much different from all the other times. But that’s ... Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan, my review
On 10/19 Karl Dumas wrote: I’ve always been partial to Peter’s prayer as recorded in Matthew 14:30 - “Lord, save me!” , but after reading Robert Gelinas’ “The Mercy Prayer: The One Prayer Jesus Always Answers”, ( Thomas Nelson. 2013) I think I may have to reevaluate. There’s something about this simple prayer ... a simple yet effective prayer
On 9/29 Karl Dumas wrote: God of the Underdogs: When the Odds Are against You, God Is for You (Nelson Books, 2013) by Matt Keller is one of the books that I requested to review because I liked the title, and because of the hype on Twitter. I’m glad I got the book. Using examples of Underdogs from the Bible, Keller sets out ... Review: God of the Underdogs
On 9/15 Karl Dumas wrote: In the Old Testament concealed, in the New Testament revealed. David Murray in his book “Jesus on every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament (Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2013), talks about his search for Jesus in the pages of the Old Testament. ... review Jesus on Every Page by David Murray
On 8/27 Karl Dumas wrote: For years, in church and at conferences, men have been hearing about accountability partners, accountability groups, and accountability software. We’ve heard all about accountability, that it’s a good idea, that we should find someone with whom we can be accountable, but other than an exhortation ... OPEN, a reveiw
On 8/8 Karl Dumas wrote: We all make poor choices, and sometimes those choices concern the things that we think are important. Using Samson (read about him in Judges, chapters 13-16) as the primary example, Pastor Craig Groeschel does some teaching on how to pick our battles in such a way as to make an impact for God. In his ... God uses the most unlikely people
On 5/20 Karl Dumas wrote: “What’s Your Mark? Every Moment Counts” ( Jeremy Cowart, Zondervan, 2013) is described on the BookSneeze web site as “celebrity photographer and social artist Jeremy Cowart (presenting) 16 compelling stories of people who are making their mark today.” I wanted to read/review something ... Missing the Mark
On 5/1 Karl Dumas wrote: Tyler Blanski offers us an opportunity to return to our roots: the history of the Christian Church. In When Donkeys Talk: A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity (Zondervan, 2012) he takes us back to the days when Donkeys talked, when miracles happened, and people recognized them ... Review: of Tyler Blanski's "When Donkeys Talk"
On 4/1 Karl Dumas wrote: First of all I want to make it clear that I like Craig Groeschel’s writing. That’s a main reason why I requested to review Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are. And I wasn’t disappointed. Groeschel writes in an engaging manner that makes the written word seem like a personal conversation. ... Altar Ego...God sees me differently than I do
On 11/14 Karl Dumas wrote: Red Letter Revolution (Thomas Nelson, 2012) is a series of dialogues concerning some of the major issues facing the church in America today. Authors Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo, use an interesting approach of dialoging about issues such as money, homosexuality, politics and a slew of other topics. ... If only Jesus really meant what WE THINK He said
On 10/29 Karl Dumas wrote: Jesus a Theography (Leonard Sweet and frank Viola, Thomas Nelson, 2012). A friend recently reminded me of a saying that I haven’t heard recently, but is still applicable: “to understand the God of the New Testament, it is necessary to understand the God of the Old Testament.” Likewise if we are ... REVIEW: Jesus a Theography
On 7/9 Karl Dumas wrote: I’m a parent of a teenager; need I say more? As any parent of a teenager knows, there will be days when that son or daughter that you’ve loved since day one, will be a normal human being, a tough guy, a drama queen, a hot bed of hormones, loving, defiant, and anything else you can think of. Some ... Tough Guys & Drama Queens - loving your teenager into adulthood
On 4/11 Karl Dumas wrote: Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re believing,(THOMAS NELSON, 2012) by Pete Wilson, Pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, is a book which should strike fear into the heart of everyone who claims to be a Christian. In the interest of full disclosure, I have to ... The Idols Around Us - a review of EMPTY PROMISES by Pete Wilson
On 11/25 Karl Dumas wrote: Several years ago Gordon MacDonald wrote a book, about a church and the people who didn’t realize just how much they needed to and wanted to change the way they were doing things. Going Deep: Becoming a Person of Influence picks up where that book left off. This is the story of a church that has transitioned ... Going Deep reviewed
On 10/28 Karl Dumas wrote: God Has Spoken: Proof of the Bible’s Divine Inspiration by Hank HanegraaffHank Hanegraaff has done it again. Over the years I’ve struggled with many of the issues that he addresses as to the origins of the book we call “The Holy Bible”. Some of the questions concerning reliability arose when ... Why We Can Believe the Bible
On 9/29 Karl Dumas wrote: John I Snyder’s book on prayer is needed, but I’m not sure it went far enough to attain its stated purpose. I firmly believe that God acts in His time not ours and think we should be a little more aggressive in reminding people that sometimes the answer, just like we tell our kids, is “you’re ... Prayer Can Bring You Closer to God
On 8/19 Karl Dumas wrote: I liked the book "Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You've Only Heard About". Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson have written a fun and easy to read book which, by the way, goes a lot deeper than just fun and easy. Over and over I found myself backing up to see if I had ‘really just read that'. ... There’s a rumor going around…
On 7/14 Karl Dumas wrote: The “New Atheists” not only don’t believe in God, but they’ve taken it upon themselves to ensure that everyone knows exactly what they think on the subject. As Gary Wolf described the movement it involves “enthusiastic advocation of atheism” along with criticism of any type of “religious ... Review: "Why God Won't Go Away" by Alister McGrath
On 6/27 Karl Dumas wrote: About 15 years ago I heard Dr Trent speak about “The Blessing” at a conference. I bought the book that day and have referred to it over the years for use in ministry. I also bought the other book that is mentioned here (“I’d Choose You”) and it was a favorite bedtime book for my son for a long ... Review: A Place Called Blessing
On 6/15 Karl Dumas wrote: I ordered “The Quotable Rogue –the Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words” without really knowing what to expect. I read it and still don’t know what to expect. Editor Matt Lewis has compiled a number of statements or quotes from Governor Palin that show her to be an articulate and knowledgeable ... quotes from the Rogue - a review
On 6/7 Karl Dumas wrote: What can I say? I liked the book “Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me”. Ian Morgan Cron writes in a delightfully engaging style, which invites the reader to come into his world, to share his pain, and more importantly, to share in the grace he experienced which allowed him to overcome the demons of ... review of Ian Morgan Cron's "Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me
On 5/21 Karl Dumas wrote: Phil Cooke lists 25 jolts for us to follow in his book “JOLT: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing”. The basic premise of the book is that the world is changing and organizations have to change and adapt if they are going to survive. In order to help organizations and churches, and ... Not the Jolt I Was Expecting book Review: Jolt, by Phil Cooke
On 5/1 Karl Dumas wrote: I haven't read much of John Maxwell's material, but after reading *Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results* it's easy to see why his books have sold millions of copies. Maxwell starts with the premise that talent abounds in the world, but true success requires that we do something ... Beyond Talent - a review
On 4/18 Karl Dumas wrote: This is one of the books that I would have liked to have had more time to savor, rather than having to read it quickly to meet a deadline for the review. I would have liked to have had it several years ago while attending seminary, as it would have been a great tool in several of the classes. This book ... Max on Life - a review
On 4/11 Karl Dumas wrote: I wasn’t really sure what kind of book I was getting with Andy Andrews’ ‘The Final Summit’, and now that I’ve read it, I’m still not sure. It’s one of those books that ends up being a cross between two genres, and it does neither of them justice. As a novel, it just didn’t have the kind ... Review: The Final Summit: Andy Andrews
On 3/31 Karl Dumas wrote: Reggie: You Can’t Change Your Past, but You Can Change Your FutureI’ve heard Reggie Dabbs speak at several large events and was so wishing that his speaking style would transfer to the written page. That didn’t quite happen but “Reggie: You Can’t Change your Past, but You Can Change Your Future” ... Book Review: Reggie: You Can't Change Your Past, but You Can Change Your Future
On 3/21 Karl Dumas wrote: Book review: The Sacred JourneyIn a strange sort of way this book reminds me of me. I’m a wanderer, although as I get older, it sometimes seems strange to say that. It’s getting harder to get around; more ‘stuff’ seems too important to not take along, and the thought of sleeping on the ground ... Book review: The Sacred Journey
On 3/9 Karl Dumas wrote: The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life by Joan Chittister It’s Ash Wednesday as I’m reading and pondering this book, and as I prepare for one of the main events of the liturgical year, according to my own theological standpoint as well as that of Sister Joan, I appreciated ... The Liturgical Year - a book review