Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What I'm Reading...From the Back Cover (Nov '12)

I am always reading a book or two (or three, etc...). I like to share from time to time, the books that I am making my way through. Here are the books that are currently on my "to read" list for the next several weeks.

I am reading this book with a few pastor friends. I have been humbled to think about my own shame issues and how the gospel brings healing to me and others I minister to with this issue.
"Shame controls far too many of us. Worthless, inferior, rejected, weak, humiliated, failure...it all adds up to wishing we could get away from others and hide. We know what shame feels like. The way out is harder to find. Time doesn't help, neither does confession, because shame is just as often from what others do to you as it is from what you have done. But the Bible is about shame from start to finish, and, if we are willing, God's beautiful words break through. Look at Jesus through the lens of shame and see how the marginalized and worthless are his favorites and become his people. God cares for the shamed. Through Jesus you are covered, adopted, cleansed, and healed."
A couple months ago, I started reading a pdf copy of this book and was so humbled that I knew I needed to read a hard copy of it. I will probably be a book I come back to often.
"After traveling the globe and speaking to thousands of churches worldwide, Paul David Tripp has discovered a serious problem within pastoral culture. He is not only concerned about the spiritual life of the pastor, but also with the very community of people that trains him, calls him, relates to him, and restores him if necessary. Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy--an environment that actively undermines the well-being and efficacy of our church leaders and thus the entire church body. Here is a book that both diagnoses and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the all-important war that rages in our churches today."
On the surface, this appears to be a "Peak Inside the Village Church" sort of book. Since I have been so impacted through the ministry of Matt Chandler, I wanted to read this book.
"The Reformers viewed the gospel as not one thing among many in the life of a church but rather the means by which the Church exists. When the gospel is rightly declared and applied to God's people, the Church becomes 'a Creature of the Word.' She understands, embraces, and lives out the reality of Christ's birth, life, death, and resurrection in more than her doctrinal statement. Creature of the Word lays out this concept--examining the rich, Scripture-based beauty of a Jesus-centered church, then providing practical steps toward forming a Jesus-centered church."
I was sent this book by the publisher to review and since I really appreciate the ministry of John MacArthur, I am eager to read his take on these unlikely heroes.
"Far from the children's tales depicted in picture books and nursery rhymes, the men and women highlighted in the Bible were unnervingly real. They faltered. They struggled. And at times, they fell short. Yet God worked through them in surprising and incredible ways to accomplish His purposes. Scripture does not hide their weaknesses, caricature their strengths, or spin their stories as a display of human nobility. Instead, it describes these heroes of the faith with unflinching honesty and delivers an unexpected ending: 'God is not ashamed to be called their God' (Hebrews 11:16).

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