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The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks

Igort. The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks.  New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, April 26th, 2016. 352 pp.

This is really two books in one.  I had a rough start with this work but it got better as I continued reading.  The book is presented as a journal in the format of a graphic novel.  I think the editor is right to say this work will go down in history with other graphic journalists work.  In this review I will look at book one, “The Ukrainian Notebooks” and part two, “The Russian Notebooks” respectively.

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The Call to the Ministry Kindle Edition

So you want to be a Pastor or be full time in the ministry?  I think a “must read” for those who are wondering if they are called to the ministry is from chapter two of Spurgeon’s book, Lectures to My Students.  I’ve recommended serveral different guys this chapter in the last month or so.  It has come to my attention that this chapter has also been adapted into a short kindle booklet which is nice if one wants a short document on their kindle library rather than the entire volume of Lectures to My Students.  This is a convicting message by Spurgeon and it spoke powerfully to me before I entered the ministry and now currently in ministry.  I also enjoyed Spurgeon’s exposition on the bad reasons why people entered ministry.  Readers shouldn’t miss his story of the self-professing “best applicant” that tried to entered Spurgeon’s Pastor’s college and Spurgeon’s account of the interview.

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Besides spiritual readings, I typically take some time to read in other areas as a mental break from ministry.  Here’s this weekend’s leisure reading review.

The Guns of August

Barbara W. Tuchman. The Guns of August.  New York, NY: Presidio Press, August 3rd, 2004. 640 pp.

Ever since the 100 years anniversary of World War One in 2014, I’ve been fascinated with the history of this war especially with the origins of the war and what went on during the early months of the conflict.  This work satisfied my curiosities and met my expectations.  I must add a word of caution here that this is my first book I have picked up on World War One (currently I’m going through my second by the popular historian Max Hastings).

In the Author’s note Barbara Tuchman tells the story of how the book came to be written and how she originally wanted to write about a story of a particular naval ship while the publishers wanted her to write on something else and the result of that compromise was this book.  I’m so glad in the end she did write this book, The Guns of August as I think it had a more lasting legacy and impact than if she wrote her original story.  Even after fifty years since she penned this book, it is still popular.

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This is my reading that takes a break from ministry.

Sherlock Holmes The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by David Tipton

David Tipton. Sherlock Holmes: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution.  San Diego, CA: IDW Publishing, March 22nd, 2016. 120 pp.

I enjoyed this graphic novel on Sherlock Holmes, with this being a revision of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original series.  I wanted to take a break from reading about superheroes but still enjoy graphic novel so this book was definitely welcomed change of pace.  This particular Sherlock Holmes story help explain the mystery of how in Doyle’s famous story, the “Final Problem” and “Empty House” it was possible that the former tells us of Sherlock’s death while in the latter we see Sherlock’s re-appearance.  Basically we discover in this story that an older Watson later confessed to making up both stories and here he gives his account of what truly happened and why he lied earlier in his earlier stories.

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The Minister Self Watch

Charles Spurgeon. The Minister’s Self-Watch.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, November 20st, 2012. 36 pp.

It seems Charles Spurgeon, that famous Victorian era Baptist preacher, has a way of speaking beyond the graves.  This short booklet is also the first chapter to his larger work titled Lectures to My Students.  However the call for the minister to engage in self-watch of his life isn’t only for seminary students or those who desire to enter into ministry; it ought to be part of the spiritual life of those who are in the ministry.  I love the pastoral feel to this book and its emphasis on the duty of holiness.  There are many memorable illustrations Spurgeon gave in this work, such as the grease-boxes of carriage wheels for railways being stopped because of flies and how that is an example of how our sins, even the ones we see as petty can have a detrimental impact on our ministry.  There is a great section in this book on the danger of those who are unconverted in the ministry.  I think a pastor should read this book yearly as a good spiritual heart check up since after all Spurgeon himself said in the book about how the danger of those who neglect vigorous piety has a greater danger than that of others.  Ministry is about who we really are and our influence through the Word of God towards others and no doubt this book is a strong and much needed reminder for minister’s lives to be consistent.

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MacArthur Found God's Will

John MacArthur. Found: God’s Will.  Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, July 1st, 2012. 80 pp.

There seems to be no shortage of so called “Christian” books on God’s will and yet few of them are biblical.  John MacArthur’s book Found: God’s Will is a helpful work on this subject since it is biblically driven and definitely not man-centered.  In seven chapters MacArthur lays out logically what God’s Will is for our lives.

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Spreading the Feast

Howard Griffith. Spreading the Feast.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, December 11st, 2015. 160 pp.

I’ve enjoyed this book on communion.  I would guess that many Protestant Evangelical Christians probably don’t think much about the Lord’s Supper as much as they should and this probably include those in ministry.  Thus this book  is a much welcomed resource for pastors.

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