This month I read four books: The Storm Tossed Family, Gay Girl Good God, Christ from Beginning to End, and 12 Faithful Men. Here are my reviews of these books.
All of us are failures at family. That’s because all of us are part of families, and all of us are fallen. The cross shows us that the family can be an arena of God’s mercy and God’s glory.
Why I chose this book: I had seen The Storm Tossed Family on list upon list of the best books of 2018. One area of growth I needed in my understanding was how to pastor and lead families in our current culture.
Simple Summary: Dr. Moore places a gospel perspective on every area of the family. He defines what the family should be, explains what we often make of the family, and describes how the gospel transforms the family. This book reads like a text book on the family, but the information in it should be read by all.
Who should read this book? This book should be read by anyone who wants a clear biblical understand of what Scripture teaches regarding the family, especially in regards to the craziness of the culture around us.
The deception was in believing that the tree was more satisfying to the body and more pleasurable to the sight than God.
Why I chose this book: I am a typical evangelical in regards to homosexuality. I know what the Bible says, have friends and relatives who are gay, and want to know a solution to evangelism, compassion, and Jesus for my friends. I heard Jackie Hill Perry speak a few years back and have been intending to pick up this book for a while.
Simple Summary: Gay Girl, Good God is a conversion story. It is the testimony of how Perry came to Christ and how she currently lives and battles same sex attraction. This book might be the most beautifully written book I have ever read. Perry writes in a poetic form where the words sing on the page. As Perry communicates her story, she mingles in application and theology which teaches the reader about her struggle and the Biblical principles for a grace-filled, Scripturally-sound response to our same sex attracted friends.
Who should read this book: Everyone. LGBTQ issues are not going away. As Christians, we have reacted poorly to the issue either in anger filled rejection or in capitulating to their lifestyle choices. If you would like to gain a graceful response to the homosexual lifestyle, read this book.
Christ from Beginning to End, Trent Hunter
Without Christ, the Bible’s story makes no sense and God’s salvation promises are left unfulfilled.
Why I chose this book: I’m preaching through the entire Bible. When I began my pastorate at FBC Vidalia I started in Genesis. As I wrestle with the text of Scripture, I want to be faithful to the undergirding storyline of Scripture, the salvific work of Jesus Christ.
Simple Summary: Hunter moves genre by genre through the Bible to explain how each piece of Scripture points to Jesus Christ. Starting with the covenant in the garden and moving forward to the book of Revelation, Hunter gives simple and understandable commentary on how the Bible fits together to communicate the story of Jesus.
Who should read this book? This book would be good for any person who wants to study the Bible seriously. Even though this book is not exhaustive, it is a quality introduction to help you understand how the whole of Scripture fits together.
12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry, Collin Henson & Jeff Robinson
Throughout the history of the church of Jesus Christ, a pattern has emerged. Those whom God has used profoundly to build his church suffered grinding affliction along the way.
Why I chose this book: Pastoral ministry is difficult. There are many seasons where one walks through the pain and suffering silently. I picked this book up looking for a quality biography/set of biographies which would give me encouragement and counsel.
Simple Summary: Henson and Robinson have compiled a series of essays on historic pastors who have walked through immense struggles and pain. Each chapter stands alone as a biography of the historical figure. I struggled with this book. Picking it up to minister to my soul, it read too much like a seminary textbook. The information was good, but the application did not take the step I believe the authors intended in the book. It was informative but not devotional. I would love a book where modern pastors share the struggles of their ministerial experiences and also who God is/ how he walked them through each season.
Who should read this book: I don’t know. I believe the stories communicated in the series of essays is important but wish they took greater steps in application.