Book Reviews

I love to read when/if the day permits. Below is a list of all the books for which I would like to post a review.

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL DOCTRINE by Wayne Grudem
(Category: Theology, My rating: 5 stars)

Fantastic reading! Totally worth the time. A more detailed review coming soon.

RESPECTABLE SINS: CONFRONTING THE SINS WE TOLERATE by Jerry Bridges
(Category: Self Awareness, My rating: 5 stars)

What counts as "sin" to you? Bridges challenges the reader to face the sins that are many times overlooked or swept under the rug like ungodliness, anxiety and frustration, discontentment, unthankfulness, pride, selfishness, lack of self control, impatience and irritability, anger, judgmentalism, envy, jealousy, and related sins, sins of the tongue, and worldliness. A more detailed review will be posted as soon as possible.

HOW TO PRAY by R.A. Torrey
(Category: Prayer, My rating: 3 1/2 stars)

A small book of 107 (4x6") pages, it is one that can be read easily over and again. Torrey offers guidance in the discipline of prayer including (but not limited to) the importance of prayer, praying to God, obeying and praying, praying in the name of Christ and according to the (revealed) will of God, abiding in Christ, praying with thanksgiving, hindrances to praying, and when to pray. Further, Torrey's "The New Birth" can be found at www.monergism.com.

THE POWER OF A PRAYING WIFE by Stormie Omatian
(Category: Prayer, My rating: 4 stars)

I found the heartfelt prayers in this book, from a loving wife to her husband, so refreshing and beautiful. I read the book in it's entirety once and have repeated the prayers time and again, at the foot of the throne, for the man God strategically placed as my spouse (who I dearly adore). Saturated in God's word, I feel the focus of Omartian's writing is on God's saving grace and mercy.

THE VALLEY OF VISION: A COLLECTION OF PURITAN PRAYERS AND DEVOTIONS
(Category: Prayer, My rating: 5 stars)

I am not sure my words are adequate enough to describe the blessing that is this book. Though scripture is not incorporated within, the deep, sincere crys by the Puritan authors to their God and King is utterly inspiring.

DON'T MAKE ME COUNT TO THREE! by Ginger Plowman
(Category: Parenting, My rating: 4 stars)
Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34)...and that goes for behavior as well. Plowman addresses disobedience, discipline, and training up children in righteousness in three parts: Reaching the heart of your child, How to give a biblical reproof, and The biblical use of the rod. She also offers a calendar sized resource called, "Wise Words for Moms" which I found exceedingly useful!

THE EXCELLENT WIFE by Martha Peace
(Category: Marriage, My rating: 3 stars)

I feel the number one resource for a follower of Christ is God's word. Aside from that there are some perspectives that can be helpful in various areas of the follower's life. Peace gives her insight to being an "excellent wife" based on Proverbs 31 and her expertise as a counselor of women. She divides her faith based counsel into four parts: A wife's understanding, A wife's responsibility, A wife's submission, and A wife's special concerns. A more in-depth review will be posted at a later time.

WHEN SINNERS SAY, "I DO": DISCOVERING THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL FOR MARRIAGE by Dave Harvey
(Category: Marriage, My rating: 3 stars)

Honestly speaking, I am going to have to read this one again. I cannot remember enough about it to write a decent review. As I flip though my copy, I see where I have highlighted sections of interest but am still drawing a blank. Looking at the table of contents I notice the writer touches on points such as, What really matters in a marriage, Waking up with the worst of sinners, The fog of war and the law of sin, Mercy triumphs over judgment, Forgiveness full and free, The surgeon, the scalpel, and the spouse in sin, Stubborn grace, Concerning sex, and When sinners say goodbye. I will post a more extensive review after I reread this book.

SHEPHERDING A CHILD'S HEART by Tedd Tripp
(Category: parenting, My rating: 4 stars)

Like DON'T MAKE ME COUNT TO THREE! by Ginger Plowman, SHEPHERDING A CHILD'S HEART addresses "heart" issues rather than "behavioral" problems with the explanation that actions illustrate what is going on in the heart. Unlike some literature that encourages parents to enforce a no tolerance policy and attempt to control their children's actions and behavior, Tripp takes a different approach. A group study can also be done on this book using DVD's and further resources.

THE LOVE DARE by Stephen and Alex Kendrick
(Category: marriage, My rating: 4 stars)

This 40 day dare was quite enjoyable. It was fun for me to come up with unusual ways to bless my spouse (beyond what I already do in an effort to be a Proverbs 31 wife). One day I put a romantic song from me to him on his iPod, another time I reorganized his closet for him, and (if memory serves) I also baked him a cake, just because. I feel THE LOVE DARE is wonderful and will bless abundantly in most cases. (Sadly, there are some situations in which THE LOVE DARE will not work. No one can force their spouse to love in return or soften their heart if it is hardened.). It was a challenge at times to think creatively however I believe it was well worth my time and efforts.

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