Reviews by Cliffymania
On 7/13 Cliffymania wrote: Finding your purpose, living your dreams, and fighting fear are staples of the mega-church pastor publishing phenomenon. In the last 10 years the market has become so flooded with books on these topics that one might conclude they aren’t working. That would certainly explain why they keep writing them. What ... Lackluster entry in the Purpose genre
On 6/11 Cliffymania wrote: Brant Hansen is a closet Lutheran. What I mean is that his view of grace, scripture, and even his view of humanity are all Lutheran. I hope that isn’t offensive. I was first introduced to Brant Hansen through the Brant and Sherri podcast. A friend sent me one of those, “Hey, I think you’ll like ... Really needed in our modern thin-skinned-don't-disagree-that's-mean church
On 3/6 Cliffymania wrote: What do you do when you’ve been criticized to the point that large groups of people have denounced you? You have two options: ignore it and go on as if nothing had happened, or face it full on and defend yourself. The NIV Proclamation Bible ignores it. The New International Version of the Bible ... Not really a study bible...
On 1/22 Cliffymania wrote: Have you ever been in that situation where there’s this massive cultural phenomenon going on and when people ask you about it all you can say is, “Who?” I’ve never seen the Duck Dynasty show; I don’t have Cable. I’ve heard people talk about it and I saw the big hullabaloo when Phil Robertson ... A pleasant surprise
On 12/19 Cliffymania wrote: Taking notes in a Bible is more of an art than a science. In fact, it's kind of esoteric craft because it's just not that easy to do. Now my wife will just write with abandon in her Bible and even doodle in the margins. Somehow she can still read the Bible text and her notes. Meanwhile, I'm trying ... Great layout for taking notes
On 12/4 Cliffymania wrote: “Am I honoring God with how I use social media?” That’s one of the questions that Brian Wassom wants us to answer for ourselves. In his book “What Would Jesus Post?” he offers insight and advice to illuminate our online lives. It’s no secret that social media has become ubiquitous in our ... Great advice for Christians using social media
On 10/31 Cliffymania wrote: How exactly do you a review a dictionary? Especially a Bible dictionary which is really more of a one volume encyclopedia. I mean, it’s not like anybody is going to wait for me to read this thing cover to cover. And then what? Review each entry? I don’t think so. What I decided to do was incorporated ... Great Resource
On 10/17 Cliffymania wrote: I have to admit I judged “The Jesus Code” by it’s cover. It seems that most books using the word “code” in the title and talking about Christianity in the content really resolve to some over-reaching, over-simplifying, and overwhelmingly confusing mish-mash of speculation that every Christian ... Lots of good questions
On 7/18 Cliffymania wrote: I love collecting Bibles. Not so they can sit on my shelf, but to have a useful tool in studying God’s Word. Study Bibles are my particular favorite. Zondervan has released the NIV Essentials Study Bible which actually compiles bits from previous Bibles they’ve published; the NIV Study Bible, Archeological ... Good introductory study Bible
On 7/2 Cliffymania wrote: Given the proliferation of Bibles this question is highly appropriate; What’s the justification for printing yet another theme Bible? The mission of Bible publication is simple; get the Bible into the hands, minds and hearts of every single person in the world. Given all the different personalities ... Overpriced by the publisher
On 6/13 Cliffymania wrote: The quote on the back cover probably says it all, “If our families are to flourish, we will need to learn and practice ways of forgiving those who have had the greatest impact upon us: our mothers and fathers.” The author even asks the question, “Do we need another book on forgiveness?” Frankly, ... Forgiving to move forward
On 4/2 Cliffymania wrote: I get the sense that, like me, Strachan is tired of all the self-help books labeled “Christian Life” on the market today. Books written by celebrity pastors pretending to glorify God, but in reality only glorifies you. What the celebrity Christian leaders preach, Strachan calls a “cereal commercial” ... The reality of the ordinary Christian life
On 12/20 Cliffymania wrote: Reading this book I was afraid that I was being too hard on Pete Wilson and maybe I am. After all, he’s just trying to help us have hope. I took it to a group of friends and walked them through some of it, so they could check me and give me a rebuttal to what I was saying. On a few things I was ... There's something missing...
On 10/24 Cliffymania wrote: Seven Men and the Secret of their Greatness is not just another book on leadership, or success, or fame and fortune. This book has real heart and its intent isn't to make you more successful, but to simply shine a light on the path to being a better man. Eric Metaxas has already written extended biographies ... It's the Secret Everybody Knows!
On 6/17 Cliffymania wrote: Introduction "I'm not a very linear person." - Judah Smith When I review a book there are three things I have to settle in my head before I make any judgments about the book. Who is the audience? What is the author trying to say to that audience? Was he successful? After reading "Jesus Is __" I'm still ... "Jesus Is" is a convoluted mess
On 4/29 Cliffymania wrote: Sometimes people try too hard. It happens that we are so passionate about an issue and we want to cover it so well and make our point so clear that we can completely douse any spark of interest. That’s what happened in the pages of Fake Christianity. C. B. Matthews covers issues that need to be ... Some good information but uninteresting
On 1/23 Cliffymania wrote: The age old question is asked time and again by different groups at different times: how do we get our nation back on track. Ancient Israel was posed with the question over and over again, every time they set aside the one true God for a myriad of false gods. The resounding answer from the prophets ... Liberty is a gift from God
On 6/6 Cliffymania wrote: “To contemplate the lives of America’s generals is to behold both the best of us as a nation and the lesser angels of human nature, to bask in genius and to be repulsed by arrogance and folly.” (A note from the editor) I have a strange connection to the Civil War; my great grandfather was a soldier ... Sherman: The Ruthless General
On 1/23 Cliffymania wrote: When I first heard about the I Am Second movement it was through the famous conversions of famous people. But it’s not what you think. Well, it’s not what I was thinking. Let me step back. In the beginning this book worried me. Dramatic stories of dramatic lives and dramatic conversions. I’ve ... I Am Second: Authors Doug Bender and Dave Sterrett