Monday, February 24, 2020

Footprints in the Ash by John D. Morris

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Footprints in the Ash
by John D. Morris


ISBN-13: 9780890514009
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Master Books
Released: August 19th 2004

Source: Bought the book.

Book Description from Goodreads:
In the aftermath of the Mount St. Helens eruption and the subsequent glacier slide and mudflows, there remained a geologic gold mine for earth scientists. No natural disasters in recent history could compare with the variety of process which resulted from this tectonic and volcanic event. As creation scientists have carefully studied this geological phenomenon, they have concluded that Mount St. Helens accomplished the same sort of geologic work that biblical creationists attribute to Noah's flood. While this explosion was certainly much smaller in scale and intensity, many lessons were learned through this occurrence that help us understand the unobservable past. Journey back to this catastrophic event with scientists Dr. Steve Austin and Dr. John Morris and see what was discovered as they reconstruct the sequence of earthquakes, eruptions, avalanches, mudflows, and other geologic processes and unveil their fascinating research findings!


My Review:
Footprints in the Ash talks about how observations of events during and after the explosion of Mount St. Helens impact our understanding of how quickly various geological formations are created. The book had many photographs of the destruction and of the geological formations that were created in the aftermath. The author started by detailing the events of the eruption, like the start of the mud flow or the various catastrophic events that happened at Spirit Lake.

The author then moved on to the observations taken by the scientists at that time and in the years afterwards. He talked about how a certain sedimentation pattern or whatever would be explained if seen in places like the Grand Canyon, but we now know how quickly they form because we saw them form in a matter of hours or sometimes days.

He talked about rapid strata formation, rapid hardening of sediments into rock, rock deformation, the damage caused by flowing water and mud slurry, radioisotope dating on the new lava dome, rapid erosion of canyons into solid rock, rapid formation of Badlands topography, comparing it to the Grand Canyon, the rapid formation of peat and coal beds, the rapid formation of shoreline features, the rapid fossilization of trees and about petrified wood, and how quickly plants and animals returned to the ash areas. Overall, I'd recommend this very interesting book.


If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Searching for Truth by Tim Chaffey, Colin Dyer

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Searching for Truth
by Tim Chaffey,
Colin Dyer (Illustrator)


ISBN-13: 978-1683440338
Paperback: 72 pages
Publisher: Master Books
Released: April 15th 2017

Source: Bought the book.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
In a cultural climate that exalts personal preference above all else, here is a dramatic, visually stunning story that addresses issues and concerns of utmost importance as life meets truth. Discover why the Bible can be trusted as God’s Word, including its prophetic revelations, evidence of the supernatural, consistency over time, and the scientific and historical accuracy of its text. What makes the Bible unique and its account of truth different from all other religious writings is discussed through thought-provoking questions.


My Review:
Searching for Truth is a graphic novel. It uses a simple fiction story to present the gospel and some reasons to believe Christianity. Several college students are taking a course on world religions and get into a discussion about why one of them still believes in Christ. They bring up objections to Christianity that the professor has given, and the Christian provide a response. They cover topics like: are there errors in the Bible, is the Bible an accurate copy of the originals, is it scientifically and historically accurate, etc. They cover some of the evidence for the Bible, then the gospel is presented and one of the characters accepts Christ. The illustrations were colorful and realistic in style, and the comic format was quick and easy to read. Overall, I'd recommend this for tweens, teens, and adults who like this style.


If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Believer's Walk with Christ by John F. MacArthur Jr.

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The Believer's Walk with Christ
by John F. MacArthur Jr.


ISBN-13: 9780802415196
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Released: January 3rd 2017

Source: review copy from the publisher through Amazon Vine.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
‘Walking’is a rich biblical metaphor. Figures like Enoch, Noah, and Abraham are remembered because they walked with God. Evil kings are remembered because they didn’t. All humanity is a parade one way or the other, and Christians must know the difference. The Believer’s Walk with Christ plumbs nine New Testament passages to unfold this great theme and help us live in step with the Spirit. MacArthur will help you know what it means to grow in Christian maturity, and how to make it the mark of your life.


My Review:
The Believer's Walk with Christ is an in-depth Bible study on "what does it mean to walk with Christ?" The author examined nine New Testament passages that talk about different aspects of the Christian walk. He would take each passage and provide verse-by-verse commentary (including word studies). The tone was formal and somewhat academic rather than casual. The commentary was very focused on what Scripture has to say about our walk with Christ. The verses covered were Ephesians 4:1-6, Ephesians 4:17-24, Romans 6:1-10, Galatians 5:16-25, 1 John 2:3-6, 1 John 1:6-7, Ephesians 5:1-7, 2 John 1-4, and 2 Corinthians 5:6-10. Overall, I'd recommend this Bible study to those interested in what the Bible says about this topic.


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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Eyewitness to Crucifixion by Stephen M. Miller

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Eyewitness to Crucifixion
by Stephen M. Miller


ISBN-13: 9781640700017
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Discovery House
Released: February 4th 2020

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
Stephen M. Miller has a journalistic approach to explaining Bible knowledge. Now Miller has set his sights on crucifixion, gathering firsthand testimony from ancient witnesses to discover, What does it really mean that Jesus was executed on a Roman cross? You’ll examine the historical context for your faith as seen through first-century eyes.


My Review:
Eyewitness to Crucifixion is a collection of quotes from historical documents about crucifixion. The author used casual language when discussing the information and translated the quotes into everyday English. He included any mention of crucifixion, even if it was just in passing. The author discussed what led up to and came after the quote so that it was in context, and he also gave a brief biography about the life of the author of the quote. Some of the quotes described crucifixion rather than just commented on who was crucified, and those could get gory. The author also talked about how critics think that little about Jesus's crucifixion is actually described and how our images of his crucifixion may be wrong.

He included a section of quotes written after Jesus death which referred to crucifixion, usually a description of how the early Christians were killed during persecution. This also got gory. The author talked about what early Christians said about Jesus's crucifixion and what outside sources said. This involved a lot of discussion about what the critics say to discredit some of these quotes. He finished by talking about what the Bible actually does say about Jesus crucifixion, and then he talked about some of the comments he has gotten on his YouTube video on this topic. Overall, despite the casual tone, this really is more in-depth and academic than would interest the casual Christian. But if you really want to know this information, here it is.


If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Growing in Holiness by R. C. Sproul

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Growing in Holiness
by R. C. Sproul


ISBN-13: 9780801075926
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Baker Books
Released: January 21st 2020

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
The Christian life is a process of growing in holiness, our natural response to the good news of our redemption in Christ. This kind of growth is gradual, and obstacles are plentiful. What is the nature of our own personal involvement in the process? And how do we know if we are making progress? Drawn from the lectures of beloved theologian R. C. Sproul, Growing in Holiness explores the doctrine of sanctification, offering insightful commentary on themes such as developing perseverance, overcoming barriers to growth, cultivating love for others, exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit, and much more.


My Review:
Growing in Holiness talked about sanctification and justification. He started off with some basics, like how growing in holiness takes a lifetime. He suggested setting goals with deadlines; basically, a 'to do' list like: master the Scriptures, be more active in prayer, attend church regularly, etc., and that simply doing these "means of grace" will sanctify you and produce fruit. He talked about some struggles and obstacles that stand in the way of sanctification and how we should reflect God's character and imitate Christ. He made it clear that Christ's righteousness is what justifies us and saves us, and it's by faith in what Christ did that we are saved. He talked about how people can think they are saved when they are not and how to tell if you're saved. He talked about how God's love for us allows us to love others, the love chapter (1 Corinthians 13), and using the Fruit of the Spirit to measure our spiritual growth.

Throughout the book, he made the process of growing in holiness sound like a duty you do in gratitude and in your own strength. On only one occasion did he mention doing good works out of love for God. He also didn't discuss deepening your relationship with God, just obediently doing activities that will sanctify you along with following His commands.


If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.


Monday, January 27, 2020

I Am Found by Laura Dingman

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I Am Found
by Laura Dingman


ISBN-13: 9780802414687
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Released: July 5th 2016

Source: Review copy from the publisher through Amazon Vine.

Book Description from Goodreads:
Are you tired of battling shame? Long to be truly known and deeply loved? Hesitant to show others the real you? We are all made for connection, but many of us live with walls up and hearts closed. What would it take for us to let go and stand tall and unashamed?

I Am Found guides us in just that. This six-week Bible study on shame and identity explores how we can own our stories, trust God’s affections, and relate honestly with Him and others. Each week begins with biblical teaching and is followed by five days of guided reflection. Drenched in Scripture, and allowing plenty of space to journal and savor biblical truths, I Am Found welcomes you on a personal journey of transformation through God’s Word.

Laura Dingman invites you to build your life on a beautiful, liberating truth: Jesus loves us in our weakness, but He doesn’t leave us there.


My Review:
I Am Found is a six-week Bible study. Each week had a several-page-long introduction that should count as a day, then five days of study on the theme introduced for that week, and a final section summarizing the truth and lies that we learned about that week. The overall idea is that we hid with the intent of being found as children, but we hide out of shame as adults. The author focused on our identity in Christ and some of the lies we believe and the truth that combats them.

Each week's introduction had a lot of commentary about the theme for that week and a verse to memorize that week. Each day had some commentary, some verses to read, some questions about those verses and what was discussed, and a prayer. She used several different study methods throughout the book. For example, sometimes you would read the verses four times but look at it for different things each time. Other times, you read Scripture, wrote down what observations you made about text and what stood out to you, and came up with an application for your life. I thought she brought out important, impactful points in her commentary. Overall, I'd recommend this Bible study for personal study.


If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Power of the Cross by Tony Evans

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The Power of the Cross
by Tony Evans


ISBN-13: 9780802411181
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Released: February 2nd 2016

Source: Review copy from the publisher through Amazon Vine.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
The cross is an historical event that can bring us to heaven, and a current event bringing heaven to bear on us. In The Power of the Cross, Tony Evans applies Christ’s work to life today. In three parts, he systematically and pastorally explains three aspects of the cross:

Its Person: What makes Christ unique, and how He is the center of salvation history

Its Purpose: What was accomplished on it, and how it is to be the centerpiece of our lives

Its Power: The stability and deliverance it provides in our everyday living

We wear crosses around our necks, but do we apply it to our lives? Jesus’ work holds incredible power for us. It’s time we embrace it, for God’s glory and our joy. Read The Power of the Cross to find out how.


My Review:
The Power of the Cross looked at how properly understanding what Jesus Christ did on the cross brings transformation to your life. The author started by talking about Christ and what makes him unique. He then talked about what Christ accomplished on the cross (and in his resurrection) and how this impacts how we live our life. He then talked about how understanding these things brings powerful transformation to our lives.

The author was easy to understand, and he used good analogies to help the reader to understand his points. I know some people will say that what he is teaching here is basic Christianity, but I agree with the author that many Christians don't seem to fully understand it yet. Therefore, I would highly recommend this book to any Christian. Even if you already understand, it never hurts to be reminded of these powerful, basic principles of Christianity.


If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.


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