Reviews by Michael Deutsch
On 5/9 Michael Deutsch wrote: I have had this book on my shelf for a long time and finally finished the book. Don’t let the title, Bug Swamps Gold, fool you, this is a wonderful book retelling the story of a young girl growing up during the depression years in the 1930s and 1940s. The story takes place in South Carolina ... A Golden Story!
On 5/9 Michael Deutsch wrote: I appreciated reading Michael Horton’s new book, Core Christianity: Finding Yourself In God's Story. The purpose of the book is the fact that many times we really do not know the reason for the faith we have. Horton is hoping we can better understand our story in the midst of God’s Story. ... God's Story and Yours!
On 3/19 Michael Deutsch wrote: I have always believed as a pastor, I need to review and study theological positions I do not always agree with. That will help me to better formulate and state what I do believe. This is the reason I wanted to read this book, Four Views on Hell. This is not necessarily a fun topic ... Excellent Discussion of a HOT topic!
On 3/1 Michael Deutsch wrote: I greatly appreciated Jenni Catron's book, The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership. For quite awhile I have believed that we work through the 4 different components of who we are; that is; our heart, spirit, mind and body.With that in mind, Catron seeks to explain how to be an extraordinary ... Leading from heart, soul, mind and body!
On 2/1 Michael Deutsch wrote: It's Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die, by Jefferson Bethke, was a very interesting book. The premise of the book is to help the reader understand that Christianity is not just about getting our ticket punch and having a free ride to heaven. ... It's Not What you Think!
On 11/17 Michael Deutsch wrote: Excellent Book!Sometimes I get tired and really skeptical about reading another book on leadership. I feel like I’ve read them all . . . but I needed to read this book. In his book, H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle, Brad Lomenick has written a very open and vulnerable ... Excellent for Leaders!
On 9/11 Michael Deutsch wrote: We live in a society that is so quick to condemn and judge others. In his new book, Slow to Judge: Sometimes It’s OK to Listen, David Capes seeks to remind us to be slow to judge. He wants us to hold firm to what we believe, yet at the same time have that difficult balancing act so we don’t ... Very Insightful!
On 7/3 Michael Deutsch wrote: While Father’s Day is past, there is no time like now to get the dad in your life a Bible he will read. The NIV Dad’s Devotional Bible (2nd Edition) is filled with 260 devotionals written for dads. These devotionals, written by Robert Wolgemuth, author of She Calls Me Daddy, The Most Important ... Bible for Dad's
On 6/18 Michael Deutsch wrote: I have never read a John Maxwell book on leadership I didn't like. This book is no different. The Complete 101 Collection: What Every Leader Needs to Know, is a compilation of Maxwell's short books from the 101 series. This book weighs in at just over 600 pages, so it may be intimidating, ... The Excellent 101 Collection
On 5/30 Michael Deutsch wrote: I heard of Judah Smith's book Jesus Is ___________ but had not read it, and thought this would be an interesting book to read. So I was excited to receive this book. Judah is an engaging author, telling stories, using humor and tugging at your heart. This book is broken into 4 sections ... Inspiring Book!
On 5/1 Michael Deutsch wrote: In the book, Transcending Mysteries: Who is God and What Does He Want From Us? Andrew Greer and Ginny Owens have written a book in which they attempt to find Jesus’ message from the Old Testament.In this book they offer more of a dialogue to answer the questions about Jesus in the Old Testament. ... Some Insights of Jesus in the Old Testament
On 4/10 Michael Deutsch wrote: As a pastor who is trying to meet the needs of all people, yet understand why we are the way we are, this book was very helpful to me. In Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church, Rachel Evans has written a book which describes her journey from the church to leaving the church ... Thought Provoking!!
On 3/6 Michael Deutsch wrote: I was excited to receive the new NIV Proclamation Bible. While I am not a proponent of the new and revised NIV, I still wanted to review this Bible. Especially because Timothy Keller, whom I respect was quoted on the cover stating, “There are many Study Bibles, but none better.” ... Good, But Not Great!
On 2/18 Michael Deutsch wrote: I am a fan of John Maxwell. I think he has so much to say which is practical as it pertains to leadership. However, I was somewhat disappointed in this book, The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs. It is mostly a reprint of a leadership book which was previously ... Very Good, But a Reprint
On 2/3 Michael Deutsch wrote: I have read other books by Donald Miller and have found him to be authentic and a writer who is willing to be bold and challenge the reader. In his newest book, Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy, Miller has written a very transparent book about his journey in relationships; ... Vulnerable and Transparent!
On 1/21 Michael Deutsch wrote: In their book, Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery, authors David Watson and Paul Watson have written an excellent book. This book is not geared for the professional only. It is for all people who are invested in making a difference for Christ. This book ... Be Contagious!
On 1/8 Michael Deutsch wrote: I wondered how Stan Guthrie was going to pull this off? How can you choose one verse from each of the 66 books of the Bible? In his newest book, God's Story in 66 Verses: Understanding the Entire Bible by Focusing on Just One Verse in Each Book, Guthrie tackles a big challenge.Guthrie chooses ... The Bible in 66 Verses!
On 12/24 Michael Deutsch wrote: Sometimes we move through life at such break-neck speed that we never take time to reflect on the conversations and day to day events which surround our lives. In her book, Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most, Amy Julia Becker recounts stories from her day to day ... Big Talk form Small Talk
On 12/9 Michael Deutsch wrote: This was such a powerful story! In his book, My Best Friends Funeral: A Memoir, Roger Thompson has a deeply moving story about his friendship with his best friend Tim. He writes about the time they spent together and the meaning of their relationship. The were best friends as they grew ... Powerful and Moving Story
On 11/17 Michael Deutsch wrote: In his book, What Am I Supposed to Do with My Life?: God's Will Demystified, Johnnie Moore has written a very practical book. The premise behind this book were Moore’s years as the Campus Pastor at Liberty University. The question he seeks to address is one so many Christians struggle with. ... Practical and Timely!
On 10/22 Michael Deutsch wrote: The NKJV Study Bible Full-Color Edition is an excellent choice of Bibles. I use either the NKJV or ESV. I found this Bible to be very easy to use and greatly appreciate the study notes on the bottom of each page. Each chapter includes a color introduction, which is slightly shorter ... Excellent NKJV Study Bible
On 10/10 Michael Deutsch wrote: I was really intrigued by the title of this book and was very glad to have read it. The Skeletons In God's Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy Way, by Joshua Ryan Butler kept me interested throughout as he sought to help readers look at issues which we generally ... Skeleton's in God's Closet? Nope!
On 9/29 Michael Deutsch wrote: It's been awhile since I have seen Les Miserables. So, I wondered if this book would be good or not, and I was not at all disappointed. Bob Welch has written an excellent book in 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables. Welch identifies a number of different spiritual issues which are dealt with ... Excellent Little Book!!
On 9/18 Michael Deutsch wrote: I have always enjoyed reading books and listening to John Eldredge. John and his son, Sam, have cowritten a book entitled, Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face. Once again, John does not disappoint me in what he has to say in this book.This book is a conversation between ... Excellent and Easy Read!
On 9/12 Michael Deutsch wrote: I was really torn about how to rate this Bible, the NIV First Century Study Bible. As one who loves history, I relished the opportunity to gain additional nuggets of information that helps form the entire picture of the Bible. This adds to the richness of God's Word. I believe this ... Good Bible, But . . .
On 9/3 Michael Deutsch wrote: I really enjoyed reading Kirk Cousins book, Game Changer: Faith, Football and Finding Your Way. This was an enjoyable book about a young man with a great deal of class and character. It's a book I will have my sons read so they can understand the journey some take in life to make it where ... Excellent Book about Faith and Football
On 8/22 Michael Deutsch wrote: This is a wonderful devotional and Bible in one. The NIV Streams in the Desert Bible is packed with powerful words from God and from author L.B. Cowman. I have read through the deovtional Streams in the Desert many years ago, and will do so again as I read through the Bible.About the author ... Excellent BIble with Devotion
On 8/16 Michael Deutsch wrote: This was a very easy to read book, with great nuggets of spiritual truth to guide the reader along their journey. Laurie Short’s book, Finding Faith in the Dark: When the Story of Your Life Takes a Turn You Didn't Plan weaves stories about her life and those around her; along with stories from ... Inspiring Story
On 8/6 Michael Deutsch wrote: The Jesus Code ~ 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins has an interesting premise to it. Hawkins began to wonder about all of the questions Jesus asked, and then went on a search throughout the Bible to examine the questions he felt we need to answer.This book, which ... Very Good Devotional
On 7/28 Michael Deutsch wrote: In her newest Sticky Faith book, The title is The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Kids, Kara Powell has hit another home run. This is an excellent book, with great practical suggestions. The author has realized we are losing ... Excellent and Practical Book!
On 7/21 Michael Deutsch wrote: This book was very refreshing! So many times we pray with the expectation that God will hear our prayers and God will be the one who has been moved to action. In his book, Wasted Prayer: Know When God Wants You to Stop Praying and Start Doing, Greg Darley reminds us that often times the opposite ... A New Understanding to Prayer
On 7/11 Michael Deutsch wrote: In his book, Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things, Ken Wytsma has written a very important book. So many of us are living our lives with one thought in mind, our personal pleasure. We do that at the expense of those who are desperately in need of justice. Not ... Pursuing Justice? Yes!
On 6/27 Michael Deutsch wrote: I literally could not stop reading this book. I have never been to war, but gained a greater appreciation of a different aspect of war. Dr. W. Lee Warren has written an amazing book, with an equally revealing title, No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon's Long Journey Home from the Iraq War.The ... RIVETING!!
On 6/17 Michael Deutsch wrote: Below the Surface is the third book in the Code of Silence series, created by author, Tim Shoemaker. While this is the third in the series, and I had not read the previous books, this was easy to read and follow without thinking I was missing something. This series fits into an important ... An Exciting Book for Teen Boys
On 5/28 Michael Deutsch wrote: It’s amazing to see where our journeys take us in life. In his book, No More Dragons, Jim Burgen tells the very honest story about his life growing up in the church. His joy in attending worship and being part of the that culture . . . that is, until one day the people of the church complained ... Removing the Dragon from our Lives
On 5/13 Michael Deutsch wrote: I jumped at the chance to review this Bible, the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, because I had thought about buying it about 10 years ago. I appreciate the ministry of Jack Hayford and he is the Executive Editor. So, it was a great opportunity to review this Bible. While I prefer the ... Excellent Choice ~ New Spirit Filled Life Bible
On 5/6 Michael Deutsch wrote: Solomon was supposed to be the wisest man in the world. Really? Maybe for a moment he was, but he ended with hundreds of wives and hundreds more concubines. Now, that’s not a comment on women, it’s a comment on all the enticements this brings and the slow dissolving of our own beliefs. ... Solomon Style: Seduction and Temptation
On 4/18 Michael Deutsch wrote: Sometimes it’s difficult to read long academic books. One of the reasons I liked this book is that it was an easy read, filled with little nuggets I can easily apply in my life. In his book, How High Will You Climb? Determine Your Success by Cultivating the Right Attitude, John Maxwell leads ... Climbing High with your Attitude
On 2/28 Michael Deutsch wrote: It's not often you want to read a book about Heaven and Hell, but I actually enjoyed reading this book by Christopher Hudson, aptly entitled, Heaven & Hell: Are they Real?The book is broken down into two sections, Part 1 - Heaven; Part 2 - Hell. Within each part are sections. As such ... Heaven or Hell? Fact or Fiction?
On 2/18 Michael Deutsch wrote: I am always on the lookout for devotionals to read for myself, or to read as a family endeavor. I want something that will engage my teenage sons and this book has a great deal of potential to do that. In her book, No Cape Required: 52 Ways to Unleash your Inner Hero, Kristen Parrish provides ... No Cape Required Devotion!
On 1/25 Michael Deutsch wrote: I am a huge fan of Max Lucado. I really enjoy his ability to tell stories and get his point across in books and in his messages. In this book, which is really more of a devotional by Max Lucado is called "One God, One Plan, One Life." It’s specifically written for teens and adapted ... Excellent Teen Devotion by Max Lucado
On 1/7 Michael Deutsch wrote: This book reminds me of a Children's Bible, with pictures and scripture, yet this is much more than a Children's Bible. This is for adults and children to see the Bible in pictures, as well as reading the Word.This is the first book in a series of books which seek to illustrate through pictures ... MESSIAH: ORIGIN
On 12/16 Michael Deutsch wrote: I really enjoy reading books about history, as the books are great tools to learn more about our leaders, their successes and failures. In his book, "Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue," David Bobb has written a book helping us to see the great character in many of our ... HUMILITY - A DEFINITE NEED!
On 12/13 Michael Deutsch wrote: I never read Brennan Manning's most popular book, "The Ragamuffin Gospel." Now, after reading this book, I think I'll have to go back and read his earlier work. Manning died in April of this year, so this is his last work.The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story centers on a pastor named Jack Chisholm. ... Great Story of Grace and Forgiveness
On 10/29 Michael Deutsch wrote: Tenacious: How God Used a Terminal Diagnosis to Turn a Family and a Football Team into Champions was written by Jeremy and Jennifer Williams. This is a very personal book, as they are the main characters in this book about their lives.Jeremy and Jennifer were high school sweethearts living in ... Tenacious: A Powerful and Touching True Story
On 9/19 Michael Deutsch wrote: Pastor David Jeremiah has written a very practical book in 31 Days to Happiness: How to Find What Really Matters in Life. This is an easy to read book which is based on the book of Ecclesiastes. This is not a commentary, yet can be referred to as a practical commentary. Jeremiah seeks ... 31 Days to Happiness
On 8/27 Michael Deutsch wrote: I’ve read a lot of books for men. How to be the spiritual leader of the home, how to be the man of the family, how to be a better father, etc. In his book, Fight: Winning the Battles that Matter Most, Craig Groeschel has written a book about how men were called to be warriors. He’s ... Fight: Winning our Battles
On 7/1 Michael Deutsch wrote: Intentional Walk; An Inside Look at the Faith That Drives the St. Louis Cardinals by Rob Rains is a powerful collection of stories about a number of players on the St. Louis Cardinals players and coaches. Admittedly, I’m not a Cardinals fan, but I grew in appreciation for the players on the Cardinals. ... Be Intentional and read Intentional Walk
On 5/1 Michael Deutsch wrote: So many of the weddings I perform use the scripture from 1 Corinthians 13. People love to hear the section that “love is patient, love is kind . . .,” but I will not read that scripture without starting at the beginning of the chapter. It brings the passage to life.Ajith Fernando, the ... Reclaiming Love ~ An Excellent Read!
On 4/26 Michael Deutsch wrote: I can imagine the joy and excitement of welcoming your child into the world. But I can't imagine the pain of hearing that your unborn child cannot survive in this world.This is what was facing Steve and Nancy Peifer. As they painted the nursery for their son, they also planned his funeral. ... Dreams turned into Reality
On 3/24 Michael Deutsch wrote: "Intentional Parenting: Autopilot is for Planes" seeks to help parents learn more about themselves as they seek to become the best parents they can be. The authors are from the Daystar Counseling in Nashville, Tennessee. Their goal is to help parents get off of "autopilot" and begin ... Being an Intentional Parent!
On 2/18 Michael Deutsch wrote: In Stumbling on Open Ground: Love, God, Cancer and Rock 'n Roll, Ken Mansfield and his wife Connie, wrote an open, honest and very moving book about his and their battle with multiple cancers. Ken was the American producer for the Beatles, under the label of Apple Records. Ken and Connie detail ... Moving Journey through Cancer
On 12/31 Michael Deutsch wrote: Live Second:365 Ways to Make Jesus First is an excellent devotional if you are wanting to be challenged in your relationship with Jesus; or if you are wanting to ask questions as you seek to understand who God is calling you to be.The book is broken down into 12 sections, (one per month) containing either ... Live Second!!
On 12/25 Michael Deutsch wrote: What a wonderful book by Lucado. Grace: More than we deserve / Greater than we Imagine is an easy to read book which packs a powerful punch.We use the word grace to describe so much of life, we throw the word around like we really know what it means, but Lucado poignantly helps us gain a greater ... GRACE - Defintely More than we Deserve
On 9/28 Michael Deutsch wrote: I read this book, Wisdom Meets Passion, by Dan Miller and his son, Jared Angaza with a lot of interest and hope for what it would teach me. I believe we are in a great cultural shift which has been occurring, but one in which we really seek to avoid acknowledging and dealing with, at all cost. ... WIsdom Meets Passion
On 8/6 Michael Deutsch wrote: I was looking forward to reading this book by Max Lucado. Max On Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions was an easy to read book, which frankly was frustrating. Don’t get me wrong, he has a lot of great things to say, and his viewpoints about life are great, but ... Max Lucado on Life
On 12/8 Michael Deutsch wrote: The Final Summit, by Andy Andrews, is the second in a series of books, the first being called, The Traveler. I have not read the first book. But you can still jump right into The Final Summit and not feel like you've been left behind. My attention was captured pretty quickly, as I was not sure what ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews
On 12/8 Michael Deutsch wrote: The Final Hour is the fourth and last in a series of Christian fiction called the Homelanders series. The main character, Charlie West, is a teen who has decided to take a stand by agreeing to go undercover in a homegrown terrorist group in order to catch them and stop their plans to terrorize America. ... The Final Hour
On 3/16 Michael Deutsch wrote: There is nothing extraordinary about this movie, yet, it’s a powerful and wonderful movie to watch as a family. It’s a movie about priorities, forgiveness, family, and more. Dean Cain stars in this movie, you may remember him from his role on television in the program Louis and Clark.As you watch ... A Family Movie worth Watching
On 9/10 Michael Deutsch wrote: I always enjoy picking up Max Lucado books. There are stories after stories about people who have made a difference or who have lived through difficult times and as a result of their faith, they saw life in a more positive light. In his newest book, Out Live Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference, ... Out Live Your Life
On 8/17 Michael Deutsch wrote: Don't you love the title . . . Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? From the start of this book, Pete Wilson had me hooked. We all have an expectation of how and when God will show up and rescue us from our difficult traumas. I could resonate with not only his ... Plan B - Book Review
On 4/7 Michael Deutsch wrote: Obstacles Welcome is a great title for this easy to read leadership book, which also packed a good punch. Ralph de la Vega recounts his life story as he migrated to Florida from Cuba. He recalls the struggles, even the issues he had to deal with as a child and how they shaped him into the leader he is ... Obstacles Welcome
On 9/21 Michael Deutsch wrote: As someone who loves to read, I had the opportunity to review this book by Rick Burgess and Bill Bussey. I was not sure what to expect, but I must add I was not disappointed. The book, Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage is a silly light hearted read. Expect to see yourself ... The Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage
On 7/1 Michael Deutsch wrote: It seems obvious to us, yet our vision becomes so blurred by the very road we are on. Andy Stanley is a great oral communicator, as well as through the written media. The premise of Stanley's book, "The Principle of the Path" can be summarized in this statement from his book,“Every path leads somewhere…and ... The Priciple of the Path by Andy Stanley