Reviews by jrforasteros
On 2/22 jrforasteros wrote: I have a confession: I love the recent plethora of young adult fiction. Not Twilight – I have standards, after all, but it busted the floodgates wide open and now we’re swimming in some great, thoughtful and provocative YA Lit. From Katniss Everdeen and Percy Jackson to the Pure trilogy, the YA world ... Hopefully Sets a New Trend for YA
On 1/3 jrforasteros wrote: If Love Wins was the most controversial book last year, Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll is set to win the award this year. Mark Driscoll has long been in the public eye as a confrontational, no-holds barred pastor who likes to shout. Theologically, he's part of the New Calvinist movement and ... Real doesn't necessarily mean helpful. Or good.
On 10/19 jrforasteros wrote: Last year, when I discovered Matt Mikalatos’ Imaginary Jesus, I was thrilled to see an announcement in the back of the book for Matt’s next book, Night of the Living Dead Christian, which just came out this month. So I was surprised to see Thomas Nelson publishing almost on the same day a book called ... Bad Writing. Bad Theology. Skip It.
On 9/3 jrforasteros wrote: I enjoyed this book quite a lot. The Scripture quotations are from Seay’s The Voice translation, which for those who haven’t experienced it, is an excellent new translation. Those who are familiar with Seay’s work will not be surprised to learn that Gospel According to Jesus is an Emergent take ... Great Introduction to the Doctrine of Justification
On 9/22 jrforasteros wrote: John Maxwell is a guy who knows leadership, and who loves to help younger leaders grow. This book is a wonderful example of that. Meant to be a 10-minute-a-day devotional, A Leader’s Heart is a 365-day character study drawn from Maxwell’s whole corpus of leadership materials and meant to encourage ... Great Tool for Developing Leaders
On 9/9 jrforasteros wrote: Anne Jackson is one of the best examples of a person who has leveraged the internet to raise the level of conversation. Her blog, FlowerDust.net, is a window into her soul, and through her own openness and transparency, she’s engendered frank and honest conversation about a lot of what’s wrong with ... We've needed this book for a long time.
On 8/18 jrforasteros wrote: As I moved through the book the book, MacArthur’s method of interpretation became increasingly clear. He wrote this book not as a careful study of biblical texts to explore what a Scripturally-faithful response to people who made him uncomfortable might be. MacArthur’s mind was already made up, ... Much more hurtful than helpful.
On 7/7 jrforasteros wrote: If you’re anything like me, prayer is more often than not a challenge. I’ve tried a lot of different stuff, but no matter what, I can’t seem to capture that perfect pray-for-seven-hours super Christian technique I hear so many people I admire talk about. I’m lucky to maintain a good five solid ... Want to Learn to Pray... For Real?
On 5/31 jrforasteros wrote: This book’s intention is to make you uncomfortable. In that sense, the authors – Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola – succeed admirably, but probably not in the way they’d hoped, at least not for me. Of the two Leonard Sweet books I’ve read so far (this one and The Gospel According to Starbucks), ... Some Good Info, But Ultimately Not Very Helpful
On 5/11 jrforasteros wrote: Perhaps the most difficult questions facing Christians are those that deal with evil and suffering. And we rarely ask these questions in a vacuum – usually it’s because we or someone we know and love is suffering. Pete Wilson’s Plan B is an honest, biblical exploration of how we should respond ... Book Review: Plan B
On 3/17 jrforasteros wrote: The Map is frustratingly complicated to read, let alone review. I find myself both loving and hating it. The short: it’s got some really great content, but you have to wade through a lot of crap to get to it. If you’re confident in your ability to read critically, pick it up. If you don’t think ... Bring Some Waders... Not Sure It's Worth It
On 2/20 jrforasteros wrote: The short version: this book is well worth your time and money. The long version: Since I first became aware of the Voice Bible translation, I have been excited to see what they can do with the Biblical texts. And since I’ve been recently drawn more and more to the Psalms, I jumped at the opportunity ... Book Review: The Voice of Psalms
On 2/1 jrforasteros wrote: This month, for Thomas Nelson’s book review site BookSneeze.com, I reviewed Newt Gingrich’s Rediscovering God in America: Reflecions on the Role of Faith in our Nation’s History and Future. It’s a “visual tour” of Washington, D.C’s buildings and monuments/memorials, ... Book Review: Rediscovering God in America
On 10/26 jrforasteros wrote: I just finished Green by Ted Dekker. Seemingly the last of Dekker’s “The Circle” books, it’s been packaged as book Zero of the Black, Red and White series. In the introduction, Dekker offers the book as a book that “both begins… and ends the series… ... GREEN by Ted Dekker: A Review