Reviews by Mr. Geurs
On 3/27 Mr. Geurs wrote: In evangelical circles, the topic of revival comes up now and then. It seems to be on Henley’s mind, too. Tracing the historic revival in Wales in 1904, Henley lays out an outline for how revival can happen, and along the way points out how the United States could be setting itself up for religious ... Calling down lightning.
On 2/23 Mr. Geurs wrote: I read Phil Robertson's previous book, Happy, Happy, Happy! during the zenith of the Duck Dynasty craze. That book was okay. Fast forward five years after his second book, UnPHILtered (which I did not read), and now comes The Theft of America's Soul. Curious to see what Robertson might have to say after ... I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would.
On 2/18 Mr. Geurs wrote: I am a lifelong student of the Bible, and also an individual who serves in various leadership functions in the church I attend and the school where I teach. One of the easiest ways I have found to develop personally as a leader and Christian is to read books on leadership and books on faith. The Maxwell ... A Bible for all leaders.
On 2/3 Mr. Geurs wrote: I appreciate the beauty of the language in the King James Version, the scholarship behind the New American Standard Version, and the accessibility of the English Standard Version of the Bible. I started regularly reading a Bible well after the age where I might have benefited from a children’s Bible. ... A Bible that even an adult can find useful.
On 12/24 Mr. Geurs wrote: A prayer book? What in the world would an Evangelical ever want with a prayer book? Well, a lot actually. This reviewer is an Assemblies of God minister who wishes the Assemblies included more of a liturgical aspect in its services. A Morning and Evening Prayerbook, edited by Jeanie and David Gushee, ... A great way to start and end the day.
On 12/6 Mr. Geurs wrote: The concept of the Ancient-Modern Bible is a unique one. Take the text of the New King James Version and print it on a page with really wide margins. Instead of printing study notes in the margins however, provide soundbites of commentary related to the passages from individuals who over the past two ... It's ancient. It's modern. It's okay.
On 12/2 Mr. Geurs wrote: Alright, so what’s I Declare War about? Put simply, this book is a four-part battle plan against idolatry in its many forms. This is a topic many pastors and authors have addressed, but it seems like each one who does has something new or a new way to say the same thing so that it does not seem trite ... How to declare war.
On 11/16 Mr. Geurs wrote: As far as study Bibles go, I am not the biggest fan of them, necessarily. When I sit down to read the Bible, too much extra stuff on the page can distract me easily and before too long, whatever I read that was trying to get in can slip from my mind as I am reading the footnotes, maps and graphics, etc. ... A study Bible that has that something extra- in a good way.
On 9/11 Mr. Geurs wrote: When I picked up this book, I was anticipating a revised approach to Cloud and Townsend’s modern classic with a similar title. Upon finishing the book, what I found was a book that, while it references Boundaries, goes in an entirely different direction, applying some of the root concepts of Boundaries, ... Review: "Boundaries for Your Soul" by Cook and Miller
On 7/31 Mr. Geurs wrote: This book is okay. I’ll admit this not the best way to start a review about a book, but it seems to fit in this sense. No matter what a person feels like the words good, awesome, etc. mean, most people have a consistent interpretation of the word “okay.” To that end, Hope of Nations by John Dickerson ... "Hope of Nations" is an okay book.
On 7/16 Mr. Geurs wrote: Sometimes, the simple books are the most enjoyable ones to read. God’s Words of Life for Fathers is one of those types of books. Its function is simple: Provide a series of Bible verses on different topics related to being a father, and after each subject’s collection of verses, provide a short reflection ... Review: "God's Words of Life for Fathers"
On 5/28 Mr. Geurs wrote: The idea is a really simple one, which on the surface does not seem like that big of a deal. Take a Bible, remove cross-reference notes, take out verse and chapter numbers from within the text (have chapter numbers on the left margin and a verse number every five verses or so on the right), keep the ... I have probably never been this excited about a Bible before.
On 5/1 Mr. Geurs wrote: I spend a lot of my time reading faith-based books. But most of those books do not deal with apologetics as much as they deal with culture, theology, or self-help. Reading Inside the Atheist Mind was out of my normal sphere of reading material; there were some things I enjoyed about the book, but there ... Going "Inside the Atheist Mind"
On 3/25 Mr. Geurs wrote: Before I begin this review, I need to acknowledge I am not a huge fan of ultra-conservative-politics-masquerading-as-Judeo-Christian-values books. If one is going to right a book about conservative politics, call it as such. If one is going to write a book on Judeo-Christian apologetics, be up front ... Review: "A Call for Courage"
On 12/23 Mr. Geurs wrote: It seems that the world is in a renaissance of a manliness; everywhere one turns, it is bearded this and warrior that. It was only a matter of time until someone published a devotional book like Bearded Gospel Men: The Epic Quest for Godliness and Manliness. When I first picked up the book, the beard ... Review: “Bearded Gospel Men: The Epic Quest for Godliness and Manliness”
On 12/23 Mr. Geurs wrote: I just finished reading Same Kind of Different As Me by Denver Moore and Ron Hall, and the only thing I can say is, “Wow.” The husband in me cried, the Pentecostal in me said, “Amen,” and the man in me felt hopeful for tomorrow after reading this book -not even exaggerating here. This review ... A book that hit me in the feels; or, a review of "Same Kind of Different As Me"
On 11/25 Mr. Geurs wrote: I tend stay away from the King James Bible; at times I have found the language less accessible. This can be a major problem because I read the Bible in the mornings and inaccessible text is the type of thing which easily can cause my eyes to glaze over. But I am up for a challenge, and I determined not ... Know the Word to Know the Word
On 10/27 Mr. Geurs wrote: I first met John Eldredge through his book Wild at Heart, a book that at the time seemed to speak to me in the place where I was in life. His newest book, All Things New, feels like a response, not just to the current condition of the world, but to the condition of my heart and soul as well. I cannot ... "As we live forward from here."
On 9/11 Mr. Geurs wrote: I am a constant reader. I am constant Bible reader too. It is not uncommon to read through one translation of the Bible in a year and then start reading from another. The Bible is one of those books that I will never get tired of reading because there is so much to unpack. Even if I were not a Christian, ... A respectable Bible for younger readers or those new to the Bible.
On 8/30 Mr. Geurs wrote: Start life as a religious fundamentalist. Get involved with ministry. Become cynical towards religion. Realize the cynicism is really a rebirth towards genuine faith. Faith becomes reborn. This is the premise of Zach Hoag’s semi-memoir/semi-treatise on the condition of the American Church, The Light ... REVIEW: “Why the Light Is Winning”; or, Why a decline in church attendance might be a good thing.
On 7/19 Mr. Geurs wrote: When it comes to books, usually about as touchy-feely as I get is reading something from Mitch Albom. Even then, while his work is sentimental, it isn’t emotional. Approaching a book like Lauren Casper’s It’s Okay About It provided me with a challenge as a reader: how do I approach a book written ... Review: "It's Okay About It"
On 5/31 Mr. Geurs wrote: I am a Christian, raised in a Pentecostal church, and pursuing credentials with the Assemblies of God. Acknowledging these three facts up front, my perspective on this book may be biased when I say that Dr. Storms’s Practicing the Power is a practical how-to guide for pastors and church leaders who ... A review of Sam Storms's book: "Practicing the Power"
On 5/2 Mr. Geurs wrote: One of the great ironies of Christianity is that Christians are empowered (Acts 1:8), yet are called to be humble (Eph. 4:2). This paradox is not lost on Goggin and Strobel, and this conundrum is the focus of their latest work: The Way of the Dragon, or the Way of the Lamb? Coming from the perspective ... Finding the way of the Lamb.
On 4/3 Mr. Geurs wrote: The idea of end-times prophecy is a hot topic in the church; and as time continues, scholars who engage with the apocalyptic texts of the Bible are forced to reevaluate them based on current geo-political contexts. "Clash of Kingdoms" is the next entry in the genre, and Charles Dyer and Mark Tobey do ... Review: "Clash of Kingdoms" by Dyer and Tobey
On 2/4 Mr. Geurs wrote: Journaling Bibles seem to be a hot product right now in the “devotional materials” category. My wife bought me an ESV one for Christmas the year before last. This year I am using one published by Thomas Nelson. It is a hardback, King James Version, with wide margins. As I am reading through it this ... A different way to use a Journaling Bible.
On 1/5 Mr. Geurs wrote: An inspired life is one that receives words of inspiration daily. In my position as a teacher-leader at the high school where I work, not only do students look to me for a spark, but I also look to others for the same. It is undeniable that John C. Maxwell is a legend when it comes to developing leadership ... Promises for Leaders
On 11/6 Mr. Geurs wrote: I have read through many Bible translations: ESV, NIV, The Message, NLT, New Jerusalem Bible, and NRSV to name a few. Another translation on my "have read" list is the New King James Version. Of the translations I have read, I find the NKJV to be a more scholarly translation in that it preserves the ... Review: NKJV Study Bible
On 10/24 Mr. Geurs wrote: I’m a teacher and I frequently joke that being teacher is a lot like being a parent. I also have an infant daughter. When I saw the book With All Due Respect and saw that it is geared towards raising teenagers, I figured it would be a worthwhile read. While I did find some useful material in the book, ... I read a book for moms; I'm a dad.
On 10/3 Mr. Geurs wrote: The ideal relationship is the one where neither person ever tells how they really feel, ensuring to repress all thoughts and emotions. Said no one ever. And it has been my experience that an unhealthy church or faith community is one where no one is allowed to express his or her thoughts, fears, or doubts. ... Become an Outlaw Christian.
On 8/1 Mr. Geurs wrote: This book is good. This book is thorough. This book has a misleading title. Let me say these three things about A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments up front. I enjoyed reading ADGTC‘s contents. As soon as I started to consider how the title connects to the subject, I come up short. The back ... Book Review: A Doubter's Guide to the Ten Commandments
On 6/23 Mr. Geurs wrote: Here is Running on Red Dog Road in one sentence: Berkheimer writes about her formative years living in a modest, borderline impoverished working class family in rural West Virginian Appalachia in a way that while very quaint and folksy, strikes the reader as anything but quaint and folksy. Berkheimer ... Review: Running on Red Dog Road
On 5/28 Mr. Geurs wrote: Is Islam a religion of peace or violence? Yes. Well, which one is it? Yes. As a Western Christian, should I be concerned or not concerned with the expansion of the Muslim community globally? Yes. Nabeel Qureshi's book Answering Jihad is a text that provides a lens for non-Muslim individuals to be able ... "No, but...": A Review of Nabeel Qureshi's "Answering Jihad"
On 4/13 Mr. Geurs wrote: One should not judge a book by its cover; in this case, however, it is okay to do so. And I encourage it. When I saw the cover for this book and started trying to unpack how the picture of an elephant standing on a chair with a little mouse staring up at it, I figured I would probably be in for a good ... Learning how to live in fear.
On 3/27 Mr. Geurs wrote: I appreciate an author who is willing to be honest. Honest with him or herself, as well as honest with readers. This Is Awkward: How Life's Uncomfortable Moments Open the Door to Intimacy and Connection by Sammy Rhodes is a good example that meets both of those honesty criteria. The project of the text ... It's okay to be awkward.
On 2/19 Mr. Geurs wrote: Because of time commitments and the general hustle of life, I do not get as much time to read as I used to. On top of that I also do not have as many opportunities to try and read a book from start to finish in one afternoon. I sat down with Dr. Ray Norman’s Dangerous Love and not only finished it ... Every once in a while, it's nice to have some hope.
On 12/19 Mr. Geurs wrote: I read the Bible regularly; it is usually a part of my morning before the rest of the day's activities. However, sometimes sleep wins versus me getting up earlier. Other times, the schedule does not permit me being able to read in the mornings. Even then I try to get in some of the Bible one way or another. Most ... An audiobook I was engaged in listening to.
On 12/7 Mr. Geurs wrote: There are no Jeff Bridges references in this book. This needs to be established up front. When I saw this book, my first association was that someone had written a book on marriage tips from the perspective of The Dude, but I was mistaken. Even so, Dude's Guide to Marriage by Darrin and Amie Patrick ... "The Dude's Guide to Marriage."
On 11/22 Mr. Geurs wrote: I appreciate thoughtful discourse. Furthermore, I appreciate thoughtful discourse with a sense of passion about it. Unfortunately, if one looks at the media, especially when it comes to the idea of the place of LGBT in America, the discourse seems to be predominantly passionate but thoughtless. It is ... Dr. R.A. Mohler, Jr.’s “We Cannot Be Silent”
On 11/9 Mr. Geurs wrote: My wife is pregnant with our first child. My wife and I were both raised in the Church, and intend on doing the same with our child. In the Christian faith- and much of U.S. culture- Christmas is an important holiday. And for even many not raised in Church, the Nativity story still holds a special place ... The Berenstain Bears thoughtfully retell a potentially challenging Christmas tale.
On 10/3 Mr. Geurs wrote: As a Christian man interested in self-improvement, a book with a title like Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood would seem to be an engaging topic for a book. Admittedly, I was anticipating a 21st century rendition of John Eldredge’s Wild At Heart. While that is not exactly what I got in this book, ... A Review of "Man Enough".
On 9/24 Mr. Geurs wrote: I once taught minors in a juvenile detention center and thought I had the department of corrections -and life on the inside- figured out. Burton and Anita Folsom take the short anecdotes of Mitch Rutledge, an Alabama prisoner serving a life-sentence without the possibility of parole, and paint such a ... Death on hold.
On 8/22 Mr. Geurs wrote: Leadership. If football coach Lou Holtz wrote the playbook for how to develop an impeccable college team, then John C. Maxwell should be credited with writing the play book for how to develop impeccable leadership potential into straight up leadership awesome. Over the past twelve years, Maxwell published ... John C. Maxwell Takes the Reader to School.
On 8/5 Mr. Geurs wrote: Jackwagon: (n.) An individual who is worthless and/or lazy. Tim Hawkins: (n.) An American comedian. Tim Hawkins is asynonymous with a jackwagon. Diary of a Jackwagon is a 207 page adventure into the entertaining, witty, and (at times) creepy mind of comedia Tim Hawkins. Setting up the overarching ... Tim Hawkins's "Diary of a Jackwagon".
On 6/30 Mr. Geurs wrote: Benjamin Franklin and George Whitefield are two fascinating individuals of historical note for America. By simply reading the dust jacket for a biography on either of them, one can easily understand how both of these men reached celebrity status in the America of the early eighteenth century. To learn ... The Printer and the Preacher.
On 6/25 Mr. Geurs wrote: This is a review of The Reason for My Hope by Billy Graham. Whether raised in church or not, many people will tend to agree that one of the most influential and inspiring people of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries is Billy Graham. Focused, passionate, devout, it is practically impossible ... Billy Graham's reason for hope.
On 5/11 Mr. Geurs wrote: There is something about a well-written biography. In it the author conveys his passion for the subject and it translates into the reader then sharing that passion. I was first introduced to Eric Metaxas when my wife purchased as a Christmas present for me Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Prophet, Martyr, Spy. Insightful ... "7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness" by Eric Metaxas
On 4/30 Mr. Geurs wrote: Prayer. What is prayer? What does it mean to pray? How does one pray? Can a song be a prayer? Can food be related to prayer and experiencing God other than by saying grace before a meal? In his book Simply Open, Greg Paul takes on the task of challenging the reader to encounter Divinity through ... What does it mean to be "Simply Open"?
On 3/17 Mr. Geurs wrote: On occasion I find a book that, although it speaks to me in my current positions, I wish would have been written and published earlier in life. If a book like Scary Close, the new one from Donald Miller, had been published ten years ago when I was nineteen and going on twenty, I wonder if I could have ... I couldn't have written a book like this: "Scary Close" by Donald Miller
On 2/7 Mr. Geurs wrote: Whenever I write a review for a book, I do not usually worry over word choice. A review is a simply that, a review. But every once in a while, I pick up a book (or a book is placed in my lap) which I suddenly feel paralyzed writing about because it is so good that I am worried that my words will fall ... Not hidden, but misunderstood: Tony Kriz's "Aloof"
On 1/21 Mr. Geurs wrote: While I am a fan of the television show Duck Dynasty, and admit that Duck/Buck Commander put out some quality products, overall I have felt pretty nauseated by the total amount of Robertson Clan merchandise overload the past couple years. When the opportunity was given to me to review the Duck Commander ... What do you get the family man as a present?
On 1/9 Mr. Geurs wrote: "What does it mean to live with God?" As Goggin and Strobel pose this question at the beginning of their book Beloved Dust, the authors set forth to write a book on prayer that isn't about prayer. Many times I find problems with books that claim to be able to "fix" issues such as a prayer life that seems ... Beloved dust.
On 11/15 Mr. Geurs wrote: At times in the life of a man, he feels as the pressures and wonders if it is all for anything. Will it serve a purpose or benefit anyone? In short, “To what end am I directed?” Jim Grassi not only seeks to answer that question, but also how to accomplish it with a level excellence and dignity. Finishing ... Finishing Well, Finishing Strong
On 10/25 Mr. Geurs wrote: This is a review on Phillip Yancey’s Vanishing Grace. While I don’t usually state this outright in a review on my blog, but if you are a believer in the word and work of Jesus, buy this book! In 1997, Zondervan published a book by author Phillip Yancey on the subject of Grace. That book, which ... Vanishing Grace.
On 10/9 Mr. Geurs wrote: It’s not very often that I pick a book up that seems to speak to where I am in a current season of life. In reading the first sentence of the back cover, however, “Frustrated and disillusioned with his life as a Christian…” I stopped reading the back cover and decided I needed to read The Sacred ... Thank you Michael Yankoski for The Sacred Year
On 8/30 Mr. Geurs wrote: Jesus asked questions of his disciples, not because he did not have an answer but because he wanted to disturb them to thought. Beginning with this as the foundation for the following 52 chapters, O.S. Hawkins provides an overview of fundamental Biblical ideas and concepts, using questions asked by various ... Diving In to "The Jesus Code"
On 8/22 Mr. Geurs wrote: When I was in elementary/junior high school, the Left Behind series fascinated me. The way LaHaye and Jenkins interpreted and brought to life Daniel, 2 Corinthians, and most importantly Revelation made for good reading. When The Book of Revelation Made Clear came my way, I jumped at the chance to read ... "Revelation" made clear.
On 7/17 Mr. Geurs wrote: It feels like lately I have been reading books that aren’t the ones I would typically read. I tend to hold a more cynical view on things, so when I picked up a book called Home Behind the Sun: Connect with God in the Brilliance of the Everyday my first thought was “Pass.” But something about ... Building a Home Behind the Sun
On 5/31 Mr. Geurs wrote: Books that address an almost militant necessity for "holiness" both interest me and make me uneasy; much of the uneasiness might be because I feel like the author will step on my toes and I won't like what he or she has to say. Drew Dyck's newest book Yawning at Tigers puts forth a resurgent call to ... Yawning at Tigers: Not My Normal Read