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I’m thankful for DC Comics allowing me to review this new volume!

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Tom King.  Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, January 11th, 2017. 192 pp.

4 out of 5

Over the last year and a half I have really become a fan of Batman.  So as a new fan I could not wait to get my hands on this new Batman work titled “I am Gotham.”  This particular work is volume one in the new Batman in DC Comics’ 2016 relaunch which they have called “Rebirth.”  With this graphic novel as my first exposure to DC Comic’s Rebirth universe I must say that I’m excited to read and explore what else DC is doing with their other titles.

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A weekend light reading review.  Why?  Because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy reading.

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Frank J Barbiere.  The Precinct: A Steampunk Adventure.  Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, September 27th, 2016.  120 pp.

This graphic novel was a fun read that is “steampunk” in its style; by steampunk I mean that it has a Victorian era fashion but somewhat futuristic fantasy world with many things powered by steam.  The story line was entertaining and the imagination of another world in its illustration was rather cool.  I was left desiring to read more steampunk graphic novel like this one.

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R.C. Sproul. What Is Baptism?  Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, August 24th 2011. 70 pp.

3 out of 5

This is the second booklet in the Crucial Questions Series that I am reviewing.  The topic of this work is on Christian baptism.  I appreciated that Sproul wrote this and also made it available for free on Kindle and cheap in paperback format.  In addition I appreciated the fact that Sproul wrote this booklet in an easy to understand format for the general audience.

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My first book review for 2017!

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Stephen J. Wellum. God the Son Incarnate.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, November 30th 2016.  480 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

This book is a part of Crossway’s Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.  I appreciated the series overall and this work on Christology is now among my top favorites in the series.  It is quite a meaty work and reading it was no small undertaking.  Reading this book makes me appreciate just how much Christian scholarship exists and how much that I still need to tap into.  I learned a lot reading this book.  In my opinion I think Stephen Wellum’s work is ideal as a seminary text book and for those who desire to seriously study the doctrines related to Christ more deeply.  In this review I am going to first summarize each parts and chapters of the book and end with some brief constructive criticisms.

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I reviewed over a hundred titles on our blog in 2016.  So here’s the top books from that list.  My categories is as follows: Best Book on the Bible, Best book on Theology, Best book on Apologetics, Best Practical Christian book, Best General Non-Fiction, Best Comic Book and Best Audio Book.  Each category has a link to my original review.

Best Book on the Bible

The Flow of the Psalms

The Flow of the Psalms by O. Palmer Robertson

This was the best book I’ve ever read on the organization of the Psalms and how it contributes to our interpretation of it.  This is years of serious research and reflection on the Psalms.  I believe it would be a resource I would use as a reference for a long time and perhaps worth reading more than once!

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

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A weekend light reading comic book review.  Because even Pastors need a break from heavy reading…

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Neal Stephenson. Cimarronin: The Complete Graphic Novel.  Tacoma, WA: Jet City Comics, September 16th 2015.  160 pp.

4 out of 5

A well written historical fiction graphic novel.  The story takes place in the 1600s and span different locations and characters of different cultures who originated from different countries and even different continents!

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Nelson Glueck. Hesed in the Bible.  Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, May 20th 2011.  118 pp.

The Hebrew word Hesed is one that many Christians find fascinating.  It is often translated in English as “covenantal faithfulness” or “loving-kindness.”  This book is written by Nelson Glueck an early twentieth scholar of Reformed Judaism who wrote the first scholarly study of the word Hesed.  Its signifance can be seen with how other studies after Glueck would often cite and interact with Glueck’s view whether they are for or against his particular conclusions.  So it is wonderful to find that an English translation of this classic was done in the 1960s and have been reprinted by Wipf and Stock Publishers.

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