Thursday, March 29, 2012
This is my review of 1000 Days by Jonathan Falwell. I was generously provided this book through Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program but this fact does not affect my review.
The book has 15 chapters and each one of them expound upon different parts of the gospels, bringing out life lessons through the words and acts themselves and also fitting stories and examples from the author's and others' lives. Each chapter ends with a small group of questions to aid reflection on the text.
It is obvious that the author is a pastor. His primary intention is magnify Christ and to bring others to faith in Him. In fact, I almost titled this review "Every Page a Sermon, Every Chapter an Altar Call".
I thought that this book did a fine job of asking the reader questions that might cause him or her to examine their life, and hopefully bring them to the realization that real peace and happiness can be obtained only through knowing Christ and trusting in Him, for in He alone is found true fullness of life.
Monday, March 5, 2012
This is my review of The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ by Patrick Henry Reardon. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program but this is an unbiased review.
The book is an attempt to use the sayings, incidents and events of the four gospels to bring out the humanity of Christ without minimizing His deity. The author follows the basic chronological order of his sources and each chapter follows a particular theme.
I feel that the author, in the main, accomplished what he set out to do. He walks the fine line between humanity and divinity in his analysis of the Lord Jesus and His life. Perhaps this is an attempt to make Him more accessible to this somewhat more questioning age. The only negative thing I have to say about the book is the assumptions the author sometimes makes, such as his thought that Christ's birth was not something included in the Lord's teaching to His apostles (or seemingly mentioned by Him to them) and that therefore the Nativity accounts must have had their origin in Mary.
On the whole the book made me think. It allowed me to see a slightly different viewpoint of stories which I have read many times. And, on occasion, it helped me to rebalance my overall view of our Lord.