Book Review

3 Aug 2009

Review: How People Change

Submitted by Paul Brown
Book Title: 
How People Change
Author(s): 
Timothy Lane
Paul Tripp
Publisher: 
New Growth Press
ISBN: 
1934885533
Pages: 
255

I picked up How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp to help me prepare for a message that I did for the 2009 Regeneration retreat entitled "Gospel Grace to Overcome Sin and Grow in Godliness". I think I originally heard of the book through some blog(s) in the Reformed stream that I read, and when I saw it recommended in Mars Hill Church-Seattle's Leader Training materials—a missional church not given to atta-boy every book from the Reformed camp—I guessed that it would be a great resource.

Book Reviews: 
24 Oct 2008
Book Title: 
Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?
Author(s): 
Randy Alcorn
Pages: 
197
Publisher: 
Eternal Perspective Ministries

Since Holly and I are engaged to be married soon (only 127 days to go!), we have had to think through and discuss the issues of contraception/family planning. One of the issues we have to consider is whether or not for Holly to use the pill. Certainly it is a convenient and commonly used option for contraception. When we first discussed the issue—within a week of engagement, I believe—I expressed my initial resistance to using the pill since I had heard that it can sometimes cause spontaneous abortions when the contraceptive mechanisms don't work.

Book Reviews: 
8 Oct 2008
Book Title: 
The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Community Centers, Beauty Parlors, General Stores, Bars, Hangouts, and How They Get You Through the Day
Author(s): 
Ray Oldenburg
Publisher: 
Paragon House
ISBN: 
1-55778-110-9
Pages: 
338

I found The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg to be far more helpful and insightful than I expected. While I had heard of the concept of a "third place" before, the multifaceted approach of the book drew a much more robust image of what such a place is, significantly raising my expectations for what a third place must be.

Here are the characteristics of third places:

Book Reviews: 
1 Dec 2007
Book Title: 
The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out
Author(s): 
Mark Driscoll
Publisher: 
Zondervan
ISBN: 
0310256593
Pages: 
208

This was my first book on missional topics, and Driscoll's book on reformission was helpful as a challenge to live and think missionally in culture. Driscoll stresses that since people do not exist apart from culture, we need to understand and relate to them in that context. He seems to specially challenge evangelicals who have overly distanced themselves from the world and ignored culture while also giving strong critiques of "emerging"-type Christians who have been swept up in culture and lost the distinctiveness of God's call to holiness.

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25 Feb 2007

Review: Wild at Heart

Submitted by Paul Brown
Book Title: 
Wild at Heart
Author(s): 
John Eldredge
Publisher: 
Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: 
0785268839
Pages: 
223

Wild at Heart is a book written to encourage men to reconnect with their masculinity and to take joy in their identity as men. Eldredge's thesis is that men long for essentially three things: a battle to fight, and adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.

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