Reviews by Derek Allen
On 10/10 Derek Allen wrote: The devotional/inspirational book by Christina Vinson would be a great gift for your favorite beach goer or summer beach reader. Christina shares 15 beach rules filled with inspirational thoughts, calming beach pictures, and encouraging scripture references. These rules remind you of your time at the ... Life is Better at the Beach...
On 8/26 Derek Allen wrote: “I Can Read!” books are a great resource for parents of young readers. The book series contains books in 5 stages: Shared Reading, Beginning Reading, Reading with Help, Reading Alone, and Advanced Reading. The current book, Great Stories of the Bible, is a level 2 book (Reading with Help). The book ... Great Stories of the Bible
On 6/29 Derek Allen wrote: The majority of the "Study Bible” portion is made up of Kids' Questions - literally, questions that kids have ask about the Bible, religion, life and spiritual conduct. Editors took these questions and provided answers using Scripture. Here are some very intriguing questions asked: Is it ok to keep ... Kids' Quest Study Bible
On 5/5 Derek Allen wrote: Jihad has rocked our world and has resulted in quite a controversy around words like terrorism, religion, radicals, and refugees. How should we respond to these words and ideas? What responsibility should we take as Christians to be a difference maker? Nabeel Qureshi enters the arena to tackle the ... Answering Jihad
On 4/27 Derek Allen wrote: Robert Halpert MD spins an intriguing tale of the life of Stonewall Jackson in this historical novel. The story is riveting as Halpert attempts to enter the mind of the Confederate General as he navigates the struggles of war and the reality of his ultimate fate, one that we all must face. This novel ... The Other Side of the River
On 3/7 Derek Allen wrote: Could you summarize the current culture surrounding sex, marriage, and relationships in one word? Controversy. How are Christians to respond to the challenge of defining relationships in our culture? Should we respond at all? Al Mohler steps to the plate, bat in hand, ready to swing for the fences ... We Cannot Be Silent
On 1/27 Derek Allen wrote: Darrin Patrick has done it again. Building off the great work, The Dude’s Guide to Manhood, Darrin dives into the depths of marriage and shares ten skills every husband must develop to love his wife well. This time Darrin partnered with his wife, Amie, to reach the hearts of the husband. The introduction ... The Dude's Guide to Marriage
On 12/30 Derek Allen wrote: I will be honest with you, when I saw a new Robertson book on the shelf I was not compelled to read the book. After reading a little more detail about the book though, I went ahead and grabbed a copy. The story of Jep and Jessica Robertson is worth the read especially for those who are struggling with ... The Good, the Bad and the Grace of God
On 11/16 Derek Allen wrote: *Disclaimer — I honestly did not read this devotion from cover to cover, explanation below. The Kid’s Book of Devotions, authored by Mark Littleton and published by Zonderkids, is billed as “a 365 day adventure in God’s Word.” My family is generally excited when I receive a new kids book ... The Kids Book of Devotions
On 10/24 Derek Allen wrote: This classic work by Gary Thomas is an excellent resource for pre-married and married couples. Unlike many other books on marriage and relationships, Gary Thomas focuses on holiness instead of happiness. Gary shares his premise from the beginning, “This book looks at how we can use the challenges, ... Sacred Marriage
On 8/24 Derek Allen wrote: The Behemoth Dinosaur in the Land of Uz is a children's book (ebook) written by Maryluz Guerrero Salas. This bilingual story details the people of Uz interacting with a behemoth dinosaur visiting their land. I understand the purpose of writing a bilingual book but found the reading difficult. Section ... The Behemoth...
On 8/17 Derek Allen wrote: My latest book to review has been difficult to write. This had nothing to do with the quality of the book but because I couldn't get my hands on it! From the moment that the children's devotional book Bedtime Devotions with Jesus came in the mail, my children took it away from me exclaiming that they ... Bedtime Devotions Review
On 5/17 Derek Allen wrote: What is a man? What makes a man great? These are the questions author Eric Metaxas had in mind when writing this book. His purpose in writing 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness was to help correct the distorted view of manhood by spotlighting 7 different men renowned for their boldness to surrender ... 7 Men
On 3/5 Derek Allen wrote: Another leadership book. Begin looking for a good book on leadership and you will quickly become confused on which one to read. Tim Stevens though, separates himself from the pack by creating a practical resource, one that can be used over and over again. Fairness is Overrated is not a book that you ... Fairness Is Overrated
On 1/7 Derek Allen wrote: We all understand that the life of a soldier is not easy. Movies, books, and documentaries detail the grueling training and discipline involved in becoming an American soldier, much less a Navy Seal Team member. What we seldom hear is how difficult a time these warriors have at adjusting to post battle ... The Last Rescue
On 11/19 Derek Allen wrote: This is a page turning thriller detailing the kidnapping and rescue of Dilip Joseph, an NGO doctor serving the people of Afghanistan. Dilip and two of his co-workers were kidnapped and held by Taliban forces in Afghanistan. His story of being captured and held hostage gives a rare glimpse of the lifestyle ... Kidnapped by the Taliban
On 10/31 Derek Allen wrote: We have all made mistakes in life and we have all seen others make mistakes. Mistakes can be harmful especially as the magnitude of those mistakes increase. The goal of leadership and success is simple, limit the mistakes. Hawkins and Parrott have put together a resource in Leadership Lessons: Avoiding ... Leadership Lessons (Book Review)
On 9/28 Derek Allen wrote: In this follow up book to Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta take us on a journey of a boy’s (Conrad) trip to Cowboy Training. This humorous tale of learning the ropes on the farm is a feel good story of learning to love your neighbor, persistence in the mist of ... Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door
On 9/16 Derek Allen wrote: Dr. Kara Powell has rolled out another resource in the Sticky Faith family of resources. This work is very similar to the Sticky Faith book as far as content is concerned. This difference in this resource is that she has added more application. This work shares over 100 practical and tested ideas ... Another Great Resource
On 8/15 Derek Allen wrote: The Red Sea rules by Robert J. Morgan is a short book/study (147 pages) on the account found in Exodus 14 where the Israelites and trapped beside the Red Sea. As we walk through the story, the author draws out 10 Rules for Handling Dilemmas or Discouragements: THE RED SEA RULES RULE 1— Realize that ... The Red Sea Rules
On 4/28 Derek Allen wrote: Tim Stafford interviewed eleven scientists “who held on to a strong faith faith while wrestling with the mystery of human origins.” In the book, he shared the story of each ones struggle and position on this controversial topic. These authors fell into three categories: Young Earth Creationists, ... Book Review: The Adam Quest
On 3/7 Derek Allen wrote: This book by Darrin Patrick is a must read for every dude. In it, he shares the secrets to manhood. These "secrets" are not really that secret. but he pulls them out of scripture and from the life of Jesus in a way to touches the hearts of men. I would highly recommend this book to young adult men but ... Every Dude needs to read this...
On 2/3 Derek Allen wrote: This book by Martin Pistorius is one of those stories that could haunt your dreams. As a father myself, I struggled at times through this book. Martin tells his story about his physical decline through illness at a young age. He became completely paralyzed and everyone thought he had lost his mental ... Ghost Boy
On 12/17 Derek Allen wrote: Ted Dekker and Bill Bright created an excellent work that really draws the reader into deep thought about worldly influences and perspectives. Through the work, the Gospel is presented in a clear way amongst other religious beliefs and practices. The authors do an excellent job of weaving a compelling ... Great Work
On 11/27 Derek Allen wrote: This children’s book by Denette Fretz is a story of a group of pirates moving into town and getting involved in a local community even though they seem to do things a little differently. This is a story about accepting one another even with major differences. The author does a great job through the ... Good Family Resource
On 11/15 Derek Allen wrote: Max Lucado did an excellent job of bringing the story of Joseph into another realm. A realm where we can see, smell, taste, and hear everything on his journey from favored son, to slave, to ruling in Egypt, every step of the way. He brings the story to life today, giving us practical and Biblical wisdom ... Great Read
On 9/29 Derek Allen wrote: Ted Kluck’s biography of Robert Griffin III’s NFL rookie season is a good inside look of the rigors and responsibilities of one leading in the quarterback position. Kluck goes where few authors go, looking into schemes and strategies of different teams and demands of being an NFL employee. His knowledge ... Great Book
On 8/12 Derek Allen wrote: Intentional Walk by Rob Rains was a book that caught my eye when I first saw it just like any book combining religion and sports would do. My only drawback was the fact that it was centered around the St. Louis Cardinals MLB franchise. Being a Boston Red Sox fan living in Cardinal country, I was hesitant ... Intentional Walk
On 7/23 Derek Allen wrote: This book was a slow read but the principle is very clear: one on one discipleship is a must in the world today. Churches plan and promote programs and activities but real spiritual growth and health can only be accomplished when individuals dive deep into the Word of God and share life together. We ... Good Read
On 6/19 Derek Allen wrote: Craig Groeschel does an excellent job in this work by pulling the reader in and taking them on a journey of faith. He reminds us all that we need to come to a point in our lives where we lay ourselves (our selfish wants, desires, goals, plans, ambitions) down on the altar and allow Christ to take over ... Altar Ego
On 4/19 Derek Allen wrote: Do you struggle as a parent? That's really not a good question to ask. Parenting is hard and any kind of help is appreciated. I have read many a parenting book and resources but Intentional Parenting by Goff, Thomas, and Trevathan is one of the best works on parenting that I have seen. This book ... Intentional Parenting
On 2/15 Derek Allen wrote: The book Surfing for God by Michael John Cusick is a book that all men should read. This book discusses the issue that many try to hide from or discourage conversation about, sexual struggle. Unfortunately in our world today, we wait until there is a problem to find God's purpose and will for our lives. ... must read for men
On 12/3 Derek Allen wrote: Andy Andrews hit another one out of the park with this work. Once again, we catch up with David Ponder on his journey through life but this time he is tasked with seeking a solution to mankind’s misdirection. David seeks counsel with various historical figures in order to seek a solution to allow humanity ... Andy Andrews does it again
On 9/26 Derek Allen wrote: Let me tell you something, I have a 2 year old and a 5 year old. Parenting them right now is tough. I have been horrified at the thought of parenting them through the teen years (and yes, I am a youth pastor). This book though, gives me practical tips and ideas to succeed in this all important task. ... Tough Guys and Drama Queens
On 7/8 Derek Allen wrote: Crazy Dangerous, July 8, 2012 By youthpastorderek This review is from: Crazy Dangerous (Hardcover) If you want a good clean summer read filled with suspense, intrigue, and action with spiritual themes weaved throughout...then this is your book. Andrew Klavan tells the story of a teenage PK, Sam Hopkins ... Crazy Dangerous
On 5/24 Derek Allen wrote: My life as a Pastor, Husband, and Dad has been flipped upside down while reading this book. It is not the book that flipped my life upside down but life itself. You see, while reading this book my wife became very ill and almost passed away from colon cancer. I have read almost this entire book while ... Must read for men
On 4/18 Derek Allen wrote: This does not sound like a question that Christians should be diving into but Todd Hunter jumps right in the deep end. The book chews on some common sins that many deal with on a regular basis as well as seeks how to properly digest and remove these issues in everyday lives. The heart of the book seeks ... What is your favorite sin?
On 2/29 Derek Allen wrote: This Samaritan’s Purse film reveals true “heart” of the Children’s Heart Project. The film follows Cissie Graham as she begins an internship with the Project as they change three family’s lives from Mongolia. The film documents very well how children with life threatening heart issues can ... Three Hearts
On 2/1 Derek Allen wrote: Are you a leader or a follower? Society today desires individuals to step out and lead in business, in the home, at play, and in the church. Maybe the more appropriate question to ask would be, should you be a leader or follower? This is the question at the heart of Leonard Sweet’s book “I Am a ... Leader or Follower?
On 12/23 Derek Allen wrote: How many of you have asked that question? For some, it might be THE million dollar question. The author, David Murrow (founder of Church for Men), takes you on a journey to discover the decisions and trends that churches have made over time to push men away from the church. He mentions various theories ... THE Million dollar question
On 11/15 Derek Allen wrote: The story of the Burpo family is quite unique. Not so much that the book details the life of a small town preacher and his family, which includes common struggles like personal health and finances. What sets the story apart though is that during a life threatening illness, the Burpo's four year old ... This one makes you think!
On 11/8 Derek Allen wrote: His name is Jesus. Believers have many names for the God-man who came to earth to rescue all of mankind through His death on the cross. Max Lucado's title for the book says it all, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior. Lucado takes his readers on a journey through the crowd and events surrounding the cross ... Great devotional/small group study book!