Your 100 Day Prayer

Your 100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power Of Actively Waiting On God

By: John Snyder

Your 100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power Of Actively Waiting On God by John Snyder is pretty run of the mill. I tend to give pretty similar reviews to most modern christian books being released because they are so similar. I’m dying to read a book with something different that isn’t heresy. This is not that book. Do you read devotionals? Do you read books on prayer? If you answered yes to either of these I recommend you pass on this book. It’ not really a bad book. If you’ve never read a christian book it’s just fine (though I certainly would recommend a better book for your first christian book) but it’s just not good enough for someone who reads regularly. The book promises clarity about God’s provision and a mature faith. It does not and cannot provide either. Christian growth cannot be had through a quick fix get fit overnight type of program. The book promises too much. So it’s not all negative I recommend the book True Freedom by Oliver North and Brian Smith if you want a good book on prayer. This book is just another in a long line of disappointing christian books being released today. Sorry, just isn’t worth reading.

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The Runner’s Devotional

The Runner’s Devotional: Inspiration And Motivation For Life’s Journey… On And Off The Road

By: Dana Niesluchowski and Dave Veerman

This book is a weekly devotional that was meant to span an entire year (52 weeks). Each week contains a running log, tips on running, inspiration from the Scriptures, and personal stories from  people. It’s a mediocre devotional but a good resource to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Further, the entries are very short so you really only read one day a week so it isn’t really time consuming or a hassle to add to your regular mountain of devotionals you may be reading.

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

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Dug Down Deep

Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life On Truths That Last

By: Joshua Harris

This book is a total disappointment. It’s billed as a systematic theology but is not. It’s theological but at such a low level it’s insulting. The author himself, I feel, is really the problem. Don’t get me wrong, he isn’t a heretic (I don’t think) he’s just a very low level teacher and a walking cliche factory. He gets a lot of hype but is totally unsatisfying for a mature believer. This book is the same. It’s getting hyped but not really very satisfying for a mature believer. This book is only fitting for the naive and still not very good for them. Sorry, Joshua Harris disappoints again.

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

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Our Last Great Hope

Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission

By: Ronnie Floyd

Our Last Great Hope by Ronnie Floyd is pretty much just another evangelism book like any other evangelism book. Every once and a while an Evangelism Explosion or Hell’s Best Kept Secret will appear but this is not one of these times. The whole premise of the book os that the great commission given to the Apostles to go into all the earth and preach the Gospel (which they succeeded in doing) applies to all individual Christians throughout history. I personally have a problem with this interpretation. No question the motives are good and so are the results of worldwide evangelism but I can’t endorse any misapplication of Scripture. Most importantly, this book, like most other books that deal with the “Gospel” (I put it like that since many times they preach a completely false Gospel today) this books gives a very weak Gospel. There is no radical repentance and no method for bringing a sinner to his end through the preaching of the law to bring about the repentance and faith necessary to accept the saving grace of Christ we’re suppose to be preaching. Evangelism is good. We should evangelize. However, we need to do much better than the feel good books on evangelism would have us do. I don’t endorse this book.

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Has God Spoken?

Has God Spoken?: Proof Of The Bible’s Divine Insperation

By: Hank Hanegraaff

Has God Spoken is typical Hank Hanegraaff. If you listen to the Bible Answer Man you’ll know exactly what to expect. No real curve balls here. Although this is a little more in depth than Hank Hanegraaff usually goes and is therefore one of his better books it still has the same general drawbacks as his other books. First, Hank Hanegraaff is an amateur. He has never received any kind of seminary or pastoral or Christian education of any kind and it always seems to come through. He is also kind of a broken record. He constantly repeats the same things over and over so if your very familiar with him you’ll just keep saying “this again” throughout. What’s more, he is to wrapped up in his acronyms. Acronyms are good because they help people remember except that most of the ones in this book seem a little forced. I’ll also deduct points for peripheral theology (which hecan never seem to get past) in an apologetics book. The book itself was a pretty average level read. If you like the scholarly apologetics (which tend to be better and more effective) you’ll be disappointed. Although it has these drawbacks it was still overall a good book. If I was to recommend one book on apologetics it wouldn’t be this one but I probably wouldn’t discourage people from reading it.

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With

With: Reimagining The Way You Relate To God

By: Skye Jethani

This book was really disappointing. The author adopts the very cliche “God is my buddy” position and even worse “religion is bad” cliche. He tries to highlight four types of religion and contrast it with his “not religion” religion he calls a relationship. He, as well as so many others, seems to miss the fact that Christianity is a religion. It doesn’t matter what kind of relationship is involved it’s still a religion. Buy a dictionary. Just because some people don’t like the word “religion” doesn’t make it bad. Christ is offensive and so is His religion (which is a religion). Deal with it. Next, the author should be ashamed of his pagan praising. Such nice things to say about people like atheist Christopher Hitchens and false convert Martin Luther King Jr. (he denied the Trinity yet Jethani has no problem calling him a Christian no doubt because he is respected and will make his “not religion” religion look good). Most importantly though, where’s the Gospel?  How can you have life with God without receiving the life from God (“life from God” like religion is also bad according to the book though he understands it a little differently) that comes through the Gospel? I must have missed the part about mourning of sin and complete repentance. All I saw was a “Jesus wants to be your friend and have a relationship with you” type of presentation. Somehow “take up your cross and follow” has been replaced with “give me hug” and this book is a good example of that.

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Rumors Of God

Rumors Of God: Experience The Kind Of Faith You’ve Only Heard About

By: Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson

Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson have done a horrific job on this book. This book is a clear example of liberal theology in action. You can tell in the first few pages the book is garbage due to the fact that they tell the story of a “christian” woman who, in order to serve her community, got a job at a strip club helping the strippers prepare for their shows. And the alleged happy ending is a stripper saw sermon CDs then talked to one of the authors and got “saved” (I write saved like that since it’s clear the authors are rather confused about the Gospel so it’s not likely they know a Christian  when they see one as well as the fact she kept working at the strip club all be it in a non-nude roll) and the two started playing “christian” music at the strip club. Do I even need to say more? I could point out the other garbage and the false Gospel they present that makes salvation about how a person lives and not the Cross (yes, folks, that’s called liberalism). What a nightmare. But could we really expect more from a book that was endorsed by Bill Hybels? Run from this book!

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