Reviews by eph61820
On 12/27 eph61820 wrote: It’s 2012, a young 22-year old produced a video and it went viral, and today it is over 30 million views. As with all things that go viral, there is critiques and criticism, but indicative of Jefferson Bethke he responds, humbly and considered his critics. His first book hit the New York Times Best ... It is always good to have titles like this...
On 11/27 eph61820 wrote: First I would like to say thank you for my wonderful wife and best friend for the last 20 yrs. who has ‘put up’ with my ‘marriage books’ and tells me that we are ‘9 ‘even when I am a ‘1’. What if there was a book that really dug into the things that matter in marriage? What if there ... This is not just another 'marriage book' to check your box guys... this one pokes you in the eye
On 10/11 eph61820 wrote: I have to be honest, I am jaded when it comes to leadership books. What I mean by that is, most of them contain the same content I have been reading for years-essentially there is nothing new under sun, just a different spin on the same ole. When I do come across a good one, I get the audiobook too, ... Not your usual leadership book...
On 8/30 eph61820 wrote: What is the book about? I have never said this in a review, but I think this one warrants it. Please read the title/subtitle one more time. There is no hidden meaning nor 12-step program in this work by Gary Thomas and the revised edition of Sacred Marriage takes into account the ways men's and women's ... A reboot that does not disappoint, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
On 8/1 eph61820 wrote: heard at a seminar one time, “You always have enough time to do what your God calls you to do!” or said another way, “I hear what your saying, but your actions speak so loudly.” Your Blueprint for Life (YBL) is about how your personal life, community life, church life, family life, and work ... Handling priorities today are hard, this might be a good place to start
On 5/6 eph61820 wrote: Church is not all it is advertised to be. Spiritual abuse, dogmas, clicks, territorial, and legalists are just some of the behaviors you might find at a ‘church’ these days. Some of us have had enough with the ‘non-essential’ hills to die on and exclusionary tactics some ‘churches’ use ... This is not another church bashing book....
On 3/26 eph61820 wrote: …Your Workplace is correct! If you really did want to see that there is no compartmentalization between activities of every day life, this is the book for you. Tim brings highly creative, fallen, redemptive conclusions to any environment that includes other people. You can tell Tim credits his journey ... This is not another leadership book, this is a lessons learned treatise
On 2/15 eph61820 wrote: Pitched as the culmination of leadership over the years and bloody nose content of lessons learned, I was actually looking forward to reading this work. Who would not be interested in a book regarding ‘life lessons’ and new content. If you are a veteran to John Maxwell’s work, however, this is ... Not much really new here
On 10/14 eph61820 wrote: I think the inside jacket of the book describes perfectly when it states, “…the church in America is in the middle of a powerful storm. Many Christians feel bewildered, disheartened, and concerned by what they see—a culture that’s becoming increasing hostile to biblical Christianity and a church ... Jim Cymbala says there is a storm coming, I say it is already here
On 8/29 eph61820 wrote: Don’t we all come to God with our own agenda’s? You did, I did (that is another story), and in “Ex-Muslim” Naeem Fazal did too. His was about finding a way out of his country and fascinated with meeting a blonde girl and God redeemed it. This is a somewhat detailed, blow-by-blow conversion ... Don't we all comet to God with Agenda's?
On 7/13 eph61820 wrote: For those that desire a quick overview of the Creeds and Councils that are foundational to the Christian Faith, this Know Series booklet is my top recommendation. This is the BEST book I have read in a while on this topic and cannot recommend it highly enough. It is thorough, but not bogged down, ... This is an essential go-to for a refresher
On 5/21 eph61820 wrote: I’ve heard it said that you can tell the faith of a believer by how he handles suffering, trials and tribulations. Sadly, many times those who do not believe tend to handle it better than those of the faith. At the height of what many of us would reflect as prosperity, the author loses it all, ... A faith journey that begins where common sense ends?
On 4/19 eph61820 wrote: For Christmas last year, my Muslim neighbor whom God has knitted my heart to, gave me What Every Christian Should Know About Islam. I read that 2x in stewarding my friends gift. SAFJ (Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus), I read 3x times while we have all been going through The Story! Imagine what God is ... The real deal, especially if you are on mission and serving others like family
On 2/1 eph61820 wrote: Over the years there has been a plethora of discipleship materials for men, and most of them are either beating up on men or tell men they are directly responsible for the spiritual state of their wives. I am pleased to say that Darrin’s book is not one of these. I agree with Darrin, what men need ... This is NOT a "beat up on men" book...
On 1/8 eph61820 wrote: Miracles are happening all the time in the mundane if we just pay attention to what God is already doing. This fictional work surrounds the lives of a myriad of characters in the town of Benning, who lives past, present and future all are intertwined. Dark secrets are revealed, family dysfunction, ... Christian fiction doesn't have to be hokey anymore...
On 11/30 eph61820 wrote: What if through historical narratives you could catch a glimpse of humility through historical figures of the United States? David J. Bobb gives brief snippets of George Washington, James Madison, Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass which draw attention to this quality thus showing ... This is not an inclusive but a starting point
On 10/27 eph61820 wrote: I have read, done a bunch of personal and small group studies, and much discipling in the area of purity ministry. Of all the ones I have revisited, I think I have just found a replacement. Let’s be real. We live in a sexual culture and of the men I do life with, 89% of them struggle in this area ... What if purity was about the gospel instead of behavior modification?
On 9/4 eph61820 wrote: Christendom spends most of its time on Systematic Theology, however, another discipline, that of Biblical Theology and more specifically Covenant Theology, is one that is much needed as well for moving beyond application to implication. The place where true change takes place. The temptation is to ... What if the WHOLE Bible made sense instead of just parts of it?
On 7/28 eph61820 wrote: A couple of weekends ago, I had a Taken series weekend. I had not gotten a chance to see them and some time has passed. If you have not seen them, they address the topics of human trafficking, international travel and crime, divorce, and of course action movie retribution. Considering the topic of ... This is not a Hardees Commercial book for guys
On 6/8 eph61820 wrote: What if discipleship was not a class? What if it was not a fad? What if it was like Jesus intended, life on life missional discipleship. Many well-intentioned ‘church models’ attempt to walk out the great commission without really hitting the target. Modern church history shows that the the Pastoral ... we lost a lot, He gave a lot, we get a lot...
On 5/5 eph61820 wrote: What if you had a brief overview of some classic and contemporary Godly Men in one place? In a culture that changes its idols regularly, many who later fall, it is refreshing to have some men with integrity to celebrate. In this work, Eric Metaxas brings forth a refreshing and helpful insights into ... What if there was great men of integrity and character?
On 3/31 eph61820 wrote: This book has just enough transparency of the author (Kenny Silva) that you realize this is NOT just another one of those self-help books mentioned above. This work is a facilitator of real and actual advice through a biblical worldview, complete with great scripture references and honesty from the ... A good starter book but not a place to stop...
On 2/18 eph61820 wrote: Many of us have had NDE (Near Death Experiences) but does a believer interpret them differently than a non-believer? What about suffering does a Christian interpret suffering differently than a non-believer? These are some of the types of challenges you will encounter as you engage this work from the ... What if I did not have an NDE, will God still reveal Himself to me?
On 1/20 eph61820 wrote: Forgetting who we are in Christ is a stable diet for many believers, thanks to the fall and depravity. In a culture of “I need to feel good about myself” and the never vanishing ‘self-esteem movement’, finally a work that brings out an exegetical commentary on the book of Ephesians presenting ... Another good read by Mark Driscoll
On 9/3 eph61820 wrote: In a society that has been severely degraded due to the absence of Father’s there is a growing movement in evangelical circles to call us back to the truth. Doug Wilson’s newest work is one of those primaries every male should have on his discipleship shelf (well read before shelving of course). ... Father Hunger is not the only problem us dudes are having
On 6/14 eph61820 wrote: Why is today’s church so pathetic? Why are we able to tout many conversions and grow church members but have less and less impact on our culture? How is it that Christians are indistinguishable from the world? Is it because we are calling the unregenerate/lost, Christians? Or is it that many are settling ... A sobering wakeup call for Christians to step-up
On 3/27 eph61820 wrote: What if your child took a birds eye view of your life and wrote it down, what would it look like? Ruth Rosen takes this task to heart as we read the biography of Moishe Rosen, the illustrious leader of Jews for Jesus. What makes this biography unique is that it from the eyes of a family member who ... Controversy....leaving a legacy of integrity, character and conviction
On 1/19 eph61820 wrote: Leonard Sweet does it again, a meditative analysis of the current professionalization of ministry, addressing the leadership-laity divide and reminding us to be thinking Christians rather than ABC (already been chewed by others) Christianity. The first time I was confronted with this contemplative Christianity ... Titles are dividers...
On 12/13 eph61820 wrote: After a short term mission trip, the author and his family discern their hearts being knit to an HIV positive Ukrainian girl. What transpires is the journey the Taunton family begins in the process of adopting Sasha – the main character. Mixed with some insightful contextualization and historical ... The Grace Effect doesn't just happen to others...
On 11/14 eph61820 wrote: You can lead from right where you are! In John Maxwell’s new book, he outlines how to lead up, lead to the side and lead down from where you are in ANY organization. “This fantastic book is based on the knowledge that good leaders are not only capable of leading their followers but are also adept ... Leading from the middle is really leading....
On 9/8 eph61820 wrote: Evangelists often care passionately about lost people and have a strong desire to see them meet Jesus. They feel compassion for the lost and seek to earnestly understand their questions and doubts so that they can provide a compelling answer. An evangelist often prefers being with people in the culture ... It is not called the Great Suggestion
On 8/17 eph61820 wrote: Since September 11th 2001, there has been a war against the American people that has been covered up. Why did the media stop talking about terrorism? Warren Bennet and Seth Leibosohn bring the behind the scenes travesties to our attention in gripping and in your face content. There is a radical movement ... Radical Islam is Alive and Well!
On 7/26 eph61820 wrote: “From the first, my passion to write this book has had dual engines to thank my father and to prepare my boy and two girls in the way that my father prepared me.” Mark DeMoss A modern book of Proverbs for the 21st century. Each chapter/section is a recollection of past lessons through the eyes ... Proverbs for today