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A weekend light reading review, because Pastors sometimes need a break from heavy theological reading…

Ian Edginton. The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes graphic Novel.  New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, February 1, 2011.124 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is a graphic novel adaptation of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes Classic, Sign of the Four.  This is my third graphic novel on Sherlock Holmes that I read that was written and illustrated by this team and I found this specific work delightful.

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Rick Thomas. Help! My Marriage Has Grown Cold.  Leominster, England: Day One Publications, September 30th 2010.  64 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Christian BookAmazon

If you married and your love for your spouse have grown cold this booklet is for you.  If you are a Pastor or a biblical counselor who is ministering to a couple whose love for each other has grown cold this is also a book for you; use it as a resource but also read it for your edification!

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A weekend light reading review, because Pastors sometimes need a break from heavy theological reading…

Gene Yang. New Super-Man, Volume 2: Coming to America. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, October 10th 2017. 144 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is the second volume of a fun series in which this volume collects issues 7 through 12.  One of the big reason why I enjoyed this series is because this is different than the typical Superman:  While the writing of this book is in English this New Superman is ethnically Chinese.  I love the Asian cultural flavor to the story; it is unique in a stimulating way while not being so Chinese or Asian where non-Chinese readers would not understand what is going on or turned off.  I thought this reflected the skill of the author Gene Yang a Chinese American computer science teacher turn comic book writer.  He is among my top five favorite comic book writer.

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This is my first book review for 2018!  This book is by David Kitz whose blog is titled “I love the Psalms” and I really appreciated this book from him!

David Kitz. Psalms Alive!  Winnipeg, Canada: Forever Books, September 1st 2009.  242 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I have to admit that I’m not a spiritual devotional book kind of guy; among the hundred plus books I read last year only a small fraction of them have been devotional books.  However David Kitz’s devotional work on the Psalms was spiritually refreshing.  I enjoyed reading it and found the book spiritually edifying.

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The year is almost over and I’m trying to crank out all my reviews of stuff I read in 2017.  Here are the last two comic books I read for 2017.

James Tynion IV.  Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 4: Deus Ex Machina. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, December 19th 2017. 144 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is volume four of Batman’s Detective Comics.  The volume collects Detective Comics issues #957-962.  In the past I have not really enjoyed Batman working as a team but I think either I am getting used to it or the story for volume four really helped me enjoy it.  I must say though that this volume was enjoyable.

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Here are two Christian booklets I read towards the end of this year.

William P. Smith.  When Bad Things Happen: Thoughtful Answers to Hard Questions.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth  Press, September 1st 2008. 22 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This was a helpful and edifying booklet.  It is a “minibook” that is part of the “Resources for Personal Change” series published by New Growth Press.  The author William Smith is an adjunct faculty in the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation has written an excellent resource for those who are going through trials and asking the question of why God allows bad things to happen.  It is an excellent resource for Biblical and Pastoral Counselors to give the counselee and have them read and highlight/underline for study and meditation.  For my own use I read this title along with a church member I was discipling and counseling as a pastor.

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What better time to finish and review this book on Christ’s incarnation than on Christmas day!

Andreas J. Kostenberger and Alexander Stewart. The First Days of Jesus: The Story of the Incarnation.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 30th 2015.  272 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

If you think you heard it all and exhausted all there is to learn concerning the birth of Christ or the incarnation think again.  This book is written by two New Testament professors who offer their insights into passages that cover the infant narrative of Jesus Christ.  Though I felt the book started slowly and I was initially concerned whether there would be new things I can learn nevertheless as the book progressed I found it fulfilled my expectation of learning about the birth of Jesus and the incarnation through fresh eyes.

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