For Men Only

For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide To The Inner Lives Of Women

By: Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn

Another self-help book parading itself as christian. Christian authors need to learn that self-help is not a christian thing. Write a self-help book or a christian one. But don’t mix the two. When you do you get a book that is neither good for any spiritual purpose or for self-help purposes. This book won’t change your life unless your totally clueless. If that’s the case you sure don’t have a woman you need to learn about to begin with. Waste of time and money.

Thank you to Multnomah/Waterbrook for sending me a free copy of this book for a review.

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home: Life, Faith And Finishing Well

By: Billy Graham

Nearing Home by Billy Graham is just another one of his pointless books like all of his other pointless books. It’s filled with useless impractical advice that can’t benefit anyone in the real world. It has boring stories and illustrations sure to put the worst insomniac to sleep. It also contains the same “gospel” he’s been preaching his whole life. Easy-believism that’s suppose to make you happier and make your life better but that actually drives people away from religion when they find out that God made no such promise and they’ve been relying on a lie. There is nothing in this book worth reading and nothing that hasn’t been said a million times. Ultimately, if you enjoy the endless babbling of this half-insane religious charlatan you’ll not see the problem with this book. I’m sick of the repackaging and reselling of the same old thing over and over in religious books that never helps to begin with. Don’t waste your money. I do not recommend this book, not in the least. Billy Graham is nothing more than a glorified but sub-par motivational speaker out to make a few bucks. Well, he’ll never make another penny of me. What a disappointment.

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Decision Points

Decision Points

By: George W. Bush

Decision Points is a presidential autobiography which serves essentially as a sequel to Bush’s earlier pre-presidential biography named A Charge To Keep. Obviously if you’re a Bush-hater you need not bother with the book. Anyone else may gain insight into the presidency and on of the personal character of George Bush. Still heavily political. I would only recommend it for one who is a regular reader of biography and politics.

Thank you to Multnomah/Waterbrook for sending me a free copy of this book for a review.

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The Book Of Man

The Book Of Man: Readings On The Path To Manhood

By: William J. Bennett

The Book Of Man was actually quite good. William Bennett overall has produced some very good books (at least the ones I’ve read). This book is in line with his better works. This book, obviously, is geared towards men. It covers topics such as war, work and women. The book has little writing by Bill Bennett himself but is mostly composed of exerts from prominent men of the past ranging from Ronald Reagan to Aristotle to Alexis De Tocqueville to George Washington to G.K. Chesterton to William Bennett himself. It’s enjoyable not only from a practical every day life perspective for men of today but also from a historical perspective. It sets forth a high standard for men to attain and calls them to higher responsibility and integrity. The one disclaimer I’ll place is that because it’s all various quotes it doesn’t have the smooth flow of a regular book. So it may not be that enjoyable for some. If that is so consider reading it as a devotional (though I don’t know how many entries it has exactly so it may take a long time to get through devotionally). Anyways, I recommend it for all men. Definitely a great read.

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More Lost Than Found

More Lost Than Found: Finding A Way Back To Faith

By: Jared Herd

This book is just riddled with errors. I won’t even try to deal with them all but will focus on what I think is the biggest problem (which also is the biggest problem in most Christian books, songs and churches) and that is an essential misunderstanding of the message of Jesus Christ in the Gospel. I’m thoroughly convinced that Jared herd is a theological liberal. I believe this is the reason he misunderstands the Gospel. This quote should say it all. Page 89: “Christianity in its origins was about the ideas that Jesus taught, about a new way of connecting with God through what Jesus taught.” That’s a really serious error. Christianity is about what Jesus did, not taught. It’s about being reconciled to God through what Jesus did on the Cross and NOT about connecting to Him through some good teachings. He is so blatantly liberal that two  pages later he claims U2 singer Paul “Bono” Hewson is better preaching the message of Jesus than the churches. This book has a lot more errors for sure. But this brief look on how the author doesn’t even know what Christianity is about should be more than ample support for my conclusion that you should avoid this book.

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Game On

Game On: Find Your Purpose-Pursue Your Dream

By: Emmitt Smith

Well, it’s a self help book. Specifically it’s about setting goals and carrying through on them. It’s not really that unique content wise as far as self help books go. The only big difference is it’s written by a football player so it may appeal to sports fan who regularly wouldn’t read something like this. Actually, you may just enjoy the book for all the football it contains (my favorite part). And yes, it’s a Christian book because of the frequent use of Scripture but it certainly isn’t very theologically profound. Either way, I think it’s worth reading if your a sports fan.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for this review.

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The God Pocket

The God Pocket: He Owns It. You Carry It. Suddenly, Everything Changes.

By: Bruce Wilkinson and David Kopp

Bruce Wilkinson has a history of being very close to the prosperity gospel (example: The Prayer Of Jabez). I do not see a blatant prosperity gospel in his writings but I think he really pushes it again here. He does a good thing by encouraging people to give to those in need (which is what the book is all about) but I’m a little troubled by how he believes that God will automatically reign material blessings on you if you do and uses this as a motivation to give. This is really closer to the modern tithe theory than the prosperity gospel and in fairness I don’t recall him suggesting you write him a check to get rich. Anyways, I do give him much credit for encouraging charity but think he should rethink his theology of giving and how he motivates people to do so. Not a total lose but I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who isn’t well grounded in their theology.

Thank you to Multnomah/Waterbrook for sending me a free copy of this book for a review.

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