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Book Review: Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster

January 17th, 2019|Tags: |

morning fogFirst published in 1978, Celebration of Discipline has helped many readers find a deeper, more meaningful spiritual life through practicing time honored spiritual disciplines of Christianity. For Christians living in our fast-paced Western culture, experiencing traditional spiritual practices such as simplicity, solitude, fasting and Christian meditation can come as a breath of fresh air.

Foster describes the role of the disciplines in spiritual transformation: While it is true that “human striving is insufficient and righteousness is a gift from God,” it is not true that we must passively wait for God to transform us. Rather, “God has given us the Disciplines of the spiritual life as a means of receiving his grace. The Disciplines allow us to place ourselves before God so that he can transform us.” (Foster, 7). As we practice the spiritual disciplines, we develop habits of relating to God […]

Book Review: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

January 17th, 2019|Tags: , |

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Love plays a central role in our culture and in our lives. The apostle John tells us that love is from God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God, for God is love (1John 4:7-8). Psychologists tell us that the need to feel loved is a primary human emotional need. It is no wonder that God’s primary commandments to mankind are to love God and to love one another (Matt. 22:34-40).

With over 35 years of experience as a pastor and marriage counselor, Dr. Gary Chapman, in his book The Five Love Languages, describes what he calls an “emotional love tank” inside every person. He proposes that an empty love tank saps the emotional energy we need when dealing with life’s stresses, fueling misbehavior, harsh words, withdrawal and a critical spirit (Chapman, 23).

There are many ways in which […]

Book Review: Your Personality Tree by Florence Littauer

January 14th, 2019|Tags: |

book coverWhen my firstborn daughter was three years old, I found myself in an odd situation. It seemed like every time I asked her to do something, we ended up arguing. I said to myself, “There’s something wrong here… I’m arguing with a three-year-old!” That realization was the catalyst for my discovering the truth about temperament in the pages of Your Personality Tree by Florence Littauer.

You may have encountered a variety of personality tests, some more informative (and accurate) than others. Personality polls are often popular on Facebook. Indeed, there are many useful ways to categorize and identify personality and personal strengths. I have found that one of the most useful things about them is that it helps me to recognize and appreciate the attributes of others that are different from my own.

In Your Personality Tree, Florence Littauer presents temperament using the […]

Book Review: The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

January 3rd, 2019|Tags: , , |

Brother LawrenceThe Practice of the Presence of God is just a little book. It is a compilation of letters and maxims written by Brother Lawrence along with recollections of conversations and a short biography written by his close friend, Joseph de Beaufort. Collected and published a few years after Brother Lawrence’s death in 1691, the book became a classic, highly recommended by such men as John Wesley and A.W. Tozer.

Brother Lawrence was not a great teacher or theologian. He was not famous for great inventions or discoveries or charitable ministries. His name isn’t associated with miraculous events. All in all, Brother Lawrence was a simple man. But he was a man who discovered how to live a life of unceasing prayer, consciously abiding in the presence of God. It was this practice of the presence of God that Brother Lawrence freely shared […]

Book Review: Let Us Pray by Watchman Nee

January 2nd, 2019|Tags: |

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Watchman Nee wrote prolifically, largely for the benefit of his Little Flock. One such work is the little book, Let Us Pray. Nee writes in a simple, heartfelt style. As he writes, he seems to come at his point from many different directions as though walking about and inspecting every aspect of it. Some may find this repetitive, but I found it has the effect of engendering familiarity with the concept and broadening the understanding.

Nee begins his book with a discussion of why we must pray. He argues, “The foremost question to be asked is, Why pray? What is the use of praying? Is not God omniscient as well as omnipotent? Why must He wait till we pray before He commences to work?” (Nee 2014) He then proceeds to show that this is indeed the case. God has so ordered creation that […]

Bible Study Reviews

Review: The Truth Project with Dr. Del Tackett

January 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |

The Truth Project logoThe Truth Project from Focus on the Family provides a Christian worldview via a 13-week small group study. Each one-hour video lesson, taught by Dr. Del Tackett, discusses the relevance and importance of living daily life from a biblical viewpoint.

The Truth Project is an excellent study that explores in detail many of the underlying fallacies that prevent believers from experiencing the fullness of the abundant Christian life. For many, this may be a life changing study. Highly recommended.

About the study: Well-known Christian leaders such as R.C. Sproul, Os Guinness and Ravi Zacharias add their voices to the expert teaching of Dr. Tackett while reliable historical, scientific and social resources are brought to bear on each weekly topic:

  • Lesson 1 – Veritology: What is Truth?
  • Lesson 2 – Philosophy and Ethics: Says Who?
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