Book Reviews

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Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples

This bookfocuses on transformational discipleship. That’s what the church is all about, not programs or schedules, but being intentional in every phase of the church’s life in its objective. The book challenges us to think about what we are doing, whether it is in ministering to the rising generation or church life in general.

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Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce

Amazing Grace is a book that every Christian should read. It is an easy read that captures the heart and mind of the William Wilberforce, who led Great Britain to finally make buying, selling, and owning slaves illegal. While this book is an easy read, it is powerfully challenging.

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A Deep Ministry in a Shallow World: Not-so Secret Findings About Youth Ministry

This is a deeper view of the kingdom of God that says following Jesus means more than sin management. It says that the kingdom of God means we’re active in trying to serve and improve families, schools, and the entire community. He goes on to develop the challenge that to reach today’s youth, we can no longer have success simply using an “add water and stir” approach.

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Salvation Belongs to the Lord

In a readable and understandable style, Frame gives us the big picture of the Sovereign God and Lordship over all things, including the church and salvation. Here is book that you must read, preach, and teach.

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Proverbs

If there is one message that comes through from Proverbs and should be part of the kingdom discipleship emphasis, it is that life and reality are all about the sovereign Lord who has created a life and reality that has structure, meaning, and purpose as we live according to his design.

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Why a Suffering World Makes Sense

Some cannot accept a good and loving God while living with pain and suffering. Chris Tiegreen brings this into focus in a simplistic yet profound way and shows us how it is to live in a fallen world. He brings us face-to-face with suffering and pain in his personal experience with his sixteen-year-old son.

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Rapture Fiction and the Evangelical Crisis

What is evident from the sales of these books is that people are hungry to know what lies ahead, and knowing what lies ahead should lead us to living life now under the authority of our Lord. We need to be teaching our people to discern truth from error/fiction. Here is an area of great need and concern. This book can help.

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Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability

Same Lake, Different Boat reminds us that not all people are comfortable or at ease with the disabled, especially those with “cognitive disabilities,” therefore do not know how to relate to someone with a disability. This book will help you and challenge you to think more biblically about this ministry.