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A weekend reading review, because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Simon Anglim, Phyllis G. Jestice, Rob S. Rice, Scott M. Rusch, John Serrati.  Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World.  New York, NY: Saint Martin’s Press, January 1st 2003. 256 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you looking for a book on military history and military techniques during ancient times?  This book might be for you!  Written by a team of experts on military matters with academic and published credentials this book is quite informative and engaging concerning military matters of equipping, tactics and combat skills for warfare.  The work covers largely Europe and the Middle East before the advent of gunpowder.  While the subtitle of the book states it looks at 3000 BC-500 AD most of the book concentrates on the Greek and Roman classical period.
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H.H. Hardy II. Exegetical Gems from Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, July 16th 2019. 224 pp.

4 out of 5

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The publisher have said of this book that it is “perfect for students looking to apply their Hebrew and for past students who wish to review the essentials of Hebrew grammar.”   But before you dismiss that this book is something you can overlook because you don’t know Biblical Hebrew consider the possibility that this makes a great gift (Birthday, graduation, Christmas, etc) for someone you know in seminary, ministry and those who teach God’s Word and want to learn Hebrew or do use Hebrew regularly for teaching and preaching!

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Herman Bavinck. Christian Worldview.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 21, 2019.  144 pp.

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

5 out of 5

This is the much anticipated first time English translation of Dutch Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck’s Christian Worldview.  For those who are unfamiliar with Bavinck he was the chief systematic theologian of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century and whose contribution to theology has enjoyed greater appreciation today.  This book addresses the constant changing late modern world and also the disharmony that unbiblical worldviews were causing, namely a disharmony between our thinking and feeling, will and acting, religion and culture and science and life.  I found it amazing that the first and second edition of this work was written over a hundred years ago, in 1904 and 1913 respectively.  Yet some of the philosophical issues and competing worldview that Bavinck addressed in this work are still with us today.

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RC Sproul. The Intimate Marriage: A Practical Guide to Building a Great Marriage.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, March 31st, 2017. 163 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

How is your marriage doing?  Are you growing in loving each other and also growing in godliness?  Do you desire to read a book that would help you strive to grow in these areas for your marriage?  If so this book is for you.  I realize the title of the book might sound its about sex but it isn’t solely on sex, though it does talk about that subject for one of the chapters.  It’s really a book on godly love between a husband and wife and what does God’s way looks like.  My wife and I immensely enjoyed this work.  I found this work very helpful so much so that I incorporated some of the insights of the book into my twenty four session series on marriage difficulties.

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Mark Dever. Discipling.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, March 31st 2016.  128 pp.

4 out of 5

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Christians, have you realized that the Great commission from Jesus requires you to disciples others?  How are you doing with this task?  If you realize that command is for you and that making disciples of others is the most important thing you ever would do in light of eternity you would see it as a great responsibility and privilege to be discipling others.  Yet how do you go about making disciples?  This book is helpful in answering that questions.  It was definitely helpful for me and wife to read this as our evening devotion and spiritual discussions after the kids are asleep.

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A weekend reading review, because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Eugene Rogan.  The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East. New York, NY: Basic Books, October 4, 2016. 512 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

We hear so much of the news about the Middle East today but most people don’t know how World War One and the aftermath after the war has shaped so much of the tension and difficulties geo-politically today.  Would you like to learn more about the history leading up to it?  This book is for you, which focuses on the fall of the Ottoman Empire during World War one.

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I haven’t done our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” for a few weeks but here’s this week’s review of Children’s books.

Tim Ladwig. Stories Jesus Told: The Lost Son Comes Home. Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House, August 7th 2019. 32 pp.

5 out of 5

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Want a story that tells Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son to kids?  This is it.  This illustrated children’s book is on one of my favorite parables that Jesus taught.  And now I get to share this with my children!

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