Book Review: The Maxwell Leadership Bible

The Bible is full of examples when it comes to leadership.  As a Christian it would only make sense that there be a Bible devoted to the issue.  After all, we are all leaders of some kind.  Whether at work, home, or in our churches there are circumstances in which we are a leader.  John Maxwell has been a pastor of a large church, and he is also one of the most sought after speakers and authors on the topic of leadership.  His notes about leadership in this volume are second to none.

The Bible itself is the New King James translation of scripture.  The translation itself is great, and the only qualm I have is that the deuterocanonical books are not included (I’m Catholic…what can I say).  The notes in this Bible are amazing.  As previously stated, Maxwell has notes and articles on leadership throughout this volume.  He lists the 21 laws of leadership, 21 qualities of a leader, a detailed index that point to leadership issues, as well as over 100 biographical profiles.  If you are a leader of any kind, and we all are, this is a great addition to your library…if only for the notes and articles alone.

[Note:  This book was received free of charge from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.]

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Book Review of The Case For Christ: Daily Moment of Truth

Jesus said that we must love him with all of our minds, heart, soul, and strength (Matthew 22:37).  There are many devotionals out there that focus on loving Jesus with heart and soul, but very few address loving him with our minds.  The Case For Christ: Daily Moment of Truth by Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg is one that fills the void, and does so very effectively.

I have little doubt that you have either read other work by Lee Strobel, or seen the popular film The Case For Christ.  This devotional follows a similar format, and examines why we are here.  It does so in very general terms at first then moves into more advanced apologetics content.  Each apologetics devotional is only around two pages long.  As a result, topics are only discussed very briefly.  It would behoove the ready to look into longer works that go into detail regarding these more complex subject.  The book is 360 pages long and includes subjects such as science meeting scripture, reincarnation, the divinity of Christ, and historical evidences for the faith.  There is very little uncovered, and wets the appetite of these subjects.

This book is good if you are wanting a brief 5-6 minute overview of scripture and apologetics content.  IF you are looking for an in depth explanation about the proofs of the resurrection this is not the book, and this is not the intent or design of the book.  It is meant to strengthen one’s faith with basic apologetics that will assist in one defending Christianity.  With that is does a pretty good job.  4/5 stars.

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.]

Book Review: The Beginners Bible- Stories About Jesus

[Note:  I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.]

For this review I take a break from academic, purely theological, and church history works to focus on a children’s book.  I have four young children, and my youngest two are three years old.  The book is small enough for their small hands to hold, and the pages are nice and thick which is great for durability.

As the title suggests, the book contains short form stories about Jesus that are easy for children to understand.  The illustrations in this book are also excellent.  They are colorful, vibrant, and assistant the young reader in understanding the stories.  The colorful pages also help keep the attention of the youngest among us.

Many children’s Bibles are quite large in comparison to their target demographic, but this one is an exception.  It is small enough to be carried anywhere and will not take up much room.  I recommend this book for young toddlers.  It is a great way to introduce them to the ministry of Christ.

The book can be purchased at http://www.zondervan.com/the-beginner-s-bible-stories-about-jesus-2

 

Book Review: NIV Faith and Work Bible

[Note:  I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.  I am not required to give a good rating.]

As a theologian and Bible teacher I have many Bibles in my personal library.  The NIV Faith and Work Bible, edited by David H. Kim, is very unique.  Besides communicating the Word of God, the purpose of the Bible is help one understand the relationship between faith and one’s vocation.  It is not a study Bible, but the introductions to each book of the Bible help apply the book’s teaching to faith and work.

The Bible also offers 75 real life stories that offer the reader a good dose of encouragement.  It also offers 45 articles that describe doctrine that show the reader the importance of integrating their job and their faith.  A very unique aspect of this Bible is a series of 31 short articles that help the reader easily understand the purpose of scripture.  Included in the book are 4 essays that show the reader the importance of connecting faith in Christ with their life at work.

The text within the Bible is a fairly large font which is easy on the eyes, and there is no shortage of footnotes that connect a passage with other passages in scripture.  The text is black and is contrasted with green book introductions.

Overall the NIV Faith and Work Bible does a great job integrating faith and work life.  This is vital since we are Christians every minute of the day and not just at home.  This Bible is good edition to have as it gives a different application than a study bible, or apologetics bible.

 

Book Review: A Doubter's Guide To The Ten Commandments

[Note:  This book was received free of charge from Booklook/Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.]

We have all heard of the ten commandments at one point or another.  They have become so engrained in out society that they helped shape the fabric of law.  In A Doubter’s Guide best selling author John Dickson takes a look at the commandments and how they have shaped the world.

Do not let the title of the book distract you from the primary mission of the author.  This work is one of an apologetics nature, and each commandment is touched on.  The author states that the commandments did not spread as a result of Judaism, but as a result of Christianity and missions activity.  This is seen in the fact that the Old Testament points toward a New Covenant, and that Jesus is called a new Moses in the New Testament.

The commandments are also seen as a listing of rules and regulations that bind human freedom.  According to the author, and myself, this is not the case.  The author points out that true freedom is not doing what one chooses, because our human natures will take over and we will become slaves to such a freedom.  The commandments are a charter of freedom because they help us become what we were truly made for.

Overall the author does a good job describing how the commandments influenced western culture while being sensitive to the audience.  The book is written in such a way that one does not need a seminary degree to understand it.  It is written for the everyday person to pick up, and become better acquainted with the faith.

 

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