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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

I am writing this book primarily as an encouragement to those in my church who are on Winter Break with School, so they can take advantage of their winter break to read things about God and Christ from the famous English Preacher Charles Spurgeon!

 

Charles H. Spurgeon. The First Fruit of the Spirit.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, August 25th 2017. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

Want to read a short but deep and biblical work on God’s perspective of the Christian virtue of love?  I highly recommend this booklet that is written by Charles Spurgeon, one of my favorite preacher from the past that I like to read.  Spurgeon died in 1892 and I’m amazed at how well over hundred years later Spurgeon’s writings which are adapted from his sermons, still speaks to us in a manner that is still relevant and fresh.  In this particular work Spurgeon looks at Galatians 5:22 which tells us the fruit of the Spirit includes love.  Yet what is and is not love?  Spurgeon masterfully uses the passages in the surrounding context to teach us what love is and is not.

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David Kitz. Psalms 365: Develop a Life of Worship and Prayer Volume 1.  Plymouth, MA: Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., December 2nd, 2020.  262 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you looking for a new devotional through the Psalms?  Bible dramatist, author, minister and blogger David Kitz has written the first installment of his 365 days devotionals on the Psalms.  This book goes up to Psalm 51.  After reading and using this devotional I hope there will be future volumes from the author and the publisher.

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John Piper. The Dawning of Indestructible Joy.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, August 31st 2014.  94 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Desiring God

Purchase: Amazon

Looking for a devotional book on the Advent Season that would make you love Christ more and increase your joy meditating on Christ’s incarnation?  This book is by John Piper will flame your passion for Jesus.  As the subtitle states the book is a “Daily Readings for Advent.”

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A “wee” kid Wednesday, so here are two illustrated non-fiction books that I enjoyed reading to my daughters.   For one of them I want to thank to the publishers for an advance review copy!

Barry Wittenstein. The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story about an Accidental Invention (Really!).  Watertown, MA: Clarlesbridge Publishing, February 13th 2018. 32 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Can you imagine a world without Band-Aids?  Its hard for us today in our time to imagine a time where there wasn’t Band-Aids!  Here in this book the author Barry Wittenstein tells us the story of how the Band-Aids was invented.  This is a great story about invention, creativity, life and also how accidents and “bad” things in our life can be used to turn around for the purpose of good.

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James Montgomery Boice. Genesis, volume 1: Genesis 1-11Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, May 1st 2006. 464 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Are you studying through the book of Genesis and wish you can understand more of what you read?  A book that would be helpful is this title.  The book is an expository commentary, which is between a devotional and heavier exegetical Bible commentary. It was written by the late preacher James Montgomery Boice and covers first eleven chapters of Genesis.  Overall I enjoyed this and learned a lot of new things from the book of Genesis as the result of reading the Scripture in conjunction with this commentary as a learning tool.

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A  special weekend non-fiction reading review, especially with everything going on in 2020!  A break from heavy theological reading: Because Pastors need a break also!

Scott Galloway.  The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. New York, NY: Penguin Group, October 3rd 2017. 320 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Increasingly people are realizing that there’s not only a good side to Big Tech but also a negative side.  Want to read a book on the four biggest technology company today with both its good and also its bad?  This book is worth the read and I highly recommend it.  It looks at Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google and note its strengths and weaknesses and also serious concerns for the four.  Most fascinating is the book’s exploration of the tension between these four companies and competition with each other.  The author is Scott Galloway and I appreciate that in chapter one he tells us who he is: He is a NYU school of Business professor of marking, consultant, public speaker and entrepreneur.  I think his background is impressive but he’s also very real with his readers about his mistakes, what he’s learned firsthand in the world of entrepreneurship and also about what his personality is like.  But don’t take his honesty as weakness: what he has to say in this book is truly mind-blowing and educational.

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I”m posting this weekend non-fiction reading review early!  A break from heavy theological reading and politics!  Because Pastors need a break also!

 

Alex Kershaw. First Wave.  New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, May 21st 2019. 384 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

What was it like to be on the early part of the assault on Nazi occupied France on D-Day during World War Two?  Obviously those of us who weren’t there would never know fully what it’s like but this book gives us a narrative glimpse of that day with accounts of soldiers in different military outfits that were part of the initial forces to attack the Nazis that day.  The book subtitle is appropriately “The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in the Second World War.”

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John MacArthur. Called to Lead.  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, September 5th 2010.  240 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want to read a book on biblical leadership?  I know there are books out there that are “Christian leadership” that sometimes is more secular based than biblically based where worldly view of leadership is “baptized” with Christianese but it might not be God-centered.  Well, this is not those kind of bad books.  Instead this is an excellent book by Pastor and Teacher John MacArthur and I thought it was really well written and relevant and applicable.  At the same time this book in its exploration of the Apostle Paul’s example of leadership is also a good example of what does solid Bible exposition and preaching and teaching looks like.

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A wee-kids Wednesday this afternoon book review for parents and for children!  Here’s one I definitely recommend!

 

Paul Reynolds. 30 Prophecies: One Story.  Ross-Shire, UK: Christian Focus Publications, November 8th 2019. 96 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Is it possible to have a children’s book on Messianic prophecies about Jesus Christ?  I think the answer is yes!  And wonderfully this is not just possible as an idea but I’m grateful that this was actually done!  Author Paul Reynolds and Christian Focus Publication has given us this wonderful Christ-centered book for kids that parents can read to their children (and older kids can read for themselves!).  I am so glad this book was published and wished more parents and grandparents know about this work!

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Arthur Pink. The Prodigal son. Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, April 27th, 2020. 31 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

Do you know of the Parable of the Prodigal Son in the Bible?  It is one of my favorite parable told by Jesus; in fact it is the most detailed parable of Jesus that is recorded in the four Gospels.  This parable illustrates the amazing love of God for sinner who repent and turn to God and Christ.  I was blessed reading this booklet by Arthur Pink and his exposition of this famous story.

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A weekend leisure reading review…because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  Finally a Batman review for some of you fans!  I haven’t read any comics for months but got to read this for this long holiday weekend, this has bee a busy season of ministry.

 

Tom King.  Batman, Volume 12: City of Bane Part 1. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, April 14th 2020. 144 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Looking for a Batman story to read as a fun read? This is worthwhile. Having been disappointed with some of the recent Batman volumes from the last two years which felt like fillers and the story is presented in a disjointed fashion in this particular volume it seems DC Comics picked up their game and gives us a good story. Here the writer Tom King did a good job with focusing on a plot and the artistic team also delivered. This volume collects Batman issues number 75-79.

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I’m especially excited to present our annual Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional apologetics and Van Til’s apologetics.  That is because this is our blog’s eleventh year in which we post our recommendations of books as Christmas gifts on the subject of Presuppositional apologetics or the Christian worldview!

Below are links to the recommendations from previous years, and if you are new to the whole thing with Presuppositional apologetics and want something introductory I highly recommend the first two books we recommend this year along with the listing from 2014 which we highlighted in bold:

This year list’s of recommended books on Presuppositional apologetics is listed below.  Each work will have a link to my fuller review and also links to where one can purchase the book.

Here’s this year’s recommendations:

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James N. Anderson. David Hume.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, December 2, 2019. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

In a 1999 poll conducted by the British based Sunday Times the person voted as the “Greatest Scot of the Millennium” was the philosopher David Hume.  Unfortunately Hume’s philosophy wasn’t just unbiblical but many times Hume was deliberately anti-Christian.  Over the decades of evangelism, engaging in apologetics and taking courses in philosophy and religion I’ve heard people cite Hume or use argument for naturalism that came from Hume.  So who was Hume, what did he teach and what does a Christian philosophical critique of Hume looks like?  This book does an incredibly good job answering these questions.  The author James Anderson is an excellent example of a Christian scholar who engages in philosophy, theology and apologetics and here in this book he delivers the good.  This book is part of the Great Thinkers series published by P&R Publishing and thus far of the four volumes I have read (this work and the ones on Aquinas, Marx and Richard Dawkins) currently this one is my favorite one.

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A weekend reading review!  A break from heavy theological reading and politics!  Because Pastors need a break also!

 

Steven Johnson.  Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation. New York, NY: Riverhead Books, October 5th 2010. 326 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

What kind of environment and circumstances best breed innovation?  This book is a fascinating read on technological development, progress and the conditions that foster innovation.  I read this book after earlier reading the author Steven Johnson’s  How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World.  While I enjoyed the first book I read more this one still was quite gratifying to read.

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These book reviews and recommendations is from my wife!  We are a week away from Thanksgiving thought this was appropriate to review books on the subject of American Thanksgiving.  If any books interests you to purchase, the pictures and titles of the book are linked to Amazon.

 

Recommendation 5 out of 5

The Pilgrims Before the Mayflower

Written by Susan Whitehurst

Did you ever wonder what life was like for the Pilgrims before coming to America? Why were they called Pilgrims and why were they called Separatists before their pilgrimage? This book is a wonderful resource to teach second and third graders about the history of some of the first Christians who came to America.

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