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Zeal Without Burnout Christopher Ash

Christopher Ash. Zeal Without Burnout: Seven Keys to a Lifelong Ministry of Sustainable Sacrifice.  Purcellville, VA: The Good Book Company, March 1st, 2016. 125 pp.

This is a wonderful little book that ministered to me greatly.  The author Christopher Ash in the beginning of the book did a good job establishing the need of why this book is important in tackling the subject of ministry burnout.  Ash quoted statistics of how some 1,500 people leave pastoral ministry every month for various reasons including burnout and moral failure; even among those that remained many more admit to feeling burnout within five years of starting ministry (18).  This shows how important the book is.

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In light of the upcoming fifth year anniversary of the Bin Laden raid, I review this book for this weekend’s reading recommendation.

SEAL Target Geronimo

Chuck Pfarrer. SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden.  New York, NY: Saint Martin’s Press, November 8th, 2011. 240 pp.

At first I wasn’t sure of whether or not I should read this book, having read other works surrounding the mission that killed Bin Laden especially the work No Easy Day.  I was glad that I read it because this book definitely manage to contribute to the conversation of what happened that day.  What makes this book unique is that this book was written by a former SEAL who interviewed the SEALs operators involved with the Bin Laden raid.  From these interviews the author attempt to synthesize all the accounts from the SEALs (some of which the author admit were conflicting) in order to give a better narrative of what happened that day.

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Faith Alone The Doctrine of Justification by Thomas Schreiner

Thomas Schreiner.  Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, September 15th 2015. 288 pp.

This is the first book in “The 5 Solas Series” that is being published by Zondervan.   The book articulates and defend the classic Reformed doctrine of justification: that justification is forensic (as opposed to transformative) and accessed by faith alone (as opposed to works of the law).  If the rest of the series is just as promising as this one I am definitely going to purchase them.

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After yesterday’s post on how the Gospel and the Christian worldview shapes all that we do should be for the glory of God, I thought I share a more fun read that I finished a few weeks back.  We must read also for the glory of God, even with historical reading.  I will give first a review of the book itself and provide in the end a brief Christian reflection so that the Christian reflection doesn’t take away from my review of the book.

The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War by Leonard L Richards

Leonard L. Richards.  The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War.  New York, NY: Knopf, February 13th, 2007. 304 pp.

This turned out to have been quite a fun read largely because the author was able to present a non-stop account of the many interesting personalities during an interesting time period of American history’s pre-Civil War days.  The book is about California’s influence upon the sectional divide between the States and also how the people and interests of the different parts of the United States shaped the politics and direction of California.  Before this I never really thought much about how California’s role in the undercurrent that led to the Civil War.

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The Story of Everything Jared Wilson

Jared C. Wilson. The Story of Everything: How You, Your Pets, and the Swiss Alps Fit Into God’s Plan for the World by Jared C. Wilson.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 31st, 2015.  240 pp.

This book is about how a biblical view of Christianity shapes one’s interpretation and view of everything.  Because of the truth about God and His works the point of the book is that life and everything else is meaningful.  Ultimately everything exists for the glory of God.  In ten chapters the author Jared Wilson explores what a Biblical view has to say about God’s plan and our world.  His discussion ranges from creation, history, art, science, work, pain, rest and marriage.

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The Transforming Power of the Gospel Jerry Bridges

Jerry Bridges.  The Transforming Power of the Gospel.  Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, December 22nd 2011. 192 pp.

I finished this book four days before the death of the author, Jerry Bridges.   Upon finishing this book I thought to myself, “I’m glad that such a saint is alive and with us.”  Of course Jerry Bridges has been promoted to glory and in heaven.  I am glad that by God’s grace and providence He ordained Jerry Bridges to author this book.  This book has become one of my favorite book on how the Gospel fuel our sanctification and currently is my recommendations to those struggling with holiness.

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The Greatest Battle Andrew Nagorski

Andrew Nagorski.  The Greatest Battle.  New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, September 18th, 2007. 366 pp.

After reading a biography on Stalin last year I wanted to learn more about the Soviets during World War Two.  So when I found this book on the Battle of Moscow I was excited.  In the opening of the book the author made it clear that while there is some distant historical imagination in the Russian public memory of the Battle of Moscow, very few people know the exact details and actual facts beyond the sanitized Soviet account.  The book’s chief point is to explore the battle historically with data outside the official version according to Stalin and the Soviet Union.  The author does this by utilizing other resources such as interviews of survivors, newly revealed government source materials, journals and Western news reporter’s personal account.  I must say I enjoyed the book and the effort the author put into this book.

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