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Mark Dever and Paul Alexander. The Deliberate Church.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 9th 2005.  221 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Both authors Mark Dever and Paul Alexander have written a helpful book for pastors and church leaders on doing church ministry according to the Bible and centered on the Gospel.  As the book states on page 28, “The Gospel alone shapes and evaluate must both shape and evaluate any ministry method we use.”  This is a great antidote to the seeker sensitive church method or other marketing gimmick that is driven more by man-centered pragmatisms instead of the Word of God.  I love how this book is both biblical and practical since I believe there is a real need of resources on practical ecclesiology (doctrine of the church).  Too often one find two kinds of extreme: practical works without it being biblical or biblical works on the church without a deeper practical picture of what does it look like.  Dever and Alexander writes from being biblically informed and years of wisdom and experience which through their 9 Marks ministry have greatly helped many other local churches including the one I minister at.

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A weekend nonfiction reading review…because even pastors need a break from heavy theological reading!

John Pomfret.  The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom. New York, NY: Henry  Holt and Company, November 29th 2016. 704 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is an incredible work on the relationship between the United States and China.  It is a very fascinating read from the first chapter to the last.  When one thinks about the United States and China even at the surface one realizes that the two countries are very different: on the one hand one is a new country and on the other hand the other is an ancient kingdom that have existed for thousands of years.  On the other hand one country represents the modern West while the other represents Asia.  Nevertheless the amount of intersection and interaction between the countries is incredible and have shaped the two country in crucial ways more than most people realize.  Despite the differences the people from both countries have historically been fascinated with each other while also being fearful and misunderstanding each other.

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Robert Jones. Prodigal Children: Hope and Help for Parents.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, January 31, 2018. 40 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This is a booklet written to address parents whose adult children might have either left the faith or embraced an ungodly lifestyle.  As a pastor I think there is a huge need for good Christian writing to address parents undergoing such trials and I’m glad that both the author Robert Jones and the publisher have saw fit to have this book fill this important niche.  As a booklet it is part of a wonderful biblical counseling series called “Resources for Changing Lives” printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.  In the past there were many works in this series which I have read, reviewed and recommended and this booklet now also would be included among them.

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A weekend nonfiction reading review…because even pastors need a break from heavy theological reading!

Peter Ackroyd.  Alfred Hitchcock. London, UK: Chatto & Windus, April 2nd 2015. 279 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is a biography on the famous movie director Alfred Hitchcock.  More than other directors Hitchcock himself at times was more of the “star” of his films with the prestige of his directing than the actors who played in his movie.  Even after decades following his death Hitchcock’s films are classics and Hitchcock’s silhouette is instantly recognizable by people today.  So to read this biography of him is a treat.

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R.C. Sproul,. The Barber Who Wanted To Pray.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 16th 2011.  30 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This is another of RC Sproul’s children book.  There has been a few of his books that I and my kids have enjoyed from him which led me to purchase this book as well.  In this work RC Sproul writes a book that touches on prayer.  I love how in this book as well as others RC Sproul writes on spiritual truths using a story within a story in which the first level of the story are kids hearing adults telling a story with a spiritual lesson that is relevant for them and their situation.  That helps the kids think more reflectively of how the main story applies to the children’s lives.

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John Crotts. Graciousness: Tempering Truth With Love.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, January 15th 2018. 141 pp.

5 out of 5

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Do you speak the truth graciously with others?  This is a helpful book for Christian on speaking the truth in love.  The author John Crotts is a pastor in Georgia and has written for us a helpful resource for Christian holy living and for biblical counseling.  I also think this book is useful for those who might not be thinking they are in need of counseling; Christian pastors and those involved with ministry would benefit it from it if they read this work and apply it and thus become more effective in how they minister and speak truth to others.

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A weekend nonfiction reading review…because even pastors need a break from heavy theological reading!

Gary Noesner. Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator.  New York, NY: Random House, September 21st, 2010. 226 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is the memoir of an FBI hostage negotiator.  The author Gary Nosener wasn’t just a FBI hostage negotiator; he was one of the leading men in his craft that shaped how the FBI handle hostage negotiations and across the country with his training, instruction and conferences for various law enforcement agencies both local, states and federal.  Noesner was also instrumental in setting a national standard and guideline for hostage negotiations.  Nosener writing this book is quite insightful given his expertise in the matter.

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