Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What I'm Reading...From the Back Cover (May '13)

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

God's Not Dead by Rice Broocks
"Faith in God is rising, yet so is skepticism. The evidence for the existence of God must be grasped and clearly articulated to answer this challenge," says author Rice Broocks. "The success of the atheistic agenda is mostly due to the fact that the theistic responses to atheists' claims have not been widely circulated." God's Not Dead guides seekers and reminds believers that...

  • real faith is not blind--it is based on evidence.
  • life is no accident--there is meaning and purpose in the universe.
  • good and evil are no illusions.
  • the God who exists has revealed Himself in history through Jesus Christ.

Drawing from the areas of philosophy, science, history, and theology, we can form persuasive arguments for God's existence and His presence in our lives. This book equips us with the tools, providing clear, easy-to-follow explanations of the key concepts and controversies. God's Not Dead is apologetics for the twenty-first century.

Sex & Money by Paul David Tripp
Pleasure. We live in a world obsessed with finding it, passionate to enjoy it, and desperate to maintain it. Chief among such pleasures are sex and money--two pleasures unrivaled in their power to captivate our attention, demand our worship, and drive us to hide or to despair. You don't have to look far to see that we are in big trouble in both areas. Many of us see the battle. We feel the strain of the war. And we are eager for freedom in a world gone mad. 

Seasoned counselor and pastor Paul David Tripp pulls back the curtain on the lies that surround us and on the distortions we often overlook. As Tripp thoughtfully exposes the insanity of our culture, he also wisely speaks to our own tendencies to fall prey to sexual and financial idolatry. Sex and Money ultimately directs us to God's Word and the liberating power of the gospel, offering real-world advice, and giving us the guidance we need to find true joy and enduring satisfaction.

Is College Worth It? by William Bennett
For many students, a bachelor's degree is considered the golden ticket to a more financially and intellectually fulfilling life. But the disturbing reality is that debt, unemployment, and politically charged pseudo learning are more likely outcomes for many college students today than full-time employment and time-honored knowledge.

This raises the question: is college still worth it? Who is responsible for debt-saddled, undereducated students, and how do future generations of students avoid the same problems? In a time of economic uncertainty, what majors and schools will produce competitive graduates? Is College Worth It? uses personal experience, statistical analysis, and real-world interviews to provide answers to some of the most troubling social and economic problems of our time.

Communion with the Triune God by John Owen
This edition is edited by Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor. Since there is no publisher remarks on the back of the book, let me share one of the endorsements, given by J. I. Packer.

"Here is a moder reader's edition of a classic Puritan work by a classic Puritan author. It is a powerful Trinitarian profiling from Scripture of the truth that fellowship with God is and must ever be the inside story of the real Christian's life. The editing is excellent, and the twenty-seven-page introduction and the thirty-page analytical outline make the treatise accessible, even inviting, to any who, with Richard Baxter, see 'heart-work' as the essence of Christianity. John Owen is a profound teacher on all aspects of spiritual life, and it is a joy to welcome this reappearance of one of his finest achievements."

Question: What Are You Currently Reading?

2 comments:

  1. I am currently reading "Knowing God" by J.I. Packer, "The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit" by R.A. Torrey and "Gleanings Among The Sheaves" by C.H. Spurgeon. All three works are edifying works of righteousness, peace and joy! Faith and grace builders.

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    1. Knowing God is one of my all-time, most-impactful books. Love it!

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