Book Reviews: The Disappearance of God, Eyes Wide Open and Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart

clip_image001The Disappearance of God

I’ll have to admit that I am a reader of trends. I try to keep up with what direction something is “trending”. For instance, the NBA is trending upward. After Michael Jordan re-retired, the NBA took a tremendous hit and the the ratings began to plummet. But, recently it has been gaining momentum and it is trending upward.

What does that have to do with a book review? Everything. The Disappearance of God, by Dr. Albert Mohler, is a teaching on trends, and where the church in America is headed if we aren’t careful. He goes into detail on such topics as, the emergent church movement, why don’t preachers preach about hell anymore, what happened to church discipline, is sin still sin, and are churches pandering to the their members in order to survive. (Plus more)

I enjoyed this book very much. Dr. Mohler is a brilliant theologian and an excellent writer, and it shows. The book is deep, I won’t lie to you. Have a thesaurus and a dictionary near by, unless you are much smarter than me –which isn’t hard, to be honest.

I’ve noticed something in my short 36 years here on earth. We, as Americans, can learn a lot about our future just by watching Europe. Europe was once this great beacon of Christian principles and morals but than it began to tank, and look at it now. To be a true Christian in Europe, you are in the minority, not the majority. If the trend is accurate, and if we aren’t careful, America will follow this pattern.

I recommend this book to anyone who believes that America is headed for trouble, if churches don’t stay true to the word of God.

You can purchase this book here, at Random House.

clip_image001[4]Eyes Wide Open

As believers, we’ve all struggled somewhere, sometime with our identity. I mean come on, who hasn’t wondered whether or not God can truly love them after all of the junk they’ve done? Maybe you, like many, have looked in the mirror of your soul and been worried that maybe, just maybe, you were beyond God’s grace. If so, than this book is definitely for you. From page one, it hit me right between the eyes that God loved me before I ever even acknowledged Him, and He will never, ever leave me nor forsake me.

Summary

I had it all backwards. The main thing was not my love for God, but his love for me. And from that love I respond to God as one deeply flawed, yet loved. I’m not looking to prove my worth. I’m not searching for acceptance. I’m living out of the worth God already declares I have. I’m embracing his view of me and in the process discovering the person he created me to be.

In Eyes Wide Open, Jud Wilhite invites you to discover the real you. Not the you who pretends to be perfect to satisfy everyone’s expectations. Not the you who always feels guilty before God. Not the you who secretly feels God forgives everyone else but only tolerates you. Not the you who looks in the mirror and sees a failure. The real you, loved and forgiven by God, living out of your identity in Christ.

A travel guide through real spirituality from one incomplete person to another, Eyes Wide Open is a book of stories about following God in the messes of life, about broken pasts and our lifelong need for grace. It is a book about seeing ourselves and God with new eyes–eyes wide open to a God of love.

You can purchase the book here, at Random House.

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clip_image001[6]Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart by Chuck Black

Sir Dalton, a knight in training, seems to have everything going for him. Young, well-liked, and a natural leader, he has earned the respect and admiration of his fellow knights, and especially the beautiful Lady Brynn.

But something is amiss at the training camp. Their new trainer is popular but lacks the passion to inspire them to true service to the King and the Prince. Besides this, the knights are too busy enjoying a season of good times to be concerned with a disturbing report that many of their fellow Knights have mysteriously vanished.

When Sir Dalton is sent on a mission, he encounters strange attacks, especially when he is alone. As his commitment wanes, the attacks grow in intensity until he is captured by Lord Drox, a massive Shadow Warrior. Bruised and beaten, Dalton refuses to submit to evil and initiates a daring escape with only one of two outcomes–life or death. But what will become of the hundreds of knights he’ll leave behind? In a kingdom of peril, Dalton thinks he is on his own, but two faithful friends have not abandoned him, and neither has a strange old hermit who seems to know much about the Prince. But can Dalton face the evil Shadow Warrior again and survive?

You can purchase the book here, at Random House.

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